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All new Nikon D7000 DSLR screams pro – here are some 20 new mouth-watering features

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Nikon just churned out the full specs of their next prosumer DSLR – the Nikon D7000. After we saw that teaser press shot yesterday, now we have the real deal.

Nikon D7000

The most interesting turn of events here is that the new D7000 actually occupies a new position in the Nikon DSLR portfolio. It’s placed between the current D90 and D300s models and as you would see it’s got better specs than both. Design-wise however it’s much the same as the D90 for what it’s worth. It’s almost the same size and weight as the D90 and Nikon D7000 engineers have obviously used the D90 body as a starting point for their product chassis.

But enough talking, here are the 20 new features that make the Nikon D7000 worth your time: Read more »

Lego styled Pentaxt Optio NB1000 released in Japan

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Pentax did it again. The company recently unveiled a few unusually looking cameras (that’s the kind way to call them ugly) and now we get to meet the Lego-styled Pentax Option NB1000. Don’t let those Lego blocks fool you. Behind them there is a real camera capable of taking 14-megapixel images and 720p HD videos.

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AMOLED-packing Samsung NX100 caught in the wild, a new 20-50mm lens shows up too

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The first mirror-less Samsung cameras didn’t exactly blow the big players out of the water but they certainly were a decent effort. But that obviously isn’t good enough for the Koreans, as a new NX camera is just around the corner.

The first photos of the Samsung NX100 just appeared online and we have a few nice specs to go with them. Read more »

Canon marries 7D to 550D, calls the offspring 60D

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Today Canon released their next-generation mid-range DSLR, the EOS 60D. Positioned right in the middle between the Canon 550D and the high-flying Canon 7D, the 60D packs the same 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor as the two previously announced Canon DSLRs.

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Sony announces the SLT A55 and A33, the world’s first cameras with translucent mirrors

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Just as promised, Sony made several major announcements today. The company introduced the world’s first interchangeable lens cameras with translucent mirrors, the SLT A55 and A33, a couple of new additions to their mid-range DSLR portfolio and the wider availability for their latest prime lenses.

The translucent mirror cameras feature a semi-transparent mirror that redirects a small amount of light onto the AF sensor while allowing the rest through onto the main imaging sensor. That in turn allows for full-time phase-detection AF in live view mode. Any geek will tell you that the phase-detection AF system is by far superior to the slow contrast-detection AF systems DSLR manufacturers are using in all Live View-enabled DSLR cameras. Read more »

New Canon G12 camera leaks, brings HD video and in-camera HDR

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The latest generation of Canon’s premium compacts is obviously just around the corner as CNET Asia jumped the gun today, publishing their preview of the camera before the official announcement.

Canon G12

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Apple iPad camera connection kit review

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As a photographer, I was eager to see if my iPad could serve the double purpose of storing my photos and videos when I’m out in the field.

Typically Apple, the iPad camera connection kit was posted in their online store with only the bare minimum of information. I went ahead and bought one anyway and now that I’ve been using it for a week now, I’m ready to pass on everything you may need to know about this little bit of hardware (plus some things you may never need).

Apple iPad camera connection kit
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Nikon D3100 DSLR unveiled, shoots 1080p video with industry-first continuous Live View auto focus

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Today Nikon updated the lower end of its DSLR spectrum with an impressive new camera that has been rumored for some time now – the D3100. Not only is it Nikon’s first 1080p shooting DSLR camera, but it’s also the industry-first DSLR camera with continuous auto focus (or full-time servo AF, as they call it).

Nikon D3100

Some two years ago, Nikon was the first manufacturer to introduce a video-recording DSLR – the Nikon D90, which I’m still happily using, by the way.

I’m certainly interested in video recording, but the D90 video controls are way too limited and videos turn far too noisy for my liking. Canon has it much better in that department and I neglect my DSLR’s video recording capabilities. But continuous auto focus – now that’s something…
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Sony announced NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens HD camcorder, charges 2 000 bucks for it

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Today Sony announced the pricing and expected availability of their interchangeable lens consumer-grade HD camcorder. Sporting the same E-mount as the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 mirrorless cameras, the NEX-VG10 is capable of recording 1080i video at 30 fps with a bitrate of up to 24 Mbps.

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Back-illuminated Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor goes to the Cyber-shot lineup, hello WX5 and TX9

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DSLR’s, beware, pocket cams just got a lot more powerful! Today Sony announced the latest additions to the Cyber-shot lineup, the WX5 and the TX9, which are the first Cyber-shot digital cameras to pack company’s low-light-loving Exmor R CMOS sensor as well as the 3D Sweep Panorama and the Background Defocus features. On top of that you get Full HD video recording capabilities.

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Sony deepens the mess in its mid-range DSLR cameras portfolio, announces A290 and A390

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Do you know what is the best entry-level or mid-range Sony camera? Yeah, me neither. There are just so many of them and they all look so similar that it’s almost impossible to decide. And now here comes Sony adding two new members to its already over-populated mid-range portfolio.

The new additions are Sony Alpha 290 (which leaked a while ago) and Alpha 390. Built around a stabilized 14.2 MP CCD sensor, they both pack 2.7” LCD screens with 230,400 dots. Read more »

Samsung unveils the DSLR-like NX5, a cheaper alternative to NX10

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Samsung are firmly standing behind their proprietary NX system of interchangeable lens cameras that was introduced with the Samsung NX10. Today they are announcing a model positioned lower than the NX10. The NX5 sheds some of the heavy specs to go for a more affordable pricetag of 699 euro.

Samsung NX5

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Panasonic introduces touch-driven DMC-FX70 with 24mm F/2.2 lens

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Touch-operation is all the rage in the world of mobile phones right now but digicams like the newly announced Panasonic DMC-FX70 (a.k.a. FX75 outside Europe) are still pretty rare. The 14 megapixel camera relies on a 3” 230k-dot LCD for its operation and packs a touch-friendly UI and touch focus.

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Sony Alpha 290 DSLR leaks, puts 14 MP CCD sensor and a 2.7-inch LCD on the table

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If the current lineup of Sony entry-level and mid-range DSLR cameras confuses you, don’t worry – you are not alone. Yet the Japanese company has seen fit to throw in yet another model in the mix, namely the Alpha 290.

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Sony refuses to give up on proprietary cards, announces faster Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX cards

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Despite the rest of the world being on the other side of the bridge, Sony are still sticking to their proprietary memory cards, instead of switching to SD. The Japanese company has just announced their new and improved Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX memory cards that support reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and writing at up to 15 MB/s.

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