Our sister site Popular Photography is awfully excited about the newly announced Canon EOS-1D X, an absolute beast of a DSLR. The full-frame camera offers full burst capability at 12 frames per second, it has a top standard ISO of 51,200, it's got a totally new sensor that tracks subjects by shape and/or color, and its pixels are 22% bigger than its predecessor's. In short, this is one badass shooter, hence its hefty pricetag: $6,800. Read more over at PopPhoto.
Our friends at Popular Photography just posted a thorough test of the thoroughly awesome Sony A77 DSLR, the better-in-every-way followup to last year's A55, which PopPhoto actually declared the Camera of the Year. It's got a brand-new 24.3MP sensor, the world's first electronic OLED viewfinder, and, most satisfyingly, an overall rating of Excellent in PopPhoto's tests--no mean feat. Oh, and it's $200 cheaper than competing Nikon and Canon models. Read the full test here.
Our friends over at PopPhoto got a look at the new Nikon J1 and V1, Nikon's first forays into mirrorless cameras. The big benefit of mirrorless cameras is a huge reduction in size from DSLRs--almost as small as point-and-shoots--with, theoretically, not a huge drop-down in image quality (we loved, for example, Sony's NEX-5, a similar idea). What's especially great about these Nikons is that there will be an adapter available so that you can use any F-Mount (Nikon's 35mm SLR mount) lens, so you won't have to buy a ton of new glass if you're already a Nikon user. Check out PopPhoto to see impressions and a full run-down of the new cameras. [PopPhoto]
By Mark Wilson
Posted 09.01.2011 at 1:08 am 0 Comments
This fall, capturing postcard-worthy images of wide vistas and vibrant scenery doesn’t have to mean lugging a pro kit on your next hike; in fact, quite the opposite. The right camera, tripod, memory card and lens make for more user-friendly shooting and sharing.
This 8x10-inch sensor--about 60 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor--is the creation of photographer Mitchell Feinberg, who was sick of spending thousands of dollars on expensive film previews of his work. The sensor (which, he says, cost as much as "a good-sized house--before the housing crash") replaces the Polaroid backs that many photographers use to test exposure. But since these professional-grade Polaroids are so expensive these days due to their huge size and scarcity, he created this sensor (named the Maxback), which lets him see exactly how his shots would look on film, but in only 30 seconds and with no added cost. It's not to be used for regular photography--the resolution is too low for a regular print spread--but to properly simulate how his shots would look on (gigantic) film, a DSLR just wouldn't cut it. You can read more about it at Popular Photography.
Sony announced a pair of new DSLRs in their Alpha line today, named the A77 and A65. As our sister publication Pop Photo awarded Sony's A55 the camera of the year award in 2010, we sit up and take notice whenever Sony releases a new flagship DSLR--and we're glad we did this time, because good lord, these are some impressive cameras.
Our sister site, Popular Photography, has an in-depth preview (with glorious sample images) of two of Sony's latest and greatest: the A35 DSLR, and the NEX-C3. The NEX-C3, pictured above, slims down the already teeny NEX-5 (which we reviewed here) to become the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. Then there's the A35, a full-sized DSLR that usurps lots of the features and hardware of the A55, the recipient of PopPhoto's coveted Camera of the Year Award last year--only at an entry-level price. Read more at PopPhoto.
Let your breaths out: Popular Photography has finally named its Camera of the Year. The winner is the fascinating, powerful hybrid Sony A55. Read the full review and see why the editors were unanimous in their choice of the innovator.
Our sister site PopPhoto.com just launched a great new feature: The Buying Guide. It's a complete database of every DSLR and lens worth your attention right now, complete with full specifications, PopPhoto's in-depth reviews, rock-solid lab tests, sample image galleries and more--all the information you need to plan your next gear purchase, all in one place. And that's just the beginning. Check it out!
Our friends at Popular Photography are on the ground in Cologne, Germany for Photokina--the year's biggest photography trade show. The swarm of new product announcements coming out of an event of this size can be overwhelming, but PopPhoto has compiled a list of all the new cameras, lenses and accessories worthy of your attention. Check it out here.
Canon's mid-range 60D, unveiled late last night, doesn't auto focus like Nikon's also-fresh D3100. But it does represent the final step in Canon's 1080p HD video transition across its full line of DSLRs. Plus--there's a nifty fold-out LCD.
Phil Ryan from Pop Photo had a chance to take the new rig for an early spin in Yellowstone. Read all about it, and see plenty of full-res sample shots, here.
Nikon's been playing catch-up ever since they introduced the first DSLR capable of shooting HD video along with photos; a flurry of HD models from rival Canon have consistently bested Nikon's in terms of features in price. But with the freshly-announced D3100, Nikon may have found a new secret sauce: 1080p with auto focus.
It wasn't that long ago that the T1i first brought 1080p video to an entry-level digital SLR--albeit at a pokey 20 frames per second. Today, Canon's latest digital Rebel, the T2i borrows the video capabilities of the far more advanced 7D in a sub-$1,000 package.
Less than a week after Nikon wowed with its D3S, with previously unseen light sensitivity up to ISO 102,400, Canon has unveiled their own night-vision pro DSLR, the 1D Mark IV. But where the D3S falls short in the video department, the 1D Mark IV pushes things forward.
Night vision, you say? The Nikon D3S, which the company unmasked today, is a pro-level D-SLR built around an entirely new 12-megapixel CMOS sensor that allegedly works well past twilight.
The D3S's sensor has expanded ISO sensitivity up to 102,400 (that's quadruple that of its older sibling, the Nikon D3), which means seriously low-light shooting. In fact, Nikon claims ISO 102.4K can pick up details you'd miss with the naked eye. (Too bad it can't see through walls, though.)
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.