Nikon Announces First Android-powered Point-and-shoot Camera – Coolpix S800c

The rise and popularity of smartphone cameras has relatively brought down the demand for compact and point-and-shoot cameras, leaving camera makers with one option less in the camera market. However, Nikon doesn’t seem to let go that option of compact cameras, and hence has come up with a camera that is powered by Android.

And who said that Android was only made for smartphones? At least Nikon doesn’t think so, as the multinational company competing with Canon, has taken a new leap by announcing its first Android powered point-and-shoot camera, the Coolpix S800c, which is being marketed as a “social imaging device”.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The Nikon Coolpix S800c is powered by Android Gingerbread and features a 16 megapixel sensor. It includes the usual 10x optical zoom covering from a wide-angle of 25-250mm. The lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.

The most prominent feature is the 3.5-inch OLED touch screen on the rear end, enabling the camera user to use Android apps and browse the Web. This means that the camera supports built-in Wi-Fi, and also includes a GPS.

The Wi-Fi and GPS addition is nothing new. In recent years, several camera makers have enabled Wi-Fi capabilities, which is an effort to improve the falling growth of cameras and also to compete with smartphones.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The new Nikon S800c provides access to applications for games, productivity and email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown. Users will also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.

The lightweight Android powered camera weighs just 6.5 ounces and measures 1.1-inch in thickness. Nikon plans to launch the S800c in the U.S. in September with a $349 price tag. The camera is now available for pre-order, in either black or white.

According to the statistics shared by Flickr, the most popular cameras in the Flickr Community is the Apple iPhone 4S, which just overtook the Apple iPhone 4, and includes high end professional cameras below them.

In the Point and Shoot category, Canon PowerShot S95 tops the list, however, with the release of Nikon’s S800c compact camera powered by Android, we can expect the camera to overtake and take the top place in the near future.

You can view some of the sample image shared by Nikon here.

Nikon Coolpix S800c Full Specifications:

  • Type: Compact Digital Camera
  • Effective Pixels: 16.0 million
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in.
  • Total Pixels: 16.79 million (approx.)
  • Lens: 10x optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length: 4.5-45.0mm
  • Lens f/-number: f/3.2-5.8
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 8 groups
  • Lens Zoom: 10x
  • Digital Zoom: Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Vibration Reduction: Combination of Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures)
  • Autofocus (AF): Contrast-detect TTL AF
  • Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection: Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face priority, Subject tracking
  • Focus Range: [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 3 ft. 4 in. (1 m.) to infinity, Macro close-up mode: Approx. 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity
  • Focus Lock: Yes
  • Monitor Size: 3.5 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: OLED (touch panel) with Anti-reflection coating, Touch screen control
  • Wi-Fi Functionality: Yes
  • GPS: Yes (Built-in)
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 125-3200, ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)

Canon Goes Mirrorless – Unveils Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera

After some long running rumors, Canon is officially entering the mirrorless camera market with the introduction of Canon EOS M with an EF-M mount and its compatible lenses. The new mirrorless camera shares many of its features with the Canon EOS 650D, including an 18-megapixel APC-sized sensor and a 14-bit DIGIC5 image processor.

The new addition will heavily compete with some of the existing big players including Nikon’s 1, Pentax’s K-01, Panasonic’s G Series, and Sony’s NEX series.

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera

Featuring the DIGIC 5 processor, the EOS M is capable of shooting 4.3 frames per second with ISO ranging from 100 to 12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600). Two new M lenses are available – the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom.

The new lenses will not have the auto-manual focus switch buttons, or the IS button, however, the user will be able to change this through the camera’s menu. Additionally, Canon is also introducing its Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, which will allow photographers to use their EF and EF-S lenses.

The Canon EOS M is capable of recording full-HD videos with stereo sound. It also comes with an in-camera editing mode that is simple to use in the three-inch Clear View LCD II Touch screen.

The EOS M is a video oriented camera even though it offers several similar features like the Canon 650D. It makes use of Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF system to deliver fast autofocus speed for both video and photos.

