Cameras

Canon Announces 1D X Flagship DSLR Camera

Canon announced today the EOS-1D X—the company’s new flagship DSLR, which they’re calling “a high-speed multimedia juggernaut.” The model will replace both the 1Ds Mark III and the 1D Mark IV in the EOS lineup. So what makes the 1D X worthy of being called a juggernaut? Maybe the fact that the new “completely revolutionized” camera features three image processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ processors, which Canon says are “capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4,” though it also features a DIGIC 4 for metering and AF control. And speaking of AF, the 1D X includes a new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, “the most sophisticated DSLR AF system Canon has ever released.” All AF functions can be accessed quickly via their own menu tabs, and you can create customized settings of tracking sensitivity with the new AF Configuration Tool. For those photographers who’d like input on AF settings, it comes with a built-in Feature Guide to recommend settings based on subject matter.

The 1D X features a brand new 18-megapixel full frame CMOS image sensor, which Canon says produces the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera so far. The sensor uses pixels that are “1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and .55 microns larger than those in the EOS 5D Mark II sensor”, in addition to gapless microlenses, to achieve high sensitivity for those clean captures. The camera’s ISO range is adjustable from ISO 100 to a whopping ISO 51,200 within standard range, and can be expanded to 102,400 and 204,800, which Canon says are “ideal for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.” So, there’s that, if you’re in the habit of shooting in those conditions.

The 1D X is also Canon’s first EOS DSLR to feature Multiple Exposure capability, combining up to nine separate shots into a single image, in-camera—viewed in real time on the LCD monitor—speeding up your post-processing work, at least what’s usually required to remedy exposure problems. The 1D X records full HD video at 1080p, like its predecessors, but now notably features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB, allowing for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. This was an upgrade requested by documentary filmmakers who’ve previously worked with Canon DSLRs. Another request from Canon shooters was to include dual card slots for instant image back-up and more storage capacity, and the 1D X delivered.

The Canon EOS-1D X is scheduled to be available in March 2012 and will be sold body-only at an estimated price of $6,800.00. See the full press release below.

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Nikon Announces Mirrorless “Nikon 1″ Camera System

Nikon has announcedthe Nikon 1: the company’s first mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera system. This marks the first time one of the Big Two camera makers has stepped into the genre ring alongside early adapters Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic and Sony. The “1″ system is comprised of two bodies so far: the J1 and the V1. Both cameras feature a newly developed CX-format 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that measures 1-inch in size—drastically smaller than the APS-C size sensor of manyDSLRs, and still much smaller than the Micro Four Thirds sensor of Olympus and Panasonic fame.

The Nikon 1 features a new 73-point AF system for capturing fast moving action, and can shoot at full resolution up to 60 fps, which is “the world’s fastest continuous shooting speed.” It shoots full High Definition (1080p) video, and features “Motion Snapshot” for capturing stills while recording video. The V1 is the more powerful of the two new models and is the world’s smallest and lightest EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens) camera at this time. It features a 1.4 million dot high resolution electronic viewfinder that “automatically activates when the user raises the camera to their eye,” a magnesium alloy body, a mechanical shutter and a multi-accessory port and stereo mic input for video.

Nikon has also announced the 1 NIKKOR lens system of lightweight lenses, including 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (27-81mm 35mm equivalent); 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens (81-297mm equivalent); 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 pancake lens (27mm equivalent); and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 (27-270mm equivalent);—Nikon’s first power zoom lens. A mount will be available sometime in the future, according to Nikon, so that photographers can use lenses from their existing NIKKOR lineup.

The Nikon J1 and V1 will be available beginning October 20th. The J1 kit will be an estimated $649.95; the V1 kit will be an estimated $899.95. See the full release from Nikon below.

 

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Hands-on with Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310 HS

images © Lynne Eodice for Digital Photographer

Last week we reported on Canon’s three new PowerShot digital cameras. DP reporter Lynne Eodice was able to get a hands-on look at the new models on the show floor at IFA Berlin.

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A Closer Look at the Panasonic Twin-Lens LUMIX 3D Camera

image © Lynne Eodice for Digital Photographer

Last week we reported on Panasonic‘s new LUMIX twin-lens 3D camera. Though it is still in the developmental stage at this time and isn’t slated for availability until winter 2011, Panasonic did have a model on the show floor at IFA Berlin, and DP reporter Lynne Eodice was able to get a close-up look at the LUMIX 3D.

From Lynne:

Though the model was behind glass on the show floor, I was able to glimpse at how stylish it is, with a brushed metal strip on the case and a slim profile. This compact model will enable you to shoot 3D still photos as well as 3D High Definition videos. The camera has two newly developed 4x zoom lenses, which will allow you to shoot in either 2D and 3D formats. The 3D HD videos will be recorded in the AVCHD format using the side-by-side method. After shooting 3D photos and videos, you’ll have the opportunity to view them on a VIERA 3D TV either by inserting the SD card into the TV’s SD card slot or by connecting the camera to the TV with an HDMI cable.

This promises to be an exciting 3D camera to use once it’s on the market, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a model when they’re released in the coming months.

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Hands-on with Samsung NX200, MV800, and WB750 Cameras

Hands-on with Samsung NX200, MV800, and WB750 Cameras
Text and Images by Lynne Eodice

Last week we reported on the newly announced Samsung NX200 mirrorless interchangeable lens compact camera. I was able to get a hands-on look at the camera on the show floor at IFA Berlin, as well as take it for a test spin around the historic German city. I also got to check out the other brand new Samsung cameras: the multiview MV800 with a Flip-Out touch screen LCD display, and the WB750 ultra compact camera with the longest zoom lens that Samsung offers.

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