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2020.10.15

In an unsurprising move, Fujifilm is now the latest digital camera company to introduce a mirrorless which favors vlogging and selfies over photography. This morning, the new Fujifilm X-S10 was unveiled, presumably the first in a series of compact mirrorless cameras with greater automation than anything else on the market. A long time ago, when Fujifilm made compact cameras with their unique EXR sensor, they introduced automatic modes which were as close to magic as any digital camera ever made!

Fujifilm X-S10

The core of the new Fujifilm X-S10 is the familiar 26 megapixels X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor which demonstrated exceptional performance in numerous cameras, most recently the excellent Fujifilm X-T4 reviewed here. This sensor uses a 6×6 Pseudo-Random Color-Filter Area to allow critical sharpness by omitting an Anti-Alias Filter without falling prone to moire.  The 4th-generation sensor also includes an incredible 2.1 million Phase-Detect elements with extreme sensitivity to light, reaching an unprecedented ability to autofocus down to -7 EV. Fujifilm also announced that sensitivity will be available retroactively on the X-T4 via a firmware update in the near future!

Smaller and much lighter camera than the flagship X-T4, mostly by omitting weatherproof construction, the X-S10 manages to squeeze in a new 5-axis image-stabilization system, effective to 6-stops which just ½-stops shy of the X-T4.  The lightweight mirrorless camera still manages to pack dual control-dials, an 8-way focus joystick, a builtin EVF with Eye-Start sensor and a builtin flash in a 465g body. This is quite an achievement which allows Fujifilm to emphasize the size-advantage of APS-C cameras, something which cannot be said of their high-end offerings.

The most noteworthy differences between the X-S10 and the compact X-T30 which sports the same 26 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor are design are automation. The body of this new camera is more curved for added comfort over long periods and its combination of dual control-dials and traditional mode-dial are simpler to handle in different camera orientations. At the back of the camera, a 3″ LCD is mounted on a rotating hinge which allows selfies to be captured and filmed while keeping an eye on framing. This, of course, is cumbersome when capturing images at low and high angles compared to the tilting displays on other X-series mirrrorless.

Automation reaches another level on the X-S10. Additionally to selecting exposure parameters and tuning them according to a computed scene mode, this new mirrorless can adjust nearly every image rendering parameter, including Fujifilm’s own expansive Film Simulation Modes and fine-tuning images with custom tone-curves and clarity determines by scene analysis.

The rest of the specifications from the X-S10 are state-of-the-art and closely match other 4th generation Fujifilm mirrorless digital cameras. The 26 MP sensor creates a virtual 425-Point Phase-Detect AF system and its hybrid shutter can reach speeds of 1/32,000s to freeze extremely fast action. Long Bulb exposures up to an hour are also possible to capture scenes in near-darkness. Full-resolution images can be captured at 20 FPS which rises to 30 FPS with an additional 1.25X crop-factor. Video recording is highly sophisticated with support for cinematic resolutions of 4096×2160 at 30 FPS and 2048×1080 at 60 FPS. Full HD can be captured up to 240 FPS.

It hard to image the Fujifilm X-S10 not being another runaway success when it hits the shelves next month for just $1000 USD or $1350 CAD. We highly recommend those interesting in taking the Fujifilm X-Trans sensor vlogging to preorder soon. Our reputable affiliates are already accepting preorders at no additional cost and will not charge you until the camera ships: Adorama and B&H Photo.

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2020.10.14

Today Nikon unveiled second versions of the two mirrorless cameras that originally launched the Z-platform. Two years ago, Nikon announced their second mirrorless platform. After the short-lived 1-system failed to gain traction due to its small sensor-size, Nikon decided to attack the high-end by announcing a completely new electronic lens mount with a wide diameter and short flange distance to open possibilities for ultra-bright optics with full-frame coverage. That launch saw the release of the flagship Nikon Z7 reviewed here and the exceptional Z6 reviewed here.

