Items tagged with DSLR

One could say that the megapixel race as we know it is over, or it's at least less of an ordeal now than it used to be. Camera makers cranked up the megapixels as fast as they could for years, but now we've reached somewhat of a peak, or a plateau, maybe. But there's no question that camera makers will continue to push the megapixel envelope, and there are obvious advantages to doing so. Some medium format cameras today have sensors with over 40 megapixels, but that's beginning to sound a little small. Canon has just successfully developed the world's first APS-H sized CMOS image sensor with 120 megapixels, which is a record for that size. Compared with Canon's highest-resolution commercial CMOS... Read more...
Ready for a new "world's first" in the DSLR space? Sony has one for you, actually...two! Sony is this week introducing new DSLR cameras powered by the world's first translucent mirror technology, which enables simultaneous auto focus and capture in an interchangeable lens camera. That's a mouthful to digest, but it's a huge leap forward for DSLR technology. The new Alpha models (SLT-A55V and SLT-A33) both use the new tech, which reportedly achieves the highest-level of auto focus speed for both still image and movie shooting. Using the new technology, the a55 and a33 models can continuously and quickly focus (with TTL phase-detection) while shooting stills and recording video—even in full... Read more...
Sony expanded its α (alpha) line of DSLR cameras with the introduction of the new SLR-a560. This DSLR uses Sony's Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and is one of the few models in Sony's line to offer Multi-frame Noise Reduction, Sweep Panorama mode, 3D Sweep Panorama, and Full HD 1920x1080 60i video capture. This 14.2 megapixel camera also features Quick AF Live View, 7fps continuous shooting capabilities, and Auto HDR. In addition to the new α560, Sony is also adding three new lenses including a Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (model SAL24F20Z), a DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (model SAL35F18), and an 85mm F2.8 SAM (model SAL85F28). The new α560 will be available in October in body-only... Read more...
Nikon is targeting a wide range of photographers with its new D3100 DSLR. This 14.2-megapixel camera is the successor to Nikon's D3000. It offers a number of features for the more advanced photographer but also has some of the technologies you'd find in a compact, point and shoot model from Nikon's COOLPIX line. What's really cool about the new D3000 is that it's the first DSLR to have full-time AF for D-Movie video shooting and while in Live View mode. The camera can record 1080p resolution (1920x1080) movies in the H.264 AVCHD codec. The D3100 uses contrast based AF to focus on subjects while shooting in Live View. It also supports Face Detection technology and can focus on up to 35 human faces.... Read more...
Not long ago, we learned about Walmart's plan to expand its consumer electronics offerings. The big-box retailer is not alone. Target also has a system-wide plan to upgrade its TV, gaming, and digital imaging sections and product offerings.  The rollout began last month and should be completed by June. With the new CE department design, Target stores will get an updated TV wall that should make it easier for consumers to compare TVs across brands. Along with the display, Target plans to offer clear signs that highlight product features, making it even easier to compare models. The display also will present models in "a more realistic in-home presentation." In addition to a change in display... Read more...
Secure Digital cards may be all the rage these days, but true photographing professionals probably have no interest. Even today, most higher-end DSLRs use CompactFlash cards alone, and if you rely on rapid-fire continuous shooting to get "the perfect shot," Lexar's new pair of cards might be worth a look. The company is today revealed that their Professional ExpressCard CF Reader and Professional 600x and 300x 32GB cards are now available in traditional and online retail channels. Both cards offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively, when paired with an UDMA 6-enabled device. There's also a high-speed reader... Read more...
Pentax has their work cut out for them. With companies like Olympus, Nikon and Canon dominating the DSLR scene, it's tough to get anyone's attention with a different label. That said, colors sure do get attention, and that's exactly the tactic Pentax is using with their newest lineup. The company's K-x DSLR line has been available overseas in a variety of hues for awhile now, but Americans were stuck with just the basics. Now, the K-x can be ordered by Americans in limited edition bright blue, orange, green and purple. Each kit comes with an 18-55mm lens and an array of features including Live View and HD video recording. Even the limited models are being priced at $649.95 (with lens), and all... Read more...
