Our friends over at Pop Photo got a look at the new Canon 60Da, a DSLR aimed at astrophotographers which we plan on swiping from their area of the office as soon as they get one in. It has a specially-modified infrared filter and a sensor that's been altered for the specifics of taking photos of space--a higher sensitivity to H-alpha, reduced noise over long exposures, an included AC adapter for long shooting sessions, that kind of thing. It comes with a price tag about $500 higher than an equivalent non-space-focused camera, but that won't stop us from wanting one. Read more here.
Our friends and office-mates over at Pop Photo just put up a sample image gallery of shots taken by the brand-new Nikon D800, and they are very impressed by its performance. The D800 replaces the D700, one step down from the very top-of-the-line (and absurdly expensive) D4, but it's got super impressive performance at high ISO and great overall image quality. Interestingly, it was the feel of the shutter that most wooed its testers, who called it "seriously satisfying" to use. Check out the gallery here.
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.
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.
Our sister site Popular Photography just released their annual Pop Awards list, in which the best, most influential, and flat-out coolest photography gear gets rounded up for your perusal. This year looks like a great crop, ranging from cameras of all sizes to bags, studio strobes to software, and lenses to tripods. If you're thinking about buying anything image-related, check out this list before you make a decision. Read more at PopPhoto.
Our good friends over at Popular Photography headed to the PhotoPlus expo yesterday to check out the best new camera gear first-hand. This year's crop is a good one, including a photographer's jacket reinforced with Kevlar, the awesome 3-D Sony binoculars we wrote about this summer, and this brand-new Zeiss lens, a manual-focus, wide-angle job that looks amazing. Check out the gallery over at PopPhoto.
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]