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2016.06.09

Pentax K-70

Ricoh surprised everyone this morning with the launch of the Pentax K-70. It has been a slow year for digital cameras but that would be an understatement for Ricoh who managed to only introduce two new photography cameras, this one and the Pentax K-1 which has recently started shipping. They also added an action camera, the WG-M2. While trailing in numbers, Ricoh has been excelling at delivering exceptional capabilities and unique features at an unmatched price-point.

The Pentax K-70 is built around a new 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with Hybrid AF system, including a traditional 11-point SAFOX X Phase-Detect AF system and an unspecified number of Phase-Detect points built right into the sensor to speed up autofocus during Live-View and Video Capture. A sensor-shift image stabilization mechanism allows it to stabilize any lens and add several features unique to Pentax such as Anti-Alias Filter-Simulation, Automatic Horizon Correction and Pixel Shift which captures full color information and improved dynamic-range at every pixel.

By its characteristics alone, the Pentax K-70 is a professional DSLR. It offers a large 0.95X magnification viewfinder with 100% coverage in a body which is fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C.Plus, it features dual control-dials, unique exposure modes, built-in HDR, AEB and 4K Time Lapse Video, in addition to filming full 1080p video. Enthusiasts will love that this camera is very light and compact for one with a 100% coverage OVF and dual control-dials. It has plenty of external controls, though fewer than typical professional cameras. Nicely this can help it look less intimidating and make is desirable for travel and street photography.

The Pentax K-70 is expected to fetch $649 USD. The availability of this DSLR with professional features at an entry-level price will be announced in July 2016.

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2016.05.11

The Fuji X-Pro2 is the newest member of the X-family of mirrorless cameras. It takes what Fuji started with the original X-Pro1 to the next level with a third-generation X-Trans CMOS III sensor of 24 megapixels and a new professional-grade weathersealed body.

Fuji blended numerous technology to balance performance and features of the X-Pro2 with: a hybrid viewfinder, a hybrid autofocus system, a hybrid shutter and hybrid design! This camera can switch between an electronic and optical viewfinder, has a 169-point Phase-Detect AF system and 273-Point Contrast-Detection, an electronic shutter reaching 1/32000s, a mechanical shutter for slow speed up to 30s or 1 hour Bulb exposures and a retro-style design with analog and digital controls.

Fuji X-Pro2 Review

Neocamera just published a detailed review of the Fuji X-Pro2. This one covers the ergonomics and performance of this new mirrorless. Be sure to visit the gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities. As a bonus, particularly for X-Pro1 owners, an image-quality comparison page is included.

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2016.04.21

Panasonic originally invented the travel-zoom category with their TZ1, the first compact camera with a long zoom With a standard 10X optical zoom. In 2006, this was considered a pocket-size ultra-zoom! Real ultra-zooms are now much larger and often sport lenses that reach beyond 1000mm. Many travel-zooms followed, including Canon’s high-successful SX100 which was gradually replaced by a series of digital cameras which pushed the zoom further and diminished features over-time, losing precious manual-control along the way.

At CES 2006 earlier this year, Panasonic returned to the travel-zoom mold by delivering yet another compact camera with a 10X optical zoom and dull manual-controls They also took their new Panasonic ZS100 to the next level with a first-in-class 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor and built-in EVF with Eye-Start Sensor, while simultaneously launching a standard-sensor sibling, the Panasonic ZS60 with an 18 megapixels 1/2.3″ CMOS and a 30X optical zoom lens which pretty much balances out the compromise.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

Pansonic Lumx DMC-ZS100 Review

Given its level of efficient controls, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode dial and 4 highly-customizable buttons, plus the image-quality previously seen from recent premium compacts, the Panasonic Lumix ZS100 is truly the first premium travel-zoom. It is a highly versatile camera with a long zoom in a compact body.

Read the detailed Neocamera Panasonic ZS100 Review to find out how its image-quality, speed, ergonomics, usability perform.As always, there is full gallery straight from the ZS100 at every supported ISO sensitivity, so that readers can make out their mind on image-quality from real-world samples.

