Canon announced the renewal of one of its most advanced compact cameras, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II, which maintains the 1" sensor with 20 Mpx resolution, but includes the company’s latest image processor, the DIGIC 7.
The new Canon compact retains much of the features of the first Powershot G9 X –sensor, 3" touch screen, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity–, and especially its 3x optical zoom lens, with an equivalent focal length of 28-84 mm and maximum apertures of f/2-4.9. Video recording is also maintained in Full HD resolution. The differences mainly focus on the replacement of the old DIGIC 6 image processor by the new DIGIC 7, which allows, among other improvements, to increase the burst from 6 to 8 fps. Also, for the first time in the Powershot series, Bluetooth Smart functionality is added, allowing fast pairing with compatible mobile devices.
The coming year could see the arrival of three new Full Frame cameras from Nikon. We have already spoken about the Nikon D620,which could be considered the most economical option. But now we are receiving more news about the Nikon D760 which looks primed to turn into a low priced and high-speed version of the Nikon D5 with a high ISO and the same sensor as the Japanese company’s flagship model.
Same sensor as the Nikon D5
The new information we have received concerns a new type of mini Nikon D5 that will arrive in 2017 and which will be none other than the Nikon D760. The main feature these two cameras will have in common is the 20.8 megapixel sensor. Logically the sensor will be of an inferior resolution to that of the Nikon D810 and even to the D750, however it will achieve a level of sensitivity unsurpassed by anything on the market.
A new direction for the Nikon D760
The idea behind the Nikon D760 seems to be to convert it into a low priced Nikon D5 which has had great success among its users who are looking for a versatile Full Frame option from within Nikon’s product line. It may even be considered a sort of Canon 5D, but from the company with the yellow label.
Samyang has announced the availability – for the month of December – of the first two lenses from their Premium XP product line: the 85mm f/1.2 and the 14mm f/2.4.
Presented last September, just prior to Photokina 2016, Samyung’s Premium XP – eXcellence in Performance – lenses are entirely manual and have been designed to accommodate very high resolution sensors – more than 50Mpx. We were able to confirm this during our recent field trial of the ultra wide angle 14mm f/2.4 mounted on the Canon 5Ds R. Both lenses boast a high quality of optical design – which includes aspheric lenses and a UMC – Ultra Multi Coating – to minimize flare. Their circular diaphragm consists of 9 aperture blades in order to produce an harmonious bokeh.
The official price for each of Samyang’s Premium XP lenses is 1000$. At the moment, only the availability for the Canon EF mount has been announced; availability for the Nikon F and Sony E mounts remains unknown.
Samyang products are distributed in our country by Rodolfo Biber. More information can be found on the product webpages for Samyang 85mm f/1.2 and Samyang 14mm f/2.4.
The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 superzoom covers all scenes, from expansive landscapes to exotic wildlife and family portraits. It combines ease of use with a style inspired by SLR features. It fits comfortably in your hand and offers the performance of cameras much larger in a compact body and a lens fixed with endless creative possibilities.
It features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * lens and a 50x optical zoom range – equivalent in 35mm to 24-1,200mm format. The digital zoom makes the maximum magnification of 100x.
The SteadyShot optical stabilization system reduces blur without when pictures are taken without a tripod, while Active Smart Mode keeps Full HD videos equally sharp and free of blur using Sony’s unique frame analysis technology.
The Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers effective 20.4 megapixel resolution and the camera also features the BIONZ X image processor. This makes it possible to get clear, low-noise images as well as impeccable Full HD video streams With the camera in hand and indoors.
The Cyber-shot HX350 is easy to use and full of serious capture options. It has a manual ring for evenly adjusting the zoom / focus, plus a very accessible mode dial and a customizable button to quickly change preferred settings. It also has full P / A / S / M controls and a 24p capture mode that offers sequences with a truly cinematic style.
When it comes to framing, the choice is the user. It’s possible to look through the high-contrast electronic viewfinder of the camera or switch to the 7.5 cm articulated LCD (type 3.0) with 921,000 resolution points.
