Camera Review

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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 »

Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W3: A 3D camera for the photographer who has everything

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital CameraRather than simply pushing the megapixel limits possible in point and shoots, Fujifilm has designed a very clever camera that can easily capture 3D photographs and videos automatically. By essentially building two cameras into one point and shoot body, and spacing them about eye distance apart, the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 provides a completely unique shooting experience for the photographer looking to expand their creative horizons. Read more »

Nikon Coolpix P7100–Taking Nikon’s new flagship point and shoot for a spin

 

After playing second fiddle to Canon’s now legendary “G-series” of top of the line point and shooters, Nikon aimed to level the playing field with last year’s introduction of the Nikon P7000. Featuring a full range of SLR-like controls, an “all-in-one” zoom lens, and relatively large pixels for a P&S, the P7000 made converts out of many. But it still had some glaring issues in video capability and raw shooting speed in particular. So I was excited to take the new Nikon P7100 out in the field to see how it compared…

Nikon 1 V1 and J1: Sexy, but are they too small for their own good?

I really want to like the Nikon 1 cameras. They are small, cute, and fun to use. I dream of the day that I can get a fully functional D-SLR equivalent in such a light and small package. Unfortunately the Nikon 1 doesn’t quite fit the bill. To accommodate the small form factor, it features a small (1/2.7, “CX” format) sensor – smaller than either its competitors’ micro-4/3 cameras or Sony’s NEX. And being mirrorless, the photographer needs to live with the LCD for composing images on the Nikon 1 J1, or an electronic viewfinder on the V1. Neither is a great substitute, unfortunately, for a real, through-the-lens, look at the scene. But the Nikon 1 does have a lot to recommend it, and will be perfect as a weekend or vacation camera for many Nikon shooters, so I’ll layout the pros and cons to help you decide if it is the right camera for you… Read more »

Panasonic Lumix 3D1: Two cameras in one – How cool is that?!

Lumix DMC-3D1There is a lot of hype this month about Lytro and the potential for 3D photography, but for some real excitement, check out the Lumix 3D1. Featuring two fully functional cameras built into one point and shoot the 3D1 allows the simultaneous capture of video and stills, or wide-angle and telephoto images, or of course 2 images separated by enough distance to allow the automatic creation of 3D images from them. Expected to ship in December for $499, this camera will definitely break open a new world of possibilities for traditional point and shooters. Read more »