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Leica Sofort is a wallet-friendly instant camera

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Leica has been around for ages, and is well known for releasing absurdly expensive cameras. Except now: The German company decided to make something a little more affordable, and it’s called the Sofort, which translates to “immediate” in English. How’s this possible? It’s an instant film camera, and looks just like the older (and even cheaper) Fujifilm Instax mini 90.

On top of resembling the stylishly retro Instax camera, the Leica Sofort uses Fujifilm’s instant film to produce photos on the spot. Shooting is mostly automatic, but there are some manual settings Leica seems to be proud of, like adjusting the exposure and activating the flash.

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In addition to the expected selfie mode, you also get access to macro mode for close-up shots, bulb for controlled shutter speeds, self-timer for tripod setups, and other modes labeled “Party and People,” “Sport and Action,” and “Double Exposure.” That last one sounds like the most fun, since you can combine two photos in one frame.

There are three colors to choose from: mint, orange, and white. Leica is also offering a suite of accessories to pair up with the camera, including colorful cases and straps. For the specs nuts, the Sofort has a 60mm lens (equivalent to 34mm in 35mm format) with an aperture of f/12.7, as well as shutter speeds ranging from 1/8 to 1/400 seconds.

The Sofort will cost $299 and come out in November. While it’s cheap for Leica standards, it’s still quite a jump from Fujifilm’s Instax series. Is there any advantage to buying this instant shooter? Well, it has that nice red logo, and you can brag to your friends about finally owning a Leica.

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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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