LDP Podcast: #66 – Third Generation Cameras

3rd Gen Cameras

3rd Gen Cameras

The latest and greatest from the podcast laboratory is a discussion with my good friend Kerry Garrison, and we tackle this hot topic of 3rd generation cameras.  Are these for real?  What is the deal?  What to look for,  pros and cons…and a teaser about the DIY Prequel!  All that bundled into a great episode of The Learning Digital Photography Podcast! (Episode #66).

For another bit of maintenance, I was reminded that the January contest ended and I never launched the February contest, so apologies to all who waited so patiently!  Bragging rights for January (and February I guess), go to:

Evelyn B

Evelyn gets to pick the theme for the March contest!  And it’s with great excitement that I share the news there will be two winners for the month of March!  My new friend Joe Farace (fellow photographer and Coloradan, as well as an esteemed journalist and long-time writer for Shutterbug magazine) has contributed not one but two copies of his book titled “Studio Lighting Anywhere”!  You can read reviews and catch a sneak peak of his book over on Amazon, or simply submit your photo to the March contest thread, which is open early!

So, get shooting, and look for the word from Evelyn (hopefully in this thread) on what our theme will be.  Standard contest rules apply!  The thread will go live hopefully by the end of the weekend (this also gives Evelyn some time to both brag about her win and think about the theme!)  Before we sign off for the weekend though, here’s the show notes for the 75 minute podcast with Kerry!


3rd Generation Cameras


1st Generation digital cameras – characterized by low MP counts,  “jaggies” and major deficiencies in tonal range

2nd Generation digital was/is today’s classification – basically the maturity of the DSLR

3rd generation – what we can expect in the future

Defining the Future

1.No more mirror – Good vs bad?

2.No more view finder – Real time versus almost real time

3.Sensor sizes – non-full frame, how important is it?

4.New lens sizes

5.Frame rates

Models on the market today

1.Nikon 1 Series


i.J1 – $650

ii.V1 – $900



ii.30-110mm – $250

iii.10mm f2.8 – $250

iv.10-100mm – $750

2.Sony NEX

a.16mm lens


c.Nikon adaptor

3.Leica M7, MP, M9 & M9P


4. Samsung NX200 NX100, NX10


5.Olympus – EP1

Where does that leave the consumer?


Phew, long post and tons of content today, but hopefully enough to get you through the weekend!  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here on Monday!  Special thanks again to Kerry Garrison for taking the time out of his schedule to sit in on the podcast, and to Joe Farace for his contribution to the monthly contest series.  You can find out more about them on their website and social media presences:

Kerry Garrison, Twitter

Joe Farace, Twitter