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Canon G1 X Mark III

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The new flagship addition to the G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology.

Canon says the new model offers “dramatic improvements” from the series’ previous flagship, noting the sensor delivers “fantastic” image quality in both stills and video. This upgrade pairs with a 24-72 mm equivalent lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivering maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images and an ISO range of 100-25,600.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, says the company.
The camera is dust and water resistant.

It has a 2.36 million dot Organic LED electronic viewfinder; Touch & Drag AF linking the viewfinder and touch panel monitor to quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder, or using Smooth Zone AF to track subjects with the touch of a finger.

The camera also has a 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch LCD Monitor.

The new model is capable of fast continuous shooting up to approximately 7 frames per second (fps), or up to 9 fps with AF fixed, working with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

A new shutter release function is said to offer a sophisticated sense of operation, similar to high-end EOS models, providing a comfortable hold during continuous shooting.

You can connect to a smart device via built-in Wi-Fi, NFC or Bluetooth to facilitate easy sharing or utilize the Camera Connect app to shoot remotely.
Panoramic Shot Mode allows users to capture panoramic photos, simply be swinging the camera while shooting either vertically or horizontally.

The camera offers Full HD 1080/60p video with high ISO speed shooting and smooth accurate focus when used alongside Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, while 5-axis movie IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld.

You can capture Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that help determine intervals and exposure.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November for an estimated retail price of $1599.99.

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Sony RX10 IV

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Sony has a new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV. The company says it features the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points and a whopper of a lens: 24-600 mm (equivalent) f/2.4-F4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*.

The camera is equipped with a 1.0-inch, 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together, says Sony, to maximize overall speed of operation and performance.

A first for the RX10 series, the new model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65 percent of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV employs High-density Tracking AF technology, previously available only in a select few of Sony’s alpha interchangeable lens cameras. This tech concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.

Other AF improvements include an enhanced version of the Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter.  AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.

The camera offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with buffer limit of up to 249 images. EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, suggests Sony. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The camera also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well.

Sony says the camera’s lens helps achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range. It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration, and Zeiss T* Coating to minimize flare and ghosting.

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600 mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images, says Sony.

The new model offers 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realizing about 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new camera utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.

The new camera also has a variety of other pro calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.

Super slow motion video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority). This feature gives users the ability to choose among 960 fps, 480 fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats.

The RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-inch tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with a high resolution, high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality, Sony suggests Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

To enhance customization, “My Menu” functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are colour coded for easier recognition and navigation, and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.

The camera is also dust and moisture resistant, and Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for about $2,200.

Fujifilm X-E3

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Fujifilm says its new X-E3 rangefinder style mirrorless digital camera offers outstanding image quality and enhanced handling. The camera features the 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, along with a new image recognition algorithm.

The X-E3 also features a large phase detection autofocus (AF) area and provides enhanced tracking performance for moving subjects. Equipped with a newly developed image recognition algorithm, the X-E3 is able to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.

The camera supports both Full HD and 4K video recording. Videos can be shot with Film Simulations in-camera.

High-speed response times include a start-up time of just 0.4 seconds, shooting interval of 0.25 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and autofocus speed as fast as 0.06 seconds.

This is the first X Series model to feature Bluetooth low energy wireless communication. This feature offers the ability to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet for easy transfer of pictures via the free Fujifilm Camera Remote application.

The X-E3 features a high-resolution 3.0 inch static touchscreen LCD monitor. The touchscreen can be used to select the focus area, or focus on a specific point before taking a picture. For playback, users can swipe or scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge, drag an image once enlarged, along with pinch-out and pinch-in sizing. A new Touch Function feature lets users create customized camera functions by swiping left, right, up and down on the touchscreen panel.

The company says the X-E3 is the most compact and lightweight model with a viewfinder within the X Series interchangeable lens camera range. The camera also features a Focus Lever positioned on the rear side of the camera that allows photographers to use joystick-type operations in eight directions to easily select a focus area.

The top plate features two precision-milled aluminum dials, giving the camera a premium feel and allowing users to easily adjust the shutter speed and exposure compensation while maintaining focus while taking a picture. The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops. The X-E3 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera can automatically select the optimum settings for a given scene.

