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Wednesday, January 2013
Sony's been trying to crack the pro DSLR market for years, but with relatively little success until now. With the Sony A99, it looks like the company finally has made a breakthrough: It's a blazingly fast shooter that also delivers 24 megapixels of resolution, and Sony's new dual phase-detect AF system means it can focus rapidly, continuously and accurately -- whether shooting videos or rapid-fire bursts of stills.
Moreover, the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 boasts some of the most impressive technology ever placed in a DSLR, even...
It's sadly been many months since we last managed to post Judges' Comments for the monthly Photo of the Day winners, and we apologize to all the winners over that period of time whose photos haven't received the recognition they deserved. The reason has simply been the ongoing editorial overload here at Imaging Resource headquarters.
Reasoning that some recognition is better than none, though, we're going to try posting with briefer comments, rather than the deeper analysis we've done in the past. At least this way, the winners will...
Eager to see how the Nikon V2 mirrorless or Olympus XZ2 premium compact compare perform in terms of image quality? Now's your chance: we've just posted our first test images from both cameras on their respective previews, and have added them to our Comparometer(tm) tool, so you can make direct comparisons to your favorite cameras from the many we've tested.
Visit our Nikon V2 samples page or Olympus XZ-2 samples page for the lab images we've shot with each camera so far, and check back in the coming days for additional test images as...
Wednesday, January 2013
Sigma announced the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A" lens during the 2012 Photokina, the inaugural lens to its new "Art" series of lenses. Designed for an enthusiast market, the lens is also one of the first to be compatible with Sigma's new USB lens dock, allowing users to make fine-tuned adjustments to the performance of the lens. While we didn't have the opportunity to play with the new dock, we did put the new lens through its paces in our test lab: click here for our full review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"!
Wednesday, January 2013
Canon so far has made one of the biggest digital imaging splashes at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with its new PowerShot N, a small, square-ish digicam that's so simple that it does away with the traditional shutter button and zoom controls. We got our hands on one at the show, and we found it to be a pretty nifty, unusual device that looks like it's a perfect camera for parties and outings with friends.
In the two videos below, IR founder and editor-in-chief Dave Etchells demonstrates how to...
The Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR AF-S was released near the end of 2012, offering a smaller, lighter alternative in the 70-200mm range. Incorporating Nikon's latest version of its Vibration Reduction technology, we've put the new lens through its paces in our test lab: click here to read our full review of the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR AF-S!
Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor technology was arguably one of the most significant technical developments of 2012 for the photo business. Offering superior resolution without moiré patterns or other aliasing, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 was a true breakthrough product.
Now, an updated version of the unique X-Trans sensor technology is appearing in the Fuji X100S, an update to the highly popular Fujifilm X100, as well as moving downmarket into the new Fuji X20, which sports a 2/3" style sensor. The result is two cameras with...
Pentax's first fixed-lens enthusiast model.
Until now, there's been a clear differentiation in Pentax's camera lineup. Between its various mirrorless, SLR, and medium-format models, the company provides quite a few options for experienced shooters and those looking for room to grow. Its fixed-lens models, meanwhile, are aimed at consumers who want to keep things simple and affordable. With the debut of the Pentax MX-1, that line is blurred: Pentaxians can now aspire to a camera that fills the middle ground between simple compacts and...
Big, bulky cameras aren't for everybody. You don't need chunky, SLR-like styling to get interchangeable-lens versatility, and some of us are more than happy to forgo a few features for street shooter anonymity. Back in 2011, Samsung answered that need, dropping the electronic viewfinder from the then-flagship NX11, and creating the stealthy NX200 mirrorless.
The Samsung NX300 is the latest successor to the NX200, and unlike last year's NX210, it makes some pretty significant changes throughout. Nutshell view: It's gotten a little...
Thursday, December 2012
As we wind down our lens reviews of 2012, we take a close look at a lens designed for close up looking: the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro. As a micro four-thirds lens, it offers an effective field of view of 120mm and a full 1:1 reproduction ratio, all encased in a small and light package. Click here to read our full review of the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro!
