4shares Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin to Pinterest Share on StumbleUpon+What's This? Sony alongside the new NEX VG30 and VG900 has announced a full frame image camera, dubbed The Alpha A99, a flagship priced at $2,800 or about Rs 1.5 lac. The glory all comes from a all-new 24.3-megapixel Exmor sensor, with an increased photodiode area for overly impressive low light quality  images(up to ISO 102,400).
SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 – Sony’s long awaited ?99 digital camera sets a new performance standard for professional-class DSLRs, combining all of the benefits of full-frame imaging with the responsiveness and speed of Translucent Mirror Technology. The successor to Sony’s flagship ?900 DSLR, the ?99 camera features a brand new 24.3 MP full-frame image sensor, a unique dual phase-detect AF system and a host of other innovative technologies that work together to deliver the best image and full HD video quality in the history of Sony’s acclaimed line of ?  cameras.
The full frame sensor is enhanced by a newly-developed separate multi-segment optional low-pass filter, increasing its resolving power.  Assisted by an all-new front-end LSI, the BIONZ engine can process massive amounts of image signal data from the sensor at very high speeds. The evolved BIONZ processor also gives the ?99 model a maximum sensitivity range (in expanded sensitivity mode) as wide as ISO50 – 25600 – a range of nine stops.  Its unprecedented processing power enables the camera to shoot a burst of images at up to six frames per second at full resolution or up to 10 fps in Tele-zoom high speed shooting mode. A new AF range control allows photographers to manually select foreground and background distance to which the AF system will not respond, especially useful for shooting fast moving sports or animals through a nearby wire mesh or in front of a complex background that commonly distracts camera AF systems. The new ?99 camera’s video capabilities build on Sony’s expertise in developing professional motion picture cameras, combining the unmatched resolving power and sensitivity of the full-frame sensor with several advanced features optimized for professional video production. For added convenience while shooting video, a new silent, programmable multi-control dial on the front of the camera body allows silent adjustment of common settings during shooting including exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, aperture and much more.
The camera’s audio features are designed to meet the demanding needs of serious videographers. Despite its impressive pro-class credentials, the ?99 camera is the world’s lightest 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera.
Additionally, the camera is weather-sealed and all buttons and controls have been ruggedized.  A redesigned shutter block, tested to approximately 200,000 releases, further ensures the camera’s stamina and reliability.
The camera’s enhanced ergonomics include a re-designed grip and differentiated designs of several switches and buttons that allow for intuitive fingertip operation.
The full-frame imaging capabilities of the ?99 camera make it an ideal partner for the new 300mm F2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2) lens.
Offered exclusively for the ?99 camera, the brand-new VG-C99AM vertical grip can house and manage three batteries in total (including the camera’s own on-board battery). The brand new, range-leading HVL-F60M is a powerful flash (GN60, in meters at ISO 100) with built-in LED light that’s ideal for creative applications with still image or movie shooting.  Smart functions include wireless multi-flash ratio control and Sony’s unique Quick Shift Bounce adjustment, while operation can be controlled quickly via the flash’s intuitive Quick Navi system.
Compatible with 49mm and 55mm diameter lenses, the new HVL-RL1 Ring Light offers highly effective LED illumination of small subjects and is ideal for macro shooting**. Styled to reduce carrying fatigue, the new LCS-BP3 Backpack can hold the ?99 camera body, an attached telephoto zoom lens plus the VG-A99AM vertical grip as well as three to four spare lenses, accessories and a laptop up to 15.5”. The ADP-MAA is a new shoe adaptor that allows Multi Interface Shoe cameras to be used with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe accessories. Lastly, the PCK-LM14 Screen Protector Semi Hard Sheet safeguards the camera’s LCD screen against dust, scratches and fingerprints, and is supplied with a separate protector sheet for the top display panel. The LCS-BP3 backpack and PCK-LM14 screen protector will be available in October as well for about $160 and $17, respectively.
In 2007, Nikon offered pro photographers a new option for full-frame digital photography (and a chance to make their old Nikon glass fully usable again): the Nikon D3 digital SLR. For its first full-frame digital SLR, Nikon took a balanced approach with a camera that offered excellent overall performance, but didn't significantly raise the bar in resolution. Nikon's D3X isn't a one-trick pony though -- there's a lot more to this camera than just resolution.
