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.
A new D-SLR that looks tailor-made for nature photography
The new Canon EOS 7D should be an outstanding camera for outdoor photographers. It features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and a shooting rate of up to 8 fps, as well as Canon’s next generation of full HD video with three frame rates.
One of the most popular D-SLRs for nature photography gets even better—and adds HD video!
The Nikon D300 has been one of the most successful D-SLRs since its introduction a few years ago. Now, Nikon has introduced its replacement, the D300S, with all the benefits of the original and a host of improvements, including the much anticipated HD video capability.
A capable and weather-resistant D-SLR has HD video and a low price
Pentax’s new top-of-the-line K-7 packs a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video capability, a 3.0-inch, high-res LCD, cold-weather capability, high-end performance and a host of pro features into a compact, rugged weather- and dust-resistant body—at a good price.
This compact, low-cost D-SLR lets you capture nature’s beauty and motion in high-res still and video
Light, compact and easy to carry in the field, Canon’s newest entry in the EOS Rebel line is the T1i. The camera continues the Rebel tradition, but adds amazing new features such as 15.1-megapixel resolution, ISOs to 12,800, a 3-inch, 920,000-dot Live View LCD monitor and HD video capability—all for a list price of only $799.
15.1 megapixels, 920,000-dot Live-View LCD monitor, 6.3 fps shooting and ISOs up to 12,800
Just a year after Canon debuted a major upgrade to its popular mid-level EOS 30D D-SLR via the EOS 40D, the company has introduced a major upgrade of the 40D. The new EOS 50D raises the resolution a whopping 50% while maintaining essentially the same shooting rate, introduces Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor to the D-SLR line, increases the LCD monitor’s resolution fourfold and more.
The newest member of Nikon’s FX-format (full-frame) lineup looks to be a serious contender for nature shooters
For the outdoor photographer who loves the full-frame capability and superb performance of Nikon’s top-of-the-line D3, but would prefer a smaller, lighter camera (and a lighter price), Nikon has introduced the D700. The camera shares many of the D3’s fine features, but is much more compact (albeit still quite rugged) and costs $2,000 less. The D700 even adds a few features not present in the D3, like a pop-up Speedlight flash unit and a sensor-dust reduction system.
Quick, easy and complete control over your black-and-white conversions
There’s a whole school of photographers who do black-and-white and enjoy precisely controlling every aspect of the photographic process (think Ansel Adams and his aficionados). Those photographers will love Nik Software’s new Silver Efex Pro plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture 2.1 because it makes it easy to exercise precise control over the image-perfecting process.