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Friday, August 27, 2010

Canon EOS 60D Review

Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (18MP CMOS, 1920 x 1080 HD Video, 3.0" Flip-Out LCD, DIGIC 4)



EOS 60D. Replacing the EOS 50D,is designed for photographers who want to take their skills to the next level, offering high performance, a series of creative features, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics – empowering photography enthusiasts to capture outstanding stills and Full High Definition (HD) video for unique, creative results.

High speed, high resolution

With an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS 60D offers high levels of detail and a magnification of 1.6x the focal length of the lens to capture poster-size images in a variety of aspect ratios*1. Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 technology rapidly processes image information captured from the CMOS sensor’s four-channel output, providing outstanding colour reproduction, as well as high-speed shooting at 5.3fps in bursts of 58 full-resolution JPEGs.

A standard ISO range of 100-6400 is extendable to 12800, providing smooth images with minimal noise in low light conditions. A 9-point, all cross-type autofocus (AF) system also provides swift and accurate focusing, with an extra-sensitive centre point for lenses faster than f/2.8, allowing photographers to artistically employ a shallow depth of field during portraiture or for more atmospheric shooting.

The EOS 60D features Canon’s iFCL metering system, first introduced with the acclaimed EOS 7D, with a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor. Information on subject location is gathered from the Auto Focus system, and is combined with colour and luminance readings for consistent accurate exposures whatever the situation. The Integrated Speedlite transmitter also provides in-camera control of multiple EX flash units for more creative lighting.

Shoot from all angles

A new 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD monitor features a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 1,040k dot resolution, providing added flexibility and allowing photographers to view their images in incredible detail. The Vari-angle wide LCD helps frame shots from difficult angles, and can be positioned with Live View enabled to achieve the desired composition if shooting isn’t possible using the viewfinder. The ability to capture wildlife portraits, overhead shots or ground-level photography is instantly enhanced, and the surface of the screen features an anti-reflective, water-repellent coating to protect the screen allows easy viewing in bright light and from a variety of angles.

Key features

18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor

Advanced creative features with Basic +
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD
Full HD movies with manual control
DIGIC 4
ISO 100-6400, H:12800
5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
9-point cross type AF System
iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor
Integrated Speedlite transmitter
In-camera RAW processing



Specification:

Body material
Aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre**

Sensor*
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio

Image processor*
DIGIC 4*

A/D conversion
14 bit

Image Sizes (Still)*
RAW
5184 x 3456
3888 x 2592
• 2592 x 1728

JPEG
3:2
5184 x 3456
3456 x 2304
2592 x 1728
1920 x 1280*
720 x 480*
4:3*
4608 x 3456
3072 x 2304
2304 x 1728
1696 x 1280
640 x 480

16:9*
5184 x 2912
3456 x 1944
2592 x 1456
1920 x 1080
720 x 400

1:1*
3456 x 3456
2304 x 2304
1728 x 1728
1280x1280
480 x 480

Image Sizes (Movie)*
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
File formats (Still)*
JPEG (EXIF 2.3*) - Fine / Normal
RAW
M-RAW
S-RAW
RAW + JPEG
M-RAW + JPEG
S-RAW + JPEG

File formats (Movie)*
MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)

Lenses
Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop

Dust reduction
EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software

Auto focus
TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor
9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)

Focus modes
One shot AF
AI Servo AF
AI Focus AF

Manual focus
AF point selection Auto : 9 point*

Manual
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed

Predictive AF
Up to 8 m

AF assist
Stroboscopic flash

AF microadjust
No**

Metering
TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer (iFCL)

Metering range:
EV 1 - 20 EV

Metering modes
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial (6.5% at center)*
Spot metering (approx. 2.8% at center)*
Center-weighted average

AE lock Auto:
One Shot AF with evaluative metering
Manual: AE lock button

Exposure compensation*
+/-5.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments

Exposure bracketing
+/- 3.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments

Sensitivity*
Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion

Shutter Focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/8000 sec
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments

Flash X-Sync:
1/250 sec
Bulb

Aperture values
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Actual aperture range depends on lens used

White balance
Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
White Fluorescent light
Flash
Custom
Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)

WB bracketing
+/-3 levels
3 images
Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias

WB shift
Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)

Picture style
Standard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User def. 1
User def. 2
User def. 3

Custom image parameters
Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, Gvan
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G

Image processing
Highlight tone priority
Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera, Miniature effect) - during image Playback only RAW image processing - during image Playback only**

Colour space
sRGB
Adobe RGB

Viewfinder*
Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x(-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)*
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter

Mirror
Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)

Viewfinder info
AF points
Focus confirmation light
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB.
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
CF card information
Monochrome shooting*
Maximum burst (2 digit display)*
Highlight tone priority (D+)
Grid
Dual Axis Electronic level*

LCD monitor
3.0 " TFT LCD
1040,000 dots**
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection

LCD Live view
Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
30 fps frame rate
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Silent mode
Grid optional (x2)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
Histogram
Multi aspect ratios**
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)

