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Sony A7 Review
image of the Sony Alpha ILCE-A7 digital camera When we reviewed Sony's A7R mirrorless camera, we were thrilled by its combination of a full-frame image sensor and a compact body. The Sony A7 offers both, and yet it's even more affordable. It also boasts better autofocus and performance, but trades off some of its sibling's epic resolution to achieve these. We already knew the Sony A7 would be great, but we wanted to answer which was better: The Sony A7 or A7R? Does amazing image quality trump performance? Are you better off spending a little more, or can you be thrifty and still get the best full-frame mirrorless camera money can buy? Read our Sony A7 review and find out!

Res: 24.3mp
Zoom: 2.5x
Storage: MS Pro Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $1,913-2,694
Nikon D5300 Review
image of the Nikon D5300 digital camera Despite being an evolutionary upgrade to the D5200, the Nikon D5300 sports a new 24.2MP sensor without an AA filter for enhanced sharpness, and Nikon's latest EXPEED 4 processor for better high ISO handling and 1080/60p HD video. The addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS (a first for a Nikon DSLR) makes this compact, mid-range DSLR an excellent choice for upgrading beginners and budding enthusiasts alike. Check out our Nikon D5300 review for all the details.

Res: 24.2mp
Zoom: 7.8x
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $949-1,344
Olympus Stylus 1 Review
image of the Olympus Stylus 1 digital camera Interested in a high-quality 28-300mm eq. constant f/2.8 zoom lens mounted in front of a sensor that is larger than conventional all-in-one long zooms, but that fits comfortably in a coat pocket and won't break the bank? Read our in-depth Olympus Stylus 1 review to discover all of the great (and a few not-so-great) things this one-of-a-kind little digital camera has to offer!

Res: 12.0mp
Zoom: 10.7x
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $650-700
Nikon Df Review
image of the Nikon Df digital camera The full-frame, FX-format Nikon Df takes the same great sensor and processor pairing of the professional Nikon D4, and places them in a weather-sealed, retro-styled body that's rich with external controls. (And it does so at half the price of the pro camera.) It's arguably the best available-light shooter around, but is it the right camera for you? Read our Nikon Df review, and find out!

Res: 16.2mp
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $2,997-3,000
Panasonic GM1 Review
image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 digital camera Panasonic's "micro" Micro Four Thirds camera, the tiny Panasonic GM1 gets our full review treatment. The tiny camera features the same sensor and processor as its larger sibling, the GX7, but Panasonic has done some innovative engineering to pack all that power into such a small and pocketable digital camera. Check out our Panasonic GM1 review to see why this camera was voted the Best Pocket Interchangeable Lens Camera of 2013!

Res: 16.0mp
Zoom: 2.7x
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Compare Price: $748-750

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Pentax 35mm HD Limited Macro Lens Review: a high performance optic with classic styling
Featured Story 04/24, 11:41 EDT Over at SLRgear, we continue our reviews of Pentax's updated HD Limited series, now with the Pentax 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited HD DA review. As with the recently reviewed Pentax 70mm ƒ/2.4 Limited DA HD, the "HD" version of the Pentax 35mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Limited HD DA gets a modern update with Pentax's new High Definition coating, which aims to... (more)

Leica T (Typ 701) preview: The Leica for the modern age is here -- but where are the lenses?
Featured Story 04/24, 09:00 EDT For most people, the Leica brand summons to mind two things: photographic excellence, and top-shelf style. The 16.3-megapixel, APS-C sensor-shod Leica T (Typ 701) is true to type, positively oozing both qualities -- on paper, at least. It's also quite a bit smaller than the company's rangefinder cameras, especially in terms of height,... (more)

Canon SX700 HS Doubleheader: First Shots and sample gallery images posted
Featured Story 04/23, 16:21 EDT Pocket cameras sure are popular on our site these days... perhaps because spring is finally here and people are gearing up for traveling. Whatever the reason, the Canon SX700 HS and its 30x optical zoom range has drawn a substantial amount of reader interest here as of late. With that in mind we wanted to get a few things out to you... (more)

Canon G1 X Mark II - sample gallery images posted
Featured Story 04/21, 14:56 EDT Canon's PowerShot G-series has always been a highly popular and stalwart series of compact cameras that cater to the enthusiast crowd and to DSLR owners with pro-level features and controls. With the introduction of the G1 X back in 2012, Canon changed up the game a bit by packing in a larger-than-typical "1.5-inch type" CMOS sensor, which... (more)

