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Fujifilm X-H1

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Billed by Fujifilm as the “highest performance camera” in its X-Series lineup, the X-H1 features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. It is the first in the X series to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a new Flicker Reduction mode that allows for stable exposure under fluorescent and mercury lighting, and DCI 4K video capabilities.

The X-H1 boasts a newly designed, robust and durable body, and a range of features that support shooting in various situations by professional and experienced amateur photographers, and videographers. When used in combination with Fujinon lenses and Fujifilm’s signature colour reproduction technology, the X-H1 produces outstanding image quality and video reproduction, says the company.

The X-H1, with in-body image stabilization, harnesses three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors, and a specially-developed dual-processor to achieve approximately 10,000 calculations per second. When combined with compensating mechanisms, the X-H1 is claimed to produce uncompromised image quality and precision. The 5-axis image stabilization is possible with all XF and XC lenses, with certain lenses capable of up to a maximum of 5.5 stops. In addition, a new spring mechanism has been added to reduce micro-vibrations caused by operation of the mechanical shutter. Photographers may also choose to use the electronic front curtain shutter or the electronic shutter, virtually eliminating the effect of vibrations to maximize the benefits of image stabilization, Fujifilm notes.

In addition to its dust and water-resistant properties and ability to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C, the X-H1 also features 25 percent thicker magnesium alloy than the X-T2. The camera also features a high quality, scratch-resistant coating and a compact, lightweight body that maintains high precision and strong resistance to impact shock torsion and other sources of deformation.

The X-H1 features a high-magnification and high-precision electronic viewfinder with a magnification ratio of 0.75 times and 3.69 million dot resolution, leading the class for APS-C mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm suggests. The viewfinder display is extraordinarily smooth, with a display time lag of just 0.005 seconds and a frame rate of 100 frames per second, allowing the user to instantly confirm the movement of the subject and position the focus with great precision. The X-H1 also features a 3-direction tilt, 3-inch electrostatic touch-panel LCD, which can be set to the desired angle. In addition, the 1.28-inch sub-LCD on the top of the camera, which emulates the design of the mirrorless medium format GFX 50S, allows for instant confirmation of shooting information.

The camera incorporates additional improvements which the company says are based on feedback from professional photographers, including a large grip design, leaf-spring switch for the shutter-release button, near-silent shutter sound, a new focus level, and a new AF-ON button and enlargements of buttons on the rear of the camera.

The X-H1 is the first camera in the X Series to include Eterna, a new film simulation mode that Fujifilm says is ideal for shooting movies. This mode simulates cinematic film, creating understated colours and rich shadow tones. The X-H1 boasts many functional and performance improvements to video image quality, including the 1080/120p high-speed video mode (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion) for recording spectacular slow-motion footage; F-log SD card recording which aids smooth workflow; a DCI 4K shooting mode (4096 × 2160); a 400 percent dynamic range setting (approximately 12 stops); 200

Mbps high bit rate recording; a high-sound quality internal microphone (24 bit/48 kHz); and verbal time codes.

Also in the X-H1’s repertoire is a flicker reduction mode, allowing for stable exposure during burst shots even under fluorescent and mercury lighting. In addition, improvements to the autofocus (AF) algorithm have achieved a number of performance enhancements. Low-light limit for phase detection AF has been improved by approximately 1.5 stops – from 0.5EV to -1.0EV – raising the precision and speed of AF in low-light environments. The minimum aperture has been expanded from f/8 to f/11, and major improvements have been made to the AF-C performance while operating in zoom, ideal for shooting rapidly moving subjects.

The Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XH1) is a weather-resistant grip capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C that fits two additional batteries to increase maximum number of shots to 900 (in normal mode) and increases the maximum period for shooting movies in 4K to about 30 minutes.

This grip features a shutter release button, focus lever, AE-L button, AF-ON button, command dial, Q button, and Fn button. The grip is equipped with a headphone socket to allow monitoring sound while recording, and includes recharging capability.

The Wide Eyecup EC-XH W covers a broad area around the eye, greatly reducing light interference. The eyecup can be rotated in 90° increments, making it adaptable for either eye and for shooting either vertically or horizontally.

The Fujifilm X-H1 will be available at the beginning of March. The body will be available for $2,449.99 and the body with power booster grip kit will be available for $2,799.99.


Panasonic GX9

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The Lumix GX9 from Panasonic is a compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera featuring a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without a low-pass filter, and Venus Engine image processing.

The L.Monochrome D mode is newly added to Photo Style, making it easy to shoot detailed dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows. Plus, Grain Effect can also be adjusted in all monochrome modes with Photo Style.

A 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) in the GX9 is claimed to effectively suppresses blur. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and a B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), the Dual I.S. compensates for a wider range of movement to enable blur-free photo/video shooting from wide to tele, even in low-light conditions.

