• October 15, 2016

Sony RX100 V, the fastest compact in the world

It is clear that the wheel cannot stop spinning. We haven’t even finished digesting the new products presented at Photokina and manufacturers are back already with a new set of releases. Soon there won’t be any gaps in the calendar to avoid overlapping each other’s releases. Not content with just announcing the new and impressive Sony A6500, the Japanese giant renews its range of Cyber-Shot compacts with the new Sony RX100 V.

Sony RX100 V: speed above all

One of the biggest differences when using a compact camera compared to higher performance equipment, was the sluggishness of its AF system and shutter… until now. Sony announces its new Sony RX100 V as the fastest compact in the world. It is true that in recent years there have been many good steps in improving this critical part of compact cameras but the figures we handle according to official information released by Sony are certainly outstanding.

Sony RX100 V

New hybrid AF system

For the first time a camera from the RX series carries a fast hybrid AF system. It combines phase detection and contrast systems and achieves, thanks to its 315 AF points in its sensor (the highest AF points count in a sensor in a compact in the world), the greatest speed of AF achieved to date in a compact: 0.05 seconds (under equipment test conditions). The 315 AF points cover 65% of the frame which allows excellent tracking of moving objects, making this camera stand out in areas so far banned for compacts, such as sports or wildlife photography.

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  • October 15, 2016

The Sony A6500 is out, with features never seen on a compact camera

Never before have we seen a compact camera capable of technology and features of such a high level as the Sony A6500 which was officially launched today unannounced. 4K video, 5-axis stabilization, new image processor and a incredibly fast focus system. All of this in a surprising and extremely small camera.

Sony A6500

Earlier this year Sony introduced the A6300, a camera that arrived as part of the A6000 family, improving on the latter, though not simply as a successor, but as a different higher level camera. In the same vein comes the Sony A6500. A better camera than the Sony A6300 capable of getting better results, with very similar design. In fact, it seems that the objective of the Japanese company was to integrate better technologies into a camera with the same size and concept.

Sony A6500

Sony A6500 comes with a handful of features that make it impossible for us to remain indifferent. Its design is similar, it’s a camera with electronic viewfinder and E-mount, but the new features included are striking.

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  • October 12, 2016

The Sony A5100 has been discontinued, is the Sony A5200 coming?

It was bound to happen. The Sony A5200, or the Sony A5300, depending on what the name will be, was going to arrive this year, 2016. There were rumors, but Sony hadn’t threatened to launch a camera of this sort. Now, however, the Sony A5100 has been discontinued, which clearly indicates that a successor will arrive very soon.

Sony A5100, discontinued

The Sony A5100 is a great option for users who are looking for a good camera, small, capable shooting in RAW, and with a folding screen. All of this with the option of utilizing any lens with an E mount from Sony and other brands. Without a doubt, the Sony A5100 is a unique camera. That is why its reveal is highly anticipated, now more than ever, since we waited for it a few months ago, and it still hasn’t arrived. The problems at the factories where Sony makes their sensors have delayed the launches of several of the company’s cameras. They have only presented a Sony A99 II in Photokina 2016. And it wasn’t the camera we expected, so there should be more launches before this year (2016) ends. Of of them would be this Sony A5200.

Sony A5200, the new compact camera with interchangeable lenses.

A mirror-less camera doesn’t have to be compact. That is the case of the Sony A7 for example. However, if there is a camera that can truly claim to be compact, it’s the 5000 series from Sony. Specifically, the one that’s about to arrive would be the Sony A5300, or the Sony A5200, depending on the final name of the camera. This last name would be the logic one according to the numbering, but A5300 would also make a lot of sense if we consider that the camera will be very similar to the Sony A6300, which also skipped several numberings. Either way, if we have to bet on a name, I would say it will be called Sony A5200. The arrival of the A6300 didn’t cause the discontinuation of the A6000, but this will occur with the last version.

