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5 most important announcements from Photokina 2016

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Photokina happens only once every two years, so you can imagine how big it is for camera brands who want to show off their latest products. For reference, the event in 2014 introduced two DSLR cameras still widely used today: the full-frame Nikon D750 and the high-performance Canon EOS 7D Mark II. There’s a lot to cover this year, so here’s a compilation of the biggest announcements made at Photokina 2016, in no particular order.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

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Although it’s still under development with no release date or expected price, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 is one of the biggest hits at the show because of its 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. That’s amazing for a camera with a relatively small Four Thirds image sensor, and it follows up on the already great GH4 that was released almost two years ago.

There’s also a “6K Photo” mode, but it’s probably not what you think it is. All it can do is extract 18-megapixel stills from burst shots or 8-megapixel photos from the aforementioned 4K footage, which is still quite impressive for such a compact interchangeable-lens camera. The GH5 should be in stores by early 2017.

Fujifilm GFX 50S

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Medium format cameras are a rarity at consumer shows, so it’s nice to see Fujifilm take a crack at it with the GFX 50S. Despite its bland looks, there’s a 51.4-megapixel sensor that’s 1.7 times bigger than a full-frame DSLR’s waiting inside, as well as a brand-spanking new G lens mount system. It’s really light for its kind too, with a mirrorless body that weighs only 800g.

The GFX 50S is going to be crazy expensive, but for early adopters, the selection of lenses is quite good for a fresh system. There’ll be six to choose from, consisting of one 32-64mm f/4 lens and prime lenses spanning 23mm f/4 to 120mm f/4. Rest assured, this is a medium format camera you’d love to have both in a studio and outside your house.

Sony A99 II

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Sony has had enormous success with its full-frame mirrorless A7 series of cameras, making the A99 II announcement a bit of a surprise. If you’re not familiar with the A99 lineup, we can’t blame you; the latest is a full-frame SLT camera just like its predecessor, meaning it uses a translucent mirror instead of a slapping one like in every SLR. Sony continues to believe there’s a market for this, but it comes at a hefty price.

For $3200 (body only), you get a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, continuous shooting at 12 frames per second, and 5-axis in-body image stabilization. The A99 II will be out in November, which is a long four years after the release of the original A99. Time will tell how well an SLT will be received in this day and age.

GoPro Karma

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While it wasn’t technically unveiled at Photokina — GoPro made its announcement simultaneously in the US — the Karma is the most fascinating drone to come out this week. It’s designed to be foldable for easy storage during trips, and is compatible with the Hero 4 and new Hero 5 series.

The package comes with a gamepad-like Karma controller for flying the drone, a Karma grip for smooth handheld shooting on its 3-axis stabilization, and a Karma case for traveling convenience. It’s a fantastic deal when you consider the $799 price tag for the whole set. GoPro also claims that it’s beginner-friendly, so it may be a sweet investment for newbies of flying drones.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Just like the Panasonic Lumix GH5, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is still under development and doesn’t have a release window or price yet. What we do know is that it’ll be Olympus’ best mirrorless camera once it’s released. Fast shooting speeds at high resolutions is its strong suit.

With autofocus active, the new E-M1 can shoot 18 frames per second at full resolution; if you’re using manual focus, an amazing 60 shots per second can be achieved, as if you’re shooting a video but with high-resolution photos. Inside, there’s a 20.4-megapixel image sensor capable of 4K movie recording — a first for Olympus. Overall, this shooter is really good at pushing pixels quickly.

Honorable mentions

It’s no surprise that Photokina 2016 has been absolutely packed with big announcements. Aside from the main highlights, SanDisk also announced its 1TB SDXC card, which probably has more storage than your laptop and tablet combined. As mentioned earlier, GoPro also has a new pair of action cameras in the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session. Lastly, there’s the Leica-lookalike Yi M1 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from Xiaoyi, but it won’t be available outside of China for now.

If you’re interested in any of the listed gadgets, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll work on more coverage for them in future articles.

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Fujifilm X-H2 mirrorless digital camera now official

Two lenses also announced

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Fujifilm X-H2

Fujifilm has announced its newest products during the X-Summit NYC event, to be available locally by the end of September 2022:

  • FUJIFILM X-H2 mirrorless digital camera
  • FUJINON Lens XF5gmmF1.2 R WR
  • FUJINON Lens GF20-35mmF4 R WR

FUJIFILM X-H2 camera

The latest addition to the X Series lineup of compact and lightweight cameras features a back-illuminated 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor and high-speed X-Processor 5.

It is capable of high-resolution stills with an even faster shutter speed of up to 1/180000 and ISO125 standard sensitivity.

The X-H2 is the first APS-C sensor camera to boast to a high-definition 8K (30p) video in 4:2:2 10-bit, with support for three Apple ProRes codecs.

It is also the first in the X Series to feature the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function that quadruples image resolution and produces accurate color reproduction.

