Contour+

Want to capture high-quality video of the action—and still be a part of it?
By Wes Pitts
Want to capture high-quality video of the action—and still be a part of it? Wearable cameras like the Contour+ open up a new way to record your adventures from your point of view. It's a great way to augment your still photos to tell a bigger story. The Contour+ is…

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…

All About Mirrorless

There's no question that mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras are increasingly popular—more mirrorless models were introduced last year than traditional DSLRs.
By Mike Stensvold
There's no question that mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras are increasingly popular—more mirrorless models were introduced last year than traditional DSLRs. Their main advantages are size and weight. By eliminating the mirror and pentaprism or pentamirror viewfinder, the camera itself and the system's lenses can be made considerably smaller and lighter. For…

Winter-Ready Cameras

Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer.
By Mike Stensvold
Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer. Cold and wet weather aren't good for most cameras, and can be uncomfortable for the photographer as well. Here are some things to consider before heading out into the cold with your camera gear. BATTERIES Batteries…

How Sensors Stack Up

The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality.
By Mike Stensvold
The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality. This originally was done by putting a DSLR image sensor (Four Thirds or APS-C) into a truly compact body. Recently, a couple of new sensor formats have been introduced,…

Mirrorless Vs. DSLRs

For many years, the two most popular types of digital cameras have been compact models and digital SLRs. Each offers advantages over the other.
By Mike Stensvold
One of the primary advantages of traditional DSLRs over mirrorless models is that DLSRs offer faster phase-detection autofocus, while mirrorless models employ typically slower contrast-detection AF that relies on the imaging sensor. However, camera makers are working to improve contrast-detection AF speeds. Sony recently introduced a unique solution for its…
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