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Apple: iPhone 4 Quick Review

Apple iPhone 4 ReviewJune 23rd. The iPhone 4 is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple. It is the fourth generation of iPhone, and successor to the iPhone 3G introduced in 2008. The Apple iPhone 4 offers a number of new and enhanced features, including; a high quality 3.5-inch Retina monitor display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution, a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor and built-in LED flash, HD video recording, and a second front facing VGA camera that is intended for FaceTime Video Calling (or Skype). The iPhone 4 offers a sleek and stylish all-new design and is the thinnest smartphone ever at only 9.3 millimeters thick. The front and back are made of aluminosilcate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, and offering enhanced scratch resistance and durability. The front and back glass have an oil-resistant coating that helps keep it clean, and encircling iPhone 4 is a highly finished stainless steel band made of a custom alloy that is forged to be five times stronger than standard steel. Check out our iPhone 4 review to see more of what this smartphone model has to offer, including sample images taken with the built-in camera... See full story


Nikon: AF-S DX 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens Review with Sample Images

Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II zoom lens review with sample imagesJune 12th. The Nikon AF-S 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II Nikkor digital SLR zoom lens designed for Nikon DX format SLR cameras, is Nikon's second generation AF-S 18-200mm VR zoom lens. The newer AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, combines an 11.1X zoom range with enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II) technology to provide DX-format Nikon SLR users with a versatile zoom range in a compact form-factor. Designed as an all in one travel lens solution, the Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II provides a very practical zoom range for most users, suitable for photographing wide-angle landscapes or group shots of people, to zooming in on the action to capture outdoor sports, wildlife, or kids at play. The lens provides the equivalent field of view of a 27mm - 300mm focal range in 35mm (FX) terms. We recently tested the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II with a Nikon D90 SLR camera. Check out our Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II Nikkor Zoom review to see how it performed... See full story


Panasonic: DMC-FH25 Compact Camera Review with Sample Images

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 compact camera review with sample images June 1st. Introduced earlier this year, the compact 16.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 digital camera serves as an update to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 from 2010. The Panasonic DSC-FH25 features the same sleek design with a 2.7-inch LCD monitor and 8x optical zoom as its predecessor, with the most notable update being an increase in sensor resolution from 14MP to 16MP, and the employment of a new AF system that according to Panasonic is approx. 42% faster than the system found in the Lumix DMC-FH20. Check out our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 review to see how it performs... See full story


Side by Side: Nikon D5100 Compared to the Canon Rebel T3i / 600D SLR

Nikon D5100 versus the Canon Rebel T3iMay 8th. Nikon recently released the Nikon D5100 SLR, which serves an update to the Nikon D5000. The Nikon D5100 is designed to appeal to both novice and hobby photographers by offering a wide range of both automatic options and extended manual creative control. The Nikon D5100 shares a fairly similar body design to the Nikon D5000, although receives a number of updated features, among them an almost identical 16 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor to the one found in the popular higher end Nikon D7000. Another addition is that the Nikon D5100 now features a larger 3-inch, 921K high resolution side mounted swivel LCD screen, versus the D5000 with a smaller 2.7-inch, and lower resolution (230K) bottom hinged swivel LCD screen (less versatile). The other big news surrounding the Nikon D5100 is the upgraded video recording capabilities compared to the D5000. The Nikon D5100 now offers full HD movie recording complete with auto focus (AF) and selectable frame rates (1080P at up to 30 fps), and provides for the welcome ability of being able to plug in an optional external stereo microphone. As of today, the 18MP Canon Rebel T3i / 600D SLR is the closest competitor to the Nikon D5100. Both cameras feature a very similar feature set and are intended for the same target market including entry level to more advanced enthusiast photographers. We have now had the opportunity to test the Nikon D5100 versus the Canon Rebel T3i / 600D, and have put together a detailed comparison to show how these two models stack up against each other. Check out our Nikon D5100 versus Canon Rebel T3i / 600D side by side comparison review and the accompanying sample images.


Fuji: Z900EXR Compact Camera with 5x Zoom and 1080p HD Movie

Fuji Finepix Z900EXR stylish and compact camera with 5x zoom and 1080p HD movie April 5th. Fujifilm has today announced the compact and stylish Finepix Z900EXR. Stepping into the shoes of the Z800EXR, the new FinePix Z900EXR comes in a high gloss finish and offers a wide selection of Fujifilm's latest technologies. Specification highlights include; a 16 megapixel EXR back illuminated CMOS sensor, a Fuji 5x wide angle optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) and a large widescreen 3.5-inch high resolution touch screen LCD with an easy to use multi-touch user interface. The Fujifilm Z900 EXR also offers a new EXR Auto mode that automatically recognizes 27 types of scenes and adjusts settings accordingly based on the scene at hand. For capturing movies, the Z900EXR provides one-touch access to full 1080p HD movie recording complete with stereo sound... See full story


Nikon: D5100 SLR with Swivel LCD and 1080p HD Movie

Nikon D5100 SLR first look preview posted April 5th. Nikon has today announced the mid range Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera, an update to the popular Nikon D5000. The Nikon D5100 now fits between the entry level Nikon D3100 and the upper end Nikon D7000 SLR in the Nikon lineup. The D5100 is geared towards being more user-friendly like the D3100 while offering a range of more advanced features like the ones found in the D7000. The Nikon D5100 incorporates a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, similar to the one found in the D7000, and offers a versatile 3-inch high-resolution 921K dot swivel and tilt LCD screen for shooting stills or capturing movies at unusual angles. The camera also offers an airflow control system and a sensor cleaning system to minimize the effects of potential dust. The D5100 can capture up to 1080p HD movies at 30 frames per second in the AVCHD format (MOV file), and offers a built-in mono microphone, while also providing a connection for an external stereo microphone like the new Nikon ME-1 (optional) that was also announced today. Additional headline features of the Nikon D5100 include; a 420-segment 3D Matrix metering system, 11-point 3D autofocus tracking, up to 4 frames per second continuous shooting, ISO boost up to 25,600 ISO, full manual or user-friendly 'Scene' modes, new in-camera Image Effects, in-camera image editing and the inclusion of Nikon's Scene Recognition System. The camera comes supplied with a Nikon EN-EL14 rechargeable battery and charger. Check out our Nikon D5100 SLR preview to find out more... See full story


Canon: EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS Zoom Lens Review: Tested with Rebel T3i

Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS telephoto zoom lens review posted April 5th. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6G IS telephoto zoom is designed to be the ideal complement to the standard EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II wide-angle zoom lens, the same lens that is sold in a kit with Canon SLR camera's like the new Rebel T3 and Rebel T3i. The compact and lightweight Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS zoom lens provides users with an affordable way to achieve telephoto zoom focal lengths from 88mm to 400mm (35mm equivalent). The telephoto capabilities of the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS zoom provides the benefits of longer focal lengths for capturing distant subjects, such as at athletic events, family gatherings and vacations. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS zoom incorporates Canon's Optical Image Stabilization system, which provides up to four stops of correction to help create blur-free images while shooting handheld or in challenging lighting conditions. Check out our Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS zoom lens review to see how it performs... See full story


Canon: Powershot ELPH 300 HS Camera Review

Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS camera review posted April 1st. The 12 megapixel Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS is the successor to the PowerShot SD1400 IS from 2010. While maintaining the same sleek compact size as its predecessor, the Canon Powershot 300 HS features a number of updates. The Canon ELPH 300 HS offers a 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization technology (supports hand-held shooting in low light), provides for the ability to record 1080p HD movies with stereo sound using the dedicated one-touch movie recording button, incorporates the Canon HS System designed to provide advanced low light performance and improve image quality, and features a 2.7-inch LCD monitor combined with user-friendly camera operation. Check out our Canon ELPH 300 HS review to see how it performs... See full story


