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Fujifilm X-A5 is brand’s smallest and lightest mirrorless camera

Comes in three distinct colors

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As much as we love our big and powerful cameras, nothing beats a compact and stylish shooter for documenting our travels and creating the perfect vlog. Fujifilm is helping our cause by releasing their smallest and lightest mirrorless camera to date, the X-A5.

Fujifilm didn’t skimp on the style or functionality here. Despite being the most portable of the series when paired with the new collapsible XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens, the X-A5 still manages to integrate a 180-degree tilting touchscreen display for viewing yourself while filming or taking selfies.

Speaking of selfies, Fujifilm placed extra focus on better portraits with their Portrait Enhancer mode. It can improve your skin tone with three different levels, all while keeping your eyes sharp and maintaining details around your face.

Like most Fujifilm cameras, there are 11 Film Simulation modes for artsy designs, as well as 17 more filters such as HDR to really bring the colors out of your pictures.

If you’d rather view and edit your photos and videos on your smartphone, you can easily do file transfers through the camera’s built-in Bluetooth connectivity and compatible app. In addition, there’s now a port on the side to attach your own external microphone.

Making all this possible is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor and Fujifilm’s newly developed processing engine capable of reaching ISO 12800 for better low-light output. The X-A5 is also the first in the series to have phase detection, allowing it to capture focus twice as fast as previous models.

The X-A5 is rated to last for up to 450 shots per full battery charge, but we’ll have to see for ourselves how well that holds.

Of course, we can’t end this piece without mentioning the available colors. It’s available in black, brown, and most importantly, pink for those into Her GadgetMatch.

You can purchase the X-A5 with its bundled XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens beginning early February for US$ 599. It replaces the X-A3 and skips the X-A4, in case you’re wondering.

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The instax Mini 9 comes with a retro craft bundle for the holiday season

For all your scrapbooking dreams

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The holiday season is here!

If you’re still struggling in coming up with a gift idea, Team Instax might have just curated one for you. Fujifilm partnered with Craft Easy to create the instax Mini 9 Craft Kit.

The craft kit comes with a unique, retro tin box that comes in five colors — each with an accompanying message and particular design. Inside you get a Mini 9 camera, a pack of film, as well as crafting materials including wooden clips, washi tapes, and a set of fun stickers. This special bundle could be a great gift for only PhP 4,499 (US$ 89).

instax Mini 9

The instax Mini 9 is an instant camera that lets you take better selfies that you can print thanks to the built-in selfie mirror placed next to its lens. There’s also a close-up lens attachment if you want to photograph your subjects closer. Lighting can easily be adjusted, too, with its brightness adjustment dial. To operate the camera, you only need two AA size alkaline batteries. Happiness is just one click away!

The Mini 9 is available in Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue, and Smoky White. The camera retails for PhP 3,999. It’s available at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.

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Best of 2019: Our favorite cameras

Carefully curated for your camera needs

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Just like any other consumer product, asking for the best product of all time is a lot. Various products were made to cater to the needs of different people. Even though smartphone cameras are fast-evolving, cameras are slower to develop but are far from being obsolete.

Here’s a list to help you decide the next best camera for you.

Best cameras for vlogging

Portability and flip screens — two among the many features that vloggers and content creators want to have in a camera.

Sony RX100 VII

If you want to have the lightest and most compact camera for vlogging, the RX100 VII is your best pick. Unlike other cameras in the list, it doesn’t feature interchangeable lens. Don’t worry, it’s equivalent to a 24-200mm f/2.8-f/4.5 lens, giving you the flexibility to shoot photos and videos on-the-go. It features real-time eye AF and tracking, a 180-degree flip screen, and 4K 30fps video shooting, as well as 960fps slow-mo shooting.

SEE ALSO: Sony RX100 VII: full-frame features on a compact camera

Sony a6400

If you’re already invested with Sony’s E-mount lenses, this new camera is for you. It’s one of the few cameras from Sony with interchangeable lenses that also has a flippy screen. It features a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, higher ISO expandability at 102,800, and even a weather-sealed body.

SEE ALSO: Sony’s new A6400 mirrorless camera is for professional vlogging

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Successor to the EOS M6, Canon brings the M6 Mark II to the table with a larger 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, faster shutter speed (together with the electronic shutter), higher ISO sensitivity range, and more AF points. It now features 4K 30fps/1080p 120fps shooting, a huge bump up from the old video resolution settings. Forget the lack of optical viewfinder! The 3-inch tilting LCD is helpful enough to make it an ideal vlogging companion.

SEE ALSO: Canon EOS M6 Mark II Philippine launch

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Sony A9 II launches, improves speed and durability

Still made for sports photographers

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Sports photographers looking to upgrade their gear have something to look forward to with the announcement of the Sony A9 II.

This second generation camera builds upon the legacy of its predecessor. It maintains high speed performance which include blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations.

The more significant updates are faster connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 FPS with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimized algorithms, and a re-designed build to enhance durability.

The dust and moisture resistant design has been upgraded to meet the needs of professionals in the most challenging outdoor conditions.Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartment cover and media slot. There’s also Improved grip configuration for better comfort and a sure hold. It’s compatible with the Sony VG-C4EM vertical grip.

Other features include an upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor’s fast readout speed. Processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image processing and, face detection and accuracy.

The Sony Alpha 9 II will be available in selected countries in Asia Pacific starting October 2019. Pricing will be announced at a later time.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Baguio with the Sony A9

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