Items tagged with DSLR

These days, camera makers are trying all sorts of new tricks in order to make up for lost sales in the point-and-shoot department. Ever since cameraphones became acceptable enough for the masses, there have been a lot fewer reasons to splurge on a compact. And with technology constantly shrinking, we've seen a number of companies attempt to shove high-spec product into small containers. Take a look at Nikon's new Coolpix A -- it's the company's first DX-format Coolpix. In other words, the sensor is the same as was in the heralded D90 a few years ago, but its size is far more mobile. The all-glass 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens has an f/2.8 aperture, and there's 16.2 megapixels to work with.... Read more...
Need a new shooter? If you're looking for a mid-range DSLR, Nikon's got a new one to consider. The company just launched the D5200, a cropped-frame DSLR that boasts a DX-format 24.1MP CMOS sensor, a 39-point AF system, and an image-processing engine equivalent to EXPEED 3 built into the D4 flagship camera. The D5200 offers the same side-hinged vari-angle monitor as the D5100 that enables flexible shooting from any angle, and it covers an ISO range from ISO 100 to 6400. The D-Movie function supports recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i movies, and it also supports the the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a and the new Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10/WR-T10. When the WU-1a is connected to the... Read more...
It's almost as if Nikon and Canon are working together in order to compete. Just days after Nikon's small, full-frame D600 DSLR was unveiling, Canon has pushed out a rival: the EOS 6D. Introduced today, it's the company's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR, with 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5+ image processor and support for built-in wireless transmission and GPS. There's also an 11-point AF array as well as a 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor, combined with 1080p HD movie capture capabilities. As you'd expect, there's a wide ISO range from 100 to 25,600, 4.5fps continuous shooting, 3" rear LCD, and a full gamut of movie capture options for the filmmakers: it'll handle NTSC and... Read more...
While much of the camera world gunning for mirrorless expansion, Nikon's staying focused on the high-end. But, in an effort to battle recent efforts from Olympus and Canon, it's making access to full-frame DSLRs a bit easier. The company's newest camera is the D600, a full-frame (FX) camera that's much smaller than the D4, D3 and D800, delivering a 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED 3 image processor and support for 1080p HD movie recording. Also, like the D3200, this one will support wireless share and capturing through an iOS and / or Android app. The optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter is necessary to make that magic work, with it plugging into the USB port on the unit's side. There's also... Read more...
Sony announced the new NEX-6 camera which features similar power and shooting capabilities as a DSLR in a compact, mirrorless camera. As the latest addition to Sony's E-mount camera line-up, the new NEX-6 features Fast Hybrid AF, Wi-Fi capabilities, and the Play Memories Camera Apps platform. The camera also features Sony's high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with 2.36 million dots. The NEX-6 features a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing full HD video. The camera also features a BIONZ image processor. Sony is using the Fast Hybrid AF system in this camera which combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods to deliver sharp images as well as a Speed... Read more...
Half retro, half modern tech. It's the new Pentax X-5, a superzoom prosumer camera that attempts to bridge the gap between conventional point-and-shoot and full-blown DSLR. Digging into the specifications, there's a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a tiltable LCD monitor, a 26x optical telephoto zoom lens (that'll get you out to 580mm or so), and a Macro mode that'll handle subjects as close as 0.4". There's also a 3" screen on the rear, a native ISO range that tops out at 6400 and triple shake-reduction. You'll get a 1080p movie mode that can handle up to 30 frames per second, as well as electronic viewfinder. At $279.95, it's actually as cheap as some of the higher-end point-and-shoot options; if you're... Read more...
Canon announced the latest addition to its popular EOS Rebel line of DSLRs. The new Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR features an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor with high-speed continuous shooting of up to five frames per second, and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode). This camera also has a new autofocus (AF) system with a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and new Hybrid CMOS AF. Other key new features include Canon’s new Movie Servo AF, a built-in stereo microphone, and a Vari-angle Touchscreen 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor with a resolution of 1.04 million dots. In addition to the new DSLR, Canon also introduced two... Read more...
