Category: Digital SLR Cameras
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sigma have issued a product advisory stating that some of their Canon-mount lenses cannot be used with live view on the Canon EOS 750D and 760D digtial SLR cameras. Specifically, when the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor, the company says. This issue affects 7 current and 6 discontinued Sigma zoom lenses. The company will provide users with a firmware update free of charge. Click through / read on for a detailed list of affected lenses.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ricoh has launched the Pentax K-3 II digital SLR camera. Following in the footsteps of the award-winning Pentax K-3, the new model delivers exceptionally high-resolution images supported by state-of-the-art technologies including an enhanced shake reduction system — the most highly effective in the K series — and a newly developed super-resolution technology; the Pixel Shift Resolution System. This innovative system delivers super-high-resolution images with far more truthful colour reproduction and much finer detail, while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise. Like its predecessor, the Pentax K-3 II also features: an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.35 effective megapixels; an AA-filter-free design for high-resolution image reproduction; a high-performance 27-point AF system; high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second; and a dustproof, weather-resistant construction ideal for capturing shots outdoors. It even incorporates a GPS module for the accurate recording of shooting locations and simplified, high-precision tracking of celestial bodies, to eliminate the need for an optional GPS unit. The body-only price is £769.99, and the camera is also going to be available in a number of kit configurations from 22 May 2015.
Nikon has posted a firmware update for its professional Nikon D4S digital SLR camera. Version 1.20 adds full support for the SB-500 flash unit, improves AWB consistency and removes the limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst when a continuous-release mode is selected in M and S modes. The new firmware also changes how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between portrait and landscape orientation, and fixes bugs. Click through / read on for the details.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. Among the winners are the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Best Digital SLR Expert), the Fujifilm X100T (Best Premium Camera), the Fujifilm X30 (Best Expert Compact Camera), the Leica T (Best Design), the Lytro Illum (Best Imaging Innovation), the Nikon Coolpix P610 (Best Superzoom Camera), the Nikon D5500 (Best Digital SLR Entry Level), the Nikon D810 (Best Digital SLR Professional), the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll (Best CSC Expert), the Panasonic LX100 (Best Photo/Video Camera Expert), the Panasonic FT6 (Best Rugged Camera), the Panasonic GM5 (Best CSC Advanced), the Pentax 645Z (Best Medium Format Camera), the Pentax K-2 (Best Digital SLR Advanced), the Ricoh WG-M1 (Best ActionCam, pictured), the Samsung NX1 (Best CSC Professional), the Sony A5100 (Best CSC Entry Level) and the Sony A7S (Best Photo/Video Camera Professional).
Nikon are developing new firmware for the Nikon D4S, D750 and D810 (pictured) digital SLR cameras. The updates will improve workflow for professional video applications by enhancing capability with third-party external recording devices. Specifically, the updates will make it possible to synchronise the start / stop commands of the Atomos Shogun and Ninja-2 external recorders with recording start/stop commands of the camera. Demonstrations of the firmware (which is currently under development) will be available at both the Nikon (#C8818) and Atomos (#C8825) booths at the NAB Show. Nikon have also announced that they are now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit for the D750 and the D810, containing the camera body, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens and the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lenses, two additional EN-EL15 batteries, an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters. In addition, the Nikon Filmmaker’s Kits feature custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to the next video production.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Canon is celebrating a 12th year as the global number one within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market. Canon’s run as market leader began in 2003 owing to the launch of the company’s first truly affordable dSLR, the EOS 300D. Since then, Canon has launched a host of interchangeable-lens cameras, including the EOS-1D series for professional users, and the EOS 5D series. More recently, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which boasts the world’s highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera plus the EOS 760D and EOS 750Do entry-level digital SLRs.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Ricoh are exhibiting the Pentax full-frame DSLR mockup at the Photograph Show in Birmingham, UK. Scheduled for launch by the end of 2015, a very early prototype of the new full frame K-mount DSLR is being shown under glass. No additional details were forthcoming from the tight-lipped Ricoh staff...
