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Camera 2016 Special Edition

Digital or film? Digital AND film? CAMERA magazine's focus is to assist readers to choose and use the tools they need to create memorable images, and to enhance the skills that will make them better photographers. No matter what medium, readers are kept up to speed with all the latest rapidly changing film and digital products, news and technologies.

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
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on a wave stephanie gilmore

“The first camera that really helped me to fall in love with photography was a Hasselblad 501C that I bought second hand in Honolulu.” STILL ONLY 27, Stephanie Gilmore already has a decade of professional surfing competition behind her. In that time she’s won more than 20 elite world tour events and been crowned women’s world champion on six occasions, including in 2007 which was her first full year on the tour. In recognition of her many achievements, Stephanie was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award – considered the most prestigious award in action sports worldwide – in 2010 and the ESPN ESPY for Best Female Action Sports Athlete in both 2011 and 2013. Despite her demanding competition program, she still finds time for the two other great loves in her…

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fit for purpose

As the ranks of appealing mirrorless cameras steadily swell, the D-SLR makers are having to do a bit more to attract your attention.There’s no question both Canon and Nikon are doing this very well at the top end of the market, but some of their lower-priced D-SLRs are… well, a bit ho-hum compared to a comparable mirrorless model. However, this is where Pentax is at its strongest and, in fact, always has been since the legendary Spotmatics. And Pentax has also been doing its bit to keep the D-SLR in the spot light with its unmatched programs of create-your-own colour schemes (a huge hit in Japan) and, most recently, the light show and funky styling that made the entry-level K-S1 something a bit different. It’s a return to a more sober…

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making movies

There’s still the impression that shooting video isn’t a key priority on Pentax D-SLRs, but the functionality is steadily improving and the K-S2 is as capable as its closest rivals from either Canon or Nikon. Clips are captured in the MOV format using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression with a choice of 30, 25 or 24 fps recording speeds. The K-S2 has built-in stereo microphones supplemented by a 3.5 mm stereo audio input and the sound levels can be adjusted manually. The program, aperture-priority auto, shutter-and-aperture priority and manual exposure control models are available. Time-lapse movies can be created in the Motion JPEG format and there’s a nifty mode called ‘Star Stream’ which merges multiple frames to create the effect of moving stars when recording night skies. Nine of the special effects can…

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pentax k-s2 $925

Type: Fully automatic digital SLR with Pentax K-AF bayonet lens mount. Focusing: Automatic via 11-point wide-area system using phase-detection type CCD sensor arrays (nine cross-type arrays). Auto (11 or 5 point modes) and manual point selection. Manual or auto switching between one-shot and continuous modes, the latter with a predictive function. Sensitivity range is EV-3 - 18 (ISO 100/f1.4). AF assist provided by built-in illuminator. AF micro-adjustment for individual lenses (up to 20). Contrast-detection AF in live view and video modes. Manual focus assist in LV via magnified image and peak focus displays. Metering: 77-zone evaluative, centre-weighted average, spot and TTL flash. Metering range is EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100/f1.4). Exposure Modes: Program with shift, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, shutter-and-aperture priority auto, sensitivity-priority auto, metered manual, and P-TTL flash. Sensitivity priority program…

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dialled in

If you haven’t already made the move to mirrorless, the ongoing activities of both Olympus and Panasonic – as well as a growing choice of lenses from a variety of makers – give the Micro Four Thirds format plenty of ammunition to combat the larger sensor alternatives. If it’s enough to convince you of MFT’s merits, then the choice between Olympus and Panasonic is a little harder to pin down – the latter has demonstrated a remarkable capacity for giving photographers exactly what they want, but if you have any sense of camera design heritage and aesthetics, then the former’s OM-D Series models tick all the right boxes. Each successive OM-D model seems to channel the spirit of the legendary OM System 35mm SLRs more definitively than before and the second…

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making movies

Initially video didn’t seem to be a particularly big priority for Olympus on its D-SLRs and then on the Digital Pen mirrorless cameras, but all that changed with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the new version of the E-M10 follows suit. It has virtually the same video package as its bigger brother which means this is a big step up from what was offered on the original model. It also means that the E-M10 Mark II offers an exceptional level of video functionality for its comparatively low price tag. As noted in the main text, it has the ‘OM-D Movie’ image stabilisation options which include one that combines both the five-axis sensor-based correction with image shifting to enable smoother hand-held shooting. The electronic stabilisation involves applying a small crop of…

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