Canon EOS 70D DSLR: Stay Focused

A quick chug of Red Bull might help you stay focused, but pouring it over your camera rarely works as well. Canon’s forthcoming EOS 70D promises to rewrite the rules when it comes to autofocus. The new “Dual Pixel CMOS” focusing system is expected to nail every focus transition, picking up subjects quickly and smoothly, ostensibly giving filmmakers a pass on their manual focus ring skills. The 70D body will go for $1,199, or pick it up with the 18-55 STM lens for $1,349, or 18-135 STM lens for $1,549.

Canon Rebel SL1: Your DSLR Is So Tiny…

Hey Canon, your DSLR Is SO tiny, Verne Troyer lost it in his shirt pocket! Ah yes, the Rebel SL1 may inspire a new round of jokes, but that’s kind of the goal. The fact that this is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR is the clear bragging point here for Canon. But if the specs were as small as the body, it wouldn’t be much of an accomplishment–they’re not. From the 18 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor to  the front dial and dedicated ISO, exposure compensation and AF/AE lock buttons, there’s a lot of full-sized camera to be had in this small package. It goes on on sale next month for $799.

Outex: A Rugged Camera Condom

Great outdoor photo opportunities don’t fade away when the weather takes a turn for the worse; just ask any man who’s seen a bodacious beauty in white get caught in a thunderstorm. But today’s pricey cameras clearly aren’t meant for precipitation. The Outex ($375) is your answer. It’s a flexible but very rugged latex-based compound casing that covers DSLRs and other interchangeable lens cameras. It’s not meant to cover your Canon as you go looking for James Cameron’s Titanic leftovers on the sea bottom, but it’ll keep your shooter dry through just about every other wet endeavor.

Canon 6D: Full Frame Consumer DSLR

Professional photographers get to take picture of blushing brides, precocious toddlers, and sometimes… naked ladies. If you’re gonna pull off this hat trick, you can’t whip a smartphone out of your pocket and begin shooting. Invest in the new Canon 6D ($2,099) and use the 20.2MP full-frame sensor and 11-point autofocus system to take shots that allow you to say things like “Now feed him some cake!”, “Throw the ball, Jacob!” and possibly “OK, Linda, now just undo that robe.”

Sony A99: Sony Reenters Full Frame Market

Like that Little Leaguer who strikes out his first two times up, then says “Aha! So I’m supposed to be using one of these ‘bats’, and not my arm!” Sony is swinging for the fences in its return to full-frame cameras. The Alpha SLT-A99 is a feature-laden, video-friendly shooter that promises a much better autofocus system, HDMI output, and more. The 24.3mp Exmor CMOS 14-bit sensor should be great for capturing magic moments… like when your son realizes he can use a glove – not his mouth – to catch the ball. Tears of joy, man.

Nikon D3200 DSLR

Your Kodak Hawkeye is decent for taking voyeur photographs of your neighbors, but the silver nitrate flash gives away your hiding spots (and yelling out “What a scoop!” doesn’t help). The Nikon D3200 ($700) allows for discreet people watching with its Expeed 3 processing engine and LCD display. Shine your mirrors because the D3200’s 24-megapixels grants you detailed vanity shots, just in case people didn’t hate you enough already. As a prank don some desert garb, put on a turban, and flash photos of national landmarks while murderously stroking your beard. Even your waterboarder will be profoundly moved by the sheer photographic power of the Nikon D32oo.

Canon EOS-1D C: 4K DSLR Camera

The videophile’s thirst for a sharper picture doesn’t end at 1080P–oh no. That’d be like ending the quest for porn after finding the bra & panty section of a Sears catalog. If you’ve got the coin, you can get cracking on the whole 4K thing right now with the Canon EOS-1D C ($15,000), a DSLR camera that shoots at an eye-blistering resolution of 4096 x 2160. What do you watch it on? Well, Canon has you covered there as well with a new “industrial” 30-inch 4K display being shown this week at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. When 4K porn hits the streets, we’ll let you know.

Nikon D4

Photographers who demand quality like Tim Tebow demands grace before Sunday dinner will want to make note of this: the Nikon D4. The new premier offering from Nikon features a 16.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, and an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, which is expandable from 50 in Lo-1, all the way up to 204,800 in Hi-4. Home in on your target with the 3.2” LCD, and marvel at the clarity that Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processor produces, along with its 91,000-pixel 3D color matrix metering system. The D4 offers full 1080p HD video-capture at either 24 or 30fps, or 720p video capture at 60fps. If you happen to know Mr. Tebow, ask him if you can borrow $6,000 when the D4 goes on sale in February.