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Friday, November 27, 2009

Luminous Landscape on Nikon vs. Canon

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/r...n-d3-d300.shtml

"There are two major brands of 35mm camera in the pro and prosumer camera market - Canon and Nikon. Yes, Pentax, Sony, Olympus and a couple of others have their niches, but Nikon and Canon between them share the majority of the marketplace. Both companies have loaner and rapid repair programs for pros, and rental houses around the world typically carry bodies and lenses of both brands, while rental facilities for the other brands are almost nonexistent. Economics being what it is, few photographers own both systems at the same time. A couple of bodies and a selection of pro-grade lenses runs between $10-$20,000, and once a decision and investment has been made few bother to switch, or if they do so it isn't more often than every decade or two. Also, brand loyalty comes into play because no one likes admitting that they may have made an inappropriate buying decision. We see this carried to its extreme with the adolescent fanboy attitudes displayed on some web forums and camera clubs in defense of one brand over another."

The choice of camera body - especially the choice between Nikon and Canon - is an almost religious-level decision for some photographers, but as always the delightful Luminous Landscape has a thought-provoking article on the subject. As someone who switched from Canon to Nikon myself, I found myself agreeing with many of his points - though to be fair I had fairly limited experience with DSLRs at that point, switching to Nikon after owning only one Canon DSLR. This article was written in January of 2008, so the landscape has changed somewhat since then, but it's a great read for anyone in either the Canon or Nikon camp. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the article after you've read it!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nikon D5000 Unboxing & First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the Nikon D5000 DSLR. The D5000 has a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, can record 720p videos at 24fps (MJPEG format). The 2.7 inch screen flips down and rotates around to face the front. It also has 19 auto-exposure scene modes, up to 4fps shooting, one-button Live View, ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200, built-in image sensor cleaning, 11-point autofocus system with 3D focus tracking, auto active D-Lighting, in-camera image retouching with special effects, and more. Read more...


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Canon Announces the EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:16 AM

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/c...9&modelid=19584

"Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon's most rugged and durable professional camera body.

The crowning achievement of Canon's 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus performance among professional digital SLRs. Whether shooting for the six o'clock news or the front page, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR is the quintessential camera to freeze fast-moving action with high-speed stills or capture stunning HD video with dynamic colour and image quality. To accompany the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, Canon is also announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital connectivity options."

Wowzers...16.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 10 frames per second continuous shooting, a three inch LCD screen, a 45-point auto-focus system with 39 cross-type points, and 1080p HD video. This is one monster of a camera, with a monster price to boot: $5499 CAD ($4999 USD MSRP). The rest of the press release is after the break, and if you want more images, check out dpreview.com. Read more...


Canon 1D Mark IV 1080p Video Shot at ISO 6400

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 AM

http://vincentlaforet.smugmug.com/L...n-1DMKIV-Video/

Vincent Laforet is at it again: Canon gave him their new 1D Mark IV to shoot some video with, and he create a great video short that shows off the low-light performance of this new camera. As usual, he makes it look easy - but DSLR video is anything but...


Friday, October 16, 2009

Carry it All with the Lowepro SlingShot AW350

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

If you've got a DSLR and more than one lens, odds are you're using some sort of camera bag that allows you to carry your gear. Whether you're a pro going off to a shoot, or an amateur wanting to carrying your gear on vacation, a good camera bag is essential. I've tried a few over the years, including some good ones, and some not so good ones. A couple of years back I had purchased a SlingShot 200AW, and I really liked it - until it became too small to hold all my glass. The logical upgrade was to look at the bigger version of the same product line, so I went for the biggest one they had: the SlingShot AW350. And so here we are!

Above: That's a stock photo, because I sure as heck don't own a Macbook!

Let's talk specs for a minute. The AW350 is made from 420D and 840D Nylon, and 600D Polyester. Translation? It's pretty rugged, though not indestructible like KATA bags. Unlike the KATA bags, however, the AW350 is fast and easy to get open. It's a sling bag, meaning it has a single shoulder strap. It has wrap-around waist stabilization straps, and when you want to access what's in the bag you undo the waist straps and shift the bag down and across your waist. It sounds a bit awkward, but it works really well. Here's what it looks like. Being able to quickly access your camera, swap lenses, or grab a new memory card is critical to anyone who's serious about getting great pictures. Read more...