4K video can be recorded at [3840 x 2160] 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98P, 100Mbps; continuous recording is up to approximately 10 minutes. Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps and 23.98 fps, and with Film Simulation effects.

Video can be outputted to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone.

The Fujifilm X-E3 will be available in three versions in late September: body only, black or silver; body with XF 18-55 mm lens kit, black or silver; and body with XF 23 mm f/2 R WR lens kit, black or silver.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

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Olympus’ new OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a compact, lightweight, easy-to-use interchangeable lens camera aimed at the snapshooter looking to expand his/her photography. The camera includes image stabilization compensation and the same TruePic VIII Image Processor used in the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

The 5-Axis Image Stabilization system – for both stills and 4K video – is built into the camera body, which also features a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, a tilting rear LCD monitor with touch controls similar to a smartphone, and a built-in flash.

The intelligent AUTO Mode detects the shooting scene, subject, camera movement and light transmitted through the lens, then automatically chooses the optimal settings. The other assist modes include Scene Mode (SCN), Advanced Photo Mode (AP), and Art Filter Mode (ART), each of which appear on the mode dial alongside AUTO Mode for easy access. In Scene Mode, users can touch one of six shooting environments, each displayed on the LCD monitor. Advanced Photo Mode offers nighttime Live Composite and Multiple Exposure. Bleach Bypass is a new filter in Art Filter Mode that reproduces the silver retention method used when developing film. Type I produces a glossy look, like shining silver metal, and Type II produces a nostalgic look reminiscent of old film.

The Touch AF shutter, which now takes advantage of 121 autofocus points, allows users to choose the precise area of focus and trip the shutter simply by touching the LCD screen. Continuous AF (C-AF) Mode maintains focus on moving subjects when the shutter is pressed halfway. The camera is equipped with Face Priority AF and Eye Priority AF to ensure sharp focusing on the face or eyes of the person closest to the camera. Also available is C-AF for continuous focusing on moving subjects, and up to 8.6 frames per second high-speed sequential shooting.
The Mark III is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, which can be used in conjunction with the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app to connect to a smart device and wirelessly transfer images for quick editing and uploading to social media.

The new Shortcut Button on the left-hand side of the camera instantly displays the setting menu most relevant to the current shooting mode so that users can quickly change settings. For example, users can press the Shortcut Button while shooting in Scene Mode to quickly switch to another shooting environment.

Settings are assigned to the four arrow pad buttons on the back of the camera, including ISO, flash, drive and focus settings, which can be activated with the press of the corresponding icon. Two customizable function buttons can be programmed with one of 11 different functions, such as Digital Tele-Converter for instant activation with one button press. Two dials on the upper section of the body can be used to change settings and make adjustments on the fly.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III will be available in a black and silver body or black body beginning in late September with an estimated street price of $799.99 (body only) and $999.99 (M.Zuiko 14-42 mm EZ Lens kit).

Canon M100

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The successor to the EOS M10 interchangeable lens camera is the EOS M100, designed to entice those looking to step up from smartphone photography.

The M100 sports a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the Canon DIGIC 7 processor, plus Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which enables high-speed focusing.

The camera also offers Wi-Fi, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth, allowing for live-view remote shooting and the viewing and transferring of images to a compatible smart device, via the Canon Camera Connect app. Images and video can be uploaded to a compatible device for easy sharing to select social media networks. Once connected through Bluetooth, the M100 can also work with a compatible smartphone’s GPS function to provide a geo-tagged log of where every photo was taken.

The camera features a revamped and simple touch user interface that makes it easy for users to change settings, adjust modes and even focus on their subject. The 3.0-inch LCD touch-panel display also offers tilt functionality. Users can also use touch focus and Dual Pixel CMOS AF to smoothly transition focus between subjects with the touch of a finger.

Users will also discover a newly designed and intuitive touch interface that makes it easy to choose settings and focus shots, while beginners can learn and improve on their photography using Canon’s Creative Assist function, an intuitive setting that allows users to execute their creative vision, even without an “expert level” of camera knowledge. To make a scene brighter or blur backgrounds, users simply select their desired change within the Creative Assist menu, and the camera will automatically make corresponding setting adjustments, available immediately in live view. Preferred settings can be saved for next time, while those using the mode will begin to learn more advanced camera techniques to further pursue their creative vision—beyond just Auto Mode.

