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Sony A9 II launches, improves speed and durability

Still made for sports photographers

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Sports photographers looking to upgrade their gear have something to look forward to with the announcement of the Sony A9 II.

This second generation camera builds upon the legacy of its predecessor. It maintains high speed performance which include blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations.

The more significant updates are faster connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 FPS with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimized algorithms, and a re-designed build to enhance durability.

The dust and moisture resistant design has been upgraded to meet the needs of professionals in the most challenging outdoor conditions.Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartment cover and media slot. There’s also Improved grip configuration for better comfort and a sure hold. It’s compatible with the Sony VG-C4EM vertical grip.

Other features include an upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor’s fast readout speed. Processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image processing and, face detection and accuracy.

The Sony Alpha 9 II will be available in selected countries in Asia Pacific starting October 2019. Pricing will be announced at a later time.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Baguio with the Sony A9

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Fujifilm X-H2 mirrorless digital camera now official

Two lenses also announced

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Fujifilm X-H2

Fujifilm has announced its newest products during the X-Summit NYC event, to be available locally by the end of September 2022:

  • FUJIFILM X-H2 mirrorless digital camera
  • FUJINON Lens XF5gmmF1.2 R WR
  • FUJINON Lens GF20-35mmF4 R WR

FUJIFILM X-H2 camera

The latest addition to the X Series lineup of compact and lightweight cameras features a back-illuminated 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor and high-speed X-Processor 5.

It is capable of high-resolution stills with an even faster shutter speed of up to 1/180000 and ISO125 standard sensitivity.

The X-H2 is the first APS-C sensor camera to boast to a high-definition 8K (30p) video in 4:2:2 10-bit, with support for three Apple ProRes codecs.

It is also the first in the X Series to feature the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot function that quadruples image resolution and produces accurate color reproduction.

Among other advanced features are:

  • Smooth Skin Effect
  • Deep Learning technology for boosted Auto White Balance
  • 19 Film Simulation modes
  • Support for HEIF format
  • Optimized algorithm for substantially improved AF accuracy during recording 

Price

  • X-H2 body — PhP 123,990
  • X-H2 16-80mm Kit — PhP 153,990

FUJINON XF5gmmF1.2 R WR lens

The fast mid-telephoto prime lens joins the brand’s lineup of XF lenses. With a focal length of 56mm (85mm in the 35mm film format), the XF56mmF1.2 R WR has a maximum aperture of F1.2 just like its predecessor but with significant improvements in image-resolving performance, as well as close-up capability including beautiful bokeh.

Thanks to its 13 elements in eight groups, the lens is able to minimize chromatic, spherical, and comatic aberrations – including the onion ring effect – to provide better stills than the previous model. When it comes to close ups, the minimum focusing distance has also been improved to 20cm from 50cm.

The lens is the first Fujifilm lens to use 11 diaphragm blades to achieve a near-perfect circle in the aperture, which again is an improvement from the previous iteration.

Aside from these technical aspects, the XF5gmmF1.2 R WR is also built for mobility, as it weighs us 445g and measures 76mm. The lens barrel is dust- and weather-resistant too, and can operate at temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

Price — PhP 61,990

FUJINON GF20-35mmF4 R WR lens

Lastly, the GF20-35mmF4 R WR joins the GF group designed for the GFX Series mirrorless cameras as the widest in the series, offering a new dynamic for landscape photographers. 

Featuring a 20mm zoom lens (16mm in the 35mm format) with a F4.0 maximum aperture, the lens is tailor-made for covering expansive wide-angle views outdoors, whether in the wild or in the city.

It suppresses distortion and aberration with help of its 14 elements in 10 groups. The dust- and weather- resistant lens likewise utilizes Fujifilm’s unique NANO GI coating to minimize the effects of light reflection.

For its focal length, the GF20-35mmF4 R WR is still kept lightweight as much as possible, measuring 112.5mm with a weight of 725g.

Price — PhP 153,990

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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 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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