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Leica aims for perfection with M10 rangefinder

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If there’s one brand that strongly resonates with the entire camera community, it’s Leica. While the iconic manufacturer isn’t as innovative as it once was during the film era, photographers around the world acknowledge the craftsmanship of every new iteration. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the just-launched M10.

As the company’s latest digital rangefinder in the long-running M series, the M10 clearly has the latest technology Leica could dig up. Gone are the bulky growing pains from the German company’s transition to digital designs; the M10 is just as slim as the M4 of 1967.

It’s Leica’s thinnest post-film rangefinder, as well. And that matters a lot, with models like the full-frame Sony RX1 making most new-age compacts look like disposable film cameras in comparison. Leica counters its closest competition by simply calling the M10, “The Camera.”

Bold words, but the refinement of the M10 after years and years of makeovers in the M series proves just how close to a perfect digital Leica it truly is. Within its traditional physique is an all-new 24-megapixel image sensor capable of pushing an ISO sensitivity as high as 50,000.

To make full use of the wider ISO range, Leica added a dial on the top plate, allowing you to adjust the setting even while the camera is turned off. Combined with the dials for aperture and shutter speed, all three exposure settings are as easy to access as the power button.

The M10 has really been scaled down to focus more on pure photography, rather than Instagram-like filters and a multitude of shooting modes. You’ll notice it lacks video recording, touchscreen functionality for its display, and connectivity ports. The back has only four control buttons: live view, play, menu, and the directional pad.

Although those seem like a step back, features such as built-in Wi-Fi for smartphone connectivity, a faster processor that allows up to five full-resolution photos taken per second, and an improved viewfinder make the experience all the more satisfying.

Of course, like any Leica available in the market, the M10’s price tag is not for the feint-hearted. If you’re actually interested, it’s already available for $6,595 or the equivalent of several other full-frame cameras combined. Color options are very expensive silver or really pricey black.

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Samsung likely close to launching 450-megapixel camera

Say hello to the Hexa2pixel

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Samsung is pioneering a new generation of smartphone photography. Amid the brand’s iconic smartphones, it is also developing new cameras that push the boundaries of what’s possible. For example, a 200-megapixel camera recently launched, opening the door for crisper photos. Now, Samsung is looking towards the future once again. According to a new leak, the next stop is a 450-megapixel shooter.

Such a large sensor shouldn’t be a surprise. In the past, Samsung already promised larger and larger sensors. The company clearly delivered with the new 200-megapixel sensor. Now, a new trademark has teased what’s next for the company’s cameras.

Recently, Samsung trademarked the name “Hexa2pixel.” On its own, the name doesn’t confirm much. However, popular Samsung leaker Ice Universe hinted at what the name means. The leaker’s tweet simply reads, “If X÷6²=12MP, then X=?”

The “62” offers a lot of insight as to what Hexa2pixel means. The new sensor will presumably use a binning method to compress the pixels into a crisper photo. As is standard with Samsung now, output photos are usually 12 megapixels in size. Though 200-megapixel sensors are impressive, it’s not practical to deliver photos of the same size. Users would have full phones almost immediately.

That said, if you solve the algebraic equation, you’ll get 432, the amount of megapixel needed to deliver 12-megapixel photos using the binning method. Samsung will likely round this up further to 450 megapixels, too.

Of course, a trademark is hardly indicative of what’s coming for sure. The company is still reveling in the glory of its 200-megapixel shooter. It will likely take some time before a 450-megapixel shooter makes it to the public.

SEE ALSO: Leaked Samsung teaser reveals two foldables

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Nikon Z 30 now official in Singapore

For vloggers and creatives

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Nikon is making a new APS-C type mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 30, available in Singapore.

With its high-performance video capabilities, the compact and portable camera is ideal for filming, especially for vloggers or those who want to start a career as a creative.

The camera shoots 4K UHD video with approximately 100 percent angle of view, and Full HD/120p for slow-motion filming.

In a nutshell, here are the camera’s features which make digital content creation a breeze:

  • Easy user interface
  • Dedicated focus modes: Eye-Detection Autofocus and Full-Time Autofocus
  • Up to 125 minutes of shooting time
  • 20 filter effects from Creative Picture Controls
  • Built-in microphone
  • Twist and touch 7.5-cm vari-angle monitor

Aside from the focus modes, users will get more out of its auto mode with Single Autofocus, Continuous Autofocus, and Manual Focus, as well as an Animal-Detection AF.

When it comes to shooting or filming for lowlight situations, the Nikon Z 30 boasts an ISO of up to 51200 for stills and 25600 for videos.

For more information on the new product, click here

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 30, 2022. It has been updated to reflect pricing and availability

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Nikon might exit the SLR business

Focusing instead on mirrorless

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For years, Nikon has been the paramount name in SLR photography. However, bulky SLR cameras have started falling in popularity. Now, most users have found solace in more advanced mirrorless cameras and strong smartphone cameras. Unfortunately, a decline in popularity means ill for the future of SLR cameras. According to a new report, Nikon itself might quit the SLR business.

According to source from Nikkei Asia, Nikon is reportedly considering a withdrawal from producing its famed SLR cameras soon. Instead, the camera company will shift its focus to the more popular mirrorless camera.

As with most things in technology, 2020 was a turning point for the age of SLRs. During the pandemic, Nikon released its last SLR, the D6. Also in the same year, sales for mirrorless cameras overtook SLRs for the first time in history. With everyone isolating and losing purchasing power, not everyone wanted to buy new cameras.

The report also states that the company will continue to produce its ongoing series of SLRs. Development will just refocus towards mirrorless cameras, instead.

If anything, Nikon has also shared their statement regarding the rumor. At this point, according to the company, nothing has been announced, and the company will continue to produce SLRs for the foreseeable future. Regardless, it’s still a possibility, though.

SEE ALSO: Nikon Z 30 to be available in Singapore

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