From compact slings to full-sized rolling cases, there’s a camera bag for every need
by Kim Castleberry
Whether you're hitting the road, the airport or a local park, the process of getting your camera equipment from point A to point B is a smooth one when using the right kind of carrying system.
For sharp photos and video, choosing the right option for steadying your camera is essential
by Kim Castleberry
Using the right support system can make all the difference between a blurry and a sharp photo or shaky and smooth video clips.
Canon EOS 1D Xby Mike Stensvold
Canon has long produced two versions of its flagship EOS-1-series pro DSLRs: an EOS-1 model with an APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor and high frame rate, and a high-megapixel, full-frame model with even better image quality.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIby Mike Stensvold
The EOS 5D Mark III's new 22.3-megapixel Canon full-frame CMOS sensor provides more pixels than any other Canon DSLR, yet offers a good balance between resolution, high-ISO performance and shooting speed.
Canon EOS Mby Mike Stensvold
Canon's long-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera finally materialized in Summer 2012.
Canon EOS Rebel T4iby Mike Stensvold
Canon's EOS Rebel DSLRs are entry-level models, the new Rebel T4i being the 10th member of a line that began when the original Digital Rebel became the first DSLR to sell for under $1,000 in 2003.
Constant lighting solutions, from traditional fixtures to new led systems
by David Willis
Continuous lighting solutions have seen a lot more attention over the last few years thanks to the need for a constant light source that will provide illumination for both stills and video.
Extensive lighting possibilities with a single flash
by David Willis
There are more choices to consider than your camera maker's dedicated system flash, as well.
Fujifilm X-Pro1by Mike Stensvold
Fujifilm made a real splash in 2011 with the X100, a little gem with a great design, a unique hybrid viewfinder, a big APS-C image sensor and a built-in wide-angle lens.
by William Sawalich
If you're looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you're in luck.
Nikon D3200by Mike Stensvold
When the D3100 entry-level model came out, it had more megapixels (16.2) than any Nikon DSLR but the $8,000 flagship 24.5-megapixel pro model.
Nikon D4by Mike Stensvold
Nikon's new flagship pro DSLR, the D4 improves on its D3S predecessor in almost every area.
Nikon D800by Mike Stensvold
Nikon's full-frame D800 offers a great mix of image quality (even at high ISO settings), AF performance, ruggedness and price.
Nikon J2by Mike Stensvold
Nikon entered the mirrorless interchangeable-lens marketplace last year with the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 models, very compact cameras built around the same 10-megapixel CMOS sensor in a new CX format.
Olympus OM-D E-M5by Mike Stensvold
Olympus' first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras were inspired by the company's popular PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5by Mike Stensvold
The first large-sensor interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera was Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1, introduced in 2008.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5by Mike Stensvold
The replacement for Panasonic's GF3 entry-level "pocket" Micro Four Thirds model, the new GF5 improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a higher-resolution LCD, higher ISO capability, more effects filters, an improved grip and additional video capabilities with a built-in stereo microphone.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1by Mike Stensvold
Panasonic's premium "flat"-style mirrorless model, the GX1 features a handsome, comfortable body and ergonomic controls.
Pentax K-01by Mike Stensvold
Pentax does mirrorless a bit differently. After introducing the smallest interchangeable-lens mirrorless model (with the smallest image sensor) in the Q, they followed up with the largest mirrorless model without a built-in eye-level EVF in the K-01.
Pentax K-30by Mike Stensvold
Pentax has been producing weatherproof DSLRs since the K10D in 2006, but they have always been the flagship models.
Big zooms and other unique, high-performance features in affordable, portable cameras
by Kim Castleberry
For many photo opportunities, compact "superzoom" cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens.
Samsung NX 20by Mike Stensvold
Samsung's mirrorless cameras all feature big APS-C image sensors and are available in "mini-DSLR" and "flat" form factors.
Samsung NX 210by Mike Stensvold
The middle model in Samsung's Wi-Fi NX lineup, the NX210 offers the same 20.3-megapixel image sensor, built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and shooting features as its siblings.
Samsung NX1000by Mike Stensvold
The most compact member of Samsung's current NX family, the NX1000 shares the 20.3-megapixel image sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability of the NX20 and NX210, but measures just 4.5x2.5x1.5 inches and weighs just 7.8 ounces.
Sigma SD1 Merrillby Mike Stensvold
Sigma is the only camera maker to offer the unique Foveon X3 image sensor, which stacks pixels in three layers so that every pixel site records all three primary colors of light: blue (in the top layer), green (in the middle layer) and red (in the bottom layer).
No matter what you want to do with your photos, there's a software solution to handle the job
by The Editors
These applications excel at importing and organizing your photo library, but they do a lot more, including RAW processing and the essential adjustments you'll make to most images
Sony NEX-5Rby Mike Stensvold
We're into the third generation of NEX now, with Sony's successor to the NEX-5N, the NEX-5R, bringing a number of improvements on the earlier model.
Sony NEX-6by Mike Stensvold
While those moving up to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from a point-and-shoot are happy to use the LCD monitor as their composing device, some longtime DSLR (and film SLR) users find it awkward.
Sony NEX-F3by Mike Stensvold
Taking over from the NEX-C3 as the entry-level model in Sony's mirrorless line, the NEX-F3 incorporates a big, 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor that delivers excellent image quality and video. Besides simple operation, features include Auto HDR, Anti-Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, focus peaking (for easy manual focusing) and 15 in-camera effects.
Sony SLT-A37by Mike Stensvold
The A37 is a bit slower than the A57, but sill quite fast for an entry-level model: 5.5 fps at full resolution, 7 fps in Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority mode (8-megapixel images, 1.4x crop factor), all with full-time continuous phase-detection AF.
Sony SLT-A57by Mike Stensvold
This relatively low-cost Translucent Mirror camera can shoot 16-megapixel images at 10 fps and 8.4-megapixel images at 12 fps—all with full-time phase-detection continuous AF.
Sony SLT-A99by Mike Stensvold
In 2010, Sony introduced the first cameras with its Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT)—the entry-level SLT-A55 and A33.
by David Willis
When people refer to a monolight or a strobe, they're talking about a light that produces a short, but very powerful burst of light for illuminating a scene or a subject and, when used to their maximum abilities, for freezing the actions of a subject or achieving high levels of sharpness in a scene.