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2016.07.09

Yesterday, a detailed review of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II was published at Neocamera. This updated base-level OM-D features a revised 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter and new TruePic VII processor, plus 5-axis image stabilization built right into the body.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

As member of the OM-D family, th E-M10 Mark II is anything but entry-level! It includes a high-resolution EVF of 2.4 megapixels, 0.62X magnification and 100% coverage with Eye-Start sensor. The body has plenty of direct controls, including dual control-dials and a traditional mode-dial. This mirrorless is kept remarkably compact and light-weight. To keep it smaller than other OM-D, this one is not weather-sealed.

Find out how the latest OM-D performs in our in-depth Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II review.

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2016.07.07

Fuji X-T2

Today Fuji took the veil off the widely anticipated X-T2, successor to the flagship X-T1 Graphite and boasting the same 24 megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor as the X-Pro2 reviewed here. This sensor features built-in Phase-Detect AF which combines with Contrast-Detect AF to provide 325-Point autofocus. Fuji is emphasizing the X-T2 as a significant upgrade with ultra-fast performance beyond that of the already capable X-T1.

The 24 MP sensor has a native ISO 200 to 12800 sensitivity range and expands to cover 100 to 51200. With a new hybrid shutter, the X-T2 can reach speeds of 1/32000s. It can also capture full-resolution images at 14 FPS with the electronic-shutter or 8 FPS with the mechanical one. Actually, the mechanical shutter can run at 11 FPS even when the camera is powered by an optional grip which delivers higher voltage, allowing the X-T2 to process faster, improving shutter-lag, black-out and shot-to-shot speed. The optional grip houses 2 additional batteries and provides a number of controls for vertical shooting.

The Fuji X-T2 is aimed directly a professionals with a solid magnesium body which is weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. It offers dual control-dials plus direct dials for ISO, Shutter-Speed and EC, in addition to the Aperture-Ring found on most XF-mount Fujinon lenses. It keeps the same super 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF panel with 100% coverage and 0.77X magnification but now manages to refresh it at 100 Hz instead of 60 Hz.

This mirrorless is the first Fuji to record 4K Ultra-HD video. It does so from a 1.17X crop-area, reducing the field-of-view compared to still and full HD, and can normally sustain it for 10 mins. The optional battery-grip can push this out to 30 mins. The camera has dual SDXC memory card slots, both which can operate at UHS-II speeds, unlike the X-Pro2.

Fuji is expecting to ship the X-T2 in September for a suggest retail price of $1599 USD. Pricing in Canada has not been announced yet. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders and do ship to Canada.

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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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