Geotagging is a technology that has grown in popularity recently, with many new cameras and camcorders boasting integrated GPS chips that can "tag" photos and videos with GPS coordinates of the location at which a given shot or clip was taken. Jobo, a company best known for their bendable, flexible camera tripod mounts, has just released a new pair of GPS receivers for cameras. The geotagging PhotoGPS 2 and PhotoGPS 4 both fit into the hot shoe of a DSLR, and both enable your GPS-less camera to tag photos in order to help you remember where you took a given photograph or movie clip. For those who travel a lot or vacation in faraway places, this functionality is a real boon. The photoGPS 2 stores... Read more...
To say that Leica is a trusted name in the camera industry is just too easy. That's a well-known fact, and we doubt it'll change anytime soon. The company is primarily known for shipping extremely expensive and rare rangefinders, which are smaller cameras with larger sensors that can approach DSLR quality in a body that's barely larger than the average point and shoot camera. Today, that very company is introducing one of their cheaper models: the V-LUX 20.It's modeled after Panasonic's ZS7, and in reality, not much has changed on the Leica version. The price tag, of course, is one of them. There's a 12.1MP sensor, built-in GPS tagging, a 12x optical zoom lens (C-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9... Read more...
After a month-long online campaign to promote its launch, Pentax is finally unveiling the 645D medium format digital camera. This is the first digital version of the company's 645 medium format camera system. It features a 40 megapixel, 44 x 33 CCD sensor as well as a 921k dot 3.0-inch LCD. The camera is compatible with the existing 645 system lenses. Sadly, the camera will initially be available only in Japan. It will carry a suggested price of ¥850,000 (approximately US $9,400) and should be available in May. PENTAX 645D PENTAX's First Medium-Format Digital SLR Camera: Designed to be the Top of Medium-Format Digital SLR Cameras, Thanks to Super-High-Resolution Images PENTAX Imaging Systems... Read more...
A few years ago, many were shocked that Sony was attempting to tread on the grounds that were so well dominated by the likes of Nikon, Canon, FujiFilm and Olympus. The alpha DSLR series has proven to be a worthy competitor to those other brands, and Sony has continually pushed to improve it year after year. At this year's PMA (a major photography expo in America), Sony is debuting a new line of alpha gear, along with a slew of accessories. The most important introduction is the new ultra compact camera with interchangeable lenses. Sony never mentions the words "Micro Four Thirds" specifically, so we are left to assume that this camera (if it were real, of course) would not accept the same lenses... Read more...
PMA, which is America's largest camera show, is scheduled to start this month in California, and it's safe to say that a handful of new Canons will be there. Today, the camera outfit introduced its newest consumer-level DSLR, the Digital Rebel T2i. The DSLR has features that have been previously unavailable at these price points, including an 18MP CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording and selectable frame rates of up to 30fps. The ISO ranges from 100 to 6400 (with a boost level to 12800) and there's also a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, and Canon's DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor. Canon is still maintaining their lead over Nikon in the video department with this one's ability to shoot at 1920x1080... Read more...
Point and shoot cameras have come in waterproof versions for years now, enabling owners to shoot images in the rain, beneath the seas and everywhere in between. Unfortunately, that hasn't been as easy for DSLR owners. Full waterproof kits can be insanely expensive, and those are generally only sensible for pro shooters who make their living by shooting near waves.Think Tank Photo has an affordable solution, and while it may look wacky, it's actually perfect for those who only need rain protection for their DSLR every now and then. The Hydrophobia 70-200 is designed to completely cover a DSLR as well as a 70-200mm (or smaller) lens, and essentially it's just a huge canopy/bag that engulfs your... Read more...
If you've kept even a loose eye on the national news lately, you'd know that the people of Haiti are still struggling mightily. The huge earthquake that rocked the nation last week impacted millions, including a few Americans that were on the ground for various reasons. Dan Woolley was there to shoot a film on the impact of poverty on the people of Haiti, and he just so happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The earthquake struck, and moments later he found himself buried tight beneath loads of rock which he could not get out from under himself. Believe it or not, he's crediting a digital camera and an iPhone to his survival. During the crumble, he managed to get cut up fairly bad... Read more...
Samsung announced its new NX10 hybrid DSLR which attempts to give you all of the image quality of a full-fledged DSLR in a more compact form. This 14.6 megapixel camera has an APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and a 3-inch AMOLED display that promises lower power consumption, a wider range of viewing angles, and better contrast than LCD technology. The camera can also record 720p H.264-encoded video. Because the camera eliminates the mirror box to save space, you must use the electronic viewfinder to frame your images. The NX10 uses the new NX lens mounting system. The NX10 is set to make an appearance at CES and will be available for purchase sometime in the spring. SAMSUNG UNVEILS THE NEXT GENERATION... Read more...
