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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Canon EOS 7D Review

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera Body (18 MP, 3" LCD, Advanced Movie Mode, 8 fps, ISO 12800)
The Canon 7D is designed for speed, with dual DIGIC 4 chips to speed processing of these large 14-bit files, as well as keep up with the shutter's 8-frame-per-second top speed. Even the sensor had to be tweaked to enable such speed, with an 8-channel readout to more quickly draw the image off the sensor.
The Canon 7D's buffer can handle 94 JPEGs at top speed, or 15 RAW images.
For its part, the Canon 7D's shutter mechanism is rated at 150,000 cycles, and is the same design used by the 1D-series of Canon digital SLRs.
EV compensation has been expanded to five stops in either direction, and the ISO ranges from 100 to 6,400, with an expanded setting up to 12,800. The Canon 7D also sports an HD movie mode that will capture full HD at 30p.
The built-in flash has a wider range to handle up to 15mm wide-angle lenses, like the new EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and the flash can also serve as the remote commander for up to three groups of flashes, another first for Canon.
Other new features include an electronic level, a RAW button, and a new Multi-function button for quick, programmable access to various functions. And don't forget the new 19-point autofocus system, complete with a new LCD viewfinder display overlay, obviating the need for interchangeable screens.




Specifications

Type
Type: Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording media: Type I or II CF card, UDMA-compatible
Image sensor size: 22.3×14.9mm
Compatible lenses: Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6 times the lens focal length)
Lens mount: Canon EF mount


Image Sensor
Type: CMOS sensor
Effective pixels: Approx. 18.00 megapixels
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Dust delete feature: Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending


Recording System
Recording format: Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible

Recorded pixels:
Large : Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
Medium: Approx. 8.00 megapixels (3456 x 2304)
Small: Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
RAW: Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
M-RAW: Approx. 10.10 megapixels (3888 x 2592)
S-RAW: Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
Create/select a folder: Possible


Image Processing
Picture Style: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 - 3
White balance: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (2500-10000K), white balance correction, and white balance bracketing possible
* Color temperature information transmission enabled
Noise reduction: Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image brightness correction: Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority: Provided
Lens peripheral illumination correction: Provided


Viewfinder
Type: Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100%
Magnification: Approx. 1.0x (-1 m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eye point: Approx. 22 mm (From eyepiece lens center at -1m-1)
Built-in dioptric adjustment: -3.0 - +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Focusing screen: Fixed
Composition aids: Grid and electronic level
Mirror: Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview: Provided


Autofocus
Type: TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF points: 19 point all cross-type AF (f/2.8 at centre: dual cross sensor)
Metering range: EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focus modes: One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF area selection modes: Single point AF, Spot AF, AF point expansion, Zone AF, 19-point AF auto selection
AF-assist beam: Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
AF fine adjustment: Enabled with AF Microadjustment


Exposure Control
Metering modes: 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
• Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF point)
• Partial metering (approx. 9.4% of viewfinder at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 2.3% of viewfinder at center)
• Center-weighted average metering
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control: Program AE (Full Auto, Creative Auto, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, bulb exposure
ISO speed (Recommended exposure index): Auto, Creative Auto: Automatically set within ISO 100 - 3200
P, Tv, Av, M, B: ISO 100 - 6400 (in 1/3-stop increments), Auto, or ISO expansion to ISO 12800
Exposure compensation: Manual and AEB (Settable in combination with manual exposure compensation)
Settable amount: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (AEB ±3 stops)
AE lock: Auto: With One-Shot AF and evaluative metering, AE lock is applied when focus is achieved By AE lock button


Shutter
Type: Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds: 1/8000 sec. to 1/60 sec. (Full Auto mode), X-sync at 1/ 250 sec.
1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)


Flash
Built-in flash: Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Guide No.: 12/39 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Flash coverage: 15mm lens angle of view
Recycling time approx. 3 sec.
Integrated Speedlite Transmitter function provided
External flash: EX-series Speedlite (Functions settable with the camera)
Flash metering: E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock: Provided
PC terminal: Provided


Drive System
Drive modes: Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, 10- sec. self-timer/remote control, 2-sec. self-timer/remote control Continuous shooting speed: Max. 8 shots per sec.
Max. burst: JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 94 (126) shots
RAW: Approx. 15 (15) shots
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 6 (6) shots
* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and a 4GB card.
* Figures in parentheses apply to an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 4GB card based on Canon’s testing standards.


