The latest: Nikon D600, Canon 6D, Leica M, Panasonic GH3 and more
Like clockwork, at the end of summer and as fall begins, most camera manufacturers announce their new products. It coincides with Photokina, the world’s biggest and most important photography trade show and the upcoming holiday shopping season.
And what’s more, it looks like we are gearing up for another Nikon vs. Canon battle with their new full-frame, small-profile, video-ready DSLR offerings: the Nikon D600 with a 24.3 megapixel FX – CMOS sensor and the Canon EOS 6D featuring 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor.
These are not for the beginner at a list price around $2,100, but are aimed at the advanced amateur or professional looking for a full-frame-quality sensor at a lower price.
Did I say lower price? Yes for most of us $2,100 for a camera body is a high-price ticket, but compared to their more expensive models, it’s a welcome relief. Both cameras will work great in most shooting situations, except for the professional sports shooter who’s looking for faster frames-per-second to capture the action.
They are touted as high-quality DSLR’s in a small, lighter profile. There’s certainly no argument from me. They both look like beautiful cameras with the quality most photographers are looking for.
Canon Stats: Sensor: 20.2 megapixel CMOS, Fastest frames-per-second drive: 4.5 fps, AF Points: 11 points, Width: 5.7 in., Height: 4.4 in., Depth: 2.8 in.
Nikon Stats: Sensor: 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS, Fastest frames-per-second: 5.5 drive, AF points: 39, Width: 5.6 in., Height: 4.4 in., Depth: 3.2 in.
The cameras vary slightly on features. For me, the Nikon wins the race because they have included a headphone jack for video.
Since I am shooting more video this would be the deal breaker for me. Having the ability to check your sound through the camera is a key feature. Canon has decided not to include it until you spend $3,500 for the 5D Mark III.
On the plus side for Canon, they do include a WiFi option onboard while the Nikon camera needs an additional adapter.
They reality for most photographers is simply that they will go with their current system. There probably isn’t enough of a difference in these cameras for anyone to change out their system of lenses and cameras.
Fujifilm XF1 – Are you getting bored with your point-and-shoot camera? Are you looking for a camera with more of a fashion statement? The Fujifilm XF1 is covered with a synthetic material which they say has the “feel of genuine leather” in your choice of brown, red or black with a silver lens.
The new XF1 includes a Fujinon 24-mm wide and F1.8 to 4.9 4x manual zoom lens and a 12-megapixel sensor. Fujifilm, the company that is well-known for making film, battling Kodak along the way, has now retooled itself into a camera design innovator, making trendsetting digital cameras.
Lensbaby Spark – Do your images need a new look with your Canon or Nikon camera? These days most people just seem to be satisfied adding creativity to their cellphone photographs.
But, if you’re looking for a way to push the creative envelope with your Nikon or Canon DSLRs, you may want to try a Lensbaby lens.
The new Lensbaby Spark, a manual 50 mm fixed f/5.6 aperture lens which you tilt and squeeze to move the focus spot, produces a blurred effect around your in-focus subject.
Diana Baby 110 – For those getting tired of digital and feel the need to go back to the roots of photography and get in touch with your creative side, the new Diana Baby 10 might be a great choice.
This camera shoots old-school 110 film. I know it goes back quite a few years as it uses the film that was featured in the smaller style Kodak Instamatic cameras.
I’m not sure that I’m ready to change formats at the moment, but creative film photography has had quite a resurgence.
Leica M – Who doesn’t want the new Leica camera? Nothing would look better on a shelf at the house or on my shoulder as I stroll around town.
The Leica M continues along the line of classic styling and superb quality and it’s very expensive. The camera features a 24-megapixel sensor along with 1080 HD video.
Probably one of the most interesting notes about the camera is that it’s splash proof. They claim the camera is built with “specially designed rubber seals.” My recommendation here is to keep your brand new Leica from any sprays of water, sand, dirt or dust.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 – Panasonic’s new camera is one of the most intriguing cameras to be announced this time of year. This four thirds sensor camera looks like a regular DSLR in a much smaller package.
They are really pushing the combination high-quality still and video in one camera. They have really helped their cause by adding a headphone jack for monitoring to the camera along with a flip-out 3-inch LCD screen. This is the cheapest camera available to offer this feature.
Sony Cyber-shot RX1 – Sony advertises the RX1 as “full frame in your pocket, a professional compact camera.” This is the ultimate fixed-lens high-quality point-and-shoot-sized camera. The retail price of $2,799.99 is going to be out of the price range for most of us who are looking for an improvement in our snapshots. You’re simply going to pay for the quality features which include: a 35mm full-frame 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, a Carl Zeiss Sonnar f/2.0 lens and full HD 24p video.
Olympus PEN E-PL5 – Available silver, black or white, this micro four-thirds updated camera features a 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch, 460,000-dot flip-touch screen which can rotate up to 170 degrees, and full 1080 HD video.
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