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2016.01.15

Fuji X-Pro2

The original Fuji mirrorless was upgraded today. The new X-Pro2 introduces the first 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Pro processor to provide a worthy upgrade over its predecessor.  With what is a highly analog design, the X-Pro2 offers a hybrid viewfinder which switches between EVF and OVF modes like the original X-Pro1, except with several refinements later introduced with the X100T.

The 24 megapixels APS-C sensor uses the X-Trans pseudo-random color filter-array made of 6×6 grids which make an anti-alias filter unnecessary to prevent moire artifacts. It keeps a base ISO of 200 and expands its standard sensitivity range up to 12800, up one stop from previous generations despite having 50% more pixels. Its expanded range covers ISO 100-51200. A new hybrid shutter offers mechanical speeds up to 1/8000s and electronic ones up to 1/32000s. It can also capture full-resolution images at 8 FPS with a deep buffer for 83 JPEG images or 33 RAW files.

The design of the X-Pro2 remains largely the same as the original X-Pro1 with a few changes, including a two-level shutter-speed and ISO sensitivity dial, plus a small joystick to move the active AF-area. The EVF remains at 2.4 megapixels with 100% coverage while pushing the refresh rate to 85 Hz.  The rear LCD now has a much higher resolution at 1.6 megapixels.

The new Fuji X-Pro2 is weather-sealed and freezeproof down to -10C, completing its professional feature-set, including dual control-dials. It is the first Fuji mirrorless to feature dual memory-card slots, both SDXC but one UHS-II and one UHS-I. It is unclear what this means when using the slots in redundancy mode.

The X-Pro2 is expected at the end of next month for $1700 USD or $1900 CDN. Pre-orders are already accepted. Check out the Fuji X-Pro2 specifications page for locations.

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2015.12.19

Digital cameras must keep evolving to continue selling. Long gone are the years where people were looking for their first digital camera. Everyone has a digital camera now and many own several, in addition to a cellphone equipped with yet-another-digital-camera. As manufacturers push hard to make profits, they attempt to produce significantly better cameras to justify users upgrading.

Neocamera just published The Best Digital Cameras of 2015 showing which cameras succeeded in taking the lead this year. Among those, new capabilities and performance levels were reached. One new digital camera really delivers a unique proposition:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic LX100 pairs a large 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with an exceptionally bright F/1.7-2.8 ultra-wide-angle 3X optical zoom lens. The imaging area of the sensor is cropped to 12 megapixels to preserve its angle-of-view across 3 aspect-ratios: 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9. This delivers unprecedented versatility for a large-sensor fixed-lens camera. Nearly every other large-sensor fixed-lens camera is fitted with a prime lens which is highly restrictive.

The LX100 does not take this compromise and truly delivers. In its in-depth review, this camera proved to quickly produce outstanding images in a compact and well-designed body. For this reason, Neocamera is awarding the title of Camera of the Year for 2015 to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

This camera makes a great choice for hassle-free travel photography and can easily complement a larger DSLR or mirrorless system. Actually launched at the end of 2014, the LX100 became widely available in 2015. Its price-point recently reached $699 USD or $869 CDN.

Adorama is currently including a $200 USD Gift Card with a limited number of LX100 purchases. For anyone in need of a premium compact, this is an outstanding offer.

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2015.11.30

Panasonic launched 3 mirrorless cameras this year (2015), with the entry-level GF7 starting off the year, followed by the prosumer G7 and finally their professional Panasonic GX8 flagship reviewed here last month. The prosumer model is very much aimed at enthusiasts with a very rich feature-set and efficient access to photographic controls, including dual control-dials and a traditional mode-dial. Its ergonomic body offers a deep hand-grip and large 0.5″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels and an Eye-Start sensor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review

Neocamera just published an in-depth review of the Panasonic G7. This Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless uses a similar 16 megapixels CMOS sensor than every other Panasonic mirrorless, with exception to the 20 megapixels GX8. This new sensor has been revised to record 4K Ultra-HD video and paired with a hybrid shutter mechanism with a top speed of 1/16000s and minimum timed exposures up to 60s, with Buln extending this to 2 minutes.

Read our detailed review of the Panasonic G7 to find out how it performs and compares to other modern mirrorless offerings.

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2015.11.05

Today, Sony Europe unveiled a new Alpha-Mount interchangeable lens digital camera, almost 18 months after the last one. This gap, combined with the immense success of their E-Mount mirrorless cameras, caused many to speculate that Sony would discontinue with Alpha mount.

Sony Alpha A68

The new Sony A68 is an advanced ILC which uses a translucent mirror to simultaneously capture images from its 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor and perform Phase-Detect autofocus with a dedicated 79-point sensor, including 15 cross-type points sensitive to -2 EV. A true Live-View is read from the sensor and displayed on a built-in 0.39″ EVF with 1.4 megapixels, 100% coverage, 0.57X magnification and an Eye-Start sensor or a 2.7″ tilting LCD with 460K pixels.

This camera offers much of the same feature set as the professional Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II except for weather-sealing which slots the A68 directly below. The A68 body still features dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial and top status LCD plus 8 configurable function buttons. It is compatible with all Alpha-Mount lenses and incorporates a built-in sensor-shift image-stabilization system. The strengths of the SLT system are all kept with an 8 FPS continuous drive with continuous autofocus and full 1080p HD video capture, also with continuous Phase-Detect AF.

The Sony A68 is expected in Europe around March 2016. No word on availability elsewhere was given yet.

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2015.10.26

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is the ultra-zooms champion thanks to a stellar 83X optical zoom which covers a unprecedented 24-2000mm focal-range. This prosumer digital camera is packed with features and controls, to a point that is can easily be confused for an entry-level DSLR, yet there is no lens for such a camera to reach 2000mm!

Nikon Coolpix P900 Review

Nikon Coolpix P900

Neocamera just published an in-depth review for this advanced digital camera. All its important and distinct features are explained, as are ergonomics, image-quality and performance. Find out exactly what quality in print-sizes are possible throughout the ISO range of the P900 by reading its review here.

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