Finally, on the top panel the Metering selector dial has moved back a bit compared to its position on the D2x, and the Mode and EV compensation buttons have changed shape.
The pixel resolution in more familiar terms is 640 x 480, with each pixel being comprised of three adjacent dots: red, green and blue.
Called Live View (Tripod mode), the second mode is the real charm, and uses contrast-detect autofocus driven from the imaging sensor. There are two added benefits of the Live View (Tripod mode) over the more traditional phase-detection autofocus.
The Nikon D3X includes the ability to control the camera from a computer remotely, and that includes receiving a Live View image from the camera. The Nikon D3X's sensor has a 12-channel readout, which allows it to move data off the sensor at a blistering pace. Like the D3, the Nikon D3X is compatible with the lithium-ion EN-EL4 and ships with the EN-EL4a, an 11.1v, 2,500mAh battery. Photographers interested in geotagging their images might be interested in the optionally available Nikon GP-1 GPS unit, which mounts on the camera's hot shoe, or clips to the neck strap, and attaches via the 10-pin remote terminal. Early on in our evaluation of it, one fact became unequivocally clear: The Nikon D3X produces the highest image quality of any camera we've tested to date.
To recap, the Novo Digital Camera features a thinner, lightweight aluminum case, adjustable back focus ring, and multiple mounting points.
Radiant, a partner of View Factor, is the company facilitating the rental of the Novo cameras, which is $250 daily and $750 weekly. Digital Rev just posted a video review for the comparison of Fujifilm X100S, Fujifilm X-E1, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1.
How to support us ?If you're getting any photo gear, books or anything, simply using any of links below when you order anything, is the biggest help to us to keep adding to this free website. These seem to be the latest cool trend because most of them have CMOS image sensors on par with cropped frame DSLRs. I think these cameras could also be good for hobbyists, students, or people who have a bit more budget flexibility than I do. Mirrorless cameras may someday soon be as respected as DSLRs are, but for now, there’s still a big, growing market for DSLRs. Larry, One point that you missed is that because these cameras are so thin and their mount to sensor distance is small you can get adapters to use just about any lens on them.
Adding a touchscreen is helpful on a compact DSLR like the T4i because there isn’t a lot of space for buttons.
The image quality of the micro four-thirds sensor is as good as and often better than what was delivered by crop-sensor DSLRs made 3 years ago. I tried the Olympus Pens with the EV2 (an excellent quality EVF, BTW) but didn’t like the loss of access to the hot shoe. One design flaw of the DSLR optical viewfinder is the focus variance that can occur between the focus screen and the sensor. I don’t see much defference in IQ between Nikon D7000 and Olympus E-M5, but the size diference is huge! The company is targeting both professional photographers and leading filmmakers, with plenty of features that will appeal to both.
Together with a powerful new area-specific noise reduction (NR) algorithm, it allows to the camera to achieve 14-bit RAW output, rich gradation and low noise. Other enhancements include real-time Full HD video output via HDMI®, and uninterrupted ‘dual-card’ recording using both of the camera’s media slots. An audio level display and adjustable audio record levels are joined by a headphone jack for accurate in-the-field monitoring.  Additionally, the multi-interface shoe provides balance audio input for the optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit, which adds a high-quality mono shotgun microphone and pro-standard XLR connections for dependable audio acquisition.
A new exposure mode dial lock prevents accidental rotation, and a newly-developed Quick Navi Pro interface gives quick, intuitive one-handed access to common shooting parameters and controls. Supported functions include switching between still and video shooting plus automatic transfer of still images from camera to PC for an improved studio workflow. Designed for demanding sports and wildlife applications, this bright super-telephoto offers a significantly improved optical design and handling compared with its predecessor.


Resistant to dust and moisture, the grip is ideal for lengthy shooting sessions in the studio or outdoors. Also resistant to dust and moisture, the HVL-F60M flash comes supplied with a bounce adaptor for flash and a color conversion filter for use with LED lighting. This adaptor will be supplied with the new HVL-60M flash and HVL-RL1 ring light mentioned above.  Conversely, the ADP-AMA shoe adaptor allows Auto-lock Accessory Shoe cameras to be used with Multi Interface Shoe accessories. A little over a year later, Nikon will give photographers a chance to push those old lenses to the limit with a new camera -- one that creates a tie for the title of the highest-resolution 35mm full-frame digital SLR on the market. With the D3X, Nikon has made its mark on the high-res full-frame market with 24.5-megapixel resolution -- tying with Sony's flagship Alpha DSLR-A900.
