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Conventional compact cameras may have largely fallen out of style but their superzoom bridge cousins continue to be a viable alternative to DSLR and mirrorless systems. A large part of this, of course, is down to the scope of their optics, but the most recent models have far more than just humongous zoom ranges to entice keen photographers.
Canon’s latest PowerShot SX70 HS is one such model. While the main draw of its 65x optical zoom lens is (somewhat unusually) unchanged from the model it updates, it’s furnished with an impressive array of additional technology, from raw capture, 10fps burst shooting and wireless connectivity through to 4K UHD video.
Sigma has spent the last few years redefining what DSLR and mirrorless users should expect from third-party lenses, with many of its Art-series optics in particular released to laudatory reviews. Now, with many popular options ticked off, the company has stretched out to deliver a handful of more unusual options.
The optic on test fits in this category as much as it doesn’t. Canon, Nikon and Pentax all offer 40mm lenses, for example, and this focal length is slightly closer to the “standard” 43mm for 35mm-based system than the more common 50mm. Yet, its particularly wide aperture makes it unique, and it’s not often we see such a lens breach four figures in both price and weight. Furthermore, unlike the options from the above manufacturers, it’s neither a macro lens nor a pancake lens, but has a more conventional (if large) design.
- Hyper Sonic Motor w[……]
Update: We’ve added DJI Osmo Pocket footage below to better demonstrate our first experiences with the pocket-sized gimbal. We’ll continue uploading video – including 4K footage – as we field test the camera.
DJI Osmo Pocket is poised to be the easiest way to record stabilized 4K video without having to carry around a full-sized DSLR gimbal and bulky camera gear.
It’s a handheld camera stabilizer for the mainstream, and that means you’ll soon be seeing even more silky smooth video out there. That’s a good news for everyone.
Since this a mainstream device, let’s explain: a gimbal, like the Osmo Pocket, works by adjusting for your shaky hands and bouncy walking patterns by counteracting your uneven movement with its own motion. This wand-shaped handle with a camera on top can also pan and track shots thanks to some camera controls and smart software.
The smoothness of resulti[……]
We’ve had to wait a little longer for the Nikon Z6 to arrive than the Nikon Z7, but it’s this camera that will perhaps have the broader appeal of Nikon’s two new full-frame mirrorless models, particularly among enthusiast photographers.
Nikon is adopting a two-pronged strategy similar to that employed by Sony when it launched the original Alpha A7R and A7, with the Nikon Z6 and Z7 sharing the same design and a pretty much identical spec sheet, but with three notable differences: resolution, autofocus and burst shooting speed.
While the Z7, with its densely populated 45.7MP sensor, is Nikon’s high-resolution offering, the Z6 is marketed as more of an all-round camera. However, with Sony already stealing a march with the brilliant Alpha A7 III, has Nikon turned up to the party a little late?
Nikon Z6: features
- 24.5MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- All-new lens mount
- 5-axis in-body image stabiliz[……]
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K shook things up when it was announced earlier this year thanks to a competitive price and a comprehensive feature set.
After testing it for over a week for location based shoots and a studio based commercial, does the reality live up to the hype?
On paper, yes it does. Delivering a huge amount of film-making clout in a package that undercuts the rest, this Micro Four Thirds camera packs a huge 5-inch touch screen, external SSD recording capabilities and shoots pin sharp 4K raw footage.
Following on from the original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, despite being far from perfect, it still ended up being used as part of blockbuster productions like Avengers: Age of Ultron thanks to the excellent bang for buck it delivered.
This time round, there’s more bang, less buck and a generation of eager YouTubers and video enthusiasts looking for a pre[……]
The Fujifilm X-T100 is the brand’s latest entry-level mirrorless camera, slotting in above the X-A5 and below the X-T20 in the X Series range.
Looks can be deceiving though, and while the X-T100 shares a design more closely related to the mid-priced X-T20, many of its internal features are actually borrowed from the X-A5.
While the X-A5 is geared towards more novice users looking for a simple to use camera that delivers noticeably better pictures than their smartphone, the X-T100 is that next small step up the ladder. With a built-in electronic viewfinder, and offering a greater degree of control than the more basic X-A5, the X-T100 is designed to appeal to those looking to get a bit more creative with their photography.
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Clever 3-way touchscreen display
- 4K video but only at 15fps
The X-T100 features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with the more standa[……]
The Lumix GH5 is the latest in the line of Panasonic’s top-of-the-range GH series of mirrorless cameras, which over the years have carved out a niche for themselves among videographers thanks to their breadth of movie-making features.
The current GH4 was launched back at the start of 2014, and has been starting to look a little dated when lined up against some strong competition.
Panasonic is hoping its latest model will not only re-establish the brand as the number choice for the professional videographer, but will also appeal to a wider market of enthusiast photographers looking for a highly capable camera that can shoot great stills and movie footage. Let’s take a closer look…
- Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, 20.3MP
- 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,620,000 dots
- 6K Photo still image extraction
As we’ve seen on some other recent Micro Four Third cameras, the Panasonic Lu[……]
The successor to 2015’s EOS M3, Canon’s EOS M6 arrives with a handful of features inherited from its relatively new big brother, the flagship EOS M5. The two share similar intentions and are aimed towards a similar kind of user, but with a slightly pared-down feature set, the EOS M6 arrives with a more appealing price tag.
Canon may have got off to a slow start with its mirrorless line, but it’s made up for this in recent years. It now has four models in its EOS M portfolio, covering the full spectrum from beginner to enthusiast. This model in particular appears to be well suited to anyone who cut their teeth on the original EOS M or EOS M10.
That said, it’s launched into a very competitive market. Price-wise it not only goes up against a slew of well-regarded models from other manufacturers, but also older, more advanced cameras whose age has allowed them to[……]
When Canon launched the entry-level EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D DSLR a couple of years ago, announced alongside it was the Rebel T6s / 760D.
While it was virtually identical to look at, and sported pretty much the same internal feature set, the T6s offered more body-mounted controls and a small LCD display, designed to appeal to more experienced users wanting more control.
Fast-forward two years and Canon has done the same thing again, launching the EOS 77D alongside the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D.
Things are a little different this time though. The EOS 77D may share the same features as the T7i, but Canon has opted for a more distinctive and slightly larger design for the 77D to differentiate the two models.
- APS-C CMOS Sensor, 24.2MP
- 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
- 1080p video capture
Look under the skin of the EOS 77D and it’s pretty much identical to t[……]
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D outside the US) is one of Canon’s most compact DSLRs, designed to appeal to those who are looking for a small and unintimidating camera, but want image quality that surpasses that from a compact model.
However, while the original Rebel SL1 / 100D arrived some four years ago and was designed to tempt users away from the mirrorless camera onslaught, Canon’s own mirrorless range of cameras has expanded since then, so where does the EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D now fit in?
- APS-C CMOS Sensor, 24.2MP
- Full HD video recording
- Guided interface
With the 18MP sensor in the outgoing EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D starting to look very dated against much newer competition, it’s no surprise to see the EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D get a bump in resolution to 24.2MP. It’s the same sensor we’ve seen recently in both the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D and EOS 77D.
The camera also[……]