The Canon EOS M will be available for $799.99 from October, with two colors to choose from: black or white. The white version bundled with the new EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens will be exclusively available through the Canon Online store, shop.usa.canon.com. To use your existing Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M can be purchased for an additional cost of $199.99.

Canon EOS M - White

Canon EOS M Key Features

  • New EF-M lens mount (optimized for APS-C sensor size)
  • 14-bit DIGIC5 processor
  • 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expandedCanon EOS M Adapter
  • 4.3 fps continuous shooting, 3 fps with AF tracking
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode delivers expertly optimized photos and scene detection for amazing results even when shooting at night
  • Advanced imaging features like Handheld Night Scene mode, HDR Backlight Control mode, and seven Creative Filters provide added versatility
  • Multi-shot Noise Reduction helps preserve precious detail in photos at high ISO speeds
  • 1040k dot 3:2 touch-sensitive ClearView II LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support)
  • Standard EOS hot-shoe for external flash (no built-in flash)

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Samsung Unveils Wi-Fi Enabled MV900F Point-and-Shoot Camera

Samsung has unveiled a new addition to its family of growing range of point-and-shoot SMART cameras with the launch of Wi-Fi enabled Samsung MV900F MultiView. The latest addition is the successor the Samsung MV800, and has complete social networking integration along with a splendid 3.3-inch flexible AMOLED 180-degree flip-out touchscreen display.

The Samsung MV900F sports a massive 16.3MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, including a spectacular 5x optical lens, which is a 25-125mm, F2.5-6.3 zoom lens. The point-and-shoot camera has the capability to record Full HD 1080p video, and using a Wi-Fi connection, you can easily share videos with your friend by streaming it directly to Facebook, YouTube, or Flickr.

Samsung MV900F Wi-Fi Camera Launched

One great thing about the MV900F is the gesture support, which allows you to control the camera remotely. Yes, Samsung has added this amazing “Gesture Shot” feature, which lets you control the camera functionalities by simply moving your arms. The camera’s f/2.5 lens and the 5x optical zoom can be controlled by moving your hands in a circular motion to zoom in or out.

Yet another notable gesture feature is that you can take self-portraits without having to set the time. That is, you no more have to set the timer and run back to the group to take self-portraits. You can achieve this task by moving your hands up and down to capture the photo.

Samsung has also added some great shooting filters and scene modes, including the ability to add a background to a photo within the camera itself. The BSI CMOS sensor is designed to deliver good image quality in all lighting conditions. Enabling the Low Light Shot mode will automatically select the best settings while taking a picture in low light conditions.

Samsung MV900F Colors

Complete Specifications of the Samsung MV900F

  • 16.3 effective Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • F2.5-6.3, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 – 125 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.3-inch AMOLED display with 614k pixels
  • Display can flip upward 180 degrees for self-portraits
  • “Gesture Shot” feature to control camera remotely with hand gestures
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting Smart Auto mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you control the camera from an Android smartphone, or send photos to social networking sites, e-mail recipients, or your computer on any open network
  • Plenty of special effects, including panorama and HDR modes
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with monaural sound
  • Supports Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses BP-88B lithium-ion battery; no battery life available

The MV900F is going to be available in white, pink, black, and red. It will go on sale by the end of August for $349.99

 

Nikon Unveils D3200 DSLR with Super-sized 24-Megapixel Sensor

Priced at $700, Nikon has unveiled the successor of the Nikon D3100, a new-entry level DSLR – Nikon D3200 with new and enhanced features including, a faster burst mode, a new image processor, a super-sized 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a microphone input jack, and an optional wireless adapter. The $700 kit comes with the Nikon D3200 body along with a 16-55mm stabilized lens.

The new entry-level camera will help amateur photographers to take better shots with the help of a revamped version of the Guide Mode found in the D3100, adding in-camera tutorials for shot composition, manual controls, and shooting modes.

