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August 21st, 2007
08:46 pm


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New Cameras Announced (Danger, Will Robinson!)
Canon has announced two new D-SLR cameras.

The 1Ds Mark III upgrades the previous world's best camera, the 1DsII, adding 20% more pixels, 14 bit A/D, some clever algorithms to use the two extra bits to rescue detail in nearly washed-out highlights, a 3" diagonal screen, and the ability to frame the shot with the screen rather than the viewfinder like any $200 camera. And it does it all at the same price point as the 1DsII.  Unfortunately, that's still $7999, and I won't be getting one any time soon.

Far more dangerous, though, they have also announced the long-anticipated 40D.  This upgrades the 30D, adding most of the cool stuff that's new in the 1DsIII.  In particular, the image sensor cleaning, a feature I really need.  Plus, software that purports to edit out the dust that the sensor cleaning system doesn't get.  But it also adds the 14 bit A/D, the bigger screen, and the Live View (frame using the screen rather than the viewfinder, which is really useful when you need to hold the camera up over your head).  And it, too, is at the same price point as the model it replaces, $1299.  I definitely want this camera.  Really, I want two of them, because when I'm seriously photographing, I already carry two bodies, and two dust-free image sensors would be a major win.

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Date:August 24th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
And before the ink is even dry on the press releases, Nikon has fired back with announcements of two impressive models. The D3 is Nikon's first full-frame DSLR. It's a little low on pixels for a full-frame camera (at least from my point of view as a telephoto kind of guy), but it claims absolutely amazing light sensitivity -- native ISO 6400, two full stops better than Canon, and synthesized another two stops, for a mind-boggling ISO 25600. Even 6400 means ambient light photos in almost any situation where you can see, and 25600 is like night-vision goggles. We'll have to wait until November for reports on how noisy it is. And the D300 carries most of the features of the D3 to an APS-C sensor and a $2000 price point. The specs they claim on these cameras make me think I'm backing the wrong horse being a Canon guy. But I will still be very happy to get my mitts on a Canon 40D. And as long as Nikon and Canon keep fighting, they'll both keep coming out with better cameras.
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