From the monthly archives: "November 2013"

Pentax K-3The Pentax flagship DSLR, now from Ricoh, uses a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor which can capture images at 8.3 FPS with ISO from 100 to 5,1200. Paired with a high-speed mechanical shutter with 1/8000s to 30s, plus bulb, shutter-speeds, the K-3 can freeze the fastest action and photograph in extremely low-light. This is further helped by its built-in image-stabilization and ultra-sensitive 27-point SAFOX XI autofocus system.

This professional DSLR offers a number of highly innovative feature, including totally unique Anti-Alias Simulation which lets the K-3 maximize captured details or reduce the chance of moire. An interactive demo of this system is included in the Ricoh Pentax K-3 review.

The extensive review of the K-3 published at Neocamera also covers differences between the K-3 and K-5 IIs which highlights the first imprint of Ricoh onto the Pentax original design. This is definitely worth a read for current Pentax owners. As always, a gallery of full-resolution images is included with the review with samples from the entire ISO range. A bonus page compares the performance of the K-3 and Nikon D610 which boasts the same resolution but on a larger full-frame sensor.

Read the extensive Pentax K-3 review here.

 

Maginon SZ 24

ALDI in the UK, are selling the Maginon SZ 24 (from the same group as TEVION and TRAVELER), a compact camera with a 24x optical zoom lens equivalent to 25-600mm, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p video, 3inch screen, optical image stabilisation, ISO64-ISO1600, pop-up flash, it uses USB charging and a lithium-ion battery and comes with a 4GB SD card, and is priced at £119. Full details can be found on the Maginon website.

Buyers of the Maginon SZ 24 have complained about the short battery life – averaging around 100 shots – although the battery can easily be replaced by a higher power unit from ebay (or elsewhere).

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Maginon SZ 24 Sample Photos, a set on Flickr.

Olympus sell a very similar camera to this, the Olympus SZ-15, with roughly the same specifications, priced at £129 from Amazon UK, although you don’t get a free memory card with it. Or there’s a 14 megapixel version, the Olympus SZ-14, available for £119 from Amazon UK available in a number of different colours, and there’s even a deal where you can get a free case and 8GB SD card all for £119. Most reviews of the Olympus SZ-14 are quite positive, and there is a more detailed Olympus SZ-14 review here. Nice. PS – There’s a Casio version too, the Casio Exilim EX-H50, but that’s only available shipped from Japan.

Panasonic Lumx DMC-GX7Panasonic’s latest flagship mirrorless, the GX7 brings the first in-camera stabilization system to the Lumix mirrorless family. This camera boasts an impressive tilting EVF with Eye-Start sensor a whopping 2.8 megapixels of resolution, something unmatched by any digital camera to date. This lets the GX7 show a crisp and clear view of the world and making it, in most cases, even more usable than a traditional optical viewfinder.

Neocamera just published a review of  the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7. The review details the capabilities of this 16 megapixels Micro Four-Thirds camera and shows that it is one of the most feature-rich mirrorless on the market. As always, great attention is paid to usability and a gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities accompanies the review. Read on to find out more.

Neocamera Nikon 1 AW1 ReviewThe Nikon 1 AW1 is the world’s first and only waterproof interchangeable lens camera. Not only can it be taken down to a depth of 15 meters, it is also shockproof to drops of 2 meters, unlike any other system camera. Its rugged protection does not end there, being freezeproof to -10C.

This mirrorless has a moderately large 14 megapixel sensor with 2.7X crop-factor which is bound to perform better than all other waterproof cameras which use tiny sensors. Its completely electronic-shutter offers extreme speed with up to 60 FPS and 1/16000s shutter-speeds.

A comprehensive and detailed review of the Nikon 1 AW1 at Neocamera explains how this unique camera is built, how it handles and performs. As always, a gallery of full-resolution images taken at every ISO is included with the review.

Nikon announced two new Digital SLRs in the last couple of months, including the Nikon D610, and Nikon D5300, both with 24 megapixel sensors, the D610 a full-frame Digital SLR, the D5300 an APS-C sensor camera with no optical low pass filter, built in GPS, and Wi-Fi. You can read a review of the Nikon D610 at ePHOTOzine, where they say:

“For the cynical, this is the camera that the D600 should have been, with seemingly no sensor issues (we took over 3000 shots and could not see any problems), or for the not so cynical, this is a slight update on an already excellent camera.”

They’ve also published sample photos from the Nikon D5300 here, as well as a review of the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II SLR wide-angle Nikon mount lens.

Update: Not long after I posted this, Nikon announced the new “retro” Nikon Df Digital SLR with classic styling, manual controls with external dials, a 16 megapixel full-frame sensor, and compatibility with older Nikon lenses, it will be available in black or black/silver with a price of around £2800 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.