What’s in a camera’s DNA? We’ll show you the features and technologies that have trickled down from the top-end models to the popular sweet-spot cameras.
Many camera manufacturers talk about their upper-mid-range models, those most used by nature photographers, as being inspired by the same technology as their uber-pro models. For most nature photographers, the top-end cameras aren’t practical options, however.
With prices dropping and capabilities on the rise, underwater photography is within the grasp of just about anyone who has an interest in giving it a try
While increased access to underwater photography makes it easy for almost anyone to compose images in water and underwater, capturing a quality image requires skills and techniques unique to the liquid environment.
Choose the best camera for your landscape photography
Large-format landscape artist Ansel Adams once described his 35mm camera as “an extension of the eye as used freely in the hand.” And the late Galen Rowell, a world-class mountaineer and landscape photographer, did most of his amazing work with 35mm SLRs, again for the freedom they provided.
While photographers can (and do) travel with all sorts of cameras, it’s a welcome alternative to carry a lightweight model that incorporates features especially useful for travel photography. In compiling our list of travel D-SLRs, we used the following criteria:
This new D-SLR features 14.6 megapixels, a weatherproof body and a Live View LCD
The fourth D-SLR to result from the Samsung-Pentax partnership, the GX-20 shares much with the new Pentax K20D, including its new Samsung 14.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor and rugged dust- and water-resistant construction.
New D-SLRs offer low prices and excellent image quality
Sony’s newest D-SLRs, the A350 and A300, offer simple operation, great value and amazing versatility. The A350 features a 14.2-megapixel image sensor and a price under $800; the otherwise identical A300 features a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor. Like all Sony D-SLRs, both can use a wide range of Sony, Zeiss and Minolta Maxxum lenses.
A new 14.6-megapixel APS-C sensor makes this new D-SLR ideal for landscapes and wildlife
Hot on the heels of the K200D, the new top-of-the-line K20D is Pentax’s 10th D-SLR, and it’s worthy of the honor. Featuring a new 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor and live viewing on its 2.7-inch LCD monitor, the K20D builds on the features that made the K10D an excellent choice for outdoor photography: rugged, dustproof and weather-resistant construction; a built-in sensor-shift Shake Reduction system that works with all lenses; an effective dust-control system; a high-performance Pentax PRIME imaging engine; 3 fps shooting and more.
Check out this amazing time-lapse video that shows a photographer setting up a wet-plate collodian, large-format photo shoot. The wet-plate process was state of the art in the latter part of the 19th century. Today a select group of fine-art shooters like Jill Enfield still use and enjoy it. The process certainly is a far cry from the immediacy of digital cameras!
A compact digital camera with the sensor—and sensibility—of a D-SLR
Sigma is best known for its wide line of lenses, but the company has also produced a series of film and digital SLRs. Now, it has taken the big sensor from its latest D-SLR and put it into a compact digital camera body with a lens designed specifically for the sensor. The compact size and D-SLR image quality make this a great camera when you want to travel very light.
Nikon's new top entry-level D-SLR combines simple operation with creative capability
The Nikon D60 adds a number of great new features, including some borrowed from the high-end D3 and D300 to the popular entry-level D40X digital SLR. These include a two-pronged-sensor dust-control system, Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing concept, Active D-Lighting, in-camera NEF (RAW) processing, stop-motion movie mode, white-balance bracketing and an 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction) zoom as the kit lens. The result is a quick-responding camera that’s compact, easy to use and capable of creative photography.
The latest Rebel D-SLR adds megapixels, Live View and much more
Canon’s first entry-level digital SLR, the 6.3-megapixel EOS Digital Rebel, was also the first D-SLR to sell for under $1,000. It was followed by the 8-megapixel Digital Rebel XT and the 10.1-megapixel Digital Rebel XTi. Now, the new fourth-generation EOS Rebel XSi continues the Rebel tradition of great value at a low price.
A live-view LCD, image stabilization with all lenses and lots more
I do almost all of my shooting handheld, so I’m delighted to see more and more D-SLRs incorporate anti-shake systems. These detect camera shake and shift the image sensor to counter it. Image-stabilizer lenses are terrific and offer the advantage of letting you see the stabilizer’s effect in the viewfinder, but you get stabilization only with those specific lenses. Because it’s in the camera body, sensor-shift stabilization works with all lenses you can attach to the camera. The drawback is that you can’t see the effect in the viewfinder.
The world's highest-resolution 35mm-based D-SLR hits 21.1 megapixels, can shoot 5 fps, features Live View and sensor-dust removal and a whole lot more
The new 63-zone evaluative metering system (shared with the EOS-1D Mark III) is linked to the AF points for optimum accuracy in a wide range of situations. There’s also 8.5% partial, 2.4% spot, AF-point-linked spot, multi-spot and center-weighted average metering.
Photographers asked and Nikon answered—its full-frame D-SLR is finally here. But that's not all the new 12.1-megapixel flagship has to offer. The D3 is a force to be reckoned with.
The broad ISO range, from 200 to 6400, allows capture of low-noise exposures in a wider variety of scene conditions. This range can be expanded even further using the built-in settings of Lo-1 and Hi-2 for the equivalent of ISO 100 and ISO 25,600, respectively.
This mid-range D-SLR seems more like a pro-level D-SLR, but it‚’s still only $1,299
The 40D can shoot up to 6.5 images per second, for up to 75 Large/Fine JPEG or 17 RAW images—a big improvement over the 30D’s admirable 5 fps for up to 30 JPEG or 11 RAW. The 40D also provides 3 fps, silent and single-frame advance modes. The camera retains the 30D’s superquick 0.15-second start-up time.