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2015.07.16

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 provides a 12 megapixels CMOS sensor and a constant-aperture F/2.8 stabilized optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25-600mm and first seen on the FZ200. This new model comes with an upgraded body which is now weather-sealed and features a higher-resolution 1.4 MP 0.39″ EVF with Eye-Start sensor.

A new image-processor in the Panasonic FZ300 allows it to record 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS. It improves focus-speed and keeps a maximum 12 FPS continuous drive speed at full-resolution. It also supports 4K Photo mode which pre-buffers 4K images at 30 FPS to capture action at its peak.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is scheduled to ship in September for $599 USD or $799 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.07.16

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 takes Micro Four-Thirds up a notch with the first 20 megapixels sensor and an innovative Dual Image Stabilization system which compensates for shake along a total of 6 axis, 4 from Sensor-Shift and Sensor-Rotation movements, plus 2 with compatible Optically-Stabilized lenses.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

This second generation GX-series mirrorless improves upon the original Panasonic GX7 reviewed here on almost all levels. The new larger body is now fully weather-sealed and offers a much higher-resolution 2.4 megapixels EVF with 100% coverage and 0.7X magnification.  Like on its predecessor, the EVF tilts up for added versatility. One step sideways is that the new LCD hinge rotates instead of tilts which makes it more awkward to frame high and low shots in landscape orientation but easier in portrait orientation.

With its new high-speed Venus VI processor, the Panasonic GX7 can capture full 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS. A new hybrid shutter allows up to 8 FPS mechanical drive and also 30 FPS at 4K using the electronic-shutter. The same electronic-shutter mode allows to freeze action at up to 1/16000s while the mechanical mode makes Bulb exposures possible for 30 minutes.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 offers professional controls and a highly sophisticated feature-set. It is expected this September of $1199 USD or $1599 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.06.18

Today, Canon unveiled their first large-sensor ultra-zoom. Presumably using the same sensor as their own Canon Powershot G7 X reviewed here recently, the new digital camera becomes the first competitor to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which also uses a 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor.

Canon Powershot G3 X

The new Canon Powershot G3 X provides an even longer 25X optical-zoom, equivalent to 24-600mm with an F/2.8-5.6 variable maximum aperture. This, of course, is more impressive considering the FZ1000 also starts at F/2.8 while reaching 400mm at a maximum F/4 and being much larger and heavier. To further stand-out among its peers, the G3 X is the first weather-sealed large-sensor fixed-lens digital camera, pushing its versatility ahead.

This ultra-zoom is a premium digital camera and offers plenty of direct controls, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, an EC dial and an optional EVF, sold separately. It offers full manual controls, including BULB mode. The LCD display is unusually large at 3.2″ and has a class-leading resolution of 1.6 megapixels. A DIGIC 6 processor lets the G3 X shoot continuously at 5.9 FPS and capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS.

The Canon Powershot G3 X is scheduled to be available next month of $999 USD or $1199 CDN. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.06.18

ThinkTank Photo just showed there is still room to innovate photo backpacks by release a unique pair of camera bags. The Trifecta 10 for DSLRs and Trifecta 8 for Mirrorless ones offer 3-sided access to photography gear with a fourth opening for a separate compartment useful for additional items.

These narrow backpacks have a rear opening to configure the bag plus one on each side for quick access to lenses or cameras. Both these bags are intended to carry a camera with lens attached and at least two extra lenses, up to 5 smaller ones. This way, one can always have an ultra-wide, a standard and long lens available.

ThinkTank Trifecta 10

There is also a rear external stretch pocket which can accommodate a water bottle or be used to secure a light-weight tripod. A larger tripod can be hung over the back with a supplied attachment strap. Dividers inside are movable to make either side larger, depending if one prefers left or right-hand access to the camera.

Trifecta bags are made of  heavy-weight nylon with durable water-repellant coating to protect from rain. The underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating too. The openings close with extremely sturdy YKK Fuse-Zippers. A seam-sealed rain cover is provided for heavy rain.

Trifecta 8 Mirrorless Backpack

Interior Dimension: 9.4” W x 10.2” H x 4.5” D (24 x 26 x 11.5 cm)

Exterior Dimension: 11.4” W x 17.7” H x 5.7” D (29 x 45 x 14.5 cm)

8” Tablet Pocket: 6.7” W x 9.4” H x 0.4” D (17 x 24 x 1 cm)

Weight: 2.3 lbs (1 kg)

Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack

Interior Dimension: 11” W x 12.2” H x 5.3” D (28 x 31 x 13.5 cm)

Exterior Dimension: 12.6” W x 19.3” H x 6.9” D (32 x 49 x 17.5 cm)

10” Tablet Pocket: 7.8” W x 9.6” H x 0.4” D (19.8 x 24.5 x 1 cm)

Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)

Availability

Both Trifecta backpacks are available immediately from ThinkTank Photo. The Trifecta 10 DSLR costs $159 USD and the Trifecta 8 Mirrorless costs $139 USD.

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2015.06.10

Today, Sony took the wraps of flagship cameras for 3 of their lines, all with new sensor designs allowing them to record 4K Ultra-HD video at up to 30 FPS.

Sony Alpha A7R II

The new top-of-the-line mirrorless is the Sony Alpha A7R II. It is built around a 42 megapixels full-frame  CMOS sensor with 399 built-in Phase-Detect AF points and mounted on an improved 5-axis image-stabilization system. It adds 4K video to the already capable feature set of its predecessor, the A7R. The new sensor has a native ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity range and is expandable to 50-102400 thanks to the world”s first full-frame backside illuminated (BSI) sensor.

The A7R II uses a mechanical shutter that reaches 1/8000s maximum and can sustain 5 FPS for 23 RAW files or 24 JPEG images. Bracketing has been extended to 9 frames and WB fine-tuning can be controlled in 29 steps along the B-Y axis or 57 along G-M. This mirrorless is compatible with full-frame E-mount lenses and also full-frame Alpha-mount lenses via an adapter while preserving AF.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 II

The new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 II is their second-generation large-sensor bridge camera and it upgrades the built-in EVF to 2.4 megapixels, while keeping the same constant-aperture 24-200mm F/2.8 zoom lens. It introduces an all-new 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor which is stacked with memory for never-seen-before read-out speeds. Not only can it capture 4K video at 30 FPS, it can also record 1080p HD at 24 to 1000 FPS! Its hybrid shutter can reach speeds of 1/32000s and shoot continuously at 14 FPS.

The implementation on the RX100 II allows for an ISO 100-12800 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 64. This camera uses Contrast-Detect AF at 25 areas. Its new 0.39″ built-in EVF has 2.4 megapixels and an Eye-Start sensor.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 IV

A fourth RX100 makes its debut with the same 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor as the RX10 II which gives it the same 4K and ultra-high-speed video capabilities but starts at ISO 100, expandable to ISO 80 instead. It can also capture images at 1/32000s and even manages to reach 16 FPS at full-resolution. The new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 IV offers the same ultra-bright and ultra-wide 24-70mm F/1.8-2.8 lens as its predecessor and a higher-resolution 2.4 MP popup EVF.

All three of these cameras are expected to ship next month. Follow the above links or click on the camera images to see pre-ordering options for each model. The A7R II is expected for $3200 USD, the RX10 II for $1300 USD and the RX100 IV for $950 USD.

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