Nikon 1 V2 Review

December 15th, 2012 119 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras

Individuals expecting the Nikon V2 to become a light refresh from the Nikon 1 V1 in the same manner the Nikon 1 J2 is really a minor upgrade from the Nikon J1 is going to be surprised to understand that there are quite a bit different about Nikon’s latest compact system camera (CSC).
Whereas the J2 uses exactly the same 10.1-million-pixel sensor because the J1 and V1, for instance, the V2 includes a new 14.2MP CX format (1-inch or 13.2×8.8mm) CMOS device. This really is supported with a new processing engine named EXPEED 3A.
This sensor and processor combination has permitted Nikon to push the sensitivity selection of the V2 an end greater than ever before, stretching from ISO 160 to ISO 6400 rather than ISO 100-3200, that ought to prove helpful in low light.
Nikon has further extended the V2′s low-light capacity by providing it a pop-up expensive unit in addition to a hotshoe (suitable for the brand new Speedlight SB-N7 and existing SB-N5 flashguns). In contrast, the V1 has only a hotshoe, whereas the J1 and J2, that are below it within the line-up, have a pop-up expensive but no hotshoe.
As before, this hotshoe is definitely an accessory port and may accept products like the GP-N100 Gps navigation unit for marking images with location data because they are taken.
Because of the Expeed 3a engine the V2 can shoot continuously for approximately 45 full-resolution images at as much as 15fps in continuous autofocus mode as well as for 40 images at 60fps once the focus mode is placed to single AF and also the focus point and exposure are fixed in the first frame let’s start. Great news for individuals attempting to capture brief bursts of action.
In lots of other respects the specs from the V2 is equivalent to those of the V1, and also the new camera has got the same fixed 3-inch 921,000-us dot LCD and .47-inch 1,440,000-us dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) for creating and looking at images. The EVF is really a key distinguishing feature between your V2 and also the J1 and J2 below it within the range also it causes it to be substantially simpler to compose images in vibrant sunlight.
The hybrid AF product is also unchanged, using the camera switching between while using 73 phase-recognition points and also the 135 contrast recognition points because it deems necessary.
Build and handling
Among the greatest variations between your Nikon 1 V2 and also the V1 is adding a mode dial on top of the brand new camera. This enables quick changes between your cameras various exposure modes and it is more suitable to needing to experience screen controls. It is a distinct signal to fanatics the V2 is more interest for them compared to V1 or even the J1 or J2.
The dial feels well-crafted and turns with only enough resistance before clicking into position. Additionally towards the program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual mode popular with experienced photography enthusiasts there is the novice-friendly Auto Scene Selection mode that identifies the right configurations to make use of to capture the scene and a few innovative shooting modes including Best Moment Capture and Motion Snapshot.
Once the dial is placed to Best Moment Capture pressing the Fn button enables an option between two options, Wise Photo Selector and also the new Slow View
Slow View is especially intriguing and even though it takes just a few minutes to obtain your mind around it, it might prove very helpful in a variety of situations. Essentially, your camera records 40 full-resolution images at 15fps as soon as the shutter release is half pressed. As the release remains half-pressed your camera plays back these 40 images in slow succession to ensure that you are able to decide the one you need to keep. Whenever you achieve that image, pressing the shutter fully-home records it towards the Sdcard.
It is a fun feature and something that may prove very handy for taking holiday activities or school sports days, but it could take a little of practice to obtain the results you would like. It’s really no good beginning to shoot prior to the action has began for example, since the shoots is going to be taken prior to the subject has going.
We have seen Wise Photo Selector before and delay pills work pretty much, but now you can specify if the 20 images ought to be taken immediately before or following the shutter button is pressed home. Your camera then identifies the very best five images from which you’ll choose your chosen shot.
Nikon has additionally enhanced its Motion Snapshot way of the V2. This captures video for just one second in a high frame rate for slow motion replay ending on the still. The recording can be saved like a Mov file to ensure that it may be shared more broadly than ever before.
Another critical change introduced through the V2 is adding a comparatively large grip which has a well-textured coating. This really is very comfortable within the hands and since your camera is extremely light you can easily hold and employ one-handed.

Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review

December 8th, 2012 129 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

It’s easy to see if your image is in focus, and if you opt to focus manually you can enable peaking, which highlights in-focus parts of your frame in red, yellow, or white. This makes it possible to focus accurately, even when working with the shallow depth of field that a wide-aperture lens creates. The EVF is identical to the one built into the NEX-7 and is available as an add-on for the NEX-5R and NEX-F3.

The physical Mode Dial is a first for the NEX series—all other models require you to change the shooting mode via the menu system. It’s a welcome change, and it works well in conjunction with the two control dials—one that is built into its base, the other located on the rear of the camera. There are dedicated physical controls to adjust ISO, Exposure Compensation, and Drive Mode, as well as to activate Exposure Lock and video capture. There’s an Fn button next to the shutter release that gives you quick access to adjust other functions—the focus mode, autofocus area, white balance, and metering mode. There’s also a programmable soft key on the rear—by default it activates the Wi-Fi sharing, but you can change its functionality to suit your needs, with its current function displayed right next to it on the LCD.

The NEX-6 is the latest model to grace Sony’s compact system camera range and neatly slots in between the flagship NEX-7 and the more consumer focused NEX-5R. Taking elements from both models, the NEX-6 shares the high-resolution electronic viewfinder of its more expensive sibling and combines it with the Wi-Fi functionality of the NEX-5R to produce a mid-range compact system camera that looks to have plenty to offer.

That said, the compact system market is stronger than ever and the NEX-6 certainly has its work cut out if it wants to stand out from the crowd. With competing models such as the Olympus OM-D E-5, Panasonic Lumix G5, Nikon V2and the much cheaper Samsung NX11 all vying for position within the same segment of the CSC market, can the NEX-6 rise above the competition? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Pentax A40 Review

June 20th, 2009 29 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras


The Pentax Optio A40 is a 12 megapixel compact camera that packs a lot of features. Sporting a 3x zoom (37-111mm equivalent) lens, enhanced Shake Reduction image stabilization technology, a 2.5-inch high-res screen, and a plethora of in-camera modes and options, the A40 sounds like a capable camera. Included with the camera are a USB cable, audio/video cable, hand strap, rechargeable li-ion battery, charger, and CD-ROM with software.

The A40 features the following primary shooting modes:

  • Auto: Complete automatic mode, which allows basic settings like flash mode, macro focus mode, drive mode (continuous, single, timer, etc.)
  • Program: Allows the choice of auto-exposure program, shutter priority, or manual exposure mode, giving more options to more advanced users
  • Night Scene: Optimizes the camera for shots of scenes or people at night; the camera suggest the use of a tripod or similar to help stabilize the camera, and the use of flash for portraits
  • Landscape/Flower: These two modes are optimized for their respective targets, with the camera adjusting the focus style as well as some color options to help make the pictures appealing
  • Natural Skin Tone/Food: These modes also adjust color tones to help get the best pictures – natural skin tone is clearly aimed at making photos of people look better, while food mode gives more saturation to make food items look more appetizing
  • Kids/Pets/Sport: These modes are all specialized for quick moving subjects, changing the focus mode to help track and allow quick shots of your target
  • Text: Designed to help get sharp, clear photos of text – this mode allows for choice of black and white photos and can be further optimized by adjusting the contrast value

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