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2017.01.19

Ultra HD, also known as 4K video, is becoming a significant differentiation factor among camera buyers. While HD was of interest mostly to videographers, 4K video has enough resolution to interest photographers. With each frame having a resolution of 3840×2160 for 4K or 4096×2160 for Cinema 4K, there is now enough details to make a medium size prints from Ultra HD video. Each extracted image offers 8 MP at a 16:9 or slightly wider aspect-ratio.

Given that 4K is captured from 24 FPS to 60 FPS, this allows action to be captured at its peak by shooting a video and then extracting the desired frame. Many Panasonic cameras offer this feature with various options such as pre-buffering and continuous buffering. Even with a camera that simply record 4K, one can use Video Editing software to extract a frame. This can be taking further by applying Multi-Frame techniques to a group of frames extracted from 4K video.

For all these reasons and for those who are just looking for a 4K camera, Neocamera is introducing a new icon:

4K Video Icon

Just like all Neocamera icons, the new 4K Video icon will appear whenever the a camera that can record Ultra-HD video is listed or appears in a title. The Camera Search by Feature tool allows the direct selection of this icon to only show 4K-capable cameras. Results can be refined by the 4K icon should a search results in a set of cameras which contain both cameras that are 4K-capable and some that are not.

Enjoy Finding Your Next 4K Camera Now!

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2016.09.27

Cameras and lenses may have built-in image stabilization. Originally they only indicated the inclusion of such a system. As newer generations of image-stabilization systems came to be, manufacturers started making performance claims but these were best-case-scenarios under unknown conditions and so were not comparable. For this reason, CIPA created a standard testing methodology for image stabilization systems. The result of such testing is a standardized and comparable number of stops of stabilization efficiency.

Panasonic LUmix DMC-G85 Dual IS

While most cameras and lenses were not measured according to this standard, already dozens are. The Neocamera Camera and Lens databases have been updated to store that information, when available. The specification pages for Lenses will now include the efficiency computed according to the CIPA standard next to the Stabilization label. It will say, for example, 3.5-Stops, instead of only Built-In. These numbers get compared and highlighted in the Lens Compare Tool and Lens Search Engine.

For cameras with built-in image-stabilization, we have the CIPA stabilization efficiency and the number of correction axes included in specifications. Those models for which the data is not available will still say Built-In. Others will indicated the number of axis and efficiency, for example: 5-Axis, 5-Stops. These numbers get compared and highlighted in the Camera Compare Tool and Camera Search Engine.

This should give a good indicated as to the relative performance of image-stabilization systems. There are additional complexities which are difficult to model such as new Dual IS or Sync IS systems which allow a camera and lens to cooperatively perform image stabilization. For example, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 features a 5-axis image stabilization system effective to 4 stops yet can reach up to 6 when combined with select stabilized lenses. Also, CIPA numbers are computed with a given methodology and may not represent real-world performance in many cases.

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2016.07.19

A new roundup of professional and premium Olympus lenses for Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless digital cameras was just published at Neocamera. This feature article offers express reviews for the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F/2.8 PRO, 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO, 12mm F/2 and 60mm F/2.8 Macro.

This articles extends coverage from the previous roundup of early Micro Four-Thirds lenses published in late 2011. For those looking to the lighter and more compact lenses, it is worth a read.

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2016.01.05

An in-depth review of the Canon Powershot G3 X was just published at Neocamera. The G3 X is the latest flagship ultra-zoom from Canon and their first one to feature a large 1″ CMOS sensor. With a powerful stabilized 25X optical zoom, equivalent to 24-600mm, this camera aims to deliver high image-quality and versatility in fixed-lens digital camera.

Canon Powershot G3 X

This prosumer ultra-zoom offers dual control-dials and a lens control-ring plus a traditional mode-dial and dedicated exposure-compensation dial in a sturdy weather-sealed body. It offers a large 3.2″ LCD with class-leading 1.6 megapixels of resolution, 100% coverage and touchscreen capability. The display is mounted on a double hinge for over-head shots and selfies. A hot-shoe is there to add an external flash or an optional EVF.

Read the Canon Powershot G3 X review to learn everything about this unique digital camera.

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2015.11.15

AdoramaPix offers a printing service for photography books.Those are professional quality photo books with flexible designs, a wide variety of formats and sizes, plus several choices of paper types. We got the opportunity to try it out last month and wrote a review about the whole experience from design to finished product.

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