Consumer DSLRs with HD video capabilities are becoming more and more prevalent these days. As a result, manufacturers are constantly battling to find ways to differentiate themselves and their products from the others. Nikon's D5000 offers a few features that help set it apart from other options in the company's line as well as from the models offered by other manufacturers. Like many DSLRs today, the D5000 offers Live View mode. It also has HD movie recording capabilities with the ability to capture up to 720p HD video at 24fps. While some cameras such as the Canon EOS Rebel T1i focus on a large, high-resolution display on the back of the camera, Nikon has gone a slightly different route and... Read more...
Consumer DSLRs with HD video capabilities are becoming more and more prevalent these days. As a result, manufacturers are constantly battling to find ways to differentiate themselves and their products from the others. Nikon's D5000 offers a few features that help set it apart from other options in the company's line as well as from the models offered by other manufacturers. Like many DSLRs today, the D5000 offers Live View mode. It also has HD movie recording capabilities with the ability to capture up to 720p HD video at 24fps. While some cameras such as the Canon EOS Rebel T1i focus on a large, high-resolution display on the back of the camera, Nikon has gone a slightly different route and... Read more...
Ricoh isn't as big a name in the digital imaging arena as a company like Canon or Nikon, but it's still making some pretty big waves this year. Shortly after announcing its CX1 and GR Digital III, the company is now going after the Micro Four Thirds rivals with its GXR. The camera, which boasts both a simple name and a simple design, is most interesting due to its interchangeable slide mount lens units, which are described as "ealed modules containing both optics and sensor, meaning it can switch from a large (APS-C) 12 MP CMOS with a fast prime lens to a tiny 10 MP CCD (with a 24-70mm lens)."Ricoh says that this camera is the planet's smallest and lightest with the ability to change lenses,... Read more...
Remember Pentax's K-x DSLR that it delivered back in late September? Believe it or not, the camera you're looking at here is that same model--just one with a whole new outfit. Designed as a limited edition bundle exclusively for the Japanese (or import) market, the Korejanai K-x is a colorful version of the HD-video-equipped K-x. A really colorful version. Just 100 of these will be produced, and they'll all be sold with a matching Korejanai Robot Model and a limited-run, colorful smc PENTAX DA-L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens. The actual hardware of the camera remains the same as the original, though there's no doubt that slinging this around will get the attention of onlookers. Good luck getting your... Read more...
Like to toy around with your entry level DSLR? If so, Epson's Multimedia Photo Viewers are probably a bit much for you, but if you manage to make ends meet with your lens, they just might be exactly what the doctor ordered. The P-6000 and P-7000 viewers have just been updated in a pretty major way, and professional photographers are bound to take notice. You see, both of these are designed to be real-time backup drives for pro shooters, enabling them to store their shots on both the camera's flash card and on the Epson hard drive. Think of it as instant redundancy. The update, which will be available to download for free in the near future, adds tethering capabilities, which means that users... Read more...
Canon announced the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras. The new EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR targets professional photographers with its redesigned 45-point autofocus system, 10 frames per second burst speed, 16-megapixel resolution, HD video capabilities, and weather-resistant camera body. The new EOS-1D Mark IV features Canon's most advanced autofocus system to date with a newly developed 45-point AF sensor that features 39 high-precision cross-type AF points and an all new AI Servo II AF mode for focusing on and tracking fast-moving subjects at speeds up to 10fps. The EOS-1D Mark IV also features the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date with ISO speed settings from 100 up to 12,800... Read more...
Nikon announced the new FX-format D3S DSLR today. This new professional-grade camera inherits many of the quality and speed performance features from the D3. The D3S provides photographers with shutter speed and aperture freedom thanks to a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to 12,800. Expanded ISO equivalent settings up to 102,400 and a setting of ISO equivalent 100 are also available. For the first time in a Nikon FX-format flagship camera, the D3S incorporates Nikon's HD-quality D-Movie function. The D3S' broad ISO range can be used while recording HD video clips. The D3s can capture smooth 1280x720 video at 24fps and features a new algorithm that helps to reduce the "rolling shutter"... Read more...
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