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2019.12.10

This morning Neocamera announced the Best Digital Cameras of 2018-2019 in their biannual feature article. Check out which camera deserved recognition in 5 categories: Travel-Zoom, Premium Compact, Ultra-Zoom, Mirrorless and DSLR with the Mirrorless category split into 6 subsets for different types of photographers.

Read the full article which explains exactly why each chosen model was recognized as Best Digital Camera of 2019 in its category.

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2019.11.27

Olympus Lens Roadmap 2019

Olympus just updated their roadmap of Micro Four-Thirds lenses with 3 new additions. While already having announced a prototype M.Zuiko 150-400mm F/4.5 TC1.25X IS Pro earlier this year, two other professional lenses are expected but a standard one.

Making its appearance for the first time on a roadmap is the M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO which offers a slightly longer reach than the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro with a 1-stop smaller aperture which should make it smaller and lighter.

This standard wide-to-normal zoom will be completed by a medium telephoto lens of unspecified focal-length. Given there is already a 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro which is quite substantial, a lighter and smaller lens would make sense. This is a guess as no additional information was supplied by Olympus yet.

In the standard lens lineup, Olympus will add an ultra-telephoto zoom. The new M.Zuiko 100-400mm F/5-6.3 IS will cover a 200-800mm in equivalent 35mm terms. This will make it the longest interchangeable zoom lens on the market, along with the Sigma 300-800mm F/5.6 EX DG APO HSM that was launched in 2002 and weights almost 6kg. Certainly, the Olympus 100-400mm will be much lighter and significantly smaller.

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2019.11.25

Sony launched their fourth-generation high-resolution full-frame mirrorless digital camera just two months ago. The new Sony A7R IV features the highest resolution sensor of any full-frame camera on the market. At 61 megapixels, this BSI-CMOS sensor exceeds the resolution of most Medium Format digital cameras while still fitting within a relatively compact body.

Sony A7R IV

This camera follows the A7-series with a nearly identical design that minimally increased in size while getting refined ergonomics. The internal imaging pipeline has been completely reworked around the new 61 MP Full-Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with 576-Point Phase-Detect AF built-in and a faster Exmor R processor. The hybrid shutter and 5-axis image-stabilization remain similarly specified while a new ultra-high resolution EVF made its debut on the A7R IV. This 0.5″ EVF offers a class-leading 5.8 MP of resolution. It shows 100% coverage at 0.78X magnification and has an Eye-Start Sensor to automatically switch between the EVF and 1.4 MP 3″ LCD on the back of the camera.

A highly detailed review of the Sony A7R IV just got published at Neocamera. This review examines the image quality and performance of this full-frame with a comparison against another state-of-the-art Full-Frame mirrorless and a Medium-Format digital camera. It also goes over all features of the A7R IV with a in-depth look at its ergonomics and usability. Follow the link to read the Sony A7R IV review at Neocamera.

The previous generation models of the A7-series remain very attractive and Sony is just offering Black Friday Special prices for those that cannot afford the 4th-generation model. This week, the A7 II can be bought for $900 USD, the A7 III for $1800 and the APS-C A6000 for an incredible $400 USD. Full details on this promotion is available here.

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2019.11.14

The highest resolution Full-Frame Digital Camera on the market just got ranked by DxOMark. The Sony Alpha A7R IV packs a 61 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor with a built-in 567-Point Phase-Detect AF system which is mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 5.5-stops. Sony splits there mirrorless lineup into the A7 lines of which the A7R is the highest resolution offering and the A9-series designed for action photography.

Sony Alpha A7R IV

DxOMark just released their score for this high-resolution mirrorless, tied against the Nikon Z7 in 6/7th place with a score of 99. This is actually the second highest score of all full-frame cameras with the Panasonic S1R, Nikon D850 reviewed here and Sony A7R III all reaching 100. Only two Medium-Format cameras score higher. The interesting point here is that the IV version scores just below its predecessor which sports a 42 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor instead. Of course, the lower resolution with the same sensor area means that each pixel of the Sony A7R III is larger and collects more light than those on the A7R IV.

Breaking down the score into its three components, this camera delivers 14.8 EV Dynamic-Range, 3344 High-ISO in unspecified units and 26 bits of color-depth. This is the maximum dynamic-range measured by DxOMark among any camera. While each pixel gathers less light, noise levels must be so low that the A7R IV makes it possible to distinguish details in 14.8 EV. This makes this mirrorless superb for landscape photography.

The amount of colors a camera can distinguish is what is measured as bit-depth. At 26 bits, this Sony falls within the top 10, joining the range shared by Full-Frame and Medium Format digital cameras. Anything above 24 is unnoticeable in prints and even the vast majority of computer displays. Although some do 30-bits, there are almost no applications that can exploit the added bit-depth.

With a High-ISO score of 3344, the Sony Alpha A7R IV again falls within the top 10 which is an excellent performance considering the extremely high resolution of its sensor. In the method used by DxOMark though, it is important to know that these measurements are normalized and measured scaled down. Otherwise, this mirrorless has relatively high per-pixel noise. This means that larger prints will not show the performance one would expect for such a high ranking.

The big question which remains is the difference between the A7R IV and A7R III which precedes it. Looking at scoring, they perform nearly identically. Both deliver the same 26-bit color-depth, while the III performs slight better at High ISO and captures just 0.1 EV less dynamic-range. The one that comes out better depends the weighting used to combine the scores. In practical terms, the A7R III should be preferred in low-light and the A7R IV will produce larger prints in bright light.

With a DxoMark score of 99, the Sony Alpha A7R IV finds itself among the best-performing digital cameras to date. The fact that Sony managed to maintain this level of image-quality with nearly 50% more pixels is simply extraordinary.

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2019.11.04

Taking the Micro Four-Thirds platform into new territory, Olympus introduced the OM-D E-M1X as a high-grade ultra-fast digital camera that takes full advantage of its mirrorless design to excel at action photography. The first dual-grip mirrorless body makes this camera usable for extended periods in either traditional landscape or portrait orientation with efficient controls replicated on both grips: EC, ISO, 8-way focus joystick and, of course, dual control-dials.

Olympus OM-D E_M1X

Neocamera took this new powerhouse through its paces in our in-depth review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Read it to find out how it performs and how usable its design is. Included is a demonstration of the most capable image-stabilization system yet, a 5-axis sensor-shift mechanism that can correct for up to 7-stops over hand-holding. The E-M1X also offers an improved super-resolution mode that allows this Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless to produce 50 MP images which are then compared against a true 50 MP digital camera.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X offers a huge feature-set similar to previous flagship mirrorless cameras yet this model adds more stamina and processing power. Its hybrid shutter allows for 60 FPS continuous shooting in electronic mode and 15 FPS in mechanical mode. The new dual TruePic VII processors allow continuous AF and AE to be performed at 18 FPS while providing a blackout-free view with virtually no lag in the viewfinder. This 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF offers the largest magnification outside of Medium Format, showing a wide bright and detailed view at 0.83X magnification. A deep memory buffer and dual SDXC memory-card slots which support UHS-II allow this camera to shoot long bursts at high speed.

Go to the Olympus OM-D E-M1X review page for all the details.

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