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2014.07.24

Neocamera just published a detailed review of the Olympus Stylus 1. This is a unique premium compact with a constant F/2.8 aperture lens, equivalent to 28-300mm. This wide-angle 10.7X optical zoom lens is paired with a stabilized 12 megapixels 1/1.7″ CMOS. There is a large 1.44 megapixels EVF with built-in Eye-Start sensor showing 100% coverage at 1.15X magnification, something comparable larger mirrorless cameras.

Olympus Stylus 1

The Olympus Stylus 1 is designed with powerful photographic features and a high number of external controls. These include dual control-dials and a unique control-ring which to set focus continuously or exposure parameters in a natural way. This digital camera offers one of the richest feature-set in its class with 5 metering patterns, 5 types of bracketing, built-in WiFi and much more.

Read its detailed review to find out how it performs.

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2014.07.15

Ricoh Imaging just launched their most powerful ultra-zoom yet. The new Pentax XG-1 boasts a 52X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-1248mm. It features a 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor and Sensor-Shift image-stabilization. Its fast continuous drive runs at 10 FPS in full-resolution and up to 60 FPS at lower-resolution with a very respectable 30 FPS 4 megapixels mode.

Ricoh Pentax XG-1

The XG-1 is a prosumer bridge camera which offers full manual-controls, except for manual focus, and a shutter-speed from 1/2000s to 30s. Its 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor has an ISO 100 to 3200 sensitivity range. With a maximum F/2.8 aperture at wide-angle and F/5.6 at its extreme telephoto end, this ultra-zoom should prove to be highly versatile.

Ricoh equipped the XG-1 with full 1080p HD video capability using an efficient H.264 codec wrapped in Quicktime format. Framing with this digital camera is doable using a large 3″ LCD with 460K pixels or a built-in EVF with 200K pixels.

The Ricoh Pentax XG-1 is expected to be available next month for a suggested price of $399 USD or $429 CDN.

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2014.07.04

MindShift Gear just unveiled their unique FilterNest product. This is a casing for filters which can serve as standalone case or organizer. It can hold up to 8 filters with diameter of 82mm each. The outer shell can be hooked onto pretty much anything or attached to a belt, like that of the Rotation 180° Panorama.

MindShift FilterNest

Features

  • The padded, zippered pouch provides optimum protection in the field.
  • The removable inside is ideal for compact packing.
  • Color-coding improves organization, fits 8 round filters.
  • It is belt-mountable to provide quick access to filters.
  • Grab-handle with quick-release buckle.
  • Zippered pocket fits a lens cloth.

Dimensions

  • Outside: 8.1” W x 4.3” H x 3.0” D (20.5 x 11 x 7.5 cm)
  • Inside: 7.3” W x 3.7” H x 1.8” D (18.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Filter slots: 3.4” W x 3.5” H (8.6 x 9.0 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The filter-nest is available immediately from the MindShift Gear website for a price of $45 USD.

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2014.06.27

The Canon Rebel SL1 is an entry-level DSLR packed into a uniquely compact body. It features an 18 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with Hybrid AF II technology which combines on-sensor Phase-Detect with Contrast-Detect to autofocus quickly while recording full 1080p HD video or shooting with Live-View.

Canon Rebel SL1 Review

Canon Rebel SL1

This small DSLR offers state-of-the-art image-quality with a wide ISO range of 100 to 12800, expandable to ISO 25600. Its newly designed mirror mechanism and processor lets it shoot continuously at 4 FPS. While it has a small buffer to hold 8 RAW files, its memory throughput is extremely high which allows up to 1140 JPEG images in a single continuous burst.

Read the detailed review to find out how the SL1 performs and compares to its larger peers. Summer weather is here and the image gallery turned out nicely. As always, there are samples at every ISO sensitivity.

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2014.06.26

Nikon unveiled their latest high-resolution full-frame DSLR, saying goodbye for good to anti-alias filtering. The all new Nikon D810 replaces both D800E and D800 which only differed between them by the use an anti-alias filter. The D810 boasts an improved 36 megapixels sensor with better micro-lenses and lower base-sensitivity of ISO 64 and also reaches 12800 natively. Expanded ISO takes this down to an unprecedented ISO 32 all the way to 51200.

Nikon D810

Neocamera already reviewed the excellent D800 and the  Nikon D810 adds a number of improvements beyond its new sensitivity range. Now powered by an EXPEED 4 processor, the D810 is 25% faster than its predecessor. Reaching up to 5 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution and capturing full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS while simultaneously recording compressed video to a memory-card and uncompressed output via HDMI.

There is a new 91K pixels 3D Matrix III metering sensor which introduces Highlight-Weighed Metering. This promises to greatly reduce clipping of highlights. Image parameters are now adjustable in 25 steps and expanded to include a Clarity setting which controls the tone-curve of mid-tones. A new Flat color-rendering produces images which capture a greater dynamic-range than previously possible.

The new Nikon D810 will be available next month for $3299 USD or $3499 CDN. Amazon and Best Buy are already accepting pre-orders in the US. International buyers can preorder from B&H Photo or Adorama.

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