Professional DSLRs like the Nikon D4
and the Canon EOS-1D X
are hard-as-nails devices which can take a battering and operate in the toughest of conditions. Users with more modest cameras however, have to be a little more considerate about where and when they shoot. In the middle of a torrential downpour for example, not a good idea … normally. The Pentax K-30 is a mid-level DSLR which packs weather-resistance and dustproofing into an entry-level sized camera.
It looks like Triggertrap
is getting some competition. Like that product, ioShutter is a remote-control app/device that allows you to control how your DSLR takes photos, via your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The app allows a camera (which is hard-wired to the phone) to be triggered in a number of ways.
One of the keys to great photography is knowing when to hit the shutter button, but sometimes that's easier said than done. Triggertrap Mobile is an iOS app which aims to help you capture that elusive shot by turning your iPhone or iPad (2
) into a smart camera trigger capable of making your camera take a photo at exactly the right moment.
The Flash Dock from Pocket Demo is a DSLR hot shoe device that physically connects your iPhone (or other smartphone) to your DSLR camera, boosting the IQ of the latter by some margin. To what end? With the right apps, a smartphone can be paired with a DSLR for numerous purposes. Flash Dock plays no active part in the functioning of any of these apps - and you don't need a Flash Dock to make use of them - but by mounting your smartphone above the camera, the idea is that it provides ready access at all times.
Canon has just brought 4K video recording to the world of digital SLR cameras in the shape of the EOS 1D C. Developed to support the broadcast quality TV, motion picture high-resolution production industries, the new EOS family member is based on the core specs of the EOS 1D X
(which has just been confirmed for a June 2012 release), with some features from last year's C300
cinema camera thrown in for good measure.
While remotely controlling a powerful telescope and viewing the results on your computer screen - as promised by the Gloria
project - certainly has its appeal, it doesn't quite match the sense of personal gratification gained from snapping a digital image of a distant nebula with a camera mounted to your own telescope. Standard digital SLR cameras can provide impressive results but Canon has announced the release of an optimized version of its prothusiast level EOS 60D
that's been specifically retuned for astro-photographers.
Sony's translucent mirror technology - which directs incoming light to the image sensor and the AF sensor simultaneously - continues to advance with the introduction of the company's new SLT-A57 digital camera. The new camera trumps the α55
it replaces in a number ways, most notable of which is the 12 images per second continuous shooting with full-time continuous autofocus in Tele-zoom Continuous Advanced Priority AE mode. The new, faster, more powerful image processor that makes such an impressive performance boost possible also ramps up the sensitivity to a very low-light-friendly ISO16000, and the camera is fit to bursting with creative photography options.
Canon has chosen to kick off its 25th EOS anniversary with a new enthusiast-level digital SLR. As expected
, the company has decided against challenging Nikon's 36.6 megapixel D800
and has instead opted for a 22-megapixel full frame sensor for its EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. The new camera shares many high performance features with Canon's much more expensive flagship professional model, the EOS 1D X
, yet still manages a few tricks of its own.
With Canon releasing its EOS 5D Mark II
way back in 2008 - a lifetime in the world of digital cameras - rumors are circulating that the company has plans to announce its replacement early next week.
Has it really been over three years since Nikon released the 12-megapixel D700
digital camera? At long last, its replacement - which effectively triples the pixel count of its predecessor - is due to arrive next month. The new D800 is about half the price of the D4
announced in early January, with which it shares a number of features, plus it's smaller and lighter, and features a new 36.3 megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor. It's also the first digital camera to achieve USB 3.0 certification.