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:
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
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!
The results are in from our recent "what cameras do you want to see reviewed" survey, and here are the top ten:
Olympus E-M5 (camera coming in a few weeks)
Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (camera just arrived)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
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!
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!
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?
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:
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.
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.