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Fujifilm this morning launched the long-rumored and hotly anticipated X-H1. This mirrorless digital camera takes on all the most advanced Fujifilm camera technologies and brings it to a whole new level with the additional of a state-of-the-art 5-axis image stabilization system effective to 5.5 stops in a body similar to their highly-acclaimed X-T2.

The new Fujifilm X-H1 is a hybrid mirrorless digital camera combining the ultimate image-quality with new and improved video quality and capabilities. This mirrorless is built around the latest 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor and an optimized X Processor Pro. This sensor features the unique-to-Fujifilm 6×6 Pseudo-Random Color-Filter Array that does not require an Anti-Alias Filter to avoid Moire artifacts. It also has a 325-Point Phase-Detect AF system built right in. As seen in the recent Fujifilm X-E3 review, this sensor delivers superb image-quality and autofocus speed.

Thanks to processor improvements, the X-H1 becomes the first Fujifilm to record Cinema 4K, which 4096×2160 video with a 17:9 aspect-ratio. It does so at 24 FPS, while can still record 4K Ultra-HD at 30 FPS and 1080p Full-HD at 60 FPS. This is the first digital camera to introduce a Cinema HD mode that records at 2048×1080 video, also with a 17:9 aspecr-ratio, at 60 FPS.

The headline and most crucial new development for photographers is that Fujifilm added In-Body Built-In Stabilization (IBIS) to the X-H1. This system uses 3 accelerometers and 3 gyroscopes to perform 10,000 calculations-per-second  in order to stabilize the sensor along 5-axis: Horizontal and vertical movement, plus 3-axis rotation, similar to systems used in several other mirrorless cameras and Pentax DSLRs. Fujifilm claims up to 5.5-stops of efficiency using one of their prime lenses, 5 stops for most other lenses with a few exceptions going down to 2.5 stops.

Having built-in image-stabilization is hugely important to improve low-light performance. This is particularly advantageous when using bright prime lenses which are rarely stabilized and where Fujifilm says their system is the most efficient. Any lens, even adapted lenses can be stabilized with such a system. Although some mirrorless manufacturers offer models without built-in stabilization, with Fujifilm joining the stabilized camp, now every maker except for Leica and Hasselblad have at least one stabilized mirrorless digital camera.

Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm pioneered their own unique hybrid digital and analog design. The new X-H1 offers similar ergonomics with a third-stop ISO dial, full-stop Shutter-Speed dial and dual control-dials, used in combination with the aperture-ring found on most Fujifilm X-mount lenses. Like the Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format camera reviewed here, yet unlike the X-T2, the new X-H1 uses an Exposure-Compensation button rather than a dial. This should improve ergonomics as will as the new deeper grip. Also inherited from the GFX 50S, the X-H1 squeezes in a highly customizable monochrome e-Ink status display on its top-plate.

There is a new ultra-high-resolution EVF with built-in Eye-Start Sensor in this mirrorless. This 0.5″ EVF has a whopping 3.7 megapixels and shows 100% coverage at 0.75X magnification. This is very close to the best-in-class EVF in the Leica SL Typ 601. which costs roughly 8X the price of the X-H1! The X Processor Pro refreshes the EVF at 100 FPS and renders the image with an imperceptible 0.5ms of lag.

The remaining controls and rear display keep the same layout as the X-T2. While the body remains just as weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C as its predecessor, the X-H1 is made of 25% thicker magnesium allow for improved durability. Buttons are larger and more responsive for better usability. The rear 3″ LCD with 1 megapixel is mounted on a double hinge, allowing it to tilt vertically and horizontally to frame shots at odd angles. This time Fujifilm added Bluetooth to lower power consumption while remotely controller the camera.

Fujifilm X-H1

As the newest Fujifilm flagship camera, the X-H1 delivers on speed and versatility. Its hybrid shutter has been redesigned to minimize shutter-shock and noise, while still being capable of Electronic Front Curtain Shutter (EFCS) mode or fully Electronic mode. With the latter, the camera can shoot continuously at 14 FPS for 40 JPEG images or 27 RAW files. In mechanical mode, the usual speed is 8 FPS which can be boosted to 11 FPS when used with the optional battery-grip for up to 70 JPEGs or 28 RAWs.  At 6 FPS, which is possible with EFCS, or 5 FPS, the X-H1 can shoot JPEG images indefinitely.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is scheduled to ship two weeks from today for a price of $1900 USD or $2450 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Order your fast as these are expected to sell out extremely quickly, given the sensor is known already to produce amazing-quality images,

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Today Panasonic presented two new digital cameras, replacing the highly acclaimed GX8 and ZS100. Neocamera already reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 here and reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 here, both reaching our Excellent rating due to their high image-quality and innovative capabilities. Each of these models were first in their series, so their successors have been hotly anticipated.

