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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

Full press release follows...

Canon Ups the Entry-Level D-SLR Ante with 18MP Rebel T2i Featuring Full 1080p HD Video for $799 MSRP

Canon has once again raised the bar for entry level Digital SLRs (D-SLRs) by bringing many of the features found in its mid-range 7D model down into a new entry level Rebel--the EOS Digital Rebel T2i. In addition to the 7D's 18MP sensor (with improved low light performance up to ISO 6400 and lower noise compared to the other Rebels) it features a faster frame rate than the T1i (3.7fps) and takes the new SDXC storage cards. Video buffs will appreciate not just the 1080p HD capability but the external microphone jack for quality audio. The full feature list includes:

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i Product Shot

Nikon D3S: 100,000 ISO!, HD Video, $5200 Coming Soon

Nikon today announced the D3S, a worthy "mid-life" upgrade to their workhorse pro D-SLR the D3. The biggest change is an upgraded sensor featuring the potential for shooting at ISOs up to a staggering 102,000. Realistically the typical ISO range seems to have been bumped up by 1-2 stops over the D3. The new sensor also captures HD Video, including in very low light conditions. The FX sized sensor retains the 12MP resolution of the D3, but adds a 1.2x crop mode for 8MP shooting with a slight telephoto effect--no doubt helpful when using those lenses which vignette with the FX sensors. It also doubles the buffer size and adds a quiet shutter mode among other nifty new features. It is expected to ship from Nikon in late November for $5199 street price. Full Press Release below...

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.

Nikon D300s Updates D300 with HD Video --Article Updated

The  Nikon D300S delivers a feature packed update to the venerable Nikon D300. It features HD Video and dual slots. Highlights include: Read more »