Nikon D3S Review

October 17th, 2009 38 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon D3s digital SLR for the professional photographer
During the presentation, Nikon claimed that no less than 70% of the DSLR cameras of 3000 Euros or more is actually a Nikon digital SLR. This is an extensive part of the market where the Nikon D700, introduced in July 2008, undoubtedly takes up the largest share. Looking at Nikon’s entire professional DSLR offer, the structure is transparent and clear. It is all about meeting the demands of the professional photographer, with the emphasis on image quality rather than the actual pixel amount. And it is exactly that; the demand for improvements and enhancements, that justifies the introduction of the Nikon D3s.

Image quality of the Nikon D3s SLR
Whereas the ISO quality of the Nikon D3 was already high, Nikon has clearly raised the bar once more while developing the D3s. The Nikon D3s features a Hi-3 ISO boost and, with a maximum ISO base of 12,800, ISO can be expanded to an incredible 102,400 ISO. This remarkable performance is only made possible by entirely re-developing the 12.1 Megapixel image sensor. Thanks to the large pixel space for every single pixel and a fully changed internal structure at which a minimal in-camera editing takes place in order to retain sharpness and detail, the professional photographer is able to significantly expand his job location and freedom. Shooting in less ambient light is now also enabled, which extends the effective workday on location.

Nikon apparently held a press-event in beautiful Scotland. LetsGoDigital has been there to test the new Nikon D3s already. This Nikon D3s is a hands-on review and not a lab test. LetsGoDigital says that they will receive final Nikon D3s samples soon to test them in their lab.
For me it is more important how a camera works in real life.
One of the highlights of the new $5,000 Nikon D3s DSLRcamera is the ISO sensitivity. It can be expanded on the Nikon D3s from Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent) up to Hi 3 (ISO 102400 equivalent). LetsGoDigital says about this new capability in their hands-on Nikon D3s test: “Dinner was served in a dimly-lit environment, presenting the ideal circumstances to try out the high ISO performance of the Nikon D3s. It’s a pity we cannot show you the images, since it is simply incredible what the improved sensor of the D3s is able to do. Both pictures and videos benefit from the large ISO range, enabling shooting in the most difficult circumstances. If you have the possibility to shoot using a Nikon D3s in the near future, you will soon be convinced.” Read the full Nikon D3s review on LetsGoDigital.
Nikon D3S Video Review

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

June 6th, 2009 143 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon EOS 5D MK II

Steve Huff reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“For owners of the 5D, 40D or 50D who want to upgrade without going to a 1d series body, the 5DMKII is a WINNER. I could find no faults in its operation or image quality. Just the AF tracking on fast moving subjects. ”
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Gizmodo.au compares the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to Nikon D700 and writes;
“In the end, for me, I give the trophy to the 5D Mark II for the 1080p video. It’s got its drawbacks, sure, but being able to switch seamlessly from stills to beautiful movies with my awesome 35mm DSLR lens is just too good to be true.”
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MacWorld reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Pros: Great image quality; expanded ISO range; HD video; great interface. Cons: New RAW modes have a slight color shift; cheaper cameras available with larger feature set.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photo.net reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“I can certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a “state of the art” full frame DSLR. If I could afford one and I didn’t already have too many cameras, I’d buy one myself! ”
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DCI reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“testing revealed exceptional image sharpness and color accuracy, with acceptable automatic white balance results and outstanding custom white balance accuracy..”
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WDC reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Nikon and Sony are hardly taking this lying down, but they certainly have a fight on their hands, because in our estimation the EOS 5D Mark II is, all things considered, probably the best ever Canon DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The A3+ and A2 sized prints show an amazing amount of detail. Noise ratio is excellent; ISO 3200 is fine at A3+ format and ISO 1600 is no problem for an A2 sized print. T”
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ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“High quality is one thing, but being a camera that can deliver high quality over a wide range of lighting conditions and different ISO settings is what makes the Canon 5D Mark II such a compelling choice, and a clear Dave’s Picks.”
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CNET reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“With superb image quality and performance, the new 5DMk2 can confidently continue to fill the gap between Canon’s entry/consumer-level and all out pro dSLR models… ”
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B&H reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Priced under $2700, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an impressive camera that enables the user to capture monstrous, pro-quality still and video image files for far less than half the price of Canon’s flagship EOS 1Ds Mark II…. ”
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DigitalTrends reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Shooting indoors in a dimly lit room at 25,600 ISO is a bad move—especially if you want an 8.5×11 print; it’s a pixilated mess. Dropping down to 12,800, the results were much better… 6400 was surprisingly good, as was 3200, which is about the limit we’d go for a fairly noise-free image for a large print.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 5D MK II and writes;
“5D II delivers excellent image quality from a solid-performing body. It is a great body for beginning photographers with big aspirations. It is a great upgrade to all owners of non-1-Series bodies – and even some 1-Series body owners are going to want one. I enthusiastically recommend the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. “
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LuminousLandscape compares the Canon EOS 5D MK II to Sony A900 and writes;
” If you have very small hands then the 5D MKII is probably the preferable camera from a handling point of view. For those with larger hands, or who shoot with gloves on a great deal, the A900 might be a better choice.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Starting with image quality, the EOS 5D Mark II is capable of delivering fantastic-looking images, that are packed with detail…we’re holding back on our final scores and rating until Canon makes an official announcement, which we hope to hear very soon. Should the EOS 5D Mark II be easily fixed and the black dots avoided, we’ll be able to Highly Recommend it”