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2017.06.30

Coinciding with International Camera Day, Canon has released the successor to two lesser known series of DSLRs.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2, also known as the EOS 200D outside of North America, is a new small-form-factor DSLR which follows the excellent Canon EOS Rebel SL1 reviewed here already over 4 years ago. The SL1 is the smallest APS-C DSLR on the market and the new SL2 is just a few milimetres wider while featuring a completely new imaging pipeline and revised ergonomics.

The new Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is built around a 24 megapixels APS-C (1.6X Crop) CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel CMOS which can perform Phase-Detect Autofocus at every pixel. This technology, unique to Canon, allows smooth focus transition when using Live-View and video capture. The sensor is paired with the latest Digic 7 processor to handle the larger amount of data from the 24 MP Dual-Pixel sensor and record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS, up from 30 FPS for the SL1. The new sensor and processor combination allow the SL2 to shoot at 5 FPS instead of 4 FPS and has a full stop more sensitivity, reaching ISO 25600, expandable to 51200.

While the SL2 lost the essential high-start sensor, it gains WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC capabilities. It also has a versatile but definitely fragile rotating LCD. The optical viewfinder still remains at 0.87X magnification with 95% coverage which is typical for an entry-level DSLR. To see the complete list of specification differences between the SL2 and SL1, use our Digital Camera Compare Tool.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II follows the original 6D launched almost 5 years ago. The Mark II version is extremely similar to its predecessor, even inheriting its fatal flaw which make it unpopular in the first place. Externally, very little has changed other than the removal of the infrared receiving port in favor a 3-pin wired connector and a rotating hinge for the rear LCD. Besides those two changes, it would be extremely hard to tell the 6D Mark II and 6D apart.

Internal changes though are substantial. There is a completely new imaging pipeline starting with an all-new 26 megapixels Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor with Phase-Detect AF at every pixel. Just like the SL2, this lets the 6D Mark II focus smoothly and continuously during Live-View and video capture. The same Digic 7 processor also lets the 6D Mark II record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. The new sensor has a standard sensitivity range of 100-40,000, expandable to 50-102400, gaining only a little in the standard range. The 6D Mark II is much faster than its predecessor and can shoot continuously at 6.5 FPS rather than 4.5 FPS.

The dedicated autofocus system has been completely changed too. The 6D Mark II uses a 45-point All-Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF system when shooting with the optical viewfinder. Speaking of the OVF, Canon still cropped it in the Mark II version, albeit with 1% more viewing area, giving it 98% coverage. Still 98% is not 100% and that will certainly keep the 6D Mark II out of the hands of serious photographers. From Canon’s perspective though, this 2% crop will keep serious photographers paying for the more-costly Canon EOS 5D Mark IV which is better in almost every way.

The 6D Mark II, like its predecessor, features a built-in GPS which records position and elevation, but not orientation like the 5D Mark IV. Its body is weatherproof and offers a hot-shoe but not a built-in flash. New to the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is built-in Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is expected to ship this August for $600 USD. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is also expected to ship around the same time, although with a suggested price of $2000 USD.

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2017.05.31

Nikon unveiled today the most waterproof digital camera to date. Their latest Nikon Coolpix W300 can be taken down to a depth of 30 meters for up to an hour, the deepest of any digital camera without using an underwater case.

Nikon Coolpix W300

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is a rugged compact digital camera which stays waterproof until 30m underwater, is freezeproof to -10C, shockproof to 2.4m drops and is completely dustproof. One thing that Nikon omitted to keep the W300 lighter than its peers is a crushproof design. Still, the Nikon Coolpix W300 is designed for adventure with a built-in GPS, built-in compass, built-in altimeter and depth-meter.

This compact digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor that can shoot continuously at 7 FPS and record 4K Ultra-HD videos at 30 FPS. Full HD videos are also possible at 60 FPS. The imaging sensor is paired with an optically stabilized 5X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 24-120mm.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is expected to be available this summer for $390 USD or $500 CDN.

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2017.05.24

Ricoh WG-50

Just now, Ricoh unveiled their latest rugged digital camera. The Ricoh WG-50 is waterproof to depths of 14 meters for up to 2 hours, freezeproof to -10C, crushproof to 100kg pressure, shockproof to 1.6m drops and obviously completely dustproof.

This waterproof digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor paired with a 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28-140mm. It has an F/3.5-5.5 maximum aperture and is surrounded by 6 LED to illuminate macro subjects. The lens is not stabilized though. The sensor can record full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS using the H.264 Codec in an unspecified format (most likely Quicktime).

The Ricoh WG-50 is expected to ship in the near future for a price of $280 USD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2017.05.17

Today Olympus launched their latest rugged digital camera. The Tough series is probably the most successful line of rugged digital cameras. With each iteration, Olympus has been alternately improving their basic and flagship models. The new Olympus Tough TG-5 is one of the latter with its extremely durable body building upon the already extremely tough TG-4.

