DSLR and “Larger Sensor” Video Cameras Will Shake Things Up – Again

Nearly two years ago, Canon changed the game (and, perhaps redefined the game) with the introduction of the 5D Mark II.  (And, while the Nikon D90 was the first DSLR to hit the scene with HD video capture, few will argue that Canon’s 5D Mark II was the real game changer.)  As the story goes, the addition of HD video to the 5D Mark II was almost an afterthought, which isn’t too far fetched of a story – given the rough implementation and numerous workarounds required to get a polished video out of the camera in those early firmware versions.

And then there was Reverie.

Reverie changed the way we looked at this new camera before we even knew what it was supposed to do.  I’ve heard Vincent Laforet recount the almost accidental acquisition of a prototype 5D Mark II a couple of times now.  He had the prototype camera in hand for roughly 72 hours and really made the most of that time.  That accidental spark ignited a huge flame in demand for the 5D Mark II – as well as a demand for knowledge to learn what it takes to do the same thing with a $2700 (at the time) camera.

A new niche market was born almost overnight. [Read more...]

Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow – New Book

Interested in learning more about wildlife photography?  That’s just the title of a new book from photographer Uwe Skrczypcza. Among other topics, the book addresses technical issues associated with wildlife photography workflow, and focuses on Skrzypczak’s photography in the Serengeti National Park in East Africa.  Wildlife Photography retails for $39.95, but is available from Amazon.com for $26.37 at the time of this post.

More details in Rocky Nook’s press release below. [Read more...]

Top Digital Cameras – June 19, 2010

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

It’s time for another round of the best selling digital cameras.  As usual, this list is based on info available at Amazon’s digital camera page.

Best Selling Digital Cameras

  1. Panasonic ZS7 (black)
  2. Panasonic Lumix TS2
  3. Canon PowerShot SD780 IS (black)
  4. Canon Rebel T1i
  5. Canon PowerShot S90 IS
  6. Polaroid t1031
  7. Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
  8. Panasonic ZS7 (red)
  9. Canon PowerShot SD780 IS (silver)
  10. Canon PowerShot G11

This is just a snapshot in time, as Amazon updates its bestseller list on an hourly basis.  It does provide an idea of what’s important to people though.

While Canon and Panasonic are dominating the top sellers on Amazon, there are a lot of other cameras that deserve attention as well.  You can check out the cameras and gear I recommend over on Photography Bay’s page for Recommended Cameras and Accessories.