Category: Digital SLR Cameras
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The winners of the Camera Grand Prix 2015, hosted by the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan (CJPC), received their awards in Tokyo on Monday, 1 June 2015. The Camera Grand Prix, held since 1984, is a prestigious award whose winners are selected by a judging committee made up of the members of the CJPC, top editorial staff of the member publications, academic experts, technical writers, professional photographers and TIPA (Technical Image Press Association). The winning products for the Camera GP 2015 include theCanon EOS 7D Mark II ("Camera of the Year" and "Readers' Award"), theCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens ("Lens of the Year"), the Lytro Illum, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 ("Editors' Award").
Friday, June 5, 2015
Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera. Version C1.04 addresses an issue that caused the memory card access lamp to light longer than normal or the message “This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged. Insert another card” to be displayed while the memory card was accessed. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Phase One today unveiled the XF Camera System featuring robust, aerial-grade mechanics, advanced electronics, a new autofocus platform, new modularity options and customisable touch controls. The new Honeybee Autofocus Platform (HAP-1) is a patent-pending and fully controlled in-house AF system, while the OneTouch UI is a seamless and highly customisable combination of dials, keys and touch screens, allowing photographers to personalise camera controls for their specific shooting requirements. Using a new modern Phase One Camera OS, the OneTouch UI is user upgradeable and will evolve in accordance with customer needs and feedback. The XF Camera System also introduces a new 90° Prism viewfinder and a new waist-level finder. The full frame solid glass prism viewfinder is the brightest of its kind, and comes standard on all XF cameras. The new waist-level viewfinder can measure exposure thanks to the HAP-1 autofocus platform ability to perform light metering. The XF system also features a new 80-megapixel IQ3 digital back capable of very long exposures, and two new Phase One Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses - a 120mm and a 35mm -, both of which are designed to resolve beyond 100 megapixels.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Canon will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of their EOS 5D series of dSLR cameras this fall. Launched in September 2005, the EOS 5D was the first 35mm dSLR camera to break the €3,000 barrier, enabling a wider range of photographers to experience the image quality of a full-frame CMOS sensor than ever before. Then, in November 2008, Canon launched the second-generation model in the series: the EOS 5D Mark II. This camera, which was the first in the EOS series to include a function enabling the capture of Full HD movies, facilitated the widespread adoption of DSLR cameras as a tool for capturing video. In March 2012, Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark III, featuring improvements in still-image and video quality as well as enhanced AF precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed. This year, the company launched the latest models in the series, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R (pictured), which boast a record-breaking 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor for ultra-high resolution stills.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Nikon have posted a new firmware update for the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera. Version C1.02, which improves the overall reliability of the camera, can be downloaded from the website below.
Website: Nikon Download Center
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Ricoh have announced their summer cashback offers. Running from 21st May – 1st August, the promotion enables consumers to receive £75/€100 cashback on the Pentax K-3, and £40/€50 on the Pentax K-S2 and K-50. For further information on the promotion, visit the website below.
Nikon UK today launched their newest promotion, offering up to £60 cashback on selected dSLRs, lenses and flashes. The offer will run from 21 May 2015 – 26 August 2015 and all claims must be received by 30 September 2015 in order to qualify. Eligible products include the Nikon D3300, D 5200, D5300 and D5500 (pictured) digital SLR cameras, four AF-S DX Nikkor zooms, plus the Nikon SB-500 and SB-300 speedlights. For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, visit the website below.
Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Ricoh has published seven high-resolution sample photos captured with the new Pentax K-3 II digital SLR camera. Taken by Mitsuo Suzuki, these Pentax K-3 II samples were shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 400, using an array of lenses including the HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW telezoom, the HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Limited macro lens, the smc PENTAX-DA★55mmF1.4 SDM prime, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR telephoto lens, the HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW telezoom and the HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR standard zoom.
Website: Ricoh Imaging Japan
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.