Finally, we have the factory specs on the Pentax K-7, and the teasing is over. Keep in mind these are factory specifications, but Pentax has been known to change things slightly before the camera’s actually hit the sales floor, usually for the better. We are seeing that most of the rumors are true however, including the much hoped for 100% viewfinder. → Read More
I use a DSLR and I love it, and while I appreciate what point-and-shoots do, I’ve never really wanted one. This is partly due to the superior picture-taking ability of a DSLR, but mostly it’s other cameras’ unimaginative feature lists. The latest cameras boast huge numbers of features which I would never use (smile shutter? more megapixels on a tiny sensor?), and stubbornly… → Read More
I was just writing up the leak of this sucker when it drops in my lap. The new Canon T1i is the latest in their Rebel series of entry-level DSLRs, and this new version makes me sad I went for the XSi instead of waiting. Blogger’s remorse. At any rate, it looks excellent. So what’s new? → Read More
Gather ye ’round for what could be the first almost-photo of the Nikon D400, first spotted on Nikon’s German Web site. This almost-photo—there’s no photo of the camera itself, but rather the telltale question mark of an imagine that didn’t properly load in a Web browser—does list the key specs, however. How does 15.3-megapixel CMOS sensor sound to you? Or an ISO range of 200 to 6400? → Read More
The “budget” option from RED’s enormous modular lineup has finally spit out an actual moving image for all of us to see (autoplaying video, let it run through once). The 2/3″ sensor is far smaller than the original RED camera, but it looks like that doesn’t present a problem; the shot above was a 100mm prime at T5.6. Image quality and contrast look great. Now imagine… → Read More
Adding on to that hot new Rebel rumor from the other day: Canon may well release a new EF 50mm f/1.4 II USM lens alongside the Rebel. Evidence of this: the [old] 50 f/1.4 is on back order [in Canada], and has been for a few months now. Don’t surprised if the new lens has image stabilization. → Read More
Gather ’round the water cooler, provided your place of business still has a water cooler (get it, recession joke), for there’s a hot new Canon rumor flying about. It seems Canon may be readying the new Rebel, the EOS Rebel 500D, for a March 25 announcement. It may have a jog wheel, which would make it the first Rebel to do so. → Read More
I’d like to tell you that some awesome camera manufacturer has made a point-and-shoot type camera with a replaceable lens element. But that wouldn’t just be a lie, it’d a damned lie.
If you ask, Canon or Pentax would probably say it’s impossible. Still, hackerish types around the world won’t let something like that get in their way! One such character found himself in possession of a busted Canon… → Read More
Amazon.com has a one-day “Gold Box” deal on the Canon PowerShot SD770IS digital camera. It’s a 10-megapixel affair with a 3x optical zoom. → Read More
There is no shortage of point-and-shoots on the market, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give Kodak’s latest a look. It’s called the Z915 (memorable, I know), and looks, well, like a camera. I mean, it doesn’t look like a DSLR, and it doesn’t look like a little metal lozenge — it looks for all the world like a regular consumer film camera from the 90s. It’s kind of comforting, really. → Read More
While I’ve never seen a Sony dSLR “out in the field,” so to speak, I’ve been assured that the company knows its way around a single-lens reflex mechanism. To that end, there’s a rumor currently zipping about the Internet that pertains to two of the company’s dSLRs, the A200 and A300. It seems Sony is planning to consolidate the two models into one, and would be first announced this April. So… → Read More
If you were vacillating over which entry-level DSLR to get this year, your decision was just made a little more difficult by Pentax. Their K20D, which is by all accounts an excellent camera, has had its price dropped by two bills. Those are some serious savings, kemosabe. $800 recommended means you can get it for a song once the big e-tailers start undercutting each other. They did this already… → Read More
A link at Amazon went live momentarily and revealed this complicated-looking point and shoot, the TL320. Its two most interesting features would have to be its AMOLED screen, which should help save battery life, and a pair of awesome-looking gauges on the top like on the TL9. Instead of a digital readout, there are actually physical empty/full indicators.
