Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Canon releases its 'most versatile' DSLR, the EOS 60D

Canon's latest digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, the EOS 60D, is also its most versatile DSLR, or so Canon claims.

Armed with a 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen, an 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor (1.6x crop factor) and a Digic 4 imaging processor, the 60D features nine cross-type auto focus points with a 63-zone metering system. It can shoot still images at up to 5.3 frames per second (fps).

The camera supports in-camera RAW image processing to give you greater creative licence on the go. Or, you can apply the built-in Creative Filters to your pictures after you shoot them, such as the "Toy Camera" nostalgic effect or the popular "Miniature" tilt-shift lens effect (Corrected on 12:25 PM Sep 20, 2010).

While it lacks the CF card slot of its predecessor 50D, the 60D supports SDXC memory cards that allow up to 2TB of storage. Plus, it can record full high-definition 1920x1080 videos up to 30fps.

The 60D touts a sturdy body that weighs only 755g (with battery), and is reasonably priced at $1,599 (body only).

Canon today also introduced two new compact camera - the prosumer Powershot G12 and the superzoom Powershot SX30 IS. Both cameras will be available at the end of the month, with pricing to be confirmed.

Nikon D7000 DSLR with Full HD Recording Unveiled

Nikon has unveiled16.2 megapixel image sensor bearing Digital SLR camera - D7000. A direct sequel to the existing D90, this new D7000 comes with continuous autofocus and is capable of recording 1080p HD videos. The D7000 camera body only would be available for $1200 . If you wish to buy it with 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR kit then it would cost $1500

Nikon D7000 features 23.6 x 15.6mm CMOS Image sensor and new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine. A bigger DX-format image sensor and faster image-processing engine offer clicking superior quality images faster. The new Auto Focus system utilizes 39 focus points and also offers recording HD movies in continuous autofocus function. The sensitivity range of the camera can be extended from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600.

Just like the D3s, users can capture still images from video and continuous shooting can take place at six frames per second. Video clips can be captured using the D-Movie function at 1080p (at 24 fps) HD and 720p (at 30, 25, and 24 fps.) HD. The built-in mono microphone can be used to record the audio or one can hook in an external mic via stereo audio input

Different AF modes can be used for superior subject acquiring and tracking with Single-point AF, Dynamic Area AF, 3D-tracking and Auto-area AF. The viewfinder allows close to 100 percent frame coverage and up to one time magnification.

Fully charged Li-Ion battery can capture up to 1050 shots at single charge. Two SD memory cards can be added at the same time in the Double SD memory card Slot.

Nikon will make D7000 DSLR available by mid-October. Check out the detailed specifications below.