March/April 2014

Nikon D3300

Nikon‘s newest entry-level DSLR, the D3300 delivers pro image quality with a 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor, the latest EXPEED 4 image processing and no OLPF (optical low-pass filter) for maximum sharpness. Normal ISO range is 100-12800 (expandable to 25600). The new camera can shoot stills at 5 fps and do 1080 full HD video with full-time AF at 60p. The eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows about 95% of the actual image area, while the 3.0-inch, 921K-dot LCD monitor shows 100% (in Live View mode). Shutter speeds range from 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., with X flash sync up to 1⁄200 sec. (with built-in or optional external flash unit). Images are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (one slot), and the camera can also take Eye-Fi cards. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter adds Wi-Fi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device (which then can be used to operate the D3300 remotely). The camera is also compatible with the optional GP-1A GPS. Dimensions are 4.9×3.9×3.0 inches and 15.1 ounces (body only). List Price: $649.95 (with 18-55mm VR II kit zoom). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Sigma Lens Global Vision Additions

Sigma has introduced two new lenses in their Global Vision lineup: the 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM Contemporary and the 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art. The 18-200mm is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and improves macro capabilities (focusing down to 15.4 inches for a 1:3 reproduction ratio), with updated optics for corrected chromatic aberration and minimized distortion. The new 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM is a pro-level performer for full-frame DSLRs, updated with SLD glass and improved large-aperture performance. An optimized autofocus algorithm and a floating focusing system improve AF. Both lenses provide quiet high-speed AF, thanks to Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), and are compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock and Mount Conversion Service. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Fluid Video Head

The compact Sirui VH-10 Professional Fluid Video Head weighs only 1.98 pounds, yet can support camera/lens systems weighing up to 13.2 pounds. A built-in, 4.4-pound counterbalance system helps keep everything level. The Quick Release Platform lets you easily adjust the camera for ideal balance, while the panning resistance is preset to provide smooth 360° pans (and can be locked in position, when desired). Two bubble levels help keep things perfectly aligned. List Price: $199.95. Contact: Argraph, www.argraph.com.

HDR Darkroom 3

Everimaging has improved upon their HDR software with the newest version of HDR Darkroom 3. While the software offers additional HDR styles, the real upgrade is in processing power. An improved alignment algorithm consistently corrects any alignment issues that arise between bracketed frames without you needing to intervene. Advanced ghost-reduction technology also removes objects when they differ between frames. HDR Darkroom 3 supports over 150 cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic models, and is available for both Mac and Windows. List Price: $129. Contact: Everimaging, www.everimaging.com.

Sports-Action Cams

Polaroid has announced three new mountable, high-definition sports-action cameras, all offering shockproof, waterproof technology and ultrawide-angle lenses. The XS1000i features a unique, patented quick-change mounting system, a 16MP Aptina CMOS sensor and a 170° angle of view. It can shoot 1080p and 960p video at 30 fps and 720p at 60 fps, as well as still images. The Polaroid C features a square design, a 5MP CMOS sensor and a 120° angle of view, and can do 720p and 640×480 video, as well as 5MP still images. The XS100i provides Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps, a distortion-free lens with 170° of coverage, and can do 1080p, 960p and 720p video as well as 16MP still images. List Price: $179.99 (XS100i;) TBA (XS1000i, Polaroid C). Contact: Polaroid, www.polaroid.com.

Fujifilm X-Series Ultrawide Zoom

Fujifilm continues to expand their X-series lens lineup for interchangeable-system cameras with the ultrawide 2.4x XF10-24mm ƒ/4 R OIS lens. The 15-36mm equivalent range is optimal for grand landscapes. Fujifilm has designed a new optical system with four high-precision aspherical lenses and three extra-low-dispersion glass lenses to match the performance of Fujifilm X-Trans sensors. The lens also features a new coating on the reverse side of the lens, going one step further to reduce ghosting and flare. With a seven-blade aperture diaphragm, the lens has a 24cm minimum macro working distance. The lens will be available starting in March 2014. List Price: $999. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.

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