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2015.01.20

Earlier today Panasonic made a surprise-announcement for their latest compact mirrorless digital camera. The all-new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is a complete redesign of its predecessor, the Panasonic GF6 launched in 2013 and reviewed here. The new arrival slots itself as upper entry-level, above the diminutive GM-series and below the extremely capable GX-series.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is built around a state-of-the-art 16 megapixels Four-Thirds LiveMOS sensor with matching Micro Four-Thirds lens-mount. It has an ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity range and an impressive 1/16000 to 60s shutter-speed range, thanks to a hybrid mechanical and electronic shutter. It can sustain up to 5.8 FPS continuous shooting with the mechanical-shutter and up to 40 FPS at 4 MP with the electronic one.

Its new design includes the most radical change from the GF6, a large 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 megapixel of resolution which also tilts up 180°, allowing for easily-framed selfies. On the rear, there is also a single control-dial, which is standard for this level of camera. A traditional mode-dial sits on the top-plate, which also hides a built-in popup flash, something which does not fit in the smaller GM-series.

There is no doubt the GF7 can deliver high image-quality from a compact package, as Panasonic proved well with the GM1 reviewed here. The inclusion of the popup flash and tilting LCD are key to grabbing different potential buyers.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is expected to arrive this April for a suggested price of $599 USD or $699 CDN. Amazon.com is already accepting pre-orders. Buyers pretty-much anywhere can also order from Adorama and B&H Photo.

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2015.01.08

Today at CES, MindShift Gear unveiled 3 new accessories which are immediately available. The Filter Nest Mini and Filter Hive Mini are both designed to carry and conveniently access filters, while the House of Cards, is there to pack memory cards and in easily-to-use package.

MindShift Gear Filter Nest Mini

The Filter Nest Mini looks like the perfectly designed carrying solution of circular filters. It can accommodate up to 4 circular filter of at most 82mm diameter. Each slot is padded to protect the glass and color-coded for easy identification. The whole accessory compressed when not in use thanks to its accordion-design. The Filter Nest Mini is available directly from MindShift Gear for a price of $25 USD.

MindShift Gear Filter Hive Mini

The Filter Hive Mini is a larger case for carrying large filters with sizes up to 6″ x 4″. Again, at most 4 of these fit at once and each compartment collapses flat while not in use. The slots are color-keyed for easy recognition. The Filter Hive Mini is available directly from MindShift Gear for a price of $30 USD.

MindShift Gear House of Cards

The House of Cards is the largest memory-card carrying solution on the market, yet it folds down to the approximate size of a typical wallet. It can store up to 6 Compact Flash cards and 3 SD(HC/XC) ones. The outside features a business-card holder which make it easy to identify. The House of Cards is available directly from MindShift Gear for a price of $20 USD.

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2015.01.07

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30

Panasonic has a huge presence at CES 2015. Among digital cameras, they unveiled 5 new fixed-lens cameras. The two waterproof models, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 are minor upgrades from their predecessors. These tough cameras can be submerged under to 13 and 8 meter depths, respectively. Both feature built-in WiFi and the TS6 also includes a built-in GPS.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

The new compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is one of the slimmest ultra-zooms on the market. Even though it is only 30mm thick, it packs a stabilized 12X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens and a 16 megapixels CCD sensor. This fully-automatic camera can capture 720p HD videos too.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 is one of Panasonic’s travel-zoom, packing an impressive 20X ultra-wide optical-zoom with image-stabilization in a 32mm-thick body. This extremely versatile compact features full manual-controls, including choice of metering. It packs a 16 MP CMOS sensor that can capture 10 full-resolution images in a single second.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

The fantastic surprise of CES 2015 is the all-new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50. This travel-zoom offers premium features, including dual control-dials and a 1.2 megapixels EVF with Eye-Start sensor. It packs a whopping 30X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens with hybrid 5-axis image-stabilization in a compact body which measures only 34mm thick.

The core of the ZS50 is the a 12 megapixels CMOS sensor which ensures its larger pixels can deliver lower-noise and greater dynamic-range than its siblings announced today. It has an ISO 80 to 6400 sensitivity range and can shoot 6 frames at 10 FPS in a single burst. This travel-zoom also captures full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS.

Panasonic expects all these new cameras to ship in April 2014. Check the links in this post for pre-ordering now.

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2015.01.07

Fujinon XF16-55mm F/2.8R LM WR

 

Fuji just added a bright standard zoom to its lineup of professional X-mount lenses. The all new Fujinon XF 16-55mm F/2.8R LM WR is a constant-aperture zoom with an exceptionally versatile range, covering from ultra-wide to normal focal-lengths. It is designed for use with APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras, like all current Fuji X-series, where it is equivalent to 24-82mm on a full-frame.

The XF16-55mm F/2.8 features a premium construction and is fully weather-sealed against rain, snow and dust. It is also freezeproof to -10C, which matches the flagship Fuji X-T1 camera reviewed here. This new lens complements the excellent Fujinon XF 50-140mm F/2.8R LM WR. Unlike its telephoto complement, the new 16-55mm F/2.8R is not stabilized. It does provide dual linear focus motors through for smooth and quiet focusing.

The Fuji XF 16-55mm is scheduled to ship next month for $1200 USD. B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.01.06

For the start of CES 2015, Nikon revealed 3 new imaging products. The first two are upgrades to existing products with a new entry-level DSLR and light telephoto zoom.

Nikon D5500

The Nikon D5500 replaces the D5300 with an almost identical feature-set in a refined design which includes a lifted control-dial and adds touchscreen capabilities to the rear 1 megapixels 3.2″ rotating LCD. Like its predecessor, this one combines a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter and a class-leading 39-point Phase-Detect AF sensor.

The single-control-dial and cropped 95% coverage OVF keep the entry-level status of the D5500. It still offers a reasonable number of controls, including drive-mode button, traditional mode-dial and customizable Fn button. This new DSLR should be available next month. B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders for $897 USD.

Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm F/4-5.6 DX VR II

The new collapsible Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED VR II telephoto lens offers a compact design with a classic telephoto reach. This lens is somewhat dim, as one would expect from a kit-lens but offers unprecedented portability for a DSLR zoom, only 8.3cm long when closed. This lens will also be available next month for $347 which you can pre-order from B&H Photo as well.

Nikkor AF-S 300mm F/4E PD VR

The new lens is a bright and moderately lightweight Nikkor AF-S 300mm F/4E PF ED VR. This is the first Nikon lens to use diffractive optics. It manages to squeeze in a bright 300mm lens into 755g. It has en electronically-controlled variable diaphragm and built-in stabilization. This new telephoto prime will be available next month from B&H Photo for just under $2000 USD.

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