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Nokia 808 PureView vs Olympus E-PL2 vs Canon 5D Mark III vs Apple iPhone 4S: 38MP shootout

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After seeing the Nokia 808 PureView ace our blind test and comfortably beat even a Micro Four Thirds camera, many of you wanted to see how its 41MP sensor does against higher res cameras. We now suggest you take a comfortable seat and get ready to find the answer.

This time we used the full resolution mode on Nokia 808 PureView, which is the only one that shows the true capabilities of the monster sensor. We shot the same image with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is our workhorse DSLR, the Olympus E-PL2 large-sensor interchangeable lens camera, which was soundly trashed in the blind test and the Apple iPhone 4S, which should serve as a reference for the improvement the Nokia 808 brings to the smartphone world. Read more »

Canon announces the new EOS 650D / Rebel T4i DSLR with a touchscreen

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Canon has announced the newest member of its EOS DSLR range, the EOS 650D, which will be known as the Rebel T4i in North America. At the heart of this camera is an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor that lets it shoot at 5 fps burst mode and up to ISO 12,800 (extendable to ISO 25,600).

But the main feature on this camera is the capacitive touchscreen on the back, a first for a Canon DSLR. It’s a fully articulated 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II with 1,040k dots. The touchscreen can be used to do things like settings focus points, navigating through the menus and pinching and swiping images. Read more »

Sony shows the DSC-RX100 point and shoot with big sensor and WhiteMagic screen [UPDATED]

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Sony’s latest digicam offering, the RX100, will put a 1″ 20.9 MP Exmor CMOS sensor with BIONZ image processor in your hands sometime in July for the rather high asking price of $649.

The RX100 has a four times larger sensor than the run-of-the-mill point and shoot cameras, a 25 point Contrast Detect focusing system, and does 1080/60p AVCHD videos with stereo sound. The enthusiast camera can shoot in RAW and offers an ISO range between 120 and 6400 (which can be boosted up to 25600 using multi-frame noise-reduction). Read more »

Sony announces NEX-F3 mirrorless and SLT-A37 SLT camera

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Sony has just announced two new cameras for the semi-professional consumers. The first one is the NEX-F3, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It is the cheapest model in Sony’s NEX line and is to the NEX-5N what the NEX-3 was to the NEX-5.

The NEX-F3 has a 16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor from the NEX-5N. It’s a pretty large sensor and similar to what you might find on a DSLR but unlike on a DSLR, there is no mirror in between to bounce the light to the viewfinder. Instead you get a digital viewfinder that takes the video feed directly from the sensor. Read more »

Here’s how the Leica M9-P Edition Hermes comes together

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In case the $8000 Leica M Monochrom is a tad too ordinary for you, don’t despair. The German manufacturer of high-end optics still has you covered with the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès.

As its name suggests, the camera is a product of the collaboration between Leica and the fashion powerhouse Hermès. Read more »

The Leica M Monochrom is an $8000 camera that shoots black and white pictures

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Leica, the Rolls Royce of camera manufacturers, has announced the newest member of their flagship rangefinder cameras. The Leica M Monochrom is a very specialized camera that is designed to take just black and white pictures and nothing else.

Now before you start laughing and wonder how is this different than a regular camera shooting in black and white mode, let me explain. Read more »

Olympus announces TG-1 iHS waterproof rugged camera

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Olympus has announced the new TG-1 HS, which is a higher-end model in their rugged Tough series of cameras. As you can expect, the camera is designed to be waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof.

The TG-1 HS has a 12 megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor with 4x optical zoom. Read more »

IKEA unveils the cardboard camera

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Furniture giant IKEA is apparently out to improve the disposable camera concept. The company has unveiled a digital camera housed in a cardboard body, which it plans to sell in its stores around the globe.

The cardboard IKEA digicam can store up to 40 pics and has a USB port for transferring them to your computer. Read more »

Nikon announces new entry level D3200 DSLR

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Nikon has updated its D3100 entry level DSLR with the new D3200. One of the major new features is a high-resolution DX format 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, up from the 14.2 megapixel sensor on the D3100. Despite the increased resolution, the new D3200 can now capture images at 4fps in burst mode, compared to 3fps on the D3100.

Other changes include 1080p video recording at 30fps instead of 24fps, 920k dot display instead of 230k dots and the ability to connect a Wi-Fi adaptor. Read more »

Canon announces the 4K-capable EOS-1D C full-frame DSLR and EOS C500 cinema camera

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Canon has gone on a 4K (4096 x 2160) frenzy unveiling two 4K-shooters – the EOS 1D C DSLR and the Cinema EOS C500 cinema camera.

Granted, 4K resolution monitors aren’t exactly a boom on the market just yet, but Canon is starting to give creatives the means to start creating for the new ultra high-resolution era. Read more »

Panasonic announces LUMIX GF5 Micro Four Thirds camera

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Panasonic has officially announced the LUMIX GF5 camera, which just like the other GF-series cameras that came before it, belongs to the Micro Four Thirds category. This compact, mirror-less camera comes with a new 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and a redesigned Venus Engine processor. The GF5 is capable of shooting in sensitivities as high as ISO 12,800.

The LUMIX GF5 uses a sensor-based Contrast AF, which is said to be more accurate than Phase difference AF systems. It also offers full-area focusing, so you can set the auto focus at any point in the field of view instead of relying on pre-set points as seen on DSLRs. Read more »

Canon announces EOS 60Da DSLR for astronomy enthusiasts

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After seven years since the EOS 20Da came out, Canon has released a successor to its special class of DSLR cameras geared towards capturing the wonders of the night sky in the form of the EOS 60Da.

The new EOS 60Da packs a 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which is greatly improved over the 8.2 megapixel sensor on the 20Da. It features in improved infrared-blocking filter for better hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity, which is three times greater than its predecessor. The EOS 60Da can capture images in sensitivities as high as ISO 12,800 and has a nine-point auto-focus system. Read more »

Canon 5D Mark III arrives for testing, stays for duty

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We might not be your average digital camera review site, but we know a thing or two about DSLR’s – we’ve been using the Canon 5D Mark II since it was first released to take pictures and videos of the phones visiting our office; the ones you see on our site every day. Naturally, we were intrigued by the announcement of the new 5D Mark III and we jumped at the opportunity to test it in our day to day tasks.

Long story short – we liked it so much, it has replaced our Mark II as our in-house camera. The Canon 5D Mark III is not exactly revolutionary and in no way is it “resolutionary”, but there are numerous small improvements and fixes which made the upgrade a no-brainer. Join us as we take a look at whats new. Read more »

Owner of a truck-sized camera talks Nokia PureView

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Nokia have made a video featuring photographer Dennis Manarchy and the yet-unreleased 808 PureView.

The black and white theme of the video is teaming with the idea of big – big-sized portraits, big cameras, big sensors and at one point there’s even a semi truck reference. Read more »

Panasonic GF5 mirorless camera leaks, to offer better high-ISO performance

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We just got photos of an upcoming and yet unannounced member of the Panasonic EVIL camera family. The mirrorless Panasonic GF5 will succeed the GF3 and will reportedly offer much better high-ISO performance.

According to the source, the Panasonic GF5 sensor will be as good as the 18MP camera sensors inside the Canon 7D and 60D when you go wild with the ISO setting. That’s a pretty good achievement for a Micro Four Thirds camera, given the smaller size of its sensor, compared to APS-C. Read more »