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 Kodak Hawkeye II DSLR NASA

Did you know that one of the first digital SLRs was actually used by NASA back in 1991? Neither did we. It was in fact the very first camera that qualifies to be called a DSLR. However, back then, that meant something entirely different from what it means now. In 1991, Kodak retrofitted a Nikon F3 SLR body (yes, one of those old-school cameras that ran on this ‘film’ stuff) with a digital back that contained a tiny CCD sensor. In order to get the image information out of the camera, you needed a separate processing and storage unit that you’d carry over your shoulder.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Review product lead (1 of 1)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art is the successor to the company’s previous 50mm f1.4 lens that was also held in very high regard. However, the new lens has been brought in line both in terms of design and image quality with the company’s new Global Vision–and specifically under its Art lineup. The focal length and aperture are an iconic one that many photographers swear by. In fact, many only shoot with this one lens.

But is Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art offering enough to make you want to trade up?

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample imagesfull review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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Nikon Coolpix S810c 2Move over Samsung–you’re not the only game in town trying to get further into the Android-powered camera world. Today Nikon introduced the Coolpix S810c, a 16MP point-and-shoot camera preloaded with the 4.2.2 version of Android Jelly Bean.

Nikon promises the camera will let users launch all their favorite Android camera apps without the compromises of a lackluster smartphone snapper. The Coolpix S810c is equipped with a 12x optical zoom Nikkor lens, albeit with an unimpressive f3.3-6.3 variable aperture. It might not produce very shallow depth of field but the Coolpix backside illuminated CMOS sensor should make up for the lack of light coming through that somewhat narrow aperture lens. Read on for more about Nikon’s new Android camera plus the new 18-300mm lens for its DX DSLRs.

More details are after the jump.

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Today, DxOMark released new findings and a report on the Sony A6000 announced a little while back. According to their findings, it seems to be outdoing pretty much every other new camera on the market with the exception of the Nikon D5300 and D3300. Sony’s new flagship APS-C E mount camera has a 24.3MP APS-C sensor at its heart. And while many may still say that that is way too many megapixels for a small sensor, the results are surely in.

However, during our briefing with Sony, what they were really pushing was the autofocus–which is super fast and utilizes phase detection.

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Review: Nikon D3300

by G Servo on 04/04/2014

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Nikon hasn’t been the best of camera companies lately. There have been issues with some of its new cameras, but there is one set of cameras that has been constant: the D3xxx series. Most of the D3xxx series’ updates are typically incremental. The Nikon D3300, the newest model, has some nice improvements. So let’s see how this camera works out.

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nikon d300sThe follow up to the Nikon D300s could be named the Nikon D9300. Nikon Rumors noted the Japanese camera company is preparing to launch the new model soon. As the designation might suggest the new camera will likely be a crop sensor DX model placed above the Nikon D7100.

This shake up in nomenclature is likely to keep Dxxx names reserved for full-frame cameras like the D610 and D800. Meanwhile, the extra 300 in the name might just to keep things from getting too confusing between the Nikon D3300 and D5300 that are already part of the companies DX line.

Naming theories aside, this is another bit of news that adds credence to the theory we will see a new Nikon D300s replacement this year. After nearly four years, Nikon D300s fan might finally get the new pro-level DX DSLR they’ve been waiting for.

Via Nikon Rumors