Hybrid AF

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

Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects. Contrast-detection AF, used in compact and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras—and DSLRs (other than Sony’s) when shooting in Live View mode—is very accurate, but historically slow, and not good at tracking moving subjects.... Read more

Pentax k-5 II

The K-5 II retains those features and adds some new ones, all at a good price.

Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only); $1,299 (K-5 IIs/body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Pentax’s K-5 DSLR offered a lot of great features in a compact package, including an excellent 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 7 fps shooting, two 14-bit RAW formats (PEF and DNG), and dustproof, cold- and weather-resistant construction with a stainless-steel... Read more

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 5472×3648 pixels.

Estimated Street Price: $2,099 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Canon’s newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472×3648 pixels. DIGIC 5+ processing provides shooting at up to 4.5 fps and a normal ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400. A new 11-point... Read more

Top 10 Tips For Camera Buyers

Digital technology hasn’t only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options.

Digital technology hasn’t only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options. Where a camera maker in the days of film would have a few models in their line, it’s not uncommon today to find a dozen or more options from each manufacturer. This is partly because there are more variations of camera... Read more

What Defines A Pro DSLR?

We’ll look closely at what distinguishes the most expensive DSLRs, but keep in mind that the higher-end DSLRs aren’t always the best choices, even for those who can afford them.

It’s generally acknowledged that pro DSLRs are the "best," and in many ways, that’s true. What makes them better than less expensive models? We’ll look closely at what distinguishes the most expensive DSLRs, but keep in mind that the higher-end DSLRs aren’t always the best choices, even for those who can afford them.... Read more

How Sensors Stack Up

The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality.

The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality. This originally was done by putting a DSLR image sensor (Four Thirds or APS-C) into a truly compact body. Recently, a couple of new sensor formats have been introduced, which were developed specifically... Read more

Winter-Ready Cameras

Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer.

Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer. Cold and wet weather aren’t good for most cameras, and can be uncomfortable for the photographer as well. Here are some things to consider before heading out into the cold with your camera gear. BATTERIES Batteries don’t like cold weather.... Read more

Camera "Apps"

Early digital cameras struggled to deliver the quality and resolution of their film forefathers.

Early digital cameras struggled to deliver the quality and resolution of their film forefathers. As sensor technology advanced and quality comparisons fell away, camera makers began focusing on the processor to take advantage of these onboard computers for more sophisticated camera functions. Now there are digital cameras that even have dual processors—something... Read more

High-Performance Compact Cameras

There are dozens of compact digital cameras on the market in a wide variety of shapes and even colors.

There are dozens of compact digital cameras on the market in a wide variety of shapes and even colors. Most are aimed at folks who just want to get nice pictures without having to learn much about photography, and they do a great job at that. But what about those who do know something about photography? Are there any compacts that allow us to put that... Read more

Digital DNA

Unless you’re already committed to a specific brand through years of lens and accessory purchases, buying a new DSLR today may mean comparing a dozen models.

Unless you’re already committed to a specific brand through years of lens and accessory purchases, buying a new DSLR today may mean comparing a dozen models. And even if you’re settled on a camera family, picking the right model from the tree isn’t always apples to apples. In the days of film, there really was only one dominant format:... Read more

Translucent Tech

When Sony entered the DSLR market following its acquisition of Konica Minolta’s camera business in 2006, we wondered whether the consumer electronics giant would fully embrace and address the needs of pro and enthusiast photographers.

When Sony entered the DSLR market following its acquisition of Konica Minolta’s camera business in 2006, we wondered whether the consumer electronics giant would fully embrace and address the needs of pro and enthusiast photographers. We think we can safely say that they did, having introduced some excellent new technologies that have pushed the whole... Read more

10 Tips For Your New DSLR

Cameras today are evolving faster than a Super Bowl defense.

Cameras today are evolving faster than a Super Bowl defense. Just about every few months a camera manufacturer will introduce a new body loaded with features and technology not previously available—not that this is a bad thing. All photographers benefit from these new cameras and improved performance; it just means you might be upgrading your camera... Read more
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