Nikon: Coolpix L120 Long Range Zoom Camera Review

Nikon Coolpix L120 review with full size sample images posted March 23rd. The Nikon Coolpix L120 is the successor to the Nikon Coolpix L110 from 2010. Nikon designed the Coolpix L120 to appeal to those who are looking for an affordable and user-friendly camera with long range zoom capabilities. The 14 megapixel Coolpix L120 offers features that include; a 21x optical zoom lens with a unique side zoom control lever, CCD sensor-shift image stabilization combined with electronic vibration reduction (VR) for steadier handheld shooting, advanced face detection technology, EXPEED C2 image processing, 720p HD movie recording with stereo sound, user-friendly Auto Scene modes, and a large high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor. Check out our Nikon Coolpix L120 review to see how it performs... See full story


Sony: Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 Digital Camera Review

Sony DSC-W570 Review with full size sample images posted March 11th. The recently released 16.1 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 compact digital camera serves as an update to the Sony DSC-W370 introduced in 2009. The Sony DSC-W570 features the same sleek design although the key specs have been updated to include; a 16.1 megapixel image sensor, a longer 5x zoom (25mm-125mm coverage in 35mm terms) combined with Sony's optical Steadyshot image stabilizer, and in terms of video recording the camera provides for the ability to capture 720p HD movies with sound (MP4 format). Designed to appeal to those who are looking for a compact take anywhere type of camera that can easily fit in a pocket or purse while offering a range of user friendly features, the Sony DSC-W570 seems like a worthy competitor in the sub $200 price bracket. Check out our Sony DSC-W570 review to see how it performs... See full story


Canon: Powershot SD1400 IS Review with Full Size Sample Photos

Canon Powershot SD1400 IS Review with full size sample images posted February 20th. The Canon Powershot SD1400 IS is the successor to the PowerShot SD1200 IS from 2009. Canon designed the SD1400 IS to appeal to those who are looking for an affordable stylish compact camera that offers point-and-shoot simplicity, and that is easy to bring along by fitting easily in a purse or pocket. With features such as a 4x optical zoom lens with built-in optical image stabilizer (IS), advanced face detection technology, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, the Canon SD1400 IS seems to offer good value for the money. We have now had the opportunity to review the Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS. To see how the camera performed, check out our Canon SD1400 IS sample image gallery, along with the findings and conclusions from our review... See full story


Canon: Rebel T3i / EOS 600D SLR with Swivel LCD and Full 1080p HD Movie

Canon Announces the Rebel T3i / EOS 600D SLR with swivel LCD and full 1080p HD movie recording February 7th. Canon Inc. has today introduced the Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D in some countries) digital SLR. As an updated version of the Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) announced last year, the Canon Rebel T3i incorporates the same 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, and the same DIGIC 4 image processor, capturing images at up to ISO 12800 and speeds of up to 3.7 fps. Like the Rebel T2i / EOS 550D, the new Rebel T3i also features the same 9-point AF system, 63 zone dual metering system, and offers full HD movie recording, with full manual control and external microphone plug-in for sound recording if so desired. Additionally the Canon Rebel T3i features a very similar body design to its predecessor. In terms of what is changed on the Rebel T3i / EOS 600D, the main feature difference is that the Rebel T3i now offers a vari-angle articulated LCD monitor, although with similar specs. The screen size is 3.0-inches with 1,040K dot resolution and provides a wide viewing angle and anti-reflective and smudge resistant coatings like on the Rebel T2i SLR... See full story


Canon: Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D Entry Level SLR with 720p HD Movie

Canon Announces the Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D Entry Level SLR with 720p HD movie recording February 7th. Canon Inc. has today introduced the Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1000D in some countries) entry level family oriented digital SLR. As an updated version of the Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) announced in the summer of 2008, the Canon Rebel T3 incorporates a similar 12.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor. The Canon Rebel T3 receives a number of new features versus the Rebel XS including; a 9-point AF system, 63 zone dual metering, and now offers 720p HD movie recording. Additional new features include updates to make the camera even more user-friendly than its predecessor, with a 'Basic +' mode (like on the higher end EOS 60D) that allows novice users to make adjustments to image settings with ease by following simple guides... See full story


Canon: Powershot ELPH 500 HS with Bright F2.0 Wide Zoom Lens

Canon Powershot 500 HS with bright F2 wideangle zoom lens announced February 7th. Canon Inc. has introduced the Powershot Elph 500 HS (IXUS 310 HS in some countries), an update to the Powershot SD4000 IS announced last year. The new Powershot Elph 500 HS receives a number of updates compared to its predecessor, including a higher resolution 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a wider angle zoom starting at 24mm, a larger 3.2-inch Touch Screen LCD with 461K dots, and adds the ability to shoot 1080p HD movies with stereo sound. Showcasing the evolution of the Canon ELPH brand, the new PowerShot ELPH models have now instituted a “HS” suffix to represent the inclusion of the HS SYSTEM in each model... See full story


Canon: Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS with 14x Zoom

Canon Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS with 14x zoom announced February 7th. Canon Inc. has introduced the Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS, updates to the popular Canon Powershot SX210 IS announced last year. The new Powershot SX230 HS and SX220 HS feature the same long range image stabilized 14x zoom lens (28-392mm equivalent) as their predecessor, although both camera's now incorporate a new 12 megapixel (MP) back-illuminated CMOS sensor compared to the 14 MP CCD sensor found in the SX210 IS. Showcasing the evolution of the Canon ELPH brand, the new PowerShot ELPH models have now instituted a “HS” suffix to represent the inclusion of the HS SYSTEM in each model. Introduced last year, the Canon HS SYSTEM is a technology used to enhance image quality in low-light situations without the need for a flash. Making up the HS SYSTEM in these new models is Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor combined with the new High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which helps to reduce noise at high ISO levels and expand the camera's dynamic range, ultimately capturing greater detail and colour in images in darker settings, like a wedding reception... See full story


Sony: DSC-HX100V with 30x Zoom, Full 1080p HD Movie and New High Resolution Panorama Mode

Sony DSC-HX100V with 30x Zoom and full 1080p HD Movie January 31st. Sony has announced the Cybershot DSC-HX100V long range zoom digital camera with an impressive feature set. The 16.2 megapixel Sony DSC-HX100V with back-illuminated CMOS sensor sets itself apart from the competition with a 30x optical zoom providing a focal range from 27-810mm in 35mm terms, a large 3-inch high resolution 921,000 dot tiltable LCD display, a GPS tagging feature with compass, and offers full 1080p HD movie recording at 60 frames per second (fps) with stereo sound. Additional headline features of the Sony DSC-HX100V include; an electronic viewfinder, manual exposure control (Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority), numerous user friendly Auto Scene modes, an HDMI output connection to a TV or monitor and a high resolution panorama mode... See full story


Nikon: AF-S DX 55-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II Lens Review

Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm VR II Nikkor Zoom Lens Review with Image Samples January 25th. The Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Nikkor telephoto zoom is designed to be the ideal complement to the 18-55mm VR DX-format camera kit lens, such as the one coupled with the Nikon D3100 D-SLR camera, and provides users with an affordable way to achieve telephoto zoom focal lengths from 82.5mm to 450mm (35mm equivalent). The Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300mm VR II zoom brings the benefits of longer focal lengths when capturing distant subjects, such as at athletic events, family gatherings and summer vacations. We have now had the opportunity to test the Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm VR II telephoto zoom and have published our review of this lens complete with a gallery of sample images... See full story


