Olympus and Panasonic set the standard for smaller SLR cameras


I always feel intimidated when I go on to the photo sharing website Flickr. Whereas I can feel a smug sense of superiority towards commentators on YouTube, as they’re mostly idiotic fundamentalists or 9/11 conspiracy theorists, on Flickr, the comments don’t talk about what’s actually in the photos: it could be a kitten, or even incontrivertable photographic evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness Monster – and yet they’re always about how good or bad the composition of a photo is.

Because my digital camera is of the cheap “point and shoot” variety, I always feel rubbish in comparison to the Flickrati and their £1000 SLR beasts and their beautifully framed shots of, well, mostly artsy cityscapes. This could all be about to change though thanks to a new technology developed by Olympus and Matsushita…

Canon impresses with today's announcement, the EOS 450D Digital SLR

canon-450d.jpgI’m so thankful right now I didn’t end up buying a 400D D-SLR from Canon when I was out in the States last week, as not only would my bank manager have a few choice words to say to me, but today they just announced the upgrade, the long-awaited 450D.

With a tidy 12.2-megapixels, this Digital SLR has an EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 3.0″ LCD with Live View mode, a new 9-point AF system, plus a DIGIC III image processor and fully redesigned menu system. Could be dangerous.

The 450D, which will go by…

Don't go taking pics of spotty-faced friends with this Hasselblad H3D II, it has 39-megapixels

Oh. My. Goodness. 39-megapixels. I think I’m hyperventilating. Someone slap me, quick!

Hasselblad are obviously aiming high with their latest D-SLR, the H3D II which shoots photos using a shocking 39-megapixels. That’s not a typo – that’s thirty-nine megapixels. Just what users are supposed to do with SUPER HI-RES photos of that size,…

Sony unveils α700 digital SLR camera


Sony has announced its new α700 digital SLR, aimed at serious photo enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

It features a 12.24 megapixel (effective) Exmor CMOS sensor, which, according to the press release, “utilises cultivated CCD imaging and original Column A/D conversion technologies to deliver high-speed and high-picture quality”. Right…

Apparently this means that analogue-to-digital conversion uses dedicated converters located close to each element array on the sensor itself, reducing noise, and further complemented by on-chip noise reduction after digitisation.

Sony’s BIONZ processing engine then performs further RAW noise reduction, before compression and encoding.