Live View Shooting
Focusing: Live mode, Face detection Live mode (Contrast detection)
Quick mode (Phase-difference detection)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
Metering modes: Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Silent shooting: Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Grid display: Two types


Movie Shooting
Movie compression: MPEG-4 AVC
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format: Linear PCM
File type: MOV
Recording size and frame rate:
1920x1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280x720 (HD): 60p/50p
640x480 (SD): 60p/50p
* 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.0 fps, 24p: 23.976 fps, 60p:59.94 fps, 50p: 50.0 fps
File size:
1920x1080 (30p/25p/24p): Approx. 330 MB/min.
1280x720 (60p/50p): Approx. 330 MB/min.
640x480 (60p/50p): Approx. 165 MB/min.
Focusing: Same as focusing with Live View shooting
Metering modes: Evaluative and center-weighted average metering with the image sensor
* Automatically set by the AF mode
Metering range: EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control: Program AE (exposure compensation possible) for movies and manual exposure
Exposure compensation: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
ISO speed: Automatically set within ISO 100 - 6400, expandable to 12800
With manual exposure, ISO 100 - 6400 set automatically/manually
Sound recording: Built-in monaural microphone
External stereo microphone terminal provided
Grid display: Two types


LCD Monitor
Type: TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots: 3-in. with approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)
Coverage: Approx. 100%
Brightness adjustment: Auto, manual
Electronic level: Provided
Interface language: 25


Image Playback
Image display formats: Single, Single + Info (Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index, image rotate possible
Zoom magnification: Approx. 1.5x - 10x
Image browsing methods: Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movie, by stills
Highlight alert: Overexposed highlights blink
Slide show: All images, by folder, by date, movies, or stills
Movie playback: Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT)
Built-in speaker


Direct Printing
Compatible printers: PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images: JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering: DPOF Version 1.1 compatible


Custom Functions
Custom Functions: 27
Camera user settings: Register under Mode Dial’s C1, C2, and C3 positions
My Menu registration: Provided
Copyright information: Entry and inclusion enabled


Interface
Audio/video OUT/Digital terminal: Analog video (Compatible with NTSC/PAL)/stereo audio output
For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB equivalent)
HDMI mini OUT terminal: Type C (Auto switching of resolution)
External microphone IN terminal: 3.5mm dia. stereo mini-jack
Remote control terminal: Compatible with N3-type remote control
Wireless remote control: Compatible with Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Extension system terminal: For connection to Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A/B/C/D


Power Source
Battery: Battery Pack LP-E6 (Quantity 1)
* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
* With Battery Grip BG-E7 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used
Battery information: Remaining capacity, Shutter count, and Recharge performance displayed
Battery life (Based on CIPA testing standards):
With viewfinder shooting: Approx. 800 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 750 shots at 0°C/32°F
With Live View shooting: Approx. 220 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 210 shots at 0°C/32°F
Maximum movie shooting time:
Approx. 1 hr. 20 min. at 23°C/73°F
Approx. 1 hr. 10 min. at 0°C/32°F
(With fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E6)


Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D): 148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5 mm / 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in.
Weight: Approx. 820 g / 28.9 oz. (body only)


Operation Environment
Working temperature range: 0°C - 40°C / 32°F - 104°F
Working humidity: 85% or less


Battery Pack LP-E6
Type: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Rated voltage: 7.2 V DC
Battery capacity: 1800 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D): 38.4 x 21 x 56.8 mm / 1.5 x 0.8 x 2.2 in.
Weight: Approx. 80 g / 2.8 oz.

