This might seem like a straight-forward release, but the Pentax 645Dmedium-format DSLR is a behemoth of a camera. The 40-megapixel shooter is definitely something for the professional set. The high-end 645D also carries a hefty price tag: ¥850,000/~$10,000. Debuted in Japan this past May, the Pentax 645D has been slotted for a December release in the U.S. and U.K.
Who doesn't love leaked details ahead of the official release? Maybe not the company behind the product, but too bad for Panasonic. Everyone was eager to read up about the gorgeous and compact Lumix LX5, sporting a Leica DC lens. Besides, it was only a day later when many more specs and official pics were released for the world to fawn over.
Again, it appears that ZDNet readers love rumors and leaked information. This time it was the CanonEOS Rebel T2i back in February. Even though the official announcement didn't come until the following week, everyone was eager to see the successor to the Rebel T1i digital SLR. Big features on this 18-megapixel, entry-level camera included an improved battery, upgraded movie mode and a sub $900 price tag.
It's not just ZDNet readers who are eager to get a sneak peek at new cameras. In October, some Best Buy locations started selling the Nikon D7000 digital SLR a few days early. Naturally, images and videos of the D7000 spread throughout the Interwebs like wildfire.
Every season has special subjects and settings perfect for photography, like the foliage in fall and snowy landscapes in winter. But our summer-themed round-up of photography tips hit a chord with the most readers. Being that summer is the peak travel season of the year, it's only natural to tote a camera around to the beach, the great outdoors or to monuments around the world.
Last year closed with a few big rumors about Samsung and Nikon releases. The Samsung CL80 certainly came to fruition for $349.99. And as for Nikon, the big releases and successors on that front were the aforementioned D7000 and D3100.
Everyone gets stumped on which presents to buy now and again, which is why holiday gift guides exist. If you're still looking for a present for your favorite photographer, scroll back through this article for ideas.
Just as with camcorders, digital camera releases were pouring out from every direction. I recapped what I found to be the top 10 most promising point-and-shoots, DSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras. Not everyone agreed with my pickings, but people certainly read them anyway.
This year's big winner is a bit of a surprise. Waterproof cameras have a reputation for not being the greatest on land as the photo quality is often quite poor. But this technology has come a long way, and this year saw a number of rugged pocket cameras ready for all sorts of adventure and still shoot decent photos.