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{ Wednesday, June 6, 2012 }

Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 with 1-inch sensor, fast F1.8 lens

Sony has announced a new flagship compact camera with a large 1-inch CMOS sensor and fast F1.8 lens. This 1-inch CMOS sensor is the same size as what you'll find in Nikon's 1 System cameras, which makes it nearly four times larger than what you'll find in a typical compact camera. If this thing performs as well as it sounds, I may have to put the old PowerShot S100 on the market.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 [specs]

  • 20.2 Megapixel, 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor
  • F1.8-4.9, 3.6X optical zoom Carl Zeiss T* lens, equivalent to 28 - 100 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with "Active" mode for less shaking in movies
  • 3-inch LCD display with 1,229,000 pixels and WhiteMagic technology, which uses white pixels to improve brightness
  • Compact aluminum body
    • Customizable ring around lens can be used for zooming, focusing, adjusting camera settings, and more
    • Up to seven functions can be assigned to customizable Fn button
  • Full manual controls, with support for the RAW format
    • ISO range of 100 - 6400, with 12800 and 25600 options using Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 10/2000 sec
  • Intelligent and Superior Auto modes offer auto scene selection, with the latter also using multi-shot layering techniques for better low light photos
  • High speed AF system promises focus lock in as little as 0.13 secs; available focus peaking feature makes manual focus a snap
  • Full resolution continuous shooting up to 10 frames/sec
  • Electronic level
  • Built-in HDR mode, plus always fun Sweep Panorama feature
  • Clear Image Zoom boosts focal length by 2X, with a minimal drop in image quality
  • Auto Portrait Framing crops people pictures tightly, for more interesting compositions; don't worry, the original image is saved, as well
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/60p with stereo sound and manual controls
  • Memory card slot handles both Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media
  • Uses NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery, 330 shots per charge
  • Ships in July for $650
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{ Friday, June 8, 2012 }

Canon introduces EOS Rebel T4i with new Hybrid AF system

Canon today introduced their latest entry-level digital SLR, the EOS Rebel T4i (EOS-650D in some countries). The big deal here is the camera's new CMOS sensor, which supports both phase and contrast detect autofocus. This allows for continuous autofocus and subject tracking in both live view and movie modes. The AF system isn't as fast as what you'll find on a mirrorless camera, but it's a step up from other Canon D-SLRs, especially when equipped with one of the new STM lenses.

Here are all the details:

EOS Rebel T4i [specs]

  • All-new 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor
    • New Hybrid CMOS AF system combines on-sensor phase detection with traditional contrast detect autofocus; this reduces "hunting" for focus in live view / movie recording modes
    • Camera uses phase detect when subject is near the center of the frame, and switches to contrast detect as they move away from it
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Supports all EF and EF-S lenses with a 1.6X crop factor
  • 9-point, all cross-type AF system (from the EOS-60D)
  • Flip-out, rotating 3-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD display with 1.04 million pixels
    • Touchscreen allows for touch focus / shutter, pinch-to-zoom to enlarge an image, and flipping through images by "swiping" your finger
  • Optical viewfinder has a magnification of 0.85X and 95% coverage
  • Full manual controls, with three RAW sizes to choose from
    • ISO range of 100 - 12800, expandable to 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec, with a 1/200 sec x-sync speed
  • Lots of point-and-shoot options, including a Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
    • New features include hand-held night scene, HDR backlight, and multi-shot noise reduction features, plus more Creative Filters
  • Continuous shooting at five frames/second
  • Built-in wireless flash control
  • Full HD video recording (1920 x 1080 at 24p, 25p, or 30p) with stereo sound, continuous autofocus, and manual controls
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (UHS-I cards supported)
  • Uses LP-E8 lithium-ion battery, 440 shots per charge
  • Ships in late June for $849 body only, $949 with the standard 18 - 55 mm kit lens, and $1199 with the new 18 - 135 mm STM lens

So let's talk about these new STM lenses. STM stands for stepping motor, and it allows the lens to focus smoothly and quietly. The T4i's sensor was designed to take advantage of these lenses, which will focus faster and quieter than their non-STM counterparts. The first lens an an F3.5-5.6, 18 - 135 IS model, which is similar to the regular 18-135, but with the STM motor and a new Dynamic IS mode for extra shake reduction when recording movies. The second STM lens is Canon's first pancake lens -- an F2.8, 40 mm model that's less than in inch thick. These lenses will also be available in late June, for $549 and $199, respectively.

