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40MP Pentax 645D camera gets video demo, one step closer to release

40MP Pentax 645D camera gets video demo, one step closer to release

Pentax's huge medium-format 645D digital camera has had a public outing in Toronto this past weekend, demonstrating its updated Kodak 44 x 33 mm sensor - that has climbed from 30- to 40-mexapixels since we first saw the concept back in early 2009 - and general all-round awesomeness.  Shooting a single frame per second, the Pentax 645D is apparently intended for scenery and other still-life photography, rather than anything faster moving.  Scolirk grabbed some hands-on time and a demo video you can see after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony Alpha A290 entry-level DSLR outed

Sony Alpha A290 entry-level DSLR outed

Sony Vietnam have unveiled the company's latest DSLR, the Sony Alpha A290, an update to the ageing A230.  Packing a 14.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor, Sony BIONZ processor and integrated SteadyShot image stabilization, the A290 supports up to ISO 3200 and 2.5fps continuous shooting.

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Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 ultra-compact DSLRs debut

Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 ultra-compact DSLRs debut

Sony have delivered on their promise of a new Micro Four Thirds style camera with not just one but two new models.  The Sony α NEX-5 and NEX-3 unsurprisingly bear a striking resemblance to the "interchangeable lens concept" shown earlier this year, and each have a new 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor; as well as stills, that's good for up to 1080i HD video recording on the NEX-5 and 720p on the NEX-3.

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Canon AE-1 Digital mod rejuvenates classic SLR [Video]

Canon AE-1 Digital mod rejuvenates classic SLR [Video]

As gorgeous camera mods go, this one will take some beating.  An original Canon AE-1 film camera body has been given a new lease of life, after some careful modder injected the guts of a modern 9-megapixel digital camera into the classic chassis.  Paired with a pancake 10mm f/1.4 lens and as many of the original controls left in place as possible, it's a good reminder as to why camera manufacturers keep coming back to retro designs: it seems we just can't get enough of them.

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SDHC Flash Memory Performance on Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

SDHC Flash Memory Performance on Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Digital SLR cameras generally save their images to one of two different types of memory card: the majority support CompactFlash (CF), while others such as Nikon's D3000 and the Canon Rebel XS write data onto Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. The latter are inexpensive and favorable for their smaller form factor and better physical contact surface instead of fragile pins. Some DSLRs, however, have dual card slots, such as the Canon Digital EOS 1D Mark II N or the Nikon D300s. Last time around, we reviewed number of UDMA-6 high performance CompactFlash cards on the world's fastest DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, and we promised to put some Class-10 SDHCs through the same tests. That day has come, so read on to find out how Class 10 SDHCs stack against UDMA-rated CF on the Mark IV.

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Nikon DSLR plans tipped: entry-level D4000 & mid/high tier cameras on way?

Nikon DSLR plans tipped: entry-level D4000 & mid/high tier cameras on way?

Nikon's DSLR intentions have sprung a leak, according to Nikon Rumors, with the company tipped to be preparing three new models for imminent launch.  Details on the cameras are patchy, though there's talk of a new entry-level replacement for the D3000 expected to be dubbed the D4000.  However one model stands out as potentially the beginning of a new range for Nikon, packing 39 autofocus points and a 16-megapixel sensor.

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Mamiya DM40 DSLR: 40MP, 60 frames-per-minute and dual-mode shutter system

Mamiya DM40 DSLR: 40MP, 60 frames-per-minute and dual-mode shutter system

Mamiya have announced their latest digital camera, and if you're a slave to megapixels then you won't be disappointed.  The Mamiya DM40, as the name suggests, has a 40-megapixel sensor with a new "DF" camera-core that can use leaf or focal-plane shutter systems.  It's also capable of 0.8-second-per-frame peak capture rate, and sustained 60 frames-per-minute sustained capture rate.

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Canon pre-announces 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3, 24p coming this month

Canon pre-announces 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3, 24p coming this month

No more lengthy retiming your 5D Mark II video footages to 24P, the long awaited 5D Mark II’s firmware to enable motion capture in 24fps will arrive soon this month. Canon has informed us the upcoming firmware 2.0.3 will meet the demands of filmmakers, cinematographers, and movies enthusiasts by adding the Full HD 1080 in 24 fps-recording capability and changing 30P video frame rate to 29.97.

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Nikon DSLR teaser campaign: new camera on March 8th?

Nikon DSLR teaser campaign: new camera on March 8th?

It's been a while since we've had a good digital camera teaser campaign, and so we're glad to see Nikon apparently jumping in to deliver just that.  Various French camera sites are reporting receiving glossy cards through the post, with a number on one side and some French text ("I am..." and "I am fun" so far) on the reverse; there's no mention of Nikon, but the colors match the company's color-scheme and the recipients are believed to be all Nikon users.

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Sony compact Alpha DSLR concept test-bed for new snap-on lens system?

Sony’s new concept “interchangeable lens compact camera” for PMA 2010 this week may be catching glances for its small body size and possible indication that the company are planning a jump into the Micro Four Thirds market, but according to Amateur Photographer the really interesting part might be the lens mount itself.  They were closely watching Masashi Imamura, Sony’s President of Personal Imaging and Sound Business Group at the company’s press launch, and he removed the re-attached the concept Alpha DSLR’s lens with none of the usual twisting.

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Pentax K-7 Silver Limited Edition DSLR hits Japan

Pentax K-7 Silver Limited Edition DSLR hits Japan

Pentax have outed a special, limited edition silver version of their K-7 DSLR, and it's quite the looker.  Like the original Pentax K-7 this new model has a 14.6-megapixel sensor, 1,536 x 1,024 30fps video recording and an HDMI output; it also gets an an exclusive "golden section ratio" focusing screen and a specially toughened glass cover for the LCD preview display.

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Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony have brought along a raft of concept cameras to PMA 2010 this week, including a new hybrid - in the manner of Micro Four Thirds shooters - that has a CyberShot-sized body but interchangeable lenses, an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and full AVCHD video recording.  They're also showing off a mid-range concept replacement for the α700 together with several new lenses including a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G).

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