The new models changed their naming prefix to better fit the new hybrid still and video convergence. So the DMC-GX8 is succeeded by the DC-GX9 and the DMC-ZS100 is followed by the DC-ZS200, actually this one is also known as the DC-TZ200 un Europe.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 retains the rangefinder style introduced by its predecessor which was also the first Panasonic mirrorless to feature built-in image-stabilization. While it offers the same high-quality 20 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor, the GX9 omits the Anti-Alias-Filter to resolve finer details than its predecessor could. A new stabilization mechanism has been upgraded to 5-axis and is now effective to 4-stops, compared to 4-axis good to 3.5 stops. This should result in higher image-quality and improved low-light performance. The mechanism inside the GX9 is Dual IS capable so it can deliver even greater stability when paired with compatible optically stabilized lenses.

While the GX9 inherits most GX8 features, the body was completely redone and is no  longer weatherproof. It is 30% lighter and 20% smaller, placing it more in-line with other rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras. It still offers dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial and a dedicated Exposure-Compensation dial for efficient controls. The rare tilting EVF element is also retained with a slightly smaller 0.39″ unit instead of a 0.44″ one, giving it a 0.7X magnification instead of 0.7X. Resolution though has been increased 10% to 2.7 megapixels, compared to 2.4 MP.

An improved processor gives the GX9 more speed with a maximum 20 megapixels continuous drive of 9 FPS for up to 100 JPEG images or 30 RAW files. The usual Panasonic 4K Burst  mode that can capture 4K images at 30 FPS for 60 frames is still there. The same processor brings autofocus improvement using Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) technology.

Panasonic expects to ship the GX9 in April for $1000 USD or $1300 CAD. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting preorders at these links.

The new Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is the second-generation large-sensor Travel-Zoom on the market, the only other one being the ZS100 that precedes it. This compact digital camera features a relatively large 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7X crop-factor, similar to the one used in Premium Compact cameras. The key difference is that the ZS200 pairs this capable sensor with a 15X wide-angle optical-zoom lens, equivalent to 24-360mm which a maximum F/3.3-6.4 aperture. This is obviously rather dim yet is the only compromise possible to fit a 1″ sensor into a travel zoom.

Panasonic improved upon the original ZS100 to make the ZS200 even more compelling. Optical zoom has been pushed from 10X to 15X and made even wider, while only losing 1/3-stop of light-gathering. The new lens can focus closer, down to 3cm at wide-angle, giving it improved macro capabilities. Both the EVF and LCD have been improved too. A higher-resolution 2.3 megapixels EVF with 0.53X magnification, compared to 116K pixels and 0.46X, and higher-resolution 1.2 megapixels LCD, compared to 1 megapixel, should deliver a better user-experience with the ZS200.

The new ZS200 packs a considerable amount of features into a Travel Zoom form-factor. It adds Bluetooth 4.2 LE to its connectivity option while still offering HDR, Interval Timer, Time-Lapse Video and Automatic Leveling, something that only Pentax cameras and the ZS100 do.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is also expected to ship this April. Its retail price should be $800 USD or $1100 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Using these links unsure you get your hands on one of these digital cameras quickly while helping support Neocamera.

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Today Olympus unveiled the successor to the E-PL8 in the form of the 4K-capable Olympus PEN E-PL9. This cameras has been announced in Europe and Asia but we expect the rest of the world to get it shortly.

Olympus PEN E-PL9

The new Olympus PEN E-PL9 is based on the same 16 megapixels sensor as its predecessor and is still mounted on a 3-axis image-stabilization system good to 3.5 stops. The process has been upgrade to allow 4K Ultra-HD video capture at 30 FPS. With its new pipeline the E-PL9 can shoot JPEG images indefinitely at 8.6 FPS and up to 14 RAW images per burst.

While the interface has been refined, this new mirrorless is still very compact and identifiable as successor to the E-PL8. A deeper grip provides a better hold and there is now room for a built-in flash at the top. The wireless system has been upgraded to use both WiFi and Bluetooth LE to keep a longer connection while using less power.

Exceptionally for an entry-level mirrorless, Olympus gives their PEN series many advanced features. The E-PL9 in particular offers Live-Bulb, Live-Time, Time Lapse-Video, HDR, Multiple-Exposure and more, including 5 choice of metering modes.

Price and availability information will be added when available.

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