News entries for February, 2012

Pentax preps 645D remote tethering software

Pentax's 645D SLR. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click to read our Pentax 645D review!Shortly after Pentax launched its impressive Pentax 645D medium format SLR, the company stated that it was working on creating software that would allow 645D owners to shoot with their camera tethered to their computer. It's a capability that earlier Pentax SLR models up to the K20D offered, but one that has since been absent from the company's newer products.

Rumors...

Pentax Q Limited Silver announced (updated)

The Pentax Q Limited Silver. Click to read our Pentax Q preview!Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co. has today announced its latest limited-edition camera variant, this time based around the tiny Pentax Q.

The Pentax Q Limited Silver continues the company's long-standing tradition of releasing silver-bodied cameras that offer a retro aesthetic. With the Pentax Q, the limited edition should prove handsome indeed, given that all of the available...

Nikon D800E Low-Pass Filter Revealed!

Nikon's D800 digital SLR. Click here to read our Nikon D800 preview!There's been quite a bit of speculation as to exactly what's going on with the low-pass filter in the new Nikon D800E, so we've updated our Nikon D800 preview with additional information about it. Here's a link directly to the section about the Nikon D800 low-pass filter, so you can read all about it.

(For those not already familiar, the Nikon D800E is a version of the...

More zoom for your pocket: Canon SX260 HS launches

Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc. Click for our Canon SX260 HS preview.A year ago, Canon launched the PowerShot SX230 HS, an interesting camera that placed third in our recent Travel Zoom Shootout. Today, they've followed up with the Canon SX260 HS, a camera for those amongst you who felt that a 14x zoom just wasn't enough.

With an amazing 20x optical zoom, the Canon SX230 HS covers all the bases and then some, from a generous 25mm wide...

Time to test the waters again: Rugged Canon D20 debuts

Canon's PowerShot D20 digital camera. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc. Click to read our Canon D20 preview!A little under three years ago, Canon launched its first waterproof compact digital camera, the PowerShot D10. Today, it gets a replacement, as Canon makes a splash with the waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof PowerShot D20.

The market for rugged, lifestyle cameras has become an increasingly hard-fought one since the D10's debut, and it's been starting to look decidedly...

See, shoot, share: Slim new ELPH cameras offer WiFi connectivity

Canon's PowerShot ELPH 320 HS digital camera. Click to read our Canon 320 HS preview!With smartphones rapidly devouring a significant chunk of the compact camera market, we've seen a flurry of new compact camera launches from the industry's big names over the last few weeks. The three As--attractive, approachable, and affordable--are no longer enough to make the grade any more. Almost without exception, manufacturers are looking for the hook that will make...

Canon: New EF zoom, stabilized primes

Canon's EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc.Alongside a raft of PowerShot camera announcements which we'll be covering shortly, Canon USA Inc. has today revealed three new EF-mount lens models due to ship by this summer.

Of the three, the sole zoom model is also the most expensive of the group. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM bears the coveted Canon L-series badge, and has a constant f/2.8 aperture. The optical...

36-Megapixel Nikon D800 Announced! See our Hands-on Preview

Nikon's D800 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click to read our Nikon D800 preview!Fans of really big prints and generous cropping, prepare to rejoice: Nikon Inc. has today announced the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E 35mm full frame SLRs, two very-closely related models that bring an impressive boost in resolution to the FX format without sacrificing on sensitivity.

In reality, the Nikon D800 and D800E are one and the same camera, the latter being a...

Lens Review: Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon18-55f35-56is2Canon updated its standard kit lens in March 2011, releasing the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II with the T3 and T3i cameras. There's not much new under the hood, but Canon claims some improvements to the image stabilization system. We've put the new kit lens through its paces in our test lab, as well as running it through an IS test, something we didn't have a chance to do with...

Fuji X-Pro1 pricing announced, lenses more affordable than expected

Fujifilm's X-Pro1 compact system camera. Click for our Fuji X-Pro1 preview!Fujifilm has now officially announced pricing for its X-Pro1 compact system camera in the US market, and there's good news for those planning to buy a kit with several of the available lenses. Final list pricing for two of the three lenses that have been announced for the system's debut has come in below the initial estimate.

