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Fujifilm X-T30 first look: Is it really built for the outdoors?

GadgetMatch’s youngest producers shared their thoughts!

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Fujifilm invited the two youngest producers from the GadgetMatch team to a secret location to experience the newest mirrorless camera from the light and compact X-series, the Fujifilm X-T30. It was a chance to test and play around with the camera in the great outdoors.

Vincenz, a budding photographer, was eager to test out the capabilities of the X-T30. Meanwhile, MJ, an outdoor enthusiast, got thrilled to see how the camera fares as a companion to one’s travels.

Let’s see what these two producers have to say!

What’s your first impression upon seeing the camera up close?

Vincenz: Seeing it for the first time, you can already tell that it is a Fujifilm camera; their cameras really remind me of the vintage SLRs. The design is what makes the Fujifilm camera lineup “classic” versus other mirrorless bodies, especially if you rock the silver color.

I’m a non-Fujifilm user (and I’m using a DSLR to be specific); I’m surprised there is enough grip for me to hold on despite its compact size. Obviously, there’s so much difference when looking at it than actually holding it. Overall, it’s so handy and a breeze to shoot with.

MJ: What I love about Fujifilm is how their cameras scream style and creativity. Surely, the X-T30 is a good-looking camera reminiscent of vintage cameras.

Aside from being a stunner on any occasion, it matches my small hands. It’s easy to carry and it makes shooting a whole lot simpler for me. This camera is a relief; I don’t have to worry about straining my hands after a day’s worth of photographs and adventures.

How was your experience?

MJ: For someone who enjoys playing outdoors, the X-T30 was fun to use. At first, the controls got me confused. I kept forgetting how to navigate the camera. (The last time I used a Fujifilm camera was almost a year ago.)

If you’re scared of trying out a new camera, don’t worry; the X-T30 is easy to learn with its user-friendly interface. It only takes a few minutes to an hour (depending on your learning curve) to grasp the whole controls. You can start shooting right away.

This camera is a real treat, especially for travelers. It’s so lightweight and compact. You can bring it wherever you go. During our trek, I crossed a river and hopped onto slippery rocks. But I didn’t feel like I was carrying a camera. I was more focused on keeping myself safe rather than being anxious about breaking the camera.

The controls are easily accessible too, which is a plus point for people in search of their next travel camera. When you’re shooting landscapes and sceneries, there are moments that need to be captured quickly or else you’ll miss your only chance.

Vincenz: Using it blew me away. This was my second time using a Fujifilm camera (X-H1 was the first one I used for a sponsored shoot), but I never really got into the system. Fair enough this time, I was able to learn X-T30’s dials and controls quickly.

I was still nitpicking even after learning the basics. Adjusting the ISO was tricky on my part. For some reason, it eventually “locks out.” Maybe there’s just some setting that needs to be adjusted. The touch AF was so handy when I tried capturing moving objects (specifically birds and animals). Plus, the Eye and Face Tracking made the experience a lot better when I shot human element/s in a composition.

I explored more of the camera’s features such as the film simulation modes with Fujifilm’s very own color profiles. It depends on what scene you’re shooting. It’s useful for instant color grading. I also tried the mechanical and silent electronic shutters, the exposure bracketing, the slow shutter speed, and more.

With Fujifilm’s Bluetooth-capable Camera Remote app, you can share your photos on social media in no time. The app is also helpful if you want to control the camera wirelessly. All I can say is, there are more things to discover if you’ll spend time with the camera.

What dismayed me, though, is the lack of optical image stabilization or OIS. Sure, it takes sharper photographs with its fast shutter speed, but it’s not that versatile when shooting video. What’s the use of 4K and having Cinematic F-Log option? I get it, though. Stabilizers and tripods are there. It just would have been better if had a built-in stabilizer, especially for adventurers who love packing light.

Is it really a good companion for your adventures?

Vincenz: I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to answer “yes” since I really enjoyed shooting with it. Generally speaking, people think DSLR cameras are for professionals while mirrorless cameras are for noobs. Well, that’s a biased remark because the quality of the output still depends on how you compose your shots.

What I can brag about this camera is how Fujifilm managed to fit in an amazing camera sensor. Plus, it has all the nifty features in such a compact and lightweight body. It’s a great adventure companion. But, if you’re looking for a vlogging camera instead, this isn’t the one for you.

MJ: Absolutely! While I need more time to actually test the camera on my travels, it’s promising even for the first time. For casual photographers and travelers, it’s a good companion that can capture your adventures in the urban jungle or the great outdoors.

It’s easy to carry. With its compact size, it’s pocketable in cargo shorts and oversized trench coats. It also carries the distinct Fujifilm design which makes it a perfect accessory to match your clothing style. Lastly, despite being small and fashionable, it can do its job in taking postcard-worthy photos and cinematic videos. At least for me, it has what I need.

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

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Canon’s full-frame EOS R5 mirrorless camera can shoot 8K

It’s also the first EOS R with in-body stabilization

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With the announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines, it was also revealed that the EOS R5 is already in the works. Rumors have finally come to an end after Canon confirmed its existence.

EOS R is Canon’s full-fledged mirrorless lineup that was launched last 2018. The EOS R and EOS RP haven’t aged that much, but another successor is already being developed.

Both models received mixed bags of praises and criticisms. However, one known problem is the lack of stabilization. Older models rely only on stabilization found on the RF lenses. The R5 will finally have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and it’s the first EOS R camera to do so.

Another highlight feature is the ability to shoot 8K videos. It can be extracted as high-resolution images — most likely 33-megapixel stills just like in the Galaxy S20 series. 8K footages can also be downscaled to higher 4K quality for crisper details.

