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Nikon D7000: The One Camera to Have if You’re Only Having One? Or the new Nikon D5100?

imageNew camera introductions continue to tumble over one another, offering photographers more and more options at decreasing prices. The Nikon D7000 is no exception. With superior image quality and a lower price than the venerable Nikon D300/D300s it is an amazing tool. But it isn’t for everyone. Read on to find out whether it should be your next D-SLR… Read more »

A Leica For The Rest of Us? The Sigma DP1X Reviewed and Field Tested

Siem Reap, Cambodia is a lively place at all times of day and night.Even as a kid I knew enough to lust after a Leica. They represented the zenith of no compromise image quality. At first a Leica was way out of my budget so I didn’t think much about it. And then by the time I could seriously think about buying one I needed the breadth of a D-SLR system for my wildlife photography work. And with the price of the current Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera a cool $7,000 (plus thousands for each lens) I certainly wasn’t going to buy one just for fun. So I was excited when Sigma started producing small, rangefinder style cameras using the same Foveon sensors that they were using in their D-SLR. But the question was whether at 1/10th the price of a Leica I’d found a no compromise solution to high quality images in a small form factor. Read on to learn what I’ve found… Read more »

Nikon D7000: “Consumer” Camera Angles for the Pro Market

Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera (Body)

Until this week Nikon had three different lines of D-SLR cameras. The “consumer” level cameras like the Nikon D5000 and Nikon D3100, “prosumer” models like the Nikon D300S and Nikon D700, and full up “pro” models like the Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X. Of course plenty of pros (like me) use prosumer and consumer models when they are the best fit for a project and plenty of “consumers” own a D3 family camera, but at least the three product lines had a fairly obvious set of distinctions. But with the D7000 Nikon has really blurred the line between consumer, prosumer and pro camera at the same time. Should you rush to pre-order one of these unique cameras so you’ll be first on the block to have one when it arrives in November? Read on to find out what makes it unique… Read more »

Nikon D3100 adds 1080p to 14MP for $699 with Lens

Nikon has pushed the entry level "convergence" D-SLR bar up yet again with the D3100, more than just a minor update to the popular D3000. Now supporting a 14.2MP sensor the new camera offers the much requested 1080p video format for "true HD" along with some nice interface simplifications that will make it easier to get started with video and to have the Auto-Focus always active. They've also beefed up the Guide Mode and Scene Selection options which will will be particularly appealing to beginners. For $699 (expected in September) with 18-55 kit lens it's hard to go wrong. We do want to note though that the continuous AF with video is the mediocre "contrast AF" which is still no match for the snappy AF used in still mode. The camera also features a native ISO of up to 3200, amazing for an entry level model.

Pre-order the Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm Lens for $699 from B&H

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Canon Launches Blockbuster 7D D-SLR at 18MP, 8fps, 1080p Video, all at $1699

Canon this morning introduced the much rumored Canon 7D D-SLR. Cramming 18MP into a compact (1.6x multiplier) sensor the camera can run at a brisk 8fps. It comes with an all new and massively configurable AutoFocus and metering system. Sensor technology improvements help the camera retain good high ISO performance even with the relatively tiny (hardly more than 4 microns each) pixels (photosites).

Canon 7D product shot, courtesy Canon, Inc.