Battery Charger LC-E6
Compatible battery: Battery Pack LP-E6
Recharging time: Approx. 2 hr. 30 min.
Rated input: 100 - 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
Rated output: 8.4 V DC/1.2A
Working temperature range: 5°C - 40°C / 41°F - 104°F
Working humidity: 85% or less
Dimensions (W x H x D): 69 x 33 x 93 mm / 2.7 x 1.3 x 3.7 in.
Weight: Approx. 130 g / 4.6 oz.


Battery Charger LC-E6E
Compatible battery: Battery Pack LP-E6
Power cord length: Approx. 1 m / 3.3 ft.
Recharging time: Approx. 2 hours 30 min.
Rated input: 100 - 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
Rated output: 8.4 V DC/1.2A
Working temperature range: 5°C - 40°C / 41°F - 104°F
Working humidity: 85% or less
Dimensions (W x H x D): 69 x 33 x 93 mm / 2.7 x 1.3 x 3.7 in.

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera Body (18 MP, 3" LCD, Advanced Movie Mode, 8 fps, ISO 12800)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Photography - Graduated Neutral Density

Cokin P121S P Series Graduated G2 Soft Gray Neutral Density Resin Filter

Cokin X-Pro Series Filter - X121M Gradual Nuetral Grey G2-Medium (ND4)

Please note that by using Graduated Neutral Density filter, it really helps a lot. It helps to show more texture on the clouds as seen below. The top picture is without GND (Graduated Neutral Density) and the bottom picture is with GND (Graduated Neutral Density).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sony Alpha A900 Review




The Sony DSLR-A900's body is constructed from five main magnesium alloy sections, and includes sealing to reduce ingress of moisture between the body panels, as well as at the various control dials and buttons. The Sony A900 has a Sony Alpha lens mount that also accepts Konica and Konica Minolta glass. A large pentaprism sits above the lens mount, both dictating the camera body's workmanlike visual aesthetic, and providing a very large and bright TTL optical viewfinder with 0.74x magnification. The rear panel features a large 3-inch LCD display with 921,600 dot resolution, equating to VGA (640 x 480) pixel with three R, G and B dots per pixel. This is used solely for reviewing of images, as well as for menus and status display; the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 doesn't offer live view capability. There's also a small top-panel status LCD which indicates remaining shots and battery life, as well as the basic exposure variables.

Information (advanced mode)

  1. Exposure Mode
  2. Shutter Speed / Aperture
  3. EV scale / Exp comp. / Flash comp.
  4. Focus Area mode
  5. Metering Mode
  6. Sensitivity (ISO)
  7. Drive mode
  8. AF mode
  1. Creative Style
  2. Dynamic Range Optimizer setting
  3. White Balance
  4. Frames remaining
  5. Memory Card
  6. Size
  7. Quality
  8. Battery level

Key features

  • 24.6 MP 35mm format full-frame CMOS sensor (highest res in class)
  • SteadyShot INSIDE full frame image sensor shift stabilization (world first)
  • High Speed Dual Bionz processors
  • Eye-level glass Penta-prism OVF, 100% coverage, 0.74x magnification
  • 9 point AF with 10 assist points, center dual-cross AF w/2.8 sensor
  • 5 frames per second burst, newly developed mirror box
  • Intelligent Preview Function
  • 3 User programmable custom memory modes on mode dial
  • Advanced Dynamic Range Optimizer (5 step selectable)
  • 40 segment honeycomb metering
  • 3.0" 921K pixel Photo Quality (270 dpi) LCD display, 100% coverage
  • Direct HDMI output
  • ISO 200-3200 (ISO 100-6400 expanded range)
  • User interchangeable focusing screens (3 options)
  • CF Type I/II and MS slots, LI-ION battery, STAMINA 880 shots
  • Weight 850g (without battery, card, accs)
  • New Image Data Converter SR software (includes vignetting control)
  • New Vertical Grip
  • Supplied with wireless remote control
  • Magnesium Alloy body and rubber seals for dust and moisture resistance
  • AF micro adjustment
  • $2999.99 body price; available late October 2008

Nikon D5000 Review

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Camera Body) (DX-Format 12.3 Megapixel, 720p HD Movie Mode and 2.7" Vari-angle LCD)





The Nikon D5000 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera features an innovative Vari-angle monitor for an exciting new take on photographic expression. It adds a flexible dimension to Live View shooting, which vividly shows your subject in real-time. Now with this freely adjustable monitor, taking great shots and movie clips with Live View is easier and more enjoyable than ever.

