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2017.12.24

It is almost time to say goodbye to 2017. This year has been full of excitement and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me as I circled the globe over 80 days through 11 counties, 8 of which I had never seen before. It has been a long time dream and the stars  aligned to make it happen. This made me rediscover my passion for travel and provided new challenges for Travel Photography. After all, this is what got me learning about digital cameras and turned me into one of the world expert on the subject.

Everything that is published at Neocamera is there to make people choose the right digital cameras for there needs, so that they can bring back amazing photography. It takes the right gear but most of all, it takes passion and dedication. The harder you work at it, the more success you will gain, learning from mistakes as you go along. So, even though the year is about to finish, keep shooting!

Digital cameras have had a dramatic shift this year with more expensive models pushing boundaries and price-points while delivering exceptional performance. This means that we are seeing few models but upgrades have been more significant. We expect next year to continue this trend. At the same time, the higher cost of digital cameras means that people will be keeping theirs for longer.

Neocamera will be back with exciting news starting the second week of January over the few days that lead to CES 2018. Stay tuned for the next level of digital cameras and lenses! It is just around the corner.

With that said, we hope that everyone enjoys the holidays and celebrates the new year with joy surrounded by people that we care for and love! All the best to everyone!

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2017.12.22

The Canon EOS M100 is a highly compact mirrorless digital camera sporting a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor at the Canon size of APS-C which gives a 1.6X crop-factor. This sensor is the same one used in their latest entry-level DSLRs, with the exclusive-to-Canon Dual-Pixel system which allows Phase-Detect AF at every pixels. The sensor is paired with a Digic 7 processor to shoot continuously at 6.1 FPS. At a mere 302g, the M100 is one of the lightest mirrorless cameras on the market.

Canon EOS M100

Today, DxOMark revealed that the Canon EOS M100 scores a 78. This is broken down into 23.5 bits of dynamic-range, 12.9 EVs of dynamic-range and 1271 High-ISO points.  As expected, this is the virtually same score as the M6, Canon 200D and Canon 80D that score just a single point higher. The difference being that Canon manages to squeeze a bit more dynamic-range from their DSLRs.

While Dual-Pixel AF delivers an extremely smooth focus-tracking experience which is quite useful for video, these sensor require much more circuitry and in fact are made of twice as many photosites, each one being half of a single pixel. This puts the performance of Canon APS-C sensors significantly below par, similar in performance to the top Four-Thirds sensor, slotting itself between the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II which scores an 80 and the Panasonic Lumix GH5 which scores a 77.

Compared to mirrorless digital cameras from other manufacturers, the Canon EOS M100 is drastically behind in terms of image-quality. The top APS-C mirrorless is currently the Sony A6500 which reaches a score of 85, with sub-scores of 24.5 bits-per-pixel, 13.7 EV of dynamic-range and 1405 High-ISO points. Although the ISO score is similar, the A6500 features a 5-axis stabilization built-in, so it will be considerably ahead of the M100 when it comes to practical use in low-light.

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2017.12.17

The Nikon D7500 is a 20 megapixels DSLR that sports the latest Nikon APS-C sensor, first seen in the flagship D500, offering a 50-1,683,400 expanded sensitivity range. This speedy DSLR can shoot continuously at 8 FPS and record 4K Ultra-HD video.  The D7500 is built to professional standards in a weatherproof body with dual control-dials and a large optical viewfinder.

Nikon D7500 Review

Neocamera just published an in-depth-review of the Nikon D7500. Read it to find out how the D7500 compares with its predecessor, the D7200, and measures up to the highly-acclaimed flagship D500.

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2017.12.15

Leica has a long history of making cameras and lenses. They entered the digital camera market initially by re-branding Panasonic cameras for which Leica made the optics anyway. Eventually they introduced a digital version of their famed M-rangefinder cameras to allow the superb Leica glass to be used digitally. They later added their own systems with the S Medium Format Digital Camera and the full-frame SL-system.

Leica M10

Today, DxO Mark revealed their score for the Leica M10, the newest digital rangefinder from Leica. This full-frame mirrorless is built around 24 megapixels CMOS sensor of unknown origin and paired with a Maestro II processor. Together these deliver an ISO 100 to 50,000 sensitivity range and 5 FPS continuous shooting. The camera is obviously fitted with a M-mount which the only MF-only mount for which cameras are still being developed.

The Leica M10 scores a paltry DxO Mark score of 86 which must be one of the most disappointing performances of all times, considering this is a $7000 USD Full-Frame camera. Putting this into perspective the latest full-frame DSLR scores 100 points. Even worse, the M10 scores less than a few APS-C cameras! The Nikon D7200 in particular gets a score of 87. Agreed that both these cameras are much larger yet the Sony A6500 manages an 85 score.

DxO Mark breaks down the M10 score into 24.4 bits of color-depth, 13.2 EVs of dynamic-range and 2133 High-ISO points. Compare this to the Nikon D850 that scores 26.4 bits, 14.8 EV and 2660 High-ISO points, betting it significantly by on all sides. The APS-C sensor in the D7200 fares rather well too with 24.5  bits of color-depth, 14.6 EVs of dynamic-range and 1333 High-ISO points. As we keep repeating in our reviews, physics cannot be beaten. Even a poor full-frame sensor like the one in the M10 delivers a much better low-light performance than the best APS-C sensor.

Image-quality is not everything and DxO only characterizes sensors. Leica lenses are legendary and the M-system has a certain prestige associated with it but consider this: You can get a Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera for less!

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2017.11.29

Fujifilm X-T20

An express review of the Fujifilm X-T20 was just published at Neocamera. This is an intermediate-level Fujifilm mirrorless which slots itself below the professional and weatherproof X-T2 yet above the simpler X-A10. The original X-T10 reviewed here delivered a spectacular performance comparable to the then-flagship X-T1 yet in a more compact and efficient design.

The Fujifilm X-T20 launced at CES 2017 in January takes the image processing pipeline of the flagship X-T2 and places it in a body identical to the X-T10. This is one rather compact APS-C mirrorless, yet not quite as small as the recently reviewed Fujifilm X-E3. Still, it offers the same 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor as the X-T2 and pairs it with the same X-Processor Pro. Together these can shoot continuously at 14 FPS with an electronic-shutter or 8 FPS with a mechanical one, plus it can record 4K Ultra-HD video as can be seen right here:

The 24 MP APS-C sensor in the X-T20 offers a 325-Point hybrid autofocus system which combines Phase-Detect and Contrast-Detect AF. This camera offers a good number of features and an impressive number of controls for its size, including dual control-dials, plus dedicated EC, Shutter-Speed and Drive Mode dials. The body is equipped with a large 2.4 megapixels 0.39″ EVF with 0.62X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor.

Read the complete Fujifilm X-T20 review at Neocamera.

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