And now something different for relaxation: you have probably heard about new lease policy Adobe has in mind for its future products…. It’s making the headlines all over the web. There will be no more perpetual licensing, but instead you’ll have to lease the software and subscribe to the Creative Cloud. Youtube user EvilEdison made a funny video over famous Hitler bunker scene pointing out to negatives of such approach… take a look at the video yourself, I bet it will make you smile.
Canon Powershot N is a somewhat unusual camera at the first glance. It consists of lens in the front, a touch-screen at the back and that’s it. There is no grip and very few buttons. Compact camera market is disappearing a bit by bit every day and manufacturers are trying everything they can to keep customers. This can seen by ultra-zoom flood in the last two or three years and many advanced models like Sony RX100, Nikon Coolpix A and many others. With Powershot N, Canon tried a bit different approach, making it different than almost any other camera on the market.
Sigma recently released a demo video showing software of the late USB lens docking station in action. This dock is a very special product as it will allow users to adjust focus if there is a need for it (usually there is). Almost all modern DSLR cameras have the option to adjust AF accuracy, but often only as a single setting for every lens. This is a problem with zoom lenses since most tend to missfocus by different degree depending where in the zoom or focus range they are. Sigma USB dock will allow to set AF compensation at up to 4 focal lengths and at 4 different focus positions independently. There is also an option to adjust optical stabilization , focus limiter and AF speed. Click “continue reading” to view video:
It seems Canon found a perfect formula for best selling compact ultra zoom camera. Powershot SX260HS is currently best selling digital camera on Amazon and has 4.5 out of 5 stars rating from 670 customer reviews. But it’s one year old and that’s a usual product life for a compact digicam, so Canon recently announced two new models: Powershot SX270HS and SX280HS and I used them for the last week.
These cameras have actually completely identical specifications: 20x optical zoom, 12MP sensor and Full HD video, making the addition of GPS and Wi-Fi the only detail to differentiate SX280 from its cheaper sibling, the SX270. Canon already did something similar with its full-frame EOS 6D and i think it’s a smart move. GPS and Wi-Fi are functions that can be regarded as essential for some users but completely irrelevant to others. In this way, you can save a penny buying a cheaper model without it.
While the big two (Canon & Nikon) successfully pursue the image of boring traditional companies, others like Sigma try to be inventive and gain a piece of market for themselves. Today, Sigma announced a new extraordinary lens: the 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM for APS-C sized sensors. Yes, this is not a typo; this zoom lens has constant F/1.8 aperture. As far as I know, no other photography lens has such aperture, the closest being Olympus with the two of their F/2 zoom lenses.
Canon EOS 6D is a model in a relatively new market segment: affordable full-frame DSLR. It is by no way what one might call cheap camera, but compared to previous full-frame models it is significantly more affordable. There is only one direct competitor, the Nikon D600. They have quite a few differences between themselves, but more on that later. Overall, Canon 6D has the looks and feel similar to 60D model. In other words, it is smaller and lighter than 5D models (finally!) but shares many features like the menu system or the lack of pop-up flash.
Canon Powershot SX500IS is a small ultra zoom camera. Its 30x zoom lens covers the range of 24-720mm in 35mm equivalent and is paired to 16MP CCD sensor. SX500IS has a range of shooting modes including full manual controls over exposure and focus. Usually I don’t publish reviews of digital cameras of this price range, but this one attracted my attention, so here it is.
Canon has announced two new DLSR models – the 100D (Rebel SL1) and 700D (Rebel T5i). Both have 18 MP APS-C sensors, 9 focus points, Full HD video recording and all the usual Canon bells and whistles. So what’s new…? In one word – nothing. Specifications of the 700D are almost identical with the previous model (the 650D), and 100D differs from 700D with smaller body size and the lack of articulated LCD.
D5200 is second model in current Nikon DSLR lineup, just above D3200 and below the newly announced semi-pro D7100. In terms of features and especially size or ergonomics it is pretty much the same as both its predecessor the D5100 or the current base model D3200. Since I already published D3200 review and D5200 is rather similar camera, I will cover only the differences and overall user experience in this review.
Compared to its predecessor, the D5200 has a new 24 MP sensor, more advanced focus system with 39 AF points, 2016 pixel color sensitive metering sensor and stereo microphone for video recording. The Auto-ISO option is also upgraded and now allows automatic setting of minimum shutter speed based on the lens focal length – pretty important for zoom lens users. Movie aficionados will love the option of manual setting of shutter, aperture and ISO during movie recording. Everything else is practically the same as on D5100.
National Geographic has launched a new blog called Found and hosted on Tumblr dedicated only to unknown photos from its vast archive. The man behind this project is William Bonner, a curator of National Geographic’s extensive archive located in the basement of the society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.