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2014.07.15

Ricoh Imaging just launched their most powerful ultra-zoom yet. The new Pentax XG-1 boasts a 52X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-1248mm. It features a 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor and Sensor-Shift image-stabilization. Its fast continuous drive runs at 10 FPS in full-resolution and up to 60 FPS at lower-resolution with a very respectable 30 FPS 4 megapixels mode.

Ricoh Pentax XG-1

The XG-1 is a prosumer bridge camera which offers full manual-controls, except for manual focus, and a shutter-speed from 1/2000s to 30s. Its 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor has an ISO 100 to 3200 sensitivity range. With a maximum F/2.8 aperture at wide-angle and F/5.6 at its extreme telephoto end, this ultra-zoom should prove to be highly versatile.

Ricoh equipped the XG-1 with full 1080p HD video capability using an efficient H.264 codec wrapped in Quicktime format. Framing with this digital camera is doable using a large 3″ LCD with 460K pixels or a built-in EVF with 200K pixels.

The Ricoh Pentax XG-1 is expected to be available next month for a suggested price of $399 USD or $429 CDN.

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2014.07.04

MindShift Gear just unveiled their unique FilterNest product. This is a casing for filters which can serve as standalone case or organizer. It can hold up to 8 filters with diameter of 82mm each. The outer shell can be hooked onto pretty much anything or attached to a belt, like that of the Rotation 180° Panorama.

MindShift FilterNest

Features

  • The padded, zippered pouch provides optimum protection in the field.
  • The removable inside is ideal for compact packing.
  • Color-coding improves organization, fits 8 round filters.
  • It is belt-mountable to provide quick access to filters.
  • Grab-handle with quick-release buckle.
  • Zippered pocket fits a lens cloth.

Dimensions

  • Outside: 8.1” W x 4.3” H x 3.0” D (20.5 x 11 x 7.5 cm)
  • Inside: 7.3” W x 3.7” H x 1.8” D (18.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Filter slots: 3.4” W x 3.5” H (8.6 x 9.0 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The filter-nest is available immediately from the MindShift Gear website for a price of $45 USD.

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2014.06.26

Nikon unveiled their latest high-resolution full-frame DSLR, saying goodbye for good to anti-alias filtering. The all new Nikon D810 replaces both D800E and D800 which only differed between them by the use an anti-alias filter. The D810 boasts an improved 36 megapixels sensor with better micro-lenses and lower base-sensitivity of ISO 64 and also reaches 12800 natively. Expanded ISO takes this down to an unprecedented ISO 32 all the way to 51200.

Nikon D810

Neocamera already reviewed the excellent D800 and the  Nikon D810 adds a number of improvements beyond its new sensitivity range. Now powered by an EXPEED 4 processor, the D810 is 25% faster than its predecessor. Reaching up to 5 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution and capturing full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS while simultaneously recording compressed video to a memory-card and uncompressed output via HDMI.

There is a new 91K pixels 3D Matrix III metering sensor which introduces Highlight-Weighed Metering. This promises to greatly reduce clipping of highlights. Image parameters are now adjustable in 25 steps and expanded to include a Clarity setting which controls the tone-curve of mid-tones. A new Flat color-rendering produces images which capture a greater dynamic-range than previously possible.

The new Nikon D810 will be available next month for $3299 USD or $3499 CDN. Amazon and Best Buy are already accepting pre-orders in the US. International buyers can preorder from B&H Photo or Adorama.

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2014.06.12

Today Panasonic revealed their first large-sensor ultra-zoom. This is the second on the market and the only one capable of capturing 4K Ultra-HD video. The all-new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 sports a 20 megapixels 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7X crop-factor and 3:2 aspect-ratio and can record 3840×2160 video at 30 FPS or full 1080p HD at 60 FPS. This high-performance sensor is paired with a unique 25-400mm F/2.8-4 Leica lens including aspherical elements and built-in 5-axis image-stabilization.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

This ultra-zoom offers a highly-versatile zoom range and relatively bright aperture plus high image-quality. This represents a huge leap over other Panasonic fixed-lens cameras, making the FZ1000 one of the most attractive travel cameras on the market. Its DSLR-style body provides an all-in-one camera suitable for diverse photographic subjects without the hassle of changing lenses or the risk of sensor-dust.

The Panasonic FZ100 is big on video features with full manual-controls, including smooth electronic zooming and focusing, plus stereo sound from either the built-in microphone or an external audio source. This digital camera provides plenty of external controls, including a fly-by-wire ring to zoom and focus, a single control-dial and 5 customizable buttons.

Usability of the FZ100 is assured in a variety of conditions thanks to a huge 0.7X magnification EVF with 2.4 megapixels, plus a rotating 3″ LCD with 920K pixels. An Eye-Start sensor automatically toggles between EVF and LCD too. WiFi and NFC are also included.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is scheduled to ship next month for a suggested price of $899 USD. Amazon is already accepting pre-orders, as are Adorama and B&H Photo. Order quickly if you need it this summer!

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2014.05.13

Just today, Canon unveiled its widest rectilinear zoom lenses for both its DSLR platforms. The full-frame EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM matches its widest lens in a lighter constant-aperture model which adds image-stabilization for the first time on such a wide EF lens.

Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM

This ultra-wide-angle lens provides an impressive perspective with the versatility of a zoom. It incorporates a number of high-precision optics, including 3 Glass-Molded aspheric lenses, two UD elements and fluorine coatings. Together with a 9-blade circular aperture, the EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM promises top-notch image-quality.

Like many other professional lenses, this one is weather-sealed and features quick-shift autofocus. The Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM is scheduled to be available next month for $1199 USD or $1319 CDN.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM

For APS-C sensor cameras, Canon also revealed a  lens which offers the same angle-of-view. The new EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM offers the widest field-of-view of any Canon lens on cropped-sensor cameras, matching the 10-22mm ones in a much lighter and compact design.

Like its the full-frame one, this ultra-wide-angle is stabilized. Instead of using an ultra-sonic motor which is optimized for fast autofocus, this one uses an STM motor optimized for smooth focus-transitions. This makes it much more suitable for shooting videos, even with continuous autofocus enabled.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM is also scheduled to be available next month for $299 USD or $359 CDN. Only with these lenses, a White Edition of the compact Canon Rebel SL1 DSLR was announced too.

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