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2016.04.06

Earlier today, Panasonic unveiled the third member of their premium GX-series of Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85called GX80 in some markets – slots itself between the original GX7 reviewed here which introduced image-stabilization to Panasonic mirrorless digital cameras and the flagship GX8 reviewed here that reached professional-grade with its study weather-sealed body.

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 supersedes the GX7 with a new 16 megapixels LiveMOS sensor without anti-alias filter to delivers 10% more details while maintaining the same resolution and pixel-size. It offers an all-new 5-axis in-body image-stabilization system that exceeds even the flagship GX8. This mechanism pairs with lens-based stabilization to deliver an unprecedented level of stabilization when combined with a compatible optically-stabilized lens.

A newly developed hybrid shutter allows mechanical shutter-speeds of 1/4000 to 60s or electronic ones of 1/16000 to 1s. The GX85 can capture full-resolution images at 8 FPS with focus locked on the first frame or 6 FPS with continuous AF. It has a shallow buffer for 13 RAW files but write throughput which allows up to 100 JPEG images per burst with a sufficiently fast SDXC UHS-I memory card.

This mirrorless features the same class-leading 2.8 megapixels EVF as on the GX7. While it keeps the useful Eye-Start Sensor of its predecessor, the new viewfinder has a fixed position which trades flexibility for durability. The rear 3″ touchscreen LCD though has one megapixel and does tilt. The body of the GX85 offers a similar layout yet is noticeably smaller than the GX8. It still fits dual control-dials but it not weather-sealed.

4K for video and stills are major features of the GX85 with Ultra-HD video capture and 30 FPS burst shooting at 4K resolution with optional pre-buffering. Full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS is also supported. There is a built-in stereo microphone but no provision for an external one.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is scheduled to be available next month for $799 USD or $999 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders at these links.

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2016.02.24

Nikon took their fixed-lens digital cameras to the next level by unveiling an entirely new series. The Nikon DL-series starts with 3 members based on a 20 megapixels 1″ high-speed CMOS sensor like the one found in the Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless reviewed here. This sensor offers 171 Phase-Detect points built-in and an electronic-shutter capable of 1/16000s speeds.

All these cameras can capture full-resolution images at a whopping 60 FPS or a speedy 20 FPS with continuous autofocus. The 20 megapixels sensor can also capture 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS as well as high-speed videos up to a class-leading 1200 FPS. They all feature premium cameras ergonomics with dual control-dials and plenty of physical controls.

Nikon DL18-50

The Nikon DL18-50 is entirely unique thanks to an extremely wide 18-50mm lens with a bright F/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture. This model features a hot-shoe but no built-in flash since it would be unable to provide sufficient coverage for such an extreme angle-of-view. The hot-shoe though supports an optional 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 100% coverage and a built-in Eye-Start sensor. Speaking of coverage, the 3″ LCD at the back covers 100% of the frame too. The lens unusually supports 46mm filters.

Nikon DL24-85

The Nikon DL24-85 offers a versatile 24-85mm lens with a bright F/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture. This lens offers two features not found among its siblings. One is a 1:1 magnification macro mode. The other is a built-in 3-stop ND-filter. The lens also supports 40.5mm filters.

Given its more typical focal-range, the DL24-85 offers a popup flash. It also has a hot-shoe which supports the same optional EVF as the DL18-50. In one of the greatest mysteries of digital cameras this year, the DL24-85 only shows 97% coverage on its rear LCD. It is unclear whether the accessory EVF would show 100% instead.

Nikon DL24-500

The Nikon DL24-500 is an ultra-zoom with an extremely impressive lens for one which projects a 2.7X-crop image circle. This 20.8X optical zoom lens features active image-stabilization and covers 24 to 500mm with a respectable F/2.8-5.6 maximum aperture.

As the largest model in the group, the DL24-500 includes a 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels and an Eye-Start sensor built-in, plus a popup flash and hot-shoe. It offers a fly-by-wire focus-ring and dual control-dials. Instead of tilting like the others, its rear 3″ LCD rotates. Unfortunately, both the EVF and LCD only show 97% coverage.

The DL-series of Nikon fixed-lens digital cameras is expected to be available early this summer. They carry the following suggested retail price and are already available for preorder at the links below:

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