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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nikon D90 Officially Released Today

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon.../25446/D90.html


As was suspected, the Nikon D90 went public this week - this morning actually. All the specs and details are up on Nikon USA's site, but let me give you the breakdown on what's interesting. First, I was wrong about it being a CCD sensor: it has the same size DX-format sensor (15.8 x 23.6mm) as the Nikon D300, with the same number of effective pixels. So that right there is a bit shocking: you can get the same sensor in a camera that's basically half as much. Same ISO as well: 3200, or 6400 ISO in "high" mode. So from the sensor point of view, the D90 matches the D300, and it should produce fantastic photos, even in low light. I've been blown away by how great my D300 is in low light. The D90 also has the same amazing three-inch LCD screen as the D300, which I've found to be incredibly useful for seeing which photos really turned out. Read more...


Nikon SB900: Flash forward?

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM



Product Category: Camera Flash
Manufacturer: Nikon
Where to Buy: Amazon [Affiliate]
Price: $456 USD
System Requirements: Nikon DSLR with iTTL compatibility for full range of features.

Pros:

  • Decreased recycle times (and without needing a 5th battery too);
  • A proper switch that not only turns on the flash, but enables the wireless modes.
  • New user interface is a bit quicker and easier to operate for many of the flash's myriad settings.
  • A new flash-head that zooms to 200mm, giving control over the shape of the light projected...

Cons:

  • ... at the cost of making the new flash much bigger than its predecessors;
  • No increase in power or distance reached;
  • Hotshoe stand (AS-21) mounting screw threads are plastic. Unforgivable cost cutting;
  • As of now, the SB800 still is on sale, and represents a very viable and potentially better alternative.


Summary:
Introduced together with the Nikon D700 in early July, the SB900 replaces the SB800 as Nikon's high-end flash. It brings a few new features, such as increased flash cycle times, a new flash head with a twist, as well as an all-new user interface. How well did it do?

Read more...


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/197...ershot-sx110is/

"Canon strengthens its PowerShot range of digital cameras with the addition of a new SX "Super Zoom" model: the 9 Megapixel PowerShot SX110 IS, which replaces the popular SX100 IS. Featuring a 10x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer - plus a 3.0" LCD - the Canon PowerShot SX110 IS delivers outstanding telephoto reach in an even more compact and lightweight body. A full range of Canon technologies - including Face Detection Technology, Motion Detection Technology and a new Easy Mode - help everyone take great photos, while experienced users can also enjoy the creative possibilities offered by full manual control."

For some reason, I really like the look of this camera - the rounded edges make it look like it would be really easy to hold and control. The pop-up flash, and overall design, remind me of the point and shoot cameras from 15 years ago. The SX110 certainly doesn't lack in features though: the combination of 10x optical zoom and image stabilization, along with 9 megapixel images, would make for a decent all-around camera. I'm kind of aghast at all of the specs that Canon printed on the front of the camera though - does it really need to say 10x optical zoom if it already says that on the lens? And do we really need to be reminded that it's a 9 megapixel camera every time we pick it up?


dpreview.com's Canon EOS 50D Preview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos50d/

"Almost exactly a year after the arrival of the EOS 40D, Canon has announced the 50D, which we're assured will be a sister-model, rather than a replacement. Recent history has seen Canon release new models every 18 months-or-so but it's been a busy year with newcomers such as the Nikon D300 getting a lot of attention in the 40D's keen amateur/professional segment. The 50D puts essentially a 40D body wrapped around a newly-developed 15 megapixel sensor that finally rectifies the situation in which Canon's x0D range trailed the company's entry-level line, in pixel terms....The other big change is the inclusion of a new, high-resolution LCD screen. 920,000 dots mean that it can convey 640 x 480 RGB pixels, making it effectively a VGA standard monitor. Three anti-reflection layers built into the screen do their best to keep it useable in bright conditions, too."

If you've got your eye on the new Canon EOS 50D, this preview article has a wealth of detailed information worth checking out.


