Fujifilm has now crafted a number of camera lines for the more discerning photographer, from compacts you can slip into your pocket to interchangeable-lens cameras bolstered by an ever-growing range optics and accessories.
In contrast to its more rangefinder-esque X-Pro line, the X-T series has traditionally been focused around DSLR-type design and operation, with a more defined grip and dual command dials, together with a centrally positioned viewfinder. The new Fujifilm X-T3 appears every bit as handsome as its X-T1 and X-T2 forebears, but it arrives with a considerably stronger feature set than before.
With an APS-C sensor and a four-figure asking price, it occupies the more senior end of the enthusiast camera market, with a particularly broad set of competitors to fight against. With a good helping of fresh technology on board, however, there’s a great deal to get excited about,[……]
The Lumix LX100 II is the long-awaited follow-up to Panasonic’s brilliant high-end compact camera, the Lumix LX100.
With some cameras you’re looking for a single killer feature, such as resolution for commercial photographers, or speed for sports shooters, while if your interest is travel and street photography you need a more complex balance of qualities – and the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II appears to provide pretty much everything.
- 17MP multi-aspect Micro Four Thirds sensor
- 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 standard zoom lens
- 4K video capture
While most premium compacts, like the Sony RX100 VI and Panasonic’s own Lumix ZS200 / TZ200, have opted for a 1-inch sensor, the Lumix LX100 II features a larger Micro Four Thirds sensor that’s some 1.6 times larger than the 1-inch variety. That said, there are compacts with even larger APS-C sensors available, namely the Canon PowerShot G1[……]
Fujifilm and Hasselblad are credited with bringing medium format to the masses with the GFX 50S and X1D respectively, but the Leica S was launched way back in 2008 and is arguably the first truly ‘portable’ medium format camera.
Its last update was the S2 back in 2011, though, and given Leica’s price and exclusivity it’s no surprise it dropped off the radar somewhat.
But the Leica S3, launched at Photokina 2018 brings the Leica S back with a bang. The headline specs are its 64-megapixel sensor (14MP more than the Fujifilm and Hasselblad) and 4K uncropped video capture, which is very impressive from a sensor of this size and resolution.
Unfortunately, Leica can’t tell us how much the Leica S3 will cost, but the previous Leica S2 sold for £16,000/$23,000 body only, so the S3 certainly won’t be cheap.
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It’s not the first of April – we had to double-check – and Leica and Zenith really have collaborated on a new camera. Leica directed our enquiries to the Zenith stand where we were able to get the full story and try out the new camera.
It’s based around the Leica M240 rangefinder, we believe, so it has a full frame 24MP sensor behind a focal plane shutter. It’s a rangefinder camera, so there’s no autofocus system or even through-the-lens viewing (except in live view mode).
It’s a full frame mirrorless camera (yes, another one) but not as we know it nowadays. You focus by turning a ring on the lens and lining up a semitransparent rectangular ‘ghost’ image with your subject in the viewfinder.
Zenith is a name associated long ago with cheap, crude and effective film cameras, none of which applies to the Zenith M. It will cost €5500[……]
The specification for the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports doesn’t sink in straight away. It looks and sounds like the company’s popular 150–600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens, but this new model’s shorter minimum focal length is the killer feature here. It makes the Sigma 60-600mm the first ever 10x zoom with a 600mm maximum.
It comes with Nikon F, Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts (we tried it out with a full-frame Canon body) and from the outside it doesn’t look so very different to the 150-600mm lens.
Inside, though, it features a sophisticated optical construction consisting of no fewer than 25 elements in 19 groups, with three FLD (low dispersion) and one SLD (special low dispersion) element to control chromatic aberration and maintain high resolution and consistent edge to edge sharpness.
In fact, Sigma says the new 60-600mm lens offers the same[……]
Impossible Reach. Made Possible. That’s how Nikon bills its latest Coolpix P1000 superzoom camera, and it stretches what we’ve come to expect from superzoom cameras that bit further.
