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New Canon Camcorder Lineup Unveiled

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Canon had a new lineup of camcorders to unveil and, with 5 new High Def  & 5 Standard Def camcorders set to hit the market, they’re making sure they’ve covered all their bases for 2009. In addition to Canon’s core imaging technologies, these newest to the family include some new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility. A new image processor (DIGIC DV III) is featured in select VIXIA models along with 8.0 Megapixel photo capture, Video Snapshot Mode, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, and an advanced Auto Exposure system round out…

60 Megapixels at your fingertips: Phase One’s P65+

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No, that’s not a typo. This bad boy really sports 60 Megapixels (60.5, to be exact). It hasn’t hit the shelves yet (late 2008 is what’s been announced), but the new P65+ from Phase one will be the first full frame 645 medium format camera system and digital back. The P65+ has a sensor measuring 40.4 X 53.9mm, which means 20% greater coverage than some previously announced full frames – which, as it turned out, were still sporting a 36 x 48mm sensor. This means 20% higher resolution for the same pixel density, and the ability to utilize existing and…

Nikon D90

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Well, it’s been 2 years since Nikon gave us the D80. And now… amidst much speculation and rumour, along comes the Nikon D90.  This is a camera that will appeal to everyone, from the first-time DSLR user to the serious amateur wanting more in-depth photographic control but without the cost and weight of a D300. While the D90 seems to have some nifty new bells & whistles, it’s more of an update than a full-on replacement. The most exciting and talked about bell (or whistle, depending on how you view these things) is the fact that it’s the world’s first…

Canon EOS 50D

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Not to be left behind, Canon has presented to the masses it’s replacement to the EOS 40D… the EOS 50D (didn’t see that coming, did you?) Mainly targeted against the Nikon D300, the EOS 50D holds quite a few significant improvements over the 40D. For starters, it features a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as a faster DIGIC 4 processor. It has an ISO sensitivity that’s expandable to 12800 as well as a 3″ VGA LCD monitor with a Live View mode that offers 3 AF modes. And since we’re on the subject of the LCD – this one…

Nikon D700 – Compact, Professional, 12.1MP Full-Frame Camera

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The compact, professional, 12.1 megapixel, full-frame (FX format) Nikon D700 is a new addition to Nikon’s full-frame roster (okay, it’s not so much a roster as a duo – since the D3 is its only other companion). To look at it, the D700 could be twins with the D300 (but with a larger viewfinder). Internally, however, the D700 is pretty much identical to the D3, except for a slightly slower shutter (5fps up to 8fps with the MB-D10 battery grip). Oh and there’s the small matter of the sticker price: the D700 runs about $2,000 less than the D3. While…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Glossary of Additional Features

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Glossary of Additional Features Many camcorders come with a number of additional features designed to provide a smooth and effortless shooting process. Chances are, no one camcorder includes all the features listed in our glossary below. The key is finding a model with the features you’ll use for your own type of videography. Auto Slow Shutter Function – Ensures perfect exposure in low light by lowering your shutter speed. This will cause some interesting motion effects as well. AVCHD – A new format for hard disk recording which makes use of a special compression formula that retains excellent colour, detail and crisp…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Key Features

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Key Features It stands to reason that every quality improvement involved in the construction of a camcorder will impact on its price. Listed below are some of the main features that factor into both price and quality. Resolution A higher resolution means there are more pixels capturing information, which means higher quality images. The CCD or CMOS image processor or chip (see below) converts a visual image into an electric signal which the processor converts to digital information. Generally, the larger the CCD or CMOS, the greater the price and resolution of the image – although the power of the…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Recording Media

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Recording Media One significant way to categorize camcorders is by the way they capture images. Not long ago, video was available in “analogue” or “linear” format only. You captured images on tape, and then in the process of editing, copied selected scenes on to more tape. Image resolution went down with each generation – one reason why many old home videos seem to suffer in quality when viewed today. Digital has changed it all. Today almost all formats are digital, meaning even the most basic camcorder delivers good quality. From MiniDV tape to DVD to tapeless Hard Disk Drive, the…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Introduction to Video Cameras

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Introduction The Home video camcorder has come a long way in a short time. From the large and often unwieldy VHS camcorders that were popular into the 1990’s, video has experienced a revolution. Digitization and miniaturization are just two of radical changes that have made video cameras more affordable, easier to use – and much higher in quality. No matter what level of videographer you are, or plan to become, this is an excellent time to step into the medium – or step up to a higher level. From lens to battery pack, CCD to LCD, and MiniDV to 24p,…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Photography Style

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Your Photography Style… What kind of subjects do you shoot most often? Now that you understand the main components that make up a great digital camera, determining your photographic style will also help you narrow down which features you need. Sports Fan Whether you follow the Maple Leafs or your child’s baseball team, shooting fast moving players can cause a lot of blur if you don’t have the right camera. To capture the play in just the right moment, consider the camera’s shutter speed, zoom capabilities, continuous drive, and sports mode. The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is…

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