Nikon Z7 II

The second version of the original two Z-system cameras launched today refresh the system with twice the processing power and more memory for longer continuous shooting. The new Nikon Z7 II offers the same feature-set as the original with improved performance in multiple areas and an additional SDXC memory-card slot to complement the XQD one.

Specification wise, the Z7 II is built around a 46 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis built-in image-stabilization system with 5-stops of efficiency. This high-resolution sensor covers an ISO 64-25600 standard sensitivity range which expands to 32-102400. An improved processor increases shooting speed by 10% and buffer-depth 3.5X for up to 82 JPEG images or 60 RAW files at 10 FPS. Video is now possible at 60 FPS in 4K Ultra-HD too.

Nikon Z6 II

Again looking identical to its sibling, the Nikon Z6 II sports a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor, also mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system which corrects up to 5-stops of shake, yet with larger pixels. This gives the new Z6 II a standard ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range which expands to 50-204800. Given fewer pixels to move, the Z6 II is faster than the Z7 II, and even faster than the original Z6. Its new processor can handle 14 FPS can sustain this high-speed for 147 JPEG images or 84 12-bit RAW files.  When capturing full 14-bit RAW files, the Z6 II reaches 12 FPS instead.

Nikon Z6 II

Both these models, like their predecessors, are clearly high-end mirrorless cameras with a huge array of features and weatherproof bodies. As expected by this level of camera, there are dual control-dials on each camera and a built-in EVF. The 0.5″ units used by Nikon are extremely sharp at 3.7 megapixels and offer an extra-large 0.8X magnification that provides a wide comfortable view. An essential Eye-Start Sensor automatically switches between the EVF and the rear 2.1 MP 3.2″ LCD screen. A small status display at the top provides an overview of basic camera settings.

The Z6 II and Z7 II have plenty of creative features such as 4K Time-Lapse Capture, an Interval Timer, Focus Bracketing among several bracketing options and Multiple Exposures. The shutter can now be manually set for up to 15 mins of photography in extremely low-light. A new battery adds more power to extend the battery-life of these digital cameras.

Both new models are expected this year. The Z6 II is scheduled to hit the shelves in November, while the Z7 II arrives in December. Here are retail prices and pre-ordering links from our reputable affiliates:

Given that the sensors and ergonomics of these cameras are already proven and that the introduce dual memory-card slots, the biggest criticism faced by the original Z7 and Z6, both are expected to be extremely popular. Preordering ensures to be among the first to receive the new gear but your credit-card will not get charged until cameras are shipped out to you.

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2020.10.14

Today Canon unveiled a second generation entry-level APS-C mirrorless. The new Canon EOS M50 Mark II is built around the same 24 megapixels Dual-Pixel 1.6X-Crop APS-C as its predecessor paired with a modern DIGIC 8 processor to speed up autofocus performance.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

This compact mirrorless remains virtually identical to its predecessor both externally and internally. The Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor is used to create a virtual 143-Point Phase-Detect AF system with continuous tracking nearly everywhere around the frame. It comes with a speedy mechanical shutter which can capture images at 10 FPS. The M50 Mark II is capable of capturing 4K Ultra-HD video at 24 FPS and 1080p at 60 FPS.

Part of the Canon M-system this mirrorless is highly compact and very light, weighing just 388g. Even being so light, can manages to fit a mid-size 0.39″ EVF with a sharp 2.4 megapixels and builtin Eye-Start Sensor. There is also a 3″ LCD on the rear with 1 megapixels mounted on a rotating hinge to help capture selfies. The interface is simple with just one control-dial.

The new Canon EOS M50 Mark II is expected to ship next month for $700 USD.

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2020.09.15

The heavily speculated Sony Alpha A7C launched tonight. This new Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera is built around a 24 megapixels EXMOR R sensor with a 693-Point Phase-Detect AF system builtin and mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system with 5-stops of efficiency. Its sensor spans a standard ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range which expands to ISO 50-204800. A hybrid shutter takes the 1/4000-30s shutter-speed range faster one stop to 1/8000s in electronic-mode.