If you're familiar with Nikon's previous D3 digital SLR, you'll be right at home with the Nikon D3X. Nikon has replaced the Enter button with an OK button, and they've moved the speaker below it to the rear Status LCD. The Nikon D3X is identical in size to its sibling the Nikon D3, sharing essentially the same body with that camera.
As you might expect, the Nikon D3X retains the excellent 3-inch, high-resolution LCD previously featured in the D3 and D300 models. But even counting the three horizontal dots as one pixel, that's still 266 pixels per inch -- significantly finer resolution than your computer screen.
Nikon brings its venerable 1,005-area metering sensor to bear on an old problem: AF tracking.
Instead of flipping mirrors, the Nikon D3X simply reads data off the CMOS image sensor and evaluates how abruptly light to dark (or dark to light) transitions happen on the image plane. Because it's working with data coming from the main image sensor, contrast detection autofocus rules out any potential issues with front- or back-focusing.
Although Sony lists its camera as having 24.6-megapixel resolution, the image size of 6,048 x 4,032 pixels is identical -- the two companies just have a slightly different way of calculating effective resolution numbers.
Probably due to the higher resolution and the much greater demands this makes on the imaging pipeline, the Nikon D3X is rather slower than the incredibly speedy D3; but it's really no slouch when you consider the amount of data whizzing around.
Nikon's proprietary processor makes a number of sophisticated in-camera processes possible. Nikon's Matrix metering system went through quite an overhaul for the D3, and gained a new name in the process: the Scene Recognition System. D-Lighting has proven a popular post-processing feature in Nikon's consumer digital SLRs, as well as some of the company's point & shoot models. While other cameras have had lens distortion processing built-in, notably the Olympus E-1, none until Nikon's D3 and D300 did the processing based on the distortion detected in the image. Another interesting feature is Vignette Control, first seen in firmware upgrade v1.11 for the D3, and then in the Nikon D700. Nikon has standardized its Picture Control system so that camera settings for tone, saturation, brightness, and sharpening can be set and ported to other Nikon digital SLRs.
Battery life is expected to be just slightly better in the D3X as compared to the D3, with a CIPA rating of 4,400 shots for the newer camera versus 4,300 shots for its sibling. Note that the GP-1 GPS unit isn't specific to the D3X; other Nikon SLRs including the D200, D3, D300, D700, and D90 are all compatible as well. As we proceeded with our evaluation and completed the analysis of our test images, nothing appeared to challenge that conclusion: Its combination of resolution, color fidelity, and noise performance puts it at the very top of its class.
And now, we’ve discovered that the small action camera was used in filming some sequences in the upcoming sequel of the Transformers movie franchise. Here is the full specs comparison of four APS-C cameras: Nikon COOPIX A, Ricoh GR, Fujifilm X100S, Fujifilm X-Pro1.
I got a call recently from a buddy who was looking to get a new point and shoot but mentioned that he’d get a DSLR if there was a compelling reason to get one. On the other hand, I would think the main market mirrorless cameras will be cannibalizing is the point-and-shoot market. It’s a small feature that might go unnoticed, but when you are recording a story that cannot be interrupted or cut in clips, the Panasonic GH2 made a huge difference. Even in continuous shooting mode few mirrorless cameras can keep a moving subject in focus, meaning the results will hit and miss – with a lot more miss than hit.
My favorite mirror-less breed right now is the Panasonic GH2, primarily because I can do EVERYTHING in the EVF, including image review and menu settings. I’ve had to go through each of my DSLR bodies, with each lens attached and do the micro-adjustments. Shooting events, especially, is much more pleasurable with the smaller, lighter GH2 camera.
That way I could continue to enjoy my current lens investments and gain the functional advantages of an EVF. Drop the resolution to 10.5 megapixels in DX crop mode, and the Nikon D3X will yield a fairly impressive seven frames per second. The cover over the Flash and Remote Terminal has a one-piece design, and the gold FX logo in the lower right corner indicates that this is a Nikon full-frame digital SLR. At approximately 922,000 dots, the D3X's LCD resolution matches the highest available in any current digital SLR. Sometimes they focus in front of the subject, sometimes they focus behind the subject, regardless of what the AF system says.
