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2011.11.21

A detailed review of the Nikon 1 V1 is now published at Neocamera. This is the flagship camera of Nikon’s Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera system called Nikon 1. The V1 and its near-twin, the J1,  along with 4 very compact lenses were introduced earlier this year and boast a number of unique features.

The Nikon 1 V1 features a high-speed CMOS sensor with 10 megapixels and 73-Point Phase-Detection autofocus built-in. It can shoot at full-resolutions at speeds of up to 60 FPS with focus locked or 10 FPS with continuous autofocus, as well as shoot full 1080p HD video and high-speed footage at up to 400 FPS.

Nikon 1 V1 Dual-Lens Kit

This model is equipped with a standard mechanical shutter plus an electronic shutter which is used to shoot faster than 4 FPS and reach ultra-fast shutter-speeds up to 1/16000s, which is unmatched by any DSLR to date. The V1 also has a 0.47″ EVF with 1.4 megapixels built-in. This lets it comfortably shoot both images and video at eye-level.

Find out how the Nikon 1 V1 works and performs at Neocamera’s in-depth review. This is a highly unusual digital camera and we reveal all its surprises!

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2011.11.10

Neocamera just published a full review of the Olympus PEN E-P3. This is the flagship Micro Four-Thirds digital camera from Olympus. It is based around a 12 megapixels LiveMOS sensor with high-speed Contrast-Detect autofocus, 3 FPS continuous drive and a maximum ISO of 12800. As an advanced model, the E-P3 features dual control-dials, a dual-axis digital level, plenty of external controls including 5 customizable ones. Read the review to find out how it performs and compares to the latest generation of compact SLDs.

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2011.10.30

Think Tank pre-announced at PhotoPlus Expo version 2.0 of each of their belt systems: the Modular and Skin systems. These are belts with accessory pouches for cameras, lenses, flashes and various photo accessories. The Modular system components are all padded to be used in rigorous environments. The Skin system is lighter and unpadded and designed for low-risk situations such as event photography. Both systems are scheduled for December availability.  Full information is available directly on the Think Tank website.

ThinkTank Modular System V2.9
Modular System V2.0

ThinkTank Skin System 2
Skin System V2.0

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2011.10.26

The results are finally in – just in time for shopping season – and here are the best digital cameras for 2011. Like every year, Neocamera selects the best model in each category focusing on image quality above all else. This year we have one more category, for a total of 8. A few winners remain from the year before but there are quite a few new entries this time. To see the winners and found out why each one made it, jump to the Best Digital Cameras For 2011.

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2011.10.18

Today Canon introduced their new flagship DSLR that merges the high-speed 1D line with the high-resolution 1Ds line into a redesigned full-frame DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D X. That is right, X marks the spot were APS-H sensors are over, finally putting an end to the odd 1.3X crop factor which limits wide-angle lens coverage for action photographers.

The 1D X uses a newly developed 18 megapixels sensor with extremely high sensitivity. Its normal ISO 100-51200 range can be further expanded to 50-204800, making it the most sensitive digital camera to date. This CMOS sensor provides improved image quality with greater dynamic range and ultra-fast dual 16-channel  read out. A newly constructed carbon-fiber mechanical shutter lets it cycle at up to 14 FPS which the camera can output in JPEG-Only and with the mirror up. In RAW+JPEG mode, the 1D X manages 12 FPS, making it the fastest DSLR.

To keep up with such high frame rates, Canon produced an entirely new 61-point AF-sensor with multi-mode points. 21 of those operate as cross-type points at apertures down to F/5.6 and up to five operate as diagonal cross-types at F/2.8 or brighter. 20 additional points operate as cross-type for apertures of F/4 or bigger. There is so much calculations to perform predictive autofocus with this large array of AF points that Canon provides with a dedicated DIGIC 4 sensor exclusively to it while two DIGIC 5 processors are responsible for the image pipeline.

Also new is a semi-transparent mirror with diverts 40% of light towards a 100,000 RGB pixel metering sensor that feeds a 252-segment metering sensor. The same mirror feeds the large 100% coverage viewfinder with 0.76X magnification.

Canon EOS 1D X

A number of external refinements over previous 1D/1Ds cameras made it into the 1D X. In addition to dual control-dials with the front one duplicated on each grip, the joystick is now replicated as well. Two customizable buttons on each grip make their appearance and the rear LCD now measures 3.2″ diagonally and has just over 1 megapixels. The SD card slot has been replaced by a Compact-Flash, making this the first Canon DSLR to have dual CF slots. To offload the quantity of images it can produce, the 1D X provides a Gigabit Ethernet port in addition to USB 2.0, HDMI, NTSC & PAL output.

The Canon EOS 1D X is scheduled to be available sometimes in march 2012 for an estimated price of $6800 USD. Canon specifications are mostly complete for this model yet a few key points are missing, most notable its weight, battery-life and buffer-depth.

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