Last year, Canon introduced the PowerShot S90, which featured a fast (f/2) 28–105mm equivalent 3.8x zoom, an innovative mode control dial, RAW+JPEG capability, and ISO ratings to 3200, all wrapped in a sleek, easily-pocketable black body not much larger than the camera's bright, 3" LCD. This year Canon has refined this little beauty in the form of the Canon PowerShot S95.
After two-plus years of claiming they're not going to incorporate video capture into their DSLR product line until they can overcome the limitations of DSLR capture—i.e, no autofocus and viewfinder blackout during video capture—Sony has introduced two compact DSLRs that address both issues.
Nikon has announced the arrival of the D3100, a new entry-level DSLR that sports, among other cool features, a 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Full 1080p (1920 x 1080) HD video capture @ 24 fps with—now hang on to your hats, kids—full-time autofocus with monaural sound. Now we're talking (and autofocusing)!
The engineers at Nikon have apparently been burning the midnight oil of late, the results of which appear in the form of four new AF-S G-series Nikkor lenses. They include three new zooms—a 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, a 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR and an update of Nikon's classic 85mm f/1.4, a killer portrait lens if there ever was one.
Flashgun technologies have come a long way since Vivitar first rattled the world with thyristor circuits on their venerable 285 speedlite. Today, advanced circuitry can slice and dice your flash exposure into exacting portions to light your subject regardless of its level of reflectivity.
Panasonic has released a quintet of Lumix-series digicams, each bearing its own unique attributes. The monikers of these snapshooters are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700, Lumix DMC-FX75, Lumix DMC-TS10, Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40, a super zoom (24x) bridge-style digicam.
When it comes to wide-angle zooms, you have wide zooms, ultra-wide zooms and then you have Sigma's 8-16mm/f4.5-5.6 DC HSM, which with an angle-of-view range of 75.5° to 114.5° is the flat-out champ in its class. It's also quite responsive, feels really nice in your hand, is pleasingly sharp. Even at 8mm, it remains respectfully rectilinear when squared off to your subject.
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