Articles tagged "dslr"

Modest Updates: Nikon D3400 Review

We've been testing the recently updated D3400. Though the updates are modest, the real question is can the camera still hold its weight against the competition? Read more

Wireless tethering on a budget: control your camera from your phone or tablet for $40

Wireless tethering is nothing new, but it's not exactly a cheap proposition. Well, that's changed, as Seattle-based photographer Alan Lawrence shows on his blog. For around $40, you can wirelessly control and transfer images from your DSLR to your phone or tablet. Read more

Take a look around: traditional stills versus VR in Iceland

Recently, DPReview staffer Carey Rose took a personal trip to Iceland with the D810 in tow, while one of his travel buddies packed a Theta S along with his usual kit. Check out how the current state of accessible 360-degree stills capture compares to a good old-fashioned DSLR. Read more

CP+ 2016: Sigma MC-11 adapter is world's 1st to offer full range of AF modes on Sony E-mount

Sony's α-series of full-frame and APS-C cameras allow for an incredibly diverse range of lens options. What's been missing is the full range of advanced autofocus options Sony offers on native lenses, but not adapted third-party autofocus lenses. Sigma's new MC-11 adapter changes all that with Sigma's DSLR lenses, and we've got the video evidence to back it up. Learn more

CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present

It's finally here! We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan where we got our hands on the new Pentax K-1. While we were at Ricoh's booth we also got a glimpse into the not-so-humble beginnings of Pentax's flagship full-frame DSLR. Read more

Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR

CES 2016 saw the announcement of two important DSLRs from Nikon, including an update to its flagship line, as well as an almost mythical product many had given up hope of ever seeing: a true D300 replacement. The D5 and D500 really refine the DSLR with a number of under-the-hood improvements. In case you missed any, we've compiled and analyzed some of the most important underlying technologies in these cameras. Read on

Pulse aims to bring advanced wireless control to your DSLR

Pulse, a project currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, aims to bring wireless control to many Nikon and Canon DSLRs.

Life in a glass case: We peer at new Pentax full-frame DSLR

Ricoh's upcoming full-frame Pentax DSLR is getting more real! The last time we saw it, the as yet unnamed camera was barely more than a chunk of carved plastic, but at this week's Photo Plus Expo in New York, a much more advanced mockup was on display at the Ricoh booth. Briefly. Shortly after we asked for a closer look it was removed permanently from display and locked in a cupboard. Oh well. Click through for some closeups

Ricoh announces 24-70mm F2.8 for upcoming full-frame Pentax DSLR

We're still waiting for the much-teased full-frame DSLR, but Ricoh has today announced another full-frame zoom lens - the HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR, which features a weatherproof design and bright, constant maximum aperture. Read more

2014 Enthusiast DSLR Roundup
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There's a lot of action in the enthusiast DSLR segment at the moment, and this category in our seasonal roundup includes the top-performing APS-C DSLRs from each manufacturers. These cameras may not have full frame sensors, but what they do have is pro-level controls and features, borrowed from their high-end cousins. Read more in our 2014 enthusiast DSLR roundup

2014 Consumer DSLR Roundup
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Despite the emergence of the mirrorless class, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs. Large sensors, optical viewfinders, and sizable grips make them comfortable choices for many aspiring photographers. We cover seven consumer and mid-level models in this roundup. Find out which we recommend. Read more

1991 Nikon-Kodak hack was first DSLR in space

What was the first digital camera in space? It turns out in 1991 NASA sent a modified Nikon F3 with small Kodak CCD sensor and external processing unit on a shuttle mission. Called the Hawkeye II, this system used a RS-232 serial port to connect to its external gear. Kodak would use this platform as the basis for the DCS system, the first commercially available digital camera. Learn more

Weak Yen masks hard times as Mirrorless and DSLR sales decline

Manufacturers are putting on brave faces as compact sales continue their decline and interchangeable lens camera sales fail to shine. Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon and Olympus have all put out their financial results covering the Christmas period, and there's little to be positive about, with falling sales of interchangeable lens cameras being reported by the industry's biggest players.

Compare our reviewer's results for yourself.

DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D

In this series of short articles, DPReview staff are highlighting their personal standout products of the year. It might be a camera, a lens, an accessory or even a piece of software.