Among other advanced features are:

  • Smooth Skin Effect
  • Deep Learning technology for boosted Auto White Balance
  • 19 Film Simulation modes
  • Support for HEIF format
  • Optimized algorithm for substantially improved AF accuracy during recording 

Price

  • X-H2 body — PhP 123,990
  • X-H2 16-80mm Kit — PhP 153,990

FUJINON XF5gmmF1.2 R WR lens

The fast mid-telephoto prime lens joins the brand’s lineup of XF lenses. With a focal length of 56mm (85mm in the 35mm film format), the XF56mmF1.2 R WR has a maximum aperture of F1.2 just like its predecessor but with significant improvements in image-resolving performance, as well as close-up capability including beautiful bokeh.

Thanks to its 13 elements in eight groups, the lens is able to minimize chromatic, spherical, and comatic aberrations – including the onion ring effect – to provide better stills than the previous model. When it comes to close ups, the minimum focusing distance has also been improved to 20cm from 50cm.

The lens is the first Fujifilm lens to use 11 diaphragm blades to achieve a near-perfect circle in the aperture, which again is an improvement from the previous iteration.

Aside from these technical aspects, the XF5gmmF1.2 R WR is also built for mobility, as it weighs us 445g and measures 76mm. The lens barrel is dust- and weather-resistant too, and can operate at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

Price — PhP 61,990

FUJINON GF20-35mmF4 R WR lens

Lastly, the GF20-35mmF4 R WR joins the GF group designed for the GFX Series mirrorless cameras as the widest in the series, offering a new dynamic for landscape photographers. 

Featuring a 20mm zoom lens (16mm in the 35mm format) with a F4.0 maximum aperture, the lens is tailor-made for covering expansive wide-angle views outdoors, whether in the wild or in the city.

It suppresses distortion and aberration with help of its 14 elements in 10 groups. The dust- and weather- resistant lens likewise utilizes Fujifilm’s unique NANO GI coating to minimize the effects of light reflection.

For its focal length, the GF20-35mmF4 R WR is still kept lightweight as much as possible, measuring 112.5mm with a weight of 725g.

Price — PhP 153,990

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Samsung likely close to launching 450-megapixel camera

Say hello to the Hexa2pixel

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Samsung is pioneering a new generation of smartphone photography. Amid the brand’s iconic smartphones, it is also developing new cameras that push the boundaries of what’s possible. For example, a 200-megapixel camera recently launched, opening the door for crisper photos. Now, Samsung is looking towards the future once again. According to a new leak, the next stop is a 450-megapixel shooter.

Such a large sensor shouldn’t be a surprise. In the past, Samsung already promised larger and larger sensors. The company clearly delivered with the new 200-megapixel sensor. Now, a new trademark has teased what’s next for the company’s cameras.

Recently, Samsung trademarked the name “Hexa2pixel.” On its own, the name doesn’t confirm much. However, popular Samsung leaker Ice Universe hinted at what the name means. The leaker’s tweet simply reads, “If X÷6²=12MP, then X=?”

The “62” offers a lot of insight as to what Hexa2pixel means. The new sensor will presumably use a binning method to compress the pixels into a crisper photo. As is standard with Samsung now, output photos are usually 12 megapixels in size. Though 200-megapixel sensors are impressive, it’s not practical to deliver photos of the same size. Users would have full phones almost immediately.

That said, if you solve the algebraic equation, you’ll get 432, the amount of megapixel needed to deliver 12-megapixel photos using the binning method. Samsung will likely round this up further to 450 megapixels, too.

Of course, a trademark is hardly indicative of what’s coming for sure. The company is still reveling in the glory of its 200-megapixel shooter. It will likely take some time before a 450-megapixel shooter makes it to the public.

SEE ALSO: Leaked Samsung teaser reveals two foldables

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Nikon Z 30 now official in Singapore

For vloggers and creatives

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Nikon Z 30

Nikon is making a new APS-C type mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 30, available in Singapore.

With its high-performance video capabilities, the compact and portable camera is ideal for filming, especially for vloggers or those who want to start a career as a creative.

The camera shoots 4K UHD video with approximately 100 percent angle of view, and Full HD/120p for slow-motion filming.

In a nutshell, here are the camera’s features which make digital content creation a breeze:

  • Easy user interface
  • Dedicated focus modes: Eye-Detection Autofocus and Full-Time Autofocus
  • Up to 125 minutes of shooting time
  • 20 filter effects from Creative Picture Controls
  • Built-in microphone
  • Twist and touch 7.5-cm vari-angle monitor

Aside from the focus modes, users will get more out of its auto mode with Single Autofocus, Continuous Autofocus, and Manual Focus, as well as an Animal-Detection AF.

When it comes to shooting or filming for lowlight situations, the Nikon Z 30 boasts an ISO of up to 51200 for stills and 25600 for videos.

For more information on the new product, click here

Price and availability


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 30, 2022. It has been updated to reflect pricing and availability

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