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Not sure which outdoor camera is for you? We have digital SLR camera reviews that'll help make your decision easier. From Canon to Nikon, Olympus to Sony, check out our latest camera reviews.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Full-Frame vs. Small-Frame Digital (Does It Matter?)

Digital sensors come in a variety of sizes. Is bigger better?

Like film cameras, digital SLRs come in a wide range of formats. But with D-SLRs, the format is based on the size of the image sensor, not on the size of the film. Sensor size has several ramifications for the photographer. First, larger sensors cost a lot more than small ones, in part because of the difficulty in manufacturing them. Second, larger sensors "see" more of the image formed by a lens and thus provide a wider field of view with any given focal length. Third, for a given pixel count, larger sensors contain larger pixels, which, all other things being equal, collect light more efficiently for better low-light and high-ISO performance. Finally, larger sensors generally require larger camera bodies.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Behind The Design

A look at the art and science of creating the digital cameras we use today, from tiny pocket models to pro D-SLR systems

There’s more to designing a camera than just figuring out how to fit all the stuff the marketing and engineering people want into a light-tight box. A camera must meet the required feature and performance specs, of course, but these days, it also must be user-friendly and attractive.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Nikon D40

The most compact and lowest-priced Nikon D-SLR ever is a good one

Long renowned for its high-end pro film and digital cameras, Nikon has now introduced one of the lowest-priced D-SLRs ever. The new D40 is an entry-level model with simple operation, very good performance, lots of features and a list price less than $600, including an 18-55mm Nikkor zoom lens. It’s also light and compact, so you can carry the D40 on just about any outdoor photography outing.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Canon EOS-1D Mark III

The world's fastest D-SLR can shoot 10.1-megapixel images at 10 fps‚Äîand that‚’s just for starters

While Canon’s speed-king EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR offered effective improvements over its excellent predecessor, those improvements weren’t earthshaking. But the changes to the new EOS-1D Mark III are astounding, covering everything from resolution and image quality to shooting speed, dust elimination and live viewing. As you glance through them, keep in mind that these improvements all come at the same list price as the Mark II when it debuted: $4,499!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

9-megapixel RAW capture with an optical 10.7x zoom

It’s amazing just how much is expected of a basic camera today. Fujifilm’s loaded FinePix S9100, successor to the S9500, does its best to raise expectations even more with an array of impressive features.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Nikon D40

The latest from Nikon is loaded with features at an eye-popping price

Ideal for photographers who want to travel light but don’t want to give up functionality, the D40 is also Nikon’s most compact and affordable D-SLR to date. A camera that will no doubt be promoted to those making a transition from a compact digital camera, the D40 offers a host of features that will appeal to many outdoor photographers, regardless of experience and skill level.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Sigma SD14

Sigma's latest D-SLR delivers better color and performance

For outdoor photographers, the accuracy of the color captured by a digital SLR is crucial. So a camera that promises higher color accuracy and great performance definitely piques our interest. The Sigma SD14 is a camera that delivers on those counts with the help of its innovative Foveon technology. Improved image quality with a selection of new features should prove attractive to enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

An effective anti-dust system and 10.1 megapixels come to this D-SLR

I do almost all of my photography outdoors. That means lots of lens changes in the field, and that means dust on my D-SLRs’ image sensors (and my photos). Blower brushes don’t completely remove it, and though I’ve bought a clean-it-yourself kit, I haven’t quite worked up the nerve to try it yet. So one of my favorite D-SLR features is an anti-dust system.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Pentax K100D

A low-priced D-SLR with very effective built-in Shake Reduction

As one who shoots handheld almost all the time, I appreciate image stabilization. With some digital SLR brands, stabilization is available only in special stabilized lenses. But it’s currently also built into some D-SLR bodies. The lowest-priced of these by far is the new Pentax K100D.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Nikon D80

The successor to the popular D70 boosts resolution and features

It never ceases to amaze me how much camera manufacturers are able to fit into an SLR body these days. The Nikon D80 is a thoughtful combination of controls and features that makes creating pictures a pleasurable experience.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

This Digital Rebel has a high-res image sensor, anti-dust technology and a host of new features

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi offers more resolution, a larger LCD with a wider viewing angle and a built-in self-cleaning sensor, making it one of the most affordable and feature-loaded digital SLRs available.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Nikon D80

Nikon provides high resolution and a host of new features in itslatest D-SLR

If you've been putting off making your transition from film to digital or you've been holding out for a suitable upgrade from your existing digital camera, the Nikon D80 is very likely the camera that you've been waiting for. At a price under $1,000, the camera offers a lot in a compact, lightweight package that’s sure to satisfy the serious and passionate photographer.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Sony DSLR-A100

How Sony changes the playing field for the D-SLR market

Outdoor photographers have had a strong interest in digital SLRs because of their versatility and access to varied focal lengths. Plus, high megapixels provide the digital data to make large prints with lots of detail, so when Sony announced a new 10.2-megapixel D-SLR, everyone in the industry paid attention. Whatever brand D-SLR you shoot, Sony’s new entry into the market affects you as it puts a very strong camera into the competitive fray.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Nikon D2xs

The new flagship D-SLR from Nikon adds a few twists to its professional workhorse

The 12.4-megapixel D-SLR features the High-Speed Crop Mode of its predecessor, which delivers a resolution of 6.8 pixels, but the new D2xs viewfinder is now automatically masked. This eliminates the need to replace the camera‚’s focusing screen and allows the photographer to switch between modes on the fly.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Samsung GX-1S

Samsung introduces its first digital SLR

Designed in conjunction with Pentax, the camera allows use of the Pentax KAF mount for a wide selection of fully compatible lenses.

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