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COMMUNITIES IN FOCUS: PHOTO COMPETITION LAUNCHES TO CAPTURE COUNTRY’S COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and national communications charity Media Trust, in partnership with the Thisis and localpeople community news sites run by Northcliffe Digital, have launched Communities in Focus, a photography competition to showcase inspiring images of people and communities from across the country.

From snapshots of local events such as street parties and farmers’ markets to portraits of people making a difference, such as charity volunteers or the village choir, Communities in Focus is designed to showcase the brilliant people, groups and activities that are the life of our communities.

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Pentax K-5 II Black FrontePHOTOzine and Photography BLOG has reviewed the new Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR – the camera features a 16 megapixel sensor, 7fps continuous shooting, updated focus system (better in low-light), improved screen, full HD video, and weather sealing.

NeoCamera has reviewed the Pentax K-5 IIs, the new IIs version is lacking, or rather has the AA (Anti-Aliasing) filter removed, for sharper images, but with the risk or moire.

Nikon D5200 DSLR LargeNikon has announced the new Nikon D5200 Digital SLR – with a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor it sits above the “entry level” D3200/D3100, and could be a good choice for anyone looking for a serious but affordable Digital SLR (like the Canon EOS 600/650D). It features full HD video recording, 5fps continuous shooting mode, HDR, multiple exposure, a 3 inch tilting swivelling screen and will be available in December for £719 body only, or £819 with 18-55mm VR kit lens. It’s also got an updated graphical interface, and will be available in black, red or bronze.

Read Nikon D5200 DSLR Previews: ePHOTOzine, Imaging-Resource, PhotographyBLOG

Canon EOS 650D
The Canon EOS 650D DSLR has been reviewed at ePHOTOzine as an in-depth 650D review, as well as a 650D user review, the Canon EOS 650D is the latest “entry” to “mid-level” Digital SLR from Canon, and features Full HD video, a swivelling touch screen, hybrid AF designed for better video AF and an 18megapixel sensor. The Canon EOS 650D is available for £613 with kit lens from Amazon UK, and while the auto focus (AF) during videos isn’t as good as it should be, at least it’s a start, perhaps they’ll make it much better on the new model, which no doubt will be called the Canon EOS 700D.

More reviews can be found at: TechDigit (3.5 out of 5 – warning fly close up), Gizmodo AU (says video AF is poor), Photography BLOG (mostly positive), Pocket-Lint (a few blips).

Sigma SD1 DSLRAh the enigma that is the Foveon X3 sensor, the APS-C sized sensor unites these three cameras… The Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill is the Digital SLR version with Sigma lens mount, while the DP1 and DP2 Merrill are the same compact camera, where you get to choose which one you want based on what lens you want on the front of the sensor, a 19mm f/2.8 (28mm equivalent) or 30mm f/2.8 (45mm equivalent). The sensor delivers extremely detailed 15megapixel images that are far beyond what you would normally get from a normal 15/16 megapixel sensor, but you do need to shoot and process RAW files to get the best colour from them, as the JPEG output is just not up to scratch. The SD1 doesn’t feature live view or video modes unlike other DSLRs these days, although the DP1 and DP2 do feature a VGA, 30fps video mode. Anyway, here’s some links:

Sigma SD1 Merrill Review, Sample Photos
Sigma DP1 Merrill Review (first at ePHOTOzine), Sample Photos (Sigma)
Sigma DP2 Merrill Review, Sample Photos

Pentax K-5 II Black FrontPentax has just announced a range of new products, including two Digital SLRs, one mirrorless camera, several lenses as well as a new adapter, here are the details:

Pentax K5 II – improved AF update to the 16.2mp K-5
Pentax K5 IIs – same as above, but without the anti-aliasing filter for higher image quality
Pentax 18-270mm Zoom Lens – K Mount (for above)
Pentax 560mm Super Telephoto lens – K Mount (for above)
Pentax Q10 – small 12.4mp mirrorless camera with tiny sensor (compact camera sensor)
Pentax Q06 – 15-45mm / 83-249mm equivalent lens for above
Pentax Adapter Q for K – Mount K-Mount lenses on the Pentax Q
Pentax 90mm Portrait Lens – for Pentax 645D

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR – Image courtesy ePHOTOzine

Nikon:
Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E 36.3 megapixels vs 36.3 megapixels, but one’s better, and more expensive.
Nikon D700 vs Nikon D800– 12 megapixel full frame vamera vs a 36.3 megapixel full frame camera.

Olympus:
Not a real Digital SLR, but it sure looks and acts like one, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 gets a 2 month user review.

Sony:
The Sony NEX-F3, an entry level mirrorless camera, with interchangeable lenses. Not a Digital SLR either, but it has the image quality to match, in a more compact package.

Sigma:
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a compact camera, but with an APS-C Foveon sensor straight from the Sigma SD1. Sample photos can be found here.

Here’s a round-up of some of the latest digital camera reviews:

Sony Cybershot RX100

Serious Compact:
Sony Cybershot RX100 – 20.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

Digital SLR:
Pentax K-30 – 16 megapixel weather proof DSLR

Mirrorless / Compact System Camera:
Samsung NX1000 – with WiFi

Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20 – 5x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix FT4 – 4.6x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 – 5x optical zoom with WiFi

Pocket zoom:
BenQ GH200 – 12.5x optical zoom, £105.
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x optical zoom

Ultra zoom:
Olympus SP-720UZ – 26x optical zoom lens

Compact:
Panasonic Lumix FS45 – 5x with f/2.5 bright lens
Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR – 5x compact with WiFi

Budget:
Nikon Coolpix S2600 – 5x zoom lens, only £69

Nikon D3200 red or black DSLR
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new 24.3 megapixel Nikon D3200 Digital SLR – it features an APS-C sized CMOS sensor with 24.3 megapixels, full HD video recording, new built in guide mode, 4fps continuous shooting, 3inch screen, Wi-Fi optional accessory, ISO100 to 12800, and it’s available in black or red with an 18-55mm VR kit lens for £611.

“An entry level DSLR with a 24 megapixel sensor is rare and with this added resolution, you are able to crop into your shots without sacrificing on your image quality, meaning it may even tempt more serious photographers as well.”