Tonight, Pentax showed off the newest member of their digital camera lineup, the Pentax K-x. A sort of hybrid of their K2000/K-m and K-7 models, the small but sturdy camera brings HD video-capable SLRs to a lower price than ever before. We even got to spend a couple of minutes with one; read on for our impressions.
The Pentax K2000 gave Pentax fans an answer to their call for a lighter, less bulky DSLR. Today, they've unveiled the Pentax K-x, another lightweight entry-level unit designed to lure customers away from their point and shoots. The bait? A 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, a 2.7 inch LCD with live view, and 720p HD video recording.
Olympus has announced a firmware update for their E-P1 Digital Pen.
Today photographers have a new solution for high speed digital photography. The new SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory cards feature a new "Power Core Controller," enabling lightning-fast read and write speeds of up to 90MB/s over a UDMA-6 bus. Read on for more details and a hands-on preview with one of SanDisk's new pro memory cards.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is one of the pioneers of a whole new breed of digital camera. As one of Panasonic's G-Series Micro Four Thirds systems, the GH1 doesn't seem to know or care whether it's a point and shoot on steroids or a compact DSLR with attitude. Our First Thoughts offers a sneak peek at our upcoming full review of the Lumix GH1.
Panasonic offered DCR a few hours with a pre-production Lumix GF1 at a press event in Germany this week. The first images and video emerging from the GF1 offer a glimpse at the performance of Panasonic's latest Micro Four Thirds offering - and European history. Take a look at how the Lumix GF1 fared in and around Berlin's Castle Charlottenburg.
Panasonic announces the Lumix DMC-GF1 today, their smallest interchangeable-lens system yet. The style echoes Panasonic's ultracompact lineup, but the GF1 is Micro Four Thirds all the way. It sports a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording, and a 3.0 inch LCD. Two new lenses are also announced with the GF1.
Canon offered us some one-on-one time with the just-announced EOS 7D, and with only a few precious minutes to spend with a pre-production unit, and we wasted no time putting it to work. Keep on reading for some initial impressions and samples from the brand spanking new Canon EOS 7D.
The Canon EOS 7D makes its official debut today alongside three new lenses. The rumor mill has been buzzing for weeks, and today the 7D steps out of the shadows and into cold, hard reality. At the heart of the 7D is an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with improved low light capabilities and a re-vamped metering system. The EOS 7D also aims to blur the ever-blurring line between a still camera and a video camera, offering full 1080p HD recording at a variety of frame rates. Canon fans, it's time to start writing your letters to Santa.
Olympus adds the E-600 to its beginner-friendly DSLR lineup this morning. With a 2.7 inch swiveling LCD, three in-camera art filters, and a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, there's a lot here that a first-time DSLR user would like. It offers advanced features like 4 fps shooting already found in the E-620 at a smaller price.
Sony launches their second full-frame DSLR today, the Alpha DSLR-A850. Like the flagship Alpha A900, the new A850 will feature a 35mm 24.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 3.0 inch 921k dot LCD. With a few exceptions, it's nearly identical to its predecessor. The A850 will start at $2000, a sweet price for a full-frame system.
Sony announces the Alpha DSLR-A500 and DSLR-A550 this morning sporting the latest generation of CMOS sensors. Coupled with their BIONZ image processor, the 12.3 megapixel A500 and 14.2 megapixel A550 are optimized for low-light performance and boast shooting at up to 12800 ISO.
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