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Monday, May 30, 2011

CameraSim: Learning DSLR Settings in Your Browser

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:30 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5801710/camer...ou-how-it-works

"So you've been thinking about getting a DSLR but you're not sure if you're ready to step up to a heavy-duty camera. If you don't have a friend who can teach you how it works, or you'd rather learn on your own, CameraSim can give you a pretty realistic account of what it's like to use a DSLR-but in your web browser."

If you're new to using a digital DSLR - or, more than likely if you're reading this site, you might know someone who is - this Web-based tool allows you to see that impact of using various sliders that emulate camera ISO settings, aperture, and shutter speed. Pretty slick!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Notes from my Nikon D5100 Pre-Release Briefing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:05 PM

In lieu of a full report, which is no longer interesting to me at this point, I decided to write up, point form, some of the interesting things I learned about the Nikon D5100 DLSR and ME-1 microphone - the things that aren't necessarily in the press release. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions - I'll do my best to answer.

  • The D5100 and ME-1 Stereo Microphone should be in-market by the end of April. The earthquake/tsunami in Japan didn't have an impact on the production of these products.
  • The D5100 is compatible with UHS SD Cards, along with the usual SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Based on some of the impressive new in-camera creative features, I asked Nikon if there were any plans to roll out similar features to other EXSPEED 2-powered cameras such as the D7000 or D3100 via firmware updates. The answer was no. I think this is unfortunate - it makes little sense to have a new and powerful camera such as the D7000 lacking features that the D5100 has. And, certainly, the D3100-using crowd would love some of the new features.
  • I asked about the in-camera HDR; it only uses two images, and typically for HDR you want three or more. Two images is the optimal number of images for non-tripod users according to Nikon. As in, three would be hard to do hand-held and too much ghosting would occur with more than two. There's no "tripod mode" for the HDR however, and worse, you can't use it with raw files. This is a simplistic, JPEG-only, two shot tool. You can, however, set it to +1/+2/+3 stops on the exposure - so your first photo is at +0 EV, and your next one is between +1 and +3. You also can't convert previously captured JPEGs. Lots of unfortunate limitations here, but let's face it, if you want high-quality HDR images, you're going to want to shoot three to nine images in raw format on a tripod and use dedicated software such as the ultra-awesome NIK HDR EFEX PRO (seriously, it rocks).

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Nikon Releases the D5100 Digital SLR and ME-1 Microphone

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:01 PM

http://www.nikon.ca

Nikon has just announced the D5100, their latest DSLR. It replaces the D5000, a camera I previously owned. The Canadian MSRP is $899 for the camera body and 18-105mm lens; there's no body-only option at this time.

Something worth noting: the ME-1 Microphone is compatible with any Nikon that has a 3.5mm audio input jack, so you D7000, D300S, D3S, and P7000 owners who are looking for better audio might be quite interested in that product. Canadian MSRP on this microphone is going to be $159.99.

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