Archive for February, 2012:
The Pentax K-01 is a bold new camera from Pentax and is certainly different to anything else made by anyone else – and perhaps that’s what Marc Newson and Pentax intended with the design of this new camera. It’s also the first mirrorless camera ever to use a full Digital SLR lens mount, supporting existing Digital SLR lenses. This causes the camera size to be larger than most other mirrorless cameras as the distance from the sensor to the lens has to be the same as that of a traditional D/SLR camera.
The two red and green buttons on the top can be customised, with the red button defaulting to record video in any mode. The battery is a large Digital SLR sized battery with a rating of 1860mAh, so should offer good battery life. The camera does not feature and electronic viewfinder, but could support an optical viewfinder in the flash hot shoe. The cameras screen is used for live view and focusing appeared reasonably quick, although not as quick as the quickest mirrorless cameras available.
The Nikon D800E is a 36.3-megapixel full-frame DSLR, designed to fit the needs of professional studio and landscape photographers who need the greatest resolution possible—without the anti-aliasing effects of the parent model, the Nikon D800. The D800E optically corrects for the anti-aliasing filter, resulting in an identical light path with no anti-aliasing characteristics. This leaves the camera susceptible to a moire effect and discoloration when photographing repeating patterns, but it maintains the maximum possible resolution of the mammoth image sensor.
The 16 megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor is the crown jewel of the E-M5, and comes complete with five-axis image stabilization, allowing the sensor to shift up, down, forwards, backwards and diagonal to compensate for camera movement, enabling what Olympus reps describe as “a built-in Steadycam.” Perhaps even more impressive, however, is the camera’s autofocus system. Olympus claims that the E-M5 features the “world’s fastest autofocus,” of any camera — yes, that even includes top-of-the-line DSLRs. We went on a quick indoor shoot with the cam and were incredibly pleased with the focusing system’s performance — subjects came into focus instantaneously, even in low-light. We can’t confirm that Olympus claim, but this thing is definitely very, very fast.
Canon’s PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS feature 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom lenses with 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS). Canon’s ZoomPlus further extends the reach of each lens to 39x.
The new Intelligent IS technology selects the most appropriate IS settings from seven (Intelligent IS modes include: Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Dynamic & Macro IS, and Tripod Mode) modes for steady, blur-free shots. While Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto mode which now detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result. The camera’s also feature Advanced Multi-area White Balance technology which detects multiple light sources and corrects the colour balance for each, removing unsightly colour casts to give more natural results.