When we first got our hands on the new Canon Rebel SL1, we were quite shocked by how small it is. This is one of the smallest DSLRs that we’ve had the pleasure of holding. The SL in the naming convention stands for Super Light. And in that naming convention, Canon stated in our initial meetings with them that it is targeted towards women–and a high emphasis is also placed on shooting in Auto.
In my time walking around NYC, I’ve seen loads and loads of DSLR users shooting in Auto. Many have said that they haven’t had time to sit down and read the manual yet and other said that they springed for the camera just so that they could get better pictures.
With all that in mind, the Canon SL1 sports a 18MP APS-C sized imaging sensor that is significantly larger than the one that you find in most point and shoot cameras–and therefore effectively gives you better image quality. It can shoot 4 frames per second in continuous shooting mode to help capture your dog or child running across the yard. The camera can also shoot 1080p HD video, has a touch screen, and can become very sensitive to light via its ISO abilities that range from 100-12,800.
And for the first time ever, we shot with this camera in the automatic modes in addition to our manual testing.
Sony’s NEX 3N is in some ways, a large deviation away from the traditional NEX line but in many ways makes a lot of sense. A while back, we gave the camera our first impressions, and really liked it. Though the ergonomics were a bit out of the normal for us, after lots of use it started to make sense to us. And for what it’s worth, Sony is giving the entry level mirrorless camera user quite a bit of power.
Like many other journalists, I spent a week in California with Sony; trying out their gear and getting myself into trouble while doing so. It was fun. On the trip, the company brought out their latest addition to the NEX line of cameras: the NEX 6. Though I was still personally much more smitten with their full frame sensor products, the NEX 6 felt like the perfect fusion between the NEX 7 and the previous 5n.
And man, can it deliver.
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The Canon 5D Mark III is one of the most highly anticipated cameras ever released. The 5D Mark II has been a workhorse of a camera for many wedding and portrait photographers, but has also been maligned by these same photographers for the shortcomings. With it came some incremental upgrades to address the Mk II’s supposed shortcomings as well as adding on some other features.
In the end though, is it right for you? More importantly, is it worth the upgrade from the 5D Mk II?
Editor’s Note: This review has been done over the period of a couple of months. Additional contributing was done by Thomas Campbell and Thursten Kent.
The day I shot the images in this story is the day that Adobe released the update to allow Lightroom 3 to edit images from the Canon T3i. In Day 1, we gave some first impressions of the Canon T3i and we also did a quick video test. When I first got the unit, the RAW file support wasn’t released yet. The good news: I shot these with the very goodCanon 35mm F/1.4 L: perhaps my favorite lens and on our list of recommended glass. While doing this, I never went above ISO 1600. But it’s not all wonderful.
When we finished reviewing the Olympus EPL-2, the RAW file support hadn’t been released yet for Adobe Lightroom 3. With the latest release of Lightroom 3.4 RC, that support is now available. In our review, we gave the camera rave reviews for JPEG image quality. RAW files are supposed to be more versatile in the editing process, so it would only make sense that the processing would be amazing, right?