Nikon D300s Review

Nikon D300s

The Nikon D300s is a 12.3-megapixel DSLR that can also capture video at 720p resolution and 24 frames per second.  The D300s is a follow up to the D300 and serves as more of a refreshed version of the D300 as opposed to a totally new product.  It has most of same components and features as the D300 with a few new bells and whistles thrown in for good measure.

Since the recent announcement of the D3s, Nikon appears content in offering video capture at 720p for this generation of cameras.  All of the Nikon DSLRs that offer video only allow a maximum resolution capture of 720p at 24 fps.  Canon has stepped out of the box from its initial video limitations in the 5D Mark II by offering serious firmware updates to it (and promising more to come) and additional video options to its other new DSLRs like the Canon 7D, which offers 1080p HD video capture at 30fps, 25fps, and 24fps, as well as 720p HD video at 60fps and 50fps.  While Nikon has received much criticism on the video limitations of its recent DSLRs, it has shown no signs of stepping up the game in this generation of cameras.

That said, the Nikon D300s (and every other DSLR for that matter) is first and foremost a still image capture device.  Sure, video is relevant nowadays; however, performance for still image capture and quality is still our golden measuring stick.  With this in mind, let’s take a brief look at the key features and jump into the rest of this review. [Read more…]


Canon 1D Mark IV Announced

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon has just announced the EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR.  The new 1D Mark IV succeeds the 1D Mark III, which was plagued with autofocus flaws from day one.  The 1D Mark IV features a completely revised autofocus system with 45 AF points, 39 of which points are high-precision cross-type.  Other upgrades include a higher resolution, increased sensitivity, dual DIGIC IV processors, and full HD video.

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Canon Rebel XS / 1000D Firmware Update Version 1.0.6

Canon has released a firmware update for the Rebel XS / 1000D.

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following changes.

1. Some cameras may exhibit a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor does not display, the shutter does not release, and the busy indication remains lit in the viewfinder.
2. The message, “Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to <OFF> and <ON> again or re-install the battery”, appears on the camera’s LCD monitor, and after the above operation is carried out, the LCD monitor displays in a language that is different from the actual language setting.

To learn more and download Firmware Version 1.0.6, visit Canon’s website.

Ricoh CX2 Firmware Update – Ver. 1.13

Ricoh CX2

Ricoh has released updated firmware for the Ricoh CX2 camera.  The new firmware addresses following issues:

1 With the step zoom ON, there may be rare occasions that the camera power will be off in zoom lever operation.

2 In Manual focus, if you enlarge the center part of the image in the screen, the enlarged part may become black-out rarely.

To get more details and download firmware version 1.13, see Ricoh’s website.

Hasselblad H4D Series

Hasselblad H4D

The Hasselblad H4D series is the follow up to the H3D platform.  The first camera in the new H4D series is the H4D-60, which is a 60-megapixel, medium format camera.  The H4D series of cameras will feature Hasselblad’s True Focus with Absolute Position Lock technology, which ensures accurate focus during any recomposition after autofocus is initially achieved.

The H4D-60 should be available in January 2010 for 28,995 EUR.

Hasselblad H4D

More details below.

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