Panasonic GH4 Image Quality Analysis: See how the new 4K video powerhouse performs with still images
Featured Story 04/21, 14:39 EDT The Panasonic GH4, highly-anticipated successor to the GH3, aims to take the enthusiast and professional video market by storm, but let's not forget it's also a mighty stills camera first and foremost (given that its ergonomics still resemble that classic DSLR-like shape). The Panasonic GH4's got a host of upgrades including a newly designed... (more)

Photo artist Joel Grimes talks style, influence with SmugMug films
04/24, 11:11 EDT SmugMug, the Wall Street Journal’s second-favorite photo storage and portfolio service, just released their latest installment in their video profile series, taking a look at the processes, inspirations, and philosophies that working photographers use today. Their latest subject is Joel Grimes, a commercial photographer known for his... (more)

Faster and more powerful: onOne Perfect Photo Suite update ships next month
04/23, 16:36 EDT If you're using onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 8, we've great news for you. If not, the company's just given you a reason to reconsider adding Perfect Photo Suite to your digital darkroom. In the next few weeks, an updated Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 is set to land, and it brings quite a few worthwhile updates. Perfect Photo Suite... (more)

New face recognition algorithm knows you better than you know yourself
04/23, 15:09 EDT Every now and then, something comes along that promises to reboot the debate on a hot button issue. A new algorithm developed at the Chinese University of Hong Kong looks set to do just that, pitting privacy advocates against technologists in a fresh fight over facial recognition technology. Dubbed GaussianFace, the algorithm --... (more)

Wall Street Journal picks Flickr as the top photo-storage service
04/23, 14:50 EDT Cloud-based photo storage services keep popping up like dandelions in the spring. Over the past couple of weeks alone, Dropbox announced a new photo-centric service, Flickr updated its mobile apps to act more like Instagram, and Eye-Fi has even announced a service. How do you even start to figure out which one is the right choice? The Wall... (more)

Photojojo enters the rental business, LensRentals has new damage waiver plans
04/23, 14:48 EDT Good news for those of use who occasionally rent photography equipment instead of shelling out big bucks for new gear: There are a couple of new options available to you! Need equipment for a feature on free climbing, but are afraid to bring your own gear to the mountains? Worry not, LensRentals.com has new damage waiver plans in case you accidentally drop your... (more)

It's been a busy week for photo-use fights between photographers, rock bands
04/23, 12:06 EDT It has not been a great week for relations between photographers and rock bands. Earlier this week, a story surfaced about a tiff between photographer Rohan Anderson and post-hardcore band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, who had posted one of Anderson’s photos of the group to their Facebook page without permission, and cropped out his... (more)

Pawn shop workers thwart illegal sale, return Nikon taken from subway
04/23, 11:01 EDT When a camera gets lost, it’s pretty unlikely it’ll be reunited with its rightful owner—doubly so if it’s “lost” on a crowded subway in the center of a major city. But here’s your daily dose of a happy ending, thanks to some pawn shop workers who went above and beyond. WCVB reports that last weekend, a man walked into Empire Loan in... (more)

Is Fuji preparing a far-reaching X-mount travel zoom?
04/22, 18:47 EDT The folks over at Mirrorless Rumors today picked up news of an interesting development from Fujifilm, courtesy of a recently-published patent application. Filed last December and published a little less than a fortnight ago, the patent application shows the design for an 18-250mm f/3.6-6.5 zoom lens for X-mount cameras, says Mirrorless... (more)

Just a few more minutes of winter: tips for shooting snow sports with photographer Brett Wilhelm
04/22, 18:09 EDT Winter is finally over. That’s great news for most of us, but winter sports fanatics might still be looking for ways to stay slope-side just a little bit longer. Here are your last two-and-a-half minutes of snow for the next six months. Photographer and videographer Brett Wilhelm regularly covers skiing and snowboarding events (among... (more)

Wanderlust's Kickstarter-funded large-format film camera to go on sale this summer for $149
04/22, 13:22 EDT Medium-format digital cameras are newly “affordable” thanks to the upcoming Pentax 645Z, which will sell for a smooth $8,500 (body-only, of course). But if you’ve ever been tempted by the bounties beyond 35mm and can’t quite afford to spend your house’s down payment, your most affordable option might be the $149 Wanderlust Travelwide. The... (more)

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