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There’s mounting evidence that the tendency to favour smartphones over standalone cameras isn’t just tanking compact camera sales – it’s affecting DSLR and interchangeable lens cameras, too. A new WSJ report claims that DSLR camera shipments could fall 9.1 percent by the end of 2013, versus 2012, according to research firm IDC. It’s a sign that going retro might not be the only thing required to save standalone cameras from going extinct.
Canon and Nikon, the two leading DSLR camera makers, both lowered their forecasts for the fiscal year in the past month, the WSJ notes, which means that the market is likely hurting as a whole. While those companies see this as a temporary setback due to global economic conditions, it looks a lot like what’s been happening to the PC market over the past few years – another phenomenon initially blamed on economic weakness, but more likely tied to the rise of smartphones and tablets as alternate computing platforms.
Smartphones likely are probably a culprit when it comes to the declining fortunes of the DSLR market. Image quality from mobile devices is on the rise, and the convenience of those devices is a very compelling argument for consumers who might otherwise buy a standalone camera as hobbyists or for use while traveling. And image quality/convenience isn’t the only factor here: there’s also the fact that far fewer people are printing photos than would’ve done in the past, preferring instead to trust their images to digital album services like those offered by Apple and Google.
While DSLR makers have been building features into their device that approximate those employed by smartphones, including Wi-Fi radios, geotagging and social sharing, I’d argue they haven’t gone far enough. The reason DSLRs are attractive to their existing audience is that they’re tricky, to some extent, so it makes sense to want to keep the manual controls and exhaustive menus in place. But the reason more and more users are satisfied with their smartphones is that they’re increasingly making it easy to take great photos with a minimum of user input.
DSLRs could have a considerable advantage in this regard. They already have far better sensors capable of taking far better images than any smartphone. What they need now are the smartphone smarts: build in an algorithm for automatically creating the best photo out of five exposures, for instance, like Google has done with the Nexus 5. In fact, Google has all kinds of lessons camera makers should take to heart, with its automatic photo editing features in Google+, which I’ve found time and again make exactly the kind of minor tweaks I’m likely to do myself in Lightroom or Aperture.
Likewise, Apple is making its iPhone 5s camera more intelligent, with behind-the-scenes features that make you feel like a pro even if you’re a rank amateur. This is where DSLR makers should be focusing their efforts. They might believe that building front-facing consumer features, like filters, face detection, sharing and other things is what’s going to net them an even playing field with the smartphone set, but the real winning advantage would be in an end product that consistently amazes. Gadget development over the past 10 years has been all about spoiling consumers: These days, if something doesn’t work exactly as expected 9 out of 10 times, most users will put it down and never pick it up again.
Each exposure used to be precious, back in the days of film, when you had a limited amount and couldn’t check to see if you’d got a good shot until you were back in the darkroom. Then, exposures were cheap, made so because you have a virtually unlimited amount with digital storage. Now, I’d argue they’re precious again, because users want to be instantly rewarded with a great experience on the first try. Nailing every exposure, regardless of an operator’s level of skill, needs to be the goal of camera makers hoping to give consumers a reason to buy expensive, often cumbersome hardware, even if that’s something that strikes the hardcore hobbyists as counterintuitive.
There’s still room for dial-laden, finicky beasts that are time-consuming and rewarding to master, but to return to positive growth, Canon, Nikon and the rest need to cast a wider net with features everyday users have come to expect.
Reincarnation is the new innovation — the camera industry’s latest salute to days gone by comes compliments of Nikon. The 16.2-megapixel Df blends a full-frame sensor and modern capabilities with a “timeless design.” It may look like something you just dug out of your great grandfather’s secret …
Nikon is introducing its first DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the D5300. The new camera is an update to the D5200, and will take its place as Nikon’s top-of-the-line camera for the beginner DSLR market. Though Nikon says that the D5300′s overall improvements are iterative, they should add up to something quite meaningful: it also includes a larger, 3.2-inch articulating display; a new image-processing engine; and no low-pass filter on the camera’s DX-format sensor, which should result in sharper images.
Nikon’s been peddling a variety of wireless adapters throughout the last few DSLR refresh cycles. Little dongles like the $ 50 WU-1a enable WiFi connectivity for photographers who really need it, but it’s hardly an elegant solution. Now, we finally have a Nikon digital DLR with 802.11 built in. It’s …
It’s been just over a year since Nikon announced the D600. The company’s compact full-frame camera delivered a ton of power for $ 2,100, and it’s still a top option for photographers looking for a new DSLR. Still, for one reason or another, Nikon’s figured it’s time to refresh its high-end body, with …
Some companies have taken to using Kickstarter as almost a default step in their product pipeline, and New York’s Lomography is one of them. The photography focused company has successfully Kickstarted its film scanner for iPhone, and now it’s looking to fund a throwback portrait lens for DSLRs based on the historic “Petzval” 19th century design.