The Nikon D3200 comes with 11-point autofocus systems with Nikon’s automatic recognition system, which allows the photographer to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. According to Nikon, “the AF system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during the big recital or a dive for the line drive in centerfield.”

Nikon D3200

The new DSLR offers a fixed, large 3-inch LCD screen packed with 921k dots in addition to a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.  The D3200 is capable of shooting1080p videos at 24 fps and 30 fps with HDMI output. Along with the in-built mono microphone, the Nikon D3200 also comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack for audio options.

Also Read: Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800 Comparison

In addition to all this, users can also purchase the wireless mobile adapter WU-1a, which allows the user to connect to the cameras using their smartphone or tablet to transfer files via wireless ad-hoc network. It also provides remote control over the D3200’s shutter release at distances within 49 feet of the camera. The WU-1a wireless adapter will be available in May for $60.

 Full Specifications of the new Nikon D3200:

Type

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of viewApprox. 1.5x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels24.2 million
Image Sensor
Image sensor23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels24.7 million
Dust-reduction SystemImage sensor cleaning
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

 

Storage and File Format

Image size (pixels)6,016 x 4,000 [L], 4,512 x 3,000 [M], 3,008 x 2,000 [S]
File format· NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed· JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression· NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
MediaSD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge

 

Viewfinder and Lens

ViewfinderEye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageApprox. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.8x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment-1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirrorQuick return
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled

Lens

Compatible lensesAutofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX-NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported) and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

 

Shutter and Release

TypeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speedX=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Release

Release modeSingle frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Delayed remote, Quick-response remote, Quiet shutter release
Frame advance rateUp to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures

 

Exposure and Focus

MeteringTTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method· Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)· Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame· Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
· Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV· Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU
ModeAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]); Scene modes (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with lock button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingOn, off

Focus

AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo· Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status· Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus pointCan be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)

 

Flash

Built-in flashAuto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide numberApprox. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modeAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminalAS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)

 

White balance

White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning

Live View

Lens servo· Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)· Manual focus (MF)
AF-area modeFace-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

 

Movie

MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering methodMatrix
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
· 1,920 x 1,080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p· 1,280 x 720, 60p/50p· 640 x 424, 30p/25p· Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
File formatMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Audio recording deviceBuilt-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivityISO 200 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)

 

Monitor

Monitor7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation and image comment (up to 36 characters)

Interface

USBHi-Speed USB
Video outputNTSC, PAL
HDMI outputType C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminalMC-DC2 Remote Cord (available separately), GP-1 GPS Unit (available separately)
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)

Canon Announces The EOS-1D C

Canon has just announced their latest cinematographer-centered camera, the EOS-1D C. The EOS-1D C looks the same as the standard EOS-1D X while adding a ton of spec upgrades which the professional videographer will love. The price is also “upgraded” to $15,000, which proves this camera isn’t for the amateur.

Canon EOS-1D C

The EOS-1D C offers 8-bit 4K (24 FPS) video recording with an 18-megapixel, full frame sensor. When recording 4K video, the 1D C only uses part of its high-end sensor which makes for a 1.33x focal length multiplication factor. However, this isn’t the case when recording 1080p (24-60 FPS) video as the camera utilizes its whole sensor and outputs the full 36mm sensor width. All of this footage is recorded on dual CompactFlash cards which you will need to purchase separately.

Canon also announced two new EF Cinema Zoom lenses which include the CN-E 15.2-47mm T2.8 L and the CN-E40-105mm T2.8 L. Both lenses are available in either EF and PL mounts to ensure maximum compatibility with Canon’s other Cinematography cameras. Keep in mind that the EOS-1D C is compatible with all Canon EF and EF Cinema lenses so you can continue to use your old lenses while attempting to raise more money for your short film.

Other notable features of the EOS-1D C include a built-in headphone jack for live audio monitoring, optional AC adapter kit and a Super 35 crop setting. This setting allows cinematographers to meet the industry standard in imaging format.

The Canon EOS-1D C will be available for purchase within the year. Since this camera is aimed at professionals, I doubt we will see this camera in stores.

