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1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Nikon D5300 Review: Better images, better video and advanced features give this mid-range DSLR a leg up

 
 

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...

Behind the scenes: The design process that led to the creation of the Olympus E-M10

 
 

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...

Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)

 
 

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...

Battery charger promises full power after 30 seconds

 
 

A dead smartphone is a hassle, but a dead camera battery is a catastrophe if you’re in the middle of a shoot—that is, only as long as batteries still charge at a glacial pace.

Startup firm StoreDot is working on a way to almost eliminate charge times. Last week, they unveiled a prototype that can fully charge a...

Pentax, Sony variants of Sigma USB dock on the way; full-time MF coming for 50mm f/1.4 lens


 
 

Alongside its headline-grabbing announcement of the pricetag for its 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, Sigma also revealed a couple of other tidbits today. One actually relates to that lens, and a new feature which will be available soon if you own the company's clever USB dock accessory. (We highly recommend putting some...

Tamron prices impressively-compact 16-300mm superzoom lens


 
 

Last February, we told readers about the brand-new 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro lens. At the time, we knew quite a bit -- that it had a far-reaching 18.8x optical zoom range, was only 3.9 inches long when retracted, and offered a way to turn your SLR into a large-sensor alternative to a superzoom...

Sony A6000 Image Quality Analysis—our take on how this hot camera stands up to the competition

 
 

You've been beating our doors down for information and images on the wildly popular Sony A6000, and we love it! Bringing you timely analysis and information is our raison d'etre, and all the more so for these more popular models.

We therefore present to you the next in our series of posts for the A6000: our Image...

Firmware Friday: Nokia talks you into taking more selfies

 
 

After a brief hiatus last week because we'd already covered the sole firmware news -- Olympus' shutter-slap fix for the E-M1 -- Firmware Friday returns this week, but with a twist. Technically, neither of the updates this week are for dedicated cameras, but we found them interesting nonetheless. Let's take a look...

As Windows XP fades away, photographer talks origin of famed ‘Bliss’ wallpaper

 
 

Earlier this week, Microsoft ended its support for the legendary Windows XP operating system. As part of the farewell tour, the company released a video interview with photographer Chuck O’Rear, the man behind the default background image on XP, known as “Bliss.”

In the clip, O’Rear tells the story of how he...

You won’t believe the spirits hidden in these photos

 
Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries

For as long as photos have existed, photographers have been altering their shots, and viewers believing what they want to believe. But it’s hard to understand how anybody could be convinced by the "ghostly presences” in these particular photos.

A post over at the Slate Vault...

Sony A6000, Panasonic GH4 earn top ratings at DxOMark

 
 

DxOMark is really cranking out the ratings this week. They’ve just added the sensor scores for the Sony A6000 and Panasonic GH4 to their database, and it’s good news for fans of both cameras.

The mid-range A6000 earned an overall score of 82 points, right in the pack with the top-rated APS-C cameras. DxO calls it...

Early Sony A7S footage shows incredible dynamic range and high-ISO capabilities

It's only been a couple of days since the Sony A7S has been announced at NAB, but there's already a first batch of Full HD and 4K footage taken with the camera available. Den Lennie from fstopacademy was lucky enough to be asked by Sony whether he wanted to test-drive the new 4K shooter, and so he took it to some beautiful places in Scotland...

Micro Four Thirds consortium grows, roster starts to look like a baseball team

 
 

With JVC Kenwood joining the crew earlier this week, the consortium of Micro Four Thirds companies now stands at 23—that’s like the size of a whole baseball team, and pretty solid for an expansion franchise that debuted less than 6 years ago. Let’s take a look at how deep this roster goes.

There are the staff...

Sigma announces price for 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. It’s official: Sigma owns the 50mm space.

 
 

We've never seen an SLRgear lens review get the kind of response that our recent one for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens did, not even Sigma's own wildly popular 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom. With the competition from camera makers and Zeiss ranging from $1,300 to $4,000, there's been a lot of speculation about what price...

Nikon goes for the big numbers, launches lightweight tele zoom, deep-diving housing and flash


 
 

Alongside the launch of the Nikon S810c and Nikon J4 cameras last night, the Japanese company also launched several other photography products -- and just like the cameras, not all were announced for the US market. A new, lightweight 18-300mm telephoto zoom lens will, it seems, definitely be making it to US...

Dropbox introduces Carousel photo-sharing app, we investigate how it stacks up.

Among all the new functions that Dropbox introduced today, there was one specifically aimed at photographers. It goes by the name Carousel, and Dropbox touts it as "a home for your life's memories." Just like all other Dropbox apps, Carousel builds upon the company's cloud storage, and it enables its users to easily backup and share their...

Who cares about 4K? Philip Bloom, Vincent Laforet and others discuss ultra high-def at NAB

 
 

At least a half-dozen new 4K cameras were announced at NAB 2014 earlier this week. But 4K TVs are still absurdly expensive, and even if you own one, there’s almost nothing to watch. Plenty of people don’t even bother to watch movies or TV in high-definition as it is, so why are we in such a rush to capture even...

Olympus awarded patent for f/1.0 compact-cam lens


 
 

How bright is the future for Olympus compacts? It could be f/1.0 bright, if we’re talking about lens specs.

Olympus was given a patent last month for a 50mm-equivalent, f/1.0 lens, designed to be used with a 1/1.7-inch sensor—the same size used in the Stylus enthusiast-compact line. It’s built from 9...

Nikon J4 announced in Europe, Asia; couples V3 features with J-series styling


 
 

Move over, Nikon J3: Your successor is here -- in Europe and Asia, at least. Not as-yet announced in the US market, the Nikon J4 adopts a new body style, and swaps in a new image sensor and processor combination that promise the trifecta of greater resolution, performance, and low-light shooting.

There's...

The Android camera revisited: Nikon S810c travel zoom aims for mainstream appeal


 
 

In late 2012, Nikon debuted the S800c, the world's first mainstream smart camera. Today, it follows up with the 16-megapixel, Android-based Nikon S810c, which aims to refine the design and create a product with broader appeal.

The Nikon S810c looks to address many of our most significant concerns with the...

“A Tale of Two Atolls” short film reminds us our oceans are full of life worth preserving

Due to human influence, the seascape of the world's oceans is changing, and not for the better. Populations of marine life are endangered as their natural habitats are destroyed. Piles of human waste are accumulating on the surface of the sea, and end up being ingested by animals. Overfishing depletes the oceans of their fish populations and...

More Olympus fraud fallout as banks sue for $273 million

 
 

The old ship Olympus has somehow begun to right itself after the $1.7 billion accounting scandal that nearly sank the company in 2011. The company’s imaging division isn’t in the black yet, but strong sales of the OM-D E-M1 have helped to cut losses by $25 million, and with trickle-down effects like increased lens...

Sony A7S: How the full-frame, low-light shooter differs from the A7R and A7

 
 

Earlier this week, Sony excited fans of low-light photography and 4K video with the debut of its latest full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony A7S. Helping ensure a big splash, the company played its cards very close to its chest, tightly controlling information until the camera's debut at the National Association...