Editorial

Photoxels 2021 Holidays Gift Guide: Family Edition

This year, we’re focusing on imaging products that will help bring your family together. They don’t have to be the best, the biggest, the most feature-packed, but there’s one thing they all do: They bring members of a family together to share moments that will be remembered long after the actual events.

This year, our family restarted movie night (or day/evening): One person chooses a movie and we all sit together to watch it — even if one of us has watched it before or even doesn’t necessarily like it. The goal is to share that moment together and build some pleasant family togetherness memories that will hopefully last a lifetime.

If you think back in your own life at what you remember most fondly in your family, chances are it’s all the time you spent with loved ones around a special meal, watching a movie, swimming in the pool, or belting out your favourite songs while stuck in a car during a long trip.

Of course, as photographers, we may want to immortalize some of these special moments in pictures and videos. We are going to keep our camera recommendations simple and, as always, we never recommend based on price. You want to always buy the camera that is best for you — not one that you can afford but is not right for your needs. It does not mean that you should ignore the price; if you cannot afford it, don’t buy it… yet. First, find what is the best camera for your needs; then, figure out how to afford it if it is above your budget. You can combine two or more gifts together, or save for it.

Then, once you have decided and obtained the camera, never ever regret your purchase. In these days of technological advances, there is rarely a camera that is not good. You need to learn all about it — and the best way is to go out and use it. Read some tutorials, and practice until you know your camera inside out, and how to get the best from it.

Our philosophy at Photoxels since we first started publishing this blog has been to recommend cameras that meet the following criteria: They are compact, light, and shoot great pictures indoors. Why indoors? Because that is where most family pictures are taken. A good indoors camera has to be able to quickly and accurately lock focus in low light situations, and take pictures with low noise. It is surprising how it’s only recently that camera manufacturers are starting to seriously address this need, and so it is not surprising that most of our recommendations are for cameras that meet these criteria.

Keep reading to see our recommendations.
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Lenses Nikon

Nikon Announces NIKKOR Z 28MM F/2.8 For Z Mount System

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November 17, 2021

NIKON RELEASES THE NIKKOR Z 28MM F/2.8 FOR THE NIKON Z MOUNT SYSTEM

The Smallest, Lightest NIKKOR Z Prime Lens Is Both Affordable and Portable

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Nikon Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8, a compact and lightweight prime lens for Nikon Z series cameras. This fast aperture wide-angle lens is small enough to carry anywhere, and is ideal for everyday snapshots, group portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and more.

With a total length of approximately 43mm and a weight of roughly 155g, this lens is the smallest and lightest1 among NIKKOR Z prime lenses. The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 is also a great lens for close-up photography, with a minimum focus distance of just 0.19 m, making it simple to capture detailed photos and videos of food, DIY crafts, fashion and more. Because it is also extremely compact, affordable and versatile, this new lens will appeal to both full-frame and DX-format Nikon Z series mirrorless users.
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Press Releases Sony

Gannett (USA TODAY) Selects Sony as Exclusive Imaging Product Provider for Their Photographers and Journalists

Sony seems to have the momentum as far as being the mirrorless camera system of choice for news agencies. Last July, the Associated Press switched to exclusively use Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras; this August, Britain’s PA Media Group also made Sony its preferred equipment of choice; and, today, Gannett Co, Inc., operator of USA TODAY NETWORK spanning more than 250 national and local media outlets including USA TODAY, has announced that Sony will become the imaging products provider for Gannett’s photographers and video journalists. Gannett features more than 500 professionals covering more than 10,000 events annually, producing nearly two million edited images and thousands of original videos each year. Highlighted products are the Sony Alpha 1, the FX Cinema Line cameras and G Master™ line of interchangeable lenses.

Hopefully, other mirrorless camera manufacturers are getting the unspoken message: Besides being top notch, mirrorless cameras used by professionals must also be compact and lightweight. Pros are not willing to put up with large, heavy and cumbersome cameras anymore.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Electronics Becomes Camera Provider for USA TODAY NETWORK

Gannett to equip Journalists from USA TODAY and more than 250 additional outlets with Sony Imaging products

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics Inc. a global imaging leader, and Gannett Co, Inc., operator of USA TODAY NETWORK spanning more than 250 national and local media outlets including USA TODAY, have today announced that Sony will become the imaging products provider for Gannett’s photographers and video journalists.

The award-winning news organization will provide its team access to a wide variety of Sony’s imaging products highlighted by the Sony Alpha 1 and FX Cinema Line cameras and G Master™ line of interchangeable lenses. The rollout of Sony imaging kits for Gannett will begin immediately in select markets.

Gannett’s Pulitzer-Prize winning content touches the lives of more than 150 million people each day. Their photo and video journalism team features more than 500 professionals covering more than 10,000 events annually, producing nearly two million edited images and thousands of original videos each year.

“Storytelling through images has been a large part of our organization throughout national and local coverage, and through our sports content,” said Bruce Odle, President of Imagn, Gannett’s in-house photo agency and sports image wire service. “We are excited to bring Sony’s innovative equipment to our journalists to allow them to capture the moments and emotions in new ways to complement the compelling stories of the USA TODAY NETWORK.”
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Cameras Fujifilm

Fujifilm Mini EVO Combines Traditional Instant Camera Functionality With Digital Imaging Technology

Fujifilm North America has introduced the INSTAX MINI EVO Hybrid Instant Camera (Mini Evo), expected to be available for purchase in February 2022. The camera has a unique hybrid format that combines traditional instant camera functionality with the capabilities of digital imaging technology to select, share, and store images. The photographer can now choose which images to instantly print, which images to share, and which images to store for later access.

The Mini EVO features 10 lens modes and 10 filter options, offering 100 different combinations for users to express themselves; a 3-inch LCD screen on the back of the camera to allow users to select images, add frames, edit, print, and adjust image settings; a Micro SD card slot to store images; and a selfie mirror.

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An Instant Evo-lution: Fujifilm to Introduce the INSTAX MINI EVO Hybrid Instant Camera in February 2022

10 integrated lenses x 10 film effect options = 100 combinations of creative expression

Mississauga, ON, November 16, 2021 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announces the introduction of the INSTAX MINI EVO Hybrid Instant Camera (Mini Evo). The camera’s unique hybrid format combines the excitement and satisfaction of traditional instant camera functionality along with the capabilities of digital imaging technology to select, share, and store images.

“The INSTAX MINI EVO Hybrid Instant Camera offers a unique way to chronicle life’s milestones,” said Manny Almeida, division president, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “This camera was designed to give the photographer the flexibility to choose which images to instantly print, which images to share, and which images to store for later access. This unique variety of options, when paired with the classic analog style of traditional INSTAX cameras, creates a premium experience for the consumer that transcends standard instant photography.”
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