Camera News

by Brad Soo on June 9

Sony took the wraps off two new cameras yesterday: a new Alpha digital SLR camera as well as a compact interchangeable lens NEX model, along with a new macro lens and external flash accessory for the NEX line of cameras. Check them out:

Sony Alpha SLT A35 digital SLR
Sony NEX C3 compact interchangeable lens camera
Sony E-mount 30 mm f3.5 Macro (1:1 magnification) lens
Sony HVL-F20S external flash for E-mount cameras

by Brad Soo on June 8

Sony took the wraps off their latest Alpha digital SLR model with a unique semi-transparent mirror today.
Sony Alpha SLT-A35
(Entry-level digital SLR camera)

16.2 effective megapixels (EXMOR APS-C CMOS sensor, 1.5X crop)
Sony Alpha mount (1.5X crop factor)
Translucent mirror technology (semi transparent mirror) allows fast and continuous autofocus, even in movie mode
3 inch fixed LCD (921,000 pixels); electronic viewfinder (1.15 million pixels)
Conventional proprietary Sony hotshoe
Camera has built-in wireless flash control
ISO speed range of 100 – 12800 (expandable to ISO 25600)
Full […]

by Brad Soo on June 8

Sony has just announced their next-generation camera in their mirrorless NEX camera system. It’s a fairly evolutionary update, with a higher resolution EXMOR CMOS sensor and slightly tweaked design.
Sony NEX-C3
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)

16.2 effective megapixels (EXMOR APS-C CMOS sensor, 1.5X crop)
Sony E-mount (1.5X crop factor); compatible with Alpha lenses (minus autofocus ability) via adapter
3 inch LCD (921,000 pixels) with two separate hinges for tilting
Proprietary “Smart Accessory Terminal” port where you can attach an external ‘popup’ flash or optical viewfinder
ISO […]

Sony E-mount 30mm f3.5 Macro for NEX
by Brad Soo on June 8

Sony E-mount 30mm f3.5 Macro
Sony has brought out a new lens for the E-mount used by their line of NEX cameras. The 30 mm f3.5 Macro has a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 inches, or 2.4 centimeters, which allows for 1:1 magnification of your subject.
The lens sports one ED glass element and 3 aspherical elements pair with an internal silent autofocus mechanism and comes standard with a lens hood.
The Sony E-mount 30 mm f3.5 Macro will be available for $250 […]

Sony HVL F20S flash for NEX
by Brad Soo on June 8

Sony HVL-F20S external flash
Sony has just announced the release of a new external flash for NEX and E-mount cameras, the HVL-F20S flash. This moderately sized flash is designed to be a more powerful alternative to the tiny popup flash attachment that Sony bundles with their NEX cameras without being as bulky as a ‘full-sized’ external flash for traditional SLR cameras.
The Sony HVL-F20S flash, in addition to having a name which is a mouthful to say, has a guide number of […]

by Brad Soo on May 12

Panasonic Lumix G3
Panasonic announced the successor to their Lumix G2 interchangeable lens camera, appropriately named the Lumix G3. The Panasonic Lumix G3 is smaller than its predecessor, has a higher resolution image sensor and comes in your choice of several colors. It has the features and flexibility you’d expect from an entry-level digital SLR model with a much more compact body and array of lenses.
Panasonic Lumix G3
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)

16 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
Micro […]

by Brad Soo on May 12

Panasonic Lumix FH7
Panasonic has unveiled a basic compact camera, the Lumix FH7. It looks to be a camera that appeals to those with basic needs for a camera at an affordable price.
Panasonic Lumix FH7
(Compact digital camera)

16 effective megapixels
28 – 112 mm (f3.1 – f6.5) 4X optical zoom lens
Optical image stabilization (older Mega OIS variant)
3 inch touchscreen LCD (230,000 pixels)
Intelligent Auto with scene modes; no manual controls
720p (1280 x 720) 24 FPS movie mode with sound
Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Uses a lithium-ion […]

by Brad Soo on April 5

Fujifilm FinePix Z900 EXR
Fujifilm announced a new ultra-slim camera that uses their new 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor we first saw on some of their other cameras earlier this year at CES 2011. The special sensor allows for better image resolution, improved noise and higher dynamic range (although you can only select one of three at any given time)

16 megapixel backlit EXR CMOS sensor
28 – 140 mm (f3.9 – f4.9) 5X optical zoom lens
Sensor-shift image stabilization
3.5 inch wide touchscreen LCD […]

by Brad Soo on April 5

Nikon D5100 digital SLR
Nikon introduced a new digital SLR model today, the D5100, which replaces the successful D5000. The camera brings plenty of changes, most notably the new LCD swivel mechanism (which opens to the side and is more flexible) and new image sensor, as well as several other changes.

16.2 effective megapixels (DX-format CMOS sensor)
Nikon F-mount (1.5X crop factor)
3 inch rotating LCD (921,000 pixels)
Optical viewfinder with 95% coverage and 0.78% magnification
ISO speed range of 100 – 6400 (expandable to ISO […]

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