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Each generation of the Sony RX100 has been a runaway success and showing no signs of slowing down with one new model every year since 2012. All RX100s offers a large 1″ sensor with a bright zoom lens in a highly compact body. The third generation added a built-in EVF which pops up when needed, while the fourth added 4K Ultra-HD video.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 V

The new Sony Cybershot RX100 V keeps every feature of its predecessor and makes it faster. At its core is a 20 megapixels 1″ high-speed CMOS sensor which can now continuously capture full-resolution images at an outstanding 24 FPS with a buffer for 150 JPEG images. The sensor uses a 1.3X-crop region to record 4K Ultra-HD video and can record full 1080p HD video at up to 1000 FPS! This gives motion video that plays 40X slower than real-time. It can also capture conventional 1080p video at up to 120 FPS.

The new 20 MP sensor adds a 315-point Phase-Detect AF system which is claimed to be the fastest in the world among compact digital cameras. There is still a 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 0.59X magnification and 100% coverage which is very impressive considering its popup design. A 3″ LCD with 1.2 MP is also available for framing. Usability is made relatively efficient for a compact camera with dual control-dials plus a traditional mode-dial.

The Sony RX100 V is expected to arrive in the next few weeks for $1000 USD or $1250 CDN. Preorders are already being accepted at Adorama and B&H Photo.

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In what is bound to be one of the biggest leaps of the year, Sony just unveiled their first APS-C mirrorless with built-in image-stabilization. The new Sony Alpha A6500 looks extremely similar to its predecessor while boasting an all-new 5-axis image stabilization system effective to 5 stops. It also implementes Dual Image Stabilization by letting a stabilized lens handle pitch and yaw movements while the body handles roll plus both horizontal and vertical shift.

Sony Alpha A6500

The Sony Alpha A6500 is built around an all-new 24 megapixels APS-C high-speed CMOS sensor with a 425-point Phase-Detect AF system integrated right into the sensor. The sensor has a standard ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 51200. Paired with a powerful BIONZ X processor, the A6500 can capture full-resolution images at 11 FPS, albeit without Live-View. There is an unusually deep buffer for 233 JPEG or 107 RAW images.

In addition to its headline-grabbing 5-axis image stabilization system, this mirrorless offers 4K Ultra-HD video capture at 30 FPS and Full HD at 120 FPS. The compact body of the A6500 is weatherproof and features a 0.39″ EVF with Eye-Start Sensor, 2.4 megapixels, 0.7X magnification and 100% coverage. Dual control-dials plus a number of customizable buttons promise to make this camera highly efficient. Its 425-point on-sensor Phase-Detect AF is billed as one of the fastest in the world. Combined with a broad Contrast-Detect AF system, the A6500 is capable of tracking fast moving subjects around most of the frame.

The big deal is that having 5-axis stabilization in an APS-C mirrorless could take Sony beyond any other manufacturer of cropped-sensor mirrorless when it comes to low-light photography. Sony is already the only manufacturer of stabilized full-frame mirrorless digital cameras. They were already the only one too for APS-C mirrorless cameras with their A-mount SLT-series but now they also have a compact APS-C mirrorless with built-in stabilization. All other stabilized mirrorless use smaller Four-Thirds sensors.

We do not expect the Sony Alpha A6500 to remain in stock long after it arrives next month for a suggested price of $1400 USD or $1750 CDN. Should you want one, Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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DxOMark released today their score for the latest Olympus PEN flagship. The Olympus PEN-F is the top-of-the-line model among compact mirrorless digital cameras from Olympus. It is the only one in the series with a built-in electronic viewfinder and offers the highest resolution digital camera from Olympus, matching the excellent Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 reviewed here.

Olympus PEN-F

The PEN-F boasts a state-of-the-art 5-axis image-stabilization which is effective to 5 stops according the the CIPA standard. Its 2.4 megapixels EVF is moderately-sized at 0.62X magnification. The only reason this is a PEN rather than Professional OM-D is that its body is neither weatherproof nor freezeproof.

DxOMark gave the Olympus PEN-F sensor an overall score of 74, the second highest of any Four-Thirds sensor, just one point shy of the GX8 which has the same resolution, sensor-size and therefore pixel-size. The only sensor difference between these two is that the PEN F does not use an anti-alias filter which lets it produce sharper images but may make noise very slightly more obvious.

The 74 score is achieved with a dynamic-range of 12.4 EV which ties it in fifth place with a number of other Olympus Micro Four-Thirds cameras. It scores in fourth place for  high-ISO noise at 894. As for bit-depth, the PEN F manages third-place just behind the Panasonic GX8 and GH4 at 23.1 bits-per-color. Those are all good numbers, although they show that no significant advancement has been achieved since the introduction of the OM-D E-M4 over 4 years ago.

Those interested in the compactness of the Micro Four-Thirds system should be happy that, despite a 25% increase in resolution, image-quality is extremely well maintained. Other systems have often failed to do so, as seen with the Pentax K-5 IIs / K-5 II which were succeeded by the K-3 with 50% more resolution and noticeably lower image-quality, although not by much.

Among all digital cameras, DxO Scores still show that sensor-size is king. There are 16 APS-C mirrorless which score higher than the PEN-F. The Sony Alpha A6300 reaches an outstanding score of 85 with its predecessors not far behind. Seven full-frame mirrorless score even higher with a top-score of 98 for the Sony Alpha A7R II. Still technology has considerably advanced over the years with the full-frame Canon EOS 1D Mark II introduced in 2009 score a 74 like the PEN-F.

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Panasonic is showing three new digital cameras at Photokina 2016. Each is designed to deliver a substantial advancement among the most popular digital camera segments.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 boosts the popular LX-series of compact cameras with a 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor that is 4X larger than previous compact LX cameras. The sensor is paired with an ultra-bright 24-72mm F/1.4 – 2.8 lens with built-in stabilization. The LX10 also introduces 4K video to the series.

Like the LX7 which precedes it, the LX10 offers dual control-dials plus a direct aperture-ring. It offers full manual controls as one expects from a premium digital camera. The new 1″ CMOS sensor in this camera lets it offer an expanded ISO 80 – 25600 sensitivity range. A hybrid shutter allows it to take images from 1/16000s to 60s, plus Bulb exposures up to 2 minutes.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 is scheduled to ship this November for $699 USD or $999 CDN. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are ready to accept pre-orders using these links.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is the second Panasonic bridge camera with a 1″ sensor, now pushing the lens to an impressive 20X optical zoom with a 24-480mm F2.8-4.5 lens. The FZ2500 uses the same 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor as its predecessor which we reviewed here. This one is likely the same as in the LX10. It offers an ISO 80 – 25600 expanded sensitivity range.

The FZ2500 has a fast hybrid shutter which can shoot mechanically at 12 FPS or electronically at 50 FPS. Anything above 7 FPS at full-resolution loses Live-Preview and Continuous AF though. This camera is equipped with a deep buffer to capture 80 JPEG or 30 RAW files in a single burst of 20 MP. Panasonic’s own 4K Photo mode allows it to capture 8 MP images at 30 FPS for up to 2 seconds.

Panasonic put a strong emphasis on video for their FZ2500. The camera can record 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS or 1080p Full-HD at 60 FPS. To avoid changes in aperture during filming, this digital camera provides 2 ND filters, a 4X and a 16X one. They can be combined to provide 64X darkening too using a simple slider button on the side of the lens barrel. While the new lens extends when powered-on, its focus and zoom mechanism are internal to provide a better experience while capturing video.

This prosumer ultra-zoom offers a large 2.4 megapixels EVF with Eye-Start sensor and 0.74X magnification. There is a 3″ rotating touchscreen LCD on the back with 1 megapixels. Both EVF and LCD naturally show 100% coverage. As an advanced model, the FZ2500 offers dual control-dials plus no less than 5 customizable function buttons.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is scheduled to ship this Novemeber for $1199 USD or $2600 CDN. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are accepting pre-orders. Click on the previous links to order yours.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 introduces a weatherproof enthusiast mirrorless digital camera with in-body 5-axis image-stabilization and a 2.4 megapixels 0.74X magnification EVF with Eye-Start sensor built-in. Along with dual control-dials and a high number of external controls, the G85 appears to be a compelling offering for advanced photographers looking for a light-weight yet capable interchangeable lens camera.

The G85 is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter. This allows it to maximize lens sharpness. It has a standard ISO 200-25600 sensitivity range which expands down to ISO 100 for longer exposures when needed. There is a hybrid shutter which captures images continuously at 9 FPS with shutter-speeds from 1/16000s to 60s and allows Bulb exposures up to 2 minutes. Unsurprisingly, this mirrorless can record 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS or full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS.

The design of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 appears highly ergonomic and pleasant to look at. Its dual control-dials are comfortably accessible and there is a classic Exposure Mode dial and Drive Mode one. The back of this camera shows its exceptionally large EVF plus a 3″ rotating touchscreen LCD with 1 megapixels.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is expected to ship next month for $899 USD or $1199 CDN. Get ahead of the wait by pre-ordering this handsome mirrorless camera at Amazon, Adorama or B&H Photo.

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Olympus started off Photokina 2016 with the launch of a new mirrorless digital camera and three unique lenses for its Micro Four-Thirds system. They also announced that they are developing a successor to their flagship mirrorless digital camera. The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II will feature a new imaging pipeline capable of shooting 20 megapixels images at a whopping 18 FPS even in full-resolution RAW mode. Its sensor will feature 121 cross-type Phase-Detect points to complement the Contrast-Detect AF system used for native lenses.

Cinema 4K and Ultra-HD video at up to 236 Mbps and dual SDXC memory card slots are new to the system. The E-M1 Mark II will keep the best of its predecessor: a 5-axis in-body stabilization in a dustproof, weatherproof and freezeproof body. A new EVF with Eye-Start sensor and 120 FPS refresh rate is said to further improve usability.

Olympus PEN E-PL8

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 is a redesign of the E-PL7. Featuring a revised, more classic, body, the new E-PL8 offers a slightly faster 8.5 FPS drive instead of 8 FPS. Everything else remains the same with a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor capable of full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS.

M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4 PRO

Olympus unveiled 3 new Micro Four-Thirds lenses, the most impressing being their M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4 IS PRO. This unique lens has no equivalent in any other system, regardless of sensor-size. It is equivalent a a 24-200mm constant-aperture ultra-wide to telephoto zoom! This lens offers built-in image-stabilization designed to work in combination with 5-axis in-body image-stabilization for an unprecedented 6.5 stops of total stabilization! This would be absolutely amazing, allowing 12mm ultra-wide shots to be taken at lower than 2 seconds! 100mm shots would only need 1/6s to come out sharp!

As part of the PRO series, the new M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4 IS PRO is fully weathersealed and freezeproof. It features a Manual-Focus clutch system to switch between fly-by-wire and mechanical focus. This lens also offers a 0.3X magnification which gives it one of the highest magnification of any interchangeable zoom lens. All these features makes one of the most versatile lens ever made.

The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F/4 IS PRO is expected in early November for a price of $1299 USD. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Pre-order quickly using these links to be one of the first to get this unique lens.

M.Zuiko 30mm F/3.5 Macro

A second unique lens becomes the second Olympus macro lens for Micro Four-Thirds. The new M.Zuiko 30mm F/3.5 Macro is a short prime which offers 1.25X of magnification. It is the only lens with higher than 1:1 magnification that can focus to infinity. It can focus down to 9.5cm which is a mere 1.5cm from the lens.

The M.Zuiko 30mm F/3.5 Macro is expected to be priced at an affordable $299 USD and will ship later this year. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are all ready to take pre-orders.

M.Zuiko 25mm F/1.2 PRO

A new M.Zuiko 25mm F/1.2 PRO becomes the brightest Olympus lens to date. While a handful of other lenses for Micro Four-Thirds have a F/1.2 maximum aperture, the M.Zuiko 25mm F/1.2 PRO is the widest and the only weatherproof one. This PRO lens is built to withstand adverse weather with cold temperatures down to -10°C. Like the other PRO-series lens, it offers a nice clutch to switch from fly-by-wire to mechanical Manual-Focus. This is particularly crucial for such a bright lens which produces an extremely thin depth-of-field.

The M.Zuiko 25mm F/1.2 PRO is expected to ship the first week of October, that’s within 3 weeks. Those who have been waiting for such a bright professional lens should pre-order from Amazon, Adorama or B&H Photo using any of these links.

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