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  • A Common Cause for the Nikon "FEE" Error

    We sell a lot of used lenses over at our used equipment website: www.theusedcamerastore.com. Most of the lenses we sell are for either Canon or Nikon. We usually get more questions regarding Nikon lenses, however. In 1987, Canon introduced auto focus cameras and lenses, and switched the then FD lens mount to EF (electro-focus). The manual focus, FD lenses were no longer compatible with new, auto focus camera bodies. The mounts were completely different. It is possible to use FD lenses on an EF camera body, but an adapter is required, and infinity focus is only achieved with the presence of a corrective glass element.

    Canon FD Mount

    Canon FD Mount (courtesy Wikipedia)

    Canon EF Mount

    Canon EF Mount (courtesy of Wikipedia)

    Nikon maintained the same physical mount during the switch from manual to auto focus, however, so things are not so cut-and-dry as with Canon. This creates a bit more confusion among Nikon shooters because they often wonder about the compatibility of older lenses with newer bodies, or newer lenses with older bodies. Many of Nikon's more modern lenses (AF lenses) include a manual aperture ring. Most of Nikon's even more recent lenses, and Canon EF lenses, do not include a manual aperture ring. In this case, the aperture may only be controlled electronically by the camera body.

    If you have a Nikon lens and you are trying to use it on a more modern Nikon camera body, you may just run into the camera displaying an "FEE" error. This error is stating that the camera and the lens are not happy with each other. Essentially, the camera and lens aren't "communicating". If the lens is an auto focus (or "chipped") lens with a manual aperture ring, you may not be out-of-luck. Most likely you need to simply change the aperture to the smallest (largest number) value. This is often designated by being colored orange. Once the aperture is set to the smallest value, the camera is able to control the aperture electronically and everything is happy again.  Note that you cannot use the lens if you change the aperture manually from the smallest value. The aperture must be controlled using the camera's functions, and it must be physically set to the smallest value with the manual aperture ring in order for this to be possible.

    In order to see what we are describing, we made a quick video (see below). In the video you can see that the camera "locks" up when any aperture other than the smallest value is used.

  • "Femto Photography": Born in a Lab at MIT

    MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture Group has developed a process for visualizing light at a trillion frames per second. The name? "Femto Photography". This seems like something sports photographers could really get behind. Perhaps sifting through a trillion frames of images for a one second moment would be a little too tedious. Even the most patient editors would have a difficult time with that one. Of course, yes, we know it wouldn't be possible in the first place. An exposure time of 1/1,000,000,000,000 seconds is a little too short for a moving subject to be properly exposed. It is still fun to think about, however.

    In all seriousness, this is way cool. Visualizing the propagation of waves through water is one thing, but being able to visualize the propagation of light is something else. Check out the video below. It shows pulses of a laser and the light emitted and propagated from that pulse. It takes approximately one-billionth of a second for the light to travel across the entire bottle. Slowed down, it takes a little bit longer than that....

  • Canon Announces New Professional Digital SLR Camera: EOS-1D X

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR CameraCanon announced today a brand new addition to its lineage of flagship professional digital SLR camera bodies, the Canon EOS-1D X (click to purchase from our website). The camera body will retail for $6,800, and it is currently poised for release in March of 2012.

    According to the specifications and features listed on this camera, the engineers at Canon have apparently been working overtime. From what we can tell Canon has kept its ears open to the people using their products--photographers--and have been listening. The EOS-1D X seems to be packed with a lot of what photographers want, and leaves out much of what they don't. We are pretty excited about this new camera, and it already feels like it will be a long winter waiting to get our hands on one.

    Scroll down for more images and information provided by Canon about this new camera.

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

    Back which shows the new, larger 3.2" high resolution LCD

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

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    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

    Side showcasing accessory ports

     

    18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
    The EOS-1D X features a newly developed Canon full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that's designed from the ground up to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity. A full 24 x 36mm, the sensor captures 5184 x 3456 large individual 6.95 µm pixels and has a much-improved S/N ratio resulting in better images from the start. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor's sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera. And a 2-line 16-channel simultaneous signal readout means speeds of up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG) and even 14 fps (Super High Speed Mode) are possible!

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital Camera Image Sensor

     

     

     

     

    14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51200 (L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800)
    The EOS-1D X not only offers 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, it delivers higher standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of new options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100-51200, the EOS-1D X represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. Thanks to the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the new sensor and powerful noise reduction, the EOS-1D X can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (H1), and even 204800 (H2)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS-1D X has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.