What makes Nikon's Live View mode so effective are the two options it provides for autofocus operation.
Contrast-detect AF isn't nearly as fast as phase-detect (which is why the shutter response of most digicams is so much slower than most digital SLRs), but at least Nikon's D3X can focus without interrupting the Live View display.
Given adequate light and a relatively static subject, the point of focus should be determined accurately regardless of issues with individual lenses. The Nikon D3X's inherits the Nikon D3's pentaprism viewfinder, which delivers 100 percent frame coverage, 0.7x magnification at 50mm and -1 diopter, an 18mm eyepoint, and diopter adjustment range of -3 to +1.
Nikon's D3X hence places right alongside Sony at the very top of the field among current 35mm full frame digital SLRs, at least in terms of resolution. The Nikon D3X is capable of capturing up to five frames per second at the full 24.5-megapixel sensor resolution.
A new diffraction grating over the 1,005 area metering sensor allowed more accurate detection of color and brightness. It's a quick software process that attempts to overcome underexposed images, and bring detail out of shadows. Past cameras (and most distortion-correction software) simply looked at which lens was mounted and perhaps the focal length if it was a zoom lens, and then applied a pre-set amount of correction; no image analysis actually took place.
Three levels are available that attempt to reduce the effects of corner shading with certain lenses. The D3 was the first camera compatible with the option, and the Nikon D3X likewise follows the standard.
Not only does the Nikon D3X sport an amazing 24.5 megapixels of resolution, it manages to wring more detail out of those pixels (particularly in its NEF-format RAW files) than anything else out there. What’s more, you have some choice when it comes to adding lenses, but nothing like the variety available for Nikon or Canon mount DSLRs.
My iPhone is my point and shoot that’s always with me, and my DSLR is my semi Pro rig.
As mirrorless, changeable lens cameras improve features, lens options, and price, there will be fewer and fewer reasons to buy a traditional point-and-shoot camera. Getting the most out of a big sensor and interchangeable lenses means taking the time to adjust settings until everything is right.


It gets worse as focal lengths increase and as light levels drop, and as the amount your subject moves increases. I can shoot much faster and smoother without the redundant lift, shoot, lower, put on reading glasses, chimp, remove reading glasses, lift, shoot, routine. Meanwhile, in quite a turn of events, Nikon's tradition rival, Canon, is left lagging a fair way behind resolution-wise with its flagship EOS-1Ds Mark III still sitting on 21.1 megapixels.
That's only two frames per second behind the D3's full-resolution speed, and could prove handy when raw speed is more important than resolution -- at least, if you don't mind the 1.6x crop that accompanies the speed.
It's hard to appreciate this improvement, but D2x users will notice the change immediately when they see an image on the screen. The Multi-CAM system can be set to four modes on the Nikon D3X, including 9-area, 21-area, 51-area, and 51-area with 3D tracking. Camera companies are starting to acknowledge this, building in adjustments to compensate for front- and back-focusing problems. Traditional DSLR phase-detection AF sensors are blocked whenever a camera raises its reflex mirror to expose the imaging sensor. You do require Nikon's Camera Control Pro software to enable this feature, an optional extra that will cost around $60 at the time of this writing. Measuring 35.9 x 24mm, the sensor size is not the exact dimension of a 35mm frame, which measures 36 x 24mm, but it's very close.
Nikon doesn't specify the exact model or speed of processor in each camera, though, so we can't state with certainty if the D3X's processor is completely identical to that of the D3.
At the same time, new firmware was capable of more complete analysis of scenes, improving white balance, focus tracking, and exposure.
An improved version of D-Lighting appeared in the Nikon D3 and D300, including optimization of image contrast, helping to prevent overprocessing of shadows and flattening of overall image contrast.
Nikon's Lateral Chromatic Aberration correction offered a more sophisticated approach, thanks to power of the camera's EXPEED processor, by actually analyzing each image after capture and fixing the chromatic aberration detected therein before saving the JPEG file. Designed for G and D Nikkor lenses, not DX or PC lenses, users can choose from High, Normal, Low, and Off for this setting. But other than that, I like the Nikon stuff, the Olympus Pen series, Samsung, and Panasonic offerings.