Olympus Tough TG-5

The Olympus Tough TG-5 boasts the same 25-100mm F/2-4.9 lens as its predecessor which is now behind a double anti-fog reinforced glass to prevent condensation. The previous 16 MP sensor has been replaced with a new and more sensitive 12 megapixels Back-Side-Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor which boasts an expanded ISO range of 100-12800. This new sensor can capture full-resolution images at an impressive 20 FPS with no limit for JPEG images or up to 14 RAW files. The TG-5 is 4K Ultra-HD video capable plus offers Full HD video at 120 FPS and HD at 240 FPS which gives an 8X slow-motion video when played back.

A new deeper grip was added to the TG-5 body which is still waterproof down to 15 meters, freezeproof to -10C, crushproof to 100kg, shockproof to 2.1 meter drops and, of course, dustproof. The revised design supports a wide variety of accessories such as fisheye converter, tele converter, macro flash diffuser and silicon armor. Inside, Olympus updated the sensors with a new GPS, Digital Compas, Manometer and Temperature Sensor. The TG-5 records and displays all the information gathered by its sensor. On the back, Olympus expanded the number of controls and covered the 3″ LCD with anti-fog glass.

This Tough camera is one of the most flexible rugged models out there. It offers Aperture-Priority shooting, a choice of JPEG or RAW, Spot metering and a flexible built-in flash which can also serve was wireless controller. There is a 40.5mm thread to accept filters. Its internal optics lens is capable of focusing 1cm from the front of the lens.

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is expected next month for $450 USD. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are all ready to accept pre-orders.

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2017.05.16

Every one in a while, there is a significant leap in technology which results in a new level of performance. Last month, after offering 6 variations of A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Sony jumped forward with their new A9. Externally looking similar to the highly successful A7 series, the A9 incorporates all-new technology which delivers unprecedented capabilities.

Sony A9

The Sony A9 is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless digital camera with the world’s first Full-Frame Stacked CMOS-Sensor. This technology developed by Sony and first appearing on smaller 1″ sensors of Premium fixed-lens digital cameras, is significantly faster than traditional High-Speed CMOS sensors. It works by building layers of silicon to include memory with direct access to the imaging layer of the sensor. All layers are CMOS which allows extremely fast read-out speeds. Using such speed, the A9 is capable of continuously measuring exposure, focus and provided a Live-View of the scene without any blackout.

The key specifications of the Sony A9 are a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with standard ISO 100-51,200 sensitivity range, expandable to a very impressive 50-2,048,00. Not only is the sensor ultra-sensitive to low-light, it is also mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system rated at 5-stops of stabilization, currently the maximum achieved by any camera. The Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor in this mirrorless also features a whopping 693 Phase-Detection AF-points. This combines with the ultra-fast read-out to equally fast autofocus speeds.

The A9 features a whole new hybrid shutter which features all-electronic speeds of up to 1/32000s or mechanical speeds up to 1/4000s. This allows completely quiet and vibration-free operation. With both a fast shutter and read-out, this full-frame digital camera can capture full-resolution images at 20 FPS for up to 362 JPEG images or 241 RAW files, making it more suitable for high-speed action photography than any mirrorless camera.

Sony A9

Clearly aimed at professionals, the A9 is designed for efficient use in any conditions. Its magnesium-alloy body is weatherproof and offers a huge number of controls, including triple control-dials plus a dedicated EC dial, Mode-Dial, Drive-Mode dial, Focus-Mode dial and Focus-Selection joystick. Controls are highly customizable and made for easy of use while reducing the potential of accidental changes.

The back of the A9 offers a class-leading built-in 0.5″ EVF with an incredible 3.6 megapixels, 0.78X magnification and 100% coverage. All this without showing any black-out during shooting as it refreshes at 60 Hz without interruption. There is also a 1.4 megapixels 3″ Touchsreen LCD with tilting mechanism.

There are plenty of video features in this flagship mirrorless. It records 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS by oversampling to render very smooth video. Three codecs are supported: XAVC S, AVCHD 2 and MPEG-4. There are mini-jacks for stereo input and output, plus 4K HDMI, USB and an Ethernet port. The camera is equipped with Sony’s multi-interface Hot-Shoe plus a Sync-Port and Wired Remote support. Built-in WiFi is also included for good measure.

Reading this description, it clear that the Sony A9 is perfecting camera technology to an unprecedented level. This full-frame mirrorless camera is expected later this month for a retail price of $4500 USD. It is certainly bound to be a hot item among professionals, particularly those who have moved to mirrorless technology already, so pre-order yours from Adorama or B&H Photo to secure on of the first ones.

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