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{ Thursday, June 14, 2012 }

Nikon rolls out 18-300 and 24-85 mm lenses

Nikon today rolled out a pair of new lenses: one FX-format, the other DX-format. They also announced that they've now shipped over 70 million Nikkor lenses -- pretty impressive.

Anyhow, the first lens is the DX-format F3.5-5.6, 18 - 300 mm VR lens, which should cover just about every shooting situation possible. This lens is equivalent to 27 - 450 mm when attached to a DX-format SLR, which is close to ultra zoom territory! The lens is pretty compact given its large focal range, and has a lock switch to prevent "lens creep". It'll set you back $1000 when it ships later this month.

Lens number two is an FX-format F3.5-4.5, 24 - 85 mm VR for everyday use on full-frame cameras. Like the 18-300, this lens has Nikon's Vibration Reduction image stabilization technology. Unlike that lens, the 24-85's VR system has automatic tripod detection, so it won't blur your photos. This lens will also arrive this month, for $600.

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{ Friday, June 15, 2012 }

Nikon Coolpix S9300 reviewed

I've posted my review of the Nikon Coolpix S9300 compact travel zoom camera. This one's a lot like the S9100 from last year, but with a higher resolution sensor and a GPS receiver.
{ Monday, June 18, 2012 }

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V gallery available

Craving some sample photos from one of the most highly anticipated travel zoom cameras of the year? Then check out our new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V gallery right now! The review should be up in the next couple of days.
{ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 }

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V review posted

It's been a while since I posted two reviews in a week, so I hope you'll enjoy my look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V. This is Sony's midrange travel zoom camera, packing an 18MP sensor, 20X zoom, GPS receiver, and 1080/60p movie mode. Read the review to see what I thought about it!
{ Thursday, June 21, 2012 }

A few changes to the Reviews & Info page

I've made a few enhancements to the search functionality on the Reviews & Info page. I finally separated mirrorless cameras from D-SLRs, allowing you to search for one or the other. Since LCD size has sort of leveled out, I've changed that pull-down to handle LCD resolution. Finally, I've brought the zoom and resolution pull-downs into the 21st century (sorry, fans of 3 Megapixel cameras). If you notice anything funny, please let me know.
{ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 }

Fujifilm shows X-mount lens roadmap for 2012-2013

Fujifilm has released a road map for their new X-mount system, which is only used by the X-Pro1 at this time. Lenses coming later this year include an F2.8, 14mm pancake lens as well as a faster-than-normal 18 - 55 mm zoom. Next year sees a bunch of primes, as well as 10-24 and 55-200 zooms.

See the chart for yourself after the break.

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{ Wednesday, June 27, 2012 }

Samsung NX210, Sony NEX-F3 galleries posted

I've posted the photo galleries for two new interchangeable lens cameras:

Samsung NX210
Sony Alpha NEX-F3

{ Thursday, June 28, 2012 }

Canon preparing big EOS-7D firmware update

Canon has announced a significant firmware upgrade for their EOS-7D digital SLR. This free update, available in August, will improve the following:
  • Increases buffer size, allowing for 25 RAW images in a single burst, instead of 15
  • User can now set upper ISO limit when shooting with Auto ISO control
  • New in-camera RAW editor in playback mode
  • New manual audio adjustment
  • File names can now be customized
  • Quick Control menu now available in playback mode
  • Faster scrolling when using playback zoom feature
  • New rating and resizing features in playback mode
  • Adds support for the Canon GP-E2 GPS receiver

More details can be found on the EOS-7D firmware update site.

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