The recent surprise announcement of Sony's a7 Mark II had people reeling about the first-ever 5-axis in-body stabilisation on a full-frame camera. We recently got our meathooks on one of the new cams and wanted to show you just a bit of what it can do before giving it a more comprehensive report.
In 2004, I had a Sandisk 512MB SD card. It was the bomb. In my little Canon PowerShot S80, it captured all the 8-megapixel, 3MB images I needed it to. 10 years later, just last week, I loaded up a loaner Canon 7D Mark II -- in all of its 20-megapixel, 35MB RAW-snapping glory -- with the new Sandisk 512GB SDXC Extreme Pro. Five hundred and twelve gigabytes.
The Leica M Edition 60 is the company's 60th anniversary limited-edition version of its latest M rangefinder. It costs around $20,000 and has no display and no buttons (aside from the shutter). To some, it's ridiculous. To most, it's unaffordable. But after shooting with it for a couple of hours, I can say that if nothing else, it's incredibly charming.
Five years ago, I was broke, but I still needed a great camera. The Canon S90 was the perfect fit for my needs, and my credit card balance. And I wasn't the only one who thought so. The amazing S90 and successors made Canon a mint -- at least until Sony's RX100 came along with higher quality images. With the G7 X, Canon is striking back with specs, plus a little bit of the charm that made Canon compacts so easy to love in the first place.
When the Canon 7D came out in 2009, it soon became one of the most popular DSLRs ever. It was fast, rugged, with great video features, all for a whole lot cheaper than the more pro-oriented 5D Mark II. Five years later, the 7D Mark II makes its debut with plenty of powerful specs, yet it's not likely to be the same wide-reaching hit as the original.
The Polaroid Cube is a delightful little camera that takes still shots and video. Like the name suggests, it's a tiny little cube just 35mm on a side. It sticks to any and all magnetic surfaces -- even your dinner fork. It can be tossed around and taken out on the town and record all of life's oh-so-precious moments. But so can your smartphone. Does being darling make a difference? Yes, but perhaps not enough to justify your $US99.
Point-and-shoot cameras teeter on the edge of extinction, rendered obsolete by our smartphones. But shooting with iPhones or juggling our Android handsets aren't always the best or most comfortable; just the most convenient. What's the solution? HTC thinks they can ease our collective mobile photography pains with a camera that looks like a periscope.
After several gazillion leaks over the last few days, they're finally here: GoPro's 2014 line of action cameras. As rumoured, there are in fact three models. There's the Hero, GoPro's new entry-level camera that comes in super cheap; the Hero4 Silver, which is basically last year's best action camera plus an LCD touchscreen; and last but certainly not least,there's the Hero4 Black, which seems to demolish every other action camera out there.
The last time we saw an action camera come out of Contour, it was for the Contour+2. Image quality was pretty good, but the mounts were way too fragile. And, under the shadow of GoPro's colossal market-share, Contour shuttered its doors. But now it's back! And its first product back is... a slight improvement on its entry-level camera. Which is weird.
The original Canon 7D was a hit with video-makers, which is why the biggest question surrounding its successor, the 7D Mark II, has been what the video quality looks like. With our beta sample unit in-hand, we mounted a casual comparison with Canon's other video-forward DSLRs.
We just got our hands on a pre-production beta unit of Canon's latest DSLR, the 7D Mark II. We wasted no time in hitting the streets to grab some shots for your viewing pleasure.
Peak Design's Slide is a camera strap that tries to rise above the glut of cheap, frustrating tethers that come bundled with your camera. How does it do that? It uses a combination of seductive materials, quick adjustments, and a unique connection system called Anchor Links that lets you quickly switch between multiple cameras.
It's finally here. The Canon 7D Mark II, probably the most anticipated, rumoured, speculated-about camera in years, is ready to make its debut. It's been five years since the original 7D hit shelves in 2009, so you better believe the expectations are high for the Mark II to be the messiah of mid-range DSLRs.
Now, I already had a vague inkling that Japan's most adventurous tech company would have some interesting announcements at IFA 2014. Sony has done the unthinkable, though -- shoe-horned a relatively massive APS-C imaging sensor into one of its cut-down lens cameras. No screen, just a few buttons -- just a whole bunch of pixels and Wi-Fi working their magic.
Sony's moves in the field of consumer electronics can seem genius at times, and baffling at others. Its new full-frame mirrorless camera, the A7s, is a little bit of both. It's a camera that looks and functions exactly as previous A7 models, but with a few very specific and exciting features especially suited to video shooters.