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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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Sony A7 review: Is the best full-frame mirrorless camera also the most affordable?
Featured Story Apr 18, 14:25 EDT The cat's out of the bag: When we published our A7R review last December, it was pretty obvious that its sibling, the Sony A7, would also be well-received. The two full-frame, fully-featured mirrorless cameras share so much, after all. Both cameras' high placement in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards served to reconfirm it. With that... (more)

Nikon D4S - Shooter's Report Part I: Coming to grips with a truly professional camera
Featured Story Apr 18, 13:22 EDT New cameras roll through our door here at IR almost every day, but it's rare to see the latest flagship professional model from one of the top companies. In fact, this is something that sometimes doesn't even happen a single time in a whole year, so we get pretty excited when one does arrive. The Nikon D4S may look physically similar to... (more)

Nikon D5300 Review: Better images, better video and advanced features give this mid-range DSLR a leg up
Featured Story Apr 17, 16:33 EDT We've just published our full Nikon D5300 review, and this updated mid-level consumer DSLR takes the well-reviewed D5200 and packs in a handful of high-end features. Sporting a newly developed 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,... (more)

Behind the scenes: The design process that led to the creation of the Olympus E-M10
Featured Story Apr 16, 15:16 EDT Shortly after the CP+ show in Yokohama last February, I was able to visit Olympus' R&D headquarters in Hachioji, Japan, where I had the privilege of extensive discussions with the heads of a number of deparments there. One very interesting presentation was by Mr. Setsuya Kataoka, General Manager of the Product Development Department 1, R&D... (more)

Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)
Featured Story Apr 14, 21:00 EDT Back in early 2010, Pentax launched the 645D, a medium-format digital SLR that leap-frogged full-frame rivals in terms of sensor area, and simultaneously set a new benchmark in terms of affordability compared to existing medium-format options. Today, the Pentax 645Z follows in its footsteps and aims even higher, putting medium-format rivals... (more)

Firmware Friday: Sony QX100, QX10 get improved operation; Nikon updates FT1 mount adapter
Apr 18, 18:32 EDT Friday's here, and it's firmware time! Before you head out for your weekend's photographic fun, you'll want to grab the latest updates if you're shooting with a Sony QX100 or QX10 lens-style camera, or you're among the first to pick up a Nikon V3 and want to use F-mount lenses. We'll start with the Sony firmware. The company's... (more)

Celebrity photographer David Bailey: The man behind the (Olympus) camera!
Apr 18, 13:50 EDT In the Swinging Sixties, David Bailey was the most famous photographer in England. Young and cool, he partied with the Stones and the Beatles and was even known to hang out with gangsters like the notorious Kray Brothers. The main character in the 1966 Academy Award winning movie Blow-Up was in fact modeled after David Bailey. Others... (more)

Blurry shots, backwards cameras inspired National Geographic editor to pursue photography
Apr 18, 12:39 EDT Here’s a pleasant way to get your photo-filled weekend started: With inspiring words from a senior photo editor at National Geographic. In this short clip (which is an ad for Microsoft OneDrive, but not an egregious one), Nat Geo senior photo editor Pamela Chen talks about what inspired her to pursue photography as a career path, and... (more)

Latest Flickr update is the Instagramiest Flickr ever
Apr 18, 12:03 EDT "Awesome! Another way to comment about pictures on my phone!" --No one, ever Ok, we'll admit to some undue snark there. Let's be clear: Flickr's progress this year has been great to witness. The latest update, version 3.0, of its iOS and Android apps shows Yahoo! is still hard at work. The web giant revamped big parts of the layout... (more)

The Dropbox photo-train keeps rolling along, acquires Loom photo storage and syncing service
Apr 18, 11:02 EDT Dropbox has been keeping busy lately, especially on the photography front. Just last week, they announced Carousel, a photo-sharing app for iOS and Android, which ties to the company's bread-and-butter service—a place for your stuff on the cloud. But they aren’t wasting any time working on improvements. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that... (more)

Canon files a patent for a new 24-70mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens
Apr 17, 13:40 EDT Is Canon about to update its 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with image stabilization? A recently found patent suggests so, and it would fit well into the scheme that we've seen lately. Canon has already introduced image stabilization into some of its bread-and-butter lenses, including the 35mm f/2 and 28mm f/2.8 lenses. Especially with DSLR videography and the Cinema EOS... (more)

Gear fear? Stop worrying about equipment theft with tips from Reddit
Apr 17, 13:36 EDT Ever worried about getting your gear stolen while you’re shooting in public? Rest assured, it happens much less often than you fear—but plenty of photographers can relate to the feeling. Reddit’s photography forum is sharing advice on how to get more comfortable with bringing your pricey photo equipment out in public. The original poster... (more)

The first third-party lens for full-frame E-mount is here, and it's a super-fast 50mm f/0.95
Apr 17, 12:57 EDT Good news for those already using or looking into Sony's full-frame E-mount system: the lenses available for the system have just been extended by a very interesting third-party option! Chinese manufacturer Zhongyi, who also make the Lens Turbo focal reducer for various systems including APS-C E-mount, just announced the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 lens for Sony... (more)

What gear do you really need for architectural photography?
Apr 17, 11:59 EDT Buildings seem like they make great models. They’ll stand in the same place until the light is perfect, and never complain. But as with most disciplines, there’s more to architectural photography than it would seem. The Phoblographer posted a list of the kind of gear that serious architectural photographers use—and it’s all medium-format... (more)

Throwback Thursday: Early Kodak DSLR takes a trip to space in 1991
Apr 17, 11:05 EDT Here’s a little Throwback Thursday action, taking us to a time when Kodak was a trailblazing force in digital photography, the US had an active space shuttle program, eyeglasses covered half your face, and digital SLRs were the future. In 1991, NASA sent a Kodak Hawkeye II on space shuttle mission STS-44, making it the first digital camera... (more)

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