A5200

Anyhow, it seems that this new camera from Sony will stand out for having some features similar to the Sony A6300, like the same sensor and same processor. Thus, we will see an APS-C 24-megapixel sensor. The camera will probably also stand out for introducing 4K recording, a key feature for competing with some models Panasonic launched this year. All of that without forgetting something that’s unique to this camera, its 180 degree foldable screen which will allow us to record or photograph ourselves. All of this without forgetting about an improvement on the focus, which, while it won’t be as good as the focus on the A6300, the fastest and most precise of its class, it will be an improvement over the A5100.

Its launch though, is still unknown. We are expecting a lot more cameras from Sony this year, from the renovation of the A7 series, as well as the arrival of the new A9s, and this A5200. We’ll see when they decide to present one, or all of these developments.

  • September 24, 2016

Best Lenses for Nikon D3400

The Nikon D3400 aims to be one the stars of the market as it is the Japanese company’s low cost DSLR option. Even though the D3300 is still for sale and is a good option, there is no doubt that the D3400 will soon be discounted and be the new ideal camera for newbies in the world of photography. If you either have a Nikon D3400 or a Nikon D3300 and are planning to buy a lens, here is a list with the best lenses for these two cameras.

The best lens for the Nikon D3400

Nikon 35 mm f/1.8

There is a lens that is better than all the rest in terms of the quality/price ratio, and also in terms of picture quality. This lens is the Nikon 35 mm f/1.8. It’s a very well known lens among all Nikon camera users. Its price is considerably affordable since you can get it for less than 200 euros, but it’s still the best option is you’re looking for high quality pictures. Its maximum aperture f/1.8 delivers pictures with a great bokeh effect. Actually, thanks to the fact that this is the maximum aperture, we can work with a little more resolution than ultra high resolution, but at the same time maintaining a great aperture, perfect for night photography just to name one use. Even though it also offers versatility that allows us to use the lens to produce a portrait in which we will try to defocus the background, while getting closer to the subject. It’s even great for recording videos. Without a doubt it’s the best thing you can buy for your Nikon D3400 or Nikon D3300. Being a fixed lens, you are forced to move closer or farther from the subject since you won’t have zoom, but that is made up for by the great quality that a fixed lens like this one offers.

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  • September 21, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus Camera Review, the best camera Apple has ever made

The fact that every time a company presents a new phone its major innovation is in the camera is nothing new, and it says a lot, and I mean a lot, about the weight photography has in our lives. The last chapter of this beautiful love story between phones and photography has been written one of every year’s protagonist, the new model of Apple’s phone, the iPhone 7.

This time the cameras included in the 4.7 " models (iPhone 7) and 5,5″ models (iPhone 7 Plus) show significant differences. We discuss in this article some of the main technical features on both.

iPhone 7 – Contained improvement

Apple is still wisely avoiding the megapixels war. We’ve talked in several occasions of the amount of factors that influence the quality of a photograph regardless of the sensor’s resolution and it’s clear that Apple knows what it’s doing.

iPhone 7

The wide-angle 28mm-equivalent lens comprises a set of six lenses.

The camera’s improvement is not based on an increase in the photosites housed in the sensor. Apple understands it is on the limit in which actual technology allows quality imaging from a sensor with a diagonal of 1/3", really small when compared with one of our FULL FRAME.

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The iPhone 7’s camera (4.7” screen model) carries a 1/3" sensor with 12MP resolution. Nothing new here.

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  • September 21, 2016

Canon EOS M5: Like a SLR, without being SLR

You don’t need much imagination to assume today’s not a great day in the offices of Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm or Olympus. “What we feared finally happened”, they must say while drinking the third cup of coffee of the morning. And it’s only 9:00.

That dramatization may be a little excessive, among other things because most of them are probably already thinking about Photokina and their own innovations, with no time to be gossiping about others. But exaggerations aside, the truth is that the new Canon EOS M5 is the thing that many expected while others feared for a long time. No more nonsense: Canon is serious about mirrorless cameras.

