Powerful processors and advanced technology give today’s digital cameras some remarkable features Cameras have always been impressive devices, magic boxes that can capture moments we can then enjoy forever. But today’s cameras are really amazing.
This easy-to-use SLR offers great image quality and HD movie capability at a knockout price Nikon’s second HD movie-capable D-SLR, the economy-priced D5000 shares many of the D90’s features, yet lists for $270 less.
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
15.1-megapixel still images and full hd video for well under $1,000 Canon’s EOS Rebel line of SLRs have been top sellers since the original 35mm EOS Rebel was introduced in 1990. The EOS Digital Rebel, which appeared 13 years later, was the first D-SLR to sell for under $1,000.
By Design: Pentax K7
This top-of-the-line, weather-resistant D-SLR has hd video and a low price Looking for an SLR that’s built to withstand the elements? 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 and a host of pro features into a rugged, magnesium-alloy body that’s weather- and dust-resistant, all at a very good price.
How Autofocus Works
What to know about today’s autofocus technologies There are a lot of different technologies that go into the design of digital cameras, and one of the most powerful is a camera’s autofocus system. There are two kinds of systems in use today: contrast-based and phase detection, both of which can be found in digital cameras that range from the basic point-and-shoot to a professional digital SLR.
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.