Category: Digital SLR Cameras

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Canon to Provide Firmware Update to EOS-1D X Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon is planning to release a firmware update for its EOS-1D X digital SLR camera. The upgrade promises to deliver enhanced low-light performance through improved AF tracking. In addition the minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto will increase to reach 1/8000, and there will be a possibility to keep the exposure constant when zooming or changing lenses by altering the ISO or shutter speed manually. The firmware update, which is scheduled for a January release, will also bring flexibility for controls, including switching between one-shot AF and Al Servo AF.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Official Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has published five full-resolution sample images captured with the new Nikon D5300 digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of lenses including the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G and the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; these Nikon D5300 samples were all shot at low sensitivity settings such as ISO 100/21°and ISO 200/24°. You can download the official Nikon D5300 sample photos from the website below.

Website: Nikon D5300 Samples

Nikon D5300 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D5300 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, a new rival for the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i.

Nikon D5300

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D5300 is a new mid-range DSLR camera. Nikon’s new DX-format D-SLR features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 3.2 inch vari-angle screen, ISO 10-25,600, 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors, and Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p.

The Nikon D5300 will be avilable in black, grey and red for £729.99 / $799.95 / €899.00 body only,  £829.99 / €1029.00 with the 18-55mm VR lens, and $1,399.95 with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Sales start on 14th November 2013.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality. The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance.

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G costs £1,599.99 / $1,699.95 / €1,949.00 and will be available from 31st October 2013.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sony A7 v Olympus OM-D E-M1 v Canon EOS 5D Mk III

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We've directly compared the new Sony A7 full-frame compact system camera with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

As you'll see in the gallery, the Sony A7 is much smaller than Canon's full-frame DSLR, as you'd expect, but it's actually about the same size as Olympus' new mirrorless offering, which uses a comparatively tiny Micro Four Thirds sensor!

Obviously you then have to factor in the lenses, which are bigger on Sony's new FE full-frame system, but it's clear to see that Sony have put a lot of effort into making their new A7/A7R bodies as petitie as possible

Sony A-Mount Not Dead, but NEX Is…

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Sony have announced that a new mid to high-end Alpha mount camera body is currently under development. Due to be released in 2014, the new body confirms that Sony are still committed to the A-mount system. No further details about the new body have been released at today's London press briefing.

Meanwhile, it seems that the company's NEX branding is to be officially ended, as Sony focuses on promoting the Alpha naming convention for all of its mirrorless cameras. So expect to see future E-Mount cameras without that familiar NEX nomenclature...

SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is a wide to mid-telephoto for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The Sigma 24-105mm can pparently "bring out the potential of a high-resolution sensor" and boasts a constant aperture of F4, OS (Optical Stabilizer), HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), and a 9 blade rounded diaphragm. The price and availability of the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM will be announced shortly.

Nikon UK Launches Christmas Cashback Promotion

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Nikon UK is launching a bumper Christmas promotion, offering cashback on a huge amount of products including selected digital SLR cameras, selected lenses and speedlights and selected Nikon 1 cameras. The promotion is limited to one claim per person per product and will run from today until 26th January 2014 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by 28th February 2014. Click through / read on for the details.

Friday, October 11, 2013

David and Goliath - Olympus E-M1 v Canon EOS 5D Mk III

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We've just got the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in for testing, and thought it would be a Fun Friday thing to do to compare its size directly alongside the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III.

The Canon EOS 5D Mk III is fitted with the excellent Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, and the Olympus OM-D has the original version of the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 mounted, so they offer a similar angle of view - the Olympus/Panasonic pairing actually provides a slightly longer focal length of 40mm, in 35mm full-frame terms.

David and Goliath, eat your heart out...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Official Pentax K-3 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has released half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax K-3 APS-C format digital SLR camera. The 24-megapixel Pentax K-3 samples were taken with a variety of lenses including the smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED[IF], the smc PENTAX-DA★300mmF4ED[IF] SDM, the HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR and the smc PENTAX-DA★16-50mmF2.8ED AL[IF] SDM. All of these sample photos were captured at low sensitivity settings (ISO100/21° and ISO200/24°). You can download the full-resolution Pentax K-3 sample images from the website below.