Flash
Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
FOV coverage up to 17 mm (27 mm equiv.)*
Guide number approx 13 m (ISO 100)*
Cycle time approx. 3 sec
Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
X-Sync: 1/250 sec

External flash
E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Wireles flash support *(no multi-group support*)

Shooting modes
Auto
No Flash
Creative Auto
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sport
Night Portrait
Movie*
Program AE
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Manual
Custom

Drive modes
Single
High-speed continuous
Low-speed continuous
Self-timer: 2sec + remote, 10sec + remote

Burst buffer*
Approx. 5.3 fps (speed maintained for up to 58 JPEGs, 16 images (RAW))

Orientation sensor
Yes

Auto rotation
On (recorded and LCD display)
On (recorded only)
Off

Custom functions *
20 Custom Functions with 59 settings

Menu languages
English
German
French
Dutch
Loads more...

Firmware
User upgradable

Portrait grip*
Optional BG-E9 Battery Grip*

Connectivity
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video output (PAL/ NTSC)
HDMI connector
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)

Storage**
SD, SDHC, SDXC cards

Power*
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Built in battery (date/time backup)
Optional AC adapter

Wireless connectivity
TBC

Dimensions**
145 x 106 x 79 mm (5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in)

Weight**
Including battery and memory card: 755 g (1.6 lb)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

SONY NEX-5K Review

Sony's NEX-5 is the first of new hybrid camera model from Sony, offering a large-size APS HD CMOS sensor capable of 1080i HD movie capture and high quality images to the heady heights of ISO 12,800.

HD movie 1080i can be captured at 60fps in addition to high quality stills from ISO 200 through to a whopping ISO 12,800.

When it comes to image quality, the NEX-5 really stands apart from competitor models. In terms of image noise, ISO 200-800 are exceptionally clean, with a slight colour noise presence creeping in progressively thereafter but having no profoundly negative impact as far as ISO 3200. ISO 6400-12,800 show more considerable signs of detail loss due to noise reduction, yet are both of a good enough quality to use, no qualms about it.








Specification:

* 14.2-megapixel effective recording
* APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.4 X 15.6 mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
* includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
* tilting 3" LCD screen with live view for composing shots in real-time and previewing the effects of exposure settings
* high-def movie mode with sound (up to 1080i @ 60 frames per second)
* BIONZ® image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos
* lightweight, durable Magnesium alloy body
* Anti-Dust Technology keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
* 6-image layering: can take six pictures in under a second, then combine the best attributes of each into one photo to reduce blur and ensure proper exposure
* 25-area autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
* "Background Defocus" control lets you easily blur the background
* supplied detachable, aimable flash gives you greater control over flash angle and intensity
* face detection adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance for great-looking portraits
* Smile Shutter™ technology snaps a picture when it detects a smile
* Sweep Panorama mode
* 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the panorama, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image. 3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D
* on-screen help guide and shooting tips
* warranty: 1 year

Compatible Lenses:

* compatible with Sony E-mount lenses
* compatible with Sony Alpha SLR lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adapter

Exposure Modes and Controls:

* continuous shooting mode: 2.3 frames per second (up to 7 frames per second in Speed Priority mode)
* shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
* sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 200-12,800
* program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
* flash bracketing: up to 3 frames
* 8 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in many different shooting environments
* flash sync at 1/160 second

File Formats and Storage:

* image storage modes: JPEG (Fine and Standard), RAW, and RAW+JPEG
* still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9
* top JPEG options (pixels): 4592 X 3056 (3:2); 4592 X 2576 (16:9)
* AVCHD movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with stereo sound; MP4 movie files up to 1440 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second with mono sound
* accepts optional SD™, high capacity SDHC™, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards

Connections and Dimensions:

* high-speed USB interface
* mini HDMI output (cable not included)
* IR sensor: allows shutter to be remotely activated with optional RMT-DSLR1 wireless remote
* 4-3/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 1-9/16"D (without lens)
* weight (without battery or media): 8.1 oz.
* supplied lens weight: 6.9 oz.

Supplied Accessories:

* 18-55mm Sony lens
* detachable flash and flash case
* rechargeable NP-FW50 lithium ion battery
* battery charger/AC adapter
* neck strap
* USB cable
* software CD-ROM

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Samsung NX10

The world's first interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor offering the performance and image quality of a DSLR plus the portability, convenience and ease of use of a compact camera.

Samsung NX10 equipped with 3" AMOLED display
Samsung is also manufacturer of AMOLED screens and the Samsung NX10 profits from that. The camera has a 3-inch AMOLED display on the back. That outclasses the usual LCD-displays, not only in terms of quality, but also in terms of energy use. If you would rather use a viewfinder, then the NX10 also has an electronic viewfinder.

Image noise control is also very good, producing reliably noise-free images at 400 ISO and usable images at 800 ISO in quite low light, although performance at 1600 ISO leaves something to be desired.