The M100 is slimmer and lighter than other M-Series offerings. There are two body colour options: white or black.

There are seven EF-M lenses, plus those with Canon’s EF lenses can use the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter (sold separately) to connect them to the camera.

Video Mode delivers Full HD 1080/60p video or time-lapse movies with the push of a button (or use Hybrid Auto to pull still frames from HD video recordings.

Continuous Shooting offers up to 4 frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting; up to 6.1 with fixed AF.

ISO range is 100–25,600.

In-Camera RAW conversion is available.

Self-Portrait Mode is via the 180-degree tilt of the LCD screen; adjust brightness, focus and use Smooth Skin function.

HDR Backlight Control: shoot three images with different exposures.

Creative filters include Grainy Film, Art Bold, Fish-eye Effect.

The Canon EOS M100 is scheduled to be available in October. for an estimated retail price of $779.99 with the EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

Nikon D850

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The Nikon D850 is a full-frame DSLR camera featuring a 45.7-megapixel back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. The camera delivers what Nikon proudly says is “majestic” image quality, in both stills and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite this resolution, the D850 is capable of a capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) (9 fps with optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery).

The company says the sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF), delivering “fantastic” fidelity, tonality and clarity. The BSI CMOS sensor captures light more efficiently, resulting in wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture.

The D850 will buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).

ISO range is 64 – 25,600 (expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).

The camera uses the Nikon D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, which features 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f/8.

The EXPEED 5 image processing engine is Nikon’s most powerful yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing pipeline, enabling high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and maximum power efficiency for longer battery life.

A tilting LCD touchscreen is 3.2-in.

The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, for sensitive events. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked), while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel JPEG capture at up to 30 fps (images are recorded with a 1.5x DX crop).

Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also has the ability to take advantage of long range wireless lighting using radio frequency and the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10.

Users can choose from three sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.7-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process multiple RAW files in camera.

Nikon says you can get up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge, or, with the optional battery grip, up to 5,140 shots (CIPA standard).

Focus Stacking is also part of the package. The Focus Shift Photography feature is high resolution meets high magnification. For landscape photographers to maximize depth of field, this feature lets the user shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity to be easily assembled using third-party software.

Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-Nikkor lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35 mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives.

The rugged and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body features the same level of durability of the D810.

Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are built in. Users can send images to their phones through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection, or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.

The camera sports Nikon’s widest and brightest optical viewfinder. The 0.75X viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame.

The D850 features dual memory card slots – XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as easily available SD media.

Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility when shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.

The camera offers Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps. The sensor enables 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9. Creators can also capture Full HD 1080P at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for slow motion video.

When shooting Full HD or in live view for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.

Users can create 4K time-lapse videos easily in camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse for those who want the ultimate in video quality.

The D850 now lets you adjust the level of brightness, to be indicated between 180-255 depending on your needs. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of your subjects.

Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed footage directly to a digital recorder, while simultaneously recording to a card.

The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphones. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.

The Nikon D850 will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,399.95 and will be available in September. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an MSRP of $529.95, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an MSRP of $199.95.

Leica TL2

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Leica has unveiled the next model in its TL series, the TL2, which the company notes are machined from a single block of aluminium (or aluminum, as we in N.Am. say).

The TL2 is equipped with a newly developed, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format that, in combination with an equally new Maestro II series high-performance image processor, are said to guarantee outstanding picture quality with impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast and colour rendition, exceptional sharpness and finest resolution of details.

The camera also offers various video recording modes, such as 4K (3840 x 2160p at 30 frames per second), full HD (1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second), HD (1280 x 720p at 60 frames per second or slow motion [SLOMO] captured at 120 frames per second).

The TL2 is said to offer “enormously improved” AF speed and precision. For instance, the camera focuses sharply on subjects in around only 165 milliseconds, and thus focuses up to three times faster than the previous model. The new image processor not only plays a significant role in its faster autofocus, but also to the considerably shorter start-up time. Another new development is an electronically controlled shutter that enables silent exposures at shutter speeds up to 1/40,000 sec. and an increase in the continuous shooting rate from 7 to a maximum of 20 frames per second.

Thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi module of the TL2 and the function for setting up a mobile hotspot, pictures and video can be conveniently transferred by wireless to smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs from anywhere and then, for example, be shared by email, on Facebook, Instagram or other social media. Data can also be transferred by cable with the camera’s integrated HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. The USB port also enables recharging without a battery charger – for example from a laptop computer or an external power bank.

With the TL App available for both iOS and Android devices, smartphones or tablets become electronic viewfinders and offer remote control of various exposure-relevant parameters such as the shutter speed and aperture. The TL App also makes it much easier to capture photos and video from unusual angles, with a self-timer or with longer shutter speeds.

By grouping menu items according to related functions, the menu of the TL2 is now more clearly and logically structured and makes camera handling easier and even more intuitive than before. With the MyCamera menu, the user interface can be further personalized to meet the photographer’s preferences or particular needs.

Thanks to significantly increased reactivity and up to eight times faster response when using the 3.7-inch LCD touchscreen, camera handling is said to be even more efficient and intuitive. The only other controls are four ergonomically positioned control elements that are intuitive in their operation.

The TL2 will be offered in a choice of two different colours. The design of both the silver and black versions of the camera has been slightly revised in comparison with its predecessor. In addition to chamfered edges the body also features redesigned control elements that have been modified not only in visual style, but also provides what Leica terms “a new haptic experience” – great for those of us who get our jollies touching things.

Canon 6D Mark II

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Designed for the advanced amateur photographer. the 6D Mark II is a full-frame DSLR and features several enhancements over its predecessor model. Features include:

  • 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • ISO 100-40000
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS technology
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps
  • dust- and water-resistant

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is scheduled to be available in early August for an estimated retail price of $2,599.99 for body only; body and Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM II lens will be $4,049.99.

Canon Rebel SL2

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Designed for entry-level photographers, the Canon Rebel SL2 DSLR is aimed at those stepping up from a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. This small yet powerful camera features what’s claimed to be the world’s fastest AF speed at 0.03 seconds, allowing for quick focusing on subjects in the frame.

Canon says that when it was designing the SL2 it took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning how to go beyond a camera’s program mode. The result, says the company, was the creation of a convenient new user interface called Feature Assistant. With the EOS Rebel SL2 camera, users will be able to see on the camera’s Vari-angle Touch Screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking camera settings like aperture and exposure compensation can alter the image they are about to capture.

The SL2 features several other enhancements over its predecessor model, including:

  • 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Touch-Screen
  • built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology
  • Full HD 60p and external microphone input
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • ISO 100-25600
  • optical viewfinder with a 9-point AF system

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is scheduled to be available in late July for a retail price of $899.99 with the Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Nikon W300

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Nikon’s Coolpix W300 is a rugged compact camera designed to capture and share high-quality images and 4K UHD video. The waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof W300 features an improved grip and handling, a 3-inch LCD display and a 5x optical zoom Nikkor lens, plus built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via the Nikon SnapBridge app.

Featuring a 16-megapixel CMOS back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor, the W300 offers a waterproof (100ft. / 30 m), freezeproof (14F / -10C), dustproof, and enhanced shockproof (7.9ft. / 2.4 m) camera body with increased grip area and ergonomically improved shutter button placement.

It also has built-in GPS plus Points of Interest (POI) and mapping functions, as well as an altimeter and depth gauge. The camera also has a dedicated button to activate an LED light for illumination, and a new Active Guide function to display location and altitude data.

Additionally, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, images can transfer automatically to a photographer’s smart device so that family and friends can instantly view vacation highlights. When connected, users can also operate the camera remotely with a smart device to capture new perspectives and explore their creative potential.

The 5x optical zoom offers 10x dynamic fine zoom. The camera’s hybrid VR technology provides up to three stops of compensation to capture sharp images and smooth 4K UHD (3840×2160/30p) videos. Video features include a variety of creative functions, such as time-lapse and superlapse recording.

The Nikon Coo;pix W300 will be available in yellow and orange for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $499.95.