The reason is its lens: with a 125x optical zoom range equivalent to 24-3000mm in 35mm terms, it has the potential to home in on the most distant subjects you’d realistically want to capture, be it wildlife or the Moon.
Indeed, a camera like this will no doubt appeal the most to wildlife fans and astrophotographers, those who can’t quite justify spending a high four-figure sum on a super-telephoto optic – not that a 3000mm lens is available for mainstream systems anyway.
- 24-3000mm (equiv.) f/2.8-8 lens
- 4K UHD video recording (30fps or 25fps)
- 2.36million dot EVF
Of course, in order to take advantage of such a extensive focal range, some concessions needs to be made.&nb[……]
There’s a decent selection of lenses out there for users of Sony Alpha cameras who like to shoot wide-angle images – provided they like zooms. Primes, though, are a bit thin on the ground, with Sony not offering anything wider than the FE 28mm f/2.
That all changes with the arrival of the FE 24mm f/1.4 GM lens, an all-new wide-angle prime lens that sits at the top table of Sony’s lens line-up on account of its G Master designation.
- Features two XA elements
- 11-blade circular aperture
- New linear AF motor
With the focus on optical quality throughout the aperture range, the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM sports an optical design that features two of the company’s XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements, as well as three ED glass elements.
The inclusion of the two XA elements is designed to control Sagittal flare. What’s that you ask? It’s a phenomenon that results in an unn[……]
The D3400 is the latest in a line of Nikon entry-level DSLRs that adheres to a no-frills template, one that prioritises small size, light weight and a simple design, all the while maintaining the benefits of an interchangable-lens system.
[Update: Nikon has now launched the D3500, which will replace the D3400. Coming with number of revisions and changes to the design compared to the D3400, we’ll be bringing you a review of the D3500 very soon.]
A follow-up to the brilliant D3300, Nikon has managed to shave a little of the D3300’s weight off the body for this new iteration, but it’s also boosted its battery life and improved a number of features to make it an even mightier proposition for the novice user.
It’s also launched the camera alongside a redesigned kit lens, one that sports a retractable inner barrel and a more streamlined design that eschews the focusing and Vibration Reducti[……]
While the Nikon Z7 might be grabbing all the headlines, Nikon’s other new full-frame mirrorless camera, the Z6, is perhaps going to have the broader appeal, especially amongst enthusiast photographers.
Nikon is adopting a two-pronged strategy similar to that employed by Sony when it launched the original Alpha A7R and A7. The Nikon Z6 and Z7 share the same design and a pretty-much identical spec sheet, with three notable differences – resolution, autofocus and burst shooting speed – and with the Z6 marketed as more of an all-round camera compared to the high-resolution Z7.
We got our hands on a pre-launch model to see if all the fuss has been worth it.
Nikon Z6: features
- 24.5MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- All-new lens mount
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization
While the 45.7MP Z7 is Nikon’s high-resolution mirrorless offering, the Z6 features a back-illuminated 24.5MP full-f[……]
The Lumix TS7 (known as the Lumix FT7 outside the US) is Panasonic’s new premium waterproof camera. This is the first high-end waterproof camera we’ve seen from Panasonic in over five years, with the outgoing TS5 / FT5 soldiering on against a raft of newer models from rivals, as well as GoPros and other action cameras.
Despite the growing appeal of dedicated action cams, the waterproof camera market is actually growing, and Panasonic is hoping it can re-establish itself with the Lumix TS7 / FT7. It offers a couple of features that we haven’t seen before on a waterproof camera, so could this be the perfect choice for the adrenaline junky, or those simply looking for a tough camera to take to the beach or ski slope?
- Operate at depths down to 31m (102ft)
- Features a built-in electronic viewfinder
- 4.6x optical zoom lens (28-128mm)
Let’s start with the Lumix TS7[……]