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2020.05.27

Fujifilm Webcam Software

Now owners of high-end Fujifilm mirrorless cameras can use it as a webcam! Using new software introduced by Fujifilm, the live feed from all GFX and many X-series cameras can be streamed like a webcam. This will turn any compatible camera into the highest-quality webcam available with cinematic look and flexibility that comes from interchangeable lenses.

At this time, the software is specific to Windows 10 64-bits only. It supports the GFX 100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 and the new flagship Fujfiilm X-T4. These cameras connect via USB. Detailed instructions are provides on the Fujifilm Webcam Support page. Be sure to follow those instructions carefully because some things, like setting to camera into Photo mode, are  not intuitive considering the camera is outputting a live video stream.

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2020.05.27

Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6

Panasonic just revealed the most original lens for full-frame cameras of recent years! This unique zoom is designed for the Leica L-mount system of Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras uses by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. The innovative Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 covers an exceptionally wide angle-of-view and a normal view in a single lens. At its widest, the angle-of-view spans 94° on a Full-Fame. On the other end, its 60mm focal-length produces a 40° angle-of-view. This flexibility comes with a dim F/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture, depending on the focal-length.

This lens is part of the generic S-series which does not put it on the same level as the Pro S-series but allows Panasonic to make this lens compact and very light while remaining fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. At 350g, this is the lightest Full-Frame zoom for L-mount and one of the lightest lenses overall. All Panasonic Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras feature builtin image-stabilization, so this lens does not need any.

It is exciting to start seeing highly innovate products like this one! The focal-range provided by the Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 is incredibly versatile. Being able to capture landscape and standard images with a single lens is sure to please travel and event photographers that take the whole view or details without swapping lenses. This lens even manages to achieve a 0.43X magnification to reach near-macro capabilities.

Panasonic expects to ship the Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 at the end of July for $600 USD. Canadian pricing has not been announced yet. Pre-order this incredible lens at Adorama or B&H Photo. Neither of these two reputable stores will charge your credit-card until the lens actually ships, while securing a spot among the first to receive one.

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2020.05.26

Earlier today Sony launched a completely unique digital camera designed for vlogging. Parallel to the concept of selfie relative to photography, a vlog is its equivalent for videography. Camera manufacturers produced a number of selfie-optimized digital cameras and now Sony is first to create one for vloggers.

Sony ZV-1

Although sporting a vaguely similar appearance to their Premium Compact Digital Cameras, the new Sony ZV-1 is built around a 20 megapixels 1″ EXMOR RS CMOS sensor with an on-sensor 315-Point Phase-Detect AF system.  This sensor features a stacked design that provides it ultra-high-speed capabilities, which are detailed below. The sensor is paired with an ultra-bright 24-70mm F/1.8-2.8 lens that packs optical image-stabilization and sliding graduated neutral density filter that cuts-off up to 3-stops of light.

Photographers can enjoy 24 FPS continuous shooting of unspecified duration, while videographers will rejoice at up to 1000 FPS at Full HD resolution, plus standard 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS. The new design favors heat-dissipation, allowing the ZV-1 to record video without limit until the SDXC memory-card is full. Oddly though, the ZV-1 does not record in industry-standard MPEG-4 format but instead uses XAVC S for Ultra-HD and AVCHD for Full HD capture.

One of the headline and completely unique feature of the Sony ZV-1 is a 3-capsule microphone that records directionally in front of the camera to hear someone filming with the camera pointed towards them. A physical noise-filter, often called a cat due to its resemblance to that animal, is includes with this camera and attaches to the Multi-Interface Hot-Shoe exclusive to Sony. This hot-shoe has additional electronic contacts allow it to support digital audio. The ZV-1 is also compatible with traditional microphones via a standard mini-jack.

Sony ZV-1

Sony thought through the entire design of this digital camera, making many small changes for vloggers. This starts with a rotating 3″ Touchscreen LCD that is equally pleasing to the selfie-crowd. For this usage, there is no need for a viewfinder and so the ZV-1 does not have one. It also does not have a builtin flash since videos must be lit using continuous lighting, saving space and power for other components. The final ergonomic change is a large Video-Record button with Zoom-Rocker that can be thumb-operated while the index finger lands on the recording button. What is missing a control-dial that can be operated from the front since there is only one mounted vertically on the back of the camera.

Processing inside the Sony ZV-1 was highly optimized for vloggers but those work equally well for selfies. Headlining the feature-set is a new continuous autofocus system that closely tracks eyes and faces appearing centrally within the frame. A new metering system works in conjunction to render faces brighter. The white-balance system was equally tuned to improve rendering of skin tones regardless of complexion.

Narrowly missing to include all Premium Compact features due to its lack of viewfinder and having a single control-dial, this compact digital camera is quite capable. It offers full-manual controls, including Manual Focus and choice of 5 metering-patterns! A hybrid shutter inside spans shutter-speeds of 1/32000s to 30s, plus Bulb exposures of unspecified limit. ISO can be set anywhere from 100 to 12800, plus expands down with ISO 64 and 80 sensitivities. Several bracketing modes plus an Interval-Timer round off the ZV-1 capture feature-set. This camera also includes builtin WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.

The new Sony ZV-1 is scheduled to be available in June. Orders from the USA until June 28 will get a rare introductory discount of $50 from the suggested retail price of $800 USD. The suggested price of Canada is $1000 CAD. Both B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders with the discounted launch price.

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2020.05.07

The Peak Design Travel Tripod just got an in-depth review published at Neocamera. This innovative tripod achieves an unprecedented level of compactness due to a unique design with lets and a central column that close with little wasted space.

This tripod includes an equally unique ballhead for maximum size-savings, while an optional Universal Head Adapter is available to use a standard tripod head. Read our in-depth Peak Design Travel Tripod review to learn everything about its design and how to use it.

Peak Design sells the tripod directly on their website with a lightweight Carbon-Fiber model and average-weight Aluminum model available.

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2020.04.20

Neocamera just added instant quick filtering of camera and lenses for their most common features. On all camera and lens listing pages, there is now a set of quick filtering icons to only show cameras or lenses matching those features. These new filters look like this:

Using these filters is easy and truly instantaneous. Turn on any filter by clicking on it to only show products with that feature. Click again to restore the hidden cameras or lenses. A filter is only available when the entire list does not all have it. Selecting a feature which is logically impossible with an already selected feature, resets the previous selection. That way, filtering for Fisheye lenses resets filtering for Rectilinear lenses. It is still possible to filter out everything which shows an empty list. Just unselect a filter or reload the page to reset everything.

Try it out with Mirrorless Digital Cameras or Micro Four-Thirds Lenses. There are numerous combinations to help narrow down cameras or lenses. Remember that our Camera Search Engine and Lens Search Engine have a huge number of search criteria and refinement options to find something very specific.

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