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2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500

Published on May 20, 2016 by in News

While they aren't cameras that make headlines, one thing is for certain: entry-level interchangeable lens cameras sell by the truckload. The majority of them are stripped-down versions of their midrange siblings, with things like newer sensors, advanced autofocus systems, customizable controls and 'premium' build quality being left out. That doesn't mean that these aren't capable cameras - quite the contrary, actually.

All of these cameras - both mirrored and mirrorless - produce good image quality, offer respectable performance and can record Full HD video. The majority have Wi-Fi. Many of them are targeted toward beginners, with 'help' systems that point out the best settings to use for various shooting situations.

Those unfamiliar with DSLR and mirrorless cameras may be wondering what advantages and disadvantages each brings to the table. DSLRs are larger cameras, with a more 'traditional' shape and control layout, as well as an optical viewfinder. While they're great for shooting stills, they're not as well suited to video capture, and focusing using live view can be sluggish. Mirrorless cameras are typically smaller and are very capable video shooters, since live view focusing is much faster than most DSLRs. Two negatives about mirrorless cameras are that battery life isn't nearly as good as a DSLR and - especially true in this class - they often lack a viewfinder.

Let's take a look at several entry-level ILCs, with US MSRPs in the $500 region, kit lens included. 

 
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Day In The Life: Food and Restaurant Photographer Cayla Zahoran

Published on May 20, 2016 by in News
Day In The Life Food Photographer

Cayla Zahoran prefers her food photography authentic

Food photographer Cayla Zahoran share some tips and techniques for appetizing food photography…
 
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Watch This: Photographer Huntington Witherill Shares Tips For Better Composition

Published on May 19, 2016 by in News

Some tried and true composition techniques from a veteran photographer

Get some tried and true composition techniques from a veteran art photographer…
 
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Processor maker ARM acquires Apical

Published on May 19, 2016 by in News

Processor maker ARM has acquired the UK-based imaging technology company Apical for a cash consideration of $350 million. The Apical name might not be too well known among consumers, but the company's technology can be found in a very large range of digital cameras and smartphones.  

The company's products include Assertive Display which makes screens adapt to changes in lighting, and Assertive Camera, a range of image signal processors (ISPs) and software modules that manage HDR capture, noise reduction and color management among other tasks. Apical is also one of the UK's fastest growing technology companies and currently employs approximately 100 staff, most of them at its research and development center in Loughborough. 

According to the press release, with the acquisition ARM is hoping to get into new markets where computer vision technology is in demand, including connected vehicles, robotics, smart cities, security systems, industrial/retail and the 'Internet of Things' devices. That said, Apical also complements ARM's offerings in the smartphone and digital camera sectors. 

“Computer vision is in the early stages of development and the world of devices powered by this exciting technology can only grow from here,” said Simon Segars, CEO, ARM. “Apical is at the forefront of embedded computer vision technology, building on its leadership in imaging products that already enable intelligent devices to deliver amazing new user experiences. The ARM partnership is solving the technical challenges of next generation products such as driverless cars and sophisticated security systems. These solutions rely on the creation of dedicated image computing solutions and Apical’s technologies will play a crucial role in their delivery.”

Apical's dynamic range compression algorithm, 'Iridix' was used by a range of camera makers, including Nikon, Olympus and Sony as they developed their in-camera dynamic range options Active D-Lighting, Shadow Adjustment Technology and Dynamic Range Optimizer.

 
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My Project: Chris Gampat’s Luminous Pizza Portraits

Published on May 19, 2016 by in News
Chris Gampat's The Secret Order of the Slice Photo Project

"The Secret Order of the Slice" is a clever take on the joy of eating pizza

Chris Gampat's project "The Secret Order of the Slice" depicts people's love for pizza…
 
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Michael Reichmann, founder of Luminous-Landscape, dies aged 71

Published on May 19, 2016 by in News

We are very sad to report the death of Michael Reichmann, founder of Luminous-Landscape. 

Luminous-Landscape and dpreview.com came of age at around the same time. While we focused on lab testing and measured performance, Michael's perspective was always that of a passionate photographer. 

Michael Reichmann, founder of Luminous-Landscape has passed away aged 71. Photo by Nick Devlin, used with permission.

I was a keen reader of Luminous-Landscape before I discovered DPReview (shhhh, don't tell Phil), back when it seemed like almost every month brought a new paradigm shift in the quality of digital cameras. I still remember poring over Michael's now-famous (and still controversial) study of Canon's EOS D30 against Fuji Provia, in which he concluded that grainless 3MP digital files were in most respects superior to film.

"Life is short, death is long and
I'm busy enough as it is"
 
Michael Reichmann, on exhaustive side-by-side testing

Michael was a towering figure in the North American photography press, and a natural writer. His humility and sense of humor shone through his work on Luminous-Landscape and made him wonderful company. He'd seen it all before, and didn't take any of it - certainly not himself - particularly seriously. In failing health, Michael spent the last year of his life focused on the Luminous-Endowment, a charitable fund that he set up to benefit photographers across the globe.

Just last week I enjoyed (re) reading his excoriating 2004 'non-review' of the Contax N Digital, and I almost emailed him to see how he was doing. I wish I had. Michael will be missed by all of us at DPReview.

 
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Eric Karr – Jordan – Senior Pictures

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Canon launches renewed global website using new ‘.canon’ top-level domain name

 
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Cara & Nickel

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SmugMug Films: Passport to Morocco

Published on May 13, 2016 by in News

SmugMug's newest film features travel photographer Trey Ratcliff as he explores the Moroccan towns of  Fez and Chefchaouen and discusses his own journey as a photographer. Check out the film to follow along with Trey in Morocco, and learn more about his work, inspiration, and how he got started with his signature HDR photographic style in SmugMug's interview.

Check out the latest video above and subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel to get first access to each new episode!

Behind-the-scenes photo of Trey in Chefchaouen by SmugMug employee Ana Pogacar.

 
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