Cameras

Canon unveils EOS R, its first full-frame mirrorless camera

Canon’s answer to Sony and Nikon’s best

Published

on

Sony has its storied A7 series and Nikon recently launched its very own Z series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It’s now time for Canon to show its best hand.

The EOS R is the company’s first venture into the full-frame mirrorless camera market, which has been dominated by Sony so far. It brings in a whole new mount system and lenses, meaning any Canon glass made before won’t work on this without an adapter.

It’s simply called the EOS R without any numbering, but Canon says this is the first of many. Its mount system is called RF, which currently hosts four lenses — RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, and RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM — with more to come in the following months (and years, of course).

The power of the EOS R lies in the 30.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor. Canon’s fast Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system is in place, and a total of 5,655 manually selectable AF points should help with focusing.

Naturally, it’s capable of 4K video recording, but at a maximum of only 30 frames per second. The photo shooting speed also tops out at 8fps. However, the camera has an ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 40000 for photos and 100 to 25600 for video, so low-light recording shouldn’t be much of a problem.

All this is housed inside a magnesium-alloy chassis that’s both dust- and water-resistant. There’s also a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder for accurately composing shots, along with a 3.15-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD on the back and dot-matrix LCD on top of the body.

The only real downside is the single card slot which supports the UHS-II standard, but the camera does have a full range of ports and allows charging through the USB-C port.

The EOS R will become available in October for a retail price of US$ 2,299 (body only) and US$ 3,399 with the 24-105mm f/4L kit lens.

Cameras

Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

Published

on

Image credit: Fujifilm

After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

Image credit: Fujifilm

Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Continue Reading

Cameras

Canon EOS RP is company’s cheaper and smaller full-frame mirrorless camera

The second model in the series

Published

on

Image credit: Canon

After the first EOS R last year, Canon has a new full-frame mirrorless camera — the EOS RP. It’s positioned below the EOS R, yet it happens to be Canon’s smallest full-frame camera. It’s also cheaper, which means it’s aimed for the mass market.

For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, only a slight step down from the 30.3-megapixel sensor of the EOS R. It still features the same ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Of course, the camera uses the new RF-mount system.

To make the EOS RP cheaper and smaller, Canon had to cut down some features like the continuous shooting speed to 5fps (from 8fps of the EOS R) and 4,779 autofocus points (EOS R has 5,655).

Image credit: Canon

Both the 0.39-inch OLED EVF and 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD have fewer pixels at 2.36 and 1.04 million dots, respectively.

The EOS RP can only shoot 4K at 25fps with 120Mb/s bitrate and 8-bit color depth. It also doesn’t support Canon Log for professional color grading. It only has one SD card slot as well, so you’ll need high capacity memory cards when shooting non-stop.

Image credit: Canon

Size-wise, this is where the EOS RP shines. It measures 132.5 x 85 x 70mm and weighs 485g with a battery and card already. This makes the EOS RP significantly smaller than the EOS R and even entry-level Canon DSLR cameras.

Other features of the EOS RP include focus peaking, 8.3-megapixel still photo capture when recording in 4K, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, stereo microphones, water and dust resistance, 250-shot battery life, and USB-C charging.

Despite some of the shortcomings of the EOS RP, its price is a pretty sweet deal. It’ll be available by the end of the month starting at US$ 1,299 for the body-only package, but it’ll come with an EG-E1 extension grip and an EF-mount adapter in the box. It’ll also come bundled with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for US$ 1,699 or with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: Canon unveils EOS R, its first full-frame mirrorless camera

Continue Reading

Cameras

Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

Published

on

Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

READ ALSO: Prynt Pocket unboxing and review: A printer that prints videos?

Continue Reading

Trending