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Friday, August 1, 2008

D-SLRs For The Landscape

Choose the best camera for your landscape photography

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Samsung GX-20
Many landscape professionals agree that it’s best to shoot landscape images in the RAW format because you’ll get better image quality and can do more with them after the fact. The GX-20 uses Adobe’s “universal” DNG RAW format, so images can be edited in recent versions of Photoshop and other RAW-converter programs.
Sensor: 14.6-megapixel CMOS, 1.5x
LCD: 2.7 inches/Live View
Anti-Dust: High-frequency vibrations
Stabilization: Sensor-shift
ISO Range: 100-6400
Spot Metering: Yes
Estimated Street Price:
$1,300 (with 18-55mm zoom lens)

A close cousin of the Pentax K20D, thanks to a partnership between the two companies, the attractive GX-20 features the same 14.6-megapixel Samsung CMOS sensor and the same feature set except that the 14-bit RAW images are DNG only. RAW files can be converted to JPEG right in the camera. The 2.7-inch Live-View monitor, weather-resistant and dustproof construction, optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization that works with all lenses, sensor-dust remover and great performance add up to a camera that can handle just about anything you’ll encounter in your travels.

The GX-20 can use Pentax K-mount lenses, as well as the Samsung and Schneider lenses Samsung markets for it. Available focal lengths currently range from a 10-17mm fish-eye zoom (equivalent to 15-25.5mm on a 35mm camera) and 12-24mm superwide zoom (equivalent to 18-36mm on a 35mm camera) to a 300mm ƒ/4 supertelephoto, including three 1:1 macro lenses.

Inside the focus-mode selector is a four-way selector that controls drive mode, flash mode, white balance and ISO. Pressing the Fn button and one of the arrows accesses the feature.
On the top, right of the camera is the mode dial and the metering-mode selector with the bracketing button placed on the back, adjacent to the viewfinder. Most of the buttons are flush-mounted on the camera back.
The Live-View LCD is 2.7 inches. Here, anti-shake is chosen on the bottom, right of the back.

Alternative Landscape D-SLR

Camera: Samsung GX-10
Sensor: 10.2 MP/1.5x
LCD: 2.5 inches
Anti-Dust: Vibration
Stabilization: Sensor-shift
ISO: 100-1600
Spot Metering: Yes
Estimated Street Price: $750*
* including 18-55mm zoom lens

Lineage: The GX-20 builds on the GX-10, upping the resolution to 14.2 megapixels from 10.2, increasing the LCD monitor to 2.7 inches from 2.5 and adding Live-View, plus a host of digital filters, including HDR (high dynamic range), B&W and color effects.

Cool Factor: Samsung’s 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor lets you record landscape images with great detail and turn out huge prints.


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