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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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If you’ve ever wanted a reason to point and laugh at someone chasing after that more expensive camera, then now is the time. The latest from DxOMark states that Nikon’s new 1 V3 camera is outdone by more affordable Micro Four Thirds cameras when it comes to sensor performance. In their results announced today, the 1 inch sensor at the heart of the ovr $1,000 V3 fails in comparison to  the older sensors and cameras, but it comes close in terms of color depth. Granted, neither of the Micro Four Thirds models can fire at 60fps or shoot slow motion video. But still, it’s quite pricey. For what it’s worth, we’re also not sure that it should be such a high price. Instead, Nikon will need to lower it. But the company also did this for the D800 when that was released. The price eventually came down to where higher level mortals could afford it.

Pro Tip: We recommend that you communicate with the person that you're photographing first to get insight as to what they want. Some headshots are more corporate oriented while others are for comp cards, actor profiles, and dating websites.

Pro Tip: We recommend that you communicate with the person that you’re photographing first to get insight as to what they want. Some headshots are more corporate oriented while others are for comp cards, actor profiles, and dating websites.

All the technical mavens that have nothing more to do than critique other folks’ photos and not go out creating great work themselves will tell you not to backlight an image. But we’re going to tell you something different–backlight as much as you want. But in the end, create a captivating photo. And though even we may tell you that it’s best to create your own light (and in many situations it really is) we don’t believe in limiting yourself just because you might not have a flash. So to create a better portrait in natural light, you can either wait for the golden/blue hour and give yourself maybe around 15 minutes or so of shooting time or you can go shooting at any time of the day–just as long as you can make the light do what you want it to.

And for that, backlighting is a very viable option.

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It was bound to happen, but we never thought that it take this long for it to happen. Petapixel by the way of Nikon Rumors is stating that US law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein is trying to gather complaints for a possible class action law suit against Nikon for issues had with the D600–the company’s entry level full frame DSLR. While some report that Nikon had replaced the shutter for them with better results, others state that it is still problematic for them. To recap, the D600 had a sensor problem where due to a faulty shutter dust and oil would gather and therefore also appear in photos.

Nikon’s major response to the issue was replacing the camera with the D610. And even went as far as replacing some D600 cameras with the new D610. Because of this, we’re not sure how far the lawsuit may go.

But if you’re a D600 owner, you may want to contact Nikon about fixing the issue first for you.


It’s been a while since Canon released the G1 X camera, and the company is announcing an update in the form of the G1 X Mk II today for CP+. At the heart of the camera is a new 1.5″ 12.8MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 processor, ISO range of 100-12,800, a new 9 aperture blade f2-f3.9 lens with an equivalent zoom range of 24-120mm, 31 AF points, and a 3 inch tilting LCD. Canon also has a brand new external EVF that mounts into the hot shoe for the camera.

The new G1 X Mk II also boasts WiFi connectivity, NFC, and a $799.99 price tag when it drops in April. For what it’s worth, the Ricoh GR is still cheaper and has an APS-C sized sensor.

More photos of the camera are after the jump.

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Sigma is updating their point and shoot line with what they’re called their dp Quatro series. The new cameras were apparently redesigned to incorporate a new sensor, body, lens and processor. Like their predecessors there will be three cameras: the DP1, DP2, and DP3. All of them will have f2.8 lenses that equate to 28mm, 45mm and 75mm accordingly. When we tested the DP3, we were blown away by the quality that the lens and sensor combo gave us though at first being a tad hesitant about the camera.

Sigma has chosen to stick with the Foveon sensor and in many aspects we see why. The sensors are capable of delivering tons of detail and some of the best colors that we’ve seen in tests while also giving very film-like black and white results in the high ISO arena. They surely can’t stand up to conventional CMOS and X Trans sensors in the high ISO realm, but they’re still quite excellent when used correctly.

The new cameras feature a 39MP Foveon sensor (APS-C 1.5x crop size). The new sensor is called the X3 Quatro and Sigma is saying that it offers 30% higher resolution, faster data processing and lower power needs. The key feature in the new design is that the top layer (a blue layer) is broken into four quadrants with the green and red layers underneath being a single piece.

Hopefully, Adobe Lightroom support will come soon. Specs are more photos are after the jump. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later time.

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