Friday, August 1, 2008
D-SLRs For The Landscape
Choose the best camera for your landscape photography
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.
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.
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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