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2016.08.23

Nikon recently unveiled an upgrade to their highly successful entry-level DSLR with the new D3400. Outwardly nearly identical to its predecessor, the Nikon D3400 features a modern 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with a native ISO 100 to 25,600 sensitivity range, two stops more than the D3300. A newer EXPEED 4 image processor promises to deliver better rendition of images and faster processing.

Nikon D3400

The Nikon D3400 keeps most specifications of the D3300 with a 5 FPS continuous drive, 1/4000-30s shutter-speed range, 1080p HD video capture at 60 FPS and 3″ LCD which still has 920K pixels. The viewfinder is also identical with 95% coverage and 0.85X magnification. The optional audio-input was dropped and, very surprisingly, the sensor-cleaning mechanism. The power of the flash was also reduced to allow for a much longer battery life of 1200 shots-per-charge vs 700.

Nikon added Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, rather than the more common WiFi which requires more power. It allows it to maintain a constant link with a compatible device to make sharing quicker than ever. Those who still would like WiFi which has a longer range can use EyeFi cards in the D3400.

Nikon AF-P 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6GNikon AF-P 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR

Four new lenses were launched along with the Nikon D3400. Two are standard 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lenses which feature stepping autofocus motors instead of the usual super-sonic ones found in previous generations of Nikon kit-lenses. Stepping motors are designed to improve performance during Live-View and video capture by being quieter and offering smoother focus transitions. One of the lenses offers Vibration Reduction, but not the other.

Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3GNikkor AF-P 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3G VR

Twin telephoto lenses were also announced. They follow the same formula, nearly identical lenses with and without Vibration Reduction. Although, at such long focal-length and dim aperture, image stabilization is highly recommended. These lenses cover a 70-300mm focal-range with maximum F/4.5-6.3 aperture. Both use the same stepping motors as the kit lenses above.

The new Nikon D3400 and all these lenses are expected to be available next month. Here are the suggesting pricing: Click on the corresponding link for (pre)ordering options.

Neocamera Blog Neocamera.com © Cybernium

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.

Neocamera Blog Neocamera.com © Cybernium

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.

Neocamera Blog Neocamera.com © Cybernium

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.

Neocamera Blog Neocamera.com © Cybernium

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.

Neocamera Blog Neocamera.com © Cybernium

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