Nikon's D4, the sequel to the D3s and basically the most badass camera you can buy, is not troubled by the darkness. It loves the darkness. It thrives in the darkness. So our buddy Dan Bracaglia over at Popular Photography took it down into a dank New Jersey basement to shoot some harshly-lit live music--these are conditions that, if shot with other cameras, would produce photos as noisy as the music itself. But the D4 handled it like a champ. Check out the full gallery over at Pop Photo to see just how scary-good this camera really is.
Canon's followup to the 5D Mark II, easily one of the most popular DSLRs ever made, is finally here, and it looks like a healthy sequel (and competitor to the recently-announced Nikon D800). The major upgrade in the Mark III is the new autofocus system, but it also gets a sensor overhaul, a new image processor, an SD card slot alongside the typical CF, and an onboard external mic and headphone jack for taking video. Our photo-fanatic sister site PopPhoto has the full story.
To win our Innovation of the Year award, the Lytro had to captivate us enough for us to pass over significant medical diagnostic breakthroughs and a complete reinvention of the internal combustion engine--and it did. So we're naturally excited about the opportunity to spend a little QT with the Light-Field camera. The Lytro, which is culmination of over a decade of work by CEO Ren Ng in the world of light-field photography, is the first camera that allows its user to refocus an image after it's taken. It sounds unbelievable, but after taking our own pics with the Lytro (below), we're happy to report that it's reality.
Click to launch a gallery of Lytro-taken shots, as well as a tour of the camera's hardware.
Mobile World Congress, Europe's biggest mobile tech conference, was the site of Nokia's ruthless mining of the world's natural megapixel reserves. The Finnish company (who's lately started making phones we really like) announced the 808, a smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera, along with a sensor and flash big enough to feel at home in a point-and-shoot. According to our photog brothers at Popular Photography, that'll give the phone better digital zoom capabilities and hopefully better image quality--Nokia has a new system to take all those pixels and turn them into nicer, smaller pictures. (Oddly, the phone will use, of all things, the very dead and very awful Symbian OS.) Read more over at Pop Photo.
Our friends at Popular Photography got themselves a brand-new Canon G1 X, a super high-performance compact camera that, according to their tough tests, can compete with compact interchangeable-lens cameras like the 2011 Camera of the Year winner, the Sony NEX-7. It scored an Extremely High rating in image quality at low ISO, and retained acceptable image quality all the way up to ISO 6400. Plus, it clocks in at only $800. Check out their full test results here.
Our friends over at Popular Photography got themselves a look at the new Nikon D800 DSLR, the followup to the well-liked D700 and the soon-to-be little brother to Nikon's newest Official Big Boy Camera (note: this is not an official term used by Nikon (though maybe it should be? Call us, Nikon)), the D4. The D800 is equipped with a whopping 36.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a pumped-up image processor, and a 51-point autofocus system, but there's a new focus on video as well--this thing is head and shoulders beyond the D700 in the video department. Read more over at PopPhoto.
Pentax just announced their cheerfully-colored K-01, an interchangeable-lens compact camera. It's sort of in the same category as the Sony NEX-7, which we love: it's the size of a point-and-shoot, but it has an APS-C sensor and the ability to swap lenses like a DSLR. Compared to the NEX-7, it's quite a bit cheaper, and you get access to Pentax's roughly 25 bajillion (science.) available lenses, but it's also larger and does not have a viewfinder. On the other hand, yellow. Read more at PopPhoto.
Millions of security cameras capture constant video at businesses and retail locations throughout the U.S., but for the most part their footage is only useful if someone shoplifts and cops need to check it out. But there’s a wealth of data buried in that video, from customer density to crowd shopping preferences. A new startup can analyze surveillance video to help business owners see what their customers do, in the way websites can easily track online shoppers’ browsing habits.
Canon's monster of a compact offers some serious firepower
By Dan BracagliaPosted 01.10.2012 at 5:59 pm 0 Comments
We got the chance to spend some time playing around with Canon's newest creation, the G1 X compact camera, on the CES show floor last night. Thanks to a new High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that measures 18.7 x 14mm -- slightly smaller than APS-C but slightly larger than a Micro Four Thirds Sensor -- the G1 X offers a great deal of photographic firepower, in a compact, yet rugged package.