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Nikon just revealed two new waterproof additions to its Coolpix compact cameras. The flagship AW130 and entry-level S33, both rugged digital cameras with internal optics.

Nikon Coolpix AW130

The Nikon Coolpix AW130 is waterproof to a never-seen-before depth of 30m (100′). It is rugged to survive drops of 2.1m (7′) and is freezeproof to -10C (14F). Even though it is very compact, the AW130 packs a GPS with digital compass and world-map, WiFi and NFC.

This Coolpix features a stabilized 5X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 24-120mm. This lens has a maximum F/2.8 aperture at wide-angle and is paired with a 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor with ISO 125-6400 sensitivity-range. The sensor can shoot continuously at 7 FPS, for a maximum of 5 frames, and record full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS.

The Nikon Coolpix AW130 is expected to ship next month for a retail price of $349 USD or $379 CDN. Pre-order at B&H Photo or Adorama.

Nikon Coolpix S33

The Nikon Coolpix S33 takes the entry-level line to the depths of previous flagship models. It is waterproof down to 10m (33′) and shockproof to 1.5m (5′) drops. This point-and-shoot compact offers a 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 30-90mm.

The S33 features a 13 megapixels CMOS sensor, with ISO 125-1600 sensitivity-range. It can even manage full 1080p HD video at 25 FPS.

The Nikon Coolpix S33 ships next month for $149 USD or CDN. Again, B&H Photo and Adorama are accepting pre-orders.

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Yesterday, Nikon revealed a new full-frame DSLR specialized for astrophotography. The Nikon D810A nearly identical to the excellent D810 reviewed here expect that its color-filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength.

Nikon D810A

This full-frame DSLR features a 36 megapixels CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter. It has huge sensitivity range which has been optimized between ISO 200 and 12,800 with expansion up to 51200. Along with the new IR filter, the D810A gains timed long exposures up to 900s or 15 minutes. This also comes with an Exposure Preview mode which has never been implemented before on a DSLR.

The Nikon D810E is scheduled to be available in May for a price of $3799 USD or $4449 CDN. Both B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders. There has never been a specialized full-frame for astrophotography, so pre-orders yours quickly!

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Today Pentax unveiled both the smallest weatherproof DSLR and the smallest weatherproof lens in the world. Together this makes a compact kit to produce high-quality images in adverse conditions.

Pentax K-S2

The Pentax K-S2 is a compact DSLR with impressive features. Just like professional models, it boasts a large 100% coverage viewfinder, dual control-dials and a weather-sealed body. The viewfinder has a magnification of 0.95X, making it larger than any on a DSLR this small.

This DSLR features an 11-point Phase-Detect AF sensor sensitive to -3 EV. 9 of those points are cross-type. Its mechanical shutter can reach shutter-speeds up to 1/6000s and 5.5 continuous capture. As a first for a Pentax DSLR, the K-S2 also features a rotating 3″ LCD, WiFi and NFC. It even has a second shutter-release to facilitate selfies. Those would probably among the highest quality selfies possible!

Pentax HD DAL 18-50mm F/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE

Along with the K-S2, Pentax has introduced their HD DAL 18-50mm F/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE lens, the smallest weatherproof lens ever made. This collapsible lens offers a short zoom and narrow maximum apertures in order to keep its size extremely short. It closes down to 41mm and weighs a mere 158g.

The Pentax K-S2 is scheduled to be available next month for $699 USD. While the Pentax HD DAL 18-50mm F/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE will ship the same month for $299 USD. In Canada, they will be available as a kit for $899 CDN.

Pre-order from B&H Photo: Pentax K-S2, Pentax HD DAL 18-50mm F/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE.

Pre-order from Adorama: Pentax K-S2, Pentax HD DAL 18-50mm F/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE.

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Simultaneously with their release of the class-leading 50 megapixels Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon launched three newly designed APS-C interchangeable-lens cameras.

Canon EOS M3

The most-changed model is the Canon EOS M3 mirrorless which will be available in Europe and Asia only for the moment. The M3 is a dramatic advancement for the EF-M mount as the first such advanced model. While the original M1 was not much more usable than a compact, the new M3 offers dual control-dials and an optional 0.48″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels.

Canon previously tried the North American market for mirrorless with the EOS M which was well-priced but did not offer the feature-set required by mirrorless enthusiasts. The new M3, on the other hand, looks just right, so we hope that Canon gives it a chance here sooner rather than later.

Canon EOS Rebel T6s

The Canon EOS Rebel T6s is entirely new in the Rebel-range. Its design bridges the traditional low-end Rebel design and the mid-range EOS double-digit mold. The Rebel T6s offers dual control-dials yet keeps a cropped 95% viewfinder. Surely, this seems backwards as a 100% coverage OVF provides a much grater improvement in usability than dual control-dials. Consider that a 100% viewfinder benefits all images while dual control-dials only speed up the setting of exposure in manual-mode. The T6s also adds a top status LCD, which is nice to have.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6s is scheduled to arrive this April for $850 USD. B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders with free shipping to the USA and Canada. Adorama is taking pre-orders too.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i is a typical Rebel which shares its image sensor and processor with the T6s. Both these cameras use a newly developed 24 megapixels APS-C (1.6X Crop) CMOS sensor with Hybrid AF III which includes 49 built-in Phase-Detect AF points. Its standard ISO 100 to 12800 sensitivity range is expandable to 25600. Combined with a Digic 6 processor, this 24 megapixels sensor can shoot at 5 FPS with a whopping 940 JPEG images or 8 RAW files.

At a suggested $749 USD price, the Rebel T6i can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo and is expected to ship this April. Adorama is already accepting pre-orders too.

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Today Canon stunned the world of digital photography with a huge leap in resolution by releasing two new 50 megapixels full-frame DSLRs. Falling just one megapixel shy of the state-of-the-art medium-format Pentax 645Z, the all-new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R are twin cameras with and without low-pass filter effect. Taking the same approach as Nikon did with their D800 and D800E twins when they took the high-resolution crown 3 years ago tomorrow.

Canon EOS 5DS

These two DSLRs feature a newly designed 50 megapixels CMOS sensor with ISO 100 to 6400 sensitivity, expandable to 50-12800, and paired with ultra-fast Digic 6 processors which can process these huge images at 5 FPS. This can be sustained for 14 RAW files or an incredible 510 JPEG images. As members of the 5D family, these high-end tools each have a large 100% coverage viewfinder with 0.71X magnification in a fully weather-sealed body with dual control-dials.

Canon EOS 5DS R

The Canon EOS 5DS R is identical to the 5DS except that the two layers of its anti-alias filter cancel each other. This lets the camera by built using the exact same manufacturing chain. It also promises to out-resolve any digital camera other than the Pentax 645Z which also does not use an anti-alias filter and sadly does not have a 100% coverage viewfinder which means the extra megapixel it captures is unseen until shot, except when using Live-View.

The 5DS and 5DS R are expected to arrive in June this year for $3700 USD and $3900 USD, respectively. Check back the camera specification pages, linked above, for upcoming pre-order options.

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