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Fujifilm Launches 24MP X-E3 and Touch Controls

Fujifilm has announced the X-E3, featuring 24 megapixels and 4K video recording. This is an update to the X-E2S launched previously. The X-E3 has several features trickled down from the flagship X-T2, including a 325-point AF system. The subject tracking algorithms has also been improved over the X-E2S, allowing the X-E3 to capture subjects half the size or moving twice as fast as before.

The X-E3 is the first X-series camera to offer Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless communication. This allows photographers to pair the camera with a smartphone / tablet for easy transfer of pictures via the free Camera Remote application. The 3″ touch screen has a resolution of 1.04M dots, and the ability to select a focus area by tapping on it. There’s also intuitive smartphone-like gestures like double-tap to zoom, swiping between images, pinch to zoom etc. You can also create custom functions by swiping left, right, up, or down. Unfortunately, Fujifilm has removed the built-in flash on the X-E3, but a EF-X8 accessory flash is included in the box.

The Fujifilm X-E3 will be available in September for US$900 for the body alone, US$1300 with the XF 18-55mm kit lens, or US$1150 with the 35mm f/2R WR.

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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D EM-10 Mark III with Zuiko 14-42mm EZ.

Olympus has released the OM-D E-M10 Mark III, an update to the popular entry-level camera in the OM-D series. This new iteration brings 4K video recording at 24, 25 and 30fps and minor ergonomic improvements to the handling of the body.

The image processor utilises Olympus’s TruePic VIII, the same one featured in the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Combined with the in-body, 5-axis image stabilisation, the EM-10 Mark III delivers high quality images even in low-light situations which typically causes camera shakes.

The sensor remains at 16MP, the same as the predecessor, but the number of AF points has been increased from 81 in the Mark II to the 121 AF points in the Mark III. Continuous shooting speeds have been increased ever so slightly to 8.6 fps (from 8.5.)

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III is expected to ship in late September for US$650 for the body alone, or US$800 bundled with a M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ lens.

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Canon Launches EOS M100 MIrrorless Camera

Canon EOS M100

 

Canon has added a new mirrorless camera to the EOS M-series lineup with the M100. According to Canon, the new camera is targetted at those who are looking to step up from smartphone photography.

The M100 features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. It’s capable of a continuous shooting speed of 6.1fps with AF locked, and 4fps without. Like the recently launched EOS 6D II, there is no 4K video recording, but you can record 1080p up to 60fps.

Canon EOS M100 with LCD flipped up

At the back of the camera is a 3″ touch screen with a resolution of 1.04 million dots, which you can tap on to change the focus points. The screen also tilts upwards to face the front, making it a good camera for vlogging.

The M100 will be available in either black or white starting in October 2017 at US$600 when bundled with an EF 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, or US$950 bundled with a EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses.

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Canon Launches EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Canon has launched the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, joining the current EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lenses in the 85mm lineup. The new f/1.4L version provides up to four stops of image stabilisation, as well as dust and weather resistance. The 9-bladed iris aperture lets you have beautiful bokeh in your shots.

The lens will ship in November for US$1600.

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Canon Launches a Trio of Macro Tilt-Shift Lenses

Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L

Canon has launched three new tilt-shift macro lenses—The TS-E 50mm f/2.8L, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L and the TS-E 135mm f/4L. Each of them are capable of a 1:2 magnification, while the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L is capable of achieving a 1:1 magnification via an optional adapter ring.

The TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L features SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) to reduce flare and ghosting, and a new anti-reflective Air-Sphere Coating (ASC) is used on the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L. All the lenses offer a larger tilt range, shift-and-lock knobs, and a mechanism to lock the lens at its zero tilt position.

All the lenses will be available in November at a price of US$2200.

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Nikon Launches the D850 45.7MP Full-frame, High-Performance DSLR for Professionals

Nikon D850

After posting a teaser last month, Nikon has officially launched the D850. Nikon has pulled all the stops in the development of this flagship DSLR with a combination of speed and resolution. The 45.7MP D850 is also Nikon’s first full-frame (FX) DSLR to use a back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, offering high-quality images and full-frame 4K UHD video recording.

Nikon D850 rear

Despite having such a high resolution, the D850 is able to shoot continuously at 7fps natively, or up to 9fps with the optional MB-D18 battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery. The buffer is capable of  storing 51 frames of 14-bit lossless, or 170 frames of 12-bit lossless RAW files. ISO range can be set between 64 to 25,600, expandable to a range of 32 to 102,400.

The D850’s AF system uses the D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 240k AF system with 99 cross-type sensors. Out of these, 15 are sensitive down to f/8, allowing the photographer to achieve AF lock in low-light conditions.

Dual card slots

Other notable features include a 3.2″ tilting LCD like the D500, radio flash control, dual card shots (XQD + SD), illuminated buttons, focus stacking, and what Nikon claims to be their widest and brightest optical viewfinder, with a magnification of 0.75x.

Nikon D850 tilting screen

One interesting new feature is negative/positive scanning, which allows you to digitise your 35mm slides or negatives via the optional ES-2 film digitising adapter and compatible Micro-NIKKOR lenses. This sure beats scanning using a traditional film scanner.

On the video side of things, the D850 features zebra stripes to indicate blown highlights, 4K UHD capture at 24/30fps, slow motion at 1080p at 120 fps, and a 4K/8K time lapse mode.

