Canon just announced the sequel to the aging mid-range 60D camera, which is (shocker) called the 70D. Our friends at Popular Photography took a look at it and came away impressed. It's an upgrade over the 60D in all the usual ways: a higher megapixel count (now up to 20.2), a higher ISO maximum (25,600), faster burst shooting, a touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi, and more. But the big news is the autofocus system, which should make focusing during video shooting a breeze. For the more info and an in-depth look at the cool new autofocus system, head on over to PopPhoto.
Our good friends over at Popular Photography got their hands on the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, the Canon SL1, and found it quite nice! It's about the size of a mirrorless camera, but it has a mirror, which will make its autofocus faster and more accurate, and also gives you access to the entire range of Canon-compatible lenses. It's essentially a shrunken T4i, Canon's excellent entry-level DSLR from last year. We've spoken before about how DSLRs aren't for everyone--and the SL1 still isn't nearly pocket-sized, though it's closer than any other of its kind. Anyway, go check out the hands-on at Pop Photo.
Our friends over at Popular Photography just put up a hands-on examination of the new Sony A58 DSLR. The A58 is the couple-years-later followup to the A55, which won Popular Photography's highest honor, Camera of the Year, back in 2010. It's cheap, at only $600 for the whole kit, but it doesn't skimp on features or quality, with a 20MP sensor (upped from 16MP on last year's model), an OLED eye-level finder, and 60i video at 1080p--damned impressive at that price point. Head on over to Pop Photo for a sample gallery and more insights.
Your camera--whether it's a DSLR, an interchangeable-lens camera, or an advanced compact--doesn't need to stay as it was when you bought it. You can make your camera suit you, to do what you want it to do and exactly how you want to do it. These hacks, gathered by our friends at Pop Photo, range from super simple, no-cost hacks (change what the buttons do!) to more advanced hardware tweaks (swap out the screen, add GPS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth). See the whole list here.
David Pogue of the NYTimes called it "the best pocket camera ever made." Gizmodo called it a "significant achievement" in both image quality and physical design. But only our buddies over at Pop Photo have a serious, professional test of the Sony RX100's abilities, putting it through its paces to test for noise, color accuracy, contrast, overall image quality, and more--and they found that, though expensive as all hell at $650, it is indeed a very impressive piece of kit. Read the full story over at Pop Photo.
Nikon's followup to the D3s, the D4, has recently taken the reins as Nikon's current big boy--the absolute top-of-the-line, crazy-powerful beast of a camera, competing with the Canon 1D. Our buddies over at Pop Photo just posted their full-on hardcore camera test of the D4, thoroughly examining its image quality and usability under all sorts of conditions to see if it's worth the title of Nikon's finest--and the $6,000 price tag. Check it out here.
Our friends over at Popular Photography got a hands-on look at the new Canon EOS Rebel T4i, the sequel to the fantastic entry-level T3i DSLR. It's not wildly different from its predecessor, but with a more powerful processor, a better autofocus (including continuous autofocus in video mode, a great feature), and, most importantly, a very flashy touchscreen interface (including touch to focus and navigation), it's definitely worth a look for anyone considering an entry-level (or even intermediate-level) DSLR. Check out the report (with video of the new interface) over at Pop Photo.
Our friends and office-mates over at Pop Photo just got themselves a look at the new Nikon D3200. It's Nikon's entry-level DSLR, but that's becoming less and less of a turn-off--the D3200 has a whopping 24.2-megapixel sensor (which is more than the Canon 5D Mark III!), a new processor that gives it a higher maximum ISO, and can shoot 1080p video at both 24 and 30 fps. Plus, it costs $700 with a kit lens--a pretty sweet package for anyone looking to get into the world of DSLRs. Read more over at Pop Photo.