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Fuji X100T Hands-On

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Fuji X100T

At Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany, Fuji took the wraps off their brand new X100T – the successor to the camera that started the retro camera revolution. Fuji improves nearly every component in this 3rd gen device. The camera features a 16MP sensor, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 lens, and phase detect autofocus. Here’s our first look and hands-on.

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Canon EOS R5 and R6 with focus on video now official

It’s a huge splash for Canon

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Several camera enthusiasts have been waiting on these announcements from Canon and on paper, it certainly looks like they did not disappoint. The Canon EOS R5 and R6 are now official and they’re packed with really darn good features.

Both cameras are aimed at both amateur and professional videographers, photographers, creators, and everything else in between. The primary features include a revamped AF system, fast continuous shooting of up to 20 FPS, in-body stabilization, and dual card slots.

Powerful sensors, improved AF

The EOS R5 has a 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Ideal for large format commercial printing, capturing intricate details in landscape photography, and even intensive cropping frequently required in wildlife photography. Its native ISO can go up to 51,200, with the option to expand to 102,400.

The EOS R6 is equipped with a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor, inherited from the flagship EOS-1DX Mark III. It shares the same image sensor and image processor as the EOS-1DX Mark III. It’s capable of achieving a native ISO of up to 102,400 (expandable to 204,800).

Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF — a proprietary Auto Focus technology — has been upgraded. AF coverage area has been expanded to cover the entire sensor (100% x 100%). This means focusing is available on any part of the frame. Convenient and effective.

Face Tracking with Eye Detection AF is also coming to this pair of EOS cameras. This tech is now able to recognize not just the body, but also head and eyes of the subjects. Ideal for capturing fast-moving subjects.

Stabilization and 8K, 4K videos

The EOS R5 and EOS R6 incorporate a 5-axis camera-shake blur correction In-Body Image Stabilizer (In-Body IS) function. Both cameras use a new algorithm, through the new imaging engine DIGIC X, to process gyro signal data and achieve higher image stabilization effects.

Both cameras also have two card slots that can accommodate one CFexpress card and one SD memory card. The CFexpress card supports high-speed transfer for faster transmission of hi-res images as well as internal recording of 8K raw videos. Yes, 8K.

Again through DIGIC X, the EOS R5 and R6 are able to record 8K raw videos. The EOS R5 is also capable of recording up to 120fps in 4K. Meanwhile, the EOS R6 is able to shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps, and slow motion at 120fps in Full HD, all without crop similar to EOS R5.

Easy file transfers

Transferring footage is also made easier with improved connectivity features. The EOS R5 supports both 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless LAN without the need for any additional accessory. The EOS R6 only supports 2.4GHz but both can handle FTP and FTPS data transfer.

Both also have Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and can work with the new image.canon cloud platform. The cameras can automatically upload image and video files and store them in the image.canon cloud for up to 30 days with no limit in size.

With image.canon, users can also automatically transfer original image data to various cloud platforms such as Google Photos, Google Drive or Adobe Creative Cloud.

The EOS R5 and EOS R6 both have a magnesium alloy body. They are lightweight and prevent dust and water droplets from entering the camera. The EOS R5 sports a top LCD panel while EOS R6 has a Mode Dial.

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS R5 retails for US$ 3,899 body only and US$ 4,999 with a kit lens option. It will be available end of July.

Meanwhile the EOS R6 (body only) is priced at US$ 2,899 with the kit lens option retailing for US$ 3,599. It will be available end of August.

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Olympus bids goodbye to its camera business

Bought by Japan Industrial Partners

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Olympus is a well-known brand due to its reliable DSLR cameras that offered alternatives to mainstream competitors like Canon, Sony, and Nikon. However, its camera business could soon be over. The company recently announced that it is selling its business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) — the same company that bought the iconic VAIO laptop line.

The announcement means an end to Olympus’ presence in the camera market. The company has been producing cameras ever since the 1930s. Some of its iconic products include the Olympus Pen and Zuiko lenses.

An ever-shrinking market for dedicated cameras and a much competitive market resulted in losses for its camera division in recent years. As such, the company decided to sell its camera division to JIP to streamline its operations.

However, that doesn’t mean an end to Olympus cameras. JIP said that they are going to continue releasing new OM-D DSLR cameras as well as Zuiko lenses.

To formalize the acquisition, both Olympus and JIP will sign a definitive agreement this September. Specific details about the acquisition are yet to be announced by both companies.

Source: The Verge

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Sony’s new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging

Shipping in June

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How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.

Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.

Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.

In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.

A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.

Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.

Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

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