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December 2012

Buyer's Guides

  • 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.
  • Fujifilm X-E1 Now comes the X-E1, with the same unique sensor and a much lower price tag.
  • 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.
  • Olympus Pen E-M2 The new PEN E-PM2 can be considered the "little brother" of the new E-PL5.
  • Olympus Pen E-PL5 Olympus's PEN mirrorless camera lineup received a double update at Photokina.
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 A new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor delivers even better still image quality, as well as new video capabilities.
  • Pentax k-5 II The K-5 II retains those features and adds some new ones, all at a good price.
  • Pentax Q10 The concept behind the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras was to fit a DSLR-size sensor into a compact-size body.


  • Hybrid AF

    A new approach to autofocus is emerging for both still and video

    Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects.


  • 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

    Our annual collection of noteworthy gear and technology

  • Toolbox: Cloud Storage

    Online services and software for protecting your image archive

    Long-term archival solutions are problematic.


  • A Better Background

    Change the background for a cooler image

    In photography, the background can make or break a shot.
  • Finding Your Focus

    Ways to think creatively about your focal point and depth of field

    Of all the questions I get about the basic how-tos of photography, the one that's asked the most is how to get that creamy, dreamy background.
  • One-Light Portraits

    Cool lighting techniques using a single light source

    In portraiture, there's a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait.
  • Print From The Cloud

    Using local network and online services to print remotely from computers, tablets or smartphones

    Mobile devices have been a boon for photographers because they've brought portable portfolios to the road and instant connectivity for building fan bases, keeping up with social media and maintaining business workflows no matter where you're located throughout the world.
  • The Big-Glass Effect

    Using telephoto lenses for dramatic images

    I remember my first big telephoto lens.
  • Ultralight

    Use multiple exposures and light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images

    If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the "paint with light" photography technique—it's really more of a lighting technique.


  • HDR Efex Pro 2

    One of the best HDR apps gets even better with more natural-looking results

    Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways.
  • Top 10 iPhone Apps

    My favorite apps to improve your photography

    And one tool that really helps me be a better photographer is my iPhone.

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