A new wide screen LVF (Live View Finder) tilts up approx. 90 degrees. Plus, the camera’s 3.0-inch high resolution static-type touch monitor provides nearly 100 percent of field of view and tilts up approximately 80 degrees and down 45 degrees.

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology is said to deliver autofocusing in approximately 0.07 sec. A range of AF functions include Face/Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, One-shot AF and advanced Low Light AF. Live View Boost makes it possible to check composition even in total darkness by boosting sensitivity just for live view.

The GX9 records smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840 x 2160 at 30p or 24p in MP4. 4K PHOTO is said to be easier to use in more creative ways with Auto Marking and Sequence Composition, two new additions to Post Focus, Focus Stacking, Light Composition and 4K Live Cropping.

The Light Composition function, a new 4K Photo option, sees the camera synthesize images by choosing and saving a brighter pixel to easily produce more dramatic images of fireworks or night scenery in-camera.

The GX9 includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Lumix DC-GX9 with a Lumix 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will be available in April with an MSRP of $1,300.

Panasonic ZS200

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The Lumix ZS200 is Panasonic’s new flagship camera in its Travel Zoom series. The camera comes with a 15X optical zoom (24-360 mm equivalent) Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. The camera also includes 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus to suppress hand-shake in both photo and video recording.

The company notes it has added a new L.Monochrome mode in Photo Style for monochrome images with rich B&W film gradation.

The camera’s 1-inch MOS sensor produces high-quality images with stunning details, says Panasonic.The combination of a High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine delivers up to ISO12,800. There’s also an upgraded Live View Finder (LVF). Both it and a 3-inch touchscreen display provide approximately 100 percent field of view.

Panasonic says the ZS200 boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare. This new lens system also enables stunning close-up shots with its 3 cm macro capability.

Yes, there’s 4K video recording – QFHD 4K video in 3840 x 2160 at 30p or 24p in MP4. There’s also 4K Photo to extract single frames from 4K burst files shot at 30 fps to save as 8-megapixel equivalent images. In 4K Photo, Auto Marking and Sequence Composition are included in addition to Post Focus and Focus Stacking.

A Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology for ultra-fast auto focusing in approx. 0.1 sec.

The ZS200 includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity for instant image sharing.

The camera also features independent dials and a Control Ring located on the lens barrel.

The Lumix ZS200, in black or silver, will be available in April at an MSRP of $1,100.

Fujifilm X-A5

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The Fujifilm X-A5, sporting the new Fujinon XC15-45 mm lens, is the lightest camera-zoom lens combination within the X Series lineup, says the company. The new 15-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens is the first electric powered zoom lens for X Mount digital cameras.

Available in three colours of synthetic leather, the X-A5 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology for quick and easy image transfer and allows for a broader range of video capabilities with its 4K output.

The camera features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor equipped with phase detection autofocus and a newly developed image processing engine with a processing speed 1.5 times faster than that of previous models, says the company. The X-A5 is claimed to achieve outstanding image quality and outperforms previous models in its scene recognition accuracy and skin tone reproduction.

The X-A5 is the first in the X-A series to feature phase detection pixels, and an intelligent Hybrid AF system that focuses twice as fast as previous models to ensure capture of swiftly moving subjects. With an ISO sensitivity range now up to ISO12800 and extended sensitivity range up to ISO51200, camera shake and noise are significantly reduced.

The camera features a variety of 4K video capabilities. Utilizing the Burst Function, users are able to shoot 15 frames per second in 4K image quality. An HD video function records videos up to quad speed for slow motion clips and a Multi Focus Mode stacks 4K quality images and automatically changes the depth of field setting.

The camera allows for automatic transfer of images and videos to paired smart devices using the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app. The camera is compatible with Instax Share printers to instantly transfer and print images directly from the camera.

There are 11 Film Simulation Modes. In addition, the camera offers 17 variations of Advanced Filters including the new Fog Remove and HDR Art.

The large LCD screen uses new touch-panel GUI, facilitating intuitive operation and is capable of rotating 180 degrees, making the X-A5 perfect for taking high quality selfies. When the panel is rotated 180 degrees, the Rear Command Dial switches to the Zoom and Shutter Release function and automatically activates the Eye AF function for sharp focus on the subject’s eyes. Additionally, the Portrait Enhancer Mode allows for users to select from three levels of skin tone enhancement with easy touchscreen operation.

Also part of the package: in-camera RAW processing; improved battery life (approx. 450 frames)

The Fujifilm X-A5, with 15-45 mm lens, will be available in early February for $749.99. The lens will also be available separately beginning in March.

Fujinon 15-45 mm lens

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The first electric powered zoom lens for X Mount Fujifilm cameras is the Fujinon XC15-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ. It has a minimum working distance of about 5 cm (2 inches).