Sony Alpha A7C

Even though the above specifications are very familiar and are in-fact an exact match for the Sony Alpha A7 III, this new mirrorless packs them all into a smaller body that is also 20% lighter. This makes the Sony Alpha A7C barely larger than the already exceptionally compact A6600 APS-C mirrorless and proves once more that Sony are masters of miniaturization. Most importantly, it saves this much bulk while maintaining the same 5-axis image-stabilization system performance as the A7 III and level of weatherproof construction.There simply is no other stabilized full-frame digital camera this small or this light! [2020.09.15 – Updated to reflect there are smaller and lighter unstabilized full-frame cameras]

Many of the improvements that allow the A7C to weigh a mere 509g are technological advancement that deliver the same performance a larger camera. This includes a light mechanical shutter that can sustain 10 FPS, 4K Ultra-HD video capture, an Interval Timer, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The hot-shoe on the A7C adds a digital audio interface for exceptional sound-quality to match with full-width 4K video recorded at 30 FPS or 1080p video at 120 FPS, all down-sampled from the 6K sensor output. The result are video files with tons of details and minimal artifacts.

Sony Alpha A7C

A few savings were introduced to reach this incredibly compact-size. The most noticeable is its smaller 0.39″ EVF with rather tight 0.59X magnification, compared to 0.78X on the A7 III, although it sports the same sharp 2.4 MP resolution and builtin Eye-Start Sensor. Despite the LCD panel being the same, the A7C uses a much less convenient and durable rotating hinge. This new mirrorless also loses the front control-dial which allows for a larger and higher-capacity batter that translates to 680 shots-per-charge, which is just over 10% more that its larger sibling. There are still dual control-dials but the secondary one is uncomfortably low on the body and doubles as the 4-way controller. The smaller body does not make room for dual memory-card slots but the one there supports SDXC UHS-II cards.

Sony FE 28-60mm F/4-5.6

To complement this new compact Full-Frame mirrorless, Sony also announced the smallest Full-Frame Zoom Lens ever made. The new Sony FE 28-60mm F/4-5.6 is a short standard zoom with dim variable aperture that combines with the A7C to make an incredibly light combo. This small collapsible lens weighs just 167g while still being weather-sealed. It supports 40.5mm filters but not a lens hood to shave a few milimetres from its length. The requisite zoom and focus-rings are there but the Focus Mode is controlled by the camera.

The Sony Alpha A7C will be ready to ship in late October for $1800 USD or $2400 CAD. Early next year, the Sony FE 28-60mm F/4-5.6 will hit the shelves but the A7C is, of course, compatible with the entire lineup of Sony FE lens and Full-Frame E-mount ones by third-party manufacturers. There are both to be hot products and so pre-orders are already open:

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2020.09.08

Taking over as flagship X-series cameras from the highly-acclaimed X-T3, the new Fujifilm X-T4 reaches another level with the addition of builtin image-stabilization. This APS-C mirrorless is built around a 26 megapixels X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor capable of 20 FPS continuous shooting with an electronic shutter. A redesigned mechanical-shutter brings mechanical speeds to 15 FPS, up from 11 FPS on its predecessor. The final significant addition is a builtin HDR mode, for the first time on a Fujifilm mirrorless.

Fujifilm X-T4

An in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-T4 was just published at Neocamera. As with all our full-length reviews, it covers the extensive capabilities of this digital camera, its ergonomics – which despite the similarities to its predecessor are improved in a several ways – its image-quality and performance with an additional section for video features and output. Detailed coverage image-quality with crops from all ISO sensitivities are included as usual.

Uniquely for this review, its entire photography and videography was done in Malta! Be sure to check the review gallery to see how the Fujifilm X-T4 captured this historic island country. It is an incredible place that has been marked by thousands of years of history. See here for more Malta Travel Photography with over half those images captured by the new X-T4.

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