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Whoa. Get ready to bust out the wallet. Or, perhaps, the entire college fund. Canon has just introduced a bombshell of a camera, the EOS-1D X. It's consider a high-speed multimedia juggernaut replacing both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models in Canon’s lineup, and the company claims to have redesigned it from the inside-out. It'll feature an 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processors, 14-bit A/D data conversion and capable of shooting an incredible 12 frames-per-second (fps). The EOS-1D X features three DIGIC processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4, and... Read more...
There's a new kind of camera in town, and if it's not Micro Four Thirds, it must be the broader 'interchangeable lens.' Sony has taken that segment as their own, producing the NEX-3 and NEX-5 early on. Now, it's clear they've been innovating all the while, with a unique new compact that packs DSLR-like specs into a smaller, more mobile body. The newly announced NEX-7 is the company's wildest compact yet, boasting an unheard-of 24.3MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, magnesium alloy frame, and a total weight of just 10.3oz. It also features the company's latest BIONZ image processing engine, an ultra-high sensitivity range that extends from ISO 100-16000, and a shutter release lag of approximately 20... Read more...
Hasselblad is a monster of a name in the camera business. Those who know cameras know Hasselblad, and they're well known for producing some of the highest quality cameras this world has ever seen. Of course, they're primarily used by professionals, so many consumers don't even recognize the label. In other words, these guys produce cameras that are thousands upon thousands of dollars. Not exactly the kind of products you would expect to find in Best Buy or Walmart. But that said, the world would probably be a less exciting place without Hasselblad technology, and one has to wonder if things weren't on the brink of disaster for the company based on this news. They've just been acquired by Ventizz... Read more...
No surprises here. With Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm and a slew of others making fistfuls of cash from their Micro Four Thirds and interchangable lens cameras, we've since heard that Nikon was also considering jumping into this market. And now, Canon will evidently be joining them. According to new reports, the world's largest camera-maker will be mulling the opportunity to launch a mirrorless model, bringing DSLR-like quality to a smaller form factor with a few corners cut, ones that most average folks won't notice. At this point, it's all speculation; Canon's not going to come right out and claim that the rumors are true, but it certainly adds up. Being the world's largest camera-maker heaps a bit... Read more...
Consolidation in the photography industry? It's happening. It's starting on a smaller scale, but it's likely to expand in due time. Ricoh has just announced they will be the ones picking up the Pentax camera business from Hoya, with a company known for copiers and scanners evidently wanting access to Pentax's SLR technology. What's a company like Ricoh going to do with it? That's a great question. It's a bit tough to think about a Ricoh-branded DSLR, and with Nikon and Canon already owning a lion's share of the market, one has to wonder how much success the company will have in this market, anyway.   The deal will see Ricoh paying around 10 billion yen (that's over $124 million) for the... Read more...
ColorWare PC made a business out of painting everyday electronics. For whatever reason, people seem to truly enjoy getting gadgets in various colors, rather than the standard hues that any given company may ship. Camera companies have evidently figured this out as well, with Pentax being the first major company to ship a number of DSLR cameras in a number of hues. We never really expected a company like Canon to go the "color" route, but that's the route that they've found themselves on. Today, they announced that the EOS Rebel T3 EF 18-55 IS II Lens Kit would be shipping in three new color variations (red, brown and metallic gray), and of course, the standard black color will remain available... Read more...
It's hard to say if we're looking at a fad or the next great leap in photography, but the interchangeable lens / Micro Four Thirds landscape is really blooming. Panasonic has been a company responsible for spearheading a lot of the efforts here, and their keeping the good times rolling with the introduction of the GF3 this year. The newest Lumix weighs just 7.83oz., and it's capable of recording Full HD video and accepting commands via a rear touchscreen. The Lumx DMC-GF3 claims to match the image quality of DSLRs while maintaining a small frame, and yes, it'll shoot 3D stills with the right lens. There's a 12.1MP sensor, high ISO range, and a chassis that's nearly 17% smaller and lighter than... Read more...