The XC15-45 mm lens will be available March 15 for $379.99.

Fujifilm XP130

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Fujifilm’s FinePix XP130 is the newest addition to the rugged XP series. It’s the first in the line to feature the latest Bluetooth technology for easy to use, instant image transfer, and is also equipped with new shooting functions such as an Electronic Level and Eye Detection.

The XP130 is waterproof up to 20 m / 65 feet, shockproof up to 1.75 m / 5.7 feet, freeze proof to -10°C / 14°F and dustproof, and features a protective, double-locking mechanism for the battery compartment.

The camera can instantly transfer images to a smartphone or tablet, while syncing time and location information from the camera to the images. Utilizing the free remote app, users can take advantage of this new feature to quickly and easily share photos and videos. Images can even be transferred from the XP130 directly to an Instax Share printer.

The XP130 is equipped with a 16.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens that includes a 28 mm wide-angle setting and according to the company provides unique colour reproduction technology and advanced sharpness. With Intelligent Digital Zoom technology, the optical zoom range can be doubled to 10x, and, utilizing optical image stabilization, the XP130 minimizes the effects of camera shake even in low light conditions.

There’s a 3.0-inch high definition LCD monitor, and the camera’s operation buttons are of optimal size and positioned to enable smooth operation and ease of use even while wearing gloves or holding the camera with one hand.

The XP130 features a new Electronic Level feature that is said to be particularly useful when capturing horizontal subjects. There is also a new Eye Detection feature that is designed to focus on the eyes of the subject. Additional features include Cinemagraph mode that produces still images with moving elements, the Time-Lapse Video function that automatically converts images to video format utilizing the interval timer, the Burst Mode that captures up to 10 fps, and smooth HD video recording of 60 fps.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 will be released in March for $239.99.

Leica 75 mm and 90 mm lenses

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Leica has announced the first two lenses in a new line of high-performance Summicron-SL lenses for the Leica SL system – the APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f/2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f/2 ASPH. Both lenses seamlessly work with the SL-System’s autofocus and, as with all SL lenses, have been designed and constructed in Germany.

Leica says both the construction and design of the new lens line represent the continuing innovation in the development of lenses for the Leica SL-System. State-of-the-art, extremely precise manufacturing methods and measuring technologies were developed specifically for the production of these lenses, notes the company. The results are reflected not only in the more compact dimensions and considerably lower weight of the lenses, allowing for greater portability, but also in excellent imaging performance, it says.

The lenses feature a new, faster autofocus system, as well as a considerably shorter close focusing limit for tight portraits. The autofocus drive of all Summicron-SL lenses employs stepping motors with DSD (Dual Syncro Drive). Thanks to this advanced focusing drive, Leica says the entire focusing range can be fully travelled in about 250 milliseconds.

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Meticulous attention was paid to the prevention of stray light and reflections in the construction of the APO-Summicron-SL lenses, the company notes. Together with optimizing the optical and mechanical design, the application of high-quality coatings to each lens surface reduces unavoidable reflections to an absolute minimum.

To reduce chromatic aberration to a hardly perceptible minimum, both new Summicron-SL lenses are Apochromatic, or in short, APO, corrected, allowing photographers to capture photos in high contrast situations without a distracting purple or green outline along backlit subjects. Most of the 11 elements of the optical system, one of which is aspherical, feature anomalous partial dispersion and are manufactured from sensitive and specially formulated, high-quality glass.

The APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f/2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f/2 ASPH. will be available in February.

Take note: Leica says two more lenses will be available in the second half of 2018, the Summicron-SL 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and APO-Summicron-SL 50 mm f/2 ASPH.

Nikon 180-400 mm lens

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Definitely not your average snapshooter’s lens! Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR has a name which begs explanation. This pro level FX-format lens has been updated not only with the newest lens technologies and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and reduce weight, but it also features the company’s first ever built-in teleconverter. Ah, now the TC1.4 part of the nomenclature makes sense.

The lens delivers a constant f/4 aperture and the built-in 1.4X teleconverter allows photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560 mm. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600 mm (378-840 mm with the teleconverter engaged).

The lens features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images, Nikon explains. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using

cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame. This feature will be available with a firmware upgrade for the D5, D850 and D500.

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the Nikkor 200-400mm. Nikon says the optics help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K video. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare, says the company.

The AF-S Nikkor 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be available in March for a suggested retail price of $15,549.95.

Panasonic GH5S

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There’s been a lot of buzz about this camera, and now it’s here. The Lumix GH5S single lens mirrorless camera has been designed and developed for professional filmmakers, offering what the company claims is the highest-ever image sensitivity and video image quality in the history of Lumix cameras, especially in low-light situations.

