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Nikon D500 Review

Introduction The D500 is Nikon’s new flagship DX-format (APS-C) camera. We were waiting a long time for Nikon to produce an update for the D300S, so much so that it has skipped a number and gone straight to D500. Despite the fact that the D500 is a DX model, it shares a lot in common with the D5 – Nikon’s professional, full-frame, (and much more expensive) DSLR. That includes the same processor, focusing system, and interestingly, same number of pixels. That resolution count is 20.9 million pixels. That’s less than we’ve seen in some of Nikon’s other APS-C sensor cameras (the D7200 has a 24 million pixel sensor), but Nikon says that the sensor has been designed to the same specification as the full-frame D5. The D500 has a native ISO range of 100 – 51,200. This year Nikon seems to be all about incredibly high ISO values, and the D500 is no different – the maximum expanded setting is ISO 1,640,000. The Nikon D500 has an EXPEED 5 sensor which helps to facilitate a fast frame rate of 10fps. It’s also possible to record 4K video, which, unlike the D5, can record for the full 29 minutes and 59 […]

Canon EOS 80D Review

Introduction The Canon EOS 80D is a prosumer APS-C digital SLR camera. Successor to the three year old 70D, the EOS 80D features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, an updated Dual-Pixel CMOS AF system which now additionally offers continuous autofocus during live view stills shooting, an Intelligent Viewfinder which displays 100% of the frame, a 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen, 1080p Full HD video up to 60fps in MP4 format with new time-lapse and HDR movie modes and a headphone port, 7fps burst shooting, a new 45 all cross-type point AF system, DIGIC 6 image processor, 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering system, built-in wi-fi and NFC, Anti-Flicker mode, and an ISO range of 100-25600. Positioned above the EOS 760D / Rebel T6s and below the EOS 7D Mark II, the Canon EOS 80D is available priced at £999.99 / $1199 for the body only or $1799 with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Ease of Use From the outside the new Canon EOS 80D looks very similar to its predecessor, the EOS 70D, which we reviewed back in 2013. Measuring 139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm, it’s ever so slightly bigger than the 70D, but slightly lighter at 730g including the battery […]

Sony A99 II Review

Introduction The Sony A99 II is the latest professional / experienced enthusiast full-frame camera from Sony to feature an “SLT” design. These types of camera use a translucent mirror, rather than a traditional mirror design, which allows for faster frame rates. Featuring a 42 megapixel full-frame sensor, other specifications include 4K video recording, a tilting LCD screen, dual memory card slots, an electronic viewfinder and a Bionz X Processor. It uses the Sony A Mount, which makes it compatible with a range of lenses – but crucially is different from the Sony E mount, which is found on the A7 range of full-frame cameras. The Sony SLT-A99 is available now priced at around £2999 / $3199 body only. Ease of Use The Sony A99 II is aimed at high-end enthusiast or professional photographers, and as such, it is large and has a high number of dials and buttons. A chunky grip gives you plenty of room for your hand to fit comfortably, with your index finger resting on the shutter release button. The grip, and the rest of the body of the camera is textured with a high-quality coating, which along with the heavy weight and sturdy construction makes it […]