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CES 2017 kicks of the start of the year tomorrow with press releases already trickling in. This year, we do not know much of what to expect. Camera makers have either been keeping things well under wraps or are not planning that many product launches. As with previous years, we do not expect that many new camera models.

Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II

First off the door this morning was Canon with their announcement of the Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II, a revised and slightly faster version of their smallest G-series cameras. The processor has been changed, allowing up to 8.2 FPS continuous shooting for 38 JPEG images or 21 RAW files. Sensor, lens and body remain the same. The G9 X Mark II is expected to arrive next month for $529 USD.

Nikon Coolpix A300

Nikon is warming up their press-release muscles with the launch of 3 existing digital cameras, plus a new one! The ultra-compact point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix A300 makes its debut at CES 2017. This is a camera built around a 20 MP 1/2.3″ CCD and 8X wide-angle optical zoom lens with image stabilization.

The Nikon Coolpix A10 and waterproof Nikon Coolpix W100 were announced to the US market too. Also re-announced was the Nikon D5600 entry-level DSLR, replacing the excellent Nikon D5500 reviewed here with a nearly identical mode, adding Bluetooth, NFC and Time-Lapse Video.

Happy New Year Neocamera Readers!

Thank you for visiting! We will continue delivering all press releases and announcement to keep having the most complete database of digital cameras and internet on the mark. New camera and lens reviews will pause from Feb to June as we embark on a trip around the globe and push our current gear to their limits. Expect many new fine-art travel photography galleries to appear on Neoluminance!

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Today, Fuji unveiled the successor to their entry-level mirrorless digital camera. The new Fuji X-A3 boasts a standard 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with Anti-Alias Filter and a Bayer Color-Filter-Array, just like its predecessor. Recall that higher end siblings use a 6×6 Pseudo-Random X-Trans sensor and do not need a Low-Pass filter. As an entry-level model, the X-A3 has a single control-dial and no viewfinder, nor provision to add one.

Fuji X-A3

The 24 megapixels Fuji X-A3 has a hybrid design, combining a retro look and modern digital controls which should be familiar and intuitive to entry-level users. Thanks to the presence of an aperture-ring on most X-mount Fujinon lenses, this camera can be operated more efficiently than most mirrorless aimed at beginners. For lenses without an aperture-ring, the camera control-dial toggles between exposure parameters with an easy press.

The advantage of having a standard CMOS sensor is that this camera produces more conventional rendering and is more easily supported by RAW processing tools. The anti-alias filter also avoid moire artifacts at the expense of critical sharpness. The sensor is paired with a fast processor which lets the X-A3 shoot continuously at 6 FPS. Its hybrid shutter offers an ultra-fast 1/32,000 shutter-speed and Bulb exposures up to an hour. A 3″ LCD with 1 megapixels which tilts upwards 180° and built-in WiFi round-up the important features of the X-A3.

The Fuji X-A3 is expected in October for a low suggested price of $599 USD, including a Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens. Preorders are already accepted by B&H Photo and Adorama.

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Fuji X-Pro2

The original Fuji mirrorless was upgraded today. The new X-Pro2 introduces the first 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Pro processor to provide a worthy upgrade over its predecessor.  With what is a highly analog design, the X-Pro2 offers a hybrid viewfinder which switches between EVF and OVF modes like the original X-Pro1, except with several refinements later introduced with the X100T.

The 24 megapixels APS-C sensor uses the X-Trans pseudo-random color filter-array made of 6×6 grids which make an anti-alias filter unnecessary to prevent moire artifacts. It keeps a base ISO of 200 and expands its standard sensitivity range up to 12800, up one stop from previous generations despite having 50% more pixels. Its expanded range covers ISO 100-51200. A new hybrid shutter offers mechanical speeds up to 1/8000s and electronic ones up to 1/32000s. It can also capture full-resolution images at 8 FPS with a deep buffer for 83 JPEG images or 33 RAW files.

The design of the X-Pro2 remains largely the same as the original X-Pro1 with a few changes, including a two-level shutter-speed and ISO sensitivity dial, plus a small joystick to move the active AF-area. The EVF remains at 2.4 megapixels with 100% coverage while pushing the refresh rate to 85 Hz.  The rear LCD now has a much higher resolution at 1.6 megapixels.

The new Fuji X-Pro2 is weather-sealed and freezeproof down to -10C, completing its professional feature-set, including dual control-dials. It is the first Fuji mirrorless to feature dual memory-card slots, both SDXC but one UHS-II and one UHS-I. It is unclear what this means when using the slots in redundancy mode.

The X-Pro2 is expected at the end of next month for $1700 USD or $1900 CDN. Pre-orders are already accepted. Check out the Fuji X-Pro2 specifications page for locations.