Nikon's DX-format CMOS sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels records all the details of the original scene for breathtakingly lifelike photos. Shadows and highlights reveal exceptional details while a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio vastly reduces noise - especially important when shooting at high ISO settings.

The D5000 enhances Live View shooting by giving you a choice of different display views. Minimize displayed camera settings when you want an uncluttered view of the scene, or show vital information at a glance for situations requiring a comprehensive readout of settings.

Different types of photos require different focus strategies and the D5000 has the right Live View autofocus mode for any occasion. Whether it's a unique expression, dynamic action, or a small object in a big composition, the four easily selectable modes help you stay focused for sharp results.

The D5000 makes it point-and-shoot simple to acquire clear, tack-sharp photos when composing via the bright, informative optical viewfinder. Whether your subject is off-center, moving fast, or completely unpredictable, the D5000 has the right autofocus solution.

The D5000's normal ISO range of 200 to 3200 can be expanded to cover ISO 100 to 6400, letting you capture the natural ambience of a warmly lit room or vibrant street scene when the use of flash or tripod isn't an option. The extended sensitivity is also ideal for shooting sports, allowing fast shutter speeds to freeze action.

Features

  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor: Coupled with Nikon's EXPEED image processing and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking picture quality is assured.
  • D-Movie Mode with sound: Record 720p HD movie clips enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.
  • Vari-angle color LCD monitor: Position the 2.7-inch monitor freely for fresh shooting perspectives. Screen flips inward for safe keeping.
  • 19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes: Capture stunning photos in challenging picture-taking situations including Sunsets, Candlelight, Silhouette, Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow and more.
  • One-button Live View: Easy Live View access offers 4 autofocus modes, including Face-priority AF.
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames per second: Combined with fast power-up and split-second shutter response, decisive moments are captured easily without annoying shooting lag.
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200: Engineered for exceptional low-light shooting.
  • Built-in image sensor cleaning: Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning keeps images spot free.
  • 11-point Autofocus System with 3D Focus Tracking: Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor sharpness.
  • Auto Active D-Lighting: Restores lost shadow and highlight detail in high contrast exposures-Selectable and Auto modes available.
  • In-camera Retouch image editing: Creative in-camera image editing, featuring Soft Filter, Straighten, Color Outline Effect, Perspective Control, Red-eye Correction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more-all without a computer.
  • Picture Control Settings for personal image control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and 9 customizable settings.
  • Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates each scene for unmatched exposure accuracy.
  • Durable, high precision shutter: Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures precision and long shutter life.
  • GPS Geo-tagging: GP-1 GPS unit (optional) automatically identifies and records every image's latitude, longitude and altitude, with satellite time-of-day.

