Nikon D7200

New Cameras

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,199 (body), $1,699 (with 18-140mm kit zoom) INTRODUCED 2/2015 Nikon’s successor to the D7100 addresses the main shortcoming of that fine camera and adds a number of useful improvements. The biggie is a larger buffer: The D7200 can shoot up to 27 12-bit lossless-compressed NEF (RAW) images, 18 14-bit lossless-compressed... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

New Cameras

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $1,099 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2015 Olympus has put pretty much everything but the kitchen sink into its second-generation OM-D E-M5 Mark II. In or on its compact dust- and splashproof "mini-DSLR"-style body you’ll find 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, the... Read more

Samsung NX500

The core features of Samsung’s flagship NX1 mirrorless camera, but in a more compact body

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $799 with 16-50mm power zoom and electronic flash INTRODUCED 2/2015 If you’d like the core features of Samsung’s flagship NX1 mirrorless camera, but in a more compact, "flat"-style body, the new NX500 is the camera for you. It has the same most-megapixels-in-APS-C 28.2 MP BSI (backside-illuminated) CMOS... 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

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

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

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

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

Retro Revolution

Many photographers are starting to take notice of the trend toward smaller, simpler, interchangeable-lens systems sparked by mirrorless cameras, and are downsizing their systems for much of their work.

Many photographers—even seasoned pros who once revered their large pro DSLRs with all the bells and whistles and huge, fast zooms—are starting to take notice of the trend toward smaller, simpler, interchangeable-lens systems sparked by mirrorless cameras, and are downsizing their systems for much of their work. Not all subjects can be covered effectively... 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
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