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2020.08.03

Canon EOS R5 Review

Ahead of its full in-depth review, Neocamera just published a Preview of the Canon EOR R5, the newest flagship Full-Frame Mirrorless from Canon. This mirrorless takes the RF-system to the next level with a best-in-class 5-axis in-body image-stabilization mechanism that compensates for up to 8-stops of hand-holding. The R5 is built around a ultra-high-resolution 45 MP Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor with Phase-Detection at every pixel. This high-speed sensor is capable of 20 FPS continuous shooting when using an electronic-shutter.

8K Video captures makes its debut on the R5 with 30 FPS output, including 12-bit RAW and 10-bit MPEG-4. This mirrorless can also record 4K Ultra-HD video at up to 120 FPS. This latest mirrorless is brimming with video-centric features and its Dual-Pixel AF II system can focus more smoothly than any other system while recording video.

The Canon EOS R5 is a highly-anticipated mirrorless that has generated a lot of buzz. For this reason, for the first time, Neocamera published a preview of this truly impressive digital camera. The preview covers image-quality with samples at all ISO sensitivities, performance of the IBIS system and an explanation of overheating issues being discussed everywhere.

Read the exclusive Canon EOS R5 preview here.

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2020.07.28

Sony Alpha A7S III

When Sony introduced the original Alpha A7S, they went in a completely different direct than everyone else. While the market chased ever-increasing megapixels, Sony introduced a 12 megapixels digital camera when most new cameras offered 24 MP. Even Sony was already making the 36 MP Alpha A7R Full-Frame Mirrorless. By launching a 12 MP camera with the same Full-Frame sensor-size, Sony created the most sensitive digital camera on the market. Its 12 MP resolution also allowed it to directly capture 4K video simply by cropping vertically from the native 3:2 aspect-ratio to 16:9.

Today, the third-generation Sony Alpha A7S III was officially launched. This latest models sports a new 12 MP Full-Frame High-Speed BSI-CMOS sensor with a 759-Point Phase-Detect AF system builtin. The sensor is mounted on a revised 5-axis image-stabilization system that can compensate for 5½-stops of camera shake compared to hand-holding. A new active mode allows it dampen sudden changes between frames during video capture. Naturally the sensor can capture 4K Ultra-HD video which is now possible at up to 120 FPS with internal 10-bit recording. RAW video can be output at 16-bits over HDMI for capture using an external device.

The main benefit of having such large pixels which now collect more light due to the BSI design of the sensor, is extreme sensitivity. The native ISO of the Sony Alpha A7S III is 80 and its standard range extends to 102,400. This further extends to an incredible ISO 40-409,600! Such low minimal ISO makes it possible to capture over 15 stops of dynamic-range which is beyond what any other camera can currently do. Photography in near darkness is enabled by ultra-high sensitivities and the AF system can even focus down to -6 EV.

Sony Alpha A7S III

The new Sony Alpha A7S III features a hybrid shutter-system with standard 1/8000-30s shutter-speed range plus support for Bulb exposures of unspecified duration. The mechanical portion of the shutter can operate at 10 FPS and dual BIONZ XR processors make it possible continuously capture over 1000 RAW files or HEIF images. There is no effective limit to the number of JPEG images that can be captured in a single continuous burst, until storage is exhausted.  Regarding storage, this mirrorless offers dual SDXC UHS-II memory-card slots. Both these slots also accommodate faster CFExpress Type A cards that are being launched along with the camera and a card-reader that can handle both SDXC UHS-II and the new format.

Although this going to be an exceptionally capable camera for ultra-low-light photography, Sony is emphasizing video capabilities of the A7S III and even certain choices preferred by videographers to the detriment of photographers. The most obvious is a rotating LCD hinge that is  truly cumbersome to use for framing stills and expands the bulk of the camera when shooting from odd angles, which also puts it in a more precarious position. The display unit is a fairly standard 3″ Touchscreen LCD with 1.4 megapixels.

Video features in this camera are class-leading. The headline 4K Ultra-HD video capture can reach 120 FPS, while 1080p FullHD is available at 240 FPS. New codecs are introduced to maximize the quality of vides from the A7S III. Compressed high-quality video can be saved using XAVC HS or XAVC S-I which is an All-Intra mode that makes video editing immensely more efficient. Stereo sound can be recorded internally, while the Multi-Interface Hot-Shoe supports a 4-channel digital microphone for incredible audio depth.

Sony Alpha A7S III

With an entirely new imaging pipeline, the familiar sony A7-series design is kept mostly intact for the A7S III. Externally, it sports nearly the same controls as the flagship Sony Alpha A7R IV review here. One custom button on the top of grip got replaced by a dedicated Video Record button and the tilting LCD replaced by a rotating hinge. The eye-piece around the viewfinder was changed to accommodate the best electronic viewfinder ever produced. This 0.65″ EVF has a whopping 9.4 megapixels which is far more than the human eye can discern at that size! At 0.9X, it also has the highest magnification of any viewfinder, electronic or optical. This EVF offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, 100% coverage and a new Eye-Start Sensor.

The same professional-level of controls is offered on the A7S III than on the A7R IV. There are triple control-dials, a 8-way joytstick, a traditional mode dial, an exposure-compensation dial and plenty of customizable controls. The body of this mirrorless is fully weatherproof too. A lock on the memory card compartment door was added for extra security.

Sony expects to ship the A7S III this September for $4800 CAD or $3500 USD. A pair of CFExpress Type A cards will be available around the same date. The 80 GB version will be sold for $200 USD or $260 CAD, while the 160GB one will go for $400 USD or $520 CAD.

Photographers and videographers have waited for years for the third A7S and so this is guaranteed to be one of the most in-demand digital cameras around. To secure one, it is highly recommended to preorder from a reputable store such as our affiliates B&H Photo and Adorama. Neither will charge your credit card until the camera is shipped out to you.

