Photography and technology have walked hand-in-hand through many photo shoots. Advancements in digital technology have been an asset to photographers in recent years, and will continue to be so for many more. But one of the most rapid developments has been in Wi-Fi technology.
Professional-grade DSLRs are the most technologically advanced cameras in production and provide the highest-quality imagery possible, while realizing the tools necessary for photographers to gain complete control over their imagery.
An intermediate DSLR is what its name implies, a camera that falls between entry-level and professional-level DSLRs. While this is generally true, it should not necessarily imply that an intermediate camera is unable to produce images similar in quality to professional cameras, or that it cannot be used to its maximum potential by a novice photographer.
A DSLR is a step up for photographers looking to gain more control over the way they create images, as well as providing greater versatility and expansion for their future photographic endeavors. Serving as the contemporary progression from traditional film-based SLR cameras, a DSLR is a digital single lens reflex camera.
As we roll toward the end of 2012, let’s take a look at what’s available from the major camera manufacturers in terms of advanced compact cameras. There are many options of course, in some cases multiple options from one company, but what these cameras share, what separates them from standard point and shoots and from mirrorless cameras is not size alone.
The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 digital camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is an entry-level DSLR-style camera based around Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology. It features a 16.1-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor and BIONZ image processor for producing high quality images and HD video with an expanded ISO sensitivity up to 16000.
The new 16-megapixel Sony NEX-6 compact interchangeable lens digital camera features an APS-C HD CMOS sensor and an advanced DSLR-style auto focusing system. You can take full-resolution stills at 10 fps, or shoot Full HD 1920 x 1080 video and compose your shots with its XGA OLED TruFinder electronic viewfinder or touch-screen LCD.
The new Sony Alpha SLT-A99 digital camera features a 24.7MP Full Frame, 35mm-sized Exmor CMOS sensor. The BIONZ image processor gives the A99 ample speed for large file sizes and offers support for quick focusing, low-light sensitivity and noise reduction.
The new Sony DSC-RX1 is the first ever full-frame compact camera, offering a high level of imaging performance in a highly compact package. Raising the bar from the standard APS-C to a full-frame 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor provides an increase of image quality that can effectively resemble that of a professional-level DSLR.
Sony has announced the NEX-VG30 interchangeable lens camcorder. With E-Mount lenses and a 16.1MP Exmor APS-C sized CMOS sensor, the NEX-VG30 will yield a beautiful, cinematic image with shallow depth of field and low noise characteristics. This newest iteration of the VG series will also offer videographers some welcome upgrades over NEX-VG20.
Sony is expanding its XDCAM HD422 lineup with the new PMW-160 handheld camcorder and the PMW-50 SxS field deck. With three 1/3” Exmor CMOS sensors, the camcorder was designed for broadcast and television productions.
With the introduction of the Sony PRS-T2 Reader, which is available in three colors, the makers of the Kindle and Nook now have to contend with a truly clever and intuitive little eReader. The PRS-T2 has built-in Wi-Fi and at only 5.9-ounces, it is two and half times lighter than the 14.6-ounce Kindle Fire.
The Sony NEX-7 a new camera with 24.3 megapixels, and a world first OLED built-in viewfinder, hot-shoe, built in flash, and revolutionary Tri-Navi system, the NEX-7 is truly a professional camera that transcends all expectations.
Sony has just announced the newest camera in its line of mirrorless cameras: the NEX-5R. Following suit of its predecessors, this camera is a compact, interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C-sized sensor. This combination provides a bit of both worlds; the portability of a compact point and shoot with the control and image quality reminiscent of a DSLR.
Sony has finally announced a pair of compact, rugged Full HD camcorders for point-of-view (POV) action sports videography. As this corner of the camcorder market continues to grow, we knew it would only be a matter of time until Sony offered a viable contender.