Canon EOS Rebel SL1 takes on mirrorless and micro four thirds
Canon has taken the covers off the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR, which it is calling the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured digital SLR camera. The new device weighs 14.36 ounces and is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i as a point of comparison. Canon appears to be targeting the device at would-be mirrorless camera buyers or those interested in micro four thirds devices.
EOS-b has 18MP sensor, EF-S 18-55mm lens, $800 pricetag
A previously-unannounced camera from Canon appeared on the Best Buy website, shortly before being taken down. The listing on the retail site described a camera as an EOS-b 18-megapixel digital SLR, combined with an EF-S 18-55mm zoom lens, and that it was available for pre-order at a cost of $800.
Includes 51-point autofocus, EXPEED3 image processing
Nikon has introduced a new addition to its prosumer line of DSLRs, the last camera to be upgraded following the introduction of the D3200 and D5200. The D7100, spiritual successor to the D7000, upgrades the 16.2-megapixel sensor to a new 24.1-megapixel DC-format CMOS sensor, and copies the D5200 in using the EXPEED 3 image processor.
Upgrade from D5100 includes 24.1-megapixel sensor, added AF points
Nikon will be shipping the 24.1-megapixel D5200 DSLR camera in the United States later this month. The follow-up to the D5100, announced in November last year, will be making its way to North America at the end of January at the same time as a number of accessories, including a number of wireless remotes and adapters that will work with the camera.
Improved 39-point AF, same physical construction
Nikon has revealed its soon to be released follow-up to the D5100 DSLR. The third in the series of cameras, the D5200 has only marginal physical changes externally, but the internals have been upgraded significantly. The biggest improvement is the inclusion of the 24.1-megapixel DC-format CMOS sensor combined with the new EXPEED 3 image processor.
Uncompressed HDMI video allows for external recording
Canon has confirmed it will be releasing a new firmware for its EOS 5D Mark III in the spring. The biggest update for the camera will be in allowing videographers to record uncompressed high-definition video from the HDMI port to an external recording device. The uncompressed YcbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit output will allow users to edit the resulting footage with the most minimal degredation possible.
Camera ships with Wi-Fi, GPS
Canon has quickly introduced a direct competitor to Nikon's new D600 and Sony's Alpha 99, unveiling the EOS 6D full-frame prosumer DSLR. The 6D appears to merge features from the 5D series, pairing the Digic 5+ image processor of the Mark III with a new 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that falls closer to the specs of the Mark II, though the new offering is priced below either of the older models.
Authenticity of spec sheet remains unclear
A broader range of potential specifications for Canon's EOS 5D Mark III camera may have leaked ahead of schedule. Corroborating earlier rumors, a leaked spec sheet posted on Canon Rumors suggests the DSLR will be outfitted with a 22-megapixel sensor and 61-point autofocus system. Fresh details point to a new Digic 5+ image processor, rather than the company's existing Digic 5 chip, and an ISO range that tops out at 102400.
Press renderings corroborate earlier rumors
Sony's upcoming Alpha A77 DSLR has allegedly surfaced yet again, with several press renderings appearing on the Dyxum forums. The successor to the A700 is shown with a battery grip, which was confirmed early this year in an official teaser at the CP+ expo. The redesigned housing also appears to offer a new OLED panel that mounts via two-axis swivel.
Nikon intros new 40mn f2.8 macro lens
Nikon has introduced a fast 40mm f2.8 macro lens for crop-frame DSLRs. The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f2.8G lens is designed to offer Nikon DX-format shooters macro capabilities at a reasonable price point. It has a minimum focusing distance of just 0.53 feet (6.4 inches) to allow users to capture extreme close-up photographs and 1080p video with a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.
Camera offers new Q-Mount lens system
Pentax has launched an entirely new camera system, labeled the Q. The platform aims to compete with Micro Four Thirds SLRs, but with Pentax's own Q-Mount lenses. The company claims it is offering the "world's smallest and lightest body" for an interchangeable design, constructed using a magnesium alloy. Like many small DSLRs, the Q lacks an optical viewfinder; users must rely on a three-inch LCD with 460,000-dot resolution and a viewing angle claimed to reach 170 degrees.
Device expected to ship soon
Nikon's rumored D5100 DSLR has allegedly surfaced in a leaked image that appears to have been accidentally included in a recent PR event held in Korea. The photo, which was posted by Nikon Rumors, does not provide enough detail to spot any new features, though it does show a side-mount swivel that is said to replace the D5100's bottom-mount design.