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Canon Launches the EOS 60Da

Yesterday, April 3rd 2012, Canon announced their latest DSLR, the EOS 60Da which is a camera designed especially for astrophotography. If you’re curious, astrophotography is the photographing of stars. This is the first upgrade to Canon’s astrophotography lineup since the release of the EOS 20Da, which featured an 8.2-megapixel sensor.

Canon EOS 60Da

The Canon 60Da is essentially the same camera as the original 60D using the same 18-megapixel APS-c sensor. The only major change that has been made to the sensor is that it has been finely tuned for extra-sensitivity to the hydrogen-alpha wavelength by using a modified infrared sensor.

The 60Da also brings an improved version of Canon’s ClearView screen by jamming 1-million dots into the same 3-inch screen. Canon has also stated that they will be including an output cable to monitor the 60Da’s live view on a TV. This will be extremely helpful when your camera is tethered to a telescope. Unfortunately, the 60Da will not include a t-ring adapter for attachment to a telescope so you will have to buy this separately.

If you want to pick up the 60Da for yourself, it’ll run you $1499 for the body, $500 more than the standard 60D. Kit pricing and availability have not yet been announced. The 60Da will only be available at select Canon authorized resellers.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800 Comparison

After much waiting, Canon finally unveiled the EOS 5D Mark III last week, marking the 25th anniversary of the EOS system. The all-new EOS 5D Mark III has got upgraded from its predecessor 5D Mark II and sports several new features.

However, with the release of the Mark III, Canon expects to give tough competitions to its rivals. The on-going rivalry between Canon and Nikon is nothing new. Both the companies have recently upgraded their high-end version of cameras with Nikon replacing the D700 with the D800, while Canon replacing its EOS 5D Mark II with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Both the cameras have their own pros and cons, but none of them stand out of the box when it comes to originality or something new. All I can say is that both the cameras have been enhanced a lot in terms of features and specs.

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Nevertheless, we’d still want to compare what each of the cameras have in different, particularly when it comes to features and technical specifications. Here’s a comparison of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800

Nikon definitely surprised every photography and camera enthusiasts on earth when it released its D800. The Nikon D800 sports a massive 36 million pixel sensor with a huge jump from the 12.1 MP sensor in the Nikon D3, which was released in 2007.

Certainly, everyone expected that Canon would release its next camera with a similar sensor in order to compete head-to-head against the D800. However, Canon decided to play a completely different game by releasing the EOS 5D Mark III with a 21 million pixel low-resolution sensor, focusing on better image equality and noise reduction characteristics along with improved features on AF features/performance and weather sealing.

The reason being is that Canon has been receiving a lot of criticism from the Canon community for over several years on these areas, and that isf why Canon decided to listen to what its community has been saying. It is definitely a smart move from Canon specifically with the autofocus features and performance.

Most of the  users from the community are stating that the EOS 5D Mark II should have sported the features what the EOS 5D Mark III currently has. I agree to some extent, but when it comes to image quality, I disagree with the statement.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has significantly improved in its autofocus features by introducing 61 points – a big upgrade from the Mark II, which only has 9 autofocus points along with 6 assist autofocus points. However, the Nikon D800 offers 51 AF points, with 15 cross-type sensors.

Nikon has improved the D800 video features a lot, especially with the options to shoot at different frame sizes for different focal length and depth of field effects, as well as 50p and 60p slow-motion capabilities. The video offerings in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the D800 are pretty much the same, since both have the capability to shoot full HD videos.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Nikon 800

Here’s a full specification comparison of the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III –

 

Camera Feature

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikon D800

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canon 5D Mark III

 

 

 

 

 

