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Camera Handbook 2020

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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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Future Publishing Ltd
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6 Issues

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2 min.
from the editor

When we were compiling last year’s Camera Handbook, Canon and Nikon had just unveiled their full-35mm format mirrorless camera systems and Panasonic’s Lumix S line was yet to be announced, but wasn’t far away. As we noted back then, the implications for the future in interchangeable lens cameras was going to be significant. And so it has proven. All the mirrorless camera makers – and that’s just about everybody now, including Sigma – are busy expanding their lens systems to provide more complete offerings, and a number have already reached the point where they’re matching what’s been available in the major D-SLR systems – Fujifilm X mount, Panasonic/ Olympus M43 and Sony FE. Sony gets the gold star here for having gone from just one FE lens to a line-up of…

9 min.
speed and light on a fast track with darren heath

Just seeing a Formula 1 racing car at 300 km/h is a shock to the system. It’s not just the noise (which is like nothing else), but the sheer physicality of something travelling so fast… that first experience shakes you to the core and, to be honest, you never really get used to it. And it’s not just the straight line speed either, but the cornering… these things literally sling-shot around bends and you constantly marvel that they manage (most of the time) to stay on track. So imagine photographing Formula 1 cars. It’s not just about the technicalities of exposure and focusing, but the photographer too… anticipation, reaction and concentration. Based in both Auckland and London, motorsports photographer Darren Heath has been on the F1 circuit for 30 years and, during…

22 min.
mine’s bigger than yours (no, really, it is)

There’s no such thing as a free lunch so, no matter how much you juggle with sensor size and focal length magnification ratio, an effective 3000mm comes with baggage… namely the incredible hulk that is the Nikon Coolpix P1000. Nothing will quite prepare you for the sheer size of the P1000 when you first see it in the flesh… gobsmacked doesn’t even start to cover it. In our mind’s eye we see superzoom cameras as being a happy medium between capability and portability, not exactly compact, but suitably sized for carry-anywhere useability. The Coolpix P1000 turns this notion on its head because, dimensionally, it’s the cuckoo in a nest of sparrows. You get the message… it’s big, right? Very big. In fact, big enough to put many people off from even…

2 min.
making movies

You can see the attraction of shooting video with the Coolpix P1000, can’t you? The drama of the massive zooming range really is emphasised when experienced through moving pictures and the good news is that the P1000 has enough on board for the enthusiast-level video-maker to achieve satisfying results. You can shoot in the Ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 or 25 fps in the MP4 format and with stereo sound. The built-in mics can be supplemented by an external pick-up which then allows for the manual adjustment of recording levels. There’s also a wind-cut filter and the built-in mics also have a ‘zoom’ function so they become more directional, progressively cancelling out off-axis sounds. Full HD footage can be recorded at 50 or 25 fps (PAL standard)…

5 min.
nikon coolpix p1000 $1599 estimated street price

Type: Enthusiast-level, fixed lens ‘superzoom’ digital camera. Lens: Nikkor 4.3-539mm f2.8-8.0 ED VR (equivalent to 24-3000mm), 17 elements in 12 groups (including five ED elements and one ‘Super ED’ element). 4.0x digital zoom. ‘Dynamic Fine Zoom’ function gives 2.0x with resolution enhancement processing. Accepts 77 mm diameter screwthread filters. Focusing Type & Range: Contrast detection with single-shot or continuous operation using up to 99 focusing points. 30 cm to infinity; macro focusing down to 1.0 cm. Face detection, auto or manual point selection (spot, normal or wide), subject tracking and target finding modes. Low light assist via built-in illuminator. Manual focusing assist via a distance scale, magnified image (up to 4.0x) and focus peaking display. Shutter Type & Speeds: Electronically-controlled leaf combined with sensor-based exposure start, 30-1/4000 second plus ‘B’ and ‘T’ settings…

32 min.
up there for thinking

We need to talk about sensor size. The introduction of mirrorless camera systems from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic which use 35mm format sensors has reignited the debate about whether bigger is better. Of course, these brands – along with Sony and Leica – will tell you that it is and, in terms of the basic physics involved, they’re essentially right. However, it’s not so much the bigger sensor that delivers benefits, but the bigger pixels by virtue of having a higher signal-to-noise ratio. In the real world of modern digital camera design there are other factors at play which will influence image quality, not the least being how the data derived from the sensor is processed. Nor is it true that having more pixels is a good thing because this can,…