Nah – it is not for my kind of work, but I agree with you and do recommend that one, as well as the new Olympus O-MD E M5 , to some people that might enjoy it a lot.
Given that there's no noticeable difference with the Nikon D3, the remainder of this section will focus on changes from the D2x. As with the D3, the exterior shell of the Nikon D3X is made of magnesium alloy, and is sealed against dust and water. The D3X's LCD has a wide 170 degree viewing angle, and offers a 100% view whether looking at captured images or framing in Live View mode. In this latter mode, the Nikon D3X's EXPEED processor takes account not only of data from the AF sensor, but also from the 1,005-area RGB metering sensor. The Nikon D3X inherits a system from the D3 that allows it to separately store adjustments for up to 20 lens types. Since the imaging sensor constantly streams data for the LCD display during Live View operation, this means the mirror must be continuously held up while Live View mode is being used. For moving subjects and the fastest focusing you'll want to stick with the optical viewfinder, but it's nice to have the Live View option (and the choice of AF modes) when your subjects allow its use. Also, when using Live View (Tripod mode), you can move the AF point anywhere you want within the frame area -- even right out to the extreme edges. As an aside, it's also not quite the same size as the sensor used in the D3, which was 36 x 23.9mm. At the time of this writing, we are still waiting on confirmation of the burst depth in either mode. The processor in the D3X has a 16-bit pipeline and is the engine for processing the 14-bit color data from analog to digital at such a rapid rate. One of the chief benefits of the Scene Recognition System was highlight analysis, designed to prevent blown highlights in common situations by adjusting the tone curve to compensate.
As with the Scene Recognition System, the D3X inherits Active D-Lighting from the D3 and D300 -- but this time with a slight improvement, in that as well as the previous High, Normal, Low or Off settings, the D3X will also offer an Extra-High setting, or the ability to automatically choose the D-Lighting strength on the fly. Cameras with full-frame, high-resolution sensors place a greater demand on lenses, and hence Lateral Chromatic Aberration correction could prove a particularly interesting feature on the D3X. You can't see the results in Live View, nor can the Vignette Control be applied to multiple exposures. But my favorite so far is a new high-end Olympus that’s retro styled to make it look like their popular OM series SLRs from back in the 70s. For instance, some formats have more lens options, most have trouble creating shallow dept of field to the degree that DSLRs can. Yes, in low light, the EVF image is grainy and slow, and I find that an acceptable trade-off. The mirror-less design also allows for precise focus-spot placement anywhere in the frame, it is not limited to pre-defined locations.
With this extra information, the AF system can better select and track a subject, even when it leaves the AF area. Not individual lenses by serial number, mind you, so note that if you have several of one type of lens, the Nikon D3X will only load compensation information for the individual lens with which compensation was initially set. Hence, the first focusing mode requires a brief interruption to the live view display -- during which time the camera drops the mirror, focuses, and then flips the mirror back up to resume viewing of the refocused scene. The Nikon D3X also provides up to a 10x zoom in Live View mode, providing excellent focus discrimination when focusing manually.
It also enables such impressive features as the Scene Recognition System, in-camera Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, and Active D-Lighting, detailed below. The Nikon D3X inherits the improved Scene Recognition System functionality from its sibling. As with the chromatic aberration discussed in the previous section, vignetting is more likely to be an issue with full-frame digital imaging -- hence this could prove a very worthwhile feature. The Nikon D3X is also capable of writing to UDMA-capable cards, for faster read and write performance. The high-end SLR market often seems like a perpetual game of leapfrog, but for now, the Nikon D3X sits at the top of the heap, as the ultimate digital SLR. It’s full-featured, fast, high resolution, the EVF is among the best I’ve ever seen (though still not as good as an optical viewfinder), the video functions are really strong, and the color rendition and overall image quality are just great!
The vertical, or secondary AF-ON button in the lower right corner has been moved from below the Command dial to above it. This is fine for relatively static scenes, but the resulting delay in focusing -- not to mention the interruption to your view of the scene -- can make it difficult to get a good shot if your subject is in motion or requires precise timing. This is pretty key, as less than 10x magnification really doesn't do the trick for getting the focus set right. I just can’t bring myself to drop $1300 on a fun little mirrorless camera (including a kit lens). But if money’s not a problem for you and you want the best mirrorless camera out there (as of this week) I can easily recommend the Olympus OM-D E-M5!



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