Recently, smartphone photography has started to catch up with the professional photography market. Take, for example, the Huawei P20. As reviews can tell you, Huawei’s latest flagship features a magnificent zoom while maintaining impressive photo quality.
Not to be outdone, the standalone camera market continues to up the ante. Particularly, Nikon is launching a new camera that blows its competition out of the zooming market.
Launching September, the Coolpix P1000 touts a titanic 125x optical zoom lens. That adds up to a 24-3000m focal length equivalent in distance.
On the shorter end of the scale, the lens is wide enough to take stunning landscape shots. Supposedly, the camera also carries a 1cm macro focus, allowing for extreme closeups for minute subjects.
Meanwhile, its beefier side sports a Moon Mode, indicating its capabilities to shoot closeups of the moon. In fact, Nikon already released a sample shot of the moon taken with the Coolpix P1000. On a more practical note, the lens offers unique opportunities for long-distance photography.
Additionally, the camera’s optical zoom can still digitally zoom by up to 250x more with Nikon’s Dynamic Zoom System.
To compensate for this, the Coolpix P1000 decidedly slows down its maximum aperture to just an f/8. Thankfully, the camera also has an advanced form of stabilization which reduces camera shake with accelerometers and other sensors.
Under the hood, the Coolpix P1000 rocks a 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor with 16 megapixels. It can conveniently shoot in RAW mode and in 4K UHD.
With its ginormous lens, the Coolpix P1000 weighs in at a tough 1.4kg. It sizes up greater than its predecessor, the Coolpix P900.
Nikon will out the new Coolpix P1000 this September for US$ 999.
Sony introduces a chic, classic color for Digital Camera ZV-1
Meet the ZV-1 in White!
Move over, black! Sony Electronics introduces a new color for its popular Digital Camera ZV-1 that works well in any season.
This new model now comes in chic, classic White with a matching windscreen — a highly demanded color for casual video shooters. You can pull off any outfit without worry. No more black cameras ruining your style!
In case you didn’t know, the ZV-1 is a lightweight, compact camera for your photo and video needs. It’s packed with user-friendly settings that are perfect for every beginner. Moreover, it hosts smart features suited for casual videos, live streaming, and Instagrammable photos.
Price and availability
The ZV-1 in White retails for SG$ 999. It will be available at Sony’s official stores and authorized dealers from early November 2020.
Fujifilm Introduces X-S10 mirrorless digital camera
Compact, lightweight, and high-end
The newest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series family of compact and lightweight digital cameras is the Fujifilm X-S10.
Being relatively small and light, Fujifilm hopes this camera will appeal to everyone. It has professional features for both photo and video, while also having the AUTO/SP (Scene Position) Mode. It automatically adjusts the camera settings without the need for tinkering from the user’s end.
Smaller IBIS for compact body
The camera’s in-body stabilization (IBIS) is around 30% smaller than the previous model. Despite this, it’s able to deliver up to 6.0-stop so five-axis image stabilization. The less shaky the footage, the better.
It’s the first midrange X Series camera with a motion sensor retention mechanism. It’s a mechanical shock absorber that guards against slight vibrations.
For more hand-held stability, the X-S10 has a large, ergonomic magnesium-alloy grip. This should make it easier to hold the camera even when a larger lens is mounted.
Film Simulations, updated AUTO functions
One of the X Series’ appeals is its ability to cater to both experience and beginner users. As mentioned earlier, the X-S10 will have the AUTO/SP Mode. This will have the camera automatically adjust the settings to suit the scene.
Whether you’re shooting landscapes or portraits, you’ll come away with a photo with your desired clarity, vividness, and tones no matter your skill level.
It also has Film Simulation modes. Fujifilm says this is to celebrate the history of photographic film. It mimics the look of most iconic analog films. There are 18 exclusive modes.
Capture with focus and speed
For quick and accurate autofocus, Fujifilm combines the X-S10’s high-speed AF woith the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor’s 2.16 million phase detection pixels. What you get is an AF as fast as 0.02 seconds.
It has high-precision Tracking AF for moving subjects along with Face/ Eye tracking.
For capturing high-movement activities, the X-S10 has blackout-free high-speed burst shooting of 8fps.
Flexible LCD monitor
Shooting from different angles is easier too with the vari-angle LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can rotate up to 180 degrees so it’s also ideal for getting yourself in the frame.
The viewfinder’s Live View function has three boost modes: Low Light Priority, Resolution Priority, and Frame Rate Priority.
The X-S10 generates 4K video from the amount of data equivalent to 6K for a high resolution, low noise footage. It supports recording 4K/30p 4:2:0 u-bit video onto an SD inserted in the camera, and outputting 4K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video via the HDMI port.
It can also record FullHD at 240p. That’s up to 10x slow-mo footage of a split-second motion of a fast-moving subject.
The X-S10 also has Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) mode to assist its IBIS. It’ll compensate for any camera shake when walking with it.
The dedicated recording button is on its top plate, letting users record while taking still images. Exposure and focus settings are automatically recorded in AUTO mode.
Pricing and availability
|Fujifilm X-S10 body only||Black||Mid-november 2020||PhP 55,990|
|Fujifilm X-S10 with Fujinon XF 19-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS||Black||Mid-november 2020||PhP 78,990|
Imaging Edge Webcam lets you use Sony cameras for video calls, live streams
Adapting to the new normal
If you’ve been working from home, chances are you’ve attended more than your fair share of video calls. If you have a Sony camera, you can elevate the quality of your video with the new Imaging Edge Webcam app.
Considering we’re months into being quarantined already, Sony sure took their time in launching this product. That said, it should still be a welcome addition for anyone who might possibly need it.
It currently only supports Windows 10 64bit so you might have to wait a while if you’re using a Mac.
When the feature first launched in August 20, 2020, it only supported Windows 10 64bit. Now, it also supports macOS 10.13-10.15. You may download the desktop app here.
The Sony cameras supported are: Alpha 9 II, Alpha 9, Alpha 7R IV, Alpha 7R III, Alpha 7R II, Alpha 7S II, Alpha 7S, Alpha 7 III,
Alpha 7 II, Alpha 6600, Alpha 6400, Alpha 6100, RX100 VII, RX100 VI, RX0 II, RX0, ZV-1.
There are more cameras supported and we’ll update this article once we have the full list.
Quick note for anyone who will use it: The aspect ratio is automatically set to 16:9. It will remain set to 16:9 after using Imaging Edge Webcam, so set it to the previous value if necessary.
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