Specification:

Body material
Metal and plastic

Sensor
• APS-C type CMOS (23.4 x 15.6mm)
• 15.1 million total pixels
• 14.6 million effective pixels
• RGB (Primary) color filter array

Dust removal
Super sonic drive

Image sizes
3:2:
• 14M (4592x3056)
• 10M (3872x2592)
• 6M (3008x2000)
• 2M (1920x1280)
• 1.4M (1472x976)

16:9
• 12M (4592x2584)
• 8M (3872x2176)
• 5M (3008x1688)
• 2M (1920x1080)

Aspect ratios
• 3:2
• 16:9

File formats
• RAW (sRW)
• RAW + JPEG (Normal, Fine or Super Fine)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2) -Normal, Fine or Super Fine

Movie mode
• MP4 (H.264)
• Mono sound (AAC)
• 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 340 pixels
• 30 fps

Lenses
• Samsung NX mount lenses
• Three lenses available at launch:
• SAMSUNG 30mm F2
• SAMSUNG 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
• SAMSUNG 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED OIS
• Adaptor for Pentax K mount lenses tba

Focus modes
• Contrast-detect Auto Focus
• Manual focus
• Face Detection (max 10 faces)
• 1 Point AF (free selection)
• 15-Area-Focusing (normal) / 35-area-focusing (close up)
• Single or Continuous AF

AF assist lamp
Yes, dedicated lamp

Image stabilization
None (lens only)

Digital zoom
No

Exposure modes
• Program AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• Smart Auto
• Night
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Scene
• Movie

Scene modes
• Beauty shot
• Children
• Close Up
• Text
• Sunset
• Dawn
• Back light
• Fireworks
• Beach & Snow

Sensitivity
• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200

Metering
247-zone multi-pattern sensing system

Metering range
0 to 18 EV (ISO100·30mm F2.0)

Metering modes
• Multiple-Weighted
• Center-Weighted
• Spot

AE Lock
• AEL/AFL button

AE Bracketing
• 3 frames
• up to +/- 3.0 EV
• 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps

Exposure steps
1/3 or 0.5 EV

Exposure compensation
• -3.0 to +3.0 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps

Shutter speed
• Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
• 30 -1/4000 sec
• Bulb (up to 8 mins)
• Flash X-sync 1/180 sec

White balance
• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent W
• Fluorescent N
• Fluorescent D
• Tungsten
• Flash
• Custom
• Kelvin

WB fine tuning
Yes (7 steps each of blue/amber bias, magenta/green bias)

WB Bracketing
• 3 shots
•+/-1 to +/-3 in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis

Color space
• sRGB
• Adobe RGB

Image parameters
• Picture Wizard presets
• Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1-3)
• Contrast
• Sharpness
• Saturation
• Color tone
• Noise reduction
• Picture Wizard Bracketing available (selectable 3 modes)

Drive modes
• Single
• Continuous (3 fps)
• Burst (30fps, 30 shots with a single press of the shutter, 1.4 MP)

Continuous buffer
• 3 RAW images
• 10 JPEG images

Self-timer
• 2-30 secs (1 sec increments)

Remote release
Optional SR9NX01 (wired)

Flash
• Auto pop-up
• TTL auto / manual
• Guide no. 11 (ISO 100, m)
• Angle of coverage: 28mm equiv.
• Modes: Smart Flash, Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye reduction (Auto or Fill-in), Slow syncro
• 1st /2nd curtain sync
• Flash power: Up to +/- 2EV in 0.5 EV steps

Flash X-sync speed
1/180 sec

External flash
• Hot shoe
• TTL Auto with Samsung flash (SEF42A, SEF20A)

Viewfinder
• Built-in Electronic Viewfinder
• VGA (640 x 480), 921k dots
• Coverage approx 100%
• Magnification approx 0.86x
• Eye point approx 20.2mm
• Dioptre adjustment

DOF preview
Yes

Orientation sensor
Yes

Display
• 3.0" Active Matrix OLED screen
• 4:3 aspect ratio
• Wide viewing angle
• 614,000 dots
• PenTile RGB array
• Approx 100% frame coverage


Playback functions

• Single
• Magnify
• Index (3,9 or 20 frames)
• Highlight warning available
• Slide show
• Red eye fix
• Back light comp.
• Photo Style Selector (Soft, Vivid, Forest, Autumn, Misty, Gloomy, Classic)
• Resize
• Rotate
• Face Retouch

Connectivity
• USB 2.0 (High Speed)
• Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
• Wired remote control (optional)
• HDMI ((1080i, 720P, 576P / 480P)
• AC power input (optional)

Print compliance
• PictBridge
• DPOF

Storage
SD / SDHC

Power
• BP1310 1300 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Supplied charger (BC1310)
• AC Adaptor (optional) AD9NX01

Dimensions
123×87×39.8mm (excluding the projecting parts of the camera)

Weight (camera body)
Approx. 353 g (12.45 oz)

Weight (inc 30mm lens, card and battery)

Approx. 499 g (17.6 oz)

Samsung NX10 has achieved something remarkable, a real alternative to a full-sized APS-C DSLR with all the features, performance and picture quality in a lightweight and compact package smaller than some super-zoom cameras. For a surprisingly low the price the NX10 is a great little camera, and a very serious competitor to the Micro Four Thirds systems and it's good for taking better photography.