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Sony has tossed a new mirrorless digital camera into the limelight and the camera is a beast. It's called the A7R III and it has a 35mm full-frame 42.4MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. The sensor uses a gapless, on-chip lens and anti-reflective coating for significantly improved light collection efficiency. The treatment gives the camera high sensitivity and low-noise performance along with a wide dynamic range.  Sony also fits the camera with a new front-end LSI that is able to double the readout speed of the image sensors. The camera has an updated BIONZ X processing engine that is 1.8 times faster than the processing engine in the outgoing A7R II. All that fancy technology gives... Read more...
Sony announced the new NEX-6 camera which features similar power and shooting capabilities as a DSLR in a compact, mirrorless camera. As the latest addition to Sony's E-mount camera line-up, the new NEX-6 features Fast Hybrid AF, Wi-Fi capabilities, and the Play Memories Camera Apps platform. The camera also features Sony's high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with 2.36 million dots. The NEX-6 features a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing full HD video. The camera also features a BIONZ image processor. Sony is using the Fast Hybrid AF system in this camera which combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods to deliver sharp images as well as a Speed... Read more...
When it comes to cameras, small is clearly "in." Pentax is joining the mirrorless ranks with yet another option, the Q10. It's a swanky looking shooter that's super compact and about as lightweight as they come; it's an interchangable lens model, which supports Q-mount lenses. In addition, the new Q10 retains all the creative features of its predecessor – including the bokeh control function to create a defocused effect typical of an SLR camera, and the Smart Effect modes to apply various built-in filters with a simple turn of the dial. Spec wise, there's a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, a top ISO of 6400, built-in HDR, a 3" rear LCD, and a 1080p movie mode. It'll ship next month for... Read more...
Are point-and-shoot cameras on the way out? Are DSLRs becoming less important? It might be that mirrorless cameras are impacting both of those questions, and when you look at Fujifilm's latest, you may understand why. The company's new X-E1 is a powerful shooter, packing a 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, a 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinger, and a body that's 30% smaller than the X-Pro1. It's also boasting that iconic retro look that consumers have come to expect from the brand, with two color options to be available: a two-tone black and silver, and a solid black. Both versions of the X-E1 will also ship as kits with the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens in November 2012. It also supports 1080p... Read more...
Looking for a new mirrorless camera, are you? That segment is absolutely erupting, and your options have never been so plentiful. Sony, along with a host of other companies at IFA, introduced yet another new option: the NEX-5R. It's a member of the mirrorless Alpha series, boasting a familiar size and shape as well as a newly-developed 16.1 Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. Sony contends that this sensor is the same size as those found in conventional DSLRs, but this unit actually packs something that most DSLRs do not. There's a new "Fast Hybrid AF" Autofocus technology, which combines phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation. ... Read more...
Rumors had been swirling about Nikon's intentions to jump into the crazy world of mirrorless cameras, and last night that's exactly what the imaging company did. Nikon hasn't released a new DSLR in quite some time, and while this certainly is no DSLR proper, it's definitely the company's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet. The 1 System is the new label, and it will initially launch with two members, the J1 and V1. Both are similar in many, many ways, with a 10.1MP CMOS sensor "(CX format)", support for 720p and 1080p video, and a new Motion Snapshot mode that captures both stills and motion images. It's a bit wild, though, as the lens selection shows a couple that dwarf the camera itself,... Read more...
Another mirrorless option to consider? You got it! Panasonic has used the Photokina trade show in Germany in order to introduce their newest Micro Four Thirds camera, the LUMIX GH2. The body itself does not look too different than the GH1 before it, but the functionality of this new camera is quite impressive. It's the first camera to ship with support for an interchangeable 3D lens (also introduced today), and when used, the lens captures both 3D and 2D copies. Panasonic calls this their most professional-level DSLM yet, and it can even capture full HD 1920 x 1080 videos in smooth 60i, doubling the sensor output from 25p/24p to 50p/60p. The camera also supports 1080/24p native mode at 24 Mbps,... Read more...
Mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days. Olympus and Panasonic have their Micro Four Thirds technology, Sony has their interchangeable lens family, and now Fujifilm has the FinePix X100. Now, we're just waiting for Canon and Nikon to join the fun, and full-fledged DSLRs will finally have their work cut out for them. These compact APS-C cameras offer many of the luxuries on a DSLR (full manual mode, fast shooting, great low-light performance, etc.), but at a fraction of the size and cost. They're more limited when it comes to lenses and accessories, but for many, they offer plenty of performance. If you don't need a full DSLR, the X100 (and the like) is probably good enough. The X100 is... Read more...