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nikon Announces the D3s DSLR

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:09 AM

"Nikon Canada today introduced the FX-format D3s digital SLR, providing professional photographers with a powerful tool that redefines the boundaries of digital SLR versatility, while maintaining the strength of superior image quality and high speed performance inherited from its groundbreaking D3. The D3s enables new opportunities in low-light photography, providing photographers with an added shutter speed and aperture choice with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800; and features an incredible Hi3 setting of 102,400, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible. The Nikon D3s builds upon the success of the Nikon D3 -- the camera that set new standards for professional digital SLR performance -- and utilizes a newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that also integrates its amazing low-light ability to High Definition (HD) video, creating a uniquely capable multi-media tool to meet the needs of the ever-changing imaging industry"

The big deal with the Nikon D3s seems to be the ISO sensitivity - it uses a newly-designed sensor that works from ISO 200 to ISO 12,800...or ISO 100 (Lo 1) up to ISO 102,400 (Hi 3). No, that's not a typo - Hi 1 is ISO 25,600, Hi 2 is 51,200, and Hi 3 is a staggering ISO 102,400. Somewhat curiously, this new sensor is only 12.1 megapixels. I'm not a proponent for more megapixels "just because", but as anyone who's had to crop the heck out of a short-lens shot will tell you, more megapixels do come in handy - as long as the quality doesn't suffer. It might simply be that in order to reach those insanely high ISO values while still maintaining quality, the resolution had to be kept at 12 megapixels.

I'm really curious to see what kind of noise an image would have at ISOs that high - or, conversely, how clean the images are at ISO 3200, a value that I consider to be high when I have to shoot at it. Worth noting is that this sensor is touted as a "Nikon Original FX-format CMOS sensor" - Sony has designed many of the sensors in Nikon cameras. Is this the start of something new for Nikon? I think the D3 sensor might have been Nikon-designed as well - can anyone confirm that?

[The video above wasn't uploaded in HD, so someone fell off the cluetrain, but you can see the hella-good ISO performance. Another video here.]

Other features on the D3s include 720p 24fps HD video, which apparently includes a new algorithm that "severely reduces" the rolling shutter effect. No mention of what's needed most for shooting videos though: auto-focus with subject tracking and in-body image stabilization. I recently purchased a Nikon D5000 to get my first taste of DSLR HD video, which I'll write more about later, but the lack of in-body image stabilization when I'm shooting with my f/1.8 35mm prime makes for some nausea-inducing videos unless I'm extremely careful.

The remainder of the press release is after the break, along with a shot of the back of the camera. Read more...


Thursday, September 3, 2009

dpreview.com Previews the Canon EOS 7D

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos7d/

"For a start, the camera is built around a new 18MP sensor, but the thing you're likely to notice before you even fire a shot is the impressive new viewfinder. 1.0X magnification and 100% coverage offers a noticeable improvement over the 0.95X, 95% finder in the EOS 50D and puts the camera on the same footing as the D300S (Its 0.94X finder ends is essentially the same size, once the focal length multiplier effect of its fractionally larger sensor is taken into account)."

If you're drooling over the new Canon EOS 7D and getting sweaty palms as you have a staring contest with your credit card, you'll want to check out the preview of the 7D from digital photography super-side dpreview.com.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Canon Announces the EOS 7D DSLR: 18 megapixels, 1080p HD Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:09 AM

http://www.canon.ca/english/index-p...=1&id=757&arc=0

"MISSISSAUGA, ON., September 1, 2009 - Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary camera that redefines the highly competitive mid-range DSLR product category: the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. Professional photographers and advanced amateurs have been demanding higher performance and more diverse functions in their cameras, and Canon has answered - with the new EOS 7D. Far more than a slight improvement from a previous model, the EOS 7D DSLR is a brand new product that stands on its own with new features never before seen in any Canon camera. Whether it's shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with the new Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, high-resolution images and customizable controls. With its unprecedented out-of-the-box performance and high-end feature set, the EOS 7D is poised as the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field."

18 megapixel CMOS sensor, 19-point autofocus system, ISO 6400, 1080p video capture at 24fps or 30fps, 3 inch display...and all for $1700 USD MSRP. There's a lot there to love if you're a Canon shooter. It's an EOS though, so It's not a full-frame camera, which I was expecting given the moniker of "7D". So Canon shooters, what do you think of this camera? The remainder of the press release is after the break. Oh yeah, and Canon announced three new lenses today as well. Read more...