Sony introduced the new α35 (SLT-A35) interchangeable lens camera. This camera builds on Sony's α33 and α55 models and features Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology. The α35 also features Tele-zoom High Speed Shooting, a feature that magnifies a central portion of the image area while shooting at up to 7 fps. This 16.2 megapixel camera uses the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and a BIONZ processor. Other key features include a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display, the ability to record AVCHD video, and a new in-camera ‘Picture Effect’ setting. The α35 interchangeable lens camera will be available in August with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens for about $700.  It... Read more...
Nikon has been fairly slow to update some of their higher-end cameras (like the D700, for example), but they're refreshing the lower-end models quite hastily. This morning, the D5100 was revealed to replace the aging D5000, and it's looking to be a great mid-range option for those looking to step up from their entry-level cam. It's a good bit slimmer than the outgoing D5000, and it offers a swiveling 3" LCD, an array of Effects, a 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 1080p D-Movie mode, an 11-point AF system, built-in HDR support and 4fps burst shooting. There's also a native ISO range spanning 100-6400, with a Hi Boost setting (that'll introduce a lot of grain!) at 25,600. The camera seems a nice replacement,... Read more...
Intel's Thunderbolt has the chance to be the break-out technology of 2011, but only if you have support. But support is growing. The kickstart came when Apple decided to add the Thunderbolt to their line of new MacBook Pro machines, despite the fact that no actual hardware is available now to truly support it. But that will change soon. LaCie already announced that they would soon be producing products to support the higher speed I/O port, and now it feels like Canon may follow suit. Maybe. Intel has apparently seen enough interest from Canon that the company is suggesting a "signal" of support. Hiroo Edakubo, Group Executive of Canon’s Video Products Group stated, "We are excited about... Read more...
The digital camera space has evolved quite significantly over the years, and there's nothing quite like a new DSLR introduction to get the CE working talking. Well, except for two DSLR introductions! Canon has just revealed two new ones, the EOS Rebel T3 and EOS Rebel T3i. Both of these are entry-to-mid-level units, with neither costing over $800 in a body-only configuration. Neither camera is a major overhaul from prior models, but it's all about the baby steps when you're trying to keep pace with Fujifilm, Sony, Nikon and everyone else. One of the new features on both of the new models is the EOS Feature Guide, which has an enhanced Quick Settings Screen that now includes detailed descriptions... Read more...
Samsung's NX100 was more than just a camera announcement for the company, it was also a lens announcement. The NX100 is the company's first interchangeable lens camera that supports a new "i-Function" lens family. This new lens has a small button on the side of it as well as a control dial; users can press a button while shuffling the dial in order to control manual settings like aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and the like. But having these i-Function lenses work exclusively on the NX100 doesn't provide a very large user base for Samsung. So, the company is enabling their earlier interchangeable lens camera, the NX10, to work with this new lens family. A new firmware update, which has posted today... Read more...
And the megapixel race continues. In the smartphone world, anyway. Sony has just released a new sensor for cameraphones, and it's one with a megapixel count that just sounds unreal for the sector. The company's new 16.41 megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS image sensor may sound like it's designed for a next generation DSLR, but in reality, it's for phones of the future. Sony is stating that this new innovation will dramatically improve cameraphone performance, which have lagged behind in recent years despite megapixel counts that are rising. Sony is planning to launch two new lens modules equipped with these image sensors, which also include the smallest and thinnest model for mobile phones.... Read more...
Kingston released its Compact Flash (CF) Ultimate 600x memory card. This new card is Kingston's fastest card with support for UDMA mode 6 and read and write speeds of up to 90MB/sec. The 600x card will join Kingston's Compact Flash family of 266x Ultimate and 133x Elite Pro cards. The CF Ultimate 600x comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities and comes with free downloadable data recovery software from MediaRECOVER. Kingston Announces CompactFlash Ultimate 600x Card High Speed, Large Capacity Supports UDMA Mode 6; Complements Performance of High-End Digital SLRs FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the... Read more...
Sigma is a well-known name in the camera industry, particularly the high-end camera industry. And nothing says high-end quite like 46 megapixels. Though, the effective output of the SD1's 46 megapixels is really just 15.3MP (the math goes something like this: 4800 x 3200 x 3), due to a rare 24x16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor. Sigma claims that this offers more megapixels than any other camera in the market, and while true, you won't get an image with a pixel size any larger than you would from any other 15.3MP camera. Still, the hardware is impressive. There's a TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II image processing engine, magnesium alloy casing, weather-resistance, and the ability... Read more...