Website: Pentax K-3 Samples

Nikon D610

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D610 is a new 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera with a 24-megapixel FX sensor and a new Quiet Release Burst mode. In regular continuous shooting mode, the Nikon D610 can capture up to six frames per second (up from 5.5fps in the Nikon D600), while in the new Quiet Release Burst mode - which reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism - the maximum shooting speed is 3fps. In virtually all other respects, the Nikon D610 is essentially the exact "replica" of the D600, with headline features such as a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 (extendable up to 25,600), lockable mode dial, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage and 0.7x magnification, a (mostly) magnesium alloy body shell, a 39-point auto focus module, in-camera HDR exposure blending and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Nikon D610 will go on sale later this month, priced at £1799.99 / €2199.00 / $1999.95 for the body only. A kit consisting of the camera and the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR FX lens will be available for £2299.99 / €2799.00 / $2599.95.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pentax K-3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax K-3 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Here are 41 hands-on photos of the Pentax K-3, a new enthusiast DSLR camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD movies, 27-point AF system, 8.3fps burst shooting, 3.2-inch LCD screen, excellent build quality and weather-resistance.

Click through to view the Pentax K-3 gallery, including pictures of the new 55-300m lens that has also just been announced.

Pentax K-3

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax K-3 is the new flagship model of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series. The new K-3 features 24 megapixels, a 27-point AF system, high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second, a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor, a large 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor, Full HD movies at 60fps, dustproof, weather-resistant body construction, and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class. It also has an anti-aliasing simulator, rather than an optical anti-aliasing filter, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject, plus Dual SD card slots and a USB 3.0 port.

Available in black or limited edition silver, the Pentax K-3 will be available from November for £1,099.99 body-only, £1,199.99 with the DA L 18-55mm WR lens, £1,349.99 with the DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR lenses, and £1,449.99 with the DA 18-135mm WR lens. The K-3 Silver Limited Edition will cost £1,399.99. Optional accessories include a battery grip, FLU card for wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone, and a camera strap.

Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR is a versatile telephoto zoom lens for K-mount DSLR cameras. The new lens features PENTAX-original HD coating to deliver sharp, clear images, and a weather-resistant construction. The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR will be available from November 2013 for £399.99.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1 v Nikon D7100

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One of the big selling points of the new OM-D E-M1 camera, at least according to Olympus, is its size in comparison with an equivalent DSLR. To illustrate this point, Olympus literally weighed the E-M1 and the Nikon D7100 on the same set of scales, together with three lenses each. The D7100 with the 24-70mm, 10-24mm and the 105mm lenses weighed in at 2765g, whilst the E-M1 and the 12-40mm, 9-18mm and the 75mm lenses came in at a mere 1348g, half the weight of its Nikon rival.

Food for thought if you're thinking of building a camera system, especially for street and travel photographers - but would the size difference be enough to tempt you to choose the OM-D E-M1 (or compact system cameras in general) with their smaller sensors, instead of a DSLR?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Canon’s EOS-1D C: First Ever HD Tier 1 DSLR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS-1D C has recently been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union standards for HD content acquisition and found to be the first DSLR ever to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool. Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides ‘exceptional’ HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ colour performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirm that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sony A99 Firmware Version 1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sony has released a firmware update for its SLT-A99 digital "single lens translucent" camera. Version 1.02 adds an HDMI simultaneous output mode, provides support for thirteen "Dual AF" function compliant lenses and half a dozen automatic compensation compliant lenses. You can download the firmware upgrade fromt the websites below.

Website: Sony SLT-A99 Firmware Version 1.02 for Mac
Website: Sony SLT-A99 Firmware Version 1.02 for Windows

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sony A99 and HX50 Win EISA Awards

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This year, Sony has won two photography-related EISA awards. The company's flagship camera, the Alpha SLT-A99, has been recognised with the 'European Advanced Camera of the year 2013-2014' title, while the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 superzoom (pictured) has scooped up the 'European Compact Camera of the year 2013-2014' award. Beyond photography, the company has also received accolades in the television, HT receiver and tablet categories.

Canon Picks Up Three EISA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Canon has been honoured with three product awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The Canon EOS 100D has been awarded the ‘European SLR Camera 2013-2014’, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens (pictured) has been named ‘European Professional Lens 2013-2014’ and the Canon EOS 6D has won the ‘European Advanced SLR Camera 2013-2014’ award. “Offering first-class products that enable creative expression is what drives Canon, so we’re honoured to receive these awards,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “By offering truly innovative products and technologies, our vision is to help photographers at all levels take the next step in their imaging journey. These products are a great example of that vision, and this recognition from the EISA judging panel is a testament to their outstanding quality.”