Friday, July 31, 2009

dpreview.com Hands-On Nikon D300s Preview

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:13 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0907/0...300Shandson.asp

"Not all of the changes made to create the D300S will be immediately apparent from looking at the specification sheets. Thankfully Nikon has loaned us a D300S which we've pored over and peered into, in an attempt to get to the bottom of the less obvious changes that have been made to its APS-C flagship."

dpreview.com was lucky enough to get their hands on the new D300s prior to the official announcement, and they've written a small article with some of the changes. I'll be interested in seeing if the video on the D300s is noticeably better than the video from the D90 - it should be given the superior sensor on the D300s, but one never knows...


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nikon Canada Announces the D3000

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:10 PM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Product.aspx?m=17300

"Mississauga, ON, July 30, 2009 - Nikon Canada today announced the D3000 as the newest addition to its family of quality DX-format digital SLRs. The 10.2 megapixel D3000 makes it easier than ever to step-up to digital SLR photography and achieve great pictures with the new Guide Mode, which aids new users with step-by-step assistance when needed.

Through its intuitive user-friendly interface, the Guide mode assists users in choosing shooting modes for a variety of situations and, if they choose, exploring advanced photographic techniques. The Guide mode is easily accessed by the program dial on the top of the camera and displays a variety of shooting situations via the LCD screen, indicating the most appropriate setting for a particular scenario. There are also sample photos, which illustrate the effects of different photo-taking techniques."

At a quick glance, the D3000 looks like a slightly less powerful D5000, but in looking deeper at the specs I see it lacks both the 720p video capture of the D5000 and the rotating LCD screen - so the D3000 is more like a slightly upstream D60. There's no pricing information about the D3000, but considering it has 10.2 megapixel image capture, the same as the D60 (which has an MSRP of $449 CAD), I expect the D3000 to slot in between the D60 and the D5000, likely coming in at $649 CAD. The full press release is after the break, along with a bunch of images.

Read more...


Nikon Canada Announces the D300s

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 09:41 PM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Product.aspx?m=17350

"Mississauga, ON, July 30, 2009 - Nikon Canada today announced the D300S digital SLR, combining professional-level performance with agility and enhanced D-Movie capabilities to deliver a new benchmark for creative versatility. Engineered to leverage proven Nikon technologies, including a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and the 51-point autofocus system; the addition of HD video capture; dual memory card slots; and a faster 7 frames-per-second (fps), the Nikon D300S balances form factor, performance, versatility and reliability for serious photo enthusiasts and professionals.

The D300S retains the photographer-friendly features of the critically acclaimed D300, while enhancing the speed, versatility and agility of the DX-format for a wide variety of photographers, including advanced enthusiasts, wedding photographers and photojournalists. The D300S can record HD video clips and high-fidelity audio with an external stereo microphone input, offering users a digital SLR with full multimedia capabilities. Dual card slots afford users the ability to seamlessly record stills and video to one CompactFlashTM (CF) and one Secure DigitalTM(SD) card separately, while one-button Live View, a new Quiet Shutter Release mode and Active-D Lighting bracketing help users capture stunning images like never before."

Nikon Canada has this habit of releasing new products right around the time I'm trying to call it a night, so I'm not going to do much analysis here - I'm just posting the press release and all the images I can find. Also coming tonight is the Nikon D3000, and two new lenses from Nikon.

As a D300 owner myself, I'm intrigued by the D300s, but the 720p video doesn't impress me. My $400 Panasonic ZS3 can do 720p - if I'm going to drop $2000 on a new DSLR, it should do 1080p. I was expecting Nikon to announce the D400 and have it support 1080p video capture, but that doesn't seem to be happening tonight. The remainder of the press release is after the break, along with a whack of images. Read more...


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nikon Issues Service Advisory for D5000

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 09:13 AM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/ServiceAdvisory.aspx

"While Nikon takes great measures to assure high quality in its imaging products, it has come to our attention that an electronic component related to power control in some Nikon D5000 digital SLR cameras does not meet factory specifications and may, in certain circumstances, prevent the camera from turning on, thus preventing operation of the camera thereafter."

