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{ Friday, March 2, 2012 }

Canon announces much-anticipated EOS-5D Mark III

Canon has announced the long-awaited replacement to their EOS-5D Mark II, and it's name won't surprise you: the EOS-5D Mark III. This is a pretty big upgrade, with enhancements in nearly every area. While it doesn't come close to the 36 Megapixel resolution of the Nikon D800, I figure that most photographers will be more than happy with the 22.3 million pixels available on the 5D. Here are the details:

EOS-5D Mark III [specs]

  • 22.3 Megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
    • Gapless microlenses, new photodiode structure, and improved on-chip noise reduction mean higher sensitivity and less noise
  • DIGIC 5+ image processor is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4 used on the 5D Mark II
  • Supports all Canon EF lenses with no crop factor to deal with
  • Magnesium alloy shell on top of an aluminum alloy chassis, with weather-sealed buttons and dials
    • Design changes since 5D Mk II: new locking mode dial, Quick Menu button, and movie/still image switch; some buttons on side of LCD have changed functions, as well
    • Weather-sealing has been improved compared to the 5D Mark II
    • Shutter rated to 150,000 cycles
  • 3.2-inch "Clear View II" LCD display with 1.04 million pixels
  • Improved optical viewfinder now displays 100% of the frame, and has on-demand grid lines
  • New 61-point "High Density Reticular" autofocus system has 41 cross-type and 5 dual cross-type points (depending on lens used)
    • Six AF point selection options: spot, single point, single w/surrounding 4 or 8 points, zone selection, and automatic
  • 63-zone iFCL (focal, color, and luminance) dual-layer metering system
  • Full manual controls (obviously)
    • ISO range of 100 - 25600, expandable to 50 - 102400
    • Three RAW sizes to choose from (22 MP, 10.5 MP, 5.5 MP)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode selects a scene mode for you (though the 5D's target audience probably doesn't need such a thing)
  • No built-in flash (like its predecessors), but has both a hot shoe and a flash sync port
  • Continuous shooting at 6 frames/second
  • New HDR feature offers range of up to ±3 stops, and five styles (natural, art standard, art vivid, art bold, art embossed)
  • Multiple exposure feature can combine up to nine exposures into one image
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • New playback features: RAW editing and comparative (side-by-side) view
  • Captures Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 (24p, 25p, 30p) with monaural sound and full manual controls
    • Also records at 720p60 and 640 x 480 (30 fps)
    • New sensor/image processor combo reduces moirĂ© and color artifacts
    • Choose from intraframe (ALL-I) or interframe (IPB) H.264 compression; camera can record for up to 30 minutes (movies will be split into 4GB increments)
    • Can embed Rec Run or Free Run SMPTE-complaint timecodes
    • External mic input, headphone output
  • Dual CompactFlash and SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots; CF slot supports UDMA Type 7 cards
  • Uses same LP-E6 lithium-ion battery as the 5D Mark II; 950 shots per charge
  • Optional BG-E11 battery grip ($470) holds two LP-E6 or six AA batteries
  • Ships in late March for $3499 body only, or $4299 with the F4L, 24 - 105 mm IS USM lens.

Lots more details in the press release, which you'll find after the link.

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New Canon Speedlite, GPS, wireless transmitter introduced

Canon also announced several new EOS System accessories along with the 5D Mark III. They include:
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: supports new radio-based wireless transmission (with two-way communication) or the old optically-based system; radio-based system has a range of nearly 100 feet, and supports up to 5 groups of flashes
    • Flash can remotely release the shutter on a camera, which in turn can make up to fourteen more cameras fire (uh, wow)
    • Flash head zoom range of 20 - 200 mm
    • All features can be controlled right from your camera
    • Flash is weather-resistent, much like the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X
    • Ships in late March for $629
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: same as the 600EX-RT but without an actual flash; priced at $470
  • GPS Receiver GP-E2: attaches to the hot shoe or via USB and logs latitude/longitude/altitude as well as direction
    • Works with the 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X, and EOS-7D
    • Ships in late April for $390
  • Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A: supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as gigabit Ethernet, and connects to the camera via USB
    • Bluetooth devices also supported
    • Supports FTP, EOS Utility, WFT Server, and Media Server modes
    • Ships at end of April for $850
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Help choose what cameras we review this spring!

It's that time again -- time for a survey of what cameras you want to see reviewed here on the DCRP site over the next few months. I've been pretty good at getting around 80% of the top ten reviewed each time I do this, so that's what I'll be shooting for this time around. Thanks!
{ Monday, March 5, 2012 }

Canon PowerShot G1 X gallery now available

I've put up a decent-sized photo gallery for the PowerShot G1 X, Canon's flagship compact camera. Look for the review next week!
{ Sunday, March 11, 2012 }

Winter 2012 camera review survey results

The results are in from our recent "what cameras do you want to see reviewed" survey, and here are the top ten:
  1. Olympus E-M5 (camera coming in a few weeks)
  2. Canon EOS-5D Mark III
  3. Nikon D800
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1
  5. Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (camera just arrived)
  6. Pentax K-01
  7. Fujifilm X-S1
  8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
  9. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
  10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 (camera coming soon)

This won't be a popular decision, but I'm going to leave the 5D and D800 reviews to the DP Review's of the world. I will do my best to review the rest of the cameras on the list, plus a few interesting ones that aren't.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!