    14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51200 (L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800)

     

     

     

     

    Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
    For a whole new level of performance, the EOS-1D X uses Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors that include four 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits and deliver speeds of up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG) and 14 fps (JPEG). Compared with the predecessor, Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processor offers approximately 17x faster processing speed, and feature new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. In addition to conventional image processing functions the Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors offer real-time compensation for Chromatic Aberration in both still and motion images. With the power of these two processors, speed improvements are noticeable from the instant the camera is turned on and the stunning results speak for themselves.

    Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
    The newly designed 61-Point High Density Reticular AF features an Offset Array Sensor (with staggering AF point arrangement) to deliver greater accuracy, no matter the situation. It offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens).

    The EOS-1D X has a dedicated AF menu tab, so AF can be controlled without having to go through custom function menus. It also has 6 AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching).

    The EOS-1D X uses the 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor to aid the AF system in Automatic Point Selection. This dramatically increases the tracking performance for subjects that were previously unpredictable to follow, such as fast-moving or flying subjects. EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF recognizes the subject based on face and color detection from the AE system, and tracks it using AF points. The EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System incorporates color recognition and Face Detection for proper exposure. Specific parameters can be adjusted and refined and saved in the AF menu for later use.

    All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

     

     

     

    EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) Powered by Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
    The EOS-1D X features a brand new 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 4 Image Processor that delivers substantial improvements in evaluative ambient and flash metering. The sensor has 252 distinct zones for general metering, with 35 zones used for low-light metering. The meter's DIGIC 4 Image Processor uses EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) that incorporates face and color recognition data for more stable performance under rapidly changing lighting situations. The E-TTL Flash metering gains the same improvements. These improvements ensure accurate automatic exposure in a greatly increased group of shooting situations, offering a level of performance that will impress even the seasoned pro.

    EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) Powered by Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor

     

     

     

     

    EOS HD Video Recording
    Addressing the requests of the pros, the EOS-1D X captures HD video with an unprecedented level of sophistication for a digital SLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording up to 29:59 minutes without interruption. It offers the option of timecoding only during recording (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run) - useful for multi-camera shoots. The EOS-1D X offers easy operation with the new Live View shooting/Movie shooting button. Menu options can still be set even when the Live View image is displayed. A dedicated menu tab for video capture allows functions to be changed quickly on the fly. Improved sound recording adjustment capabilities offer 64-step volume control; and a sound recording level meter that is accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting. With the Silent Control function, adjustments can be made quietly with a touch pad located on the inner portion of the Quick Control Dial. The built-in wind filter helps suppress unwanted wind noise that can distort or muffle sound. The CMOS sensor's new drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré.

    EOS HD Video Recording

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    High-Speed Continuous Shooting
    The EOS-1D X combines fast 16-channel data readout from its 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and the supercharged processing capabilities of its Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors with a speedier shutter and mirror system to raise the performance bar for all digital cameras, capturing full-frame images and recording them fast to UDMA cards stored in the cameras Dual Card Slots. Ideal for fixed focus situations, the EOS-1D X's can shoot up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG). In Super High Speed Mode, high-speed shooting up to 14 fps (JPEG) is possible.

    Thanks to a more resilient design, shutter lag with the EOS-1D X is reduced to 55ms (down even further to 36ms via custom function). A redesigned mirror system, featuring a Quad Active Mirror Stopper, uses more effective material to absorb impact when moving up and down not only aids in speedy shot-to-shot times, but the reduced mirror vibration provides more stable shots at all times.

    High-Speed Continuous Shooting

     

     

     

     

     

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and dust- and weather-resistance
    For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X is designed to perform superbly, even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a new grip design for easier finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its newly redesigned shutter has lightweight and carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 14 fps performance without compromise, for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A and GPS Receiver GP-E1 have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points.

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and dust- and weather-resistance

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC)
    The EOS-1D X's integrated cleaning dust removal cleaning uses a carrier wave type self-cleaning sensor unit. While previous dust removal systems removed dust adhered to the surface of the infrared absorbing/ultraviolet-blocking glass in a frontward direction by vibrating the glass with ultrasound, the new system effectively rolls rather than shakes the dust particles off, removing an even greater amount of dust, especially smaller particles. As with previous cameras, the IR/UV absorbing glass in front of the EOS-1D X's sensor is treated with an anti-dust fluorine coating making it easier to remove damp or sticky dust particles. As part of Canon's Integrated Cleaning System dust missed by the camera can be identified and removed using the Dust Delete Data feature of Canon's Digital Professional Pro software, bundled with every EOS digital SLR.

    Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCD
    The EOS-1D X's Intelligent Viewfinder offers a sharp, bright approximately 100% field of view with an approximate magnification of .76x, a viewing angle of 35° and a 20mm eye-point. With a new construction featuring aspherical lens elements, the viewfinder displays less distortions and color aberrations than previous models. It uses a transparent LCD to superimpose a customizable combination of focus points and gridlines directly over the image. The AF status indicator can even be directed to display within or outside of the viewfinders image area. With the intelligent viewfinder, unlike with other cameras, the photographer has the choice of seeing shooting information or looking only at the scene in front of the camera. The ability to effectively erase all shooting data and turn it back on with the touch of a button gives the photographer the opportunity to concentrate simply on looking and composing the photograph without distraction, a great advantage in numerous shooting situations.

    Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCD

     

     

     

     

     

    3.2" TFT LCD Monitor
    The EOS-1D X's 3.2" TFT LCD monitor has 1,040,000 dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. It's ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections, or 9 sections with diagonals, as can the dual-axis electronic level, which helps ensure accurate level by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the EOS-1D X has a new, dedicated Magnify/Reduce button. While pressing the button, zooming in or out (up to 10x) is achieved simply by turning the Main Dial. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills or rating. A feature guide can be accessed for the selected menu, providing detailed reference information whenever needed.

    3.2" TFT LCD Monitor

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls
    Reconceived based on the experience and feedback of professional users, the EOS-1D X's new ergonomic design is more comfortable and intuitive than ever. With a refined and intelligent layout of all control buttons and dials, shooting settings can be made with just the right hand, and quick image check and image processing operations with just the left. New, assignable and tactile function buttons located on the front of the camera enable fast access to features the photographer uses frequently. The vertical grip has been redesigned for comfort and familiarity, and combined with a vertical position Multi-Controller, Mfn2 and Depth-of-Field preview buttons provides every option found with horizontal for uninterrupted, intuitive shooting no matter the camera's orientation.

    During shooting, the EOS-1D X's dedicated Quick Control button enables speedy changes of nearly every shooting parameter with the touch of a button. During playback, pressing the Quick Control button enables the photographer to protect images, rotate, rate, resize, view highlight alert, AF point and much more. Plus, with the EOS-1D X's new Multi Function Lock, the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial and Multi-Controller can all be locked, individually or together.

    The EOS-1D X's Graphic User Interface shows improvements as well. The menu structure has been redesigned so that frequently used functions previously buried in the menu hierarchy are brought to the front. Operations previously assigned to buttons, controls, menus and custom functions have been consolidated for quick access in the menu, ensuring the photographer can concentrate on composing and shooting images.

    Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Leica Introduces D-LUX 5 Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    Leica D-LUX 5 Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    Includes dedicated leather case made of high quality calf leather

    We are pleased to announce Leica's latest limited edition camera. Throughout its history Leica has periodically released a limited number of special edition cameras. Today Leica has announced the D-LUX 5 Titanium (click to purchase from our website), which features a titanium anodized finishing aluminum body. It also includes as part of the limited edition release a matching, dedicated leather case made of high quality calf leather. This limited edition camera and dedicated case will be available for $1195 at the end of October. Scroll down to view more images of the D-LUX 5 Titanium limited edition digital camera.

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  • Silent Auction for Irene Recovery Update

     

    Silent Auction to Benefit Hurricane Irene Victims in VermontIn case you missed our first post about this event, we are organizing a silent auction to benefit the Irene recovery by donating all of the proceeds raised by the event to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. We are silently auctioning donated framed photographs, camera gear, and more! This is an incredible opportunity to go home with a lot of cool stuff, and at the same time help out Vermonters in dire need. If you already knew this information, we would like to give you a friendly reminder so you don't forget to come to this worthwhile event. In addition, we want to keep you updated. We have received a lot of wonderful photographs for the auction and we have received some additional camera gear. We are happy to announce that Senator Patrick Leahy has donated a print to be auctioned off for the benefit. Also, Canon has donated a digital SLR (the EOS Rebel XS), and Lowepro has donated several bags, and this is in addition to many other great items that have been donated. To see a more complete list of the items that will be available, please click on the graphic above, or visit benefit.gmcamera.com. We hope to see you on Sunday!

     

  • Silent Auction to Benefit Hurricane Irene Victims in Vermont

    Photograph by Monica Donovan

    Photograph by Monica Donovan

    When: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
    Where: Green Mountain Club Headquarters

    4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road (Route 100)
    Waterbury Center, VT 05677

    We’ve all seen and witnessed the devastation that was caused by Irene here in Vermont.  You may have personally experienced the impact of this storm and are participating in efforts to clean-up and rebuild our beautiful state.  Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered losses as a result of this storm.  Our staff has not been immune to the effects of Irene as well, but, we have repeatedly asked ourselves, how can we best utilize our skills to assist in this effort?

