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October 17th, 2013

Nikon Announces 24.2MP D5300 DSLR and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Lens

Nikon-D5300_BK_18_140_frontNikon has just announced two new products for photographers: the prosumer-friendly 24.2MP, APS-C sensor-based D5300 digital SLR, and the pro-worthy AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G portrait lens.

The Nikon D5300 will go on sale this month as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,399. It will come in black, red, and gray color options, if you like your DSLR to have a little pizzazz.

The NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, which is the higher end product of the two and designed for both full-frame (FX-format) and APS-C (DX-format) cameras, goes on sale this month for $1,699.

Read the rest of the story about this Nikon news here.

October 17th, 2013

Panasonic Announces Small and Retro Lumix GM1 Compact System Camera

Panasonic-Lumix-GM1If you like your cameras small, retro-styled, and downright cute, then you may love the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. This 16-megapixel, mirrorless, compact system camera with the miniature, throwback design, recalls sharpshooters of yesteryear but with some modern, picture-taking skills.

The Panasonic GM1, which can fit in the palm of your hand or slide into a coat pocket, comes with a 12-32mm interchangeable kit lens and will retail for $749. The GM1 uses a Micro Four Thirds-format sensor, which is bigger than what’s in point-and-shoot cameras but smaller than the imaging chips in most digital SLRs.

The Panasonic GM1′s sensor and processing engines are identical to those used in the popular and generally well-reviewed GX7 compact system camera, which we had a chance to test drive this past summer.

While the GX7 was small, the GM1 is even more petite and has to be seen to be believed. It has a 3-inch touchscreen on back and comes equipped with Wi-Fi for wireless sharing of images and HD videos. With the help of the free Panasonic Image App for Android and iOS mobile devices, you can remotely trigger the GM1 with your smartphone or tablet.

The main appeal to this camera, however, is its snazzy, compact design. It comes in silver and black, in the U.S., and weighs just over six ounces. We haven’t had a chance to test the Panasonic Lumix GM1′s image quality yet, but based on looks alone, it’s a real head-turner.

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October 16th, 2013

Sony Unveils Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras, New Lenses, and High-End Superzoom Model

Sony-7R_frontSony went where no camera manufacturer has gone before this morning, unveiling the world’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 36.4-megapixel Alpha 7R and 24.3-megapixel Sony Alpha 7. Both compact system cameras use 35mm-sized Exmor-branded, CMOS image sensors but the Sony Alpha 7R has no optical low pass filter over its chip to help it capture more detail in photos. The Alpha 7, meanwhile, boasts a new Hybrid AF system, designed to quickly lock in focus on subjects.

Both cameras will go on sale this December, with the Sony Alpha 7R retailing for $2,300, body only, and the Sony Alpha 7, selling for $1,700, body only; or as a kit with a new 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens for $2,000.

You could also pair these full-frame mirrorless cameras with five new full-frame E-Mount lenses that Sony just unveiled. The new Sony E-Mount lenses include three Carl Zeiss-branded models: the Sonnar T* 55mm F1.8 ZA ($1,000) and Sonnar T* 35mm F2.8 ZA ($800) prime lenses, and the Vario Tessar T* 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS mid-range zoom ($1,200).

We’re curious what PDN readers think of the new Sony Alpha 7R and Alpha 7 mirrorless cameras. Does the addition of full-frame sensors make you want to give these these high-end compact system cameras a second look or do you plan to stick to your DSLR?

Read more of this story here with details on all of Sony’s announcements this morning and then leave your thoughts in the comments below.

March 4th, 2013

Nikon Unveils AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens for Full-Frame DSLRs

Nikkor-AFS_80_400_ED_VR_1Along with tonight’s big Coolpix A camera news from Nikon, the company also unveiled the new AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens. This FX-format telephoto zoom lens seems designed explicitly for enthusiast photographers and aspiring pros who’ve just purchased the full-frame Nikon D600 digital SLR.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens will go on sale in early April for $2,699.05. More details in the press release after the jump.