Nikon's D90 To Be Announced Tomorrow

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:03 AM

http://nikonrumors.com/2008/08/25/e...0-pictures.aspx

Those of you who have been waiting for this camera, your time is almost over - Nikon is expected to officially announce it tomorrow. The specs? A 12.3 megapixel sensor (I presume CCD, there's no mention of CMOS) capable of ISO 200 to 3200, with a Low (ISO 100) and Hi (ISO 6400) setting. A three inch, 900,000 pixel screen (similar to the D300 I believe), 11 AF points, Live View, face detection, Matrix metering, and...video capture! Yes, Nikon is finally going there with a DSLR. The camera is going to have video capture, and has a built-in speaker for playback, but there's no mention of the resolution or format of the video capture. I really hope Nikon doesn't use their lame 640 x 480 video capture here; I hope to see 720p video, hopefully in h.264 format. Now that would be impressive! If the pricing makes sense, this looks like it could be a real winner for Nikon (and Nikon shooters).


Monday, August 25, 2008

Canon 50D with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.photographybay.com/2008/...mm-is-kit-lens/

15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor? Check. DIGIC 4 series processor? Check. Dust reduction and auto brightness processing? Check. 95% viewfinder, .97 magnification? Check. ISO 100 to 12,800? Check. 6.3 FPS burst mode? Check. Three inch VGA-resolution screen? Check. Magnesium alloy body? Check. Canon fans, is this your next camera?


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Olympus & Panasonic Announce Micro Four Thirds System

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:05 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0808/0...ofourthirds.asp

"Olympus and Panasonic have announced a new, mirrorless format / lens mount based on (and compatible with) Four Thirds. The Micro Four Thirds system uses the same sensor size (18 x 13.5 mm) but allows slimmer cameras by removing the mirror box and optical viewfinder. The new format has three key technical differences: (1) roughly half the flange back distance (distance from mount to the sensor), (2) a smaller diameter lens mount (6 mm smaller) and (3) two additional contact points for lens-to-body communication (now 11 points). Removing the mirror mechanism allows this shorter flange back distance, meaning lenses for the new mount can be considerably smaller than current Four Thirds designs. The format will require framing to be carried out using Live View on either the LCD monitor or an EVF. Existing Four Thirds lenses can be used on Micro Four Thirds cameras using an adapter."

If I understand this all correctly, what this means is that we're going to see cameras from Olympus and Panasonic that will be real DSLRs insofar as they have removable lenses, but they'll be potentially quite a bit thinner. So take something like the Sigma DP1 and improve it by making it lens-swappable. Sounds pretty tempting doesn't it? A camera that's almost as small as a point and shoot, but with the high-quality sensor of a much bigger camera is quite appealing. I've found in my tests with the Nikon D60 that the camera can rapidly become awkward to use when you take a small-body camera and put a big lens on it, but a small prime of even a pancake lens would fit nicely and allow for a small overall package.

The biggest disadvantage seems to be the fact that you lose the optical viewfinder. I've gotten used to not having an optical viewfinder on my small P&S cameras, but on a DSLR? That would be much harder to adapt to, especially when you combine the physical zoom of a big lens with having to stare at the screen - that just screams awkward to me. We'll see how the designs of these micro four-thirds cameras turn out...


Dpreview Reviews the Canon EOS 1000D

Posted by Suhit Gupta in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos1000d/

"When Canon launched the EOS 300D back in 2003 it was widely regarded as the first affordable digital SLR and secured Canon a seemingly indomitable number-one spot in the market. Since then the 'small' Canon has gone through three further iterations and the current model - the EOS 450D - offers a feature set and image quality that could only have been dreamed about five years ago (and at a price point well below the 300D's). However, the competition haven't been idle spectators and have recently launched a number of de-spec'ed cameras that have redefined the entry level segment and undercut the EOS 450D in the DSLR hierarchy. Canon has now responded to this mounting pressure by launching a new model one tier below the 450D in its current lineup - the EOS 1000D. It shares bits and pieces with Rebels gone by and, depending from which angle you look at it, the new model is either a stripped down 450D or a 'reheated' 400D. It's a lower specification camera than the 450D, by every measure you might see listed on the shop shelf, but is not the huge step down that its market positioning might lead you to expect. ...the headlines are: a 10MP sensor, 2.5 in LCD monitor, 7-point AF system and no spot-metering (like the 400D) but gaining Live View with both phase- and contrast-detect AF, SD/SDHC for storage and a control and menu layout that is pretty much identical to the EOS 450D's."

While I can clearly tell from the review about what the differences are between the 450D and the 1000D, I am not entirely sure whether the 1000D is anything more than a refresh. I wonder if Canon is simply reacting to pressure rather than creating unique and superior products that will help it corner the market, as I feel Nikon is doing. By itself the 1000D is a solid camera that gets a great review, I just hope that the new higher end camera (5D Mark II) that is expected from Canon in the next month or two wows us a little more.


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