One DSLR camera that can do it all
...and another camera technology that was so very, very close
Like most other advances in consumer electronics, cameras continue to get smaller, cheaper, and pack more into each package and model. It’s easy to put off buying a camera because the same thing will be available next year at half the price. I don’t doubt that this will continue to happen, but newest digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) model from Nikon seems to be able to do it all.
The Nikon D5100 has the same form factor as other SLRs. Outwardly, it looks like any other SLR camera body. Single-lens reflex cameras don’t use a separate viewfinder to compose the shot. When you look at the display on the back of the camera or through the eyepiece, you are seeing through the same lens that will be used to take the picture, via an arrangement of mirrors in the camera housing.
This provides for much better control of framing and focus than with a point-and-shoot viewfinder camera.
High Quality Images
You could, of course, just use a traditional film camera. But then you wouldn’t be able to change film sensitivity from one shot to the next, as you can with a digital, and you can’t snap pictures all day without running out of film or costing yourself big money in processing expenses.
Besides the high resolution and the advantages of digital generally, the D5100 incorporates a light amplification technology that works similarly to a low-end night vision scope. Standard sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-6400, but you can go to the equivalent of ISO 25,600 with no added illumination by using the camera’s expanded sensitivity setting. In effect, you can take a legible photo under conditions where you couldn’t make out detail with your bare eyes.
When you want to make very sure you’re getting all the detail possible in a shot, there is a high dynamic range (HDR) setting that takes two frames, exposed up to 3 exposure values (EV) apart. The camera then combines the two images internally to produce a single photo with more detail than would normally be available. Varying the EV allows details that would be hidden in shadow or blotted out by glare to be realized. The camera comes with an 18-55mm zoom auto-focus vibration reduction (VR) lens. Other F-mount lenses will work, if you have those in your inventory.
You may have doubts about the quality of a movie shot with a still camera. Just how good could it be? Last season’s finale of the Fox series House (the setting was a collapsed building where our heroes had to rescue the injured) was shot entirely with a Canon 5D movie-capable still camera that had about 2/3 the resolution capacity of the Nikon 5100.
There is a lot more to say about this camera, but, in short: it does it all. Retail is around $900, which isn’t a casual purchase for most of us, but we’ll likely be shooting 3-D holographic movies with smell, taste and touch before you’ll need a new camera.
If Only It Was True...
So did a lot of other people, who, like me, didn’t notice that this announcement was made on April 1. Now, when you bring up the RE-35 web page, you’ll see an announcement that includes this:
So, if anyone reading this has the technical know-how, go ahead and invent the RE-35. Rogge & Pott have your ad copy and packaging all ready for you.
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