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2015.05.21

Fuji XQ2

A review of the latest ultra-compact premium camera from Fuji was just published at Neocamera. This one follows closely the XQ1 with a new Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode while keeping all the goodness of its predecessor.

The XQ2 features a 12 megapixels 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II sensor paired with a ultra-bright F/1.8 wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens in a body with dual control-dials, a 3″ LCD and built-in WiFi. Read the Fuji XQ2 review to know how this premium camera performs.

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2015.05.21

Panasonic just revealed their second 4K mirrorless as the advanced Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. This Micro Four-Thirds camera slots itself just below the professional Panasonic GH4 reviewed here while offering professional-level controls, including dual control-dials and a built 2.4 megapixels EVF with Eye-Start sensor. It forfeits a weather-sealed body in favor of being lighter and smaller.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

The G7 boasts a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with native ISO 200 to 25600 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 100. It can capture full-resolution images at 8 FPS plus full Ultra-HD 3840×2160 video at 30 FPS with stereo sound, either from the built-in microphone or from an external audio source.

A new combined electronic and mechanical shutter allows a wide range of shutter-speeds, from 1/16000s to 60s, plus bulb exposures up to 120s. The electronic shutter also enables 4K stills at 30 FPS. As usual with high-end Panasonic mirrorless, this one offers plenty of drive modes including Time-Lapse and Stop-Motion.

The all-new Panasonic G7 is scheduled to ship next month for $799 USD or $899 CDN. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.05.18

The new Fuji X-T10 is second mirrorless in the highend X-T series, this time slotting itself below the excellent flagship X-T1 reviewed here, giving up on the weatherproof and freezeproof construction of its higher-end sibling while featuring a lighter and more compact body.

The Fuji X-T10 features the same exceptional 16 megapixels X-Trans CMOS II sensor with pseudo-random 6×6 color-filter-array and no anti-alias filter. This one has built-in Phase-Detect AF. Paired with a high-speed 1/32000s – 30s hybrid electronic and mechanical shutter, it can capture extremely fast action at up to 8 FPS. The buffer is reduced to 8 images but becomes unlimited at 3 FPS.

With its APS-C sensor, the X-T10 is particularly well suited for low-light photography compared to the majority of mirrorless cameras. It boasts a standard ISO 200 to 6400 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 100 and 12800 – 51200.

Fuji X-T10

This mirrorless is very compact yet fits a 2.4 megapixels EVF with Eye-Start sensor which shows 100% coverage at 0.62X magnification, only a little smaller than the X-T1. This EVF shows full information with a Digital-Level and MF-Assist, Fuji’s unique Digital Split-Image and Focus-Peeking. There is also a sharp 3″ LCD with 920K pixels mounted on a tilting hinge to allow for composition at odd angles.

The new EVF and EXR II processor allow the X-T10 to achieve unprecedented speeds, including a spectacular 0.005s display lag, 0.06s Phase-Detect AF lock and startup time of 0.5s. It can also record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS.

The X-T10 evolves the hybrid mechanical and digital controls first introduced by the X-T1. It offers dual control-dials, plus dedicated Shutter-Speed, Exposure-Compensation and Drive Mode dials. Only the ISO dial of the higher-end model is gone. There is still no traditional Mode-Dial but a new switch toggles the X-T10 between fully Auto and implicit PASM shooting modes.

The new Fuji X-T10 is scheduled to be available next month for $799 USD or $899 CDN, a significant price below the flagship offering, despite having almost all its features save for weather-sealing. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders at these links. Both these stores also ship internationally and B&H Photo even offers Free Shipping to Canada for orders above $99 USD. This may be a limited time offer, so hurry!

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2015.04.28

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 takes the premium camera concept to a new level with its 2.2X-crop multi-aspect-ratio sensor and versatile Leica Vario-Summilux 24-75mm F/1.7-2.8 lens. It actually features a full 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor and uses it to capture ultra-wide images at 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect-ratios at around 12 megapixels. This sensor even outputs full-resolution images at 11 FPS and captures 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The LX100 offers a huge number of external controls, including dedicated dials for aperture, shutter-speed and EC, plus  generic control-ring and control-dials. It puts manual-controls efficiently and intuitively at your finger-tips. This is one of the most feature-ring digital cameras around and it manages to squeeze in a built-in 2.8 megapixels EVF, 3″ LCD, WiFi in a relatively compact body.

Read Neocamera’s detailed Panasonic LX100 review to find out why this premium digital camera earns our rare Excellent+ rating.

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2015.04.23

Ricoh, makers of Pentax DSLRs, just announced a new flagship DSLR. This professional models features a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor without anti-alias-filter. This sensor is mounted on a revised Shake Reduction mechanism which claims up to 4.5 stops of stabilization, one more than the previous flagship. Just like on the predecessor, this same SR system is used to provide Automatic Horizon Correction, Composition Shift and Anti-Alias Simulation.

Pentax K-3 II

The new Pentax K-3 II forgoes a built-in flash in favor of a GPS, including digital compass and high-precision gyroscope. This introduces the ASTROTRACER feature right into the camera body, allowing for trail-less astrophotography which normally requires an expensive and heavy tracking mount. The GPS is less power-hungry than a built-in flash, so battery like of the K-3 II reaches 720 shots-per-charge instead of the rather-short 560 of its predecessor.

The main specifications of the Pentax K-3 II remain equally impressive as those of the original K-3. It has a fully weather-sealed and freezeproof body with a large 0.95X magnification 100% coverage OVF and numerous direct controls, including dual control-dials. The body remains nearly identical which is has one of the most ergonomic and intuitive layout of any digital camera.

The 24 megapixels APS-C sensor may be the same as its predecessor or may be a revised unit. Along with the new SR and gyro-sensors, it offers a new feature called Pixel Shift Resolution. This lets the camera take a series of 4 images shifted by one sub-pixel which are combined into a single image with full color information at each photosite. This augments color but not special resolution and will obviously be problematic for moving subjects, just like any multi-image technique. However, still scenes would result in improved imagery with greater color-accuracy.

We can only hope the new sensor performs better at high ISO than its predecessor as it is lagging behind recent 24 MP APS-C cameras and never matched the output of the 16 MP Pentax K-5 IIs reviwed here, still the leading low-light APS-C sensor camera. Neocamera intends to publish a comparison review as soon as a Pentax K-3 II is made available to us.

General availability of the Pentax K-3 II is expected next month for a suggested retail price of $1099 USD or $1299 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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