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Nikon Z 30 now official in Singapore

For vloggers and creatives

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Nikon Z 30

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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Samsung likely close to launching 450-megapixel camera

Say hello to the Hexa2pixel

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Galaxy S22+

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 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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Sony releases three more wide-angle lenses

Compact for creators

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Sony is making three more wide-angle E-mount lenses available in the Philippines.

Expanding its lens lineup to now 70, Sony is introducing the following lenses:

  • E PZ 10-20mm F4 G (model SELP1020G)
  • E 15mm F1.4 G (model SEL15F14G) 
  • E 11mm F1.8 (model SEL11F18)

All three lenses come with advanced performance features and outstanding image resolution, making them more versatile, reliable, and dependable tools for creators.

They will be available in selected stores from late June 2022.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect from each new lens.

E PZ 10-20mm F4 G

The compact E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is Sony’s smallest and lightest constant F4 ultra-wide-angle power zoom lens.

Optimized for movies, the lens provides speed and framing control for users to emphasize subjects by making them standout from the background, as well as highlighting distance or speed in filming movies.

Its autofocus tracks subjects smoothly even when shooting high-frame rate movies where focus is crucial.

There is also an electronic power zoom system that aids the user for scenes that might be difficult to execute with manual zoom.

The zoom can also be controlled remotely with optional accessory add-ons.

E 15mm F1.4 G

With an aperture of up to F1.4, the wide-angle prime lens for APS-C bodies is best for beauty and depth.

Even at the full F1.4 aperture, the lens’ innovative optical design that includes three aspherical elements will correct field curvature and aberration to deliver outstanding resolution especially in bokeh.

When it comes to filming, the lens has an internal focus mechanism that keeps the overall lens length constant while focusing.

This leads to excellent focus on the subject while also covering more in the background with its 15mm field of view. Unwanted angle-of-view shifts are also avoided.

For better operability, the versatile lens also has:

  • Linear Response MF
  • Aperture ring with click stop on/off switch
  • Focus hold button
  • Focus mode switch

E 11mm F1.8

Similar to what the E 15mm F1.4 G has to offer, the E 11mm F1.8 lets users take deep bokeh with smoothly defocused backgrounds using its large F1.8 maximum aperture lens.

With the help of spherical aberration control and a 7-blade circular aperture, dynamic ultra-wide photos are made possible.

Its compact size and light weight also make the lens convenient for long sessions of handheld or grip-mounted shooting.

And like the E 15mm F1.4 G, the ultra-wide lens is an excellent tool for shooting subjects against beautiful backgrounds. Changing the focus from the foreground to the background is also seamless.

What’s unique is the lens also allows the use of front filters for more flexibility in shooting situations.

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