I guess the reaction to the TL9 was… → Read More
Just when I thought it was safe to relax and read a little bit, my inbox lights up with a damn tidal wave of point-and-shoots. If you’re in the market, you’ll be doing more in-depth research and of course the outliers of this batch will be tested and compared to others, so for the moment we’ll just take a quick look at their styling, specs, and standout features. Couldn’t… → Read More
Looks like Canon updated their site’s database a little too soon; a pair of point-and-shoots no one’s ever seen made it in there. Oops! They’ve since pulled the data, but the intrepid Canon Rumors snagged screens and stats before Canon realized the mistake. Here are the two new shooters in their modest glory. → Read More
Man alive! You think the American economy is in rough shape? Japan’s economy shrank 12.7 percent from October to December of last year, the sharpest fall since the end of World War II. Combine that with the unusually strong Japanese Yen, which makes Japanese products, like the new Fuji FinePix Z30, FinePix J20fd and J250, more expensive in foreign (non-Japanese) markets, and you’ll get a sense of… → Read More
There’s nothing solid on this yet, but there are murmurs (from respectable, if not necessarily reliable sources) that Panasonic may be girding its loins to buy itself some Leica. Perhaps not all of it, perhaps just a little bit, but they’re definitely sniffing around. Given Leica’s skill with glass and Panasonic’s with consumer electronics, they might make a good team in… → Read More
Big players like Leaf and Hasselblad had better do something soon, or Nikon and Canon will be doing more than nipping at their heels. This little set of tests done by French firm DxO seems to confirm what many of us understand intuitively: that the pro DSLR is fast closing the image quality gap with medium format digitals. → Read More
A long time ago, on a site design far, far away from the current one, we mentioned that Fujifilm was preparing to release a totally awesome new sensor for point-and-shoots.
A fundamental reorganization of the photodiode pattern results in… well, if you want to know, read the post. But the point is that they’ve made a more intelligent sensor instead of just packing more megapixels in, and this… → Read More
Okay Nikon, so you’ve got a touchscreen on your budget camera now. Do you want a cookie? Oh, you want sales. I’m sorry, I can’t bake that. But I can report on your new point-and-shoots. Let’s go with that.
Nikon is very proud of their new touchscreen camera, and I’m sure it’s very nice, dear. But others have been doing it for longer, and it’s probably a good idea to wait for the next generation… → Read More
Somewhere, somebody wished upon a star, and tonight that wish was granted. Nikon has updated its lineup of non-SLR digitals, and they’re looking… Nikon-y. No big surprises but if you’re in the market, you should certainly take a close look at the features and price points.
Let’s look at the big fish first. → Read More
It’s tremendously snowy outside—not unlike that level in Donkey Kong Country. So the urge to go outside and snap, snap, snap away, taking photos of the lovely scenery, must be palpable. You might want to wrap your camera around in a plastic bag to protect it from the elements (that’s an old trick I learned in a class once), or, to look more middle class, slap this plastic shell on it. You… → Read More
The full review for Panasonic’s new generation of un-SLR is up over at DPReview, and they’ve given it the usual treatment. It looks like the G1, which I was a bit skeptical of, comes through okay. Given its natural limitations, it succeeds in image quality, color reproduction, and somewhat in usability. It isn’t all fun and games, though. Read the full 33-page review here or click through for the… → Read More
The first ever Presidential portrait shot with a digital camera is up and it looks great. From the metadata we can see that it was shot by Pete Souza on a 5D mk II at f/10, at 105mm. They probably were using this lens, which is a great zoom for sitting portraits, but costs 1500 ducats. Somehow doubt they cut corners for projects like this.
Focus is good, bokeh is smooth, and the Prez-elect is… → Read More
Polaroid debuted its would-be comeback kid gadget, the PoGo, during CES, but we were a bit busy at the time. It looks like they’ve attached a shabby camera to the Zink/PoGo instant printer and made an interface for cropping and so on. Sounds less than compelling at first, but then of course that’s pretty much what the original Polaroids were. Bad glass and crappy film. But they were awesome. → Read More
LEGO is the best toy ever made. And now you can have digital cameras, video cameras, MP3 players, walkie talkies, etc. Unfortunately the devices are not made from actual lego bricks so you can’t destroy and rebuild them. → Read More
Casio just gave a simultaneously cool and really weird press conference. They’ve shrunk the famous EX-F1′s guts into a nice compact little package, then demonstrated what they said was going to be the next generation of photography. What was it? Well, come and find out! Lots of pictures, and video in a few minutes. → Read More
HP has a quick and dirty little iPhone (and iPod touch) application that may interest you. It’s free, too! → Read More
Curious about which cameras are the most popular on Flickr? Turns out that the iPhone has completely shut out all other cell phones, and is actually gaining on SLRs. The data comes from a neat Flickr function that reads the metadata embedded in your pictures, and can usually tell what camera the picture came from. So while there really isn’t any accurate timeline information, at least you… → Read More