    Photograph by Monica Donovan

    Photograph by Monica Donovan

    Our staff has generously agreed to donate their time to assist us in putting together a fundraising event that will be used to raise money for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.  We have decided to silent auction donated framed photographs by Vermont photographers in addition to auctioning off digital cameras and gear.  We would like to have a silent auction of work that is inspiring and reflects the best of what we as photographers have to offer for the restoration of one of the best places to live in this country.

    We have already started to organize this event and have scheduled a place and time. We will hold the event on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at the Green Mountain Club Headquarters. We have set up a dedicated webpage with the details of the event. Please visit the webpage here. We have included some of the photographs and items we have received, and will continue to update the website as we get more. The response to our requests for donations has been incredible, and we are proud to have wonderful customers, neighbors, and business partners. We hope you will be able to attend to help make this benefit a success. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund at Vermont211.org.

  • PocketWizard Releases New Firmware for ControlTL Products MiniTT1 & FlexTT5

    PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware UpdatePocketWizard has announced a new firmware update for the PocketWizard ControlTL products--MiniTT1 (Canon, Nikon) and FlexTT5 (Canon, Nikon)--for both Nikon (firmware version 3.0) and Canon (firmware version 6.0). The new firmware updates add the following features: HyperSync Automation, SpeedCycler, and Flash Power Control without a camera.

    The full PocketWizard press release with more in-depth descriptions of the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 upgrades can be found here.

    The firmware update is done through the PocketWizard Utility, which can be downloaded here. Each PocketWizard ControlTL device comes with a USB cable to connect that device directly to your computer. Once a ControlTL device is connected to your computer via the provided USB cable, the firmware update can be done quickly and easily using the PocketWizard Utility software.

  • Update: Availability of Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7 and New Lenses

    As noted in our previous post comparing the features of the Sony A77 and Sony A65, we have received a lot of interest in the new Sony cameras and lenses that were recently announced: Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7, SAL1650, SEL24F18Z, SEL50F18, and the SEL55210. A lot of the interest has been a curiosity in when these new products will be made available. We were able to get a release schedule from Sony, and we are providing this information here. Each item links to our website where you will be able to purchase the items when we receive them in stock. If you would like to pre-order an item to be one of the first to receive the product, please contact us at sales@gmcamera.com, or (802) 244-0883. All pre-orders are first come, first serve. We currently have all of these products on order with Sony, and will therefore be part of the first shipments as the products are released.

    Release Schedule for Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7, and New Lenses

    Sony NEX-5N Body Only (Black) First Week of September
    Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm Lens Kit (Black) First Week of September
    Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm Lens Kit (Silver) First Week of September
    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Body Only Mid-to-Late October
    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 18-55mm Lens Kit Mid-to-Late October
    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Body Only Mid-to-Late October
    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens Kit Mid-to-Late October
    Sony NEX-7 Body Only Early November
    Sony NEX-7 18-55mm Lens Kit Early November
    Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Lens (SAL1650) Early November
    Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 Lens (SEL24F18Z) Early December
    Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (SEL50F18) Mid December
    Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens (SEL55210) Mid-to-Late October
  • Canon Introduces 3 New PowerShot Digital Cameras (SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS, ELPH 310 HS)

    We are pleased to announce the introduction of 3 new Canon PowerShot compact digital cameras. Canon has recently introduced the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS, and the ELPH 310 HS.

    Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

    Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera (Red)

    Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS (black, red) is an upgrade of the SX130 IS. Looking through the specifications, there are no really big improvements over the SX130 IS. The SX150 IS maintains being powered by (2) AA batteries.

    Depending on how you look at it, this is either a godsend or a drag. We've sold a lot of SX130 IS digital cameras because customers were specifically looking for a camera that was powered by AA batteries (and there are not too many left). We've also had customers who won't even consider the camera because it is powered by AA batteries. Digital cameras powered by AA batteries are great for the frequent traveler, or for the frequent, "I feel like I'm forgetting something". If you forget your charger, just walk into a drug store, purchase some AA batteries (make sure to get some with umph!), and you will be on your way. This, in theory, sounds great for anyone, but digital cameras are power hungry. If you don't purchase high-powered AA batteries (batteries with umph!), then you will be lucky to shoot more than a few shots before the camera dies. Buy AA batteries with some real guts and the camera will work for longer, but still typically not as long as a digital camera with a dedicated proprietary lithium-ion battery. If you aren't using rechargeable AA batteries, you will end up spending a fortune on the batteries in the long run. Plus, you will be contributing to your local landfill more than what will keep your conscience happy in the short term.

