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Canon EOS RP: Price and availability in the Philippines

The company’s smallest full-frame camera

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Canon‘s smallest full-frame camera is now in the Philippines. About a month after its initial announcement, the EOS RP is immediately coming to more markets. It’s the company’s second full-frame mirrorless camera after the EOS R; it’s not a successor though, but rather a smaller and cheaper variant.

For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 4,779 autofocus points. The new camera has a continuous shooting speed of up to 5fps and 4K video recording at 25fps.

It has an OLED EVF and a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless transfers, and USB-C for charging. It uses the new RF-mount system as well.

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Interested buyers can get the Canon EOS RP starting at PhP 89,998 for the body only. For those who wish to have a kit lens, it’ll come bundled with an RF 24-105mm USM lens for PhP 156,998.

Canon has a pre-selling offer from March 11 to 25 which includes a free EF-EOS R mount adapter, extra LP-E17 battery, a 128GB SD card, and lens discount. The camera will be available in stores by the end of the month.

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

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Insta360 EVO is a folding 360 camera that can shoot 3D videos

Hands-on with this tiny camera that will fit your purse

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They say it’s not the size, but the performance that matters. If camera manufacturer Insta360 had a say, I bet they’d agree. After all, they do make teeny cameras that see the big picture, literally — all 360 degrees.

It comes as no surprise that they just unveiled another incredibly small but power-packed camera. Meet the Insta360 EVO.

This small camera — and I mean tiny — fits in the palm of my tiny hands nicely.

It shoots 360-degree videos and photos in 5.7K. If capturing all angles of the scene in video format with one go isn’t something that excites you, know that there’s more to it than shooting 360 video.

Insta360 also has an amazing app that allows you, even editing novices such as I (in theory), to edit the 360 videos into normal 16:9 films with the luxury picking which point of view from the footage you’d prefer. Here’s sample footage from a previous Insta360 release:

But, that’s not even the best part: The Insta360 EVO unfolds.

And, it turns into this two-camera setup. Though I never thought I’d ever like the idea of a folding camera, the form factor weirdly works. It’s simple enough: You can fold by unlocking the hinge on the top and locking the hinge on the side, and vice versa. Plus, it doesn’t feel fragile with the locks which is a big plus.

With this dual shooter, the EVO can shoot 180-degree 3D video that you can watch on your Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR. Just imagine: A whole new level of sharing your unique experiences!

In case you don’t have an Oculus Go or a Samsung Gear VR, Insta360’s got you. With their Foldable VR glasses and the Insta360 app, you’ll be able to watch 3D videos on your phone. 

The camera works standalone, ala screenless GoPros of olden times. You can toggle between video mode or photo mode with a dedicated button up top. A single press of the second button, the bigger round one, records immediately.

By folding and unfolding the camera, you also automatically switch shooting modes from 360-degree content to 3D video. If you want visuals, you can easily connect to your phone via Wi-Fi and you’ll be able to see what your camera sees.

I’ve been shooting with the Insta 360 EVO for the past few days and it’s been fun and pretty interesting. Until I get a full review up (stay tuned!), enjoy this photo — my favorite from what I’ve shot so far:

The Insta360 EVO starts at US$ 419 and this basic bundle includes a tiny tripod (pictured in first photo) and the VR glasses.

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Leica unveils Q2, adds weatherproofing and higher-resolution sensor

Shoots 4K, too!

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After almost four years, Leica has announced the follow-up to its original Leica Q. GadgetMatch got an early sneak peek at the Q2 at film and TV producer Hiram Garcia’s “Behind the Seen” exhibit in New York City.

TV and film producer Hiram Garcia debuts his exhibit at the Elga Wimmer Gallery, shot entirely on the Leica Q2

While it looks almost identical to the Leica Q, the Q2 is weather-sealed, has a 47-megapixel full-frame sensor, and shoots 4K video at 30fps. It features the same Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, although it’s been tweaked to maximize the new high-resolution sensor.

At the exhibit, Leica also showcased the Q2’s improved capabilities with a portrait studio. The company says the new camera goes beyond the conventional use cases of a 28mm focal length with its built-in crop functions for equivalent focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and the newly available 75mm.

The Leica Q2 is available in a black paint finish at Leica stores, boutiques, and dealers for US$ 4,995.

Garcia’s Leica Q2 exhibition is on view at the Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York City for a limited engagement of 24 hours on March 7. “Behind the Seen” is a diverse collection of images that strive to highlight the beauty and intrigue of the movie industry and marks Garcia’s debut photographic gallery exhibition. It’s also the first and only exhibition worldwide shot exclusively on the new Leica Q2 camera.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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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.

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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?

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