Sensor Resolution

36.3 Million

22.3 Million

Sensor Type

CMOS

CMOS

Sensor Size

35.9x24mm

36x24mm

Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning

Yes

Yes

Image Size

7360 x 4912

5760 x 3840

Image Processor

EXPEED 3

DIGIC 5+

Viewfinder Type

Pentaprism

Pentaprism

Viewfinder Coverage

100%

100%

Viewfinder Magnification

0.70x

0.71x

Storage Media

1x Compact Flash and 1x SD

1x Compact Flash and 1x SD

Continuous Shooting Speed

4 FPS, 6 FPS in DX mode with MB-D12 battery grip

6 FPS

Max Shutter Speed

1/8000 to 30 sec

1/8000 to 30 sec

Shutter Durability

200,000 cycles

150,000 cycles

Exposure Metering Sensor

91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III

iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor

Base ISO

ISO 100

ISO 100

Native ISO Sensitivity

ISO 100-6,400

ISO 100-25,600

Boosted ISO Sensitivity

ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600

ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400

Autofocus System

Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51-points (up to 15 cross-type points)

61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points)
AF Detection

Up to f/8 (up to 9 cross-type sensors)

Up to f/5.6

Built-in Flash

Yes

No

AF Assist

Yes

No, only with external flash

Video Output

H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format

AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format

Uncompressed Video Output

Yes (HDMI)

No

Video Maximum Resolution

1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p

1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p

Audio Recording

Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)

Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)

LCD Size

3.2 diagonal TFT-LCD

3.2 diagonal TFT-LCD

LCD Resolution

921,000 dots

1,040,000 dots

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments

±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments

Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments

HDR Support

Yes

Yes

Built-in GPS

No

No

Wi-Fi Functionality

Eye-Fi Compatible, WT-4A

Eye-Fi Compatible, WFT-E7

Battery

EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery

LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery

Battery Life

850 shots (CIPA)

950 shots (CIPA)

Battery Charger

MH-25 Quick Charger

LC-E6 Charger

Weather Sealed Body

Yes

Yes

USB Version

3.0

2.0

Camera Construction

Magnesium Alloy

Magnesium Alloy

Dimensions

144.78 x 121.92 x 81.28mm

152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight

900g

860g

MSRP Price

$2,999

$3,499

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Canon Unveils 22 Million Image Pixel, 6fps EOS 5D Mark III

Canon had been waiting for the right moment to announce their next masterpiece. In order to mark the 25th anniversary of the EOS system, and after months of agonizing waiting, the company has finally revealed the highly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark III at a press launch today, along with a few other new accessories.

The all-new Canon EOS 5D Mark III is packed with a 22-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor that supports ISO 100 through ISO 25600 (expandable to 102,400) in standard mode. It also features a whopping 61-AF point autofocus system, and has the ability to do a 1080p full-HD video recording in 30, 25 and 24fps.

BUY/Pre-Order: Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Nikon Cameras

Canon EOS 5D mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Features

Here are the main features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III –

22.3 Million Pixel Sensor

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III features a sensor with mere 22.3 million pixels, which is almost over a million pixels more than its predecessor, EOS 5D Mark II. However, this is comparatively way too lesser than its competitor’s masterpiece, the Nikon D800, which features a 36 million pixel sensor.

Although the advantages of having lesser mega pixels still remain, which not only reduces noise but also includes smaller file sizes, but this will certainly not delight consumers who were expecting a larger sensor and larger images with low sensitivity.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Autofocus

The 5D Mark III has a whopping 61 autofocus points. This is seriously a big upgrade from the Mark II, which only had 9 autofocus points along with 6 assist autofocus points. The 5D Mark II offers six AF modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The camera’s twenty one focusing points in the central area are also standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The centre five points are ultra-high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/2.8. The 20 outer focusing points function as high-precision cross-type points with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/4.0″ Canon

Design and Larger Display

Design wise, the EOS 5D Mark III is looks very much similar to the Mark II. The camera features a Magnesium alloy body with some weather sealing that is highly rigid and is designed in way to deal with different weather conditions and is dust resistance. It also has extensive gasketing around the seams for ensured protection.

