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2012.12.12

2012 is coming to an end. It has been an exciting year for digital cameras with lots of innovations which saw the introduction of truly different products offering new compromises to buyers. This made us rewrite out Demystifying Digital Camera Types article, Digital Camera Buying Guide and DSLR Buying Guide.

All the while, we published more in-depth reviews than ever before, from point-and-shoot model to top of the line professional DSLRs. A great year it was, and we will return the first week of January to bring you news from CES 2013. More exciting products are coming soon!

The numbers for December are not in yet but we had a great November with one visitor short of a quarter million, making it our biggest month this year. Neocamera is made possible by you! Each time you buy from our sponsors, it does not cost you a cent more than you would pay otherwise, but it lets us continue to bring you great content and service.

As digital cameras increase in resolution, our servers get stressed more, delivering those full-resolution image galleries. We moved to more powerful – and costly – servers this year and heavily optimized the performance in order to achieve a score of 92% on Google Page Speed, making it one of the fastest websites around.

More features and performance tuning is scheduled for 2013, so please upgrade to an HTML 5 browser if you can. Working on the leading edge makes it easier to develop cool features that work across browsers. We strongly recommend Google Chrome if it is available for your platform.

All this to say Happy Holidays, thank you all for coming and stay tuned, CES 2013 is just around the corner. If you like our content, don’t forget to tell your friends and family. We do not advertise and rely 100% on word-of-mouth for our visitors.

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2012.12.11

Canon’s flagship ultra-zoom with its incredible 50X optical zoom lens was just reviewed. This is a relatively compact ultra-zoom with an unprecedented 24 to 1200mm lens. It offers full manual controls, including manual focus and custom white-balance, a built-in EVF and hot-shoe.

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

The SX50 HS is built around a state-of-the-art 12 megapixels CMOS sensor capable of shooting continuously at 13 FPS and capturing full 1080p HD video. Read the express review of the Canon Powershot SX50 HS to see how it performs.

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2012.12.10

This year, Canon introduced ultra-zooms in a record five sizes, showing how important the compromise of size vs focal-length is for a high number of consumers.  After all, we always say: the bigger the camera, the fewer places it goes and the fewer pictures it takes. So here are Canon’s ultra-zooms for this, starting with the flagship:

  • Canon Powershot SX50 HS – With a record-setting 50X optical zoom, equivalent to 24-1200mm, nothing reaches quite as far. As the flagship model, this one is full of photographic controls and includes both a built-in EVF and hot-shoe, for external lighting. It has a class-leading macro mode that can focus down to 0cm (yes, zero) from the lens. Measures 123 x 88 x 106mm and weights 595g.
  • Canon Powershot SX500 IS – Sports a shorter but still very impressive 30X optical zoom, equivalent to 24-720mm.  This one also packs manual-controls but not an EVF or hot-shoe. It does focus as zero centimeters like the SX50 HS. Measures 104 x 70 x 80mm and weighs 341g.
  • Canon Powershot SX160 IS – Packs a 16X wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 28-448mm. Still a very nice range but lacking the ultra-wide coverage.  This one has a complete set of manual-controls and is considerably smaller, measuring 110 x 73 x 44mm and weighing 291g. As a bonus, it runs on readily available AA batteries and qualified as runner-up for the Travel-Zoom category in the Best Digital Cameras of 2012. Focus down to a very impressive 1cm.
  • Canon Powershot SX260 HS – Actually smaller than the SX160 but with a longer 20X optical zoom with a dimmer lens which focuses down to 5cm only. If the SX160 IS is too big for you, the SX260 HS is the smallest Canon ultra-zoom w ith manual controls. It measures 107 x 61 x 33mm and weighs 231g, a small savings compared to the SX160 IS.
  • Canon Powershot ELPH 520HS – An ultra-compact with a 12X optical zoom lens packed in an impressively-slim body measuring 87 x 54 x 19mm and weighing only 151g. Canon managed this by using an even smaller sensor than the other ones listed here, so beware of image-quality. The zoom is equivalent to 28 – 336mm and focuses as close as 1cm from the lens. No manual controls here and a rather short battery-life.
For a detailed comparison between all these models, try the Camera Compare tool. Here it is, with these 5 ultra-zooms compared. Note that you can easily add more models or remove some from the comparison, in case there others you are considering.

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2012.12.10

The flagship Nikon premium compact was just reviewed at Neocamera. The P7700 is built around a 12 megapixels CMOS sensor capable of full 1080p HD video capture and paired with a unique bright F/2-4 wide-angle 7X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28-200mm. As a premium camera, it features plenty of external controls, include triple control-dials, plus a hot-shoe and mini-jack for external sound. Read the Nikon Coolpix P7700 review to find out how it performs.

Nikon Coolpix P7700

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2012.12.07

MindShiftGear

Think Tank Photo Launches MindShift Gear

Innovative carrying solutions for those passionate about experiencing the natural world<

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA. – The founders of pioneering camera bag design firm Think Tank Photo today announced that they have launched a new camera bag company, MindShift Gear. MindShift is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet.

Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. The company’s slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

MindShift’s proprietary Rotation180° technology will specifically target outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who work in nature and need quick access to their gear. Their first product that features this technology is the rotation180° professional, a sophisticated outdoor photography backpack that features an integrated waist pack that rotates out of the lower section to the front of the body, allowing full access to gear.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 ProThe problem with traditional backpacks is that you have to take them off of your back or swing them forward to access gear inside,” said MindShift’s co-founder Doug Murdoch. “Utilizing the rotation180° technology, the integrated waist pack rotates to the front of the body and offers rapid access to the contents without having to stop, take off the pack, sling it over one shoulder, or set it on the ground.”

Through KickStarter’s online pledge system for funding creative projects, MindShift seeks to generate orders to help pay for production of the first edition of the new backpack.

MindShift is co-founded by Doug Murdoch, founder, CEO, and lead designer of Think Tank Photo; Mike Sturm, co-founder of Think Tank Photo; Jerry Dodrill, award-winning adventure outdoor photographer; Daniel Beltrá, award-winning conservation photographer; and Brian Erwin, a former Sierra Club staffer and Think Tank Photo’s marketing adviser.

“Our customers will be the devoted community of outdoors people who use photography to tell important stories and chronicle real life adventures,” said MindShift’s Jerry Dodrill. “They are hikers, skiers, and mountaineers, sports, nature and wildlife photographers, travelers, and scientists who rely heavily on their equipment and are passionate about experiencing and preserving the natural heritage of our planet.

“Our designs are the result of extensive field work by our team of top conservation, nature, and adventure photographers. With their input we strive to build the most innovative and functional products on the market, providing protection and accessibility to equipment in even the most intense conditions. As conscientious manufacturers it is our obligation to make products that are long lasting, repairable, and have the least impact on the planet”

MindShift has a full slate of new bags and accessories in development that feature innovative designs and the highest quality materials.

Funding ends on January 2nd. Go to the Rotation 180 KickStarter page to get involved and see an introductory video.

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