The D850 will be available for US$3,299.95 from September 2017. The MB-D18 battery grip will cost US$399.95 and the ES-2 film digitising adapter will go for US$149.95.

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Nikon Announces Development of the D850

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of Nikon, and they have announced the development of the highly-anticipated D850 high-resolution, full-frame DSLR. Nothing much has been revealed apart from a teaser video, but Nikon says it’ll “exceed expectations” and be a “formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility.” The teaser suggests that there’ll be an 8K time-lapse, but nothing else.

The D850 will replace the D810 in their high-resolution, full-frame (FX) line-up, incorporating “a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users.”

More information will be released at a later date on the D850 microsite. Meanwhile, here’s the teaser video of the D850 which Nikon has released.

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Canon Unveils the EOS 6D Mark II Full-frame DSLR for Enthusiasts

Canon EOS 6D Mark II with EF24-105mmF4L II

As rumoured for weeks, Canon has finally announced the EOS 6D Mark II, an update to the popular EOS 6D released some time ago. Powering the new camera is a 26.2MP full-frame CMS sensor, a slight increase over the 20MP one used in the Mark 1. Image processing duties are performed by a DIGIC 7, which is capable of an ISO range of between 100 to 40,000 (25,600 in the Mark 1.) High-speed continuous shooting speed has also been increased to 6.5fps, compared to 4.5fps on the Mark 1.

The AF system features 45 cross-type AF points, a significant improvement over the Mark 1 where it only has 11 AF points, with only the centre point being a cross-type. The sensor also has Dual Pixel CMOS AF which provides phase detect AF during full HD video recording. Sadly, there is no 4K video recording on this camera, which is quite a bummer.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II with LCD flipped open.

A 3″ fully articulated LCD screen graces the rear of the camera, a first of its kind on a full-frame DSLR. It also has dust and water resistance, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity as well as GPS.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Rear View

The EOS 6D Mark II will be available from late July 2017 at US$1,999 for the body alone. You can also get it paried with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM for US$2,599 or with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for US$3,099.

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Nikon Releases a Trio of New Lenses—AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E Full-frame Fisheye and AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G DX

Nikon today announced three new lenses—the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, a full-frame AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom, and the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR budget superwide zoom.

AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

The AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s arsenal of fast f/1.4 primes (the others being 24, 35, 58, 85 and 105mm.) It features nine rounded aperture blades for nice bokeh, two ED and three aspherical elements, as well as Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.

It’ll be available at a rather pricey US$1999.95 in late June.

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED FIsheye Zoom

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

Next on the lineup of new lenses is the AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. This is a full-frame, circular fisheye zoom which features a 180º field of view both horizontally and vertically at the widest end. This changes to a non-circular image with a 180º diagonal field of view at 15mm. It has three ED and two aspherical lens elements, as well as Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings.

The lens is available immediately for US$1249.95.

AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Nikkor AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Lastly, we have a budget superwide zoom lens in the form of the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. This is made for DX bodies and is equivalent to 15-30mm on full-frame cameras. The lightweight and inexpensive lens features vibration reduction of 3.5 stops and uses a Pulse Motor for fast focussing in live view and video. The minimum focussing distance is 22cm.

It will be available from late June for just US$309.95.

 

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Sony Announces the Top-of-the-Line a9, a Blazing Fast 20fps Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Perfect For Sports

Sony a9 with FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

Sony has announced what’s possibly the most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera at a live event at New York. The 24MP a9 is Sony’s new flagship and features a stacked CMOS sensor for super-fast readout. This allows the a9 to achieve a staggering 20fps for up to 241 compressed RAW frames before the buffer is full. If you shoot in JPEG mode, you can get up to 362 frames!

The a9 has a 693-point AF system providing 93% coverage, and AE/AF calculations are done at 60fps while also providing 60fps blackout-free live feed. Sony also claims improved subject tracking and Eye AF speeds, and focus down to -3 EV with F2 lens. This is a whole stop better than the a7R II. How does shooting at 20fps with no blackout look like? Check out this video by Hugh Brownstone of Three Blind Men and an Elephant Productions. With no blackout and a high frame rate, it looks as if he has not started shooting!

The Electronic View Finder (EVF) has a resolution of 3.68M dots (1280×960) and runs at 120fps, making it one of the fastest EVFs around. In comparison, thet X-T2’s EVF can only achieve 100fps in boost mode, and a resolution of only 2.36M dots. This should be quite something to look through. The shutter on the a9 is primary electronic, but it also has a mechanical shutter with a flash sync speed of 1/250s. There is also a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation providing 5 stops of stabilisation.

Sony a9 (Front)

On the video side of things, the Sony a9 shoots 4K downsampled from 6K worth of pixels, with full pixel readout without pixel binning. It is also able to record Full HD 1080p at up to 120fps with a data rate of 100Mbps.

Sony a9 (Rear)

Other improvements include dual SD card slots supporting UHS-II cards, an AF joystick and an AF mode dial. In addition to USB, an Ethernet port on the a9 alows for super fast data transfer. Sony also says that battery life has been improved by 2.2x with the new NP-FZ100 battery. A separately-available battery grip lets you double your shooting time by allowing the use of a second battery.

It looks like Sony has pulled all the stops for this, and it sure is a good contender for the stalwarts like the Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX II, both of which costs more than the a9.

Tempted? The a9 will be available in May 2017 at a cost of around US$4,500.

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