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DSLR News Roundup

September 13, 2012

A weekly survey of Digital SLR News and Updates from around the web

  • Nikon releases the D600 – Nikon announces the release the world’s least expensive full frame DSLR. Smaller and lighter than all of its competitors, the D600 offers advanced basic camera performance, and is equipped with a new FX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into high-end Nikon D-SLRs (D4, D800, D800E) for superior definition and image quality.  The D600 inherits a number of advanced features from its high-end cousins, including an optical viewfinder with frame coverage of 100%, 3.2-inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle for superior visibility, and the same dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E. What’s more, this single FX-format camera also offers support for the complete DX NIKKOR lens lineup for greater convenience with both still image shooting and movie recording (full-HD movie recording at 1920 x 1080/30p).  Read more at http://www.nikon.com/news/2012/0913_dslr_01.htm
  • Sony announces release of the long awaited much-touted a99 – The successor to Sony’s flagship α900 DSLR, the α99 camera features a brand new 24.3 MP full-frame image sensor, a unique dual phase-detect AF system and a host of other innovative technologies that work together to deliver the best image and full HD video quality.  With 1080p/60 full-HD video recording capabilities, the a99 also has a programmable dial that lets users toggle frequently used settings silently during video recording. Other video enhancements include built-in headphone and mic sockets, continuous AF tracking during video recording and recording content using its dual card slots.
  • Tamron announces two new lenses – Tamron has announced two new full frame lenses – a 90mm and a 70-200 mm – ahead of next week’s photokina trade show. Expected to be more compact than its competitors, the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD measures 196.7×85.8mm (length x diameter).  The 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD is a redesigned version of Tamron’s original 90mm macro lens, incorporating Vibration Compensation and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive.  It features Extended Bandwith & Angular-Dependency coating (eBAND) which aims to improve anti-reflection performance, to help reduce flare and ghosting. Both lenses will be available in Canon, Sony and Nikon mounts.
  • ioShutter cable lets you control your DSLR with your iPhone –   The ioShutter is billed as “cord/app combo that lets you control your camera’s shutter with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch’s smarty-pants iOS brains.”  Though it costs about double the cost of a normal wired shutter release cable, an ioShutter lite app is available for free and includes a free timer, time lapse controls, programmable bulb, clap sound trigger, and shake activated trigger. A $9.99 Pro version adds an ability to schedule pictures via iCal, run time lapse for days, set a dB level for the sound trigger feature, and program the iPhone’s movement sensors to do different things. The ioShutter is compatible with iPhone G3 and beyond, iPod Touch g4 onwards, and all iPads. There are three versions of the cable. The E3 version is compatible with Canon, Pentax, Samsung, Hasselblad, and Contax cameras. The N3 version is compatible only with Canon cameras and the Nikon version to be released Fall 2012 (DC2 model). Make sure to check the website and get the cable that is compatible with your camera, they are all dependent on which cable port is built into the camera.  http://www.ioshutter.com/
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