Olympus: XZ-1 Digital Camera with Bright F/1.8 Zoom Lens

Olympus XZ-1 Enthusiast Compact Digital Camera Announced January 6th. Olympus Corp. has announced the Olympus XZ-1 enthusiast oriented compact camera with an impressive feature set. The 10 megapixel Olympus XZ-1 sets itself apart from the competition with a bright F1.8-2.5 optical zoom providing a focal range from 28-112mm in 35mm terms (4x), a large 3-inch high resolution 614,000 dot OLED display, the option to shoot in the camera's RAW format (as well as JPEG) and the ability to record 720p HD video at 30 fps with stereo sound. Additional Olympus XZ-1 headline features include; a dedicated hot-shoe for attaching an optional external flash, manual exposure control (Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority), numerous user friendly Auto Scene modes, an HDMI output connection to a TV or monitor and a wealth of customization options. Power is supplied by a Li-Ion rechargeable battery (one battery and a charger is included)... See full story


Fujifilm: Finepix HS20 EXR with 30x Zoom and 1080p HD Movie

Fuji Finepix HS20 EXR with 30x zoom announced January 5th. The annual Consumer Electronics Show is now taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a number of camera manufacturer’s are showcasing their new models for 2011. Among the many new models being introduced, Fujifilm has unveiled the Finepix HS20EXR advanced superzoom, which replaces last years Fujifilm HS10. The new HS20EXR incorporates a 16MP EXR CMOS sensor and a 3.0-inch 460,000 dot swivel LCD screen compared to the HS10 with a 10MP sensor and a lower resolution 230,000 dot monitor. The Fujifilm HS20 EXR keeps the same 30x (24-720mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, and offers full 1080p HD video recording, manual exposure control modes, and also provides 7.6 frames per second continuous shooting capability... See full story


Side by Side: Nikon Coolpix S8100 Compared to the Fuji Finepix JZ310 / JZ300

Nikon S8100 versus the Fuji JZ310 / JZ300 comparison review Dec 7th. If you are in the market for a compact camera with a long range zoom that will fit in a pocket or purse, two options for consideration are the Nikon Coolpix S8100 and the Fujifilm Finepix JZ310 / JZ300. The Nikon Coolpix S8100 and the Fuji Finepix JZ310 offer similar top line specifications with 12.1 megapixel resolution, a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, offer HD movie recording, feature a number of automatic Scene modes for user friendly picture taking, and come supplied with a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger. The Nikon Coolpix S8100 is however priced at a considerable premium (as much as 60% more based on the manufacturer's recommended retail price) compared to the Fuji JZ310 / JZ300. We have now done a side by side comparison review between the Nikon Coolpix S8100 and the Fuji Finepix JZ310 / JZ300, taking a closer look at what might make the Nikon S8100 command the higher price, and why it may be worth spending more on a premium priced compact camera versus a more budget priced model (although with many similar features) like the Fujifilm JZ310 / JZ300... See full story


Nikon: AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G Nikkor Lens Review with Sample Images

Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G lens review Nov 12th. The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens is a fast fixed focal length lens designed for use with Nikon DX format SLR cameras. When attached to a Nikon digital SLR camera with a DX size sensor, the lens offers the approximate equivalent of a 50mm field of view in 35mm (full frame) terms. The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F/1.8 G presents itself as a great standard lens, ideally suited for applications such as low light, scenic landscape and fine art photography. With a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture the lens offers users the ability to control for shallow depth of field or to shoot at higher shutter speeds than would be possible under the same conditions with a slower aperture kit lens attached... See full story


Panasonic: Lumix DMC-GF2 Micro Four Thirds Compact System Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Micro Four Thirds System CameraNov 4th. Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF2, a model that has been reduced by 19% in size and approx. 7% in weight compared to its predecessor the Lumix DMC-GF1, making it as of today the world's smallest and lightest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera. The DMC-GF2 features a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor for capturing stills, and offers improved video capabilities with the ability to record full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution movies at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in the AVCHD format. A 3.0-inch 460,000 dot LCD monitor provides touch screen operation, and offers a user friendly interface for adjusting camera settings... See full story


Nikon: D3100 SLR Review with Full Size Sample Images

Nikon D3100 Review with Sample ImagesOct 26th. We have now had the opportunity to review the Nikon D3100 and have included a gallery of Nikon D3100 SLR sample images taken with the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom standard kit lens. The Nikon D3100 is a successor to the popular Nikon D3000 introduced last year. While maintaining the same basic characteristics as the Nikon D3000, in being compact and lightweight with a focus on ease of operation, the D3100 SLR offers a range of new features and a number of body design differences. Some of the more notable updates on the Nikon D3100 include; a new higher resolution 14.2 megapixel (MP) sensor versus the 10.2 MP sensor in the D3000, a Live View option enabling the LCD monitor to be used to compose your images (like on a point and shoot camera), full HD 1080p movie recording, improved ergonomics including a wider and more rounded grip, and new more user friendly controls. To see how the camera performed in our tests and for all the details check out our Nikon D3100 review


Sony: Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Review with Sample Images

Sony DSC-TX5 Review with Sample ImagesOct 9th. We have just posted a review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 complete with a sample image gallery. The Sony DSC-TX5 is an ultra compact camera that packs a 10.2 megapixel back illuminated 'Exmor R' CMOS sensor providing low-light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity of traditional image sensors, a 4x optical zoom with Sony's steadyshot image stabilizer, a large 3.0-inch LCD screen, and adds extended durability with protection against a variety of elements including water, dust, shock, and freezing... See full story


Nikon: D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, Tied Lens Instant Rebates

Nikon USA Tied Lens Instant RebatesOct 7th. Nikon Inc. has announced a series of tied lens instant rebates on a number of their digital SLR cameras, including the Nikon D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, and the higher end D700. Buy one of these Nikon SLR models with a qualifying Nikkor lens or lenses and you can benefit from a $50 up to $1000 savings. Offers include a $250 US savings on the Nikon D90 SLR when purchased in a kit with the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom and the AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF VR zoom lens. The Nikon Inc. special offers are available until Oct 31st, 2010. Check out more of the new Nikon USA tied lens instant rebates... See full story


Panasonic: Lumix DMC-ZS7 Review with Sample Images

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 ReviewSept 30th. We have just posted our quick review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (TZ10 in some countries). The Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a full featured compact camera that features a 25mm ultra wide angle 12x optical zoom lens, a large 3.0-inch LCD screen, AVCHD Lite HD (720p) movie recording, and builds upon earlier models in the Lumix ZS series by adding built-in GPS and manual exposure control. The Lumix DMC-ZS7 incorporates a 14.5-megapixel CCD which offers up to 12.1-megapixel effective resolution. This enables multi-aspect shooting that can reproduce images in any of three aspect ratios optimized for web, print or TV viewing. One of the major new features found in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is the built-in GPS geotagging capability. Geo-tagged images can be pinpointed on maps common in social media sites, and easily shared with friends and family... See full story


Canon: EOS 60D SLR with 18MP and 1080p HD Movie

Canon 60D SLR Camera First LookSept 28th. Canon recently introduced the 18 megapixel Canon EOS 60D digital SLR, a camera geared towards enthusiast level photographers, and which serves as a successor to the Canon EOS 50D. The Canon 60D also offers 1080p HD movie recording ability with advanced controls and shares the same sensor technology found in the popular Canon Rebel T2i. The Canon 60D provides a more rugged body design compared to the Rebel T2i, and although the two camera's feature a similar 3.0-inch LCD screen with 1.02 million resolution, the rear LCD monitor on the 60D provides greater versatility by offering a tilt and swivel function for shooting at unusual and creative angles. The Canon 60D also provides faster 5.3 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting (versus 3.7 fps for the T2i), a brighter and clearer glass pentaprism viewfinder with slightly greater coverage compared to the penta-mirror viewfinder found in the T2i, and offers a different button and control layout combined with a top illuminated LCD information display and a number of additional functions... See full story


