Amateur Digital SLRs
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Shutterbug Staff Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

As part of our coverage each of our reporters were asked to pick out what they considered the Best of Show product, service, or idea. In most cases it is the item that caused them to reconsider how they worked or that sparked their imagination. While each reporter had their beat, this category was open game for all, and most "crossed lines" to find their pick.
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Joe Farace Jul 01, 2007 1 comments

It's not the tools that capture the images; it's the photographer's vision that does the job. Nonetheless, here I am at the annual hardware orgy that is PMA, where smiling PR people try to put the best possible spin on the organized chaos that is the photo industry. Everyone has realized that digital imaging is not just another version of the widely...

Amateur Digital SLRs
George Schaub Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

Aimed squarely at the first-time D-SLR user, and especially at those family and social photographers who have been frustrated by their digicam's bothersome shutter lag, the Nikon D40 is a compact camera that still holds enough features to satisfy budding photographers. At a mere 1 lb, 1 oz and 5x2.5x3.7" in size, the camera will feel small to those who have worked with...

Amateur Digital SLRs
George Schaub Apr 01, 2007 2 comments

Specifications

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D40
Printed in Japan Code No. 6CE60205 (0611A)K
Type of Camera: Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels: 6.1 million
Image Sensor: RGB CCD, 23.7 x 15.6 mm; total pixels: 6.24 million
Image Size:...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Since the original 6-megapixel Digital Rebel became available in September 2003, this EOS series has been the best selling D-SLR line in the world. The second model, the 8-megapixel Rebel XT, introduced in February 2005, benefited from major improvements in image quality, speed, versatility, and convenience of operation. While the XT is still a fine camera, it was due for an...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications
Image Sensor: 22.2x14.8mm CMOS sensor, 10.1 million recording pixels; 1.6x field of view crop
Recording Options: Various JPEG options, raw (CR2 format), and raw+(Large Only)JPEG format
Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100-400) and ISO 100-1600 selectable
Shutter...

Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

The first Panasonic D-SLR, the Lumix DMC-L1 is a product of an alliance with Olympus, since it employs, according to the company, some "jointly developed technologies and components." In fact, this camera shares many attributes with the Olympus EVOLT E-330, including the lens mount, Supersonic Wave sensor dust removal system, and Panasonic's Four Thirds format...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

The digital SLR category continues to grow. Several manufacturers introduced new models during the photokina show; Canon, Panasonic, and Sony had unveiled their new entries sometime before the European trade show, so they are not included in this report. In any event, it's clear that the 10-megapixel or higher resolution category is becoming the norm in all types of...

Amateur Digital SLRs
George Schaub Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

Is it possible that one day we might be able to bypass basic, global in computer editing for our digital images, and rely instead on the powerful on-board microprocessors in future digital SLRs? That's the implication of some of the new features in Nikon's latest enthusiast-aimed camera, the D80. Priced at $999 (body only) list, with a kit including an 18-135mm...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

The first 10-megapixel entry-level digital SLR to reach the market, the Sony Alpha A100 raises the resolution bar in the sub-$900 category. While that makes the camera particularly newsworthy, it's interesting in several other respects. This model is a hybrid, combining the best of the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D with entirely new Sony technology and features. As discussed in...

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Joe Farace Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

It seems obvious that being part of a group is better than going it alone against the Canon and Nikon digital SLR juggernaut. The K-mount group now joins the Four Thirds alliance in competition with The Big Two. Developed jointly with Pentax Imaging (www.pentaximaging.com), Samsung's GX-1S digital SLR features a...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

The Olympus EVOLT E-330 is the first interchangeable lens digital SLR with a true, full-time Live View feature. Framing a shot with the E-330 is just as convenient as it is with a compact digital camera. You can preview the subject in full color on a flip-out, variable-angle LCD monitor, another first for a digital SLR camera.

In fact, there are two distinct Live View...

Joe Farace Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

It was a typical night at PMA. After a short ride in a stretch limo to an undisclosed location, I sat on the floor enjoying puffer fish sashimi and chilled sake with Nikon's Yoshida Shoichiro. That night, the geishas attending us watched nervously as the CEO handed me a prototype of Nikon's 24-megapixel full-frame digital SLR. "This," he told me...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Pros
· High resolution, pleasing color rendition, snappy contrast, superb image quality at ISO 100-400
· Supersonic Wave filter is highly effective in removing dust from CCD sensor
· Overall speed should satisfy most photo enthusiasts
· Vast range of features to satisfy both novices and experienced digital...

Amateur Digital SLRs
Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

PROS
· Oversized LCD monitor, ease of basic use, and great versatility
· Anti-Shake system provides effective stabilization with most Maxxum lenses
· Quick response, fast 3 fps framing rate, and competitive burst depth
· Excellent image quality; digital noise and JPEG artifacts are very well controlled

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