The Nikon D800 caused huge buzz when it was introduced, with owners and reviewers alike marveling at its incredible resolution. If the D800 was great, the Nikon D800E, with the low-pass filter effectively removed, must be even more incredible, right?
As you might guess, low-pass filters are present on cameras for a reason: Seeing the world through a pixelated grid introduces unusual problems, especially when lines and repeating patterns cross that grid at specific, usually shallow angles. Preventing these...
It's taken three tries, but Nikon has finally produced a flagship Coolpix digital camera that solidly holds its own against its top competitors. The new Nikon P7700 boasts an upgraded 12-megapixel sensor and a fast 7.1x zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0, as well as a number of other enhancements. Nikon removed the optical viewfinder from the Coolpix P7700, but we actually see this as a plus, especially since the 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen is easy to view and allows you to compose in tight spots. Sans...
Tuesday, December 2012
We've put the Canon EOS 6D through the lab and have our first shots posted! Designed as an affordable, full-frame addition to Canon's DSLR lineup, the enthusiast-aimed, 20.2-megapixel 6D just started shipping this December.
Announced a week later than the Nikon D600 -- which we've already reviewed -- the Canon 6D also looks like a capable alternative to the more expensive 5D Mark III.
We'll have more on the Canon 6D soon, but check out our first studio sample shots of the Canon 6D and read our in-depth...
At just 9mm in width and a weight of 22 grams, the 15mm f/8 body cap lens by Olympus is probably the smallest lens we've ever tested. Its concept is surprisingly innovative: take a body cap, and put a fixed aperture lens in it. When paired with an Olympus or Panasonic micro four thirds body, the result produces a pocketable point and shoot style camera. With its extremely economical price point, we've been looking forward to testing this lens: check out our full review of the Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens!
Thursday, December 2012
Nikon leads the way again, with the first "affordable" full-frame digital SLR. Fun to shoot, the Nikon D600 offers as little or as much control as you want, perfect for both amateurs and more advanced photographers; even pros will feel right at home. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor offers excellent detail, and performs well in low light. In addition to stills, the Nikon D600 captures Full HD video at a greater range of frame rates, and includes not only great audio controls and an external mic jack, but a headphone jack...
At IR, we're passionate about making this site the best photography resource on the web. While we feel strongly that we have the most authoritative, objective reviews online, we wanted to make it easier for our readers to see similar models they might also want to consider.
Today we're releasing into beta a "Similar Cameras" feature on all of our reviews. You can see an example of it at the bottom of any of our review pages, or see the screenshot and text below for more details:
The default display shows the...
Wednesday, December 2012
Back in 2006, Sigma found an opportunity to market a lens no one else made - a telephoto zoom lens for the APS-C digital SLR camera, which provided a field of view similar to that produced by a 70-200mm on full frame. Six years later the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO still stands alone, and continues to modernize its lenses by adding optical stabilization We've liked this lens in the past, but were very surprised by the results we found by putting the lens through its paces in our test lab. Click here to...
All the charm of an ELPH accompanies the Canon 530HS, with its box and circle design, but the surprise is the 12x zoom this diminutive digital camera conceals. Canon did a little sensor trick to make this possible, one that unfortunately affects image quality. Closely related to the 520HS, the 530HS adds a touchscreen and WiFi capability. Click here to see whether these two additions improve or detract from the Canon 530 HS!
We've always missed a simple mechanical cable release on our electronic cameras. But no more. With Triggertrap we not only get a cable release, we also get some brains to perform magic with that old Shutter button.
We particularly liked using it for macro shots in Live View. In fact, Live View was a lot easier to work with using Triggertrap.
That's probably because a half-press of the virtual shutter button isn't an option. But then we were manually focusing anyway, moving the subject in relation to the...
Thursday, November 2012
Canon announced the 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM back in February, a renewal to its popular standard zoom (and a favorite of many Canon wedding shooters). Improvements abound on many levels, but many Canon shooters will notice one major change: a big increase in the price. Does the new lens earn its keep? Click here to read our full review of the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM!