Tomorrow, January 8th, marks the start of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is one of the largest trade shows in the US. The show will be on in Las Vegas through the 11th and you can read more about it on cesweb.org, the official event web site.
Although the photo industry is not the focus of this show, major camera manifacturers including Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Fuji, and Samsung have all announced new products (mostly compact digital cameras) and will be exhibiting their latest offerings at the show.
The Canon 6D has just hit the shelves and is ready to ship, a couple weeks earlier than expected! The 6D is Canon's new enthusiast full-frame DSLR, which bridges the world of high-end APS-C cameras and professional full-frame bodies. Priced at just $2099 (some stores, including Adorama, will include free accessories!), this camera is an affordable way to get started with premium image quality from a full-frame sensor.
In addition to featuring a 20.2 megapixel sensor with an ISO range of 50 to 102,400, the 6D is the first camera of its kind to feature built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
Pentax has lifted restrictions on its lens pricing, meaning you can save big on almost every lens they offer:
- DA* 16-50mm, DA* 50-135mm, DA* 60-250mm ($749, $749, $1149)
- Pentax K-5 IIs: $1049 today only!
- Pentax K-01: a rock-bottom $316
There are also some great deals available from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, and Fuji DSLRs and cameras - something for just about anyone:
Most notably, there is a $500 instant rebate on the Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm VR lens. Happy Black Friday shopping!
With the D5200 not hitting the shelves until next year, now is a great chance to secure this camera at a bargain price. To learn more about the D5100, check out this review! This rebate offer ends after Black Friday (November 24th).
On November 6th, Nikon finally announced the D5200 DSLR, which will soon be replacing the Nikon D5100 as their premium intro-level DSLR offering. We recently compared the D5100 to the Pentax K-30 and Canon Rebel T4i and found that it held its ground very well, which means that the D5200 can only do better!
The D5200 retains most of the D5100's look and feel while boasting upgraded internals, including a new 24.1-megapixel sensor, EXPEED3 image processor, and full-HD video at 50/60 FPS. The D5200 also inherits the 39-point Multi-CAM4800DX autofocus system from the D7000. These improvements are bound to make the D5200 very competitive within its class, as no other upper entry-level DSLR boasts the same resolution or such an advanced autofocus system. Nikon's choice to re-use components from their higher-end DSLRs is certainly a smart one, we believe!
Read on for a quick comparison of the specifications of the two cameras!
The compact 24-70mm F4 lens is a lighter and more affordable alternative to the 28-70mm F2.8L II USM lens and is designed for full-frame and APS-C shooters alike. On full-frame cameras, it's a very handy walkaround zoom corresponding roughly to an 18-55mm kit lens on APS-C, but offering premium image quality. Canon recommends this lens for those starting out with the recently-announced Canon 6D. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm and has a 9-blade circular aperture to deliver smooth bokeh. It's complete with image stabilization, silent autofocus, and allows full-time manual focus adjustments. The lens is less than 10cm long and will launch in December at a price of $1499.
The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens succeeds Canon's EF 35mm F2 lens, and is another compact addition to their lens lineup. The lens features advanced lens coatings, image stabilization, and fast ultrasonic autofocus, and lets you manually focus at any time if you wish to do so. This lens will also be launching in December for $849.
Canon boasts that both of these lenses feature their latest AF technology, and that the new 35mm will focus much faster and quieter than its predecessor.