Contests

Meet the 2020 World Press Photo Contest Winners — and their Cameras

The World Press Photo Contest recognizes professional photographers for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. These are pictures often taken under very stressful and dangerous conditions. The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,996 photographs entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 countries.

Ask any pro photographer and they will tell you that their cameras and gear are just tools of their trade (some of the winners using a number of different camera brands and equipment). The camera and equipment do not make the pictures. But, it is still interesting to see what camera they used to capture those prize-winning photos. (Otherwise, why bother gathering and displaying that information?)

Of course, DSLRs are what we’d expected many pro photographers to still be using, and both Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs figure prominently in the mix. But, what is telling in these 2020 winners is the coming of age of mirrorless cameras. And they do not have to be full-frame either. We also have winners using compact cameras, an action camera, drones and even venerable film cameras.

I am impressed at how well Fujifilm (medium-format and APS-C mirrorless, and compact cameras) figure in this year’s winners.

(I was tickled by dpreview’s article published today comparing the Fujifilm X-H1 to the X-T4. I agree with the conclusion that the X-T4 is technically superior to the X-H1 in almost every respect, again begging the question why Fujifilm bothers in insisting that it will continue the X-H series. However, isn’t it interesting that the 2020 World Press Photo of the Year winning picture by Yasuyoshi Chiba was taken with the Fujifilm X-H1 APS-C mirrorless camera? So, Fujifilm, you may have something here with the X-H series.)

Yasuyoshi Chiba wins the World Press Photo of the Year in the General News category for his Straight Voice submission. He shot that photo on a Fujifilm X-H1 APS-C mirrorless camera.


Romain Laurendeau wins the World Press Photo Story of the Year in the Long-Term Projects category for his Kho, the Genesis of Revolt submission. He shot those photos on the Fujifilm X100 series of premium compact cameras.


Here are the results by camera use, with the camera brand listed alphabetically.

Note: Some winners did not list the camera they used, so are not figured in this list. Also, where there are more than one picture in a series, we have linked to only one picture in the series. If we missed your entry or made a mistake, please let us know.
(more…)

Read more
Lenses Tamron Teasers

Tamron Teases Compact All-in-One Zoom For Sony Full-Frame E-Mount Mirrorless Cameras

Tamron is adding another zoom lens to its line-up of quality compact premium and zoom lenses for the Sony full-frame E-mount series mirrorless cameras. These are already quite compact for full-frame lenses, and the addition of a compact all-in-one zoom (“Capture virtually every scene with just one lens”) should appeal to travel photographers.


Read more
Canon Software & Apps

Canon EOS Webcam Utility Beta Now Available For (Windows and) macOS

It is now Canon’s turn to release its Webcam Utility (still in beta version) for the macOS (10.13, 10.14 and 10.15) to bring easy-to-use, plug and play, webcam-like functionality to select Canon cameras. (The Windows 10 version was already available back on April 28.) It converts select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras into a high-quality webcam through a simple USB connection to your computer. Both the EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras are supported. Of course, the reason you may want to use a Canon ILC (with a large sensor) instead of a dedicated webcam (with a tiny sensor) is the improved video appearance while participating in video conferencing and virtual meetings.

Supported Cameras

PRESS RELEASE

You Asked, Canon Delivers: The EOS Webcam Utility Beta Software* Now Available for macOS1 Users

MELVILLE, NY, May 27, 2020 – After tens of thousands of downloads and comments from Canon brand loyalists, the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software* has expanded, and is now available for macOS users. Unveiled today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, for select EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILC) and PowerShot cameras, this beta version solution converts a compatible Canon camera into a webcam through a simple USB connection. Users were heard through multiple Canon social media channels, customer comments and media inquiries.

Similar to the Windows operating system version released April 28, the new macOS compatible software solution requires one single USB plug (which may need to be purchased separately) to connect the compatible camera to the computer. Once the software is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will have improved video appearance while participating in video conferencing and virtual meetings.

To learn more, including whether your Canon EOS ILC or PowerShot camera is compatible, and to download the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for both macOS and Windows, visit Canon.us/eoswebcamutility.

If you’d like to ask questions or provide feedback pertaining to the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for macOS, please visit our forum, Canon.us/forum-eoswebcamutilitymac.
(more…)

Read more
Fujifilm Software & Apps

FUJIFILM X Webcam Turns Your X Series or GFX System Mirrorless Cameras Into High Image Quality Webcams

FUJIFILM has released a free software solution that will instantly allow their X Series APS-C mirrorless cameras and GFX System medium-format mirrorless cameras to be used as a webcam for web-conferencing (under certain conditions: see further below).

The solution promises image quality much higher than can be delivered by dedicated webcams. You should be able to use the Film SImulation modes and attach a preferred lens. Unfortunately, the software is currently only PC-based (requires Windows 10), with no indication whether a macOS version is in the works.

You just need to download and install the “FUJIFILM X Webcam” software onto your PC. Then simply connect your PC to your camera via a USB cable, and you can now use your Fujifilm GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 or X-T4 mirrorless camera for web conferencing.

PRESS RELEASE

Fujifilm launches a new solution for turning X Series and GFX System cameras into webcams

May 27, 2020

FUJIFILM Corporation

To our customers,

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will start offering a solution that can turn X Series and GFX System digital cameras into webcams. This will help cater for the growing need for web-conferencing products.