Canon: EF 50mm F/1.8 II Standard Lens Review with Image Samples

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 Standard Lens ReviewSept 28th. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a low cost fast prime lens designed for the Canon EOS system of cameras. When attached to a digital SLR camera with an APS-C size sensor, the lens offers approximately an 80mm field of view in full frame 35mm equivalent terms. As a result, the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II presents itself as a good portrait lens, although it can just as easily be used for other types of applications such as low light and fine art photography. With a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture the lens offers the ability to control for shallow depth of field, and to shoot at higher shutter speeds than would be possible under the same conditions with a slower aperture regular kit lens attached... See full story


Pentax: K5 Digital SLR with 16.3 MP and Full 1080p HD Movie

Pentax K5 with 16.3 MP resolution and Full 1080p HD MovieSept 20th. Pentax has today announced the Pentax K5, an update to the photo enthusiast oriented Pentax K7 digital SLR. In terms of body design there is little to distinguish the Pentax K5 from the K7. Apart from the name on the front and a 'Flex' label being added on the RAW button the two cameras are basically identical. Most of the changes to the Pentax K5 are found inside the camera. The most noticeable upgrade is the new 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, compared to the 14.6 MP sensor found in the K7. The Pentax K5 now features a faster continuous shooting rate at 7 frames per second versus 5.2 fps for the K7, offers a high sensitivity setting of 51,200 ISO in expanded mode (ISO boost), and provides a 1080p full HD movie recording mode... See full story


Nikon: D7000 Digital SLR with 16.2 MP and Full 1080p HD Movie

Nikon D7000 Digital SLR with 16.2 MP resolution and Full 1080p HD MovieSept 15th. Nikon has today announced the mid range Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera, an update to the popular Nikon D90, and in many ways a model that out specs the higher end Nikon D300s. With a new 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, six frames per second shooting, a new 39-point AF system, 1080 HD movie recording with full time autofocus and sound including an external microphone input, and a new 2016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix metering system among others, the Nikon D7000 is sure to appeal to both enthusiast and semi-professional photographers. Additional headline features of the Nikon D7000 include; Live View which allows the user to compose the image while looking at the camera's large 3.0-inch high resolution 921,000 dot LCD screen, a glass pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage, a durable magnesium allow body construction with weather and dust resistant seals, ISO boost up to 25,600 ISO (100-6400 ISO standard), dual Secure Digital (SD) memory card slots, a new high capacity EN-EL15 rechargeable battery that offers up to 1050 shots per charge, an optional MB-D11 vertical release battery grip, and new Expeed 2 image processing... See full story


Canon: Powershot G12 Prosumer Compact Camera with 720p HD movie

Canon Powershot G12 Prosumer Compact CameraSept 14th. Canon has today announced the prosumer oriented Canon Powershot G12, a fully featured digital camera geared towards photography enthusiasts and even professional photographers seeking a compact altervative to bringing along a digital SLR. The Canon Powershot G12 is the successor to the popular Canon Powershot G11 introduced last year, and incorporates a 10.1 megapixel sensor, and a 5.0 x wide angle optical stabilized zoom lens providing a range of coverage from 28-140mm in 35mm terms with a bright aperture range from f/2.8-f/4.5.... See full story


Pentax: K-r Digital SLR Camera with 12.4 MP

Pentax K-r Digital SLR CameraSept 9th. Pentax has today announced the Pentax K-r digital SLR camera, featuring a lightweight compact body design, and combining user-friendly operation with a wide range of advanced features designed to enhance the fun and excitement of digital SLR photography. The Pentax K-r digital SLR incorporates a 12.4 megapixel sensor, features an easy-to-view 3.0-inch high-resolution color LCD monitor, offers HDTV-proportion movie recording, provides continuous shooting capability at approximately six images per second, and high-sensitivity shooting up to ISO 25600 (via a custom function). Developed to be an entry model targeted at digital SLR novices and family users, the Pentax K-r not only offers an assortment of features and functions that make it easy to capture images people expect of a digital SLR camera, but it also comes equipped with a host of handy tools that help user in creating more personalized, creative images... See full story


Nikon: Coolpix P7000 with 7.1x Zoom and DSLR Like Features

Nikon Coolpix P7000 High End CompactSept 8th. Nikon has today announced the higher end Nikon Coolpix P7000, a fully featured digital camera geared towards photography enthusiasts and even professional photographers seeking a compact altervative to bringing along a digital SLR. The Nikon P7000 incorporates a 10.1 megapixel sensor, and a 7.1 x wide angle optical stabilized zoom lens providing a practical range of coverage from 28-200mm in 35mm terms with a bright aperture range from f/2.8-f/5.6. Additional headline features of the Nikon P7000 include, full manual creative exposure control options coupled with more user friendly automatic Scene modes, a large 3.0-inch high resolution 921,000 dot LCD monitor as well as an optical viewfinder, a dedicated hot shoe offering compatibility with Nikon external Speedlights, and 720p HD movie recording at 24 frames per second with stereo sound and the ability to add an external microphone if so desired... See full story


Canon: PowerShot S95 Premium Compact Announced

Canon PowerShot S95 Premium CompactAugust 19th. Canon has now announced the Powershot S95 premium compact digital camera, a successor to the Canon Powershot S90 introduced last year. The Canon Powershot S95 inherits many of the same features as the Canon S90, including a 10 megapixel sensor, and a f/2.0 bright 3.8x zoom lens that provides a field of view from 28mm wideangle to approximately 105mm telephoto coverage in 35mm terms. The Canon Powershot S95 adds 720p HD movie recording, offers improved handling, greater levels of manual control, features the Canon HS System and is the first Powershot model to include Hybrid IS (image stabilization)... See full story


Canon: PowerShot SX210 IS Review and Image Sample Gallery

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS Review with Sample ImagesJuly 16th. We have now had the opportunity to review the recently released Canon PowerShot SX210 IS compact camera. Replacing the popular PowerShot SX200 IS, the new Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is designed for the photographer seeking a small pocket camera offering both still and HD movie recording with a range of features and some creative control. Incorporating a 14x optical zoom lens (covering 28 - 392mm in 35mm terms) combined with Canon's optical image stabilizer technology, the PowerShot SX210 IS offers versatile coverage for a wide range of picture taking situations. To see how the camera performed, check out our Canon Powershot SX210 IS sample image gallery, along with the findings and conclusions from our review... See full story


Sony: Alpha A290 and A390 DSLR's with 14.2 megapixels

Sony Alpha A290 and A390 entry level digital SLR cameras June 8th. Sony today introduced two updated versions of their existing Alpha A230 and Alpha A380 digital SLR cameras, in the form of the new Sony Alpha A290 and the Alpha A390. Both the Sony Alpha A290 and the A390 now feature an enhanced grip design and the same 14.2 megapixel resolution sensor. The Sony Alpha A390 features Sony's Quick Live View AF and a tiltable 2.7-inch LCD screen with 230K resolution. The Sony Alpha A290 features a fixed 2.7-inch LCD with the same 230K resolution. Upper control areas of both models have also been revised with a clear, uncluttered new button layout. Both models are aimed at family and travel type SLR photography... See full story