The Fuji X-Pro1 is the company's first compact...

Canon G1 X Crop Analysis and Print Quality posted!

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We've taken a little time with the Canon G1 X's Still Life images, making crops and doing our usual Print Quality analysis. Overall, we're pretty impressed with the Canon G1 X's test shots.

Check out the updated Canon G1 X Preview page to see how the G1 X fares against the Canon G12, Canon T3i, Olympus E-P3, Nikon J1, and Sony NEX-5N!

You'll also find that we've...

Canon VII Gallery: “Change” - Time for that New Year’s resolution?

Word association: Quick, what do you think of when you hear the word "change?" How many ways could you capture it in a photo?

That's this month's challenge in the VII Gallery, sponsored by Canon: Take a picture expressing the concept "change," submit it in the Join the Project page, and you may see your image alongside ones from the pros at the VII Photo Agency!

So what...

Score one for the rumor mill: Pentax launches K-mount mirrorless

Pentax's K-01 compact system camera. Photo provided by Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co. Ltd. Click to read our Pentax K-01 preview!For more than a year now, rumors have swirled, suggesting that Pentax was planning to launch not one, but two mirrorless camera products with differing lens mounts. Some pooh-poohed the idea, perhaps understandably, but today the believers are vindicated, with the launch of the Pentax K-01.

It's a bold move from Pentax, to be sure. Last summer, they showed a willingness...

Canon G1 X Still Life lab shots posted!

Canon PowerShot G1 X digital camera. Image courtesy of Canon USA.We've just posted our "Still Life" ISO/NR series test shots from a production-level Canon G1 X, straight from the lab!

The Canon PowerShot G1 X is the company's first large-sensor PowerShot model, and looks to be Canon's rebuttal to the burgeoning compact system camera market. It's based around a brand-new, Canon-developed 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that's almost as tall...

We must grow digital imaging business, says Sony’s new president

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website!Sony Corp. has today announced several management changes at its highest levels, as it braces itself for a fourth straight year of losses.

The  company last turned a net profit in 2008, and has been struggling with several of its core businesses in recent years, as detailed by C|Net News. Sony's once-dominant Playstation games console brand has had a difficult few years...

Leica M9 test shots posted!

Leica M9 digital camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
 We've just posted test shots from a Leica M9 (an M9-P, actually), taken with a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens!

The Leica M9 is based around a Kodak 18-megapixel CCD image sensor with approximately the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film, making it the smallest full-frame digital camera. The M9 accepts most Leica M lenses built to date, and thanks to the full-frame sensor,...

Nikon updates P-series enthusiast compact, ultrazoom cameras

Nikon's Coolpix P510 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for our Nikon P510 preview! Photographers considering purchasing one of Nikon's Coolpix P-series cameras have two new models to pique their interests today, as the company has launched updates to a pair of models that were nearing their first birthday.

The Nikon Coolpix P300 and P500 are succeeded by the P310 and P510, both of which have important upgrades.

For the Nikon P310, key among these is...

From entry-level to long-zoom: New S-series cameras touch all the bases

Nikon's Coolpix S9300 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for our Nikon S9300 preview! Continuing today's announcements, Nikon has revealed four new S-series compact cameras: the Coolpix S3300, S4300, S6300, and S9300.

All four cameras have clean, stylish lines that should catch the eye of the fashion conscious, but beyond that they differ widely in specification, with each clearly aimed at a different target market.

The Nikon S3300 courts the entry-level...

Three new AA-powered Nikon Coolpix cameras

Nikon's Coolpix L810 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for our Nikon L810 preview! Rounding out its announcements for the day, Nikon has three new cameras for its Coolpix L- and S-series lineups, all of which are aimed at photographers who shun proprietary battery packs in favor of standard AA cells.

The Nikon Coolpix S30 and L26 are both compacts that draw their lifeblood from a pair of AA batteries, while the Coolpix L810 has an SLR-like body that...