Canon PowerShot G1 X reviewed

I've finished my review of the Canon PowerShot G1 X premium compact camera. As you probably know, the G1 X looks like a PowerShot G12 on steroids, and features a large 1.5" CMOS sensor. Is this the portable D-SLR many have been waiting for? Read the review to find out!
{ Tuesday, March 13, 2012 }

Fujifilm developing new, orb-free sensor for X10, X-S1

Fujifilm has released a statement which says that they are developing a modified sensor for their X10 and X-S1 cameras, which should (hopefully) address the white orb problem once and for all. It sounds like owners of the X10/X-S1 who have been affected by this issue will be able to send their camera in for a sensor replacement or camera exchange. The new sensor should be available in May.

Why do I get the feeling that I'll be reviewing the X10 Mark II in a few months?

(Thanks, DP Review)


Sony announces Alpha SLT-A57 D-SLR with Translucent Mirror Technology

Sony has announced their new Alpha SLT-A57 digital SLR, which uses their unique Translucent Mirror Technology. The A57, which replaces the SLT-A55, packs a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor which allows for 12 fps continuous shooting and 1080/60p video recording, among other things. Here's the full list of features:

Alpha SLT-A57 [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Translucent Mirror Technology allows light to hit the sensor and AF sensor at the same time, which means fast AF (even when shooting continuously) while displaying the live view
  • Supports all Minolta/Sony A-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Flip-down, rotating 3-inch LCD display with 921,600 pixels
  • True-Finder electronic viewfinder has 1.44 million dots and 100% coverage
  • Full manual controls (of course), plus RAW support
    • ISO range of 100 - 16000
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec
    • 1/160 sec x-sync speed
  • Same 15-point autofocus system as the more expensive SLT-A65
  • Full resolution continuous shooting at 10 frames/second, with camera refocusing between each shot
    • Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority (say that three times fast) boosts the focal range by 1.4X (which lowers resolution to 8.4 MP) and allows for 12 fps speeds
  • Built-in flash (GN 10) plus wireless flash control
  • Clear Image Zoom feature boosts focal range by 2X with a minimal drop in image quality
  • Built-in HDR feature doesn't require a tripod
  • New Auto Portrait Framing system combines face detection and the rule of thirds to automatically crop portrait shots for maximum appeal; don't worry, the original image is saved, too
  • Always entertaining Sweep Panorama feature, plus numerous special effects
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080, with frame rates of 60p, 60i, or 24p, with continuous autofocus and stereo sound, using AVCHD codec
    • Full manual controls available
    • MPEG-4 codec can be used at resolutions of 1440 x 1080 and lower
    • External mic input
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery, 590 shots per charge (with LCD)
  • Ships in April for $700 body only or $800 with an 18 - 55 mm kit lens
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{ Sunday, March 18, 2012 }

PowerShot SX260 HS Disneyland gallery

I've posted a special gallery taken with the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS at Disneyland. Look for our standard test photos once the weather clears up at home.
{ Thursday, March 22, 2012 }

March 2012 firmware update roundup

It's time once again to catch up on recent camera firmware updates. Thankfully, there have been just two major updates in the last month or so:
  • Fujifilm X100: version 1.20 lets you customize the RAW button, zoom in on a focus point, and view detected faces in playback mode; AF/AE performance in movie mode has also been improved
  • Olympus E-5, E-P3, E-PL2, E-PL3, and E-PM1: version 1.30 stabilizes operation when using 48GB or larger SDXC cards and also improves wireless flash performance for the E-PL3 and E-PM1

Adobe releases Photoshop 6 beta

Adobe has released a public beta of the next version of Photoshop (that's version 6), which is expected to be released sometime in the next 3-4 months. New features include a refined interface, improved performance, more content-aware tools, 3D editing features, and more. If you want to try Photoshop 6, head this way.
{ Friday, March 23, 2012 }

Four pre-storm March galleries

I managed to drag four cameras outside today, beating the rain by a few hours. Here are the photo galleries:

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (don't miss our Disneyland gallery, either)
Nikon Coolpix S9300
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

{ Sunday, March 25, 2012 }

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS travel zoom reviewed

I've posted my review of the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, their latest travel zoom camera. The poor weather has prevented me from taking as many sample photos as I would've liked, but I will add those as soon as it clears up.
{ Tuesday, March 27, 2012 }

PowerShot SX260 review updated, plus two gallery updates

I've added an example of the i-Contrast feature, as well as a couple of telephoto sample photos, to the PowerShot SX260 review.

As an added bonus, there are a few new sample photos in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 gallery, as well.