Camera Bodies

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Nikon D800 Field Test and Review: Super results from a super sensor

Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)I’ve been fortunate enough to get to spend some time with a production model Nikon D800 this week (thanks Adam!) and put it through its paces – shooting sports, scenics, and EDLs. The first thing I noticed about the D800 is that it is one solid camera, almost exactly the same size and weight as the Nikon D700, at 2.2 lbs. Many of the control updates from the D7000 and the D4 have been included, giving the camera a more contemporary design than the D700 which was Nikon’s previous high-end “small-bodied” DSLR... Read more »

Mirrorless shootout: Sony NEX-5N vs. Panasonic Lumix GX1 field test

cardinal_sony_nex-5n_test0051Compact, mirrorless alternatives to DSLRs are without a doubt the hottest innovation around in the serious photography market. In their early iterations they were a convenient "crutch" for those who wanted reasonable images without the hassle of a larger DSLR, but recent improvements have made them serious candidates for many photographers who never thought they'd be without their DSLR. I've spent the last month shooting with two of the latest and greatest, the 16MP Sony NEX-5N and 16MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 and have plenty to report…

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III: The camera I wish Nikon built

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera (Body Only)Canon today announced a new version of its popular 5D camera. The new Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an upgrade all around. Featuring an updated 22.3MP sensor the new model has plenty of resolution for almost everyone. And at 6fps, it meets the minimum requirements for serious action photography – unlike the paltry 4fps of the Nikon D800, otherwise a stellar offering. The Canon also offers built-in HDR, a huge ISO range showcasing low-light performance, solid construction, dual CF and SD slots, and upgraded processing and AF sub-systems… Read more »

Nikon D800 and Nikon D800e DSLRs: Awesome, but are they right for you?

Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)Nikon’s worst kept secrets, the Nikon D800 DSLR and Nikon D800e DSLR were, dare I say finally, announced yesterday. At 36MP and $3,000, it blows the doors off the raw pixel-per-dollar performance of Nikon’s flagship Nikon D3X – an $8K camera with lower resolution that uses older technology. And Nikon has amped up the video capability by leaps and bounds on the D800 and D800e. But is one of them the right camera for you… Read more »

Nikon introduces Nikon D4 DSLR –- rattles Canon’s cage

Nikon D4 DSLR full image with microphoneIt's getting really hard to tell the players without a scorecard. The newly announced Nikon D4 is amazingly similar in specs to the recently announced Canon 1D X. Both are mid-resolution (16MP & 18MP) full-frame cameras -- allowing for larger pixels and stunning low-light performance with ISOs in the tens of thousands promised. And both are wicked fast (11fps and 12fps), with full 1080p HD video, dual card slots, heavy-duty construction, full bit depth image recording, and scads of other features… Read more »