"Like an EOS 80D, but 55% its size", commented Canon spokesman a few days ago when it was first shown to the press. Very unlike the EOS M and M2 that no one took very seriously and the EOS M3, that barely began to distinguish itself. Sure enough, the 1,000 dollars that this new model costs leave little room for laughter.

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  • September 12, 2016

Sony A9 and Sony A9 R, these are their possible technical specs

There is a mystery behind the cameras that Sony could present at the Photokina 2016. The japanese company is very quiet, and that’s because a storm is coming, and it may just be the perfect storm. Its name, Sony A9. And it would not come alone, it would arrive accompanied by the Sony A9 R. That alone says it all, but these are the technical features rumored about the two new cameras of the company.

Sony A9, perfect balance in high-end

The Sony A9 will be a new camera in the Sony family, a camera that comes to hold a superior position to the Sony A7, while retaining the balance between a fast camera and a good resolution. It seems that its sensor will be a completely improved Full Frame compared to the previous Sony A7, and among its features are the following:

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  • September 4, 2016

The new Fujifilm X-A3 sees light with 24 megapixels and selfies as its main claim

Today Fujifilm renovated the low-end spectrum of it’s X systems with the arrival of the X-A3, aimed at young people using reasonings like image filters and taking selfies.

For the latter task, the successor of the X-A2 features a 3-inch 180-degree tiltable LCD monitor, plus a handle optimized for grasping and shooting while taking a selfie. Fujifilm has also equipped its new mirrorless camera with Self Timer technology, that is, while taking Selfies it automatically shoots when subjects smile or two people come close together.

Fujifilm X-A3

Beyond the Selfies, the X-A3 incorporates a CMOS 24 megapixels sensor that doesn’t use the X-Trans technology and has a focusing mechanism with up to 49 points lacking phase detection technology. The range of sensitivities available goes from 200 up to 6400 ISO, with extended uncalibrated values of 100 and 25600 ISO.

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  • August 23, 2016

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, the evolution of the saga

Update august 19, 2016

Given that the sensor of the new Canon 5D Mark IV will use the Dual Pixel technology (each pixel is double, one of normal size and one smaller), it seems that the camera will have the option of photograph in a new format denominated DPRAW. After, the developing application of the Raws Digital Photo Professional will be able of carry out some special functions with the information provided by the two pixels.

Of the 61 focus points, 41 will be cross type (like the MkIII model) but probably all or almost all will be working with lens of a maximum brightness of f/8. On top of that it has been said that finally the 5D-IV will incorporate the EOS iTR Af system of the EOS 1DX.

August 17, 2016

If the rumors that run in the Internet are true, the Canon 5D Mark IV camera it’s already around the corner. Its official presentation is due to the end of the month.

It has been four years and a half since the 5D Mark III was presented in society (March 2012) and since then it has become one of the most used cameras by photographers and professionals of several disciplines, among them, the nature or/and travel photographers. If we look today to the ranking of cameras used in contests such as the World Press Photo or the Wildlife Photographer of the Year we will find that the 5D Mark III is one of the most used. Its secret? Well none in specific: a very well balanced camera in performance, size and price. In my opinion is a tool that is pleasant to work with, that never had given me any technical problems in four years of use and that has endured wonderfully all the heavy use around the world. Is a camera of those that you end up loving, I think that even if it disappears from the market, the 5D MkIII will remain for years as a wonderfully choice for the photographers.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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  • August 21, 2016

The new Nikon D3400 comes with wireless SnapBridge

Nikon did not want to wait for Photokina, which takes place within a month in Colonia, and just introduced their new D3400 model as input to the SLR range. An SLR without many innovations aside from wireless connection and that at least in US does not displace the D3300 from the list but instead it offers a new option with a lower price range.

Thus, the recently announced D3400 maintains the APS-C sensor of 24 megapixels and many specifications of the previous generation, but now adds SnapBridge wireless connection via Bluetooth.

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