Apple: iPhone 4 with 5MP Camera and HD Video

Apple iPhone 4 with 5MP Camera and HD Video AnnouncedJune 7th. Apple today presented the new iPhone 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes video calling a reality, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in crisp text, images and video. In addition, the new Apple iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world. The Apple iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4 operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform... See full story


Nikon: Reduces Price on D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3s and D3x

Nikon Canada reduces price on popular SLR camerasMay 12th. Nikon has just reduced the manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP) on all of their current digital SLR cameras, including the Nikon D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3s and the D3x. The Nikon digital SLR price drops range from $30 to $150 depending on the Nikon SLR model or camera body lens kit configuration. The Nikon D300s body only was priced at $1769 CDN, and the price has now been reduced by $100 to a new MSRP of $1669. Check out the new prices on all of Nikon's SLR cameras... See full story


Sony: Alpha NEX 3 and NEX 5 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Sony Alpha NEX 3 and NEX 5 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Sample ImagesMay 11th. Sony has today officially introduced the Sony Alpha NEX system of compact interchangeable lens cameras. The Sony NEX 3 and the Sony NEX 5 both feature a large APS-C size sensor incorporating 14.2 MP of resolution in a small take anywhere body design. Both the Sony NEX 3 and NEX 5 cameras offer a large 3.0-inch high resolution 921k LCD screen with a tilt feature, and can shoot up to 7 frames per second. The Sony NEX 5 provides the ability to capture 1080i AVCHD HD movies with stereo sound and the NEX 3 offers 720P HD movie recording. We have had the opportunity to have a brief hands on with the new Sony NEX-3 digital camera mounted with both the new Sony E 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens and the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens, both available in a kit with the camera body. We have posted a couple of Sony NEX-3 camera test sample shots taken at the Sony Canada Press event, and provided a quick overview complete with anticipated pricing. The Sony NEX 3 and NEX 5 should be hitting dealers shelves by late June... See full story


Canon: PowerShot SD1300 IS Review and Image Sample Gallery

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS Review with Sample ImagesApril 1st. We have now had the opportunity to review the recently released Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELph compact camera. The Canon Powershot SD1300 IS is the successor to the very popular PowerShot SD1200 IS from 2009. Canon designed the SD1300 IS to appeal to those who are looking for an affordable stylish compact camera that offers point-and-shoot simplicity, and that is easy to bring along by fitting easily in a purse or pocket. With features such as a 4x optical zoom lens with built-in optical image stabilizer (IS), advanced face detection technology, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a large 2.7-inch LCD, the Canon SD1300 IS seems to offer good value for the money. To see how the camera performed, check out our Canon Powershot SD1300 IS sample image gallery, along with the findings and conclusions from our review... See full story


Side by Side: Canon Rebel T2i / 550D Compared to the Nikon D90 SLR

Canon Rebel T2i / 550D versus the Nikon D90March 14th. Canon recently released the Canon Rebel T2i SLR (also known as the EOS 550D), which serves an update to the Canon Rebel T1i / 500D. The Rebel T2i is designed to appeal to both novice and enthusiast photographers by offering a wide range of both automatic options and extended manual creative control. The Canon Rebel T2i receives a number of updated features vs. the T1i / 500D, among them an almost identical 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor to the one found in the popular higher end Canon EOS 7D. The Canon Rebel T2i / 550D also incorporates a more advanced 63-zone iFCL exposure metering system similar to the 7D and sports an updated wide screen (3:2) LCD monitor with 1.04 million dot resolution. The other big news surrounding the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D is the upgraded video recording capabilities compared to the Canon T1i / 500D, and the inclusion of an external microphone plug. As of today, the 12.3MP Nikon D90 SLR is the closest competitor to the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D. Since its introduction, the 12.3MP Nikon D90 has become one of the best selling enthusiast oriented SLR cameras on the market. The Nikon D90's popularity is because the camera offers excellent image quality and is backed by an impressive feature and performance set. So does the new Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D SLR have what it takes to dethrone the Nikon D90 as the DSLR benchmark in its class? Check out our Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D versus Nikon D90 side by side comparison review and the accompanying sample images to find out.


Canon: EOS 7D, 5D Mark II SLR and Select EF Lens, Speedlite Rebates

Canon EOS 7D, Tied EF Lens and EOS 5D Mark II Instant RebateMarch 7th. Canon USA Inc. has announced a new round of instant rebates, including savings on the popular Canon EOS 7D and the EOS 5D Mark II SLR cameras. The promotion also provides for a series of Canon EF lens and Speedlite rebates, which are doubled when tied with the purchase of a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body. Qualify for discounts on the Canon EOS 7D body only or in a kit with either the EF 28-135mm IS or the EF-S 18-135mm IS zoom lens. You can double the Canon EOS 7D rebates by also adding the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM to the package. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM now comes with a $80 US discount, which is doubled to $160 if tied with an EOS 5D Mark II SLR purchase. See the complete list of Canon EF lenses and Speedlite flashes being promoted... full story


Nikon USA: Instant Rebates with D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3s, D3x SLR's and Tied Lens

Nikon USA Tied Lens Instant RebateMarch 7th. Nikon USA Inc. has announced a new round of tied lens instant rebates on all of their digital SLR cameras, including the Nikon D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3s and the Nikon D3x. We have now outlined the available Nikon USA tied lens rebates, among them the popular Nikon D90 with AF-S DX 18-105mm VR lens, and the higher end Nikon D300s with AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED zoom lens. Deals are also available on the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II and the AF-S 70-300mm VR telephoto zoom lenses when purchased with a qualifying SLR. The Nikon USA instant rebate promotion ends March 27th, 2010... See Nikon Inc. Instant Rebates


Sony: Cyber-Shot DSC-TX5 and DSC-H55 Announced

Sony DSC-TX5 and DSC-H55 Announced Feb 17th. Sony today unveiled two new Cyber-shot digital still cameras, the Sony DSC-TX5 and DSC-H55. Slim enough to fit in a pocket or purse at less than an inch thin -- about the size of a deck of cards -- the Sony TX5 is the world’s thinnest and smallest certified waterproof (up to 10 feet deep) digital still camera with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and touch operation. Additionally, the 10.2 megapixel model is Sony’s first digital still camera with an “Exmor R” CMOS sensor that is also certified to be freeze proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof up to about a 5-foot drop and dust proof. In comparison, the 14.1 megapixel Sony DSC-H55 features a 10x optical zoom Sony G lens with 25mm wide-angle (equivalent), offers 720p movie recording, and also incorporates Sony's Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization to help reduce blur in photos... See full story


Canon: Rebel T2i / EOS 550D with 18 MP and Full HD Movie Mode

Canon Rebel T2i SLR with 18 MP sensor and Full HD movie recording Feb 8th. Canon has today unveiled the successor to the popular Canon Rebel T1i / EOS 500D, in the form of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / EOS 550D digital SLR camera with an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor. The Canon Rebel T2i, like the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, is geared towards family and entry-level enthusiast SLR photographers. The Rebel T2i includes a variety of new features including: 3.7 fps shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, and Canon's DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor. The Rebel T2i / EOS 550D also offers Full HD 1080p video recording as well as 18-megapixel still images... See full story


Canon: Powershot SX210 IS Compact with 14x Zoom and HD Movie

Canon SX210 IS with 14x optical image stabilized zoom and HD movie recording Feb 8th. Replacing the popular PowerShot SX200 IS, the new Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is designed for the photographer seeking a small pocket camera offering both still and HD movie recording with a range of features and manual creative control. Incorporating a 14x optical zoom lens (covering 28 - 392mm in 35mm terms) combined with Canon's optical image stabilizer technology, the PowerShot SX210 IS offers versatile coverage for a wide range of picture taking situations. With a 14.1 megapixel resolution sensor, the SX210 IS provides plenty of detail for producing bigger enlargements or for cropping into an image... See full story


