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


9 thoughts on “LDP Podcast: #66 – Third Generation Cameras

  1. How come there was no mention of the consumer super zoom cameras like the Canon SX-40 or Nikon, Sony etc cameras. They give the user a huge range of focal lengths and good to very good quality photos. Jeff Nixon (one of Ansel Adams assistants has photos made with one on his web site). I am personally using a Panasonic FZ-100 for a carry around camera right now. It does shoot RAW and has an articulated LCD that allows me to use the camera like a TLR waist level finder.

    1. Hi Rich,

      The post was intended as a primer for those interested in the new releases from various vendors that speak to the mirrorless technology. This wasn’t so much about consumer super zooms as it was about the latest iteration of camera products. There’s always going to be more out there than what can be covered, but if post content gets too long, often times people get bored or simply just give up on reading. I design articles to be interesting and informative, but not overly drawn out. Sorry if the content didn’t have something you were looking for – I can devote some time to the “super zoom” category in the future, and thanks to your comment, may just do that! 🙂

  2. Very interesting! I am photographer and I want to use new cameras as soon as possible! I hope it will be very good. thanks

  3. This is great news! I hope the winners really deserve the prize. And the pic of the bird above is wonderfully shot. When will the winners be posted? Thank you very much for sharing this information.

  4. The camera equipment is getting so expensive, the 5D Mark III is $3500.
    thanks for posting about 3rd generation camera

  5. Jason, What was the purpose of the loud sound effects in the middle of podcast #66? I was merging into highway traffic at 65 MPH in heavy rain when it went off the first time. It really startled me and nearly caused an accident (not to mention the damage to my pants)! The second time was not nearly as alarming, but still annoying.

    I argue that those sound effects were superfluous and added nothing at all to your podcast.

    I bet a good number of your audience listens to the podcast while driving, as I do, and do not appreciate loud obnoxious noises while in the car.

    1. Hi Huey,

      Thanks for the feedback, and sorry for startling you, I hadn’t thought the stinger sound effect would startle anyone…we had lost audio during the recording, so there was about gap in the conversation. When technical difficulties like that happen, it’s common practice to fill with what they call “stingers”…good point about the effect being a little to startling though. I’ll look at some other options.

  6. Henry Stinson says:

    This is a wonderful post. I loved reading the history and features of the third generation camera.

    Thanks for sharing.


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