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2018.01.09

The first day of CES 2018 opened with Nikon announcing the a unique full-frame super-telephoto lens. The new Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR manages to cover a 180 to 560mm focal-range thanks to a builtin 1.4X teleconverter. The lens which maintains a constant F/4 aperture from 180-400mm, its native focal-length, switches to a constant F/5.6 with 252-560mm focal-range.

Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

The Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is built with the latest Nikon lenses technologies. An internal ultra-sonic focus motor and stabilization system effective to 4-stops delivers a fast and stable performance for this huge lens. This lens is full weather-sealed and weights in a hefty 3.5kg. The tripod collar can rotate smoothly to support the lens in any orientation. While the large front element is not threaded, the lens accepts 40.5mm gel filters at the rear.

With some unprecedented technology, this Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm turns the outer row of Nikon’s 153-Point AF system into cross-type sensors, providing additional accuracy to the Nikon D5, D850 and D500.

The Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is scheduled to ship in March with a retail price of $12400USD or $15550 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders at these links. Remember, pre-ordering ensure you are among the first to receive the lens but your credit card does not get charged until it actually ships.

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2018.01.08

CES 2018 is about to start but a few companies wasted no time in announcing some products ahead of the show which starts tomorrow January 8 and runs until the 12. Although they were not the first, the most innovative announcement so far is the GH5s from Panasonic.

Panasonic Lumix GH5s

Looking nearly identical to the video-centric GH5, this new Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless is a completely unique offering in the industry. The new GH5s succeeds its predecessor by taking nearly all its features and replacing the imaging pipeline with one aimed to maximize low-light performance and video quality.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5s is built around a unique larger-than-four-thirds multi-aspect-ration sensor. When shooting, the 12 megapixels sensor in this digital camera gets cropped to 10 megapixels with a 2X crop-factor at the usual 4:3 aspect-ratio, plus 3:2, 16:9 and 17:9 to maintain a consistent diagonal angle-of-view whether shooting stills or video, even at 4K Ultra-HD and Cinema 4K resolutions, delivering unprecedented versatility.

While the 10 megapixels of resolution is just half of its predecessor, each pixel is twice as large and much more sensitive to light. The unique BSI CMOS sensor in the Panasonic GH5s features Dual-Gain circuitry that gives it a standard ISO 160 to 51200 range, expandable to 80-204,800, the highest ever achieved by a Micro Four-Thirds digital camera. Since AF is performed via Contrast-Detection on-sensor, this pushed the autofocus sensitivity to -5 EV, the lowest of any camera regardless of type.

Having fewer pixels gives it much more throughput. The GH5s can shoot continuous at 12 FPS in JPEG and 12-bit RAW  or 11 FPS in 14-bit RAW, with AF locked on the first frame. Using AF-C takes away 4 FPS from these numbers. With support for Dual SDXC UHS-III memory-cards, continuou shooting can capture an incredible 600 JPEG images or 80 RAW files per burst. Video speed is stellar as well with 60 FPS available in Cinema 4K for the first time on a mirrorless. Full 1080p HD can get recorded at up to a blazing 240 FPS.

A hybrid shutter gives the Panasonic GH5s a maximum shutter-speed of 1/8000s in mechanical mode or 1/16000s in electronic mode. The new shutter is rated for 200K actuations. The entire camera has been rebuilt around a closed magnesium chassis to make it incredibly robust. This camera is weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C. Like it predecessor, the GH5s is highly mechanical and offers a high number of controls, including rare triple control-dials.

The built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor on the GH5s is large and extremely sharp, offering 100% coverage at 0.76X magnification with a class-leading 3.6 megapixels. The rear LCD is also large at 3.2″ and impressively sharp given its 1.6 megapixels. Both the EVF and LCD have special modes to assist with low-light photography and videography, a Live-View Boost and Night View modes.

The only omission compared to the GH5 is that the newer GH5s lacks built-in image-stabilization which is rather new on Panasonic cameras, so the majority of their lenses are stabilized. Unfortunately, this means using Micro Four-Thirds lenses from Olympus would result in no stabilization at all.

The Panasonic GH5s is scheduled to ship next month for $2500 USD or $3400 CAD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Pre-order yours from these to ensure to get one quickly and, remember, your credit-card will not get charged until the camera actually ships.

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2017.12.22

The Canon EOS M100 is a highly compact mirrorless digital camera sporting a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor at the Canon size of APS-C which gives a 1.6X crop-factor. This sensor is the same one used in their latest entry-level DSLRs, with the exclusive-to-Canon Dual-Pixel system which allows Phase-Detect AF at every pixels. The sensor is paired with a Digic 7 processor to shoot continuously at 6.1 FPS. At a mere 302g, the M100 is one of the lightest mirrorless cameras on the market.