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As mirrorless digital cameras aim to replace DSLRs, they must make their systems are complete as possible. While all manufacturers started with standard and wide lenses, where the advantage of mirrorless cameras is the greatest, they are now growing towards longer focal-lengths. Just last week at CES 2016, the Micro Four-Thirds system got its longest native zoom and prime lenses. Today Fuji introduced a telephoto zoom as well.

M.Zuiko 300mm F/4 PRO IS

The Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm F/4 Pro IS is the longest prime lens for Micro Four-Thirds. The new 300mm is equivalent to a 600mm lens on a full-frame, providing super-telephoto reach with a comparatively light body weighing around 1.2kg.  It is also the first Olympus lens to feature built-in optical image-stabilization which coordinates with in-body 5-axis stabilization to provide unprecedented stabilization performance. Like other Olympus PRO lenses, the M.Zuiko 300mm is fully weatherproof.

Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm F/4-6.3 ASPH Power OIS

On their side, Panasonic launched the longest native mirrorless zoom. The new Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm F/4-6.3 ASPH Power OIS equates to a 200-800mm zoom on a full-frame camera. While relatively dim at the long end, such reach only exists with much larger lenses, while this one weighs in less than 1kg. It offers optical image stabilization in a weatherproof body.

Fujinon XF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6R OIS WR

Fuji just unveiled their Fujinon XF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6R OIS WR today, another weatherproof super-telephoto zoom with built-in image stabilization. While this timing is highly coincidental, the story for Fuji is different. First, no Fuji mirrorless offers image-stabilization, making it essential in the XF100-400mm lens. Second, Fuji mirrorless cameras use an APS-C sensor with 1.5X crop. So, while it has the exact same focal-range as the Panasonic, it equates to a 150-600mm on Fuji cameras instead. It is also necessarily heavier at almost 1.4kg.

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Five new members of Canon Powershot fixed-lens cameras were just introduced at CES 2016. These new models offer refreshed sensor and features. All these new digital cameras feature a standard-sized 1/2.3″ sensor with 20 megapixels of resolution which is the highest resolution currently possible with such sensor. This year, Canon opted for a mix of CMOS and CCD technologies, the former being faster but theoretically slightly noisier, despite reaching higher sensitivities.

Canon ELPH 180

The Canon Powershot ELPH 180 is the new entry-level ultra-compact. It packs an 8X optical zoom lens in a pocket-sized body for a low price. Despite covering 28-224mm, the lens is not stabilized and quite dim with a maximum F/3.2-6.9 aperture, so this one is for daytime shooters looking for a relatively powerful optical zoom to got beyond what a cellphone is capable of. Since the ELPH 180 is based around a CCD, it records HD video in 720p.

Canon Powershot ELPH 190 IS

Next is the Canon Powershot ELPH 190 IS which is a version of the above with a longer stabilized lens, plus built-in WiFi and NFC. The ELPH 190 IS offers an ultra-wide 24-240mm focal-range with an F/3-6.9 maximum aperture. It offers the same basic features as most ELPH cameras with fully automatic exposure. Like its lower-cost sibling, the ELPH 190 IS features a 20 megapixels CCD which can record 720p HD video. This model offers easy sharing thanks to its comprehensive connectivity features.

Canon Powershot ELPH 360 HS

The upper-range of ultra-compact is the Canon Powershot ELPH 360 HS. This digital camera is built around a 20 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor and powerful wide 12X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, equivalent to 25-300mm which makes it less wide than the ELPH 190 yet with a longer reach. Its CMOS sensor allows it to capture full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS.

The ELPH 360 HS features fully automatic exposure and easy sharing with both WiFi and NFC connectivity built right in. It offers a large 3″ LCD with 460K pixels, compared to 2.7″ and 230K pixels on the previous models.

Canon Powershot SX420 IS

Among a pair of ultra-zooms which refine their predecessors, the Canon Powershot SX420 IS features a powerful 42X stabilized optical zoom lens paired with a 20 megapixels CCD. The sensor can record 720p HD video. Exposure is fully automatic on the SX420 IS. The rear display is a large 3″ LCD with 230K pixels.

Canon Powershot SX540 HS

Lastly, the Canon Powershot SX540 IS features a whopping 50X optical zoom, covering a 24-1200mm range with F/3.4-6.5 maximum aperture. This model is built around a 20 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor which can record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS and shooting continuously at 5.9 FPS. As with all but one camera introduced here, the SX540 HS incorporates built-in WiFi and NFC to facilitate sharing.

All these new Powershot digital cameras are expected next month (February) except for the SX540 HS which arrives the month after. The ELPH 180 carries a suggested price of $119 USD or $159 CDN. The ELPH 190 IS, $159 USD or $209 CDN. The ELPH 360 HS, $209 USD or $269 CDN. The SX420 IS, $299 USD or $399 CDN and the SX540 HS, $399 USD or $529 CDN.

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