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March 4th, 2013

Nikon Announces 16.2MP Coolpix A Compact Camera with DSLR-size Imaging Sensor (Hands-on Preview)

Nikon-A_BK_front34l_loNikon is the latest imaging manufacturer to unveil a compact camera packed with an imaging sensor equal in size to what you’d find in an entry-level digital SLR. The company just officially announced the Coolpix A, which squeezes a 16.2-megapixel  APS-C-sized (DX-format) CMOS sensor into a camera body big enough to fit in your pocket.

We had some hands-on time with a prototype of the Nikon Coolpix A last month and the camera is surprisingly small and portable for what’s housed inside.

Read more about this intriguing new compact from Nikon here.

March 4th, 2013

Phase One Unveils IQ280, IQ260, and IQ260 Achromatic Digital Camera Backs

IQ280_single-mPRESS RELEASE

Phase One Announces IQ2 Series Digital Camera Backs Pushes Image Quality Beyond Megapixels

COPENHAGEN, March 4, 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13 f-stops of dynamic range, plus new options to meet specific photographic goals. Building on the IQ digital back platform, the first choice of many of the world’s leading photographers, the technical advances in the Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic go beyond delivering ultra-high megapixel resolution to introduce greater mobility and workflow flexibility for professional photographers.

Read more and see an image of all three backs here.

February 20th, 2013

Nikon Announces New 24.1-Megapixel D7100 Digital SLR without Optical Low Pass Filter

D7100_18_105_frontNikon unveiled a new digital DSLR for photo enthusiasts and “part-time pros” tonight, the 24.1-megapixel Nikon D7100.  The D7100, which uses a new APS-C-sized “DX-format” CMOS sensor, is the successor to the Nikon D7000, which was announced in September 2010.

The Nikon D7100 has a 51-point autofocus system with 15 cross-type sensor points; wireless connectivity; and like the Nikon D800E, it has no optical low pass filter (OLPF), in a move to increase the detail and sharpness in photos captured with the camera.

OLPFs are used to prevent the incidence of moiré in images where there is a preponderance of converging lines, such as in a suspension bridge or a building. A spokesperson for Nikon who we spoke with while getting some hands-on time with a D7100 prototype said he didn’t believe moiré would be a problem with this model.

To read more about the D7100, and about the WR-1 Wireless Transceiver for Nikon DSLR, which Nikon also announced tonight,  see our news story in the Gear section of PDNOnline.

February 19th, 2013

Olympus Unveils Slim, High-End 12MP Stylus XZ-10 Compact Camera

Olympus-XZ-10_BLK_FRONTOlympus updated its X-Series of compact cameras this morning with the portable and lightweight Olympus STYLUS XZ-10, which incorporates many of the same high-end features of the flagship STYLUS XZ-2 compact in a slimmer body. The new luxury compact camera boasts a bright f/1.8 to 2.7 zoom lens, pro-style manual settings, ISO 6400 capability, a 12-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor and Olympus’ TruePic VI image processor.

The Olympus XZ-10 comes in black, brown, or white and will sell for $399.99, starting in late March 2013.

More details in the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE

The Olympus STYLUS XZ-10 iHS Proves Less Is More with Lightweight High Performance

New Ultra-Portable, Ultra-Bright High-End Compact Puts Power in Your Pocket at an Affordable Price

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 19, 2013 – Olympus refines its X-Series with the extremely compact and lightweight Olympus STYLUS XZ-10, which incorporates many of the same high-performance features of the flagship STYLUS XZ-2 in a stealthier body. The new high-end compact is an ideal combination of optical brilliance and usability in a pocket-sized design that blends a super-bright f1.8 to 2.7 zoom lens, pro-style manual settings, ISO 6400, 12-Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and powerful TruePic VI image processor.

Its flexible 26-130mm* wide-angle iZuiko Digital 5x optical zoom lens with excellent brightness, even at its maximum zoom, fits into a body that is about 40 percent smaller by volume** than its predecessor. Olympus’s advanced iHS image processing technology, and a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor combine with the large-aperture lens to deliver high-sensitivity, low noise and blazing auto-focus performance that translates to excellent image quality from a compact camera. Even at high ISO settings, iHS technologies deliver low noise and radiant colors with crisp details and rich gradation in both dark and light parts of the frame.

