Category: Digital SLR Cameras
Friday, February 22, 2013
Nikon has issued a product advisory in which the company acknowledges that a number of Nikon D600 cameras may have been shipped to customers with dirt on their low-pass filters. Reminding users that “the structure and concept of digital SLR cameras makes the complete elimination of… dust spots very difficult,” Nikon suggests that they clean the camera’s sensor - or, more precisely, the surface of the low-pass filter - using a blower. If this does not help, they should “consult [their] nearest Nikon service centre.” The product advisory does not say explicitly that the affected cameras will be cleaned free of charge, only that they will be “thoroughly” examined and serviced “as needed.”
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Earlier today, Nikon announced the Nikon D7100 digital SLR camera, a successor to the hugely popular Nikon D7000. The new model inherits the D7000’s viewfinder, shutter assebly, 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor, dual SD memory card slots, weatherproof body, EN-EL15 battery and core functionality; and adds a new 24-megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter, an Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX auto focus module with 51 focus points, a new LCD screen and a number of new features including a “1.3x crop mode.” Note that as the Nikon D7100 is a DX camera with a “crop factor” of 1.5, the “1.3x” mode is in fact a 2x crop mode relative to 35mm full frame, essentially turning the Nikon D7100 into a 15-megapixel FourThirds camera while retaining the 3:2 aspect ratio and allowing for a slightly faster continuous shooting speed.
Nikon has posted half a dozen full-resolution sample photos taken with the new Nikon D7100 dSLR camera. Shot with the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lenses in 12-bit and 14-bit raw formats, all of the Nikon D7100 samples can be downloaded as JPEGs. Note that these sample images were all shot at low sensitivity settings (ISO 100/21°and ISO 200/24°).
Website: Official Nikon D7100 Sample Photos
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D7100 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous D7000 model.
The Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1 megapixel APS-C DSLR camera. Key features of the D7100 include a 24.1-megapixel DX format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, EXPEED 3 image processor, ISO sensitivity of 100-6400, extendable to 25600, 51 focus points of which 15 are cross-type, 6fps continuous shooting, 1.3x crop function, 3.2 inch 1229k-dot LCD monitor, and 1080p movies up to 60i/50i and 30p/25p/24p.
The Nikon D7100 (Body only) will cost £1099.99 / €1329.00 / $1199.95, and the D7100 and 18-105mm lens kit retails for £1299.99 / €1579.00 / $1599.95 . Sales start in the UK on 21st March 2013.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A58 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A58 DSLR camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous A57 model.
The Sony A58 is a new Digital SLT camera with Translucent Mirror Technology. The A58 has a new 20.1 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, ISO 100 to 16000, speedy 8fps shooting, 15-point AF system with Lock-on Autofocus, an OLED Tru-Finder, and Auto Object Framing. The new Sony A58 interchangeable lens camera will be available in the UK from mid-April, priced at around £450 with the 18-55mm kit lens or £600 in a twin-lens kit.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Before we reluctantly send the RX1 back to Sony, we thought we'd compare its Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens with another full-frame / 35mm combo, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and excellent new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. Take a closer look at how these two 35mm full frame, 35mm lens camera systems compare in our side-by-side comparison...
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Canon has issued a product advisory for the £10,000 / $15,000 Canon EOS-1D C “Cinema EOS Camera.”. The company is going to offer a free service upgrade enabling owners to opt for a frame rate of 25fps (in addition to the existing 24fps) at the camera’s maximum 4K Ultra HD video resolution. The exact availability of the service upgrade will be announced in April 2013.
Source: Canon U.S.A. Product Advisory
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sony has issued firmware updates for its range of “SLT” - Single Lens Translucent - cameras, including the SLT-A37, A57, A65 and A99. The updates add automatic distortion compensation for a number of lenses. Version 1.01 for the SLT-A99 additionally incorporates support for a range of Dual AF function compliant lenses. You can download the firmware updates from the website below (after specifying your camera model and operating system).
Website: Sony Support
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Canon has issued a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR camera. Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following bug fixes and improvements:
1. The function to disable the Image size selection button has been added.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which Err 70 and Err 80 may occur during certain shooting conditions.
Website: Canon U.S.A.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Pentax has issued firmware updates for a number of cameras including the Pentax K-r, K-01, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs and K-30. The updates improve CDAF speed with the 560mm f/5.6 ED AW lens and improves overall stability. You can download the firmware updates from the website below.
Website: Pentax Software Downloads
Friday, February 1, 2013
Nikon has posted a new firmware update for the Nikon D4 digital SLR camera. This release improves subject tracking performance in AF-C mode. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Nikon USA Support
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Pentax Ricoh have posted a firmware update for its Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs digital SLR cameras. Version 1.01 enables users to adjust the contrast of the cameras’ rear displays, and improves overall operational stability. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Pentax Japan
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Our eight and final award is for Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
“Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the OM-D E-M5 is the first MFT model to equal the results from leading cameras like the Sony NEX-7. Noise doesn’t rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-M5 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the much noisier raw images. We never longed for a camera with a bigger sensor, and you’d have to step up to a full-frame DSLR to see an appreciable leap in image quality.”
Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M5!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Our seventh award is for DSLR Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Nikon D800.
“On the resolution front, the Nikon D800 delivers images with a truly stunning amount of detail, comparable to what you can achieve with a number of medium-format digital cameras and backs. The 7360×4912-pixel photographs print to 24”x16” (60×40cm) size at industry-standard 300ppi with no interpolation required, which also means they are ideal for double-page spreads in a large-format 12”x12” photo book.”
Congratulations to Nikon and the D800!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Chipworks has dismantled the new Nikon D5200 and found that it’s equipped with a totally different sensor than the D3200. Whereas the entry-level model incorporates a Sony imaging chip, the more enthusiast focused Nikon D5200 comes with a Toshiba sensor. “In our recent technology blog entry on full-frame format image sensors, we speculated on the possibility of new entrants in the FF CIS space,” the company says. “What we didn’t expect was a new entrant into the APS-C game with Toshiba winning the primary CIS socket in the Nikon D5200.” For an idea of how the Nikon D5200 stacks up in terms of image quality, have a look at our full-resolution sample images. To read more about the sensor itself, check out the Chipworks website.
Nikon has announced the US availability of the new Nikon D5200 digital SLR camera. The 24.1 megapixel Nikon D5200 succeeds the D5100, featuring a new EXPEED 3 image processor, ISO range of 100-6400 which is extendable to 25600, 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, Fulll 1080p HD movies, 5fps burst shooting, 39-point AF system, 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, the Scene Recognition System and a new generation GUI Design. Priced at $899.95 with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, the Nikon D5200 will be available in late January in three colours (black, red and bronze).
Monday, December 17, 2012
Leica has released a firmware update for the Leica S2 digital SLR camera. Version 18.104.22.168 adds support for the new Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. and Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lenses and optimises the shutter priority exposure mode (T) based on user feedback. Furthermore, the installation of the new camera firmware is a precondition for the use of Leica S-Lenses with central (leaf) shutters. Registered S customers can now download the files containing the firmware upgrade and an installation guide from the owners’ area at the website below.
Canon has issued a firmware update for the Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera. Version 1.1.2 fixes a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using the EOS 6D from being played back on YouTube. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.