Nikon D3000 – Entry Level 10mp dSLR – No Review Yet

ShaolinTiger posted this at 1:59 pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 —

Another low end ‘compact’ dSLR from Nikon, they are really going heavy into the bottom end of the market – it wasn’t long ago since the Nikon D5000 was announced.

With the discontinuation of the D40, the D3000 will be Nikon’s cheapest dSLR.

Nikon D3000

Features

  • 10.2megapixel CCD sensor. Even in low light the image resolution makes easy work of big prints and sharp enlargements.
  • 11-point autofocus system. Keeps even the fastest moving subjects in focus, often the biggest challenge for compact cameras
  • Fast response. The start up time and shutter lag means you can capture the shot almost instantly, without the delayed response time common of compact cameras
  • Guide mode. Simply the easiest way to get great pictures, without having to read the manual
  • 3-inch TFT. With pictures this good, you will need a great screen to share them with friends and family
  • EXPEED image processing. Exclusive system to deliver rich, bright results close to what you saw with your own eyes
  • Picture Controls. Lets you set the look and mood of your images before you shoot
  • 3 fps continuous shooting allows you to capture fast-moving action at 3 frames per second
  • Intuitive ergonomics. We challenge anyone to pick up a D3000 and it not to feel part of your hand
  • Stylish discrete appearance. The D3000 does not become a barrier between you and your subject, resulting in natural looking expressions
  • Compact, light and durable. It won’t fit in your pocket, but with pictures this good you will find a shoulder to hang it on

You can find a hands-on here:

Nikon D3000 brief hands-on

And full details of the camera here:

Nikon unveils D3000 entry-level DSLR

Looking forwards to some reviews soon, it would be a great travel companion with something like the Sigma 10-20mm HSM UWA lens.

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Canon EOS 7D – High End 18mp APS-C Crop Sensor Camera

ShaolinTiger posted this at 3:46 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 —

The last big Canon announcement was the low end Entry Level dSLR – EOS 500D / Rebel T1i – 15 Megapixels, now they have changed things up a bit and come out with a direct competitor to the Nikon D300/D300s.

Canon EOS 7D

Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots
  • 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
  • 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage viewfinder
  • Wireless flash control
  • Environmental sealing

It’s quite a beast, especially with 18megapixels, I think Canon finally released their 40/50D couldn’t compete with the Nikon D300 and now the D300s, so they had to step up their game.

Now they have with a high end APS-C (crop sensor) model in their line-up with dual Digic IV processors.

The full hands on preview is here:

Canon EOS 7D Preview

You can find sample images here:

Canon EOS 7D Preview Samples

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Nikon D5000 – New Entry Level 12 Megapixel dSLR – No Review Yet

ShaolinTiger posted this at 2:06 pm on Monday, April 27, 2009 —

So it looks like Nikon is hitting the entry level again before bringing anything else out, but then they have the top end Nikon D3x now so I guess with the Nikon D90 already doing very well this is a good move.

Nikon D5000

It’s been a while since the Nikon D60 came out so the market is perhaps ripe for a newer slightly higher spec model.

Nikon D5000 Key Features

  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 2.7″ tilt and swivel LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing engine
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
  • Connector for optional GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
  • New battery with increased capacity
  • 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback

There are some interesting design choices, personally I’m not sure if I’d prefer a bigger higher spec screen – or this tilting kind the D5000 has and is generally seen on consumer cameras.

Quite a lot of the D90 features have been put into this camera though making it a formidable piece of kit.

Nikon D5000 vs D60: Key Differences

  • 12.3 MP CMOS sensor (D60: 10.2 MP CCD)
  • Tilt/swivel screen
  • Live View with contrast detect AF
  • Wider ISO range
  • 11 point AF system with 3D tracking (D60: 3 point AF)
  • Control of Active D-Lighting intensity
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration
  • Choice of JPEG quality in RAW+JPEG shooting
  • Faster continuous shooting
  • Bracketing

I’m glad to see the inclusion of bracketing too for all the HDR freaks.

Preview is available here:

Nikon D5000 Hands-on Preview

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New Canon Entry Level dSLR – EOS 500D / Rebel T1i – 15 Megapixels

ShaolinTiger posted this at 1:42 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009 —

So Canon has already come out with a successor to the succesful Canon EOS 450D – it seems to be a firm competitor to the Nikon D90 and in some ways is better than the Canon EOS 50D.

Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3

Features

  • 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
  • ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
  • 3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
  • 3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
  • 9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
  • High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System

I’ve seen some sample images and it looks incredibly clean up to ISO3200, plus the full HD capability (even if it’s only 20fps) – 720p will be fine for most people at 30fps.

I think this is going to be a popular model and Nikon needs to do something about the D60/D40x segment to strengthen their hold if they are really serious about the lower end models.

You can find a hands on preview here:

Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i / Kiss X3 Digital) Preview

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Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR – 12 Megapixel Compact with New SuperCCD EXR Sensor

ShaolinTiger posted this at 2:29 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 —

Finally Fuji is innovating compact camera technology again! After their excellent SuperCCD and the legendary Fuji F31fd and it’s not so great successor the Fuji F50fd they are now coming out with the F200EXR.

Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

The new Super CCD EXR provides superior picture quality, enabling a “3-in-1” sensor combination of “Fine Capture Technology” (High Resolution), “Pixel Fusion Technology” (High Sensitivity & Low Noise), and “Dual Capture Technology” (Wide Dynamic Range). With an innovative color filter array and image processing technology, the EXR ensures an advanced reproduction in imaging with exceptionally balanced quality.

It basically drops to 6 megapixels for low light or expanded dynamic range, which is plenty enough resolution for the majority of people and the same resolution as the excellent F31fd.

More about the new EXR technology here.

Features

  • Super CCD EXR 12 megapixel switchable sensor (6MP in low-light and dynamic range modes)
  • 5x (28-140mm equiv.) wide-angle optical zoom lens
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • 3” clear view LCD screen
  • High sensitivity modes (ISO 6400 at 6MP resolution & 12800 at 3MP resolution)
  • Manual controls (including aperture and shutter priority)
  • EXR Auto mode selects sensor and scene mode (Portrait, Night, Macro, Landscape. Night portrait & Backlit portrait)
  • Film Simulation mode (Provia/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Black & White, Sepia)

I’ll be looking forwards to testing this out as I really love the output and colours of the Fuji SuperCCD and with this new EXR technology (apparently the auto mode works very well) it could be a joy to use even in dim conditions.

I just hope the flash is more powerful and it’d a little more responsive than the F31fd. There should be some comprehensive reviews hitting the net soon so I’ll keep you updated.

More here: Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

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