Sometimes, weather just doesn't cooperate. For times when rain and mist quite literally moisten your parade, most folks would be content with simply not taking photographs. But if you're armed with Pentax's new 16MP K-30 DSLR, you can shoot away without too much worry. The company's latest shooter is weather and dust resistant, aimed at those who spend loads of time outdoors. It offers up a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, a new autofocus system and Full HD video recording. There's also a high-burst shooting mode, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and dual electronic dials for quick, fingertip access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and... Read more...
It was only a few years ago when 720p video capabilities came to Nikon's D90. Now, 1080p is all the rage, and DSLRs are taking the place of actual camcorders when it comes to shooting music videos, television shows and even movies. Canon has benefited greatly from this shift, but Nikon's hoping to generate some interest of its own. This week, the D3200 "HD-SLR" launched, offering a 24.2MP DX-crop sensor, 1080p movie mode (with "full time autofocus"), native ISO range up to 6400 and one other, special bit. That would be the new WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When connected to the camera, this optional adapter can wirelessly send images to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, preview an... Read more...
DSLRs aren't just for taking photos any longer. The past few years, more and more movie makers have been switching to DSLRs to shoot video, and Canon has gained tons of business because of this shift. But instead of letting folks repurpose their existing shooters, the company is catering specifically to the needs of filmmakers. Hence, the introduction of the newest addition in the Cinema EOS product line. The EOS-1D C DSLR provides video recording at 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) resolution to support high-end motion picture, television production and other advanced imaging applications. Equipped with an 18.1-megapixel full-frame 24mm x 36mm Canon CMOS sensor, the camera... Read more...
It's not just Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Olympus fighting for your DSLR dollars, it's also Sony. The company's Alpha line has been coming on strong in recent years, and the new a57 is certainly no slouch. It's the newest in the company's line of A-mount cameras, using the Translucent Mirror Technology that this range has become somewhat famous for in photography circles. It directs incoming light to the CMOS image sensor and the AF sensor at the same time, allowing full-time continuous AF during both still and video shooting. Users can also frame, focus and preview shots in real-time on the high-resolution Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder, which offers a wide viewing angle and 100% field of view.... Read more...
Last year, you may have thought that Micro Four Thirds and mirrorless mini-cams were bound to steal the thunder of major DSLRs. Not so. This year, the D800, D800E and D4 were unveiled by Nikon, and Canon has launched the 5D Mark III. In order to get in on the action, Pentax has just launched the K-5 Silver Special Edition. Available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide, the package consists of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera body matched with the new, ultra thin smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens. The exclusive package combines the PENTAX K-5 - the flagship model of the PENTAX K series of digital SLR cameras - with the smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens - the world's thinnest unifocal... Read more...
Canon is marking the 25th anniversary of its EOS System with the introduction of the company's latest DSLR, the EOS 5D Mark III. Canon intends for this camera to sit between the EOS 5D Mark II and Canon’s top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X in its lineup. The new EOS 5D Mark III features a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six fps continuous shooting speed. The EOS 5D Mark III also features enhanced video features such as better noise reduction, longer recording times, new H.264 video compression formats, and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. The EOS... Read more...
There's been some criticism over a letter Nikon started sending out recently to independent repair shops in the U.S. in which the camera maker announced that "it will no longer maker repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon Inc. to perform camera repairs," a policy that goes into effect around the middle of July. Nikon says the policy is necessary due to the complexity of today's cameras, but some have questioned the rationale. iFixIt, a big proponent of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) repair, called the news "unnerving" and believes the policy change will only serve to make it more difficult for photographers to get Nikon equipment serviced, especially... Read more...
The D700 finally has a replacement. As one of the oldest, still-current full-frame cameras on the market, the D700 was an oldie-but-goodie. But there's nothing like a major replacement to make us move on to what's next. Nikon just introduced the D800 this evening, with an astounding 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 resolution), a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and a 1080p30 movie mode. There's also an improved 51-point AF system, uncompressed HDMI output, their latest EXPEED 3 image processing engine, and an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2). Internal sensor design, an enhanced optical low pass filter (OLPF) and 14... Read more...
