The D3100 is a welcome update to earlier entry-level DSLRs from Nikon, which offered aging sensor technology and limited feature sets. The D3100 sports a 14.1MP CMOS APS-C sensor with very good low-light capabilities for a camera in its class. Overall, the D3100 is a fine entry-level DSLR but is marred a little by awkward body balance.
These days it seems like everybody has a camera. A teeny-tiny inexpensive camera. You'll find them built into cell and smart phones. You'll find them in notebooks, tablets, and personal music players. So, if you have a perfectly decent compact camera, why on earth would you even consider dropping five, ten, even twenty times that much money on a full-blown SLR that's several times larger and several times heavier?
If you've been patiently holding out for Nikon's swivel screen D5100 digital SLR camera, you now have a decision to make. Should you wait until the April 21, 2011 (this Thursday) launch date and order one from an online vendor that won't hit you with sales tax, or should you succumb to impatience a pop over to your local Best Buy (or snag one online)? The choice is yours to make, but here's what you need to know.
Been waiting for something new from Nikon? Your wait is over. The camera maker on Tuesday announced its new D5100 Digital SLR with a 16.2 megapixel sensor. Nikon says it packed the D5100 to the brim with "new and innovative features aimed at giving photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints." It also boasts the ability to shoot HD video.
The makers of the Beta Shell lens case claim that their patent pending container will keep your camera lens safe from the elements, like snow and water, extreme thermals, jarring impacts, and even bombs.
Yes folks, the Beta Shell is supposedly "bombproof," and if that's a feature you need, perhaps you should look into another field of photography.
"Our water-tight rigid polymer shells are lined with vibration damping visco-elastic foam," the company explains. "This means total protection from moisture, impact, and extreme ambient temperatures."
Depending on your camera lens, the shells run anywhere from $54 to $84. Life insurance not included.
While you're giving thanks today as you carve the turkey and watch the Patriots beat up on the Lions, you should also give thanks that you live in a country where you're allowed to tote a DSLR camera.
The same can't be said for Kuwait. According to The Kuwait Times, the country's Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs, and Ministry of Finance had the not-so-bright idea of banning DSLR cameras for personal use. The idea is that photography is only fit for journalistic purposes, not for walking around willy-nilly snapping high quality pics of this and that.
Point-and-shoot digital cameras and cell phone cameras are still allowed, but apparently those big, black devices tend to make people nervous.
"While using a DSLR, a passerby may wonder if the camera is being used for the wrong reasons," The Kuwait Times writes. "Taking a picture of a stranger would seem like much less of an issue if you were using a more discreet camera or even a cell phone."
Nikon rumor site NikonRumors.com (fitting, isn't it?) received word from an anonymous source that Nikon is constructing a carbon fiber body for an upcoming professional level DSLR.
"For the last few months Nikon has been working on a carbon fiber body for a Nikon pro-level DSLR," the tipster writes. "They are specifically looking at the manufacture of a resin-infused 3D woven CRFP body as well as fatigue testing of some CFRP components."
The tipster goes on to say that the body would be a full sized DSLR, and because of the carbon fiber construction it would offer increased stiffness and a "slight reduction in mass." Light weight and sturdy? Sounds like a winning combo to us.
The 60D also comes with an 18 megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording with manual overrides, and more control over in-camera image processing than in previous EOS models.
"The EOS 60D has been designed to offer the image-capture and the Full HD video features customers are looking for as they continue to expand their photographic skills. The exciting new features of the EOS 60D make using a DSLR camera more attractive and easier than ever before. We want everyone to experience the great image quality a Canon DSLR can offer with features and functions that they will appreciate and use," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
For the first time in an EOS camera, Canon also crammed a handful of creative image filters allowing for various photo effects. Each one can be applied to a captured still image in-camera to create a second filtered JPEG version, leaving the original RAW or JPEG file untouched.
The EOS 60D will ship at the end of September and carry a price tag of around $1,100 for the body only, or $1,400 with a kit lens.