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2017.10.16

Today Canon unveiled the newest member of its Premium Compact  family. The completely redesigned Powershot G1 X Mark III is the first to sport an APS-C (1.6X-Crop) sensor and one of the rare such cameras with a zoom lens. This also marks the first time a fixed-lens camera is built around a Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor that allows Phase-Detect Autofocus at every pixel.

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III features a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with broad sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600. This is likely the same sensor used in their most recent mirrorless cameras and several Canon DSLRs. The sensor is paired with a stabilized 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-72mm. It has a maximum F/2.8 aperture at the wide-end, diminishing to F/5.6 towards its telephoto end. Image-stabilization in the lens is good to 4-stops to compensate for a dim aperture on the long end of the zoom.

As a premium offering, the G1 X Mark III offers dual control-dials, a built-in 2.4 megapixels 0.39″ OLED EVF with Eye-Start sensor and a hot-shoe within a weatherproof body. There is also a 3″ touchscreen LCD mounted on a rotating hinge to facilitate shooting at odd angles. The body of this digital camera sports a high number of controls, while the camera is equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity.

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III is launching for a suggested retail price of $1299 USD. This all in-one compact digital camera is already available for pre-ordering at Adorama and B&H Photo. Ordering from these links gives you the same low price and excellent service as anyone else while helping support Neocamera.

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2017.10.16

Panasonic Lumix GX850

A review of the Panasonic Lumix GX850 was just published at Neocamera. This is currently the smallest Micro Four-Thirds camera on the market, succeeding the discontinued GM1. It is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor with fast readout which enables 4K Ultra-HD video, 4K Photo Bursts at 30 FPS and Post Focus mode. Even though this is a small entry-level mirrorless, Panasonic made the GX850 quite feature-rich with AEB of up to 7 frames, WB Bracketing, HDR, Multiple-Exposure, Time-Lapse, Stop-Motion, an Interval Timer and much more.

Read the full-review of the Panasonic Lumix GX850 to find out how it performs.

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2017.10.07

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Neocamera just published an express review of the Olympus flagship mirrorless. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the fastest Micro Four-Thirds camera to date with an all-new 20 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor capable of shooting continuously at 60 FPS. The sensor offers a 121-Point Hybrid Phase-Detect and Contrast-Detect AF system that can track focus at 18 FPS. A hybrid shutter delivers a top-speed of 1/32000s, completing high-speed features of this exceptional digital camera.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II becomes the first Olympus mirrorless to record 4K video which it does in Ultra-HD and Cinema 4K at 30 and 24 FPS, respectively. Full 1080p HD video is recordable at 60 FPS. While adding the new video resolution, Olympus completed video features in the E-M1 Mark II with plenty of controls over video, exposure, rendition and sound.

As flagship of the Olympus Micro Four-Thirds family, the E-M1 Mark II has everything expected by professionals, including dual control-dials, highly customizable controls and a large 0.45″ EVF with 100% coverage, 0.74X magnification and an Eye-Start Sensor, all in a durable weatherproof and freezeproof body.

Read the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II review at Neocamera. Be sure to see the Samples page and see how the new 50 megapixels High-Resolution Capture mode compares to Medium Format of the same resolution.

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2017.10.06

Today, DxO unveiled its ranking of the Nikon D850. This latest full-frame DSLR from Nikon is the eagerly anticipated successor to the excellent 3-year-old Nikon D810 reviewed here. Famed for its high-resolution sensor and superb dynamic-range, the D810 is currently the Nikon DSLR for choice for landscape and architectural photography.

The Nikon D850 just announced less than 2 months ago sports a 46 megapixels BSI CMOS sensor, the first full-frame of its kind used in a Nikon camera. This technology makes pixels on the sensor more efficient at gathering light, giving the D810 a standard ISO 64-25600 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 32-102400.

According to DxO, the Nikon D850 delivers on expectation, reaching the unprecedented score of 100 DxOMark points. This DSLR bests all other cameras on that scale with component scores of 26.4 bits color-depth, 14.8 EV dynamic-range and 2660 Sports points. Color-depth exceeds anything but the Medium Format 80 megapixels Phase One IQ180. Dynamic-range matches that of the Nikon D810, tying for top-stop, while sports points understably falls below its predecessor which sports much larger pixels.

Given a 30% increase in resolution while maintaining such a stellar performance, the Nikon D850 is certainly going to be an immense success. Pre-order yours from Adorama or B&H Photo to get your hands on one quickly. Price and service from both these reputable dealers is excellent while using these links help support Neocamera.

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2017.09.07

Fujifilm introduced today a new mirrorless for their X-E series with a completely redesigned layout unlike anything on the market. The X-E-3 revealed today proves that they can take risks and are not afraid to break even their own molds!

Fujifilm X-E3

The new Fujifilm X-E3 is part of the rangefinder-style series of X-mount mirrorless digital cameras. This latest model features the same 24 megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor with built-in Phase-Detect AF as the X-T20. X-Trans sensors require no anti-alias filter to avoid moire thanks to a unique 6×6 pseudo-random color-filter-array. This CMOS allows a high-speed read-out to continuously capture full-resolution images at 14 FPS when using an all-electronic shutter. With a mechanical one, speed remains at a very respectable 8 FPS. This is the only Fujfilm APS-C sensor to be capable of recording 4K Ultra-HD video.

For a mid-range mirrorless camera, Fujifilm packed the X-E3 with features. It offers an ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range, when expanded and shutter-speeds of 1/32000s to 30s, plus Bulb exposures for up to one hour. There are obviously full-manual controls, plenty of WB options, including Custom WB and 4 metering modes, including Spot and Average. Bracketing can capture up to 9 shots.

Fujifilm X-E3

Aside from now having dual control-dials, all the ergonomic changes are on the back. The X-E3, like other members of the series, has a large EVF with Eye-Start Sensor at the upper-left corner of the body. This is a 0.39″ EVF with 24 megapixels, 0.62X magnification and 100% coverage. Buttons have been rearranged with now dedicated AE-L and AF-L buttons and oddly separated Playback and Delete buttons. Whether this causes inefficiency in use remains to be seen.

The dramatic and serious risky change is the replacement of the standard 4-way controller with an 8-way joystick. While being  somewhat redundant on most cameras that have both, this is the probably the first mirrorless in history not to have a 4-way controller. The real loss in this change is that the 4-way controller often serves as 4 customizable buttons. In the Fujifilm X-E3, this is replaced by different swipes on the rear touch-screen. It is hard to see how this is not a terrible idea. Even in the introduction video by Fujifilm, smudges get smear across the screen with each swipe. Plus, this cannot work with gloves on for those who shoot in cold weather. Also, anything on the touchscreen is prone to accidental activation.

The Fujifilm X-E3 is scheduled to ship later this month for $899 USD or $1149 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders, including international orders. Order yours from these links to get the same great price as everyone else while helping support Neocamera.

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