Nikon D4

The just announced Nikon D4 is capable of recording 1080p Full HD video at 30/25 or 24p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format with broadcast quality. Here are two great videos made using the Nikon D4 (prototype?). Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on January 6th, 2012. No Comments.

Most DSLR cameras come in black although colored ones have been available, for example the Pentax K-x. It seems only the second tier DSLR camera manufacturers needed to do this in order to grab a piece of the DSLR market dominated by Canon and Nikon. Not any more.

Canon today announced Canon Online Store exclusive EOS Rebel T3 in red, brown, and metallic gray, in addition to the ordinary black color. You can check them out here.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News, Photography Gadgets on June 19th, 2011. No Comments.

Amazon has the recently announced Nikon D7000, SB-700, and the new prime lenses available for pre-order.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Photography Gadgets on September 14th, 2010. No Comments.

The economy is still struggling in much of the world but that doesn’t stop Nikon from trying to get you to upgrade your not-so-old and still-works-like-new gear. Today, Nikon announced the D7000, a successor to the mid-level Nikon D90. Obviously there is no room after “90” to name this new comer so it now starts with “7000”.

Basically, the Nikon D7000 is a DSLR camera with “a 16.2-Megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor, Six FPS Shooting, 39-Point AF System and 1080p HD Movie with Full Time Autofocus”. It will be available mid-October 2010 at an MSRP of $1199.95 for body only and $1499.95 for body + AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. If you need to know more, you have plenty to read below. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on September 14th, 2010. No Comments.

Nobody is surprised that no camera manufacturers seem to be able to keep a secret these days. Canon EOS 60D rumors have been floating around for quite a while and now it has finally become official. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on August 25th, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon has not disappointed us when it comes to releasing new high end DSLR cameras. The new D3S is not an exception. The D3S redefines what is possible with a six-figure ISO sensitivity for stills and video capture while enhancing overall performance.

The D3S features a Nikon designed 12.1 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor with 8.45 micron pixels. For image sensors, the pixel size does matter. Larger pixel offers better signal-to-noise ratio and larger dynamic range. The D3S has a standard ISO range of 200 – 12800, expendable downward to 100 and upward to an eye-popping 100400. The high ISO enables the D3S to capture images in darkness that is beyond the capability of human vision.

The 1280×720 24fps HD movie capture seems to be inferior to Canon’s 1080P offering but it is sufficient for the targeted professional users. The D-Movie mode supports full aperture control, exposure control, and contrast detection auto focus. The motion JPEG codec makes it easy to extract JPEG frames.

The in-camera post processing capability is a great feature. It is not about the silly art filters you can find on point-and-shoot cameras. D3S allows RAW editing. You can change JPEG compression, Size, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Picture Control, Noise Reduction, Colour space and Vignette Control settings. Instead of downloading the images first then editing on the computer, the in-camera post processing capability allows the basic editing in the field before the images are transferred.

The D3S is speedy.  It powers up in 12 ms with shutter lag 41 ms and mirror black-out 74 ms. It can shoot 9 fps in FX mode and 11 fps in DX crop mode. The buffer is expended to allow 48 frames in consecutive shooting.

The D3S offers great flexibility. D3S offers several different crop modes (up to 1.2x) for different lenses or for convenience so no useless pixels are recorded.  Picture Control allows pre-defined picture styles. Coupled with Nikon’s RAW editing software such as Capture NX, the users can quickly get the desired output image without extensive post processing. Live View and Quiet Shutter modes make it easier or possible to shoot in certain situations. Dual card slots allows users many options in saving their images and videos. Users can record two full CF cards of data sequentially, record the same data onto two cards for backup, record RAW and JPEG simultaneously onto separate cards, transfer data from one card to another, and use one slot for stills and one slot for D-Movie recording. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on October 14th, 2009. No Comments.

Rumor mills have been busy pumping out the bits and bytes about the upcoming Canon 7D. At the beginning it was rumored to be a full frame DLSR but now it appears to be an advanced APS-C format DSLR with 1.6x crop factor based on the bundled EF-S kit lenses.

The most recent information about the Canon 7D specifications appears to have come from a post in a Chinese language photography forum. Canon Rumors and Neutralday both have translations of the specs. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on August 30th, 2009. No Comments.

Do you have a Nikon D5000 on hand that won’t turn on even with a fully charged battery? You may not be alone. Nikon has issued a service advisory for the hot new entry level DSLR camera. Apparently a bad component in the power control circuit caused the problem. Nikon will be offering free fix to all affected users. However the problem seems to be either quite wide spreed or requires special handling that they need to setup a special facility for it. People will have to wait until July 23 to find out if his/her D5000 belongs to the pool of affect ones by checking the serial number against Nikon’s to-be-published list. If you have questions, you can check out the frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page or contact Nikon.

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Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on July 17th, 2009. No Comments.
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