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2020.03.27

Nikon Z50 Review

Nikon originally launched the Z-platform for mirrorless cameras with a pair of Full-Frame models but followed shortly after with their first APS-C offering based on the same wide-diameter Z-mount. This is the third sensor-size Nikon implemented in mirrorless format and first to share a mount, giving the new Nikon Z50 a jump-start by naively supporting existing Z-mount lenses, although APS-C sensors allow more compact lenses while providing image-quality between between Four-Thirds and Full-Frame.

The Nikon Z50 is built around a 20 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor with a builtin 209-Point Phase-Detect AF system. The camera features a hybrid shutter mechanism capable of 11 FPS continuous shooting and spanning a 1/4000-30s shutter-speed range, plus longer Bulb and Timed exposures. Using a fast processor, this mirrorless can record 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and 1080p Full-HD at 120 FPS.

To deliver a compact mirrorless with a large lens mount, Nikon omitted both image-stabilization and automated sensor-cleaning in the Z50. While not totally necessary, these missing features are a key differentiation between this camera and other mirrorless. Where this is most problematic is with lenses since native Z-mount lenses are so far designed for cameras with builtin image-stabilization, given that the Z7 and Z6 both feature state-of-the-art 5-axis sensor-shift mechanisms. At the same time, the Z50 manages to offer quite a few controls, including dual control-dials and customizable function buttons in a compact body. There is a modern 2.4 MP 0.39″ EVF with 0.68X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor for framing.

Neocamera just published an extensive in-depth review of the Nikon Z50. Read on to learn how this new mirrorless performs and compares. A side-by-side image-quality comparison between the Z50 and a Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless is uniquely included to show the compromise between state-of-the-art mirrorless cameras with these respective sensor-sizes.

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2020.01.01

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a mirrorless digital camera that packs an impressive feature set and efficient controls into a remarkably compact body. Built around the Micro Four-Thirds platform, the GX9 features the same high-end 20 MP Four-Thirds CMOS sensor without Anti-Alias Filter as larger and higher-end Lumix mirrorless cameras yet places it in a rangefinder-style body with a tilting EVF, tilting LCD and dual control-dials. Although rather compact, Panasonic managed to include a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 4 stops while producing a much smaller and lighter camera compared to the GX8 that precedes it.

Read the Panasonic GX9 Review to find out how this camera performs and handles. Be sure to view the gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities to see the image-quality from this compact mirrorless that just ranked as Best Beginner Mirrorless Digital Camera of 2019.

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2019.11.25

Sony launched their fourth-generation high-resolution full-frame mirrorless digital camera just two months ago. The new Sony A7R IV features the highest resolution sensor of any full-frame camera on the market. At 61 megapixels, this BSI-CMOS sensor exceeds the resolution of most Medium Format digital cameras while still fitting within a relatively compact body.

Sony A7R IV

This camera follows the A7-series with a nearly identical design that minimally increased in size while getting refined ergonomics. The internal imaging pipeline has been completely reworked around the new 61 MP Full-Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with 576-Point Phase-Detect AF built-in and a faster Exmor R processor. The hybrid shutter and 5-axis image-stabilization remain similarly specified while a new ultra-high resolution EVF made its debut on the A7R IV. This 0.5″ EVF offers a class-leading 5.8 MP of resolution. It shows 100% coverage at 0.78X magnification and has an Eye-Start Sensor to automatically switch between the EVF and 1.4 MP 3″ LCD on the back of the camera.

A highly detailed review of the Sony A7R IV just got published at Neocamera. This review examines the image quality and performance of this full-frame with a comparison against another state-of-the-art Full-Frame mirrorless and a Medium-Format digital camera. It also goes over all features of the A7R IV with a in-depth look at its ergonomics and usability. Follow the link to read the Sony A7R IV review at Neocamera.

The previous generation models of the A7-series remain very attractive and Sony is just offering Black Friday Special prices for those that cannot afford the 4th-generation model. This week, the A7 II can be bought for $900 USD, the A7 III for $1800 and the APS-C A6000 for an incredible $400 USD. Full details on this promotion is available here.

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2019.11.04

Taking the Micro Four-Thirds platform into new territory, Olympus introduced the OM-D E-M1X as a high-grade ultra-fast digital camera that takes full advantage of its mirrorless design to excel at action photography. The first dual-grip mirrorless body makes this camera usable for extended periods in either traditional landscape or portrait orientation with efficient controls replicated on both grips: EC, ISO, 8-way focus joystick and, of course, dual control-dials.

Olympus OM-D E_M1X

Neocamera took this new powerhouse through its paces in our in-depth review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Read it to find out how it performs and how usable its design is. Included is a demonstration of the most capable image-stabilization system yet, a 5-axis sensor-shift mechanism that can correct for up to 7-stops over hand-holding. The E-M1X also offers an improved super-resolution mode that allows this Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless to produce 50 MP images which are then compared against a true 50 MP digital camera.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X offers a huge feature-set similar to previous flagship mirrorless cameras yet this model adds more stamina and processing power. Its hybrid shutter allows for 60 FPS continuous shooting in electronic mode and 15 FPS in mechanical mode. The new dual TruePic VII processors allow continuous AF and AE to be performed at 18 FPS while providing a blackout-free view with virtually no lag in the viewfinder. This 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF offers the largest magnification outside of Medium Format, showing a wide bright and detailed view at 0.83X magnification. A deep memory buffer and dual SDXC memory-card slots which support UHS-II allow this camera to shoot long bursts at high speed.

Go to the Olympus OM-D E-M1X review page for all the details.

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2019.10.17

Nikon D3500

A quick review of the Nikon D3500 DSLR was just published at Neocamera. This entry-level camera is the lightest DSLR on the market and also among the smallest. It pack a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor that delivers image-quality that DSLRs are famed for in a simple-to-use body with all the basic features. The D3500 can shoot continuously at 5 FPS and record 1080p Full-HD videos.

Nikon made the D3500 to be as straight-forward to use as a DSLR can be, so that beginners do not get confused. They also managed to give it an incredible 1550 shot-per-charge battery-life! Read the Nikon D3500 review to find out more.

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