Technology Deathmatch: Nikon vs. Canon (DSLRs)


Good afternoon grappling fans and welcome to the inaugural Monday afternoon beat-up smackdown that is Technology Deathmatch. Coming to you live from a grimy basement deep in the bowels of Shiny Towers, sweat drips from the dank, brown-stained walls as clamours of Far-East businessmen shake fistfuls of foreign, red bills and driving the temperature to boiling point.

Headlining the event today is the much contested, much debated, much anticipated re-match grudge match that is the battle of the cameras. Yes, ladies and gentleman today it’s the big one, the shakedown, the pay off. In the blue corner with the dented spit bucket, founded in 1917, it’s the Mightiest of the Macros, the Stepper Supremo – Nikon!

And in the red corner – which used to be green but has become unrecognisable because of the coats of blood and guts – 20 years the junior, it’s the Prince of the Press Corps, the Colour King – Canon!

I’m your referee for the day and I expect a good clean fight. I don’t want to see any K-mounting, no aperture gauging and plenty of flash photography. Now, let’s get it on!…

Pentax K2000: friendly, entry-level digital SLR for those stepping up from compact cameras


Pentax has announced that its latest camera, the K2000, will be launched in November (in the US at least) for a very respectable $699.95 (about £400).

It features a lightweight, compact body, 10.2 megapixels, 2.7-inch TFT LCD, a gyroscopic mechanism for shake reduction — arguably better than software-based systems — and a host of automatic modes. There’s even a Help button which explains settings: great if you’re on the go and don’t want to carry the manual around with you…

Canon EOS 50D DSLR: it's official, and it's looking good


The late bank holiday has done Canon some good, for it’s now officially released details of the new EOS 50D, following last week’s faux pas.

So, to business. The 50D features a newly-designed CMOS sensor delivering a beefy 15.1 megapixels, and promising crisp, ultra-detailed, low-noise images as a result.

Most features you’d expect from a Canon DSLR are here, including a range of auto-focus and metering modes, 30-1/8000 second shutter speed, various white balance settings, 15 shooting modes including fully automatic, creative auto, and fully manual, and ISO from 100-3200, expandable to 12800…

Full official specs for the Canon 50D appear on the Canon China webiste – and then disappear!


I’m starting to find it really hard to believe that these things are happening by accident but whether it was a sloppy programmer or Canon’s marketing department manipulating the hell out of the internet community, what we do know is that for a short time, Canon China’s website published the full specs of the much awaited Canon 50D SLR camera. And when I say full specs, I mean full specs.

Thanks to the chaps at the Photography Bay