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Full Frame Sony α7S Features ISO 102400 and 4K Video

Sun April 6, 2014

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Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera Realizes a New World of Imaging Expression

Features newly developed, wide dynamic range sensor with awe-inspiring sensitivity

SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2014 – Joining the acclaimed α7 and α7R family of the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens cameras1, Sony’s new α7S model puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality into the hands of professional photographers and videographers.

The innovative α7S camera features a newly developed, 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 4096002 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.

The new model is also the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, and does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. This allows 4K video shooters to utilize all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.

“The α7S gives Sony the most complete, versatile lineup of full-frame cameras in market today,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics.  “Between the α99, VG900, RX1, α7, α7R and now α7S models, we have completely revolutionized what it means to be a ‘full-frame’ camera, bringing a new level of quality and portability to enthusiast photographers and videographers.”

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New Samsung NX Mini SMART Camera: The World’s Slimmest and Lightest Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Wed March 19, 2014

The Samsung NX Mini is a new style of mirrorless camera from Samsung, playing on the successes of its connected, SMART point-and-shoot models with the added benefit of interchangeable lenses. Targeted towards a consumer seeking a sleek compact camera that will function as a compliment to their mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, the NX Mini places emphasis on portability and image quality. The new NX-M lens mount introduces 3 new lenses, a 9mm pancake lens, 9-27mm zoom lens and a 17mm lens to cover a range of focal lengths. In addition, the NX Mini can also accept NX Lenses for Samsung other interchangeable lens cameras via an adapter. It will be available in 5 colors, including white, black, brown, mint green, and pink. It will be available in April for $449, including the 9mm lens, or $549, including the 9-27mm lens and an external flash.

This video presents “[Samsung SMART CAMERA NX mini] Official Commercial.”

  • Weighing in at 158g and measuring only 22.5mm thin, the new Samsung NX mini is the world’s slimmest & lightest interchangeable lens camera.*
  • But don’t let the size fool you.
    • Packed with a 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor, a flip-up display, and Tag&go (NFC/WiFi) that uploads photos directly to your mobile devices or favorite social networks, the NX mini is truly a camera that’s small in size and big on picture quality.

*March 19, 2014, Result of Samsung internal research.

“Carry the Style, Capture the Best. Samsung SMART CAMERA NXmini”

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‘Carry the Style, Capture the Best’ with the new Samsung NX mini SMART Camera

Leading a new ‘Selfie’ trend, shoot outstanding images in style with the world’s slimmest interchangeable-lens camera

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – March 18, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the launch of the NX mini, the world’s slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. The portable and stylish design of the SMART Camera NX mini, along with its stunning image quality makes it the “go-to” device for great photography, allowing users to capture special moments in stunning detail. With NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows users to take impressive shots that can then be shared quickly and easily, for friends to enjoy in real time.

“The NX mini has both style and substance, perfect for trendsetters looking for a fun way to capture their life in outstanding photo quality,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung introduced the first flip up touch display camera in 2011 as a leader of the selfie trend, and has designed the device in response to evolving consumer demands. This approach is exemplified by the NX mini, with features such as a 3.0-inch Flip up Display and wide angle lens exclusively designed to address the global passion for selfies. Its lightweight design also means that it can slip in a pocket, for photography anywhere and everywhere.”



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Nikon Canada Announces 1 V3 and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Super Tele Zoom Lens

Thu March 13, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the Nikon 1 V3, ideal for enthusiasts and professionals who want to capture fast-moving action, sports, and wildlife with an advanced compact interchangeable lens camera.

Additionally, two compatible lenses were announced: the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6.

Some of the key features of the Nikon 1 V3 include the following:

  • 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor
  • EXPEED 4A image processor
  • Full HD 1080/60p video capabilities with Movie Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) to help eliminate camera shake
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity
  • 3-inch tilting touch-panel LCD monitor
  • Hybrid AF system with 171 contrast detection focus areas
  • World’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps)
  • ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction

Additionally, Nikon Canada is releasing two new lenses:

  • The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation.
    • Sporting a 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), its equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zooming, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD videos
  • The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance.
    • The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, its equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghosting and flare.

This video presents “Nikon 1 V3 – Product Tour.”

  • Unleash your creative streak with the Nikon 1 V3.
    • With the world’s fastest shooting speeds* that surpass even the quickest D-SLR, you’ll never miss out on the moments that matter.
  • A lightweight marvel that also delivers unparalleled performance, this compact interchangeable lens camera empowers you to take your flair for photography further.
*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses…. Statement based on Nikon research.

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Create with Uncompromising Speed and Image Quality: Nikon 1 V3 Provides a Compact, Versatile Feature Set for Capturing Stunning Images and HD Videos

Announced alongside the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the ideal companion camera for the DSLR shooter looking to pack light and move fast

Mississauga, ON, March 13, 2014 Today Nikon Canada announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. With uncompromising speed, performance, and image quality, the V3 features a blazing fast Hybrid AF system and the worlds fastest continuous shooting frame rate1 at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus (AF) a speed that outpaces even professional DSLR cameras.

Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the V3s top-class feature set includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, the new EXPEED 4A image processor, Full HD 1080/60p video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2, and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a DSLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.

Nikon has also expanded its range of 1 NIKKOR lenses with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing more options for Nikon 1 shooters.