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Canon UK and Irelad today launched its spring promotion allowing customers to claim up to £100/€120 cashback on selected products. These include three dSLR cameras, seven lenses, two flashes, three compact cameras, two digital camcorders and four printers. Those that purchase two products in Canon’s cashback offer can also claim a free hdbook photo book worth £99/€120. The offer runs from 5th March 2015 to 6th May 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Nikon have released five high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Nikon D7200 digital SLR camera. Shot with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (read review) and the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR (read review) lenses, these Nikon D7200 samples span a variety of genres including land- and seascapes, wildlife and portraiture. All of them were captured at the camera's base sensitivity setting of ISO100/21°.
The Nikon D7200 is a new digital SLR camera with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, increased buffer capacity, new Picture Controls, Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera also features a wide ISO range from 100-25,600 to help minimize noise in low-light situations. Courtesy of EXPEED 4, the D7200 features 30% faster image processing than its predecessor, the Nikon D7100, and provides an increased buffer capacity that now allows the camera to shoot 18 consecutive RAW 14-bit lossless compressed images, 27 12-bit compressed shots or 100 JPEG frames. This is important as the most severe criticisms levelled against the D7100 all seemed to revolve around its smallish raw buffer. Additionally, the Nikon D7200 offers users the capability to shoot at 6fps continuously or up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode. In the US, Nikon D7200 will be available in early April 2015 either body only or kitted with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for suggested retail prices of $1,199.95 and $1,699.95, respectively. In the UK and Ireland, the D7200 will retail for £939.99 / €1,199 (body only), and £1,119.99 / €1,449 (camera bundled with the18-105 VR lens), with sales starting on 19 March 2015.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Nikon has announced a brand-new high-resolution dSLR camera optimised for astrophotography and other scientific applications. The Nikon D810A shares its architecture with the D810, and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been modified to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. The ISO range has been optimised from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with an optimal signal-to-noise ratio. The Nikon D810A will be available in late May 2015 and pricing will be announced at a later date.
Monday, February 9, 2015
The Pentax K-S2 is the World’s smallest dustproof, weather-resistant digital SLR camera with a variable-angle LCD monitor, wireless LAN and NFC functionality. In addition to the Pentax-original SAFOX X autofocus system, it provides a full range of advanced features, including: an AA filter simulator to assure the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical AA filter; an optical viewfinder with a glass pentaprism to provide a nearly 100% field of view; an in-body shake reduction mechanism; and a top sensitivity of ISO 51200/48°. The Pentax K-S2 is equipped with an APS-C sized 20.12-megapixel sensor, high-performance PRIME MII imaging engine, and a high-speed shutter capable of shutter speeds up to 1/6000th of a second. The camera will retail for £549.99 (body only). A number of kit options will also be available, priced from £649.99 / $799.95.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Canon has posted 4 full-resolution sample photos and 3 reduced-size sample videos recorded with the 50-megapixel Canon EOS 5Ds digital SLR camera. Captured using a variety of lenses including the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, the EF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and the EF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM II; these Canon EOS 5Ds samples can be downloaded as full-resolution JPEG images from the website below. Note that unlike the stills, the sample movie has been resized for the Web.
Website: Canon EOS 5Ds Sample Images & Movies
Canon has published 3 high-resolution sample images captured with the Canon EOS 5Ds R digital SLR camera. Taken at sensitivity settings of ISO200/24° and ISO400/27°, these EOS 5Ds R samples show off the incredible resolution of the camera's 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor. You can download the official sample photos from the website below.
Website: Official Canon EOS 5DS R Samples
We take a look at the brand new Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R cameras in our detailed hands-on preview...
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Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 5DS camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the 5D Mark III.
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Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens.
Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 760D camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 760D camera.
Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 750D camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 750D camera.