Compared to the Mark II, the new 5D Mark III has a larger display with 3.2 inches in size and features an 1.04 million dot resolution, which is also higher than the 920k dot screen found on the Mark II. The camera also offers eye-level penta-prism with 100 percent coverage.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It also has some slight tweaks to its top-mounted info display and buttons on the back. The camera comes with three dual memory card slots, supporting both CF and SD cards.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Specifications – At a Glance

  • Magnesium alloy body with some weather sealing. Highly rigid and is designed in way to deal with different weather conditions and is dust resistance.
  • 22.12 million Image pixel full-frame CMOS sensor with image resolution of 5760 x 3840 pixels.
  • 6fps top shooting rate. The 5D Mark III has two continuous-shooting modes: Continuous High (6fps) and Continuous Low (3fps)
  • Optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and optional grid display.
  • Supports ISO 100 through ISO 25600 (expandable to 102,400) in standard mode.
  • A top shutter speed of 1/8000 and x-sync speed of 1/200
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type points
  • Has an in-camera RAW converter
  • HD video capture at up to 1080p/29.97fps or 720p/59.94fps with new H.264 compression options, time code embedding, and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.
  • Accepts the new WFT-E7 802.11a/b/g/n wireless transmitter, GPS Receiver GP-E2 and Battery Grip BG-11

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Price

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR will go on sale at the end of March, priced at $3,499 (body-only). A kit with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens will be priced at $4,299.

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World’s First 180mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sigma Goes Missing at CES 2012

The CES 2012 exhibition held in Las Vegas from Tuesday, January 10 to Friday, January 13 saw some new and interesting announcements and releases. One such announcement made by Sigma, one of the major manufacturers of cameras, lenses, flashes and other photographic accessories, unveiled the world’s first 180mm f/2.8 macro lens that features a 1:1 magnification ratio. Apparently, out of the only two pre-production models, one of them has gone missing.

The Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the world’s first 180mm macro lens that offers a magnification ratio of 1:1 and a large maximum aperture of F2.8. The lens is a successor to the older 180mm F3.5 EX DG macro. The new lens features Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology and the wide aperture features faster shutter speeds in low light and a narrow depth of field.

Sigma 180mm F/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM

The lens also has three “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have an equivalent performance to a fluorite glass. These FLDs are included to provide correction for color aberrations and an inner focusing system minimizes aberrations that occur as shooting distances change.

At 1:1 magnification, this lens has a focusing distance of 18.5 inches, which is a greater working distance than shorter focal length macro lenses, making it advantageous when taking pictures of highly sensitive subjects like butterflies.

The lens is compatible to Sigma’s tele-converters, and the focal length can be extended to 252mm f/4.5 using the AF 1.4x EX converter (404mm equiv.). It can also be extended to 360mm f/7 via the AF 2x EX converter (576mm equiv.), however, in this case you’ll lose the AF though.

According to the president of Sigma Corporation of America, Mark Amir-Hamzeh –

“Our first 180mm macro was very popular with macro photographers and we’re certain that discerning photographers will be very impressed with its new technical and performance upgrades. The Optical Stabilizer technology and faster maximum aperture will make it even easier for users to capture the close-up, intricate details in the tiny world around them. We’ve released some really incredible products in the past year – there’s truly something in our lineup for every type and level of photographer.”

There are no further details available about the lost lens; however, it’s definitely worth hundreds of dollars. Sigma, however, has not revealed the pricing and availability of the lens yet.

Complete Specifications of Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Principal specifications

  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Max Format Size: 35mm FF
  • Focal length: 180 mm
  • Image stabilisation: Yes
  • Lens mount: Sigma SA

Aperture

  • Maximum aperture: F2.8
  • Minimum aperture: F22.0
  • Aperture ring: No
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9

Optics

  • Elements: 19
  • Groups:                14
  • Special elements / coatings: 3 FLD glass elements

Focus

  • Minimum focus: 0.47 m (18.50″)
  • Maximum magnification: 1x
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Motor type: Ring-type ultrasonic
  • Full time manual: Yes
  • Focus method: Internal
  • Focus notes: Floating focus system
  • Distance scale: Yes
  • DoF scale: No

Physical

  • Diameter: 95 mm (3.74″)
  • Length: 204 mm (8.03″)
  • Sealing: No
  • Filter thread: 86 mm
  • Tripod collar: Yes
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5 Reasons to Upgrade/Buy a DSLR

Your point and shoot camera may not come handy when it comes to shooting professional quality photographs, since it may be lacking few features that you require to explore your creativity. To enhance the level of customization and enrich the quality of your photographs, you require a good DSLR camera.

