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Is It Time To Go Full-Frame?

Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons?
By Mike Stensvold
Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons? Well, image quality, for starters: All other things being equal, a full-frame sensor can collect more light than a smaller one, and that means a better signal-to-noise ratio (see the sidebar for more about this). And that means better image quality, with less noise,…

Hybrid AF

Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects.
By Mike Stensvold
Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects. Contrast-detection AF, used in compact and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras—and DSLRs (other than Sony's) when shooting in Live View mode—is very accurate, but historically slow, and not good at tracking moving subjects. Conventional DSLRs…

Pentax k-5 II

The K-5 II retains those features and adds some new ones, all at a good price.
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Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only); $1,299 (K-5 IIs/body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Pentax's K-5 DSLR offered a lot of great features in a compact package, including an excellent 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 7 fps shooting, two 14-bit RAW formats (PEF and DNG), and dustproof, cold- and weather-resistant construction with…

Canon EOS 6D

Canon's newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472x3648 pixels.
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Estimated Street Price: $2,099 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Canon's newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472x3648 pixels. DIGIC 5+ processing provides shooting at up to 4.5 fps and a normal ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400. A…

Top 10 Tips For Camera Buyers

Digital technology hasn't only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options.
By Wes Pitts
Digital technology hasn't only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options. Where a camera maker in the days of film would have a few models in their line, it's not uncommon today to find a dozen or more options from each manufacturer. This…

What Defines A Pro DSLR?

We'll look closely at what distinguishes the most expensive DSLRs, but keep in mind that the higher-end DSLRs aren't always the best choices, even for those who can afford them.
By Mike Stensvold
It's generally acknowledged that pro DSLRs are the "best," and in many ways, that's true. What makes them better than less expensive models? We'll look closely at what distinguishes the most expensive DSLRs, but keep in mind that the higher-end DSLRs aren't always the best choices, even for those who…
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