Nikon has unveiled the new D5100 upper-entry-level DSLR. The camera features a 16.2 MP CMOS sensor, 1080p movie capability and a side-articulated 3.0-inch tilt/swivel LCD display. The Nikon D5100 is also the first Nikon DSLR to provide in-camera effects that can be applied to both photos and movies to deliver even more creative expression. The new D5100 allows photographers of all levels to confidently execute new and creative ways to tell stories with amazing color and clarity. The super sharp LCD has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 921,000-dot resolution, with the ability to rotate 180 degrees horizontally and vertically. In addition, Nikon has also introduced the ME-1 external microphone. The Nikon D5100 will be available from this month as a kit with the 18-55mm VR lens for $899.95, while the microphone will retail at $179.99. Read more…
Canon has decided to update the EOS 60D DSLR with a new firmware update. The firmware version 1.0.9 for the EOS 60D digital SLR camera fixes:
- a problem where the camera operates abnormally when set to Quick Mode AF during Live View shooting under certain conditions
- a phenomenon where the camera operates abnormally when after Live View shooting, the remote switch on the EOS Utility screen is pressed to start movie-shooting.
- and changes the name of the feature called “Art Filters” to “Creative Filters” for the Japanese model.
Click here to download the firmware update.
The GigaPan EPIC Pro is a robotic camera mount designed for DSLR cameras. Based on technology employed by NASA’s Mars Rover, the GigaPan EPIC Pro robotic mount empowers DSLRs to take hundreds, even thousands of photos, which are combined to create one highly detailed image with amazing depth and clarity. This DSLR mount comes bundled with a new and faster GigaPan Stitch software that will blend photos seamlessly into one brilliant panorama, then uploaded to GigaPan.com, where users can zoom into the detail, explore and share. The EPIC Pro robotic DSLR mount will be available next month for US$895. [dcviews]
The latest firmware update for the Pentax K-5 improves AutoFocus accuracy in low light and enhances stability for general performance. Pentax K-5 owners can download the firmware version 1.03 here. [Pentax]
Pentax has recently launched a firmware update for the Pentax 645D medium-format DSLR camera. The firmware version 1.02 brings minor improvements such as:
1. When processing Noise Reduction after long exposure, remaining time is displayed on LCD panel
2. When mode dial is set to “X”, Flash X-Sync Speed can be set by custom function menu.
3. When connecting to a computer via the USB cable, recognized Disk name is changed from [Removable Disk] to [645D].
If format SD memory card, volume label will be [645D].
4. After mirror lock-up, extended standby time (until mirror automatically return to original position) from approximate 1 minute to 5 minutes. If Auto Power Off setting is shorter than 5 minutes, Auto Power Off setting has priority.
Click here to download the firmware software. [Pentax]
Here is good news for those who are living in the States. Hasselblad has recently launched the limited-edition stainless steel version of the Hasselblad H4D-40 medium-format DSLR camera. This camera features Hasselblad’s True Focus and Absolute Position Lock technologies. You can purchase the Hasselblad H4D-40 Stainless Steel Edition for US$18,995 (body only), or US$20,995 (with HC 2.8/80mm lens). [Hasselblad]