    The SX150 IS is now boasting a 14.1 megapixel image sensor, which is an improvement over the 12.1 megapixel sensor of the SX130 IS. It does now feature a dedicated movie record button, which we are starting to see as a standard feature for digital cameras. We welcome this standardization. It is a pain in the behind when you are forced to switch a mode dial, or click through a menu, just to get into a Movie mode, to then have to hit the shutter button in order to start recording footage.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera (Silver)

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS (silver, black, red) is an upgrade of the ELPH 500 HS. We really like the ELPH series of Canon PowerShot digital cameras. They are compact, but feel good in the hand; feel steady and secure, with a, typically, rugged metallic shell; and have very pleasing aesthetics. The ELPH 510 HS looks to be a really cool camera. It is less than an inch thick and has an incredible 12x optical zoom lens with a 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle. Apparently the lens engineers had to work overtime to figure out that one. It also has a huge touch screen (3.2") with a Touch Shutter. Touch Shutter works by allowing the user to simply touch the screen where they want the camera to focus and meter, and the camera will do the rest. For example, if you are trying to take a picture of someone, just touch their face and the camera will focus on the face, meter to get the correct exposure for their face, and take a picture--all in an instant. In addition, the ELPH 510 HS features the Canon HS system. You may be asking, "What is Canon's HS System?" We believe it stands for High Sensitivity (we have yet to hear a definitive answer), but it essentially is a series of features (both physical in engineering/manufacturing and by using software) to get better images in low-light. That's it. For a more detailed explanation of what's involved, check out this website.

    Canon PoweShot ELPH 310 HS

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera (Purple)

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS (purple, silver, blue, pink, green) is an upgrade of the ELPH 300 HS. Like the ELPH 510 HS, this camera is also very slim, and it too features a longer zoom lens. In this case the ELPH 310 HS has an 8x optical zoom. One feature we are sad to see lost from the ELPH 300 HS is the 24mm wide-angle. The ELPH 310 HS has a 28mm wide-angle. I guess Canon thought the 8x vs. 5x was a worthwhile compromise. For those looking to capture detail from a distance, the 24mm wide-angle will not be missed. But, get a huge group of people together and try to take a picture of them in your living room, you will miss the 24mm wide-angle. Besides the 8x zoom there is no bump in megapixel count, but there is a larger screen (3"). Canon is really excited about the external finish of the ELPH 310 HS. It comes in five very bright, metallic colors that are sure to draw attention. One thing we like about bright colors...harder to lose.

  • Sony Alpha A65 and A77 Feature Comparison

    We recently reported on Sony's introduction of the Alpha SLT-A65 and Alpha SLT-A77. That post has received a lot of interest and we have already started to receive a lot of questions. A question that we are hearing again and again is "What are the main differences between the A65 and the A77?"  We decided there has been enough interest and enough people asking this question that we should just post the main differences here.

    Sony Alpha A65 and A77 Feature ComparisonOne big factor that differentiates the two cameras is the pre-packaged kit lens. The A65 is available as body only or with the Sony 18-55mm lens as a kit. The A77 is also offered as body only, but is also offered with the new 16-50mm f/2.8 lens as a kit. That difference alone may be appealing for some customers to decide one way or the other, and there is a big difference in price to support that decision. The A65 body is $900, and the kit is $1000. The A77 body is $1400 and the kit is $2000. Customers who already have a strong investment in Sony and Minolta glass may not care too much, and will opt for the body only approach. If you are interested in the A77 and acquiring the new 16-50mm f/2.8, the kit is $100 less than buying the lens and body separately (the lens as a standalone purchase is $700).

    Certainly there are more differences than just that:

    A65 A77
    Strong Polycarbonate Body Magnesium Alloy Body with Moisture & Dust Resistance
    Up to 10 FPS with AF In Speed Priority AE Up to 12 FPS with AF In Speed Priority AE
    2-Way Tilt TruBlack LCD 3-Way Tilt TruBlack LCD
    15-point AF; 3-cross type 19-point AF;11-cross Type
    Single Front Dial & Function Button Front & Rear Dials, top LCD Panel, Multi-direction Control Stick & Function Button
    1/4000th Sec. Top Shutter Speed
    1/160th Sec. Flash Sync Speed
    1/8000th Sec. Top Shutter Speed
    1/250th Sec. Flash Sync Speed
    + / - 3.0 EV + / - 5.0 EV
    Optional Vertical Grip
    DMF Direct Manual Focus Function
    Programmable 3 Memory Recall Function
    PC Flash Sync Post

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