The "mirrorless" camera war seems to be the most heated right now, but the DSLR war is the one that will never stop in all likelihood. Pentax has arrived to the party swinging with their new K-5 Digital SLR, aimed at advanced amateur photographers. The prosumer DSLR has a 16.3MP CMOS sensor, up to 7FPS fast shooting, an ISO range of 80 to 12800 (expandable to 51200) and widescreen 1080p video capture abilities. There's also a rare 3.5mm microphone jack, an 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor, native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files, improved in-camera HDR image capture, SDXC support, and a fully weather-sealed... Read more...
Mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days. Olympus and Panasonic have their Micro Four Thirds technology, Sony has their interchangeable lens family, and now Fujifilm has the FinePix X100. Now, we're just waiting for Canon and Nikon to join the fun, and full-fledged DSLRs will finally have their work cut out for them. These compact APS-C cameras offer many of the luxuries on a DSLR (full manual mode, fast shooting, great low-light performance, etc.), but at a fraction of the size and cost. They're more limited when it comes to lenses and accessories, but for many, they offer plenty of performance. If you don't need a full DSLR, the X100 (and the like) is probably good enough. The X100 is... Read more...
The rumor sites were all over this one, and usually when you see smoke, there's fire. That's certainly the case here, as Nikon has gone and officially outed its sizzling new D7000 DSLR with a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 39-point AF system, and 1080p HD movie recording with full time autofocus. "The D7000 DSLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control, and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables DSLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else," said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. "When you combine the innovation of the agile D7000 with the... Read more...
Olympus has just introduced a new mid-level DSLR, and while the feature set is pretty impressive, we aren't too sure the price aligns with the competition. The new E-5 is a bold, big body that is splashproof and dustproof, with a magnesium alloy casing ensuring that professionals won't have to be extra careful when slinging this around. As for specifications, it has a 12.3MP Live MOS sensor, a TruePic V+ image processing engine, Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System, the first Full -Time Live View system and ten in-camera Art Filters that should help the creative types who would rather avoid the post-processing and do everything as they shoot. It also supports 720p HD movie recording,... Read more...
The point-n-shoot category is filled with colorful cameras of all shapes and sizes, and some even sport cartoon characters on and around the body. Is this where the DSLR market is headed, too? We don't know, but one thing's for sure -- the era of black and silver only DSLR cameras has come to a close. That's because Pentax has decided to shake things up with a colorful new line of digital SLR bodies so that potential owners can "choose on that matches their personal style." The K-r, as Pentax is calling its newest DSLR, comes in red (as shown) or classic white, and who knows, maybe more colors will follow. Despite the toyish exterior, however, the K-r is every bit a bona fide DSLR with the specs... Read more...
The prosumer camera sector just got a lot more interesting. Canon's G11 and G12 have largely stood alone in recent years; those prosumer point and shoot cameras didn't have too many rivals, but now Nikon's knocking on their door with the new Coolpix P7000. This is one of Nikon's most advanced, yet compact cameras to date, offering a slew of manual controls that you'd expect on a DSLR but within the shell of a camera that can easily slip into your rear pocket. The new camera has a 1/1.7” CCD sensor coupled with a 7.1x Wide Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens, not to mention an EXPEED C2 digital image processor. Low-light users should also be pleased with selectable ISO ranges from 100... Read more...
Watch out, Nikon! Canon has a new mid-range DSLR out today, and the specifications look super impressive. The 50D is being replaced today by the EOS 60D, which is a new prosumer DSLR camera that features an 18MP sensor, a flexible rear LCD, in-camera RAW processing and plenty of other specs to make the budding photographer think twice about replacing their current body. The new 60D is full of firsts; there's a 3" Vari-Angle LCD on the rear, which is a rarity on DSLR cameras these days. There's also the all-new Multi-Control Dial, which places a Multi-Controller and Set button inside the Quick Control Dial. This new control layout streamlines camera navigation for vertical as well as horizontal... Read more...
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