Specifications

Image Sensor FormatDX
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size15.8 x 23.6mm
Total Pixels12.9 million
Effective Pixels12.3 million
Image Area (pixels)DX-format
(L) 4288x2848
(M) 3216x2136
(S) 2144x1424
Top Continuous Shooting Speed4 frames per second at full resolution
Continuous Shooting OptionsDX-format
CH: Up to 4 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second
LCD Monitor Size2.7 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor TypeVari-angle color LCD monitor
LCD Monitor Resolution230,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor AdjustmentsBrightness,7 levels
Shutter typeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2
1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2
1 EV
Bulb Shutter SettingYes
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity3200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Storage MediaSD
SDHC
Storage SystemJPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
AVI
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
File SystemCompliant with DCF 2.0
DPOF
EXIF 2.21
Exposure ModesProgrammed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Auto
Auto (flash off) Advanced Scene Modes
Advanced Scene ModesPortrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night Portrait
Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key
Exposure Metering System420 pixel RGB sensor D Color Matrix Metering II
Center-weighted
Spot
Metering Range1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter CouplingCPU
Exposure Compensation�5EV in increments of 1/3
1/2
1
Exposure LockYes
Exposure BracketingYes
2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Shutter Release ModesLive View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Continuous [C] mode: 4 Quiet mode
Movie ModesMovie with sound
Stop motion movie
D-Movie
HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fps
White BalanceSun
Shade
Fluorescent
Incandescent
Flash
Preset
Auto
Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature setting
White Balance BracketingYes
D-Lighting Bracketing2 exposures
Live View ShootingYes
Playback FunctionsFull frame
Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments)
Zoom
Slideshow
Histogram
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Sound playback
D-Movie playback
Calendar
D-Movie playback Thumbnail (4, 9, 72 segments)
Calendar
InterfaceHi-speed USB
NTSC
HDMI
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses 1AF-S or AF-I: All functions supported.
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported
Compatible Lenses 2Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Picture Angle1.5
Viewfinder-2.0 to +1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Frame CoverageApprox. 95%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment(-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint17.9
Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Interchangeable Focusing ScreensNo
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.78
Depth-of-field ControlNo
Autofocus SystemNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9ft.10 in.)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points11
Autofocus Sensitivity-1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20�C/68�F
Focus ModesSingle-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Live View autofocus; Face-priority, wide area, normal area and Subject tracking
Single-point AF ModeYes
Dynamic AF ModeYes
Auto-area AF ModeYes
Focus LockAE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture ControlStandard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Nine User-customizable settings
Portrait
Landscape
In-Camera Image EditingTrim
D-Lighting
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Distortion Control
Monochrome
Stop Motion
Color Balance
NEF (RAW) processing
Quick retouch
Straighten
Distortion Control
Fisheye
Small picture
Red-eye correction
Perspective control Color outline
Built-in FlashYes
External Flash ShoeYes
Built-in Flash Distance56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m
Dust-Off Reference PhotoYes
Save/Load Camera settingsNo
Nikon Creative LightingSystem Compatibility: Yes
Built-in Commander mode not available
Flash Sync Speedup to 1/200
FP High Speed Syncup to 1/4000
Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Flash Control1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27 and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Sync TerminalNo
Accessory ShoeYes
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 seconds duration
World Time SettingYes
Date and TimeYes (Includes Daylight Savings Time Settings)
Battery TypeRechargeable
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL9 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery
AC AdaptorEH-5a AC Adapter
Battery ChargerMH-18a Quick Charger
Image CommentYes
Battery Life (shots per charge)510 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket1/4/2020
Supported LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied SoftwareSoftware Suite CD-ROM
Approx. DimensionsWidth 5.0 in. (127mm)
Height 4.1 in. (104mm)
Depth 3.1 in. (80mm)
Approx. Weight19.8 oz. (560g)


Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Camera Body) (DX-Format 12.3 Megapixel, 720p HD Movie Mode and 2.7" Vari-angle LCD)

Canon EOS 500D Review

Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera Body Only





The Canon EOS 500D EF-S Digital SLR Camera is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 15.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating and compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites, the EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080.

An HDMI port allows for quick connections to high definition TVs and monitors for easy viewing of your stills and video. The entire operation is simple and easy even if you are a beginner. You'll have uncompromised EOS Digital performance with power and flexibility right in the palm of your hand. Canon's CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies as used by Canon's professional cameras to maximize each pixel's light gathering efficiency.

Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format). Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up all camera operations for intuitive operation and offers improvements in both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T1i's image sensor to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in all lighting situations. The EOS Rebel T1i shoots brilliant video, even in full high definition. By simply selecting Movie mode on the EOS Rebel T1i's mode dial, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD lights up and it's ready to go.

Shooting is at a frame rate of 30 fps when shooting SD or HD quality video (640 x 480 and 1280 x 720 pixels, respectively) and at a frame rate of 20 fps in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) recording. Sound is recorded through the camera's built-in microphone. Playback modes are simple to access, and all Live View AF features can be used in shooting video.

