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Canon’s Q3 2012 crunch: Income down a third as cameras struggle

Canon’s Q3 2012 crunch: Income down a third as cameras struggle

Canon saw operating profit slump over 42-percent year-on-year, and net income fall by more than a third, according to the camera company's Q3 2013 financial results, citing continued low demand. Net sales reached ¥799.9 billion ($10.3m) in the three month period, Canon reported [pdf link], down 12.8-percent compared to the same quarter in 2011, and while it has been attempting to scythe away at costs, it still saw gross profit ratio dip 1.1-percent.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III update brings uncompressed HD video next year

Canon EOS 5D Mark III update brings uncompressed HD video next year

Canon has announced it will enable uncompressed HDMI video output on the EOS 5D Mark III in an upcoming firmware update, in response to specific requests from video pros enamored with the DSLR. The incoming update, due April 2013, will output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the HDMI port to an external recorder. There'll also be a tweak to autofocus performance.

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Nikon D600 24.3MP DSLR official with remote phone/tablet control

Nikon D600 24.3MP DSLR official with remote phone/tablet control

Nikon has revealed its latest DSLR, the 24.3-megapixel D600, its smallest and lightest full-frame camera to-date, with Full HD video recording and a new 39-point AF system. Tipped as the perfect trio-completion with the D4 and D800, the FX-format camera supports ISO 100-6400 (extendable to 50 and 25,600) and has a scene and face recognition system that analyzes 2,016 pixels for brightness, colors, and other information, to help set autofocus and auto exposure.

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Sony Alpha A99 full-frame DSLR totes revolutionary dual-AF

Sony Alpha A99 full-frame DSLR totes revolutionary dual-AF

Sony's last new camera of the day is arguably the most mainstream, the Alpha α99 full-frame DSLR, though it does use the firm's translucent mirror tech and pack an impressive new Dual AF system. The 24.3-megapixel A99 flagship delivers a 19-point AF system that pairs its eleven cross-sensors with a 102-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor; together - and for the first time in a full-frame Sony camera, with the translucent mirror system - they add up to faster, more accurate autofocus, Sony claims, with tracking supported even for objects that move out of the 19-point frame.

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Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs offer DLSR with or without anti-aliasing

Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs offer DLSR with or without anti-aliasing

Pentax's Q10 isn't the company's only new camera today; there's also a pair of new full-sized DSLRs, the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs, for those wanting native K-series lens support. Each packing a 16.28-megapixel sensor and Pentax's PRIME II imagine engine, the two new DSLRs offer ISO 100-12800 (ISO 80-51200 in expanded mode) and a 3-inch 921k dot LCD preview display with anti-glare finish and toughened glass cover.

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Sony NEX-5R revealed with video demo

Sony NEX-5R revealed with video demo

This week Sony has brought on a collection of new devices including the lovely NEX-5R digital camera, a successor to the NEX-5N. This device bring a fast hybrid AF as well as wi-fi so you can share your shots instantly with a collection of apps. And yes, there are a bunch of apps you'll be able to download and work with directly from your camera for full featured forward-thinking action!

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Nikon D600 full-frame DSLR tipped for September

Nikon D600 full-frame DSLR tipped for September

It appears that the next generation in inexpensive high-quality cameras may be right around the corner as a report this morning has the Nikon D600 set for a September release. This camera will bring full-frame DSLR action to your mitts for somewhere around $1,500 USD, cutting the price of Nikon's current full-frame DSLR the D800 in half. How fabulous would it be for you to only have to drop less than a couple K for a camera that's quite close to the quality you, up until now, had to drop $3 grand on?

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Strategy behind Sony A99 DSLR detailed

Strategy behind Sony A99 DSLR detailed

Sony is reportedly busy behind the scenes cooking up the A99, a DSLR that will rival offerings from Canon and Nikon. The specs for the camera are still up in the air, and it’s not clear when the company plans on announcing the A99, but Sony Alpha Rumors has been talking to inside sources to try and figure out the exact strategy behind the camera. Sources suggest that the camera is aimed at those looking for professional video, with Sony taking note of the popularity of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III in that particular area.

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