Canon has no current plans to enter CSC segment
Canon Europe head of consumer imaging Rainer Fuehres says that Canon has no need to enter the mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) segment. In an interview with Amateur Photography, Fuehres argues that the segment has only evolved because manufacturers who have introduced them have failed to compete with Canon and Nikon in the DSLR segment. While not ruling out the possibility that Canon will introduce a CSC, Fuehres indicated that it would only likely happen if Canon could offer something different.
Nikon support now, Canon support coming soon
XEquals has released blueSLR, a Bluetooth accessory and accompanying app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that allows them to remotely control certain models of digital SLR cameras from up to 300 feet away. The product currently has support for 11 different Nikon models, with Canon support promised soon by the company. In addition to controlling the camera, blueSLR can also embed GPS information into each photo.
Dual function optics, plus lens flare effect
Lensbaby has introduced a new Fisheye lens for DSLR cameras, the Scout. The Fisheye lens function has a 12mm focal length and can capture a 160-degree angle of view and offers extreme close-up of shots up to as little as half and inch from the lens. Although a number of the Lensbaby lenses are movable, the Scout is a fixed dual purpose optic system. It ships with the Fisheye optic pre-installed, though this can be removed to enable a lens flare effect when pointed directly at bright light sources.
DSLR expected at Photokina
Additional details surrounding Olmpus' E-5 DSLR have surfaced, including a purported teaser advertisement and list of specs. The camera is allegedly set to get a 12.1-megapixel sensor, up from the 10.1-megapixel component of the E-3, along with an ISO range from 100-6400, sources have told 4/3 Rumors.
Replacement remains unknown
Sony appears to be quietly discontinuing its α900 digital SLR camera. The company's Hong Kong website now lists the camera as a discontinued product. The flagship device was Sony's first full-frame camera, packing a 24.6-megapixel CMOS sensor.
Company releases full specs
Following several teasers, Pentax has finally announced availability information and detailed specs for its upcoming 645D medium-format camera. The DSLR integrates a 40 megapixel sensor manufactured by Kodak, along with a SAFOX IX+ autofocus system providing 11 sensor points. Like many other Pentax cameras, the 645D features a semi-rugged body with 70 seals for resistance to dust, water and low temperatures.
EF 24mm - 70mm f/2.8 IS lens also expected
Canon is allegedly set to release an update to its flagship full-frame DSLR, the 1Ds, according to a Canon Rumors report. The information is said to have come from a source with a mixed record. The Mark IV edition is believed to jump from the current 21 megapixel sensor up to a 32 megapixel component, although other specs remain unknown.
DSLR to add higher-res LCD, selectable FPS
Canon is allegedly ready to launch a new Rebel DSLR, the T2i, sometime next week, according to Canon Rumors. The unconfirmed report, coming from an unnamed source who is said to have previously provided accurate information, claims the device will offer a new LCD with even higher resolution, along with selectable FPS settings for video capture.
New 70-200 gets fluorite element, fifth UD element
Canon today launched a new version of its DSLR-based EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens, alongside CES-related announcements of new PowerShot cameras. The lens is considered a staple by most professional photographers, and features a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, ultrasonic autofocus and is weather and dust resistant. The new version replaces the original IS version of the lens, with Canon's next generation optical image stabilizer, promising four stops of camera-shake correction -- the original promised only three stops.
Increases Mac, Windows support
onOne has launched DSLR Camera Remote Server 1.2, an update to its Canon EOS and Nikon DSLR remote-control software that works with an iPhone or iPod touch. The app provides tools for controlling the camera settings such as shutter speed or aperture, as well as the ability to view images shot on the camera from the user’s mobile device. Version 1.2 offers a series of bug fixes that deal with issues involving the Canon Rebel T1i not working properly on Windows, and the old Nikon Camera models causing an error when set to manual focus on a Mac.
DSLR Camera Remote updated
onOne has released DSLR Camera Remote Professional v1.1, adding support for Nikon DSLR cameras and the Canon EOS Rebel T1i along with new features. The app requires the Canon or Nikon DSLR camera to be linked with a WiFi-enabled computer running DSLR Camera Remote Server software, a free download. DSLR Camera Remote can remote fire the camera, can adjust settings like aperture, shutter and ISO and offers image review and Live View preview for cameras that support live view, all from an iPhone or iPod touch.
Sony announces new SLRs
Following leaks this past month, Sony has announced three new digital SLR cameras; the DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330, and DSLR-A230. The announcement also includes four new lenses, a single flash and various accessories. The A330 and the A380 are the successors to the A300 and A350, respectively. Each camera is meant to help first-time digital SLR buyers advance their point-and-shoot camera skills.