Will consumer DSLRs  be 'dead in 5 years?'

Are smartphones killing the consumer-level DSLR?

The Weye Feye helps connect DSLRs without Wi-Fi capability to Android and iOS smartphones.

How to turn your smartphone into an SLR adapter

Photographer Michael Amos mounted his Android phone to a Canon SLR's viewfinder.

Crowdfunding campaign launched to expand Shutterbug Remote capabilities.

Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000

In this article we're going to look at ten of the best DSLRs and ILCs under $1,000. We've included current cameras that we really like, and last-generation bargains, too.

Beginner's Guide Video: DSLR vs SmartPhone

DPReview just posted the first in an ongoing series of short videos aimed at the novice photographer. In this first segment hosts Jordan and Mark compare the results from a smartphone and an entry-level digital SLR in everyday shooting conditions such as low light, moving subjects and the challenge of capturing a flattering informal portrait. In future spots the video guides will be covering more practical shooting advice and diving into creative techniques in an effort to help beginners choose the right gear. 

Canon adds 200-400mm support to EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III

Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III full-frame DSLRs to allow them to work correctly with the new EF 200-400mm F4 L IS 1.4x lens. Firmware versions 1.1.3 (1D Mark IV) and 1.2.2 (1Ds Mark III) allow the cameras' central AF points to achieve focus with the lens when it is used with an extender, where the combined aperture is F8. Both updates are available for immediate download. 

DigiCamControl offers remote control of your camera from your tablet or smartphone.

Gold iPhones make your mobile photography experience baller

For $6,500, you can own this gold smartphone.

Pentax updates firmware for K-5 II/IIs DSLRs and Q mirrorless camera

Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5 II, K-5 IIs DSLRs and Q mirrorless cameras. Firmware version 1.04 for the K-5 II and IIs improves overall stability and resolves an issue where some of the controls stopped working on the cameras' status screens. The update Pentax Q firmware v1.12 resolves issues regarding one of its Smart Effect filters. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links.

Review in Progress: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S

We take a quick look at the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S to see if there's a noticeable difference in image quality between the two.

Canon updates firmware for EOS 6D Wi-Fi capable full-frame DSLR

Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 6D Wi-Fi capable full frame digital SLR for enthusiast photographers. Version 1.1.3 of the firmware fixes a bug related to date and time settings of the camera. The firmware is available for immediate download from Canon's support website. Click through for the download link.

Nikon to build $6.3m DSLR factory in Laos to lower costs

Nikon has said it will spend around ¥600m (around $6.3m) to establish a factory in Laos. The factory will conduct part of the production process for the company's entry- and mid-level DSLRs, with final assembly still taking part in the existing Ayutthaya plant in Thailand. The move aims to increase production capacity and help reduce costs, the company says. The announcement suggests all mass-market Nikons will still pass through Ayutthaya, where all production was halted for several months following a devastating flood in October 2011.

Canon unveils EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 world's smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR

Canon has announced the EOS 100D/Rebel SL1, the world's smallest, lightest DSLR. It shares the 18MP resolution, DIGIC 5 processor, 3" touchscreen and 1080p30 video capability of the mirrorless EOS M. The camera does introduce much wider scene coverage of Canon's Hybrid AF system and shoots at up to 4 fps. The 100D has a recommended price of $799.99/£799 with the co-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

Canon announces EOS 700D / Rebel T5i 18MP and 18-55mm STM lens

Canon has moved early to replace last year's 650D/Rebel T4i with the 700D/T5i. Like its predecessor, the new camera has an 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor with built-in phase-detection autofocus, a DIGIC 5 processor, a 9-point cross-type AF system, and Full HD movie mode. Among only a few minor changes, the Canon 700D is bundled with a new 18-55mm STM lens, which should offer better movie AF at a recommended price of $899.99/£849.

Longtime camera users often scoff at the many  limitations of smartphones. Staff writer Amadou Diallo finds that approach may be missing the point.

DSLR time-lapse images from the International Space Station

Austrian photography enthusiast Christopher Malin has produced a short film featuring time-lapse photography taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Captured with several Nikon D3S cameras, these sequences make for a unique and compelling view of the Earth and its surrounding environment. The film also includes a first hand account of the considerable challenges of photographing from space. 

Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers
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We sat down with pro photographers Dean Rutz and John Lok to get their thoughts on using the Canon EOS 1D X and Nikon D4 cameras on their daily assignments. Hear what the pros think of these flagship DSLRs.

Cine System Tripod Dolly and Mount Review

If you're a videographer on a budget, you should take a close look at the Cine System. On of our favorite kickstarter-funded projects it allows you to achieve smooth panning and zooming, as well as car or window-mounted shots with minimal fuss.

Can you tell the difference between an iPhone and DSLR photo?

Camera Showdown compares images from different cameras to see what gear comes out on top.

Sony US announces SLT-A58 DSLR and NEX-3N mirrorless cameras

Sony US has announced the Alpha SLT-A58 and NEX 3N cameras, five days after they were announced in Europe. The A58 replaces both the A37 and A57, helping to simplify the company's lineup. Meanwhile, the NEX-3N gains a compact-camera-style zoom lever and a smaller body than its predecessor, the F3. Both gain a lock-on focus mode and Auto Object Framing mode. The SLT-A58 will cost around $600 as a kit with the 18-55mm zoom, while the NEX-3N comes with a 16-50mm power zoom lens for around $500.

Nikon unveils D7100 mid-level 24MP APS-C DSLR with no low-pass filter

Nikon has announced the D7100 - a 24MP mid-range, enthusiast-focused APS-C DSLR. The D7100 promises high resolution by making do without an optical low-pass filter in front of its 24MP CMOS sensor. It gains a more sophisticated 51-point autofocus system and a 7fps 1.3x cropped shooting mode that provides a 2x crop compared to a 35mm system. The D7100 has a recommended price of $1,599/£1,299/€1,399 with 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens.

Olympus denies reports that it is ceasing DSLR production

Olympus is denying reports that it is ceasing its production of DSLR cameras. In its official statement Olympus says there is no truth to these reports and the company will continue to offer DSLR cameras alongside its popular mirrorless camera range. The reports came as Olympus promised 'extensive business restructuring' in its imaging division, above and beyond the downsizing already taking place as part of its 'medium term vision.'

Macworld/iWorld report: Developers showcase mobile photo solutions for DSLR users.

Pentax posts firmware updates for K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30, K-01 and K-r

Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30 and K-r digital SLRs. With these latest firmware versions, all cameras gain improved overall stability and enhanced contrast AF performance when using the 560mm f/5.6ED AW lens. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links. 

Nikon issues firmware update for D4 professional DSLR

Nikon has issued a minor firmware update for its D4 professional DSLR. Versions A 1.04 and B 1.02 improve performance of the camera's Subject Tracking AF feature in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) mode. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website. Click through for the link.

Pentax releases firmware updates for K-5 II and K-5 IIs DSLRs

Pentax has released the first firmware updates to its K-5 II and K-5 IIs digital SLRs, which were released in September of last year. Firmware version 1.01 offers contrast adjustment option for the cameras' LCD displays as well as 'stability improvements'. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links. 

Shooting fashion with a Sony RX100?

I take my little Sony RX100 for a spin on the wild side to see how it fares as a "in your face/pocket" stealthy editorial fashion shooter!

CES 2013: CameraMator connects your DSLR and mobile device via Wi-Fi

Updated: DSLR and Lens Buying Guides

We've just updated our DSLR and lens buying guides to cover recent developments in both product segments. Our buyers' guides are intended to provide a helping hand when it comes to deciding what to buy, and include summaries of some of the main things to look for, and explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of various options as well as common terminology. Click through for links to our updated versions of both articles. 

Look Lock smartphone holder for DSLRs keeps subjects focused

Accessory uses mobile phones to hold subject's attention.

Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi

Nikon has announced the D5200 - an upper entry-level DSLR that improves on the D5100 by offering a 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080i60 movie capability, a side-articulated 921K dot 3.0" tilt/swivel LCD and new processing filters. Interestingly, the D5200 is equipped with a significantly upgraded AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor that is used in the D7000, and the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor. The D5200 is also compatible with Nikon's optional WU-1a WiFi module. Pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed, and Nikon has yet to officially announce the D5200 in the US. 

Evolution of an image
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Professional photographer Carsten Krieger takes you through his process of creating a landscape photograph.