But that’s not to say photographers can’t use it / won’t want to use it.

The new 10.2-megapixel Digital MOS Sensor with Dual Native ISO Technology and Venus Engine 10 is said to faithfully reproduce even dark parts of the image, allowing high ISO capture when the use of supplemental lighting may not be possible. This sensor is a multi-aspect type with a sufficient margin for realizing the same angle of view in 4:3,17:9,16:9 and 3:2 aspect ratios. The sensor also enables photo shooting in 14-bit RAW format, providing higher flexibility for professional RAW stills development workflows.

The Dual Native ISO Technology suppresses noise to produce cleaner footage. Both videographers and photographers can now enjoy the same diagonal field of view across all aspect ratios with the True “Multi-Aspect Ratio” Function. This feature means you can easily swap between difference aspect ratios, says Panasonic, giving you the accuracy you want from your lenses, and making the process easier while producing and editing in post-production.

The GH5S is compatible with Time Code IN and OUT – as found in pro camcorders – which is said to be easy to set using the flash sync terminal and bundled conversion cable for a standard BNC terminal. This is especially important for “lip synch” when using multiple cameras.

The GH5S can be used as Time Code generator for other GH5S cameras and professional camcorders. The Time Code IN/OUT functionality provides synchronization for both video and audio devices used on multi-cam productions.

While the GH5 achieves 4KUHD 60p video recording, the GH5S realizes the world’s first 4K 60p video recording in Cinema 4K (4096×2160), capable of internal 4:2:2 10-bit video recording up to Cinema 4K30p and internal 4:2:0 8-bit Cinema 4K60p. This is a colour subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful color reproduction.

The GH5S also records 4:2:2 10-bit 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p and 200- Mbps All-Intra in Full-HD.

There is no time limit for both Full-HD and 4K video recording. The GH5S complies with 4K HDR video with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode – 4K HEVC for HLG – is available. This enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HLG Display format.

The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) function lets users record overcranked (time-lapse) and undercranked (slo-mo) video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower) and FHD (240 fps, maximum 10x slower). A V-LogL and Rec.709 LUT (Look Up Table) are pre-installed in the camera, so users can play videos recorded in V-LogL without having to separately purchase a Software Upgrade Key. Four additional LUTs can be installed using the Panasonic Varicam (.VLT) file format.

DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and ultra-high-speed digital signal processing achieve fast auto focusing of approximately 0.07 sec6 with 12 fps (AFS) / 8 fps (AFC) in 12- bit RAW and 10 (AFS) / 7 (AFC) fps in 14-bit RAW high-speed burst shooting. In addition to a total of 225 focus areas, options for Face/Eye Recognition, Tracking AF, 1-area AF and Pinpoint AF are available for precise focusing. The 4K PHOTO enables 60 fps high-speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.

The camera boasts -5EV luminance detection performance with Low Light AF thanks to the higher sensitivity and optimized tuning of the sensor. Live Boost is another practical feature that makes it possible to check the composition even in total darkness, by boosting the sensitivity just for Live View. The magnification ratio in MF assist is increased from conventional 10x to 20x, which is convenient especially for astronomical photography. An AF Point Scope function and Night mode are also integrated.

To make the GH5S tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, it is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front, rear and top frame that is not only splashproof and dustproof but also freezeproof down to -10C. The camera is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot, compatible with UHS-II and Video Speed Class 90. Users can flexibly choose the recording method from Relay Recording, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording. The HDMI Type A terminal is provided, along with the USB-C Gen1 interface.

The GH5S has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x/0.76x (35 mm camera equivalent) providing smooth display at 120 fps. A high-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display features 3,680K-dot resolution and 100 percent field of view. In addition to dual dials, an omni-directional joystick enables more intuitive and flexible operation.

The camera includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. For Wi-Fi, 5 GHz (IEEE802.11ac) can be selected in addition to the conventional 2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) for an even more secure and stable connection.

For extended battery life and a more stable hold, a new battery grip is available. An XLR Microphone Adaptor allows high-res sound recording with an external XLR microphone.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5s is scheduled to be available by the end of February.

Sony 18-135 mm lens

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Sony has unveiled a new E-mount lens for its APS-C cameras. It’s a 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 model with Optical SteadyShot stabilization.

The lens measures 2.75 x 3.5 inches and weighs 11.5 oz.

It is the equivalent of 27-202.5 mm in full frame.

The company says the lens produces “outstanding” corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range thanks to its design featuring one aspherical lens and two extra-low dispersion glass elements that minimize aberrations. Maximum magnification ratio is 0.29x and minimum focus distance is 1.48 ft.

The lens is said to offer fast, precise, quiet AF performance thanks to a linear motor.

The Sony E 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS APS-C lens will ship in February and will be sold for about $780.