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EOS 5D Mark IV is Canon’s first DSLR with 4K and HDR recording [Updated]

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It’s been a long four years since the Canon EOS 5D Mark III was released in 2012. 4K video recording has become more mainstream, HDR videos are slowly becoming a thing, and wireless photo transfers from cameras don’t blow minds anymore. Canon’s latest entry in the EOS 5D lineup has all these features and more, and it once again costs a pretty penny.

The aptly named Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the fourth of its kind, catering to professionals who need more features than the EOS 6D, but less power (and a lower price) than the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II. However, that doesn’t mean the 5D Mark IV isn’t a needle mover; in fact, it’s the first DSLR of Canon to come equipped with 4K and HDR video recording, as well as the first in the 5D series to have several wireless connectivity options (Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS) and a touchscreen display.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV - Sensor

It’s only fitting for the 5D Mark IV to be the first to own these features for Canon. The 5D Mark II, after all, was the first ever Canon DSLR that could shoot videos. The eight-year-old camera provided amateur videographers access to the world of interchangeable lenses and professional quality footage. It’s now the fourth iteration’s turn to advance the quality of DSLR videography.

Every other specification is a step up from predecessors. 5D Mark IV users will be treated to a full-frame 30.4-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, native ISO sensitivity reaching 32,000, and a 61-point autofocus system carried over from the higher-end 1D X Mark II.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV - Top

As implied earlier, this shooter is going to cost you a small fortune. The suggested retail price currently stands at $3,499 for the body alone, and bundles with a 24-70mm f/4L IS lens or 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens cost $4,399 and $4,599, respectively. You can nab a kit as early as the first half of September.

Update: Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR will officially cost PhP 170,998 (body only), PhP 206,998 (with 24-70mm lens), or PhP 213,998 (with 24-105mm lens) in the Philippines.

Source: Digital Photography Review

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Insta360 Nano S hands-on: What’s new?

An improved 360 camera!

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Last year, I first tried out the plug-and-play Insta360 Nano and I was introduced to the world of 360 videos. Boy, did I have fun with it. From 360-degree Facebook Live shows to cute tiny planet videos, there were a lot of media possibilities. And, it didn’t stop there. Later on in the year, the Insta360 ONE was released and it was a 360 camera game-changer with 4K video capabilities and standalone recording functions.

This year’s release is the Insta360 Nano S: An updated version of that first camera with the best qualities of the second.

It looks and feels like the Insta360 Nano. It’s almost identical and it still connects via Lightning port to your iPhone. But, it can do a lot more.

Unlike the Insta360 Nano, this camera can work without being plugged to a phone since it has a microSD slot.

This thing has two 20-megapixel fisheye cameras that are capable of shooting 4K 360-degree videos or 20-megapixel photos.

Basically, it can take cool shots like this:

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It’s the multiple export modes, though, that makes the Nano S more fun. You can save photos and videos using the different MultiView modes to get different perspectives. I’m not just talking about 360 videos, either. This option below gives you both front and back views simultaneously.

This one gives you three different perspectives all at the same time because why not!

The tiny earth effect, a classic Insta360 favorite, is still available as one of the export modes.

Think of all the great things you can capture!

Of course, this camera comes with FreeCapture capabilities first introduced to us on the Insta360 ONE. This just means that you can edit the 360-degree video you’ve already shot and export it as a normal video. The best part? You can choose what specific POV you’d want on that 2D video as the Insta360 app allows you to pick out scenes and edit to your liking. There’s also real-time stabilization for smoother video, which is always a great thing.

The Nano S combines the best that Insta360 has to offer. If you’re interested in getting yourself a 360 camera, this might be worth looking into.

Tough luck if you aren’t an iPhone user, however. Although the company has announced that an Android version may be coming, there isn’t any concrete news on this yet. The Insta360 Nano S retails for US$ 239.

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The new Instax Square SQ6 is here and it looks awesome!

What a good-looking camera

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Fujifilm has just added another instant camera to their Instax line and it’s one photogenic shooter! The Instax Square SQ6 was unveiled and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

It comes in three colors. One is in gray or graphite. This basic look is more classic and neutral.

There’s also one that comes in a clean, crisp white — because we’re seeing more white devices in 2018.

And my favorite, of course, a rose gold variant.

This pretty thing has an auto exposure function which means the camera adjusts to different lighting scenarios and even a selfie mode for optimum instant selfies! There’s also a double exposure mode, macro mode, and landscape mode. It shoots with Fujifilm’s square format film.

These freshly announced cameras look less bulky and definitely more stylish compared to the brand’s previous release, the SQ10 that I reviewed last year. Of course, the SQ6 is also simpler than its predecessor: It doesn’t look like you can edit the photos before printing, which isn’t really a deal breaker for these types of cameras. The best part? It retails for only US$ 130 in the US and PhP 8,000 in the Philippines (which is basically half the price of the high-end SQ10).

The SQ6 will be available starting May 25. In the Philippines, it will be in stores starting June.

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Sony A7 III launches in the Philippines with price and availability

The basic model of Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless cameras

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The latest addition to the full-frame mirrorless camera family of Sony has finally landed in the Philippines. The A7 III is positioned as the base model of Sony’s third-generation A7 series, sitting below the A7R III which was launched late last year, but it’s not just a “basic model” in the series.

The camera boasts a 35mm full-frame sensor with 24.2 megapixels and built-in 5-axis image stabilization. The sensor is complemented by an upgraded BIONZ-X processor making it possible for the camera to shoot 10fps in both RAW and JPEG formats. It also has 693 autofocus points and an Eye AF feature for fast detection of subjects.

As for its video capabilities, the A7 III can capture 4K HDR up to 30fps with 100Mbps bitrate. It also supports S-Log3 and 120fps slow-motion capture in 1080p resolution.

The body has an OLED viewfinder, LCD touchscreen, dual SD card slots, USB-C port, and complete suite of wireless connectivity. It’s also compatible with all E-mount accessories.

The A7 III is already available through Sony concept stores and authorized retailers in the Philippines for PhP 115,999 for the body only and PhP 129,999 with the FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

SEE ALSO: Sony A7 III First Impressions

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