D-SLRs: Buy Now!
Why there has never been a better time to upgrade your primary camera If you’ve been waiting to buy a new digital SLR, now is a great time. Performance, features and price have reached a happy nexus. Even the entry-level models give you very good AF performance and image quality—better than their predecessors and generally much better than compact digital cameras. D-SLRs also provide much quicker shooting and interchangeable-lens versatility. Mid-range models offer image quality and AF performance that was found only in costlier pro models not so long ago, and the latest pro models rival the very expensive medium-format digital cameras. (In fact, all six current full-frame D-SLRs scored higher overall on DxOMark.com’s RAW sensor-performance scale than the four medium-format models they tested.)
D-SLR State Of The Art, Part II
What to know about the latest digital sensors, ISO and image quality Nikon shook up the D-SLR industry late in 2007 with the announcement that its new D3 model provided ISO settings as high as 25,600. Now, Nikon’s D700 and Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II also go up there, Canon’s EOS 50D has a top ISO setting of 12,800, and a dozen current D-SLRs have settings of at least 6400.
First Look: Olympus E-30
Aimed squarely at enthusiasts, the latest SLR from Olympus offers several unique capabilities for creative expression The new E-30 fits into the Olympus D-SLR line-up between the pro E-3 and advanced-amateur E-520 models, but closer to the E-3. It offers the most megapixels of any Olympus D-SLR and is loaded with features aimed at the creative artist who likes to go beyond the straight shot. Like the E-3 and E-520, the E-30 incorporates sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses.
D-SLR State Of The Art, Part I
The line between still and video fades out as Live View evolves into HD motion video Digital cameras have come a long way since we first began covering them in 1996. The serious limitation of the early days was resolution—the first 1-megapixel camera was a big deal. We’ve reached a point now where digital-imaging technology has met and surpassed the capabilities of film and is pushing into new territories that weren’t possible in the analog world. In this first of a two-part feature on the state of digital photography, we’ll look at one of the most significant advances to date that, combined for the first time with an interchangeable-lens system, may well change how photographers record, experience and even think about photography.
Aimed squarely at enthusiasts, the latest SLR from Olympus offers several unique capabilities for creative expression The new E-30 fits into the Olympus D-SLR line-up between the pro E-3 and advanced-amateur E-520 models, but closer to the E-3. It offers the most megapixels of any Olympus D-SLR and is loaded with features aimed at the creative artist who likes to go beyond the straight shot.
D-SLRs + HD Video
New cameras from Canon and Nikon are the first SLRs to include video Digital video has been a feature of compact digital cameras for years, and recently HD capture has become more common. This feature has now made its way to interchangeable-lens cameras. Though not a replacement for your dedicated HD camcorder, this opens up the possibility to make video part of your usual photography experience, with the added benefit and control of using the optics of your choice.
New models deliver technology advances for photographers of every level It has been three long years since Canon shook things up by introducing the first “affordable” full-frame D-SLR, the EOS 5D. Now its replacement is finally here. The new EOS 5D Mark II ups the resolution by 65%, adds full HD-movie capability and a lot more, all at a price $600 less than the original EOS 5D when it came out.
Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs Over $2,000
The tools of the pros, these top-tier models offer the cutting edge of digital image capture
If you make your living with your camera or simply want the very best performance and latest technologies, pro models offer uncompromising feature sets and image quality. This also is the range where you'll find "full-frame," 35mm-size sensors, allowing you to use 35mm lenses with no magnification effect.
Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs $1,000 - $2,000
Speed and control upgrades are just two reasons to step up to the “sweet-spot” models For experienced SLR users who want pro-level controls without a professional price tag, the "sweet-spot" D-SLRs offer the best mix of technology and value. Models in this price range improve upon entry-level models with faster response and burst rates, plus more sophisticated autofocus and metering systems and controls. Some models also offer upgraded sensor and processing technologies, like 14-bit A/D conversion (16,384 gradations versus 4,096 gradations with 12-bit A/D conversion) and broader ISO ranges.
Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs Under $1,000
As technology advances, pro-level features are appearing at entry-level prices
For first-time D-SLR buyers, the sub-$1,000 category is often the best balance between performance and price. The entry-level segment of the market is highly competitive, with manufacturers vying to bring photographers into their systems.
Buyer's Guide 2009: Cameras
Camera Buying Basics: Things to keep in mind when shopping for a new D-SLR So you're ready for a new D-SLR. There are more choices today than at any time in photography's history. That's the good news. It's also the bad news. How do you choose a camera to fit your needs and budget? When you buy a D-SLR, you're buying a camera system beyond the camera body itself. Lenses, flash and other accessories often are limited to use with one system or another. With lenses in particular, you can use lenses designed for your camera system only.