Canon EOS Rebel T6s

New Cameras

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $849 (body only); $1,199 (with 18-135mm STM kit zoom) INTRODUCED 2/2015 Canon’s new flagship entry-level EOS Rebel model, the T6s incorporates some Rebel "firsts." It’s the first Rebel model with a top-plate LCD panel (something users of higher-end EOS models have long enjoyed for easy setting of various... Read more

Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R

The new 5DS models are aimed at still photographers.

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $3,699 (5DS); $3,899 (5DS R) INTRODUCED 2/2015 Canon has returned to the top of the DSLR megapixel mountain with a pair of 50.6 MP full-frame EOS 5D models. The new EOS 5DS and 5DS R are identical except the R model’s low-pass filter effect has been canceled to further increase sharpness (at the risk of moiré in images... Read more

Mirrorless For Travel?

Small and lightweight, mirrorless cameras may be the perfect travel companion

Today, there are mirrorless cameras and DSLRs for every budget and photographer, from beginner to pro. Distinctions between these camera types have narrowed: The latest mirrorless models are faster, with wider availability of lens options and a range of sensor sizes compared to early models, while several DSLRs have been introduced that are ultracompact,... Read more

Nikon D5500

Even more compact than its predecessor at 4.9×3.8×2.8 inches and 14.8 ounces

Estimated Street Price: $899 (body only); $999 (with 18-55mm kit zoom). INTRODUCED 1/2015 The fifth generation of Nikon’s mid-line entry-level DSLR, the D5500 retains a lot of good stuff from its D5300 predecessor and adds some useful new features. There’s still the 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter for... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

There’s more to the GF7 than just selfies, of course.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (including 12-32mm kit zoom). INTRODUCED 1/2015 Even smaller than its tiny GF6 predecessor at 4.2×2.6×1.3 inches and 11.9 ounces (with memory card, battery and 12-32mm kit zoom attached), the new Lumix DMC-GF7 offers a host of features that makes it easy to take great selfies. The 3-inch, touch-screen LCD monitor... Read more

Sony a7 II

Sony improves on its extremely successful full-frame a7 with an advanced image stabilization system, faster start-up and more

Estimated Street Price: $1,700. INTRODUCED 11/2014 In fall 2013, Sony shook up the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera world by introducing the first full-frame-sensor model—two, actually—the 24-megapixel a7 and 36-megapixel a7R. In spring 2014, they added the low-light/4K video specialist a7S and now have introduced the successor to that first... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

The new camera is still tiny, at 3.9×2.3×1.4 inches and 6.4 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $899 (with 12-32mm zoom) INTRODUCED 9/2014 Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GM1 was introduced about a year ago as the smallest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera. Now comes the GM5, barely bigger, but with a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder, a hot-shoe for external flash (one external flash unit is... Read more

Samsung NX1

Samsung’s new flagship mirrorless model features 4K video and innovative focus and exposure controls

Estimated Street Price: $1,499 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2014 Samsung’s new flagship mirrorless model, the NX1, has a lot going for it. The 28.2-megapixel, backside-illuminated APS-C CMOS sensor is complemented by 14-bit DRIMe V processing. Next, there are two options for 4K video: 3840×2160 UHD 4K at 30 fps is recorded directly to the SD... Read more

Sony Alpha a77 Mark II

Quick phase-detection AF for both stills and video.

Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (body only); $1,799 (with 16-50mm ƒ/2.8 kit zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2014 Sony’s new Alpha a77 Mark II DSLR (a77II, for short) improves upon its SLT-A77 predecessor in a number of ways, yet carries a price some $200 lower than the original a77 when it was introduced nearly three years earlier. The a77II features an all-new... Read more

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon’s new EOS Rebel T5 replaces the T3 as the entry-level model in the large EOS DSLR lineup

Estimated Street Price: $549 (with 18-55mm IS II lens) INTRODUCED 2/2014 Canon’s new EOS Rebel T5 replaces the T3 as the entry-level model in the large EOS DSLR lineup, improving on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a 50% increase in pixel count, a more powerful processor, a bigger LCD monitor and higher-res video. A version of Canon’s... Read more

Nikon D4S

Nikon’s new professional flagship is the D4S, and it’s the fastest Nikon DSLR yet

List Price: $6,499 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2014 Nikon’s new professional flagship is the D4S, and it’s the fastest Nikon DSLR (11 fps at full-res with continuous AF, up from 10 fps in the D4), with likely the best high-ISO image quality due to a newly developed 16.2-megapixel, FX-format full-frame CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processing. Normal... Read more

Capture The Light Field

Is the Lytro Illum the future of photography?

Lytro came on the scene in 2012 with its first light field camera. Light field technology (hardware and software) captures all the individual light rays in a scene, allowing you to do some pretty incredible things with your images in 2D and even 3D and enabling a totally new way to experience photographic images. (You can read the theory behind this... Read more
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