There’s also the high-speed continuous shooting which Canon has aced in their DSLR bodies over the years. It can approximately take continuous shots of up to 20fps through Electronic Shutter (ES) and 12fps when Mechanical Shutter (MS) is in use.

Shooting with 8K means you need a lot of storage space. Dual media card slots will be implemented, similar to the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark III. They’re also creating a system setting that will automatically import images through Canon’s cloud system.

Other than R5’s sudden announcement, Canon also plans to release nine new RF lenses this 2020 — including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x. These are just some improvements made by Canon to alleviate the concerns of EOS R’s concept when it comes to speed, comfort and image quality.

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Canon officially launches the EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines

Beyond exceptional full-frame DSLR

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After four years, Canon Philippines has finally launched the EOS-1D X Mark III. This full-frame DSLR camera is Canon’s latest flagship model, replacing the old EOS 1D-X Mark II from 2016.

Their latest DSLR is their best offering for both professional photographers and videographers alike. Aside from its superior image quality, power users can also enjoy recording high-quality 4K videos.

Canon is very clear with their intended market. This full-frame camera is meant for professionals who are into sports, action, wildlife, and news coverage.

The Ultimate EOS

Canon has developed a new 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for the 1D X III. There’s also the enhanced DIGIC X image processor which promises 380 times faster computational processing. It’s also three times faster than the previous DIGIC 6+ found inside 1D X II. The main processor is paired with the DIGIC 8 which helps in auto exposure, auto focusing, and color profiles.

With an upgraded processor, the ISO sensitivity maximizes up to 102,400 (expandable up to 819,200). This means better output even in low-light conditions. The increased number of AF (autofocus) points — from 61 to 191 — helps in shooting details with precision. Also, there are 65 cross-type AF points when you set the aperture at f/8, a helpful feature for extenders especially when you shoot for sports or wildlife photography.

Speed

With a new image sensor in mind, the latest full-frame DSLR offers 40 times faster performance compared to its predecessor. There’s also a new mirror system which helps achieve higher rate in burst shooting — from 16fps, if you’re using the viewfinder, or up to 20fps when you shoot using Live View.

For fast-moving subjects, Canon has Eye Tracking as well as Face and Head Tracking. If you turn on silent shooting, you can shoot up to 20fps burst speed, ideal for sensitive situations or those that require full silence and concentration. The dual CFexpress card slots allows the 1D X Mark III to have a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots — both RAW and JPEG.

Quality

Image and video quality are both exceptional with the 1D X Mark III. This is the first EOS DSLR that’s capable of storing 10-bit HEIF file, which is half the size of a JPEG file but four times better in quality with improved color data and lesser artifacts. The added HDR PQ support improves the shot’s dynamic range, reducing the need for RAW and additional color correction. You can also do HEIF conversion to JPEG with the almost the same quality as shot with HDR PQ.

If you’re a videographer who’s thinking of getting this beast, it can record 4K UHD videos without cropping. It’s also capable of shooting 4K with the DCI standard. This isn’t exclusive to cinematic films as broadcast-quality footages can also be shot through 5.5K 60p RAW.

There’s also the support of Canon Log 10-bit video output ideal for HDR footages and high-contrast scenes that require advanced editing. If you’re concerned with high-speed shooting, this DSLR can shoot 120p and 100p videos in Full HD resolution.

Reliability

This latest DSLR has a newer camera build. It’s now built with a sturdier magnesium alloy that’s both tough and light at the same time. It’s also weather-sealed with dust-and-moisture resistance features, ideal for harsh weather conditions.

The shutter mechanism is reliable enough that it will last you up to 500,000 cycles — a significant improvement over Mark II’s 400,000 actuations. On top of that, there’s a bump in battery life even when it uses the same battery as its predecessor — from 1200 shots up to 2800 shots — in the newer model.

File transfer speeds are improved, thanks to the new built-in WiFi plus Canon’s SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1 Gen 2. It’s also equipped with built-in GPS, Bluetooth for better connectivity, and geo-tagging. The optional wireless transmitter (WTF-E9) comes with dual antennas that are compatible with fast Dual Band speeds.

Pricing and availability

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is PhP 399,998. It will be available on authorized Canon Dealerships nationwide by the end of February 2020. For early buyers, you can save as much as PhP 7000 if you’ll buy their Special Promo Bundle worth PhP 26,698 which includes a 512GB CFExpress card and reader.

With Canon’s commitment to excellent service, they offer the CPS (Canon Professional Services) Membership with dedicated service support, discounted repair costs, unlimited cleaning, and free lens trial of up to three times.

If you also register through the Red App, it will give you an additional year of standard warranty, invites to exclusive events, and points to get gifts and vouchers.

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The Fujifilm X100V makes viewfinder-shooting fun again

Classic-looking, packed with modern features

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Fujifilm just announced the fifth-generation of X100 — the Japanese company’s premium compact digital camera. With its classic and sophisticated design, the X100V exudes a vintage vibe while packing modern features.

For starters, it has a tilting rear LCD monitor, enabling easier shooting in difficult scenarios. However, it also has an evolved version of its Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder. It lets you switch between optical and electronic viewfinders.

If that sounds martian to you, optical viewfinder lets you capture your subject as it is. On the other hand, electronic viewfinder reflects any adjustments you make to suit different shooting conditions.

Additionally, the X100V is equipped with the latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 for better image processing, combined with Fujifilm’s signature color reproduction technology. Now, everything will look premium!

Lastly, Fujifilm specifically designed a lens for the X100V, which uses two aspherical lens elements to deliver extreme sharpness in high resolution and contrast.

The Fujifilm X100V will retail for Php 79,990 (US$ 1575).

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