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Nikon 1 V3 Features 20FPS At Full 18.4MP Resolution

Thu March 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

March 13, 2014

Create with Uncompromising Speed and Image Quality: The New Nikon 1 V3 Provides a Compact, Versatile Feature Set for Capturing Stunning Images and HD Video

Announced alongside the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the ideal companion camera for the D-SLR shooter looking to pack light and move fast

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate*(1) at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaces even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity*(2) and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.

Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing even more impressive lens options for Nikon 1 shooters.

“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 System, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”

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CSCs vs DSLRs: Who’s Winning?

Mon February 24, 2014

An Amateur Photographer article raises interesting points concerning the future of Compact System Cameras (CSCs). Based on UK data only, the CSCs sold 46,000 units less this year than last year, 100,000 vs 146,000 units. However, the conclusion seems to be that more education is needed to help North American and European consumers understand the advantages of the CSC over a traditional-mirrored DSLR.

This reminds me of the early days of the Apple Mac, which business people then considered a “toy.” When I recommended one to a new university student, he got back to me a couple of months later a bit miffed that he could not download all the popular software that his friends could on their IBM and clone PCs. Today, too, there are more accessories for the traditional-mirrored DSLR than the mirrorless DSLRs.

Oh, how times have changed! Today, Apple products rule while the PCs are retreating. The CSCs are also approaching that tipping point when one product will have such compelling technology in it that traditional-mirrored DSLR just can’t have, and then the moat will be breached.

As our latest Fujifilm X-T1 review shows, the CSC (aka mirrorless DSLR) has come a long way to challenge the traditional-mirrored DSLR.

There is no doubt in my mind that CSCs, in its current form or another form, will win. As camera technology moves forward, there is simply no compelling reason — or room — for a mirror anymore, so new cameras won’t have a mirror.

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Fujifilm X-T1 Review

Mon February 24, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1

Just Posted! Fujifilm X-T1 Review

The Fujifilm X-T1 is beautiful, weatherproof, tough and inherits the DNA of the X-PRO1 with image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It features a huge and very high resolution OLED EVF, dual view display, focus peak highlight and Digital Split Image assist for manual focusing. It’s fast and handles superbly with direct control dials.

[ Read more in our Fujifilm X-T1 Review... ]

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Panasonic GH4 Features 4K Video Recording Capability

Thu February 6, 2014

A Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera DMC-GH4 with New AF Technology and the World’s First* 4K Video Recording Capability To Meet Professional Needs for Both Photography and Videography

*For a digital single lens mirrorless camera as of February 7, 2014.

Panasonic is proud to introduce an ultimate photo/video hybrid Digital Single Lens Mirrorless(DSLM) camera DMC-GH4 for the successor of DMC-GH3 that created an industrial sensation with its outstanding video recording performance. The image quality for both photo and video is dramatically improved by crystallizing Panasonic’s cutting-edge technologies.

The newly developed 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for DMC-GH4 excels both in sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using electronic shutter or recording motion image. The image processor Venus Engine is also newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with new quad-core CPU that lets high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, DMC-GH4 enables shooting at max.ISO25600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality. The DMC-GH4 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 fps(AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus.

The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to bridge the gap of consumer video camera and professional video camera. One of the most prominent advance is unlimited*1 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*2. The DMC-GH4 is also capable of recording Full- HD video with ultra high bitrate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit *1*2. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage. For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz. The DMC-GH4 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. For more unique video expression, VFR(Variable Frame Rate) or Time Lapse/Stop Motion Animation can be produced with DMC-GH4 without postproduction process. In addition, a variety of practical functions required for professional video recording are newly integrated.

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ZEISS Touit 50mm F2.8 1:1 Macro for Fujifilm and Sony APS-C Mirrorless DSLRs

Fri January 31, 2014

ZEISS has announced a 1:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm (X-mount, with aperture ring) and Sony (E-mount) APS-C mirrorless DSLRs. The Touit 2.8/50M has an equivalent focal length of 75mm, aperture range of F2.8-F22, and is priced at US $999. The video shows it being used as an effective portrait lens.

The ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M is a perfectionist with an eye for the details: with its exceptional image performance up to a scale of 1:1, this autofocus macro lens is the ideal choice for extreme close-ups. But it also comes into its own when shooting portraits or panoramas as a light tele-lens.

For more information, please visit: http://www.zeiss.com/photo

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless DSLR Features Built-In Wi-Fi And Flash

Wed January 29, 2014

OLYMPUS EXPANDS OM-D® CAMERA LINE-UP WITH NEW, EXTREMELY COMPACT E-M10 — THE OM-D FOR ALL

The Image Quality and Power of the E-M1 and E-M5 are now Packed into a More Affordable OM-D Body; Two New Lenses Broaden Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds® System

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2014 — Olympus adds to its award-winning OM-D family with the new E-M10, an interchangeable lens camera that combines the outstanding image quality, speed and power of the flagship Olympus® OM-D E-M1 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 into an extremely compact and stylish all-metal body. Featuring the new TruePic VII image processor, the same found in the OM-D E-M1, 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, Wi-Fi® technology, a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder, 3-axis image stabilization, ultrafast autofocus and a built-in flash, it’s the OM-D for photographers looking for an affordable, yet powerful, system camera they can use every day. The new, super-slim M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL 14-42mm f 3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens and the super-bright M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f1.8 expands Olympus Micro Four Thirds line-up to 15 lenses.


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