Initially, DSLR cameras were not as popular as conventional SLR cameras, but today, DSLRs have taken a huge step in photography. Most professional photographers prefer using DSLRs, and recommend them to amateurs. However, if you are a beginner, you should start shooting with a point and shoot while exploring its various features. Once you have learned all its features, you can make a choice to go for either a DSLR or a semi-DSLR camera.

Here are 5 Reasons to why you need to upgrade to a DSLR:

#1. Speed – Fast and Continuous Shooting

DSLRs are conveniently faster when it comes to capturing photos. If you are using a point and shoot camera, it is quite frustrating to wait for the camera to process the image after you have clicked the shutter button. Well, DSLRs react faster when it comes to processing of photos. With a DSLR camera, there is virtually no delay between the time that you click the shutter button and the image takes to process.

Speed - Fast and Continuous Shooting - DSLRImage Credits: Prashant

DSLRs have faster power-up time, the capability of focusing quickly, faster shutter speed, negligent shutter lag and higher processing ability.

#2. Image Quality and Superior Sensors

DSLR cameras have large image sensors, and it is one of the main reasons why one should consider upgrading to a DSLR. Sensors are made up of photodiodes which are also called as pixels. A photodiode is a type of photo detector that is capable of converting light into photons, which are then translated to a brighter image to enhance the quality of the image.

Image sensors allow you to capture photos with larger pixel sizes that produce higher quality images. A larger sensor allows a larger number of photodiodes, and the higher the number of photodiodes, the better the quality of the image.

FYI: Image sensor used in a point and shoot camera is 25 times smaller than the ones used in DSLRs, and that is why they produce a low/medium quality photos.

#3. Multiple Lens Usability

One of the biggest reasons to upgrade to a DSLR camera is that it provides you with a wide range of shooting styles. Unlike point and shoot cameras that have a fixed optical zoom, DSLRs can be fitted with a variety of interchangeable quality lenses depending on what you are photographing.

For instance, if you were shooting landscape photographs, you would be using a wide-angle lens. But if you suddenly have to shoot a macro shot, then you can easily change to a macro lens without any difficulties.

Canon Lenses

DSLRs are not just compatible with lenses. They can also be fitted with things like special effect filters, remote flashes, lens hoods, flash diffusers, lens extenders and strobe lights.

#4. Manual Controls

DSLRs offer manual settings for more control over your image. The manual mode allows you to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO speed. Here’s an example of the Canon 60D’s manual settings –

Manual SettingsImage Credits: Daniel Straus

As you can see, you have the option to set shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, metering, resolution and focus points. Being able to manually control all of these things lets you get really specific and precise with your images.

FYI: Although point and shoot cameras also come with manual settings, DSLRs offer more precise settings.

#5. Shooting in RAW

Point and shoot cameras process and compress your photographs as JPEGs. However, DSLRs provide you an option to shoot in RAW (NEF in Nikon). RAW image files contain minimally processed data from the image sensor – the output from each of the original red, green and blue pixels. In simple words, RAW image files are straight out of the sensor.

The diagram below will help you understand the difference between RAW and JPEG –

JPEG Processing

However, there are a few drawbacks of RAW images. Capturing photos in RAW will slow down your camera. Try shooting RAW images without leaving the shutter button. You camera appears to slog, but if you try the same without RAW, it will effortlessly capture the photos. Also, RAW files are extremely large in size which will hog up your memory card. On an average, a RAW file comes up to 18MB in size.

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