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DSLR Guide News - 2012 DSLR Buyer Guide
November 22, 2012
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DSLR News - November 2012
In This Issue
It's going to be a short one this month, and I'll explain why.
First, I spent a LOT of time working on my 2012 Digital SLR Buyer Guide.
I had originally hoped to include information not just about digital SLR cameras but also about lenses and DSLR accessories.
The camera guide took much longer than I had anticipated, since I wanted to make sure that I covered all the latest models from each manufacturer. Turns out there are a lot of new cameras released in 2012!
Second - and you'll realize it the minute you click on the link above - I'm in the process of re-organizing/redesigning the web site.
I do this about once every 2 years or so, to make sure that the pages are not only up-to-date but also that they display well on a wide variety of web browsers and platforms.
Also, this recent update is laying the groundwork for a future development: the mobile version of the Digital SLR Guide.
I realize that more and more people are looking for information when they are on the go, and not necessarily sitting in front of a computer.
The latest version of the guide will be more mobile-friendly (I've checked it on an iPad and iPhone so far) so you can look up some camera info, compare prices or read a review when you're standing in a store trying to decide what to buy.
I'll make an announcement in this newsletter and on the Digital SLR Guide Facebook page when the mobile version is 100% ready for use.
If you were thinking of getting the new Nikon D600 full frame camera, you might want to hold off.
Turns out there's a problem going on INSIDE the camera that flicks dust and/or oil onto the sensor which degrades the image quality.
Sensor dust was a problem on older digital SLRs, but only when you changed lenses, exposing the sensor to the elements.
Unfortunately, dust accumulates on the D600 sensor with a lens attached to the camera, as this time-lapse video illustrates.
Hopefully Nikon will address the issue soon and find a way to correct the problem. The D600 sounds like a great camera except for this one major issue.
2012 Digital SLR Buyer Guide
2012 was a good year for the digital SLR, especially the high-end models.
This may be a reflection of the growth of mirrorless digital cameras, many of which are aimed at the consumer market.
Or maybe the manufacturers are just waiting for 2013 to update their line of entry-level cameras.
The big innovation of 2012 was the touch-screen LCD, introduced on the Canon Rebel 650D T4i. Since touch screens are so common with other devices expect them to appear on other DSLRs soon.
Wireless connectivity is also making its appearance - while no DSLR currently has wireless built in, cameras like the Nikon D3200 are compatible with wireless adapters that let you send images to your phone or tablet.
Finally, 2012 saw the release of two full-frame cameras priced under $3,000: the Nikon D600 and the Canon 6D. This may not sound like much, but it's a step toward making this more advanced cameras accessible to non-professional photographers. I'm still saving pennies for mine.
Those are the highlights for 2012. If you'd like to learn more, check out the full 2012 Digital SLR Buyer Guide.
Like most things in life, nothing happens quite as fast as we'd like.
This is definitely the case with the site reorganization/redesign that I am currently working on. My original hope was to have most of the site updated to the new look in about a week.
That's clearly not going to happen.
Instead, I will upgrade the most important/most used pages first and then will work my way to all the rest. It turns out I've written a LOT in the 7 years the site has been running!
You may continue to see bits of the old site over the next several months, so please be patient as I work through this process.
Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving (to the readers who celebrate it)!
--Chris Roberts, Your Digital SLR Guide
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