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2020.02.13

Canon EOS R5

Today Canon announced that it will be joining all other manufacturers of Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras by offering their next model with built-in image-stabilization. The Canon EOS R5 will feature an entirely new sensor with at least 42 megapixels needed to produce 8K video which requires 4X the pixels of 4K Ultra-HD. While the video frame rate is unspecified, the R5 will be capable of 20 FPS using an electronic-shutter and 12 FPS with a mechanical one.

Most crucially, Canon is developing sensor-shift technology which can also coordinate with optical image-stabilization. This will allow it to stabilize any lens, including adapted ones, which will bring Canon inline with its competitors for the first time. At this time, no other camera records 8K video, so Canon is racing to be the first. The new R5 will be flagship among its RF series of mirrorless and will offer dual control-dials, an 8-way joystick and an EVF with an Eye-Start Sensor. There will be dual card-slots of unspecified types, most likely CFast which Canon adapted on their high-end offerings and would be needed to allow recording 8K video and 40+ megapixels bursts at 20 FPS. This is promising to be the most exciting camera from Canon of the century!

Along with the EOS R5 development, Canon is adding some lightweight lenses to the platform. They started their RF system with statement lenses that are exceptionally bright but weigh considerably. This time, they are adding the dimmest zoom lenses ever built to dial into the other extreme. The RF 24-105mm F/4-7.1L IS STM and RF 100-500mm F/4.5-7.1L IS USM will be joining the native RF-mount lens lineup. The wider of these two lenses is scheduled to ship soon for $400 USD, while the latter is being merely pre-announced for now.

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2020.02.12

Early this morning, Olympus launched a trio of new mirrorless products, one professional camera, one entry-level and a compact high-end lens. These expand the Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless platform at both ends of the product scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

First up is the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III professional mirrorless. This camera fits parallel to the flagship OM-D E-M1X designed for Action Photography with a camera that is much more compact and versatile, promising to be one of the best digital cameras for Travel Photography on the market.

The new E-M1 Mark III  features the same 20 MP High-Speed Four-Thirds CMOS sensor as the E-M1X and is therefore capable of continuously shooting full-resolution images at  60 FPS using an electronic-shutter. With the mechanical shutter, it manages an impressive 15 FPS. The fast readout speed lets this mirrorless record Cinema 4K video at 24 FPS or 4K Ultra-HD at 30 FPS.

Olympus perfected their already leading 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism with a new system that can correct for up to 7 -stops of shake compared to hand-holding. When paired with an optically stabilized lens, this extends further to a total of 7.5-stops. Having such an improved sensor-shift system makes it possible to assemble a Multi-Resolution image hand-held, something very few cameras can do.

This high-end camera offers everything expected from a professional model. It  has full manual-controls including Bulb exposures up to 30 minutes, numerous metering modes, extensive bracketing, including in-camera HDR and Focus-Stacking, plus the unique-to-Olympus Live-Time, Live-Bulb and Live-ND modes, further improved in the E-M1 Mark III. This camera features dual control-dials in an IPX1-rated body that is weatherproof, splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof to -10C.

The body of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is nearly identical to its predecessor, adding an 8-way joystick while keeping its sharp 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF with 0.74X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor. This remarkable camera weighs in just 504g.

Olympus PEN E-PL10

Second, there is the Olympus PEN E-PL10, the follow up to the entry-level E-PL9. The new model has a nearly identical design and feature set. These models are part of the PEN series of highly compact Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless digital cameras that feature a 3-axis image-stabilization mechanism and simple ergonomics.

The PEN E-PL10 is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on the sensor-shift system that provides 3.5-stops of stabilization. This sensor is capable of outputting 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and continuous shooting at 8.6 FPS. This mirrorless relies on Contrast-Detect AF only.

Olympus packs an exceptional number of features even in their entry-level offers such as this E-PL10. This includes Bulb exposures, unique metering patterns and flexible bracketing. There is no EVF nor provision to add one but the new tilting 3″ LCD display rotates 180° downwards. There is a single control-dial on this lightweight body that comes in at 332g.

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO

The new Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO is a high-grade lens for Micro Four-Thirds. It spans an equivalent 24-90mm focal-range with constant F/4 aperture. The optical design of this zoom makes it one of the most compact constant-aperture zooms, even within the Micro Four-Thirds system.

This lens bares the PRO label by Olympus which signifies professional-grade image-quality and construction. The M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO is weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C and is even certified with an IPX1 rating. This lens weighs in just 254g.

Olympus is making the E-PL10 available immediately with the E-M1 Mark III following in the next two weeks. The 12-45mm F/4 PRO is expected to ship in early April. Follow these links to the full specifications of these new products along with preordering/purchasing options:

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2020.02.12

The new action flagship Nikon DSLR announced in last September is making its official debut today. Unsurprisingly, the Nikon D6 offers a number of improvements and refinements over its predecessor, the already superb D5 reviewed here. The ultra-rugged and highly ergonomic design is kept with mostly internal improvements.

