Nikon COOLPIX P7000 Review

October 9th, 2010 29 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

The Nikon Coolpix P7000 is a the new flagship model in Nikon’s extensive range of Coolpix compact digital cameras. The Coolpix P7000 is the successor to the one-year-old P6000, but it offers a new design and extra features that make it a completely different proposition. The P7000’s most obvious competitor is the equally new Canon PowerShot G2, with both cameras looking eerily similar at first glance

The familiar Menu button accesses the usual Nikon menu system, which is clear and easy to navigate. Press this when in Auto capture mode and there’s just two menus, Playback and Settings.

The Picture Control option allows you to tweak the look and feel of your images, with 4 presets and a Custom option on offer. The contrast, saturation and sharpening level of each preset can be individually adjusted too, so you should be able to find a setting that suits you. Distortion control automatically corrects barrel distortion, useful for all those 28mm shots of close-up architecture with converging verticals, but it does have to be turned on before you take a picture.

In playback mode, pressing the same menu button affords access to rudimentary image editing, including Nikon’s exposure adjusting D-Lighting function, Skin Softening and Miniature Effect, image slide shows, plus the ability process a RAW file in-camera if required. you can move up and down the nine levels and as you do so, the current tone range is displayed as a flashing area in the main image, allowing for more precise verifcation of the exposure. A button to the right features the familiar trashcan icon for deleting images on the fly and completes the rear of the P7000.

Pentax K-5 Review

October 9th, 2010 144 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras

Pentax Imaging Systems is pleased to announce the launch of the Pentax K-5 interchangeable lens digital SLR camera.

However, it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Combining a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second.

It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 (when expanded via a custom function) and full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels to expand the boundaries of high-quality visual presentation.

Adding other improvements and refinements — such as a faster autofocusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components — the K-5 is designed to be more functional and manoeuverable in every detail, and in its response to the demands of the photographer.

Making the camera more appealing to outdoors types, the K-5 offers a stainless steel chassis covered with magnesium alloy, and the camera is full weather sealed and coldproof: Pentax says the K-5 stands up to water, fog, snow, dust, sand, and other environmental hazards.