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2015.06.18

Today, Canon unveiled their first large-sensor ultra-zoom. Presumably using the same sensor as their own Canon Powershot G7 X reviewed here recently, the new digital camera becomes the first competitor to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which also uses a 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor.

Canon Powershot G3 X

The new Canon Powershot G3 X provides an even longer 25X optical-zoom, equivalent to 24-600mm with an F/2.8-5.6 variable maximum aperture. This, of course, is more impressive considering the FZ1000 also starts at F/2.8 while reaching 400mm at a maximum F/4 and being much larger and heavier. To further stand-out among its peers, the G3 X is the first weather-sealed large-sensor fixed-lens digital camera, pushing its versatility ahead.

This ultra-zoom is a premium digital camera and offers plenty of direct controls, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, an EC dial and an optional EVF, sold separately. It offers full manual controls, including BULB mode. The LCD display is unusually large at 3.2″ and has a class-leading resolution of 1.6 megapixels. A DIGIC 6 processor lets the G3 X shoot continuously at 5.9 FPS and capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS.

The Canon Powershot G3 X is scheduled to be available next month of $999 USD or $1199 CDN. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.06.18

An review of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i was just published at Neocamera. This is an entry-level DSLR with 18 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor featuring built-in Phase-Detect to assist with video and Live-View autofocus. This light-weight DSLR offers a 95% coverage 0.85X magnification OVF and rotating 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 megapixels.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

The Canon Rebel T5i review covers its usability and performance, comparing it closely with the smaller SL1 which shares the same internal components. As always, a gallery of full-resolution images and sample crops are available throughout the ISO range of this digital camera.

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2015.06.18

ThinkTank Photo just showed there is still room to innovate photo backpacks by release a unique pair of camera bags. The Trifecta 10 for DSLRs and Trifecta 8 for Mirrorless ones offer 3-sided access to photography gear with a fourth opening for a separate compartment useful for additional items.

These narrow backpacks have a rear opening to configure the bag plus one on each side for quick access to lenses or cameras. Both these bags are intended to carry a camera with lens attached and at least two extra lenses, up to 5 smaller ones. This way, one can always have an ultra-wide, a standard and long lens available.

ThinkTank Trifecta 10

There is also a rear external stretch pocket which can accommodate a water bottle or be used to secure a light-weight tripod. A larger tripod can be hung over the back with a supplied attachment strap. Dividers inside are movable to make either side larger, depending if one prefers left or right-hand access to the camera.

Trifecta bags are made of  heavy-weight nylon with durable water-repellant coating to protect from rain. The underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating too. The openings close with extremely sturdy YKK Fuse-Zippers. A seam-sealed rain cover is provided for heavy rain.

Trifecta 8 Mirrorless Backpack

Interior Dimension: 9.4” W x 10.2” H x 4.5” D (24 x 26 x 11.5 cm)

Exterior Dimension: 11.4” W x 17.7” H x 5.7” D (29 x 45 x 14.5 cm)

8” Tablet Pocket: 6.7” W x 9.4” H x 0.4” D (17 x 24 x 1 cm)

Weight: 2.3 lbs (1 kg)

Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack

Interior Dimension: 11” W x 12.2” H x 5.3” D (28 x 31 x 13.5 cm)

Exterior Dimension: 12.6” W x 19.3” H x 6.9” D (32 x 49 x 17.5 cm)

10” Tablet Pocket: 7.8” W x 9.6” H x 0.4” D (19.8 x 24.5 x 1 cm)

Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)

Availability

Both Trifecta backpacks are available immediately from ThinkTank Photo. The Trifecta 10 DSLR costs $159 USD and the Trifecta 8 Mirrorless costs $139 USD.

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2015.06.10

Today, Sony took the wraps of flagship cameras for 3 of their lines, all with new sensor designs allowing them to record 4K Ultra-HD video at up to 30 FPS.

Sony Alpha A7R II

The new top-of-the-line mirrorless is the Sony Alpha A7R II. It is built around a 42 megapixels full-frame  CMOS sensor with 399 built-in Phase-Detect AF points and mounted on an improved 5-axis image-stabilization system. It adds 4K video to the already capable feature set of its predecessor, the A7R. The new sensor has a native ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity range and is expandable to 50-102400 thanks to the world”s first full-frame backside illuminated (BSI) sensor.

The A7R II uses a mechanical shutter that reaches 1/8000s maximum and can sustain 5 FPS for 23 RAW files or 24 JPEG images. Bracketing has been extended to 9 frames and WB fine-tuning can be controlled in 29 steps along the B-Y axis or 57 along G-M. This mirrorless is compatible with full-frame E-mount lenses and also full-frame Alpha-mount lenses via an adapter while preserving AF.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 II

The new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 II is their second-generation large-sensor bridge camera and it upgrades the built-in EVF to 2.4 megapixels, while keeping the same constant-aperture 24-200mm F/2.8 zoom lens. It introduces an all-new 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor which is stacked with memory for never-seen-before read-out speeds. Not only can it capture 4K video at 30 FPS, it can also record 1080p HD at 24 to 1000 FPS! Its hybrid shutter can reach speeds of 1/32000s and shoot continuously at 14 FPS.

The implementation on the RX100 II allows for an ISO 100-12800 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 64. This camera uses Contrast-Detect AF at 25 areas. Its new 0.39″ built-in EVF has 2.4 megapixels and an Eye-Start sensor.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 IV

A fourth RX100 makes its debut with the same 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor as the RX10 II which gives it the same 4K and ultra-high-speed video capabilities but starts at ISO 100, expandable to ISO 80 instead. It can also capture images at 1/32000s and even manages to reach 16 FPS at full-resolution. The new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 IV offers the same ultra-bright and ultra-wide 24-70mm F/1.8-2.8 lens as its predecessor and a higher-resolution 2.4 MP popup EVF.

All three of these cameras are expected to ship next month. Follow the above links or click on the camera images to see pre-ordering options for each model. The A7R II is expected for $3200 USD, the RX10 II for $1300 USD and the RX100 IV for $950 USD.

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2015.06.10

The Nikon 1 J5 is the latest mirrorless from Nikon. This small compact digital camera features a 20 megapixels CMOS sensor with high-speed read-out which allows 60 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution and 4K Ultra-HD capture at 15 FPS. It is complemented by an electronic shutter with top-speed of 1/16000s and a built-in hybrid autofocus system wit 105 Phase-Detect points and 171 Contrast-Detect areas.

Nikon 1 J5 and lenses covering 18-270mm.

As the sensor is 1″-type and has a 2.7X crop-factor, relative to full-frame, the Nikon 1 system makes it possible to make smaller cameras and lenses than almost all mirrorless system while also exceeding the image-quality of similarly-sized fixed-lens cameras. Above one can see the 1 J5 with a 6.7-13mm and a 10-100mm lens. This combination is equivalent to an 18-270mm range on a full-frame camera (or 12-180mm on APS-C), yet it is much more compact.

Nikon 1 J5

The new J5 is completely revised from previous Nikon 1 cameras. It offers a new sensor and ergonomics with a more traditional interface. Still, among entry-level mirrorless, it is one of the few now to offer dual control-dials and a mode-dial. A detailed review of the Nikon 1 J5 is available at Neocamera. Read on to see how the 1 J5 performs and compares to its predecessors.

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