Digital Photo

Digital Photo Spring 2018

Digital Photo explores the exciting world of digital photography and technology. Every issue features the latest news, step-by-step instructions, evaluations of the latest equipment, photography tips from the pros and more.

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Madavor Media, LLC
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2 min.
editor’s note

Every year around Christmas, I get a flurry of emails, texts and DMs asking me if I can recommend a “good” camera for a holiday present for a loved one. For years, this was pretty easy to do—I’d simply ask the person their budget and pick the most technologically up-to-date DSLR that matched that price. With only a few players in the “DSLR” space, and most of their cameras being updated in a three- or four-year cycle, camera purchasing was mostly an analysis of cost, with some consideration toward comfort with a particular manufacturer’s ergonomics and user interface. That simplistic era of camera purchasing is over, and while it means that my conversations about holiday presents are much longer and more complex (the most recent one I had was a 30-text-message-long…

6 min.
mirrorless cameras

Arguably, one of the most exciting advancements in digital camera technology over the past five or so years has been the increased proliferation of mirrorless cameras with interchangeable-lens systems. With advantages such as real-time exposure preview through the rear LCD and electronic viewfinder to smaller and lighter bodies and lenses, mirrorless technology has had a marked impact on the photo industry. With that said, they’re not without their compromises, so let’s take a look at what the current landscape of mirrorless cameras looks like. Before we dive in, let’s briefly compare mirrorless cameras with their older sibling, the DSLR. The SLR-style camera has been around for a very long time and stands for single-lens reflex (the “D” stands for digital). With a DSLR, light enters in through the lens into a…

5 min.

FULL-FRAME CAMERA SYSTEMS It’s hard to deny that Sony has been lighting things up in the mirrorless space, especially when it comes to full-frame sensors. They have also made some of the most impressive strides to close the gap in features and performance when compared to equivalent DSLR systems by Canon and Nikon. On top of that, Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras readily support lenses from a variety of third parties via adapters, making the transition over, especially from Canon, particularly palatable. SONY A7R III Sony’s newest camera, the a7R III, has made waves since it was released and has already received several “Camera of the Year” awards because of its sensor performance, build quality and improved AF performance. It packs a beastly 42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and improved image processing and 15…

4 min.
essential cameras:   the dslr

There has been a lot of attention lately on an unusual corner of the camera universe. For generations, the cameras garnering the most attention from “serious” photographers were DSLRs, but recently it has been smaller, more compact mirrorless cameras that have garnered the lion’s share of press. So, does that mean DSLRs are passé? Not by a long shot. The standard in professional cameras is still the DSLR. HOW DSLRS WORK A DSLR is a digital single-lens-reflex camera. The word “reflex” refers to a mirror inside the camera between the sensor and the lens that directs light to the viewfinder for composing and autofocusing, then swings out of the way at the instant of exposure. Initially, this was a distinction from the original 35mm film camera format, the rangefinder, which featured two…

5 min.

NIKON D5 & CANON EOS-1D X MARK II When it comes to DSLRs, the biggest games in town are Canon and Nikon. And, for professional photographers who want top-of-the-line, professional DSLRs, the choice is either the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or the Nikon D5. Each camera was introduced early in 2016, and each has remained perched at the top of its respective product line ever since. Perhaps surprisingly, these flagship models don’t deliver massive file sizes. In fact, at 20.2 and 20.8 megapixels, respectively, there are many higher-resolution options available from each manufacturer. But what the bodies do possess are the features, reputation and rugged build to withstand the rigors of the most demanding professional photographers—whether they’re journalists assigned to war zones or fashion photographers who never leave their New…

3 min.
the best camera   fits in your pocket, but it’s not your phone

Now is an especially interesting time in the compact camera space. How can manufacturers win the hearts and minds of photographers when the capabilities of smartphone cameras keep getting better? Photos taken by smartphones are landing on the covers of major magazines and are being blown up to fit massive billboards around the world. Cinematographers are using mobile phones to create entire feature-length films. Finally, the odds are far greater that you probably will have a smartphone in your pocket than a compact camera. Interesting times, indeed. But I don’t see this as the death knell for these diminutive picture-making devices, not by a long shot. Rather, I’m quite bullish about what’s going on in this space. The proliferation of smartphone cameras has forced manufacturers like Fujifilm, Sony and Panasonic, just…