If you've always wanted to spend a small fortune on a professional camera designed specifically for digital cinematography, today just happens to be your lucky day. Canon's new EOS C300 Cinema is available for pre-order for a cool $15,999 with free shipping, so technically this is a sub-$16,000 camera, in case that helps you pitch it to your significant other. Since we're getting technical, we should start with the Super 35mm-equivalent 16:9 large CMOS sensor. Canon says it was modeled on the Super 35mm 3-per motion picture standard and boasts an active image size of 24.6mm x 13.8mm. The camera records 4:2:2 50Mb/s MPEG-2 video to two CF cards at 1080p. It also has a 4-inch, 1.23MP rotating LCD... Read more...
The high-end camera market is seriously heating up. Just months after Canon's EOS-1D X hit the scene, Nikon's response is now official. It's the D4, and while you may say it's a follow-up to the D3S, it's more like an evolutionary step. There's a new FX-format CMOS sensor (16.2MP), the same ISO range as on the D3S (100 to 12,800 natively), an ISO boost range as high as 204,800, 10fps shooting, a magnesium alloy body that's sealed to resist elements, and a dual-slot memory card system that'll take CompactFlash and the new XQD format. There's also an uncompressed HDMI output, mic/audio jacks, 1080p video mode (up from 720p) and a staggering price tag to match. It'll ship next month in the U.S.... Read more...
With a name like Leica, it's surely the best, right? The company famous for being famous in photography has just presented a new model, the V-Lux 3. It's a shiny new compact digital camera with an extensive range of features, including a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 - 108 mm f/2.8 - 5.2 ASPH. 24-fold super-telephoto zoom lens. It's got a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, and the company's angling this as an alternative to an entry-level DSLR. You'll also get 1080p movie mode, bursts of 12 frames per second at full resolution, or 60 frames per second at a resolution of 3.5 MP. There's also a 3" LCD display with 460,000 pixel resolution delivers an extremely bright and clear view. The monitor screen of the V-Lux... Read more...
Cameras these days... so hard to keep up with. You've got cameraphones, point-and-shoots, mirrorless cams, DSLRs, and evidently, "bridge cameras." These are generally spoken of as "superzoom" or "megazoom" cameras, and the Fujifilm X-S1 is the latest. We're told that the XS-1 represents a new breed of bridge camera. Featuring a Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens through to the EXR sensor technology found in the X10, the X-S1 also touts a 4-624mm (35mm equivalent) lens (f/2.8), 52x zoom range, and a lens comprised of 17 glass elements, which includes four aspherical elements and two ED lenses. The X-S1 is also ideally suited to capturing subjects close up. In standard mode, the zoom focuses down to... Read more...
The holidays are just around the bend, and that means new camera systems. The mirrorless, interchangeable and Micro Four Thirds worlds have been blossoming recently, and as the market heats up, Panasonic's replacing one heralded body with another. Today, the LUMIX GX1 was revealed, joining the existing G Series with a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine. There's a maximum ISO of 12,800, and a built-in flash, fast AF and a hot shoe. The LUMIX GX1, like all the models in Panasonic's LUMIX G Series of CSC, adopts Contrast AF for its focus system, so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. When compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF achieves higher accuracy especially... Read more...
Look out, Hollywood! Canon just hit the big-time, with a couple of new product introductions that'll certainly have mainstays in the cinema business thinking twice about their strategy. The company's all-new cinema lens lineup is being launched alongside an entire Cinema EOS System. It's a full-fledged entry into the motion picture production industry, which offers compatibility with Canon’s wide array of high-performance EF lenses. With the debut of the Cinema EOS System, Canon today introduced seven new 4K EF Cinema Lenses—four zoom lenses and three single-focal-length models—which complement the company’s current diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS SLR... Read more...
I don't care what you're planning to dress up as for Halloween, Tyler Card has you beat. Who exactly is Tyler Card and why is his costume so epic that I can feel confident dismissing all others? He's a photography nerd who took some scraps of cardboard and built a working -- yes, WORKING -- Nikon DSLR camera costume, complete with a giant LCD screen! It also has a built-in flash, shutter-release button, and is capable of wirelessly triggering his Alienbees strobes, he says. This is why I'm convinced Tyler's costume is better than yours, mine, and anything else I'm likely to see between now and October 31st. His "Making of the Camera Costume" video (embedded above) doesn't go into quite as much... Read more...
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