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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pentax K-r

A new entry-level DSLR that doesn’t sacrifice performance

Pentax’s top-of-the-line K-5 has been getting most of the publicity, but its lower-cost sibling, the compact K-r, also offers the outdoor photographer a lot—including a first-rate live-view LCD monitor, quick autofocusing and advance, high image quality and HD video.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Canon EOS Rebel T3i

An entry-level, 18-megapixel DSLR with a swiveling LCD and full HD video

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i builds on its predecessor, the EOS Rebel T2i, by adding a Vari-angle LCD monitor and new still and video shooting features.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Olympus E-5

The long-awaited refresh of Olympus’ pro DSLR combines excellent image quality, ruggedness and lots of features

Olympus introduced the Four Thirds System with a pro DSLR, the E-1, back in 2003.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nikon D7000

16.2 megapixels, full HD video, new AF and metering systems, and dual card slots are some of the main features in this new midrange DSLR

Nikon’s eagerly awaited replacement for the D90 turned out to be a model fitting nicely between the D90 and the D300S.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Canon EOS 60D

This new DSLR features a Vari-Angle LCD, full HD video and 18 megapixels

The new Canon EOS 60D features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and full HD video, and fits into the EOS lineup nicely between the EOS 7D and the EOS Rebel T2i.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nikon D3100

A new inexpensive Nikon DSLR has high-end features, 1080p HD and full-time AF while shooting video

Fitting into Nikon’s lineup between the D5000 and D3000, the new D3100 tops them both in a number of areas, including pixel count (14.2 MP vs. 12.3 for the D5000 and 10.2 for the D3000) and full 1080p HD video with full-time autofocusing during recording.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sony Alpha SLT-A33 and SLT-A55

A pair of new cameras change the whole DSLR paradigm

We’ve had DSLRs for some time, and more recently the compact mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital cameras.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sony Alpha NEX-VG10

A camcorder with an APS-C, 14.2-megapixel sensor and interchangeable lenses—for under $2,000

About three years ago, the first DSLRs with HD video capability appeared, offering the benefits (over HD camcorders) of much larger sensors (for much better low-light/high-ISO performance and limited "filmic" depth of field), relatively low cost and interchangeable lenses.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sigma SD15

Continuing with the unique Foveon X3 image sensor, the latest DSLR from Sigma has new features and improved image quality

Most photographers know Sigma as a lens manufacturer, but the company also makes cameras, including a line of DSLRs that began in 2002 with the SD9.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Apple iPhone 4

With apps, a new camera, HD video and an improved display, the iPhone 4 looks like an ideal device for nature photographers

As we go to press, Apple just introduced the iPhone 4, which is a significant update to the game-changing device, with features that nature photographers will find immensely useful.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sony Alpha NEX-5

A new entry in the small, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens category has a large image sensor and HD video capability

Sony alluded to an exciting new camera at the annual PMA show in February of this year, and with the new Alpha NEX-5 the company has delivered on the promise of a compact, interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C-sized image sensor.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

A new touch-screen LCD monitor and HD video in a very compact interchangeable-lens camera

Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-G2 adds HD video, a unique touch-screen LCD and more to its G1 predecessor’s fine features

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Canon EOS Rebel T2i

This new DSLR features high resolution, full HD video and more

Canon’s latest DSLR puts a lot of the features found on the midrange EOS 7D into a compact, entry-level EOS Rebel body.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nikon D3S

The D3S is Nikon’s latest FX-format (full-frame) D-SLR. It adds 720p HD video capability and an almost unbelievable maximum ISO of 102,400.

Nikon’s newest top-level professional camera, the D3S was launched on October 14. The camera features a newly designed, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that has a standard ISO range of 200 to 12,800, which allows you to capture low-light images that would have been all but impossible before.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon’s fastest D-SLR gets more megapixels, HD video, ISOs to 102,400 and more

It has been 2½ years since Canon introduced the EOS-1D Mark III, a 10.1-megapixel, 10 fps model that proved popular with bird photographers, in particular, and with wildlife and even general nature shooters for its excellent image quality and quick performance.

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