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2016.07.07

Fuji X-T2

Today Fuji took the veil off the widely anticipated X-T2, successor to the flagship X-T1 Graphite and boasting the same 24 megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor as the X-Pro2 reviewed here. This sensor features built-in Phase-Detect AF which combines with Contrast-Detect AF to provide 325-Point autofocus. Fuji is emphasizing the X-T2 as a significant upgrade with ultra-fast performance beyond that of the already capable X-T1.

The 24 MP sensor has a native ISO 200 to 12800 sensitivity range and expands to cover 100 to 51200. With a new hybrid shutter, the X-T2 can reach speeds of 1/32000s. It can also capture full-resolution images at 14 FPS with the electronic-shutter or 8 FPS with the mechanical one. Actually, the mechanical shutter can run at 11 FPS even when the camera is powered by an optional grip which delivers higher voltage, allowing the X-T2 to process faster, improving shutter-lag, black-out and shot-to-shot speed. The optional grip houses 2 additional batteries and provides a number of controls for vertical shooting.

The Fuji X-T2 is aimed directly a professionals with a solid magnesium body which is weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. It offers dual control-dials plus direct dials for ISO, Shutter-Speed and EC, in addition to the Aperture-Ring found on most XF-mount Fujinon lenses. It keeps the same super 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF panel with 100% coverage and 0.77X magnification but now manages to refresh it at 100 Hz instead of 60 Hz.

This mirrorless is the first Fuji to record 4K Ultra-HD video. It does so from a 1.17X crop-area, reducing the field-of-view compared to still and full HD, and can normally sustain it for 10 mins. The optional battery-grip can push this out to 30 mins. The camera has dual SDXC memory card slots, both which can operate at UHS-II speeds, unlike the X-Pro2.

Fuji is expecting to ship the X-T2 in September for a suggest retail price of $1599 USD. Pricing in Canada has not been announced yet. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders and do ship to Canada.

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2016.06.09

DxO Optics Pro 11 introduces new innovations in advanced RAW image processing

PARIS & SAN FRANCISCO—June 1, 2016—DxO, a world leader in digital imaging technologies, announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro 11, a major update to its award-winning photo software for Mac and PC. DxO Optics Pro 11 introduces important enhancements to DxO PRIME, the industry-standard for noise reduction, and new automated tools, such as spot weighted correction, auto micro-contrast and auto red-eye that leverage face detection to help bring out the subtle nuances in images — all in just a few clicks and regardless of the original shooting conditions.

DxO PRIME 2016, better and faster

DxO Optics Pro 11 features DxO’s proprietary DxO PRIME 2016 noise reduction, which enables photographers to salvage noisy photos thought previously unusable. With DxO Optics Pro 11, photographers can capture new images at an even higher ISO by using a new version of PRIME that is better and faster than ever. DxO PRIME 2016 better preserves bokehs and smooth transitions, retains more details, and more faithfully preserves colors in dark areas, and it does this all automatically by reading each camera’s precise calibration data. And through an intense effort to adapt and optimize this technology, DxO PRIME 2016 is now able to process RAW files up to 4x faster than before — in fact, the higher the ISO, the bigger the benefit of processing time.

Automated Spot Weighted Corrections

The image scientists at DxO have designed a new enhancement to DxO Optics Pro’s Smart Lighting tool that uses face detection to apply an intelligent tone map on the entire image, to better extend the dynamic range, add fill light, and improve contrast while optimizing illumination on faces. The result is genuine spot processing—after capture—with the very same results as spot metering typically provides in camera, but with the added benefit of fine-tuning flexibility.

Other enhanced tools, including new full screen mode

DxO Optics Pro 11 also adds a number of other useful tools for photographers, including an auto microcontrast mode that enhances image content while taking care to preserve faces and keep noise under control. The selective tone control produces more natural results, efficiently recovering information in shadows and highlights while avoiding flattening midtones, and there’s also a new tool that uses face and eye detection to automatically apply red eye correction, even as a batch process on multiple photos. In addition, a brand new full screen viewer removes distracting clutter so you can focus more on selecting, rejecting and rating your images, while using new shortcuts designed to help speed up the culling process.

Even more cameras supported

Without any user intervention (apart from simply viewing your image) DxO Optics Pro will read the metadata in your photo, and prompt you to download the appropriate camera/lens module. With that module, Optics Pro automatically and intelligently applies corrections such as distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and lens softness. And with this latest release, DxO Optics Pro 11 adds support for a number of new cameras, including Nikon’s new flagship D5, bringing the total number of supported camera/lens combinations to well over 28,000!

Pricing & Availability

The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO OpticsPro 11 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount through June 30, 2016:

GBP:

• DxO OpticsPro 11 ESSENTIAL Edition :     £79 instead of £99
• DxO OpticsPro 11 ELITE Edition :               £119 instead of £159

Photographers who acquired or upgraded a DxO OpticsPro license on or after April 1, 2016, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 11.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO OpticsPro 11, good for one month, is available on the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/en/photography/download

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2016.06.09

Pentax K-70

Ricoh surprised everyone this morning with the launch of the Pentax K-70. It has been a slow year for digital cameras but that would be an understatement for Ricoh who managed to only introduce two new photography cameras, this one and the Pentax K-1 which has recently started shipping. They also added an action camera, the WG-M2. While trailing in numbers, Ricoh has been excelling at delivering exceptional capabilities and unique features at an unmatched price-point.

