The idea of permanent struggle between Canon and Nikon, with poisoned darts, overtaking on the right and last-minute changes to win the opponent- is something that seems to be liked a lot by photography enthusiasts and hardcore label snobs, but has very little to do with reality.
Over the years in which there was a clear brand in command and the rest followed its steps, for some time now the balance between the two historic photographic brands in the professional segment has been set. Some models stand out more than others, there are details that one brand exceeds the other, but overall the balance is favored more for economic or logistical issues (system, laziness to change …) than by quality or performance.
It is true that once the Nikon D3 set a new time, and coinciding with the problems of the EOS-1D Mark III and Mark IV that balance between major powers -it seems that we are talking about the Cold War- staggered.
Canon presents the second generation of its professional EOS 1DX line, with a better bet due to the 4K video
–According to Canon it self, between 65 and 80 % of big sports event and nature photographers, use Canon cameras ( there unmistakable white lens with the red line give it away.) Since we haven’t had the chance to confirm these statistics one on one, what is true is that Canon does dominate this photography segment, and it’s mainly in fault due to the EOS 1D X launched in 2012. Four years later, it was renewed with the Canon EOS 1D Mark II , a model that’s only difference from the first version is on the outside, but still incorporates the most saught after improvements by professionals, broken down into two : more precision and more speed.
This EOS 1D X Mark II is geared towards professional photographers and they always need more. More of everything and in short, more dynamic range when capturing, more lighting speed and more precision in autofocus.These are the 3 main novelties of the Mark II, adding to that the 4k video recording capability with up to 60 fps.
If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.
This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.
Of course you can find monitors that are extremely costly, designed for professionals with deeper pockets. But luckily there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality when compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.
The Lumix TZ100 allows you to select the focus point of the image, after having made the capture.
In the years of Photokina, CES becomes a kind of warm-up for some photography brands. This is how we find the presentation of the Panasonic Lumix TZ100, a significant evolution of the prestigious family of traveling Lumix TZ cameras which now raises the level incorporating a 1-inch sensor. This not only increases the quality of detail, also the brightness and color fidelity.
Canon starts 2016 with new products and today has announced the launch of the new range of PowerShot and IXUS compact cameras, video cameras from LEGRIA series and SELPHY printer.
The new compact cameras from the PowerShot series are the PowerShot SX540 HS and SX420 IS. The first model is characterized by its good performance in low light. It features an 24mm ultra-wide angle lens with 50x optical zoom, DIGIC 6 processor and a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor.
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is designed to frame and shoot with ease, so its use is very simple. Also, it lets you record full HD video in MP4 and integrates a 5-axis dynamic image stabilization (IS) system to ensure a quality image while moving.
The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS, meanwhile, integrates a 42x zoom lens, DIGIC 4+ processor and a 20-megapixel sensor. To facilitate handling, it provides the user a series of automatic functions and creative filters, including miniature effect or fisheye, among others.
It has a 7.5-cm LCD screen for viewing images you’ve captured, as well as Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC to share content quickly and conveniently.
New IXUS compact cameras series
Another innovation the brand has introduced are three new models of Canon IXUS compact cameras series: IXUS 285 HS, IXUS 180 and IXUS 175. These devices are designed to go with you everywhere so you can capture the most important moments in a simple and fast way and with good quality.
Nikon presented at CES, as main novelty and following the script, the pre-announced and leaked this very morning, D5 (*) and this in two versions, the D5 XQD and D5 CF, depending on the type of card used, in both cases with dual-slot case. To this are added the D500 DX and KeyMission 360° action camera.
One of the key points of the D5 is the AF system equipped with 153 points, of which 99 are crossed and 15 are able to continue operating at f-stops of f / 8, which is useful for when teleconverters are used, so "thieves" of light.
We are accustomed to reviews of photographic devices of Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and others. However, we tend to forget other major brands which have been entering the cameras and lenses market. In this case, we have to talk about a camera of a giant: it is the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless, a camera without mirror of the Korean brand. We will study the most important features of this device. Come with me to explore what are their strengths and capabilities.
The most significant of the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless
Although this is a camera launched during the first quarter of this year (2015), the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless remains a high bet in the market for photographic devices, above all because it was the first to offer extensive Wi-Fi control function. In addition, it was responsible for incorporating the iconic brand operating system (Android) in camera handling. As always talking about Samsung, it is a fairly innovative device that led to other releases with similar functions.
Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Features
Sensor. The Samsung NX1 Mirrorless has an incredible square format CMOS sensor, that means, APS-C, offering 28.2 high resolution megapixels. Thus, the picture quality is evidenced through the ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 51.200, to portray any type of light and condition of it. Also, the shadows are drawn perfectly on each frame thanks to the same technology.
Late last month, Sony silently launched the latest full-frame mirrorless camera A7II. I can’t help but admire how well Sony kept this innovation confidential before its release. Sony is perhaps one of the few companies that could afford to launch a new model of a full-frame camera at a yearly rate. Actually, it’s no wonder that the A7 series has been selling so well. Their integral market performance since their release is surpassing Sony’s expectations. The latest A7II may have caused some confusion for those planning on purchasing one– Sony α7II and Sony α7, which model is better?
Before that, we all regarded the three models of A7, A7R, and A7S with different positioning as the three brothers of the full-frame SLR cameras in the Sony A7 series. However, the latest A7II is the brother with the closest kinship to A7. Even so, between these two brothers, which one should we choose? This is a question we need to ponder. Since the A7II was just launched, currently its single body price is $1698. The A7 has been marketed for more than a year and features a higher performance price ratio, but its current price on Amazon is only $1298. With that price difference of $400, we can almost buy another Sony A6000. So what justifies this gap of $400?
Perhaps it may seem trivial to do a tutorial on how to do group shots, but think about it, doing a good portrait is already hard enough and doing a group photo multiplies the difficulty by the number of people who appear in the photo.
You have to avoid common mistakes, such as caring for the expression, one person looking the other way or a figure overlapping the other, to more technical things, such as how to properly choose the focal length or how many people will make up the group.
What you must consider
You must have several factors in mind as that will increase your chances of success: