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2017.09.07

Fujifilm introduced today a new mirrorless for their X-E series with a completely redesigned layout unlike anything on the market. The X-E-3 revealed today proves that they can take risks and are not afraid to break even their own molds!

Fujifilm X-E3

The new Fujifilm X-E3 is part of the rangefinder-style series of X-mount mirrorless digital cameras. This latest model features the same 24 megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor with built-in Phase-Detect AF as the X-T20. X-Trans sensors require no anti-alias filter to avoid moire thanks to a unique 6×6 pseudo-random color-filter-array. This CMOS allows a high-speed read-out to continuously capture full-resolution images at 14 FPS when using an all-electronic shutter. With a mechanical one, speed remains at a very respectable 8 FPS. This is the only Fujfilm APS-C sensor to be capable of recording 4K Ultra-HD video.

For a mid-range mirrorless camera, Fujifilm packed the X-E3 with features. It offers an ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range, when expanded and shutter-speeds of 1/32000s to 30s, plus Bulb exposures for up to one hour. There are obviously full-manual controls, plenty of WB options, including Custom WB and 4 metering modes, including Spot and Average. Bracketing can capture up to 9 shots.

Fujifilm X-E3

Aside from now having dual control-dials, all the ergonomic changes are on the back. The X-E3, like other members of the series, has a large EVF with Eye-Start Sensor at the upper-left corner of the body. This is a 0.39″ EVF with 24 megapixels, 0.62X magnification and 100% coverage. Buttons have been rearranged with now dedicated AE-L and AF-L buttons and oddly separated Playback and Delete buttons. Whether this causes inefficiency in use remains to be seen.

The dramatic and serious risky change is the replacement of the standard 4-way controller with an 8-way joystick. While being  somewhat redundant on most cameras that have both, this is the probably the first mirrorless in history not to have a 4-way controller. The real loss in this change is that the 4-way controller often serves as 4 customizable buttons. In the Fujifilm X-E3, this is replaced by different swipes on the rear touch-screen. It is hard to see how this is not a terrible idea. Even in the introduction video by Fujifilm, smudges get smear across the screen with each swipe. Plus, this cannot work with gloves on for those who shoot in cold weather. Also, anything on the touchscreen is prone to accidental activation.

The Fujifilm X-E3 is scheduled to ship later this month for $899 USD or $1149 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders, including international orders. Order yours from these links to get the same great price as everyone else while helping support Neocamera.

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2017.08.31

Olympus unveiled today a refreshed version of the diminutive OM-D E-10, now in its third iteration. Although nearly identical to its predecessor, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III is full of refinements and boasts a new digital interface.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The fresh new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 4 stops of improvement over-handheld. The processor is paired with an efficient TruePic VI process that lets it shoot continuously at 8.6 FPS with a buffer for 36 JPEG images or 22 RAW files. All this is possible with the mechanical shutter that covers a range of 1/4000-60s, plus allows Bulb or Timed exposures up to 30 minutes. For longer shutter-speeds, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III can simulate photos taking at to 3 hours by composing multiple shorter exposures. The unique-to-Olympus Live-Bulb and Live-Time modes are also available in this mirrorless camera.

New to this E-M10 is the ability to record 4K Ultra-HD video. It can do so at 30 FPS or capture Full HD at 60 FPS or 720p HD at 120 FPS. The body of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has been revised with a deeper grip, larger control dials and is now freezeproof to -10C while still not weatherproof. Despite being very compact, the E-M10 Mark III offers a nice 0.62X magnification EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor.

The back of this mirrorless digital camera is fitted with a 3″ Touchscreen LCD that can tilt. New navigation and Touch AF have been added to make the touchscreen feature more useful. Still, the E-M10 Mark III keeps its dual control-dials and large number of buttons for efficiency. The Contrast-Detect AF system on this camera has been updated to 121-points with feature-rich options such as DMF, Focus Assist and Focus Peaking.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III will be available starting late September with an estimated price of $649 USD or $799 CAD.

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2017.08.30

Yesterday Canon unveiled a new mirrorless digital camera aimed at beginners where adoption of mirrorless has been growing the fastest. The new Canon EOS M100 is a highly compact APS-C (1.6X Crop) camera with a Canon EF-M mount and a 24 megapixels Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor, like on all-but-one member of the EOS M family.

Canon EOS M100

The 24 megapixels Canon EOS M100 is capable for shooting continuous at 6.1 FPS and recording Full HD videos at 60 FPS. The sensor has a standard ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range and the EOS M100 mechanical-shutter offers 1/4000-30s shutter-speeds. While this camera has a Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor which can use Phase-Detect at every pixel, the autofocus system is presented as a 49-area system for convenience.

The body of EOS M100 has been trimmed down and simplified compared to previous members of the EOS M family. There is a single control-dial around the shutter-release but no Mode-Dial and no Hot-Shoe, elements which have been on nearly every APS-C (Nikon 1 cameras often had no Mode-Dial either) mirrorless digital camera to date. These omissions clearly chosen to make the camera smaller and satisfy beginners who are looking the the smallest size with high image-quality. A Hot-Shoe would invited added bulk and a Mode-Dial is probably seldom used anyway. Manual controls are still available though, including Bulb mode.

Another important concern for beginners is video. Most crucially, the Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor is capable of smoothly transitioning focus during filming. This technology unique to Canon can truly make a positive difference for videos shot by amateurs who generally rely on autofocus. While 4K is the current buzzword, the Canon EOS M100 captures 1080p which is easier to work with and produces smaller files, demanding less strain from computers processing it.

To appeal to general consumers, the EOS M100 is equipped with all the latest social and connectivity features. It has a tilting touchscreen LCD which can rotate until it faces the front for selfies, plus WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC to make sharing those selfies quick and efficient.

The new Canon EOS M100 is scheduled to ship this October for a suggested price of $599 USD or CAD when paired with the EF-M 15-45mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. B&H Photo and Adorama are already ready to accept pre-orders at these links. Check our Canon EOS M100 page for more options when they become available.

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2017.08.24

Having teased about it last month for their 100th anniversary, the new Nikon D850 has just been unveiled. This new high-resolution flagship full-frame DSLR expands the family by a significant leap.

The Nikon D850 is built around a 46 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor that captures more light per pixel than previous sensors used on Nikon DSLRs. This sensor features a high-speed read-out which allows for full-width 4K Ultra-HD video. It can equally output full-resolution images at a maximum of 9 FPS, although the optional battery-grip is needed for that. Otherwise, it can capture a respectable 7 FPS at 46 MP and 51 RAW files in their maximum 14-bit quality. Doing down to 12-bit RAW files, makes it possible to capture 170 frames per burst.

This DSLR inherits two key components from the top-of-the-line D5 reviewed here. One is the EXPEED 5 processor which performs exceptional rendering of JPEG images and processes information at an outstanding velocity. This time, the D850 does not have an Anti-Alias Filter, so we should expect even more critically sharp output from this camera. The other is the incomparable 153-Point Phase-Detect AF system seen in the D5 and also the D500. It features 99 Cross-Type Points, 15 usable at F/8 and with a maximum sensitivity of -4 EV.

The headline-grabbing 8K Time-Lapse Feature deserves some explanations before covering the rest of the D850 highlights. Nikon has been producing in-camera Time Lapse Video since the D600 yet they had an Interval Timer feature a considerably long time before. Given its high resolution of 46 megapixels, the D850 captures images slightly over 8K. The Interval Timer  can drive the camera to capture almost 1000 such images which can be assembled into a Time Lapse Video. It will not do it internally. 4K Time Lapse Video though is fully supported and results in an Ultra-HD video produced in-camera.

Nikon designed to D850 is their ultimate combination of resolution and speed. Reaching 46 megapixels, this is their highest resolution camera yet and the omission of an Anti-Alias-Filter makes sure that the maximum amount of details can be extracted from its sensor. With a top-speed of 9 FPS, it is also among their fastest DSLRs. It is of course supplanted by the 14 FPS drive of the D5 in this area but is only a little behind the 10 FPS of the D500. When a battery-grip is not used, 7 FPS is still sufficient to capture fleeting moments for portraits, street photography and some action. Along with such speed, the D850 has endurance to last for 1840 frames on a single battery-charge.

Usability is critical for professional cameras and NIkon has improved things where it counts the most by offering the largest viewfinder ever made into a DSLR. New optics achieve a 0.75X magnification while maintaining 100% coverage and leaving room for a built-in shutter. The body has been redesigned with a deeper grip than on the D810 and buttons on the left side of the body are now illuminated to provide usability in the dark. The top status LCD also has a back-light, as in high-end DSLRs. The body of the D850 is equipped with dual memory-card slots, one accepting XQD cards and the other SDXC UHS-II ones. Top performance requires the use of an XQD card.

Making its debut on the Nikon D850 is a focus bracketing feature designed for stacking. The camera can capture up to 300 frames with 10 different focus step sizes between each frame. These potentially large sets of images are stored in their own directory for easy of assembly by third-party software.

The Nikon D850 has  a suggested retail price of $3,299 USD or $4,399.95 CAD and will be available some time next month. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. This camera is expected to sell out fast since it represents such a significant leap from its predecessor, so pre-order yours today! Using the links here gives you the same low price and reputable service as usual while helping us support Neocamera.

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2017.08.14

The Nikon D500 is a performance professional DSLR. It is built around a 20 megapixels CMOS sensor with unprecedented sensitivity for APS-C, covering a standard ISO 100-51200 range, expandable to ISO 50-1638400, and sharing the ultimate 153-Point Phase-Detect AF sensor from the flagship full-frame D5. This new autofocus module offers up to 99 Cross-Type AF points and is sensitive down to -4 EV. Combined with a fast 10 FPS continuous drive, the Nikon D500 is the ultimate APS-C DSLR for action photography.

Nikon D500

Neocamera just published its highly detailed review of the Nikon D500 here. Given that this particular DSLR has received quite a few reviews already and it unsurprisingly delivers a superb performance for an APS-C digital camera, this review takes a particularly critical look at how much performance the D500 delivers compared to the rest of the Nikon family and closest competitors. Find out just how much  the Nikon D500 pulls ahead of other professional APS-C DSLRs by reading the Neocamera Nikon D500 Review!

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