Features

  • 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing of fine detail and natural color reproduction, 14-bit A/D conversion for smooth color tones and gradations
  • Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video
  • Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) monitor with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings for improved viewing and smudge protection
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer for superior highlight-shadow control
  • Wide range ISO setting 100-3200 (ISO expansion: 6400, 12800)
  • Creative Auto goes a step beyond auto allowing control over frequently-changed settings
  • Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories

Specifications

TypeDigital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card
Image Sensor Size22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C size)
Compatible LensesCanon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens MountCanon EF mount
Image Sensor TypeHigh-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
PixelsEffective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels
Total PixelsTotal pixels: Approx. 15.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter SystemRGB primary color filters
Low-pass FilterFixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
(2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor
Recording FormatDesign rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image TypeStill: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File NumberingConsecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous RecordingProvided (RAW, RAW+JPEG)
Color SpacesRGB, Adobe RGB selectable
Picture StyleStandard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing TypeAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Color Temperature CompensationWhite balance correction: �9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: �3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Info TransmissionProvided
Viewfinder TypeEye-level pentaprism
CoverageVertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
MagnificationApprox. 0.87x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
EyepointApprox. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing ScreenFixed, Precision Matte
MirrorQuick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder InformationAF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
Depth-of-Field PreviewEnabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TypeTTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points9 AF points (center AF point is cross-type)
Metering RangeEV -0.5-18 (at 73�F/23�C, ISO 100)
Focusing ModesAuto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)
AF Point SelectionAutomatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point DisplaySuperimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
AF-assist BeamIntermittent firing of built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery
When EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite's AF-assist beam is emitted instead
Metering Modes35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1-20 (at 73�F/23�C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full auto, Full auto, Programmed image control mode, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1: 6400 H2: 12800; Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
Exposure CompensationManual: �2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE LockAuto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter TypeVertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds1/4000 sec. to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range
Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter ReleaseSoft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting
Remote ControlRemote Switch RS-60E3
Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Built-in Flash TypeRetractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash MeteringE-TTL II autoflash
Guide Number13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycling TimeApprox. 3 sec.
Flash-ready IndicatorFlash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage17mm lens angle of view
FE LockProvided
Flash Exposure Compensation�2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Drive ModesSingle, continuous, self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)/remote control
Continuous Shooting SpeedMax. 3.4 shots/sec. (with One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF)
Maximum BurstJPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 170, RAW: Approx. 9
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, etc.
Shooting ModesStill photo shooting and video shooting
FocusingAutofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)
Metering ModesReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Metering RangeEV 0-20 (at 73�F/23�C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid DisplayProvided (Two grid displays)
Exposure SimulationProvided
Silent ShootingNot provided
LCD Monitor TypeTFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size3.0 in.
DotsApprox. 920,000 dots (VGA)
CoverageApprox. 100%
Viewing angle: 170�
Brightness Adjustment7 levels provided
Interface Languages25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Display FormatSingle image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images or shooting date)
Highlight WarningProvided (Overexposed highlights blink)
ProtectErase protect (or cancel) each image individually
EraseSingle image, selected images or all images in the SD card can be erased (except protected images)
Compatible PrintersPictBridge-compatible printers
Printable ImagesJPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW images captured with the EOS Rebel T1i
Easy Print featureProvided
DPOFVersion 1.1 compatible
Compatible ImagesJPEG and RAW images
Custom FunctionsTotal 13
My Menu RegistrationUp to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered
USB TerminalFor personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal
BatteryOne Battery Pack LP-E5
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5
With Battery Grip BG-E5, AA-size batteries can be used
Battery LifeThe above figures apply with a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E5
Battery CheckAutomatic
Power SavingProvided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 min.
Back-up BatteryBuilt-in secondary battery
Start-up TimeApprox. 0.1 sec. (based on CIPA testing standards)
Working Temperature Range32-104�F/0-40�C
Working Humidity Range85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm
WeightApprox. 16.9oz./480g (body only)


Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera Body Only