If you're a Nikon D5000 owner, take note: there may be something a little wonky with the power control on your D5000. If you've had trouble turning on your D5000, this would be why. Starting July 23rd, Nikon will be addressing this issue and covering shipping to and from the Nikon repair center. The Read link for this post goes to Nikon Canada, but you should be able to find something similar in your own country if Nikon has a local presence there. It's not great when a new product has problems, but it is great when a company steps up, admits the problem, and goes the extra mile to fix it. Nicely done Nikon!


Friday, June 12, 2009

dpreview.com Reviews the Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i / Kiss X3 Digital)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos500d/

"The 500D/T1i doesn't quite have to be the everyman camera that its predecessors were. The introduction of the Rebel XS (1000D) in June 2008 means the T1i no longer has to appeal to everybody who doesn't want to stretch to buying into the 50D class. As a result, the 450D was able to bulk up its feature set to include a selection of features that price-conscious shoppers don't necessarily realize they want, such as a larger viewfinder and spot metering. The result was probably the most complete Rebel we'd seen."

If you're a Canon shooter, or looking to invest in your first DSLR and want something a big higher than entry-level, the Canon Digital Rebel T1i [Affiliate] is worth checking out. It earns the "High Recommended" rating from dpreview.com.


dpreview.com Reviews the Nikon D5000

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond5000/

"The Nikon D5000 aims to be a lot of things to a lot of people - stepping in above the D60 as an offering designed to attract upgraders from older entry-level DSLRs, as well as lending a welcoming hand-up to DSLR ownership for compact camera users looking to get more involved in their hobby. And, on the whole, it performs both tasks pretty well. The features and technologies passed down from the D90 make it a very capable camera but the difference in feature set - low-res LCD, smaller viewfinder, single control dial, fewer direct-access buttons, smaller battery and more limited lens compatibility - should mean it doesn't tread on its big-brother's toes too much."

One of the biggest advantages that the D5000 offers in terms of pure photography is the move from three focal points on the D60 up to 11 focal points. I have a D60 and that's one thing that I always have to adjust do - going from the 51 focal points on my D300 down to three...it makes a big difference with how I take pictures. dpreview does the exhaustively deep dive I've come to expect from them - their JPEG comparisons in particular are great in terms of helping you compare the D5000 to other cameras. The D5000 comes out with a "Highly Recommended" rating, and coming from dpreview.com, that means quite a bit. You can buy the Nikon D5000 from our Amazon.com affiliate store.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Nikon D400 Rumours Continue

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 01:23 PM

http://nikonrumors.com/2009/05/21/a...om-germany.aspx

The rumours about the forthcoming Nikon D400 continue to surface, this time from a Nikon Solutions show held in Germany last week. These rumours about the D400 have been bubbling up for months, and some of them are downright ludicrous. The rumours this time around are a bit more down to earth: the sensor will be based on the new EXPEED II engine, be a DX sensor in the 16 to 18 megapixel range, and do 1080p HD video capture at 24fps. It also mentions a tilt display, similar to the D5000. The D300 has a 12.3 megapixel sensor, so it wouldn't be unheard of for it to jump to 16 megapixels, though I think 18 is stretching it. I'd personally be happy with zero increase in resolution - 12 megapixels is a lot to work with as it is. Some people believe the D400 will be an FX sensor (full frame), but I doubt Nikon wants to make a compeditor for their own D700. The D400, as a successor to the popular D300, will continue the prosumer line and with Nikon's recent investment in DX-format lenses (such as the 35mm f/2.8) I see Nikon continuing that trend. I really like the look of HD video shot on a DSLR - the depth of field is gorgeous - so that's my main reason for wanting a D400. I'm hoping that the D400 will be the first DSLR to offer true auto-focus while shooting video, but that may be too much to hope for at this stage. Lastly, as for when it's coming out, it's anyone's guess - but with the D300 having been released in August of 2007, I'd say sometime in the summer months would be a good bet for when we might see the D400.


Friday, April 24, 2009

DCRP First Look: The Nikon D5000

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/n...iew/index.shtml

"This is a preview of the Nikon D5000 digital SLR, created to give you a quick overview of the camera. Look for photo samples in the next week or so, and a final review in the next month or so. The Nikon D5000 is a new digital SLR that fits between the company's D60 and D90 models. The best way to describe the D5000 is like so: it takes the D90's guts and throws them into a D60-like body, adding a flip-down, swiveling LCD display. You get to keep most of the D90's top features: its sensor, AF and metering systems, live view, and HD movie recording capabilities."