The Petzval lens was the most popular choice for photos in the 19th century, and produces a unique bokeh (background blur) effect with a very narrow depth of field. They’re pretty recognizable once you see some samples taken with them, and the effect is very impressive when paired with the sensors and imaging capabilities of modern DSLRs.
Lomography’s version would retain the signature visual style but also offer up mounts for Canon EF- and Nikon F-compatible cameras, along with a very bring f/2.2 maximum aperture, which beats the classic Petzval’s by at least a full stop. It also has terrific color saturation and high contrast, according to Lomography, and is very sharp in the in-focus area. Vignetting is also intentionally quite noticeable with the Petzval, for an art-house effect.
The Petzval is unique in its design in terms of being intentionally made to capture a super narrow depth-of-field, which is a key ingredient for portrait photos that really pop. And as an awesome bonus just from an aesthetic standpoint, the new Lomography Petzval will be crafted from brass, just like the original.
Lomography has been making lenses and throwback lo-fi cameras for over a decade now, and the Petzval is ambitious but definitely within their scope. The campaign is seeking $ 100,000, and has over half of that pledged already. Pre-order backer levels start at $ 300, though few are left at that price, and there are backer levels at $ 350, $ 400 and up after that.
The trend of companies like Lomography that are established using Kickstarter as a way to poll interest for potential products, while also creating a pre-order channel and defraying some of the risk of building something new is great for consumers, since it pairs trusted brands with an innovation platform. Kickstarter gets a lot of flack for projects that don’t deliver as promised, but it could end up being much more successful on this scale, with medium-sized companies looking for wider audiences, than as a money vacuum for early adopters who are loose with their wallets.
Canon has just revealed its long-awaited 70D DSLR, the successor to the 60D. The 70D fits above the Rebel line in terms of price and specs in Canon’s interchangeable lens camera catalogue, and this new version focuses on improving one of the 60D’s most considerable strengths: movie making.
Canon has introduced new Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, which has a sensor with double the pixel count to help improve focus tracing. The result is a fast, smooth autofocus function that especially helps when shooting video using the live view, vari-angle display on the back of the camera. It also helps with still AF to some degree, which is likewise boosted by a new AF system with 19 cross-type points (just like the much-respected, if aging Canon 7D), but the real benefit here is for aspiring filmmakers.
In a hands-on test of a pre-production unit, Engadget found that the new AF system works as impressively as advertised. Especially paired with Canon’s STM line of lenses, which are designed for smoother autofocus while shooting digital video, the combo should be amazing for videographers; in other words, Canon is looking to arm a whole new generation of Kickstarter filmmakers with the 70D, and has apparently done a very good job.
It also has some improvements in terms of expanded ISO capabilities, touch input via the 3-inch, high-resolution vari-angle display, boosted 7 FPS high-speed shooting modes, and built-in Wi-Fi, which offers live view shooting from smartphone apps, as well as camera-to-device transfers of photos and videos.
The new Dual Pixel CMOS AF works with 103 EF model lenses, including a lot of legacy glass, so it should fit nicely into an existing Canon kit. And the price tag isn’t crazy: $ 1,199 for body only, or $ 1,349 bundled with the 18-55mm IS STM kit lens, along with an EF-S 18-135 IS STM kit option for $ 1,549. All of the above should ship come September, according to Canon, so look to fall as a time when all those intro videos that preface Kickstarter projects start to get a noticeable production quality upgrade.
Canon has certainly introduced a new, really small DSLR as reported earlier in the week. The SL1 (as it ’ s known in the U.S.) is “ world ’ s tiniest and lightest DSLR camera, ” the business states, with a body that ’ s around 25 percent smaller sized and 28 percent lighter than the Rebel T4i. It loads a brand-new 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, Digic 5 processor, and 9-point AF system with a solitary center cross-type.
The AF system likewise boasts a brand name new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which makes the focus location bigger for shooting in Live View with either still images or video, and what Canon promotes as improved AF rate vs. existing EOS cameras when tracking relocating topics. The SL1 is available in a kit with a new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 -5.6 IS STM lens, which has a smoother, quieter onboard AF motor designed particularly for video shooters.
