Samsung NX30

Samsung offers mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras in two form factors: DSLR-style and flat compact-style.

List Price TBA INTRODUCED 1/2014 Samsung offers mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras in two form factors: DSLR-style and flat compact-style. Interestingly, all feature 20.3-megapixel Samsung APS-C CMOS sensors. The new NX30 replaces the NX20 as the flagship DSLR-style model. It improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including... Read more

Nikon D3300

Nikon’s new D3300 improves on the excellent D3200 entry-level DSLR

Estimated Street Price: $649 (with 18-55mm VR II kit zoom) INTRODUCED 1/2014 Nikon’s new D3300 improves on the excellent D3200 entry-level DSLR in a number of ways. There’s a new EXPEED 4 image processor (vs. the EXPEED 3 in the D3200), and normal ISO range is now 100-12800 (vs. 100-6400), expandable to 25600 (vs. 12800). While the pixel... Read more

Sport HD Cams

Things are getting interesting with wearable, mountable point-of-view action cameras.

Things are getting interesting with wearable, mountable point-of-view action cameras. The latest models offer sophisticated connectivity with smartphones and other accessories and a wide variety of mounts for just about any sport or activity. One even offers professional 4K video resolution. GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition SPECIFICATIONS Angle... Read more
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The Low-Pass Filter

What it does, and why ditching it can be a good thing

The optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing or blur filter, has been in the photo news a lot lately, mainly because several manufacturers have eliminated it from some of their DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. What’s the deal? The low-pass filter’s purpose is to do away with the moiré and aliasing... Read more

Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm’s new X-A1 is the entry-level model in the X-series mirrorless camera lineup.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (with XC16-50mm OIS zoom) INTRODUCED 9/2013 Fujifilm’s new X-A1 is the entry-level model in the X-series mirrorless camera lineup, sharing the compact dimensions of the recent X-M1, but with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that uses a conventional Bayer RGB filter rather than the unique Fujifilm X-Trans... Read more

Fujifilm X-E2

The X-E2 features Fujifilm’s 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor.

Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only). INTRODUCED 10/2013 Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-series lineup began with the flagship X-Pro1, followed by the lower-priced X-E1, the compact X-M1 and the entry-level X-A1. Now we have the first second-generation X-camera, the X-E2, which improves on its fine predecessor in a number of ways. The... Read more

Nikon D5300

The D5300 is even more compact than its predecessor, measuring 4.9×3.9×3.0 inches and weighing 16.9 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (with 50mm Special Edition kit lens). INTRODUCED 11/2013 The Nikon D5300 offers a number of improvements over its excellent D5200 predecessor, while retaining the features that made the D5200 so popular. The pixel count remains the same, but the 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor in the new camera was designed without... Read more

Nikon Df

The Df can use all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D Nikkor lenses, but it’s also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai Nikkor lenses with full-aperture metering.

Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (with 50mm Special Edition kit lens). INTRODUCED 11/2013 Nikon went back to its roots to create a full-frame DSLR for the old-school photographer who likes to control everything without messing with multiple menus. The new Df ("Digital Fusion") features a design reminiscent of Nikon’s classic 35mm film... Read more

Nikon D610

The D610 shares the ruggedness and dust- and moisture- resistance of the D600 (and D800), and its shutter is tested to 150,000 cycles.

Estimated Street Price: $1,999 (body only). INTRODUCED 10/2013 A little more than a year after Nikon introduced its most affordable full-frame DSLR—the well-featured D600—we have its successor in the D610. The new camera retains its predecessor’s assets, adding a new shutter mechanism that ups maximum frame rate to 6 fps (from 5.5) and offering... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GM1 is, as of this writing, the new claimant to smallest interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera.

Estimated Street Price: $749 (with 12-32mm compact zoom) INTRODUCED 10/2013 Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GM1 is, as of this writing, the new claimant to smallest interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera, edging out the Pentax Q7 and Q10 by about a tenth of an inch in all three dimensions. Yet the GM1 contains a much larger Micro Four Thirds... Read more

Sony Alpha a7 & a7R

Sony’s new Alpha a7 and a7R mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are tiny.

Estimated Street Price: $1,699 (a7); $2,299 (a7R) INTRODUCED 10/2013 Sony’s new Alpha a7 and a7R mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are tiny, yet house full-frame Sony Exmor CMOS image sensors: a 24.3-megapixel one in the a7 and a 36.4-megapixel unit (with no low-pass filter) in the a7R. Besides the diminutive size, there’s... Read more

Pentax K-3

Like the K-5 models, the K-3 features a rugged magnesium-alloy body housing a metal chassis, and is fully weather-sealed and cold- and dust-resistant.

Estimated Street Price: $1,299 (body only) INTRODUCED 10/2013 Pentax has a new flagship DSLR, with lots of improvements over the very good K-5II for not much more cost. The K-3 features a new PRIME III imaging engine and APS-C 24.35-megapixel CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter for optimal sharpness. But for those rare occasions where moiré... Read more
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