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2020.08.05

Olympus is starting their next generation OM-D mirrorless starting with the entry-level series. The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV sports a familiar look and feature set. It succeeds the capable and extremely compact Olympus E-M10 Mark III reviewed here, mostly with a more modern imaging pipeline.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a minor upgrade to its predecessor. Like the Mark III before it, this diminutive mirrorless packs a plenty of features in its freezeproof body, fitted with a builtin EVF and dual control-dials. Externally, the Mark IV only changes the LCD hinge to allow downward tilting to 180° for taking selfies.

Internally though, Olympus improved the entire imaging pipeline. A new 20 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor increases resolution by 25% and is paired with a faster TruePic VIII processor. The result is that the new E-M10 Mark IV can continuously capture full-resolution images at 15 FPS when using the electronic-shutter.  Going with a mechanical-shutter gives it unlimited continuous shooting for RAW or JPEG at 8.7 FPS. The final component with an upgrade is the builtin 5-axis image-stabilization system which now compensates for 4.5-stops of camera shake.

Olympus expects to ship the new E-M10 Mark IV at the end of next month for $700 USD or $1000 CAD.  Interested Canadians can already preorder from Amazon.ca, while Adorama and B&H Photo based in the US can accept pre-orders from there and abroad (additional duty is required for most countries).

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2020.05.07

The Peak Design Travel Tripod just got an in-depth review published at Neocamera. This innovative tripod achieves an unprecedented level of compactness due to a unique design with lets and a central column that close with little wasted space.

This tripod includes an equally unique ballhead for maximum size-savings, while an optional Universal Head Adapter is available to use a standard tripod head. Read our in-depth Peak Design Travel Tripod review to learn everything about its design and how to use it.

Peak Design sells the tripod directly on their website with a lightweight Carbon-Fiber model and average-weight Aluminum model available.

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2020.04.20

Neocamera just added instant quick filtering of camera and lenses for their most common features. On all camera and lens listing pages, there is now a set of quick filtering icons to only show cameras or lenses matching those features. These new filters look like this:

Using these filters is easy and truly instantaneous. Turn on any filter by clicking on it to only show products with that feature. Click again to restore the hidden cameras or lenses. A filter is only available when the entire list does not all have it. Selecting a feature which is logically impossible with an already selected feature, resets the previous selection. That way, filtering for Fisheye lenses resets filtering for Rectilinear lenses. It is still possible to filter out everything which shows an empty list. Just unselect a filter or reload the page to reset everything.

Try it out with Mirrorless Digital Cameras or Micro Four-Thirds Lenses. There are numerous combinations to help narrow down cameras or lenses. Remember that our Camera Search Engine and Lens Search Engine have a huge number of search criteria and refinement options to find something very specific.

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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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2020.01.23

Today Fujifilm unveiled one new mirrorless digital camera and four new lenses, two nearly ready for shipping and two in-development. This is exciting news that will hopefully set the pace for 2020.

First up is the Fujifilm X-T200, an mid-range X-mount mirrorless digital camera with new 24 MP CMOS sensor featuring copper-wiring for 4X the read-out speed of its predecessor, the X-T100 review here. The faster processor boosts video frame rate to 30 FPS when recording 4K Ultra-HD and allows continuous shooting at 8 FPS which is 30 % faster than the X-T100.

While keeping a very similar form-factor, Fujifilm refined the design of the X-T200. It kept the fantastic triple control-dials and medium-sized 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 MP and 0.62X magnification. The rear LCD has been stretched out to 3.5″ with a 16:9 aspect-ratio to create more viewing area when recording video.  There are plenty of new video capabilities added, including the option to connect a head-phone via an adapter on the USB-C port of the Fujifilm X-T200.

Fujifilm Fujinon XC 35mm F/2

To match the lightweight body of the X-T200, Fujifilm also launched a normal lens for X-mount. The new Fujifilm Fujinon XC 35mm F/2 is very compact and extremely light. Its offers a 44° angle-of-view with a moderately bright aperture. Its internal stepping motor lets it focus quickly and completely silently.

The new mirrorless camera is scheduled to ship late February for $700 USD or $900 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. The new XC 35 F/2 ships the same month for $200 USD or $260 CAD. Similarly, it can be pre-ordered from Adorama and B&H Photo.

Fujifilm Fujinon GF 45-100mm F/4R LM OIS WR

For the Fujifilm Medium-Format platform, a new mid-range zoom was also announced. The Fujifilm Fujinon GF 45-100mm F/4R LM OIS WR is a world-class optics designed to maximize image-quality as required by ultra-resolution digital cameras like the 100 MP Fujifilm GFX-100. This constant-aperture zoom provides an equivalent 36-80mm range which complements the GF 32-64mm and GF 100-200mm F/5.6 already available for G-mount.

The Fujifilm GF 45-100mm F/4R LM OIS WR is built with state-of-the-art technologies. This includes a 5-stop image-stabilization system and internal focusing plus internal zoom to keep the lens completely sealed and freezeproof. Given its huge imaging circle, this zoom weighs over 1kg. Its large front element requires 82mm filters.

This lens will be  available next month for $2300 USD or $3000 CAD.  Again Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

Showing further commitment to their Medium-Format Mirrorless system, Fujifilm also added two new lenses to their roadmap and released some high-level details. The next one coming is the GF 30mm F/3.5R WR which will be a slim and relatively compact wide-angle lens. The second is the GF 80mm F/1.7R WR designed to be the brightest G-mount lens with a normal focal-length equivalent to 64mm on Full-Frame which is highly suitable for portrait photography.

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