Olympus: E-PL1 Compact Interchangeable Lens System Camera

Nikon Coolpix P100, S8000, S6000, S4000, S3000, L22, L21 digital cameras announced Feb 3rd. The Olympus E-PL1 is the third model in the Olympus PEN series of 'Micro Four Thirds System' interchangeable lens digital cameras. It's predecessors, the Olympus E-P1 and E-P2, introduced last year, have been widely acclaimed for their light, compact form, distinctive design, and good image quality. Featuring a new interface specifically designed to be more friendly to compact camera users, the new Olympus E-PL1 is an entry-level model that makes PEN series photographic quality accessible to an even wider range of consumers than before. For imaging, the E-PL1 employs a 4/3-inch, 12.3-megapixel high speed Live MOS Sensor and TruePic V image processing engine that are designed to deliver quality that rivals that of digital SLR systems... See full story


Nikon: Announces Spring 2010 Coolpix Cameras

Nikon Coolpix P100, S8000, S6000, S4000, S3000, L22, L21 digital cameras announced Feb 3rd. Nikon Corporation today introduced eight new Coolpix cameras to its line-up of compact digital cameras, including one Performance-series, four Style-series and three Life-series cameras. The new models include the flagship Coolpix P100 with features a 26x optical zoom with image stabilizer and HD movie recording, the sleek and compact Coolpix S8000 with 10x wide angle zoom, and the Nikon Coolpix S6000 with 7x zoom... See full story


Fujifilm: Finepix HS10 with 30x Zoom, BSI Sensor and SLR Like Features

Finepix HS10 with 30x zoom and HD movie recording Feb 2nd. Fujifilm announced a number of new digital camera models today, and among the more interesting is the Fuji Finepix HS10. The Finepix HS10 is a 10.3 megapixel bridge type of camera offering SLR like features and extended creative control, coupled with a 30x optical zoom lens with 24mm wide angle coverage and Fuji's back illuminated CMOS sensor technology. The FinePix HS10 also features a full HD movie mode (1080p) with stereo sound, and the camera’s mini HDMI port allows users to easily display ultra clear high definition photographs and movies on high definition televisions. For photography enthusiasts the Fuji HS10 also offers RAW format recording for greater post processing flexibility... See full story


Panasonic: Lumix DMC-ZS7 / TZ10 with 12x zoom, HD Movie and GPS

Panasonic Lumix ZS7 TZ10 with HD movie and GPS geotagging support Jan 26th. Panasonic today introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) as the newest member of its popular ZS (TZ) series of digital cameras. Incorporating the key features that have been fundamental in the success of the Lumix ZS (TZ) series– including AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability, a 25mm ultra wide angle 12x optical zoom in a compact body – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (TZ10) goes one step further to offer users built-in GPS and manual exposure control. The Lumix ZS7 incorporates a 14.5-megapixel CCD which offers up to 12.1-megapixel resolution. This enables multi-aspect shooting that can reproduce images taken with the lens set from 25mm to 300mm in any of three aspect ratios - 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9... See full story


Panasonic: Lumix FH20 (8x optical), DMC-FH3 and FH1 with 5x optical zoom

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20, FH3 and Lumix FH1 announced Jan 7th. Panasonic today introduced the new FH-Series to its 2010 line of Lumix digital cameras, which includes the Lumix DMC-FH20 (14.1-megapixels), Lumix FH3 (14.1-megapixels) and Lumix FH1 (12.1-megapixels). The Panasonic Lumix FH-Series are slim, pocketable models that pack a 28mm wide-angle lens with 8x optical zoom for the Panasonic Lumix FH20 (28-224mm in 35mm terms) and 5x optical zoom for the Lumix FH3 and FH1. (28-140mm in 35mm terms). All three cameras can also record High Definition video and thanks to iA (Intelligent Auto)shooting mode- are extremely easy to use... See full story


Panasonic: Lumix FP3 (14.1MP) and 12MP Lumix FP1 with 720p HD movie

Jan 7th. Panasonic has today announced the compact Lumix DMC-FP3 and FP1 digital cameras with 4x optical zoom. The Panasonic Lumix FP3 features 14.1 megapixel resolution and incorporates a large 3.0-inch 230K Touch Screen display. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 provides many of the same features as the FP3 although the camera incorporates a 12.1 megapixel imager and a slightly smaller 2.7-inch, 230K standard display LCD monitor. Both cameras offer 720p HD movie recording and a host of other features... See full story


Sony: Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V and Sony DSC-TX7 with Full HD 1080p Movie

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V and DSC-TX7 with Full HD movie recording Jan 6th. Sony took the wraps off two new Cyber-shot digital still cameras today, the Sony DSC-HX5V and DSC-TX7 that are the world’s first compact digital still cameras to include full HD (1920 x 1080 60i) Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) video capability. They are also the world’s smallest and thinnest AVCHD capable cameras. The Sony DSC-HX5V and the Sony DSC-TX7 are the first Cyber-shot cameras with in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) for managing difficult lighting situations and TransferJet™ wireless technology for sharing, storing and viewing images. The HX5V model is also the world’s first still camera to include GPS + Compass and Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode technologies... See full story


Canon: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II Telephoto Zoom Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II telephoto zoomJan 5th. Improving upon one of the most popular lenses in the Canon EF line is no easy task, although Canon has done just that. The all-new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM increases the speed, performance and optical quality of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM while maintaining all of the characteristics that have made it so desirable for Canon professionals and advanced amateurs alike... See full story


Sample Images: Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II Zoom Tested on Safari in Kenya, East Africa

Nikon AFS 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF ED VR telephoto zoom lens sample images from Kenya, East AfricaDec 16th. If you are in the market for a more powerful zoom to complement your Nikon digital or film SLR, the Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for telephoto shooting opportunities, such as sports, action, wildlife, travel and portrait photography. When used on a Nikon DX format digital SLR, the AF-S 70-300mm VR Nikkor zoom approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera. To give an idea how well this lens is able to perform, we have posted a gallery of Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR zoom sample images, which were taken while on safari in Kenya, East Africa... See full story


Lens Comparison: Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Zoom versus Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS HSM Lens with the Nikon D90

Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom compared to Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS HSM zoom using the Nikon D90 SLRNov 22nd. Nikon recently introduced an updated version of their popular AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikkor zoom lens. The new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, combines an 11.1X zoom range with enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II) technology to provide DX-format Nikon SLR users with a versatile zoom range in a compact form-factor. In terms of similar choices, Sigma Corporation offers the lower cost Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS HSM zoom lens which is available in a variety of camera mounts, including Nikon. To see how these two lenses compare, we tested the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom versus the Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens with the Nikon D90 SLR... See full story


Nikon: Drops Price on D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3s and D3x

Nikon Canada reduces price on popular SLR camerasNov 7th. Nikon Canada Inc. has recently reduced the manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP) on all of their current digital SLR cameras, including the Nikon D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3s and the D3x. The price drops range from $30 to $550 depending on the Nikon SLR model or camera body lens kit configuration. The Nikon D300s body only was originally announced at an anticipated MSRP of $2069, and the price has now been adjusted to $1849, a decrease of $220... See full story


Canon: PowerShot SX20 IS Sample Images Posted

Canon Powershot SX20IS digital camera sample imagesNov 2nd. We have just posted a series of sample images from the new Canon PowerShot SX20 IS long range zoom camera, a successor to the popular Canon SX10 IS from 2008. The 12.1 megapixel Canon SX20 IS features a 20x optical zoom (28-560mm in 35mm terms), 720p HD movie recording ability with stereo microphone, and a 2.5 inch vari-angle PureColor LCD display combined with full manual and automatic controls that provide photographers with an even greater range of creative options... See Canon SX20 IS Sample Images