XZ-10 upgrades include 120fps high-speed HD movie recording and Photo Story, which shoots a group of still photos straight into attractive, pre-prepared layouts that are ready for sharing via FlashAir without the need for more work on a computer. Modes like the popular Handheld Starlight Mode with Flash make blur-free shooting without a tripod possible even in difficult lighting, and HDR Backlight Adjustment for ideal exposure when shooting against the light.

Just like the STYLUS flagship XZ-2, the XZ-10 has a customizable control ring around the lens so users can adjust key settings such as aperture and exposure time manually without having to take their eye off the subject. Alternatively, users can assign ISO or metering to the Fn button on the back of the camera to ensure quick, easy handling on the go.

Olympus-XZ-10_BLK_BACKBasic operations and settings of the Olympus STYLUS XZ-10, starting with touch controls and Live Guide, as well as a graphic user interface, will be familiar to Olympus PEN and OM-D shooters. Instantly activate the Touch AF Shutter function to select the subject you want to focus on and activate the shutter simply by touching (no swivel), 920,000 dot LCD screen. With a tap of the finger, it can focus on fast-moving subjects and trigger the shot.

In addition to superior still image quality, the 1080p Full HD Movie capability with stereo sound captures movies in the best quality currently available in compact cameras. Multi-Motion Movie IS image stabilization corrects for the common gradual camera shake that occurs when shooting on the move, delivering more stable, higher-quality movies. Beautiful movies can be shot even longer with a 1920 x 1080 High-Definition size and MOV/H.264 movie compression that has an excellent compatibility with computers.

Users can easily share their images on a big-screen HDTV in high definition using an optional HDMI cable or on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone application (via optional Toshiba FlashAir SDHC card or optional Eye-Fi Card).

*35mm equivalent.
**Based on external dimensions.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus STYLUS XZ-10 will be available in late March 2013, and ships with a USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack, Li-Ion Battery Charger, Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS ib software CD-ROM, Manuals and Registration card.

Estimated Street Price: $399.99 (Available in black)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/xz-10.html

January 28th, 2013

Nikon Unveils Two New Nikkor Lenses Including Massive 800mm Super-Telephoto

Nikon-800mmAhead of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013, which opens tomorrow in Japan, Nikon has taken the wraps off two new lenses including a massive 800mm super-telephoto.

Nikon had already announced that the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED was in development last summer and a dozen prototypes of the huge, 15-pound lens were in use by pro photographers during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. If you’re a sports or wildlife photographer and you can’t any wait any longer for this FX-format lens, it can be yours this April for a cool $17,899.

While that’s pretty pricey, it is the longest focal length of any Nikkor autofocus (AF) lens yet. It also comes with a 1.25x teleconverter, which turns it into a 1000mm lens while taking away one stop of light. (The fastest aperture available with the teleconverter is f/8.)

The 800mm is the first Nikon lens built with two fluorite glass elements, paired with  two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help reduce chromatic aberration and flaring while keep the lens relatively lightweight (for its size). This super-telephoto also, of course, has Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, which reputedly offers the equivalent of approximately four stops of shutter speed correction.
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Nikon also unveiled the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens. Along with full-frame Nikon cameras, it works with DX-format (APS-C sensor) Nikon DSLRs, and converts to a 27-52.5mm equivalent lens. It goes on sale the first week of March for $749.

Read more here.

January 10th, 2013

CES Surprise: Canon Unveils Two Cinema Prime Lenses for EOS Digital Video Cameras

Canon_cne14mm_3qCanon often uses the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to slip in some unexpected, high-end camera gear announcements. This morning was no exception as the company unveiled two new cinema prime lenses: the new CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm imagers.

The lenses expand Canon’s Cinema EOS prime lens line-up to five models. The lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System for 4K/2K/HD video, which includes the EOS C500 4K/2K  digital cinema camera, EOS C300 digital cinema camera, EOS C100 digital video camera and EOS-1D C 4K DSLR cinema camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses.

The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F single-focal-length lens is slated to go on sale in April 2013 for an estimated price of $5,500. The CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lens will ship in May 2013 for an estimated price of $5,200.

More details in the price below.

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