“FUJIFILM X Webcam,” software for Windows computers, will be released on May 27, 2020. Users will be able to install the software on any PC, and using a USB cable, connect a supported camera, to create a web-conferencing environment with much higher image quality. The enhanced quality of our digital cameras compared to built in webcams will improve your web conference with help from advanced functions such as the Film Simulation modes, which delivers Fujifilm’s unique color profiles.

About “FUJIFILM X Webcam”

Models compatible with the FUJIFILM X Webcam:
GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, X-T4

FUJIFILM X Webcam Features & User Guide
(more…)

Read more
Firmware Updates Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-Pro3 Firmware Update Version 1.05 (Minor Bugs Fix)

Fujifilm has published Firmware Update Version 1.05 for their X-Pro3 APS-C mirrorless camera. No details of what it fixes, except for the mention of “minor bugs.”

Download Fujifilm X-Pro3 Firmware Update Version 1.05

Read more
Cameras Sony

Sony Introduces the ZV-1 Compact Camera Specifically Targeted to Content Creators and Vloggers

The new Sony ZV-1 Vlog camera specifically targets the growing market segment of content creators and vloggers on the Internet. It has become increasingly easier to create all sort of interesting content using your smartphone, and Sony is creating the ZV-1 as a dedicated Vlog camera to cash in on this popular trend.

Sony has taken the popular RX100 V and repurposed it with a few important design changes as the Sony ZV-1. The ZV-1 features 20.1MP resolution on a 1-inch sensor. Like the RX100 V, it is not a mirrorless camera (since the lens is not interchangeable) but a compact camera with a fixed zoom lens. The lens has a 2.7x optical zoom with a 24-70mm (equiv.) wide-angle to portrait range, and a fast F1.8-2.8 aperture. At the back, the 3-inch 921K-dot Touchscreen LCD is Vari-angle (i.e. fully-articulating) and can, of course, face forward for selfies.

Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

If you wonder why Sony cameras have become so popular, the reason can be traced back to this one technology feature: Eye AF tracking that works admirably well, period. This single feature means that you just have to lock onto your subject’s eye once and forget about ever having blurred images again. Though other camera brands also tout their Eye AF, none can claim Sony’s level of precision and persistent “glue factor.” The ZV-1 features that Eye AF tracking.

But what happens when you want to show your audience something, say a product? You do want the camera to smoothly and automatically switch focus from your eye to that product. The ZV-1 has a “Product Showcase Setting” that does just that by prioritizing nearby object, and performing a fast and precise focus transition from you to your featured product, and then back again to focusing on your face/eye when you remove the product from before the camera.

Sony ZV-1 Back View

Sony ZV-1 Back View

Want to isolate your subject from the background for great bokeh effect? Press the conveniently-placed “Background Defocus” button on top of the camera and the camera will open the aperture to its maximum setting (from F1.8 to F2.8, depending on the focal length you are filming with) — no filter or digital effect here, but real optical defocusing. Opening up the aperture means more light comes in and might cause over exposure. No worry, because the camera will automatically adjust the ISO and even kick in the built-in 3 steps ND (neutral-density) filter to obtain correct exposure.

Video is recorded in 4K/30p, and slow-mo effects can be done in 1080/120p. Higher frame rates up to 960 fps can be shot at much lower (and upscaled) resolution. The video can be both optically and digitally image stabilized.

Sony ZV-1 Top View

Sony ZV-1 Top View

The ergonomics of the ZV-1 has been tooled specifically for holding with your left hand outstretched before you, allowing you to easily start filming with a press of a large video button with the index finger and control the zooming with your thumb.

That fuzzy thing on top of the camera is not a microphone, but a “deadcat” windscreen placed on top of the directional three-capsule mic (by attaching onto the MI shoe) to cut out noise caused by windy conditions when shooting outdoors. If you need more professional sound recording, you can also attach an external microphone onto the MI shoe.

Sony ZV-1 with the optional Bluetooth wireless shooting grip GV-VPT2BT

Sony ZV-1 with the optional Bluetooth wireless shooting grip GV-VPT2BT

Note that the GV-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with remote control of recording and zoom is optional, but you can get a discount if you purchase it as a kit.

Sony ZV-1 Technical Specs
(more…)

Read more
Cameras Olympus

A Sign of the Times? Say It Ain’t So: Olympus Exits Camera Business in South Korea

The Korea Times reported today that the Korean branch of Olympus is exiting its camera business in South Korea. The reason given is decreasing sales. Olympus is planning to stay in the South Korean market, focusing on optical equipment for medical purposes and scientific equipment.

Olympus Korea plans to “cease its imaging business in Korea, effective June 30, 2020.” It is closing its Brand Store (operated by Olympus Korea in southern Seoul). What is surprising and a bit odd is that it is also closing its online shopping mall E-store.

Those who have bought Olympus cameras can expect to continue receiving servicing at its the service facility until March 31, 2026.

via 43rumors

Read more
Firmware Updates Fujifilm

Fujifilm Releases Firmware for X-T4 (Ver. 1.01)

Fujifilm today released firmware update Ver. 1.01 for the X-T4:

  • The phenomenon is fixed that the battery in the camera body cannot be charged by the bundled AC adapter when the USB POWER SUPPLY SETTING is changed to OFF from ON (default setting).
  • The phenomenon is fixed that repeated turning on and off a camera delays the set time.

Download Fujifilm Firmware Update Ver 1.01 for X-T4

Read more

Sponsored Video