Canon: Instant Rebates on Select EF Lenses and Speedlites

Canon USA Select EF Lens and Speedlite flash instant rebates availableOct 23rd. Canon USA Inc. has today announced a series of instant rebates on a select number of EF-S / EF lenses and Canon external speedlites. Rebate amounts range from a low of $20 on the Canon 270EX Speedlite accessory flash to a high of $500 on an item like the EF 200mm f/2L professional telephoto lens. Other lenses now covered by a discount include the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L telephoto zoom and the ultra wide angle EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. The offer is valid from Oct 23rd, 2009 to Jan 16th, 2010. See the Canon EF lens instant rebates


Nikon: AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G VR ED Lens

Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3.5G VR II ED Micro Nikkor lensOct 14th. Nikon Inc., today introduced the new medium telephoto AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens designed specifically for extreme close-up photography, yet perfectly suited for portrait, nature, and general imaging as well. Focusing as close as 0.9 ft., this new 85mm Micro lens allows photographers to capture close-up images with life-size reproduction ratios up to 1:1. The new 85mm Micro NIKKOR lens, in conjunction with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras, renders a picture angle equivalent of approximately 127.5mm (in the 35mm or FX-format), providing a natural perspective along with a desirable and practical lens-to-subject working distance... See full story


Canon: PowerShot SX120 IS Review and Image Sample Gallery

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Review with Sample ImagesOct 1st. We have now had the opportunity to review the recently released Canon PowerShot SX120 IS. The Canon Powershot SX120 IS is the successor to the PowerShot SX110 IS from 2008. Canon designed the PowerShot SX120 IS to appeal to those who are looking for an affordable and compact camera that offers point-and-shoot simplicity with long range zoom capabilities. With features such as a 10x optical zoom lens with built-in optical image stabilizer (IS), advanced face detection technology, DIGIC III image processor, and a large 3.0-inch LCD, this compact super-zoom seems to offer considerable value for the money. To see how the camera performed, check out our Canon SX120 IS sample image gallery, along with the findings and conclusions from our review... See full story


Canon: EOS 7D Digital SLR with 18MP and 1080p HD Movie

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR PreviewSept 1st. Canon Inc. has today officially introduced the Canon EOS 7D digital SLR. Made to be a tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the Canon EOS 7D features an all-new 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, capturing images at up to ISO 12800 and speeds of up to 8 fps. The EOS 7D also has a new all cross-type 19-point AF system with improved AI Servo AF subject tracking and user-selectable AF area selection modes. The Canon EOS 7D's Intelligent Viewfinder, an entirely newly-designed technology, provides 100% coverage and displays user-selected AF modes as well as a spot metering circle and on demand grid lines. New iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering system uses both focus and color information to provide more accurate exposure even in difficult lighting. The Canon EOS 7D also captures Full HD video at 30 frames per second with an array of manual controls, including manual exposure during movie shooting and ISO speed selection... See full story


Canon: EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom LensSept 1st. Canon has officially announced the much rumoured Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens. The Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM is designed to offer high end image quality, while providing focal length range coverage from approximately 24-136mm 35 mm equivalent terms. The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM features Canon’s 4-stop Image Stabilizer (IS). Ideal for handheld work, IS allows the use of shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower... See full story


Sony: Alpha A850 Affordable Full Frame Digital SLR with 24.6 MP

Sony Alpha a850: an affordable full frame digital SLR with 24.6 MPAug 27th. Sony has today announced the Sony Alpha a850 full frame SLR, a junior sibling to the professional oriented Sony Alpha A900 SLR. The Sony a850 features a large high resolution 24 MP sensor, equivalent in size to the 35mm film format. The Sony Alpha a850 digital SLR is designed to be a more affordable solution for those who are looking to pursue full frame camera technology without the typically higher associated cost versus smaller APS-C sized sensor technology. Sony has also announced a new full frame format lens, the Sony 28-75mm F2.8 SAM... See full story


Nikon: Drops Price on D60, D5000, D90, D300, D700, D3, D3x, and Announces Nikon D3000 and D300s Pricing

Nikon Canada reduces price on popular SLR camerasAug 25th. Nikon Canada Inc. has today reduced the manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP) on all of their current digital SLR cameras, including the Nikon D60, D3000, D5000, D90, D300, D700, D3 and the D3x. The price drops range from $30 to $500 depending on the Nikon SLR model or camera body lens kit configuration. Nikon Canada has also officially announced the MSRP on the new entry level Nikon D3000, and the new DX format flagship, the Nikon D300s digital SLR... See full story


Canon: Reduces Price on the Canon Rebel T1i SLR and Compact PowerShot SD1200 IS, SD780 IS and SX200 IS

Canon reduces price on the Rebel T1i SLR and compact PowerShot SD1200IS, 780IS and the SX200ISAug 21st. Canon Canada Inc. has just announced a price reduction on the 15.1 megapixel Canon Rebel T1i SLR camera. The price decrease applies to either the Rebel T1i digital SLR body only or the Canon Rebel T1i kit with EF 18-55mm IS lens. Canon Canada Inc. has also announced price reductions on three PowerShot digital cameras, including the stylish Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS, the ultra compact Canon PowerShot SD780IS and the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS with 12x zoom... See full story


Canon: PowerShot G11 with Tilt Swivel LCD Screen

Canon Powershot G11 digital cameraAug 19th. Canon has today announced a number of new PowerShot digital cameras, among them the prosumer PowerShot G11. The Canon PowerShot G11 is a successor to the PowerShot G10. The Canon PowerShot G11 follows the general design of the PowerShot G10, although the resolution has been reduced to 10.0 megapixels compared to the 14.7 MP PowerShot G10. According to Canon, the G11's new Dual Anti-Noise System combines a high sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel image sensor with Canon’s enhanced DIGIC 4 image processing technology to greatly reduce noise and increase image quality equal to 2-stops. The Dual Anti-Noise System allows photographers to capture full resolution images - using up to ISO 3200 - in difficult low-light conditions. The PowerShot G11 now also incorporates a new 2.8-inch tilt and swivel LCD high resolution screen (461K dots), and provides an HDMI output for high definition connectivity... See full story


Canon: PowerShot SX20 IS with 20x Zoom and 720P HD Movie

Canon Powershot SX20IS digital cameraAug 19th. Canon has also announced the 12.1 megapixel Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, a full featured yet compact and portable digital camera, and a successor to the popular PowerShot SX10 IS introduced last year. The Canon Powershot SX20 IS now features HD video (720p) movie recording at 30 frames per second, while keeping the same stereo microphone found on the SX10 IS. The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS features a 2.5 inch vari-angle PureColor LCD display combined with full manual controls that provide photographers an even greater range of creative options. The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS features a 20x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom with a focal range from 28mm to 560mm in 35mm terms offering broad versatility with composition... See full story


Side by Side: Nikon D3000 Compared to the Nikon D60 and Canon Rebel XS / EOS 1000D