Canon may ignore Jeff Keller when it comes to giving him hands-on time with new cameras, but thankfully Nikon doesn't - and thus we have a nice preview article of the new Nikon D5000. Keller has created a comparison chart that makes it easy to see how the D5000 fits in compared to the D60 and the D90. If you're interested in an entry-level DSLR that's got a few more features than the D60, but isn't as expensive as the D90, the D5000 is worth a serious look.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nikon D5000 Sample Images Posted to dpreview.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:34 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0904/0...5000samples.asp

"We've posted samples images from the Nikon D5000 DSLR. We borrowed a production specification version of Nikon's latest digital camera and made the best of the London weather. Most of the shots have been taken using the Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR and at default settings. However, we've tried to use a range of the camera's ISO settings, two of its scene modes (including the new Silhouette mode) and even tried turning Active D-Lighting off for some of the low-light samples. We've added these samples to the end of our hands-on preview."

Curious about the new Nikon D5000 and what its photo quality is like? Then check out the sample images. I spend a few minutes pixel-peeping at the images and the quality looks quite good - though all of the sample images I looked at were taken at ISO 200 or ISO 400, where most DSLR sensors do a bang-up job.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nikon Releases the D5000: First DSLR From Nikon with Vari-Angle LCD Screen

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:37 AM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Product.aspx...0&disp=Overview

"The 12.3-megapixel D5000, featuring Nikon's exclusive EXPEED advanced digital image processing system technologies, leverages Nikon's expertise and the innovative technologies found in its pro-level digital SLRs that enable you to capture stunning images and HD movie clips with remarkable ease. The D5000 boasts a versatile 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor that can be viewed in its normal position flush against the camera, or swung out, rotated and/or tilted for a multitude of imaginative shooting angles."

Whoa - where this this come from? I have a cold today, and can't really think straight, but here's the basic rundown on this camera:it's a DX sensor, so it's got the 1.5 crop factor. 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (23.6mm x 15.8mm), ISO 200 to 3200, 11-point autofocus, HD video capture at 1280 x 720 and 24fps. They've also added a one-button Live View function, which has a slick functin called Subject Tracking Auto-Focus, which tracks a selected subject, even if it leaves the frame momentarily and comes back in. Nice! Face priority auto-focus has also been added, which is a nice feature if you're snapping photos really quickly and don't have time to hand-pick the best focus point. The big feature though, something never done on any previous Nikon DSLR, is the vari-angle LCD screen - a 2.7 inch LCD screen can swings down by 90 degrees and can rotate 180 degrees.

The full press release from Nikon Canada (note the pricing is in CAD), along with a couple of photos, is after the break. Read more...


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Olympus Announces the E-450 Compact DSLR

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0903/0...olympuse450.asp

"Olympus has announced the E-450, an upgraded version of the E-420 compact DSLR. The new E-450 is essentially identical to the E-420 apart from the addition of 3 Art Filters, a new processor and an improved LCD display. Priced at £450 for the standard lens kit, it will start shipping from May 2009.It's perhaps a testament to how well specified the E-420 is that Olympus has clearly struggled for ways to improve it. For fear of treading on the toes of the recently announced E-620 (which itself stands uncomfortably close to the more expensive E-30), Olympus has engineered a model with the fewest changes over the existing version we've ever seen."

I don't follow Olympus cameras very closely, but it's certainly a bit of a head scratcher that they'd release a camera so close in features to the previous version. I think Olympus is falling prey to the mentality that every camera maker has when it comes to point and shoot cameras: release new versions as quickly as you can, even if they only offer incremental improvements, because maybe it might win you market share.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

dpreview.com Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Hands-On

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos500d/

"There's a full explanation of the differences between the 500D/T1i and it predecessor on the coming pages but, in general terms, it's a gentle re-working of the 450D. So you get the 15MP sensor much like the one that appears in the 50D, helping this to become the first entry-level DSLR to feature video (and 1080p HD video at that). You also get the lovely 920,000 dot VGA monitor that has been slowly working its way down most manufacturer's DSLR line-ups. There are a handful of other specification tweaks that come from the use of the latest Digic 4 processor but essentially this is most of a 50D stuffed into the familiar 450D body."

In typical dpreview.com fashion, this preview walks through all the major components in the new Rebel T1i, essentially giving you an online version of the manual before you get your hands on the camera. If such a thing tickles your geek fancy, go check it out...


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