For both casual and professional photographers, picking the right camera is tenuous, especially with the industry as it is today. Currently, the industry offers professional, mirrorless, and point-and-shoot cameras that overlap with one another.
Because of emerging technology, these devices have started shooting the same types of photos in terms of quality. Regardless, the industry insists on delineating professional shooters from casual ones. Indeed, legacy brands like Canon and Nikon remain as stalwart defenders for this delineation.
However, Nikon will soon change that fact.
Recently, the professional camera maker has decided to crash the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera market by storm. In an announcement, Nikon has launched the mirrorless Z6 and Z7 worldwide.
Since Nikon is a legacy brand, the new Z series wows because of its mirrorless nature. Prior to its launch, Nikon has notoriously been quiet in this segment, especially after discontinuing its Nikon 1 series, which ended last July.
Because of this, the Z series makes for a particularly bombastic entrance for the company. For one, the series is finally in full-frame territory.
The series-leading Nikon Z7 barges in with a whopping 45.7-megapixel sensor, 493 focus points, and a shapely 64 to 25600 ISO range. When it comes out, it will sell for US$ 3,399.
Meanwhile, the capable Nikon Z6 shoots with a cool 24.5-megapixel sensor, 273 focus points, and a 100 to 51200 ISO range. It will retail for US$ 2,599.
For lenses, both cameras will come with the new Z mount system. Prior to the series’ launch, Nikon has made thousands of F-mount lenses. The Z mount, therefore, is an all-new system that buyers have to get used to. Thankfully, Nikon will concurrently launch an FTZ adapter which allows F-mount lenses to connect with the Z series.
Among other things, the series will also come with a new electronic viewfinder which allows for flexible shooting. The screen will display images at a capable 1280 x 960 resolution.
Both the Nikon Z7 and Z6 will come out worldwide on September 27.
Sony’s new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging
Shipping in June
How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.
Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.
Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.
In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.
A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.
Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.
Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.
Use your Canon camera as a laptop webcam
Up the quality on your video call meetings
Video conferencing is the new normal as most of us continue to work from home. Canon hopes to make the experience better with the EOS Webcam Utility Beta.
You may have noticed though that the video quality from your laptop’s webcam is not up to par with your smartphone’s front camera. Most manufacturers tend to put sub-par cameras on laptops. The reason: your laptop’s webcams were not that highly used before the whole COVID-19 situation.
To address this, Canon recently released a tool that will level up your video quality over online conferencing apps. The idea is to transform your Canon camera into a portable webcam. Simply plug-in an EOS or a PowerShot camera to your laptop, configure the software, and you now have a powerful webcam at your disposal.
The utility is called “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”. It’s a software that automatically configures your Canon camera into a portable web camera over a USB connection.
The caveat though is that only select EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot cameras are compatible. The software is still in beta, but if you’re really determined to level up your video calling game, you can view the full list of compatible cameras here.
Grainy and lifeless videos will be a thing of the past for Canon users with this new tool. If you own a Canon EOS or DSLR camera, make sure to give this utility a try to improve your video chats with friends, family, or your fellow co-workers.
These refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras bring back our childhood!
Ah, take me back~
My latest obsession with Polaroid’s latest release — Polaroid NOW — has led me to discover refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras. For 90’s kids, these instant cameras relive our colorful, childhood memories dabbling in popping colors celebrated throughout the 80s until the early 2000s.
Back then, we have Japanese brand Tomy collaborating with Polaroid as a merch for popular manga and anime Kodomo no Omocha, also known as Kodocha.
Ah, this Spice Cam makes us remember the times we dance and sing to Spice Girls — like it’s our anthem before Britney Spears finally took over.
In true Maroon 5 fashion, memories really do bring back you. Seeing these instant cameras made me remember who I was before the world told me who I should be. It felt like an ode to my inner child, calling for retrospection. Remember how fun and young we used to be?
Professionally refurbished by Retrospekt
These vintage Polaroid 600 cameras are refurbished by Retrospekt, a company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded by Adam and KoriFuerst in 2008, Retrospekt started as a project to recreate their beloved instant film products.
Retrospekt uses Polaroid’s original components, and properly clean, test, rebuild and test the products again before sending out. Just like any refurbished vintage product, these instant cameras may show some light wear. Still, Retrospekt guarantees functionality.
And when it arrives at your doorsteps, all you need is just a pack of Polaroid 600 film, and you’ll be back to shooting instant films again.
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