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

Canon’s answer to Sony and Nikon’s best

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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.

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Sony launches the Alpha 1 mirrorless camera

With a 50.1-megapixel main sensor

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With camera technology these days, mirrorless cameras are swiftly approaching the boundaries set forth by professional DSLR and SLR cameras. Today, Sony launched the Alpha 1 with the tallest promise for mirrorless cameras.

As the name suggests, the Alpha 1 plans to become the premium-tier of the mirrorless camera segment. The full-frame mirrorless camera sports a 50.1-megapixel stacked Exmor RS main image sensor. The camera has two blazing fast Bionz XR processors    which features 759 phase detection points and can shoot up to 155 RAW images (or up to 165 JPG images) at up to 30 frames per second.

Outside of the camera’s insides, it also has an amazing 9.44-million dot OLED Quad-XGA electronic viewfinder with a 0.90x zoom.

In the video department, the Alpha 1 can shoot videos of up to 8K resolution and at 30p. Alternatively, it can shoot 4K videos at up 120 frames per second, pushing the boundaries of action photography.

All of these impressive specs are housed inside a lithe 737g body, making it a perfect companion outside of a professional camera. The Alpha 1 will officially come out sometime in March this year and will retail for US$ 6,500.

SEE ALSO: Sony ZV-1 Hands-On

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Sony ZV-1 Hands-On

Casual shooting made easier!

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Sony reimagines point-and-shoot cameras with its digital camera, ZV-1. Built to capture picture-perfect moments, the Sony ZV-1 houses a lot of exceptionally smart features.

With intelligent autofocus, flawless fast-tracking, and world-class optical stabilization, shooting videos are a lot uncomplicated. Additionally, you can switch to a bokeh mode with just a single touch, and enjoy a haggard-free face with its built-in beauty mode. Moreover, its screen flips, swivels, and rotates.

Certainly, the Sony ZV-1 is the perfect companion for all your casual shooting needs. It surely made casual shooting fun and easier.

SEE ALSO: Sony introduces a chic, classic color for Digital Camera ZV-1

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Nikon offering free photography classes until December 31

Make your holiday 2020 worthwhile!

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The holidays are here but we’re definitely staying at home for the season thanks to the coronavirus. Thankfully, we don’t have to bore ourselves out for there are many indoor activities worth our time. One of them is photography classes by Nikon, which is free to access until December 31.

You don’t need to have a Nikon camera to access the photography classes. A few of them may need exclusive Nikon gear though. But in general, all of them only need the essential gear like a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. You only need to sign up with your name and email address to get started.

So, what can you expect from these free photography classes? Nikon has prepared hundreds of videos featuring experts from the field which will give you tips and advice on making great photos. All the videos cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from basic skills to advanced topics for budding professional photographers.

There is even a special class for taking great photos for the holidays so you end with memorable mementos this 2020 even if you wish to forget that this year really existed. Overall, the classes are really worth taking especially if you brought a new camera gear this or aimed to improve your photography skill at the last minute.

To sign up for the classes, you simply have to sign up with your name and email address. After the free offering expires on December 31, you may need to pay for access to the photography classes. These classes come at US$ 15 to US$ 100, so you’re saving a lot if you grab the free offer from Nikon today.

Source: The Verge

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