Sony A500 and A550 ISO Comparisons

Sony A500 and A550

Recently, I’ve been getting to know the new Sony A500 and A550 DSLRs, which feature 12.3-megapixel and 14.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensors, respectively.  Sony has hyped these consumer-grade DSLRs as low-light and low noise shooters thanks to their BIONZ image processing.  Both cameras cover a sensitivity range of ISO 200-12800, which is a pretty bold spec for cameras priced under $1000.  So, I decided to take a closer look at the noise performance of the cameras side-by-side. [Read more...]

Featured Reader Comment: Praise for the Canon G11

The Canon G11 is a great little point and shoot camera, no doubt.  For those of you who may not have caught Craig King’s comment on The Rave about the Canon G11 post, I thought I would share it with you here.

The following comment feature’s Craig’s impression of the G11 and is unedited other than breaking it up into shorter paragraphs:

I’m a serious amateur photographer that started back in 1982 with the legendary Canon AE-1. I was the guy that had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the digital altar!

In 2005 I started using the Nikon D 70 and got hooked on the obvious flexibility of digital. I really love to carry my camera everywhere I go, but as you know this is a good way to damage it and DSLR’s can draw the wrong type of attention in questionable areas!

I’ve been using the G11 for three weeks now and I’m standing here in total amazement at what I’ve been able to capture with it. The design of this camera simply lets your creativity flow. I have people ask me what am I doing different? I kind of snicker and know deep down that me and the camera are flowing together in harmony and the results are outstanding. I shoot almost exclusively in manual mode and I find this little powerhouse will let me blend settings to get what I’m after.I don’t push passed 800 ISO, because the noise does appear after that.

All in all I give it thumbs up and recommend it highly for the artist that isn’t wrapped up in technical parameters. Just get one and get out there and make it happen! One warning, your DSLR will start to feel neglected!

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Canon G11 Craig.  Discover more about this camera on Photography Bay’s Canon G11 Reviews and Resources.

Sony Cybershot WX1 Review

Sony Cybershot WX1

The Sony Cybershot WX1 is a 10.1-megapixel point and shoot camera – but it isn’t just another camera with a new model number and more megapixels. The WX1 provides everything that you get in your run-of-the-mill point and shoot camera, but also adds some great features like an easy panoramic mode, an effective low light mode and a powerful new imaging sensor. [Read more...]

Sony A850, A900 and Canon 5D Mark II – More ISO Comparisons

For those of you interested in a little more pixel peeping with the Sony A850, A900 and Canon 5D Mark II, I’ve added several more samples taken at various noise reduction settings.

I’ve made all of these available in this forum thread, which includes 100% crops and full-res files for download and inspection.

The original ISO comparison, which did not use noise reduction, can be found here.

Ricoh GXR Reviews and Resources

Ricoh GXR

The Ricoh GXR modular camera system is a unique system that pairs lenses and imaging sensors into sealed components, which are interchangeable on the GXR camera body.

The GXR system initially offers a camera body, which is essentially an LCD, controls and a memory card slot. The two initial lens units cover 24-70mm and 50mm, featuring a 10-megapixel CCD 1/1.7-inch sensor and a 12.3-megapixel CMOS 23.6mm x 15.7mm (APS-C size) sensor, respectively.

The GXR body carries an initial retail price of $549.

The GXR A12 50mm lens unit carries an initial retail price of $830.

The GXR S10 24-72mm lens unit carries an initial retail price of $440.

The system should be on store shelves in December 2009.

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Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300s vs. Sony A500 ISO Test – Round 2

Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300s vs. Sony A500

If you didn’t get enough in the first Canon 7D vs. Nikon D300s ISO Test (and I know a lot of you didn’t, based on the lively comment section), we’re back for Round 2.

This time, we’ve got a couple of additional variables to mix things up a bit — and to see if the claims of some of the Nikon shooters in the comment section of the first round bear fruit. [Read more...]

Canon 7D vs Nikon D300s ISO Test

A couple of years ago, after Canon announced the 40D, Nikon dropped a bomb with the D300 and D3 combo.  I remember the cover of Popular Photography read in bold print “Nikon Strikes Back.”  That was a very fitting description in the face of what many thought was a rather mild upgrade to the Canon 30D, which was in turn a mild upgrade to the 20D.   A year later, Canon failed to really “wow” us with the 50D; however, I found the 50D to be an excellent performer.

Fast forward to Summer 2009 and the stage is set for both Nikon and Canon to take another turn at “wowing” us.  The D300s is mostly a rehash of the D300, along with video capture.  Canon, however, stepped out with the feature-packed 7D, which also featured video, but added a spec-list that made it look like a 5D Mark II Jr.

Since the introduction of the D300 was Nikon’s turn to “Strike Back,” will the Canon 7D, in response to the D300s, be “Return of the Jedi Canon”?  Keep on reading this first round of comparisons, which takes a side-by-side look at the ISO performance of these two prosumer cameras. [Read more...]