Canon EOS M100

Today, DxOMark revealed that the Canon EOS M100 scores a 78. This is broken down into 23.5 bits of dynamic-range, 12.9 EVs of dynamic-range and 1271 High-ISO points.  As expected, this is the virtually same score as the M6, Canon 200D and Canon 80D that score just a single point higher. The difference being that Canon manages to squeeze a bit more dynamic-range from their DSLRs.

While Dual-Pixel AF delivers an extremely smooth focus-tracking experience which is quite useful for video, these sensor require much more circuitry and in fact are made of twice as many photosites, each one being half of a single pixel. This puts the performance of Canon APS-C sensors significantly below par, similar in performance to the top Four-Thirds sensor, slotting itself between the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II which scores an 80 and the Panasonic Lumix GH5 which scores a 77.

Compared to mirrorless digital cameras from other manufacturers, the Canon EOS M100 is drastically behind in terms of image-quality. The top APS-C mirrorless is currently the Sony A6500 which reaches a score of 85, with sub-scores of 24.5 bits-per-pixel, 13.7 EV of dynamic-range and 1405 High-ISO points. Although the ISO score is similar, the A6500 features a 5-axis stabilization built-in, so it will be considerably ahead of the M100 when it comes to practical use in low-light.

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2017.12.15

Leica has a long history of making cameras and lenses. They entered the digital camera market initially by re-branding Panasonic cameras for which Leica made the optics anyway. Eventually they introduced a digital version of their famed M-rangefinder cameras to allow the superb Leica glass to be used digitally. They later added their own systems with the S Medium Format Digital Camera and the full-frame SL-system.

Leica M10

Today, DxO Mark revealed their score for the Leica M10, the newest digital rangefinder from Leica. This full-frame mirrorless is built around 24 megapixels CMOS sensor of unknown origin and paired with a Maestro II processor. Together these deliver an ISO 100 to 50,000 sensitivity range and 5 FPS continuous shooting. The camera is obviously fitted with a M-mount which the only MF-only mount for which cameras are still being developed.

The Leica M10 scores a paltry DxO Mark score of 86 which must be one of the most disappointing performances of all times, considering this is a $7000 USD Full-Frame camera. Putting this into perspective the latest full-frame DSLR scores 100 points. Even worse, the M10 scores less than a few APS-C cameras! The Nikon D7200 in particular gets a score of 87. Agreed that both these cameras are much larger yet the Sony A6500 manages an 85 score.

DxO Mark breaks down the M10 score into 24.4 bits of color-depth, 13.2 EVs of dynamic-range and 2133 High-ISO points. Compare this to the Nikon D850 that scores 26.4 bits, 14.8 EV and 2660 High-ISO points, betting it significantly by on all sides. The APS-C sensor in the D7200 fares rather well too with 24.5  bits of color-depth, 14.6 EVs of dynamic-range and 1333 High-ISO points. As we keep repeating in our reviews, physics cannot be beaten. Even a poor full-frame sensor like the one in the M10 delivers a much better low-light performance than the best APS-C sensor.

Image-quality is not everything and DxO only characterizes sensors. Leica lenses are legendary and the M-system has a certain prestige associated with it but consider this: You can get a Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera for less!

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2017.11.28

Hot on the heels of several cameras beating DxOMark records, the new Sony Alpha A7R III ties for third place with a score of 100, matching the recent Nikon D850. This makes these cameras the highest ranked full-frame mirrorless and full-frame DSLR, scoring just under two Medium Format Digital Cameras, one mirrorless and one DSLR. This first tells us that the mirror just has no impact on image quality and sensor size is still king.

Sony Alpha A7R III

The Sony A7R III is a 42 megapixels Full-Frame mirrorless using a BSI-CMOS with a built-in 399-Point Phase-Detect AF system and mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 5.5 stops over hand-holding. It is capable of shooting continuously at 10 FPS and recording 4K Ultra-HD video. The A7R III is equipped with a class-leading 0.50″ EVF 3.6 Megapixels with 0.78X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start sensor, plus a 3″ LCD with 1.4 megapixels.

This mirrorless ranks third highest camera at DxOMark with a score of 100 which breaks down into 26 bits-per-pixel of color-depth, 14.7 EV dynamic-range and a whopping 3523 Low-Light points. While the first two numbers are close to its peers, the low-light score is simply stellar, beating by a significant margin the D850 which scores a respectable 2660 points.  This puts it in forth place just being the Sony A7S which has much larger pixels with 12 megapixels on a full-frame sensor. Cameras scoring better in low-light are unsurprisingly Medium Format models which have larger sensors.

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