Nikon D6

The Nikon D6 is built around a 20 megapixels High-Speed Full-Frame CMOS sensor paired with a new EXPEED 6 processor. This sensor has an incredible standard ISO 100-102400 sensitivity range which expands further to ISO 50-3,280,000 which allows the D6 to capture images in complete darkness. A new extremely sensitive AF module makes this even more useful by providing 105 Cross-Type Points sensitive to -4 EV in 3 directions, plus an extra-sensitive center-point that can focus down to -4.5 EV! This autofocus system promises great speed and accuracy that will surpass even the D5 which delivered the best AF performance yet.

As a DSLR designed for high-speed action photography, the mechanical shutter in the D6 can continuous capture up to 200 full-resolution JPEG images. When noise is an issue, the new silent drive of this DSLR can manage an impressive 10.5 FPS. Scaled down continuous rates up to 60 FPS are available at 2 MP for when resolution is not important. The shutter of the D6 is rated at 400,000 cycles to make this camera last.

Everything from the D5 has been carried over or improved. The mechanical shutter covers a 1/8000s to 15m range, plus allows Bulb exposures. There are  extensive bracketing features for exposure, focus, white-balance and even an external flash unit, since there is no built-in flash on the D6. It does have both an industry-standard hot-shoe and sync-port to add external lighting.  Several new components made it in the D6: A built-in WiFi transmitter, builtin Bluetooth 4.2 LE, faster Gigabit Ethernet port, USB-C port and a built-in GPS that records position and elevation.

Although looking nearly identical, the body sports a number of improvements. The rear LCD panel now has a class-leading 2.4 MP of resolution. Instead of having one version of this camera per type of memory-card, the Nikon D6 sports dual memory-card slots that support XQD and CFExpress. The rugged body of this flagship DSLR offers dual grips, each with dual control-dials, illuminated buttons and is fully weatherproof. On a single charge, the D6 can capture over 3580 frames, longer on continuous drive mode.

Nikon will ship the D6 at the end of April for around $6500 USD or $9000 CAD, giving photographers several months of testing and practice before the summer Olympics. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are accepting pre-orders. Credit-cards do not get charged until the units ship, while ensuring to be among the first to receive this new DSLR.

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2020.02.09

The latest Premium Compact from Sony just get their sensor scored by DxOMark. This measure is one metric of image-quality that describes the performance of a camera sensor with normalized output regardless of resolution.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 VII

This 7th-generation 1″ sensor ultra-compact in the RX100 series. Like all its predecessors, the Sony RX100 VII is built around a 20 MP sensor.  Its sensor is fabricated as a stacked BSI-CMOS chip that gives it an extremely fast 90 FPS burst speed! A 357-Point Phase-Detect AF system is built right into the sensor which is paired with a relatively long 24-200mm F/2.8-4.5 lens with optical image-stabilization.

DxOMark measures the Sony RX100 VII at 63. This score falls closely within the range of other cameras with a 1″ CMOS sensor, yet on the lower side compared to recent models that can score up to 71. The score breaks down into 3 constituents, a bit-depth of 21.8 bits-per-pixel, a dynamic-range of 12.4 EV and High-iSO score of 418. Unfortunately, the RX100 VII loses out on both bit-depth and low-light performance. Dynamic-range though is just a fraction of a stop  below the maximum of 12.7 EV for a 1″ sensor. This makes sense as surface area is the prime contributor of dynamic-range.

Bit-depth is near the bottom of the pack, falling behind even the original RX100 launched in 2012! For High-ISO, it pulls ahead of the RX100 yet does not quite reach the RX100 II that sucedes it. It is rare but not unheard that this happens as sometimes compromises force changes in chip-design. In particular, the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII needs a lot more circuitry to read-off the sensor at 90 FPS and built-in Phase-Detect tends to introduces some low-level signal which damages the darkest tones.

For more information, read the full sensor report at DxOMark.

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2020.02.05

Ricoh WG-70

Continuing with the Pentax tradition of producing incredibly rugged digital camera, owners Ricoh just unveiled their WG-70. This comes with some tweaks to the WG-60 with identical construction. This camera is waterproof to depths of 14 meters for up to 2 hours, shockproof to 1.6m drops, crushproof to 100kg, freezeproof to -10C, weatherproof and dustproof.

Inside its rugged construction, the Ricoh WG-70 features a 16 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor paired with an internal 3X optical zoom. Its focal-range is equivalent to 28-140mm with a dim F/3.5-5.5 maximum aperture common of these types of lenses. Its lens has super macro capability and can focus down to 1cm from the front element. 6 LED lights arranged around the lens provide even illumination of close up macro photography.

The remaining specifications for this digital camera are fairly limited. The 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor supports an ISO 125-6400 sensitivity range. Focus is available at just 9 points and the rear LCD measures 2.7″ diagonally with 230K pixels, which is the smallest and lowest resolution screen available these days. There is no actual image stabilization in this camera, although it attempts to simulate it in software somehow. A few features of the Ricoh WG-70 do standout. This includes IR receptors on both sides of the camera and an interval timer.

Ricoh is expecting to ship this WG-70 at the end of March for $280 USD or $360 CAD. Amazon.ca and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders.

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