Sigma DP2 pre order
Amazon is now taking pre-orders for Sigma's DP2 pseudo-DSLR camera. The device, first seen in September, features the same 14-megapixel FOVEON X3 image sensor that is found in the company's SD14 DSLR. The DP2 follows the DP1 and is claimed to offer most of the capabilities of a full-fledged DSLR but in a compact package. A 24.2 mm F2.8 lens provides Super Multi Layer Coating to battle against ghosting and flares.
Nikon geo-tagging GP-1
Nikon has finally launched the GP-1 GPS Unit that connects to its digital SLR cameras' hotshoe and either the D90's GPS port, as well as the 10-pin remote sockets of the D3X, D3, D700, D300 and D200 and therefore allows each captured image to be geo-tagged. The GP-1 uses two LEDs to indicate connection status with satellites.
Specs on Canon 5D Mark II
A French Canon DSLR news site claims to have the newest updates on the specifications of the upcoming Canon 5D Mark II. The new report has the camera using a 24MP, 24x36mm CMOS sensor and a new grip making up the magnesium alloy case. Like the recently unveiled D90 from competitor Nikon, the 5D Mark II allegedly offers a similar movie recording mode, previously reported as being capable of recording HD content. The same DIGIC IV sensor that debuted on the 50D, which was unveiled in late August, will also be used on the 5D MkII.
Canon shows EOS teaser ads
Canon has started up a teaser ad campaign centered around an upcoming digital SLR camera from its EOS line, triggering speculation of a likely update at the Photokina expo this month. While some believe the update to involve the long-expected full-frame, 21.1-megapixel 5D Mark II, with an integrated battery grip, another teaser ad on Canon's Japanese site shows a silhouette of what is most likely a regular-bodied DSLR. There has been no official information from the Japanese camera maker other than a confirmation of a DSLR timed for the event.
Canon may launch 5D mk II
Canon is expected later this month to unveil an updated EOS 5D Mark II at Photokina, with insiders predicting a 21-megapixel sensor and HD movie capturing, like the recently unveiled Nikon D90. CNET reveals that Canon said it would replace a "long overdue model" of SLR, potentially indicating the three year-old 5D. Some think that the D90-style additions would stray too much from Canon's focus on quality, rather than loading down its camera with extraneous features.
Sony A900 ad leak
The upcoming A900 digital SLR camera from Sony will come with a 24.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, an ad leak from a Danish photography magazine has revealed. The details echo earlier reports, which indicated a 24.8-megapixel unit. The camera will be the flagship offering in the company's Alpha line of digital cameras, offering a full-frame Exmor sensor. The ad also indicates that the backside of the DSLR will house a 3-inch hybrid LCD with a 921,000 pixel resolution, capable of an Intelligent Preview function which may resemble Canon's LiveView.
Samsung mini DSLR coming
Following almost a month behind Olympus' and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds camera system announcement, Samsung unveiled plans for a similar system with interchangeable lenses and its internally-manufactured 14MP APS-C sensor. Amateur Photographer reveals that Samsung's project is allegedly dissimilar from the Micro Four Thirds system, with the company claiming to have been working on this system for some time.
Nikon D90 DSLR on Best Buy
The upcoming Nikon D90 digital SLR camera has appeared in another electronics retailer's stock system, all but confirming its price and imminent arrival in stores. The image of a computer screen showing the stock status at a Best Buy store comes as a leak supplied to Engadget from an anonymous source. On Monday, a similar image from competitor Circuit City was also published.
Nikon D90 details leaked
Specs have leaked for the impending Nikon D90 digital SLR, with the camera allegedly sporting a 12-Megapixel sensor, which is capable of 4.5 frames per second, and live video/audio capture. According to Photography Bay, the new DSLR will also feature built-in HDMI and GPS connections, as well as a kit lens option of a 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR lens. Nikon is allegedly positioning the D90 as next-generation competitor to current generation camera models.
Sony intros Alpha flash
Sony yesterday announced it added a new accessory for its line of Alpha digital SLR cameras, with the HVL-F58AM external flash unit. The top-of-the-line flash replaces the HVL-F56AM model, and features Sony's Quick Shift Bounce system, a flash head that can pivot 90 degrees on a horizontal axis. The guide number is 58 at 105mm and ISO 100.
Sony A900 Alpha DSLR
A sneak peek at what is believed to be Sony’s top-end digital SLR was offered at Japan’s Photo Imaging Expo on Friday. The camera, dubbed A900 until an official name is released, is likely to use Sony’s first full-size 24.8 megapixel sensor which would also be the biggest in the DSLR game. The new pro camera offers almost twice the image resolution of Sony’s current best-resolution Alpha, the 14.2MP A350, and slightly outperforms Canon’s 21.1MP EOS-1Ds Mark III.