Photokina wrapped up over a week ago, but the camera launches keep coming. Sony, in particular, was rather quiet during the show, and now we know why. The company saved its major announcements for today, featuring the Cyber-shot RX100 V compact camera and A6500 mirrorless interchangeable-lens shooter.
Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V
Let’s begin with the smaller one of the two. The RX100 V is minor upgrade over the RX100 IV that came out last year, and we mean minor. Aside from looking just like its predecessor, the newest Cyber-shot shares the same 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel image sensor capable of 4K video recording as last year’s model. Other similarities are the 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens, 3-inch tilting LCD at the back (still no touchscreen, though), and 2.36M-dot OLED pop-up viewfinder.
The real star here is the 315 autofocus points that cover 65 percent of the composition frame. All are phase detection points, which leads to DSLR-like focusing speeds and much better subject tracking, even while recording videos. Equally impressive is the 24 frames per second continuous shooting at full image resolution.
According to Sony, it’ll cost about $1000 and will be available this month. If you’re an RX100 IV user looking to upgrade, we suggest holding back on this one, unless you feel your one-year-old camera is too slow. For everyone else, this is, once again, the best compact camera in the market — as long as you can afford it.
After releasing the A6300 earlier this year, Sony decided to unveil its successor just a few months later. Like the RX100 V, it’s difficult to justify the quick launch of the A6500 based on its looks, but all the upgrades are deep inside.
The A6500 carries over the same APS-C-sized 24.2-megapixel image sensor and 425 phase detection autofocus points of its not-so-old predecessor, as well as 4K video recording and burst shooting of 11 frames per second. What’s truly special is the in-body 5-axis image stabilization and touchscreen LCD on the rear.
Having image stabilization built in means that your shots will be steady even without optical stabilization from the attached lens. If your lens does in fact have a stabilizing motor equipped, your photos will look sharper all the more. With the promise of fantastic low-light performance, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more capable mirrorless camera at this size.
Adding touchscreen functionality to the 3-inch display is another welcome feature. It can’t be used to navigate through menus and settings, but it’s perfect for selecting points of focus during photo and video shooting. You’ll also be glad to know that the A6500 is weather-sealed, making it a lot sturdier than the A6300.
You can purchase the A6500 beginning November for a price of $1400. Definitely not cheap, but if you’re out for the best APS-C mirrorless camera Sony has to offer, this is it. However, if you’re looking for a bargain, the A6300 will definitely go down in price, making it an eventual steal for its still-competitive performance. (Read more: Sony A6300 Hands-On)
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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera
Cheaper version of the X-T3
The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.
Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.
Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.
It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.
When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.
The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.
Canon EOS RP is company’s cheaper and smaller full-frame mirrorless camera
The second model in the series
After the first EOS R last year, Canon has a new full-frame mirrorless camera — the EOS RP. It’s positioned below the EOS R, yet it happens to be Canon’s smallest full-frame camera. It’s also cheaper, which means it’s aimed for the mass market.
For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, only a slight step down from the 30.3-megapixel sensor of the EOS R. It still features the same ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Of course, the camera uses the new RF-mount system.
To make the EOS RP cheaper and smaller, Canon had to cut down some features like the continuous shooting speed to 5fps (from 8fps of the EOS R) and 4,779 autofocus points (EOS R has 5,655).
Both the 0.39-inch OLED EVF and 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD have fewer pixels at 2.36 and 1.04 million dots, respectively.
The EOS RP can only shoot 4K at 25fps with 120Mb/s bitrate and 8-bit color depth. It also doesn’t support Canon Log for professional color grading. It only has one SD card slot as well, so you’ll need high capacity memory cards when shooting non-stop.
Size-wise, this is where the EOS RP shines. It measures 132.5 x 85 x 70mm and weighs 485g with a battery and card already. This makes the EOS RP significantly smaller than the EOS R and even entry-level Canon DSLR cameras.
Other features of the EOS RP include focus peaking, 8.3-megapixel still photo capture when recording in 4K, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, stereo microphones, water and dust resistance, 250-shot battery life, and USB-C charging.
Despite some of the shortcomings of the EOS RP, its price is a pretty sweet deal. It’ll be available by the end of the month starting at US$ 1,299 for the body-only package, but it’ll come with an EG-E1 extension grip and an EF-mount adapter in the box. It’ll also come bundled with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for US$ 1,699 or with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for US$ 2,199.
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Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!
Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.
I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.
The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.
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