Lytro Announces Illum with 1-inch Sensor

Lytro Illum front

We generally are not Lytro fans, but Lytro are still at it, and the new version does look impressive, but I still have some reservations, especially one which I will come to in a bit. The new Illum is a far more conventional affair, looking more like a camera than the hard-to-handle tube form factor of the first camera. It also has more impressive specifications, with a 1″ sensor with a 30-250mm equivalent f/2 lens. The LCD screen now is a proper one: 4″ diagonal size with 800×480 resolution, and it tilts too! Full manual controls will be available. There is even a hotshoe with TTL contacts, though no word on what flashes it will be compatible with. Those specifications alone make it interesting, regardless of the light field sensor. Continue reading Lytro Announces Illum with 1-inch Sensor

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Sony Announces A7S – “S” for Sensitivity


This is starting to remind me of a reverse Nikon. Instead of ramping up the pixels with newer cameras a la Nikon with the D800, Sony has gone down to 12 megapixels with the A7S, which boasts an ISO rating of up to 102,400, with a boasted value for 409,600. Seriously, the numbers are getting silly now. Can we just use ISO 100k and ISO 400k respectively? I know I will.

The news with this, I think, is that this is Sony’s first stills camera featuring 4K video. However, to capture, it does require a HDMI recorder, and unlike the Panasonic GH4, it does not offer 10 bit video, only 8 bit. Still some will like the super shallow depth of field in their videos, and the promise of no moire with the sensor dumping all of its data out without line skipping or pixel binning. I wonder if it will lead to some epic rolling shutter effects, the likes not seen since the Nikon D90.

No word on pricing or availability. Again. This is officially now very annoying.

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Three Guys’ Review: Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR


The Nikon D5300 follows in a line of entry level cameras that started with the D50, and eventually got bumped up half a tier with the D5000 line. By now it actually appears to house some significantly powerful internals, with a class-leading 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and a 39 point autofocus module along with WiFi and GPS, while being made as cheaply as possible. How does it fare? Continue reading Three Guys’ Review: Nikon D5300

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