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Monday, May 4, 2009

Canon EOS Rebel T1i and Nikon D5000 Face Off

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/30/...th-nikon-d5000/

"If you've held the XSi or XTi, you've held the T1i. It checks in a wee bit smaller and lighter than the D5000 (in case you weren't aware, we'll be doing that with some frequency throughout), though it doesn't feel "cheaper." In fact, we'd argue that the T1i feels a bit more "professional" (as in, sturdy, solid and less like a toy) than the D5000. More rubberized grips were in place, the whole body felt exceptionally rigid and one-handed operation is totally feasible thanks to the left-aligned rear LCD monitor."

Both the EOS Rebel T1i and D5000 slide in under the $1000 barrier and provide wonderful pictures, however, each camera has the edge in different areas. Engadget provides their impressions on each, showing where each DSLR shines and where they need work. With the prices getting lower, some of you may be looking into delving into the DSLR market. Beware that the low price of these cameras only represent the body. Getting lenses, filters and accessories will cost you more, and soon you'll find yourself with enough equipment to run your own photography studio and wonder what happened.


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.


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...


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Nikon's New DX Standard: The 35mm F1.8

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:49 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/0...oninterview.asp

"The majority of lens systems have offered 50mm lenses as the most accessible way for new DSLR users to experiment with fast prime lenses (a legacy from 35mm film cameras on which they acted as 'standard' lenses). Yet Nikon has decided that its new offering should be a 50mm equivalent. Ludovic Drean explains why: "The concept was to give a 50mm equivalent lens on the DX format. A lot of people have bought the 50 1.8 because it was all that was available. It may seem rather late for the APS-C system, but we believed that entry-level users wanted a standard lens."

The release of a 35mm f1.8 lens is is a smart move by Nikon. It does give the entry-level Nikon DSLRs a standard lens to shoot with. I bought the Canon 35mm f2 just for this reason. I bet they sell a ton of these. Shooting at f1.8 with this lens at close distances can be tricky because very little is in focus. The flip side to that is great bokeh (blur).


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Nikon Releases the Coolpix P90

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:17 PM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Product.aspx?m=16625

"The new COOLPIX P90, part of the flagship Performance Series of cameras, is the ideal camera for photo enthusiasts, travel photographers and consumers interested in more advanced photography. Featuring a 24x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR lens with a broad focal range of 26mm wide-angle through 624mm super-telephoto (35mm format equivalent), 12.1 megapixels of sharp resolution and Nikon's EXPEEDTM advanced digital image processing system technologies, the P90 faithfully reproduces fine details with subtle tones for exceptional image quality."

If you're looking for a camera with a lot of zoom power, the P90 delivers in spades, offering an impressive 24x optical zoom - the equivalent of 624mm in the 35mm lens world that us DSLR shooters have been trained to think in. 15fps shooting, even at 1920 x 1080, is also pretty slick. What I find unacceptable is the apparent lack of HD video options - the specs mention "five movie modes", but I suspect they're all just VGA resolution. It's incredibly disappointing that Nikon is lagging so far behind other companies when it comes to delivering 720p vide on their cameras.

Full press release after the break. Read more...


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