Nikon D600

Nikon's new full-frame DSLR, the D600 features a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and delivers 12- or 14-bit images at 6016x4016 pixels.
DPMag
1. Unusual in full-frame DSLRs, the D600 has a built-in pop-up flash unit. It's also compatible with Nikon's highly respected i-TTL flash system. 2. Image files and videos are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC media, with dual card slots. 3. The release-mode dial makes it quick and easy to select single-shot, continuous…

Canon EOS 70D

The camera can use all EF and EF-S lenses; the new Dual Pixel AF system is, at the time of this writing, compatible with 103 of them.
By The Editore
Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only) INTRODUCED 2/2010 Since the first DSLRs that could do video, a big problem has been poor video AF performance. The video-capable DSLRs' quick phase-detection AF systems were rendered inoperative in Live View (and, thus, Movie) mode, so contrast-based AF off the image sensor…

Nikon D7100

Nikon's D7100 DSLR improves on its popular D7000 predecessor in a number of ways.
By Staff
Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2013 Nikon's D7100 DSLR improves on its popular D7000 predecessor in a number of ways: better sensor, better processing, better AF system, better LCD monitor, better video capabilities, better weather resistance, a new "1.3x DX" crop mode and more. Yet it carries the…

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…
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