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2015.04.23

Ricoh, makers of Pentax DSLRs, just announced a new flagship DSLR. This professional models features a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor without anti-alias-filter. This sensor is mounted on a revised Shake Reduction mechanism which claims up to 4.5 stops of stabilization, one more than the previous flagship. Just like on the predecessor, this same SR system is used to provide Automatic Horizon Correction, Composition Shift and Anti-Alias Simulation.

Pentax K-3 II

The new Pentax K-3 II forgoes a built-in flash in favor of a GPS, including digital compass and high-precision gyroscope. This introduces the ASTROTRACER feature right into the camera body, allowing for trail-less astrophotography which normally requires an expensive and heavy tracking mount. The GPS is less power-hungry than a built-in flash, so battery like of the K-3 II reaches 720 shots-per-charge instead of the rather-short 560 of its predecessor.

The main specifications of the Pentax K-3 II remain equally impressive as those of the original K-3. It has a fully weather-sealed and freezeproof body with a large 0.95X magnification 100% coverage OVF and numerous direct controls, including dual control-dials. The body remains nearly identical which is has one of the most ergonomic and intuitive layout of any digital camera.

The 24 megapixels APS-C sensor may be the same as its predecessor or may be a revised unit. Along with the new SR and gyro-sensors, it offers a new feature called Pixel Shift Resolution. This lets the camera take a series of 4 images shifted by one sub-pixel which are combined into a single image with full color information at each photosite. This augments color but not special resolution and will obviously be problematic for moving subjects, just like any multi-image technique. However, still scenes would result in improved imagery with greater color-accuracy.

We can only hope the new sensor performs better at high ISO than its predecessor as it is lagging behind recent 24 MP APS-C cameras and never matched the output of the 16 MP Pentax K-5 IIs reviwed here, still the leading low-light APS-C sensor camera. Neocamera intends to publish a comparison review as soon as a Pentax K-3 II is made available to us.

General availability of the Pentax K-3 II is expected next month for a suggested retail price of $1099 USD or $1299 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.04.03

Nikon just unveiled a completely redesigned  1-system camera for its mid-range series. This new mirrorless boasts a 20 megapixels 1″ BSI-CMOS sensor with no anti-alias filter and built-in Phase-Detect AF. It can sustain full-resolution capture at 60 FPS with Single-Shot AF or 20 FPS with Continuous AF.

Nikon 1 J5

The Nikon 1 J5 becomes the very first Nikon camera to capture full 4K Ultra-HD video and is among the smallest digital cameras to do so. It can record 3840×2160 @ 15 FPS, full 1080p HD @ 60 FPS and 720p @ 120 FPS.

Its new EXPEED 5A processor delivers ultra-fast shutter-lag and continuous capture. Together with the new 20 MP BSI-CMOS sensor, this lets the 1 J5 offer a wide ISO 160-12800 sensitivity range. The buffer-depth is not known at this time.

The J5 is aimed at more advanced users with dual control-dials and a traditional mode-dial, featuring the usual PASM exposure-modes, in addition to Sweeping Panorama and a handful of Scene Modes. Framing is done with a sharp 3″ LCD with 1 megapixels that can tilt up 180° or down 90°. Built-in WiFi and NFC round out its feature-set.

The Nikon 1 J5 is scheduled to be available this month for $499 USD or $599 CDN, including a collapsible 10-30mm Power-Zoom lens.

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2015.03.11

Today Olympus revealed their Stylus SH-2 compact ultra-zoom. This digital camera features an ultra-wide 24X optical zoom lens, paired with Olympus’s own 5-axis Sensor-Shift image-stabilization. Its 16 megapixels CMOS sensor captures images continuously at up to 60 FPS and records full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS, plus ultra-high-speed video at up to 240 FPS.

Olympus Stylus SH-2

This travel zoom offers manual controls, including spot-metering, custom white-balance, plus RAW capture to customize its output. Being only 43mm thick makes it one of the smallest RAW-capable digital cameras. It also includes Olympus’ WiFi with easy QR-code configuration which is compatible with Android and iOS devices.

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is scheduled to be available this April for $399 USD or CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2015.03.02

Nikon just unveiled their D7200 cropped-sensor DSLR. This is an improved version of the Nikon D7100 reviewed here with what appears to be the sensor from the excellent Nikon D5500 which we reviewed this morning. Should the image-quality match, this would be a great win for the new flagship APS-C DSLR.

Nikon D7200

The new Nikon D7200 boasts a high-sensitivity 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with standard ISO 100 to 25600 range, plus monochrome Night Vision sensitivities up to 102400. This is combined with a fast 1/8000s shutter and 6 FPS full-resolution continuous drive. The buffer-depth for RAW files has been improved to 18 at maximum quality. This DSLR had its AF system tweaked to be sensitive down to -3 EV and keeps its 51-points, 15 of which have cross-type. Built-in WiFi and NFC are also included now.

The new Nikon D7200 is scheduled to be available this month for $1199 USD or $1399 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accpeting pre-orders.

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2015.03.02

Nikon is taking a huge leap ahead of the competition with its latest ultra-zoom. The Nikon Coolpix P900 boasts the world’s first fixed 83X optical zoom lens. This incredible lens offers an equivalent 24-2000mm range with maximum F/2.8-6.5 aperture. This is of course fully stabilized and Nikon claims up to 5 stops of effectiveness.

Nikon Coolpix P900

This a prosumer ultra-zoom and Nikon’s most advanced yet. It features full manual-controls, including spot metering and custom white-balance. It is equipped with plenty of controls, including dual control-dials, dual zoom-controllers and a traditional mode-dial. Framing with the P900 can be done via a rotating 3″ LCD or built-in 0.2″ EVF with Eye-Start sensor. Both offer 920K pixels of resolution and 100% coverage.

The Nikon P900 also has built-in WiFi and NFC, plus a GPS to complete its feature set. It is scheduled to be available next month for $599 USD or $669 CDN. B&H Photo and Adorama are already accepting pre-orders.

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