Nikon D3000 versus Nikon D60 compared to the Canon Rebel XS SLR Aug 10th. Nikon recently announced the Nikon D3000 digital SLR, a successor to the popular Nikon D40 and D60 entry level digital SLR cameras. The 10.2 MP DX format Nikon D3000 ups the ante with an 11-point AF system with 3D Tracking, a larger 3.0-inch LCD screen, a new user friendly 'Guide' setting accessible directly on the mode dial, and the inclusion of Nikon's Scene Recognition System, to name a few. Based on general features and the intended user, the Canon Digital Rebel XS / EOS 1000D is one of the closest current competitors to the Nikon D3000 digital SLR. If you are in the market for an entry level type of digital SLR camera, check out our side by side comparison between the new Nikon D3000 and the Nikon D60 versus the Canon Rebel XS / EOS 1000D digital SLR... See full story


Sony: Cyber-Shot DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1 with Exmor "R" Sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 and TX1 digital camerasAug 5th. Sony today announced two new Cyber-shot cameras, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 that provide unprecedented advances in low-light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity of cameras with traditional image sensors. The 10 MP effective resolution Sony DSC-WX1 and TX1 are the first to employ Sony’s new “Exmor R” back illuminated CMOS sensor technology to improve shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing image clarity and significantly reducing grain... See full story


Nikon: Coolpix S1000pj Camera with Built-in Projector

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj digital camera with built-in projectorAug 4th. Nikon has today announced the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj digital camera featuring the world’s first built-in projector. Providing consumers with new exciting ways to share images, the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj transforms photo-sharing into a multimedia experience. With the touch of a button, users can project images and videos as large as 40 inches, and with the camera’s unique slideshow function, playback pictures with music, effects and creative transitions... See full story


Nikon: Updates AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon updates AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G Nikkor IF-ED VR II telephoto zoom lensJuly 30th. Nikon today announced the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, a telephoto zoom lens that has been further refined. The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G Nikkor, now benefits from Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat, and retains its status as a preeminent choice for discerning professionals in a multitude of shooting disciplines. The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G incorporates Nikon’s VR II image stabilization technology, which is engineered and optimized to function most effectively for each lens design to substantially reduce camera shake-related image blur... See full story


Nikon: Updates AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon updates AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR II lensJuly 30th. Nikon today announced an updated version of the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF ED VR zoom lens. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6GII IF ED VR, the next generation of Nikon’s all-time best-selling high-ratio zoom, combines an 11X zoom range with Vibration Reduction II to provide DX-format enthusiasts with an extremely versatile zoom range in a compact form-factor. Nikon has enhanced the construction of the AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II to include a zoom lock switch... See full story


Fujifilm: 10MP Finepix F70EXR Compact Camera with 10x Zoom

Fuji Finepix F70EXR compact point and shoot camera with 10x zoomJuly 22nd. Fujifilm has today announced the Fuji FinePix F70EXR, a compact 10 megapixel camera featuring a Fujinon 10x wide angle optical zoom lens providing coverage from 27mm to 270mm in 35mm terms. The Fuji Finepix F70EXR incorporates Fujifilm's proprietary Super CCD EXR switchable sensor (select from High Resolution, Wide Dynamic Range or High Sensitivity with Low Noise), 15 user friendly scene modes with manual override, and can record 640 x 480 VGA movies with sound... See full story


Fujifilm: 12 MP Finepix S200EXR with 14.3x Zoom

Fuji Finepix S200EXR with 14.3x zoomJuly 22nd. Fujifilm has announced a number of new digital cameras today, among them the Fuji Finepix S200EXR, a 12MP bridge type of camera offering SLR like features and extended creative control, coupled with Fuji's Super EXR sensor. Combining the 14.3x Fujinon optical zoom lens (30.5mm-436mm equivalent) so popular in its predecessor, the award-winning Fuji FinePix S100FS, with Fujifilm’s latest 12-MegaPixel Super CCD EXR sensor, the FinePix S200EXR is aimed at photo enthusiasts looking for a smaller full featured camera without the size and expense of building a digital SLR system... See full story


Nikon: AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Nikkor Zoom Lens Sample Images

Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.4-4.5G ED Nikkor zoom lens image sample testsJuly 4th. We recently had the opportunity to test out the new Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Nikkor ultra wide-angle zoom lens. The AF-S DX 10-24mm zoom is optimized for Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras, and is designed for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, architecture and large group shots among others. The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens incorporates Nikon's AF-S Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, offering fast, accurate and quiet autofocus operation. Two ED glass elements assist in minimizing chromatic aberration. The lens renders a picture angle of 109° through 61°, equivalent to focal lengths of 15-36mm in Nikon FX or 35mm formats... See full story


Olympus: E-P1 Micro Four Thirds Camera and Olympus Digital M.Zuiko Lenses

Olympus E-P1 PEN Micro Four Thirds System Camera with HD movie recording and new Olympus Digital M.Zuiko LensesJune 16th. After 50 years, the Olympus PEN camera is back. Announced today, the Olympus E-P1 is the world’s smallest 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens system digital camera that blends the ability to capture high-quality still images or High Definition (HD) 720p video, and in-camera creativity within an ultra-portable body. The new Olympus E-P1 provides high quality optics, interchangeable lenses and multimedia capabilities—and combines the creative freedom of a digital SLR with the simple controls and small size of a point-and-shoot... See full story


Nikon: Reduces Price on the Nikon D5000 and Offers D3 and D3x Instant Rebate in Canada

Nikon Canada Inc reduces price on the Nikon D5000 digital SLR and announces D3 and D3x instant rebateJune 2nd. Nikon Canada Inc. has today reduced the manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP) on the Nikon D5000 digital SLR kit with Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens. The Nikon D5000 kit with upgraded AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens has also been reduced in price. Nikon Canada has also introduced an instant rebate program on the professional Nikon D3 and Nikon D3x full frame FX format digital SLR cameras. Purchase either a Nikon D3 or a Nikon D3x digital SLR this month (June 09) from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer and take advantage of a $250 Canadian instant rebate... See full story


Canon: Instant Rebates on Canon Rebel XSI, XS, EOS 50D SLR Kits, Select EF Lenses and Speedlites in US

Canon USA introduces instant rebates on Rebel XSi, XS, EOS 50D SLR kits, Select EF lenses and AccessoriesMay 5th. Canon USA Inc. has announced a new instant rebate program that applies to the purchase of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, the Canon Rebel XS or the Canon EOS 50D digital SLR tied with a specific Canon EF lens or lenses. Canon USA Inc. has also introduced a number of instant rebates on select Canon EF lenses and accessories, including a $30 US instant rebate on the Canon 220 EX and the Canon 430 EX II Speedlite external flashes. The Canon USA Inc. Canon EOS 50D, Rebel XSi, Rebel XS kit, EF Lens and Accessory Instant Rebate Promotion runs from May 3rd, 2009 to July 11th, 2009... See rebate details


Side by Side: Nikon D5000 Compared to the D90 and the Canon Rebel T1i / EOS 500D SLR

Nikon D5000 compared to the Nikon D90 and the Canon Rebel T1i EOS 500D SLR cameraUPDATE, May 2nd. We have now added a list outlining the respective advantages of the Nikon D90, the D5000 and the Canon Rebel T1i as well as a few comparison images between the Nikon D5000 and the Canon Rebel T1i. (Original story: April 16th.) Nikon's recent announcement of the 12.3MP Nikon D5000 adds a new player to the digital SLR mix that also offers the option of 720p HD movie recording to complement still photography. With features largely borrowed from the Nikon D90, the Nikon D5000 mainly differs in that it is designed to appeal more to those that are looking for a camera that centers around automatic user friendly operation, while incorporating similar technologies and delivering the same level of image quality provided by the Nikon D90. The D90 remains aimed at enthusiast level photographers that prefer more manual control options and an extended feature set. Based on general features and price points, the Canon Digital Rebel T1i / EOS 500D is the closest current competitor to the Nikon D5000 digital SLR... See full story


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