On the back there ’ s a 3-inch touchscreen show, which doesn ’ t articulate the method the one developed into the T4i does, but still individuals have actually been very amazed by Canon ’ s application of touch screens on cameras and multi-touch support. The SL1 has a native ISO range of 100-12800 for stills, and 100-6400 for video, and can shoot constantly at up until 4 frames per second.
The SL1 will live or pass away on its size and weight, nonetheless, all various other specifications aside. Canon is plainly marketing it as an option for customers searching for something more transportable to bring with them on trip or on sightseeing excursions. The problem is, that ’ s a market nicely dealt with by competitor mirrorless camera lines, like the Olympus OM series and Sony ’ s NEX shooters. Canon ’ s own EOS M was slammed for flaws like AF efficiency, and this seems to be an attempt to make up for that deficiency.
The Canon SL1 will deliver at some point in April, with a cost of $ 649 for body only, or $ 799 for body and lens kit.
Canon additionally unveiled an update to its entry-level regular-sized Rebel with the T5i. The T5i has an 18 megapixel sensor, in addition to a Digic 5 processor. It has a 9-point AF system, but with all cross-type points, 5 frames per 2nd continuous shooting rate, and a Hybrid CMOS AF system, (though not the brand-new one that ’ s in the SL1, evaluating by the release). It ’ s offered in a kit with the brand-new 18-55 STM lens, too, much like the SL1.
The brand-new T5i is in virtually all ways the same as its predecessor the T4i, at least on paper. It also features a vari-angle 3-inch touchscreen show, and in reality any modifications look to be in the design of the casing and small changes to dials. Canon ’ s “ version ” this time around seems to not really be one at all, so if you ’ re a current T4i owner you ’ d be finest to stay clear. If you can ’ t find a T4i for less, at least you ’ re still getting a terrific (if apparently unaltered)camera with the T5i.
The Canon T5i retails for $ 749 for body-only, and $ 899 bundles with the new 18-55mm STM kit lens. It ’ s also stated to be shipping at some point in April.
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We’ve seen a great deal of cameras over the last few months that attempt to get DSLR-level image quality from a smaller sized, point-and-shoot-style body, however Canon’s taking a various strategy. It’s just reducing the DSLR: the company has actually revealed the EOS Rebel SL1, which it states is “the globe’s smallest and lightest DSLR.” The SL1 analyzes about 14 ounces, and representatives said it’s about 30 percent smaller than other Rebel models; indeed, after a couple of mins of making use of the SL1 any various other DSLR feels enormous.
The smaller body does require a few hardware sacrifices– the SL1 has a smaller sized battery and grip than the T4i, for example, and in some ways ares a little more challenging to hold than a larger camera. Its LCD is dealt with to the back of the camera … Continue reading & hellip;
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Canon is said to be working on a brand-new smaller DSLR called the EOS-b (or Kiss X7 in Asia), baseding upon a series of recent reports, including one today from Japanese blog Digicame-info (through Canon Rumors). The new much smaller sized entry-level body will likewise have a new kit lens, a version of the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5 -5.6 complete with STM, Canon ’ s brand-new AF motor that ’ s made to decrease or eliminate AF sound when shooting video, as well as production smoother incremental zoom.
The camera will have an 18 million pixel APS-C sensor with a Digic 5 processor, as well as a dealt with 1.04 million dot 3-inch LCD show. The camera general seems to borrow a whole lot from the just recently launched Canon T4i, but it has a much smaller physical footprint, as you can see from the side-by-side comparison pic below.
Some benefits the camera will have include exactly what appears like a new hybrid CMOS AF system with a larger variety than the one introduced on the T4i, and it also wants to use the LP-E12 battery pack Canon presented for the EOS-M mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system it presented last year.
The big advantages are the incredibly little body size, which additionally analyzes around 30 percent less than the T4i in addition to using up less space. At only 370g body-only, the alleged EOS-b would be a small carry-anywhere camera without the compromises of a mirrorless compact (slower AF, manual focus-by-wire, absence of a real optical viewfinder, etc.).
Canon Rumors states this brand-new DSLR will retail for around $ 799 for the kit when it debuts in the UNITED STATE, which could possibly occur at some point in May. If real, it may be a very appealing choice for anyone searching for a cheap and portable entry point into DSLR photography, though Canon ’ s decision to try to keep presenting new items into its lineup without really getting rid of any does appear a bit difficult. Poor efficiency of the too-compromised EOS M may be behind the advancement of the EOS-b, but it ’ ll be interesting to see if a super-small DSLR attracts them more than a sturdy ILC competitor.