Another extra is Motion Shot Video, which maps your golf swing as a series of superimposed images of a fraction of a second.
2016 is ending, but the year will not leave us without some rumors about the new Fujifilm camera. The Japanese company is preparing a new edition of its compact camera with fixed lens, the Fujifilm X100F. Its launch is expected for the month of February, and we already know many of its technical specifications.
Fujifilm X100F, a classic Fuji
Since the launch of the Fujifilm X100, this series of cameras has become one of the favorites of the brand since it perfectly represents everything that is Fuji. A camera with advanced photography options, a fixed lens that offers an impressive optical quality, and the possibility of taking it wherever you go thanks to it being very compact and small. The Fuji X100S and the Fuji X100T arrived later, but now we can expect a renewal of the latter, a new version, the new Fujifilm X100F.
Features of the Fuji X100F
These are the features that have been rumored for the new Fuji X100F and that we hope to be true:
- 24-Megapixel X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
- Similar Design compare to the Fujifilm X100T
- Same 23mm lens with f / 2 aperture
- Same battery
- Controls similar to those of the X-Pro2
- Front Grip with Dial as in the X-Pro2
- Joystick as in the X-T2
- Fixed LCD Display
- No 4K Recording
We have the already classic Fujifilm camera sensor with a resolution of 24 megapixels. And also the 23 mm fixed lens with an aperture of f/2. When we call it fixed, we are not only talking about non-variable focal, it is also not interchangeable, so it is a compact camera without interchangeable lenses, which in turn reduces its size and makes it even more portable.
The Fujifilm X-A10 is the newest member of Fujifilm’s range of compact mirrorless cameras. It is a model with an APS-C sensor like those found in many entry level SLR cameras, 16-megapixel resolution and WiFi connectivity.
It is capable of taking pictures with a shutter time of 1/32,000 and it offers an ISO sensitivity ranging from 200 points to 6,400 (25,600 in forced mode). It has automatic and manual modes that are controlled with a two-wheel system located at the top right, in the same place as the shutter button.
Canon is working in a mirrorless camera with a Full Frame sensor. They have recently released the Canon EOS M5 with an APS-C sensor and no mirror, a novelty in the catalog, but we are still waiting for the Full Frame. Now news tells us that the mirrorless Canon will be compatible with all EF lenses of the brand.
Compatible with your lenses
If you have a Canon camera with Full Frame sensor, obviously you also have a whole series of high quality lenses to use.
Compatible with Canon EF lenses
Some of them could be remarkably costly. And of course, the idea of moving to a mirrorless if that means having to renew all your lenses, is not very striking. However, that will not be the case with Canon’s new mirrorless Full Frame sensor camera. The latest news coming from Canon Rumors are very clear in this regard. The new body of the Canon mirrorless will be compatible with Canon EF lenses.
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
We still do not know, of course, the characteristics the camera will have, and it is impossible to get an estimate of the resolution of the sensor, or it’s speed. Keep in mind that unlike what happens with Sony or Fujifilm, Canon has DSLR cameras that would compete with this one in the market, and they do not want to steal sales from themselves, so they could limit the specs on this Full Frame camera. It would not be ideal for users, but we’ll see which way Canon follows.
Leica has been able to create its own place in the world of smart phones allying itself with one of the most growing brands in the market. And gradually they are consolidating more and more that relationship. The new Leica dual camera comes integrated in the Huawei Mate 9, which has two sensors with notable improvements over the Huawei P9.
Leica Dual Camera
Leica’s first dual camera came with the Huawei P9. It was a camera that had two sensors with the same resolution: 12 megapixels.
But there was a difference between them. One of these was monochrome, so it captured the image in black and white, while the other sensor was RGB and captured the color image. Thanks to this, the monochrome sensor was able to capture more light, useful for combining the two captures in a single one that had more light data of the image, but with an also surprising level of color detail. The Huawei Mate 9 continues along the same path, but improving on it.
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.
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.