The Pentax K-70 is built around a new 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with Hybrid AF system, including a traditional 11-point SAFOX X Phase-Detect AF system and an unspecified number of Phase-Detect points built right into the sensor to speed up autofocus during Live-View and Video Capture. A sensor-shift image stabilization mechanism allows it to stabilize any lens and add several features unique to Pentax such as Anti-Alias Filter-Simulation, Automatic Horizon Correction and Pixel Shift which captures full color information and improved dynamic-range at every pixel.

By its characteristics alone, the Pentax K-70 is a professional DSLR. It offers a large 0.95X magnification viewfinder with 100% coverage in a body which is fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C.Plus, it features dual control-dials, unique exposure modes, built-in HDR, AEB and 4K Time Lapse Video, in addition to filming full 1080p video. Enthusiasts will love that this camera is very light and compact for one with a 100% coverage OVF and dual control-dials. It has plenty of external controls, though fewer than typical professional cameras. Nicely this can help it look less intimidating and make is desirable for travel and street photography.

The Pentax K-70 is expected to fetch $649 USD. The availability of this DSLR with professional features at an entry-level price will be announced in July 2016.

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2016.04.06

Earlier today, Panasonic unveiled the third member of their premium GX-series of Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85called GX80 in some markets – slots itself between the original GX7 reviewed here which introduced image-stabilization to Panasonic mirrorless digital cameras and the flagship GX8 reviewed here that reached professional-grade with its study weather-sealed body.

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 supersedes the GX7 with a new 16 megapixels LiveMOS sensor without anti-alias filter to delivers 10% more details while maintaining the same resolution and pixel-size. It offers an all-new 5-axis in-body image-stabilization system that exceeds even the flagship GX8. This mechanism pairs with lens-based stabilization to deliver an unprecedented level of stabilization when combined with a compatible optically-stabilized lens.

A newly developed hybrid shutter allows mechanical shutter-speeds of 1/4000 to 60s or electronic ones of 1/16000 to 1s. The GX85 can capture full-resolution images at 8 FPS with focus locked on the first frame or 6 FPS with continuous AF. It has a shallow buffer for 13 RAW files but write throughput which allows up to 100 JPEG images per burst with a sufficiently fast SDXC UHS-I memory card.

This mirrorless features the same class-leading 2.8 megapixels EVF as on the GX7. While it keeps the useful Eye-Start Sensor of its predecessor, the new viewfinder has a fixed position which trades flexibility for durability. The rear 3″ touchscreen LCD though has one megapixel and does tilt. The body of the GX85 offers a similar layout yet is noticeably smaller than the GX8. It still fits dual control-dials but it not weather-sealed.

4K for video and stills are major features of the GX85 with Ultra-HD video capture and 30 FPS burst shooting at 4K resolution with optional pre-buffering. Full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS is also supported. There is a built-in stereo microphone but no provision for an external one.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is scheduled to be available next month for $799 USD or $999 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders at these links.

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2016.02.24

Nikon took their fixed-lens digital cameras to the next level by unveiling an entirely new series. The Nikon DL-series starts with 3 members based on a 20 megapixels 1″ high-speed CMOS sensor like the one found in the Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless reviewed here. This sensor offers 171 Phase-Detect points built-in and an electronic-shutter capable of 1/16000s speeds.

All these cameras can capture full-resolution images at a whopping 60 FPS or a speedy 20 FPS with continuous autofocus. The 20 megapixels sensor can also capture 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS as well as high-speed videos up to a class-leading 1200 FPS. They all feature premium cameras ergonomics with dual control-dials and plenty of physical controls.

Nikon DL18-50

The Nikon DL18-50 is entirely unique thanks to an extremely wide 18-50mm lens with a bright F/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture. This model features a hot-shoe but no built-in flash since it would be unable to provide sufficient coverage for such an extreme angle-of-view. The hot-shoe though supports an optional 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 100% coverage and a built-in Eye-Start sensor. Speaking of coverage, the 3″ LCD at the back covers 100% of the frame too. The lens unusually supports 46mm filters.

Nikon DL24-85

The Nikon DL24-85 offers a versatile 24-85mm lens with a bright F/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture. This lens offers two features not found among its siblings. One is a 1:1 magnification macro mode. The other is a built-in 3-stop ND-filter. The lens also supports 40.5mm filters.

Given its more typical focal-range, the DL24-85 offers a popup flash. It also has a hot-shoe which supports the same optional EVF as the DL18-50. In one of the greatest mysteries of digital cameras this year, the DL24-85 only shows 97% coverage on its rear LCD. It is unclear whether the accessory EVF would show 100% instead.

Nikon DL24-500

The Nikon DL24-500 is an ultra-zoom with an extremely impressive lens for one which projects a 2.7X-crop image circle. This 20.8X optical zoom lens features active image-stabilization and covers 24 to 500mm with a respectable F/2.8-5.6 maximum aperture.

As the largest model in the group, the DL24-500 includes a 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels and an Eye-Start sensor built-in, plus a popup flash and hot-shoe. It offers a fly-by-wire focus-ring and dual control-dials. Instead of tilting like the others, its rear 3″ LCD rotates. Unfortunately, both the EVF and LCD only show 97% coverage.

The DL-series of Nikon fixed-lens digital cameras is expected to be available early this summer. They carry the following suggested retail price and are already available for preorder at the links below:

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