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2020.07.22

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

Although flagship products get the most attention, the ones just below often closely matches it and delivers superior value. Among Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless cameras, this is just the case for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Part of the upper-range OM-D series, the E-M5 is designed as a professional-grade model with everything that is expected for this level of camera.

Built around a 20 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is designed to perform. Its sensor features 121-Point Phase-Detect AF and is matches with a hybrid shutter that allows 30 FPS continuou shooting at full-resolution. The high-speed output of this sensor is also used to capture Cinema 4K video.

This extremely feature rich mirrorless packs a huge feature set that includes extensive bracketing, focus stacking, builtin HDR, an interval timer and much more in a weatherproof and freezeproof body. Read the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III review to what this camera is capable of.

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2020.07.22

After following the two initial Z-platform mirrorless cameras with an APS-C model, Nikon returned this morning to launch a Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera that slots itself between the Full-Frame Z7 and APS-C Z50 based on their all-electronic wide-diameter Z-mount.

Nikon Z5

The new Nikon Z5 is built around a 24 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor mounted on the same 5-axis image-stabilization system present in the Z6 and flagship Nikon Z7 reviewed here. This is standard Front-Side Illuminated sensor, rather than BSI like in the Z6, which makes the light-sensitive area on each pixel slightly smaller. Still, the new 24 MP sensor has the same standard ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range, although it expands to ISO 50-102400, just one full-stop less than the Z6. Image quality should remain very close and the Z5 does not appear to have an Anti-Alias Filter in front of it.

Nikon built a similar 273-Point Phase-Detect AF system onto the sensor of the Z5 to make it focus quickly. Its accompanying shutter covers a 1/8000-30s shutter-speed range and can operate a 4.5 FPS. This is the most significant performance change compared to the Z6 which lets Nikon offer the Z5 at a much lower price. Nevertheless, this mirrorless can record 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS like its higher-end siblings. Stereo audio can be recorded along with video internally or via a standard mini-jack.

Nikon Z5

This mirrorless boasts a surprising number of high-end features. It offers an integrated 0.5″ EVF with an ultra-sharp 3.7 MP of resolution and a huge 0.8X magnification, the largest among Full-Frame cameras of all types! The viewfinder is paired with an essential Eye-Start Sensor.  This digital camera features dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, an 8-way focusing joystick and a direct ISO button. With the control-ring found on some Nikon Z-mount lenses, this camera is certain to be highly efficient to use. Other advanced features include builtin HDR, an Interval-Timer, Time-Lapse video and extensive bracketing options.

Nikon made the Z5 weatherproof and even fitted it with a pair of SDXC memory-card slots, a first for the Z-system. The camera is powered by a proprietary Lithium-Ion battery that can be charged internally via a USB-C port. The slightly lower processing speed allows the Nikon Z5 to offer 20% more  battery-life than the Z6.

Nikon Z 24-50mm F/4-6.3

Along with the new camera, Nikon also introduces an incredibly compact Full-Frame zoom lens. The Nikkor Z 24-50mm F/4-6.3 is available as kit lens with the Z5. This variably aperture zoom weights just 195g while offering a weatherproof construction. Even though it is only 5cm deep, it manages to include a customizable control-ring that can control the internal focusing system or adjust exposure parameters or apply EC.

Nikon expects to ship the Z5 next month for $1400 USD or $2050 CAD. The kit with the new lens will be sold for $1700 USD or $2500 CAD, while the Nikkor Z 24-50mm F/4-6.3 alone is priced at $400 USD or $570 CAD.

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2020.07.09

Along with the launch of their spectacular new flagship, Canon introduced a mid-range Full-Frame Mirrorless that has the most important groundbreaking features at a much more affordable price-point.

Canon EOS R6

The new Canon EOS R6 takes the 20 megapixels CMOS sensor from the very expensive flagship EOS 1D X Mark III DSLR and mounts it on a class-leading 5-axis image-stabilization system that compensates for up to 8 stops of camera shake. This combination alone should be reason enough to buy the R6 without reading further! This  sensor is currently the best-performing sensor Canon has ever made with an ISO 100-102400 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50-204800. Its throughput can capture full-resolution images at 20 FPS and 4K Ultra-HD video at 60 FPS.

In-Body-Image-Stabilization – known as IBIS – cannot be under-estimated. It is an incredibly enabling feature and so being able to perform better than any other camera puts the R6 ahead of the competition. Every single lens gets automatically stabilized, including adapted lenses and those with no stabilized equivalent such as Tilt-Shift, Fisheye and, of course, ultra-bright prime lenses.

Dual-Pixel AF has been perfected to a previously unseen level in the R6. This camera can focus at 1053-points using Phase-Detection anywhere in the frame with the most sensitivity of any camera ever. The R6 can focus down to -6½ EV, even better than the flagship R5, most likely due to its larger pixels.

Canon EOS R6

Even with its relatively affordable position, the Canon EOS R6 packs all features professionals are looking for into a weatherproof magnesium body with dual SDXC memory-card slots. The R6 also sports triple control-dials for efficiency and plenty of external controls. The cost savings mostly come from the lower-resolution sensor and less powerful processor needed given its pixel count. There is also a different viewfinder unit which differs only in resolution. It still offers a large 0.76X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor but has 3.7 megapixels instead of 5.8 MP. At such high resolution, one would be hard-pressed to see the difference.

Given this fantastic camera is being launched for $2500 USD or $3500 CAD, it is certain to fly off the shelves when it arrives next month. For this reason, we highly recommend preordering. Our affiliates Adorama and B&H Photo are ready to accept these orders and will only charge credit-cards once the product ships.

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