Preview posted for Canon EOS-1D Mark III!
Canon's latest professional SLR will change the way you think about high-end cameras. Not only has the EOS 1D Mark III been improved to benefit more professional photographers, its incredible power has been made so much more accessible that it's likely to attract a great many intermediate photographers. This ground-up rebuild of Canon's flagship EOS 1D Mark III SLR has so many improvements, they're hard to summarize in one paragraph. Its high ISO performance, high speed shutter, improved battery, optional high-speed WiFi capability, Live View mode, dual DIGIC III processors, sensor cleaning system, and AF system upgrade are only a few elements of the story. Check out our ongoing coverage of what we think will be the most important SLR of the year; and check back often, because there's a lot more to come today and over the weekend. The Canon EOS 1D Mark III will likely be the most successful professional SLR ever made.
Full Review posted for Nikon D2Xs!
From the "its about time" department, we've posted a full review of the Nikon D2Xs pro SLR. Since the camera is so similar to the original Nikon D2X, most of the review content is identical, to that for the earlier model, but we do highlight differences, and we did do a complete ground-up reshoot of all our test images, so you can confirm the performance of the D2Xs. Overall, while it represents only a relatively minor upgrade relative to the original D2X, the Nikon D2Xs remains an exceptionally strong competitor in the professional SLR market. It offers unmatched versatility through its dual-resolution, dual-speed design, satisfying the needs of sports shooters and studio photographers alike, in one superbly-constructed body. Combine this with Nikon's unrivalled Advanced Wireless Lighting system for TTL metering with multiple remote strobe units, and you have a system literally without peer, at least in the current state of the market. Our feeling about the Nikon D2Xs is pretty well summed up in the list of pros and cons at the end of the review: There's just a load of things to like about this camera, and precious little to complain about! Read our Nikon D2Xs review for all the details!
Full Review Update posted for Olympus EVOLT E-330!
As the first SLR with Live View capability, the Olympus EVOLT E-330 will let you frame pictures from the ground without lying down on the ground yourself, and let you shoot over crowds or obstacles without a ladder. If you find yourself shooting this way with your digicam, the Olympus E-330 is the only SLR that will maintain that ability. The Olympus E-330 is unique, offering on-camera flash that can be used in combination with an external flash; a second Live View mode for fine macro focusing; and dual memory card capability: CF and xD. The Olympus E-330 offers many prosumer options that others do not at this price, and it would be a good choice for the patient photographer who likes to twiddle and experiment. The consumer looking for a simple SLR to get better shots of the family at play, though, may find the three-viewfinder arrangement difficult. See the full Olympus EVOLT E-330 review for more on this ambitious design.
Full Review Update posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1!
The Panasonic Lumix TZ1 is a nice little camera at a great price, with a 10x, optically stabilized zoom lens, high ISO Scene mode, and large LCD. The large 2.5-inch LCD screen, while less accurate than most, is great for sharing your photos with friends, and makes the menus easier to see. From startup to cycle times, the Panasonic TZ1's performance was above average. The Panasonic TZ1 did reasonably well overall in our testing, delivering good, bright color, and good resolution, but the significant lens flare from middle to long telephoto raised a red flag. Another failing is the weak flash, somewhat mitigated by the Panasonic TZ1's ability to shoot in low light. It would be nice to have a controller instead of arrow buttons and some manual exposure options, but otherwise the Panasonic TZ1 is a pleasure to use. See the full review for more!
Full Review Update posted for Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd!
For users who are considering a digital SLR but aren't quite ready to take the plunge, the Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd offers a compelling argument for staying with an all-in-one. From a distance -- and even from up close, actually -- it's easy to mistake the Fuji S6000fd for a digital SLR, though the camera's 10.71x (28 - 300mm) lens is not detachable. Nice touches like a rubberized ring-grip around the lens and full manual zoom control via the barrel give this camera a professional feel, and the grip is probably better than most small SLRs on the market, with a form that just feels right. The S6000 is replete with fun and helpful technologies such as Face Detection, i-Flash, and the ability to shoot at light sensitivities of up to ISO 3200, making the Fujifilm S6000fd suitable for anyone. The best news is that Fujifilm's image quality is excellent from the 6.3 megapixel Fujifilm S6000, easily enabling 13x19 prints of excellent clarity. Even ISO 800 images are good at up to 11x14 with minimal loss of quality, and ISO 3200 shots are still usable at 5x7. That's an impressive performance from an all-in-one like the Fujifilm S6000fd, especially at the under-$400 street price. See what we thought of the Fuji S6000fd in greater detail in our full review!
Top 3 photos this month win:
1 Canon PIXMA PRO-100
2 Canon PIXMA MG6320
3 Canon PIXMA MG5420