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.
Olympus has unveiled the Tough TG-5, featuring an f/2.0 lens, a new high-performance backlit 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor, TruePic VIII Image Processor, plus a Field Sensor System that records movement and environmental data.
The company says the 25-100 mm (equivalent) lens works in concert with the new sensor and the dual quad core processor to deliver the highest image quality of any Tough model to date.
The built-in Field Sensor System, consisting of a GPS sensor, manometer, compass, and temperature sensor, records movement and environmental data independently or in conjunction with still images or videos. Data logs can be simultaneously displayed with images and videos using the Olympus Image Track app.
As its name implies, the Tough TG-5 is waterproof to 50 feet (15 m), crushproof to 220 pounds of force (100 kg of force), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m), freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C) and dustproof. The camera now includes Anti-Fog Lens Cover Glass.
New video functions include 4K Movie to capture Ultra HD video at four times the resolution of Full HD. Full HD 120 fps High-Speed Movie lets users capture slow-motion, and 4K Time Lapse automatically creates short videos of long periods of time.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5 will be available in red and black beginning in June with an estimated street price of $579.99.
Okay sports and wildlife photographers, Sony has a camera you’ll want to look at. The new full-frame mirrorless camera, with what Sony claims is the world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and 24.2-megapixel resolution, is said to deliver blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps for up to 241 RAW / 362 jpeg images.
The alpha 9 also offers silent, vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec; 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second; an Ethernet port for file transfer; Dual SD card slots; and extended battery life.
The camera also has 5-axis in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage.
Sony says the full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor enables data speed processing at up to 20x faster than previous Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The sensor is paired with a new, upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front end LSI that maximizes overall performance.
The 693 phase detection AF points cover approximately 93 percent of the frame, so the fasting moving subjects are reliably captured and tracked across the frame.
The a9 also features a vibration free, fully electronic, completely silent anti-distortion shutter with “absolutely no” mechanical mirror or shutter noise.
The new Z battery is said to deliver approximately 2.2x the capacity of W batteries.
One of the dual SD media card slots supports UHS-II cards.
The processing power of the camera’s components deliver faster AF/AE calculations while also reducing EVF display latency. The processor and front end LSI are also responsible for the larger continuous shooting buffer.
The camera’s AF system tracks complex, erratic motion with higher accuracy than ever before, with the ability to calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per second, regardless of shutter release and frame capture. Further, when the shutter is released while shooting stills, the electronic viewfinder functions with absolutely no blackout, giving the user a seamless live view of their subject at all times.
The Fast Hybrid AF system – pairing the speed and tracking performance of phase detection AF with the precision of contrast AF – achieves approximately 25 percent faster performance when compared to the a7R II, claims Sony.
The a9 features an all-new, high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder delivering “extremely accurate, true-to-life detail reproduction.” The new Tru-Finder, with what Sony says is the highest resolution viewfinder ever for a Sony alpha camera, incorporates an optical design that includes a double-sided aspherical element, helping it to achieve 0.78x magnification and “outstanding” corner to corner sharpness. The EVF also utilizes a Zeiss T* coating to greatly reduce reflections, and has a fluorine coating on the outer lens that repels dirt.
This all adds up, according to Sony, to a luminance that is 2x higher than the XGA OLED Tru-Finder from the a7R II, creating a viewfinder image with a brightness level that is nearly identical to the actual scene being framed, says the company. The frame rate of the Tru-Finder is customizable, with options to set it for 60 fps or 120 fps to best match the action.
For those who thought the sync terminal was a thing of the past – tada! – there is a sync terminal as well, enabling external flash units and cables to be connected directly.
Sony notes the a9 has several new and updated focus functions that support faster, easier focusing in a variety of situations. The camera features a multi-selector joystick on the back of the camera, allowing shooters to easily shift focus point within the frame by pressing the multi-selector in any direction up, down, left or right when shooting in Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot focus area modes. The new model also offers touch focusing on the rear LCD screen for easily selecting of and shifting focus towards a desired focus point or subject.
New for Sony E-mount cameras, the a9 includes the addition of separate drive mode and focus mode dials, plus a new “AF ON” button that can be pressed to activate autofocus directly when shooting still images or movies.
Additional new capabilities include the “AF Area Registration,” which allows frequently used focus area to be memorized and recalled via custom button assignments. There is also the ability to assign specific settings (exposure, shutter speed, drive mode, etc.) to a custom button. The camera can memorize and automatically recall the last focus point used in a vertical or horizontal orientation as well, instantly switching back to it when that specific orientation is used again.
For enhanced customization, a “My Menu” feature is available, allowing up to 30 menu items to be registered in a custom menu for instant recall when needed.
The a9 camera features an all-new Sony battery with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models.
The sensor is back-illuminated, allowing it to capture maximum light and produce outstanding, true-to-life image quality, says Sony. The sensor also enables an ISO range of 100 – 51200, expandable to 50 – 204800.
The a9 also supports uncompressed 14-bit RAW.
Video? Of course. 4K video? Absolutely. It offers 4K (3840 x 2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Recording is also available in the Super 35 mm size.
Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.
There are a number of new accessories including grips and multiple battery adaptors.
The Sony alpha 9 will ship in May for about $6,000.
The D7500 features the D500’s 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and Expeed 5 processing engine, eliminating the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity.
The camera’s native ISO range spans from 100 to 51,200, with an expanded ISO range up to what the company claims is the equivalent of ISO 1.64 million.
The camera is capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.
Nikon’s 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, handy for those shooting fast action.
The slim, tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD can be used to control, compose and play back, even while mounted to a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.
Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and “fantastic” colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation, says the company.
The body offers deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. Nikon notes the body is durable and approximately 5 percent lighter than the D7200 and 16 percent lighter than the D500.
Also like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.
Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow.
The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimized to function with line-of-sight using the SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory.
A new Auto Picture Control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.
Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
As noted, the D7500 offers 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture, and adds the ability to produce 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.
For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and stepless depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in-check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode.
The Nikon D7500 will be available in mid-summer for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1699.95 for the body only, or with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $2099.95 MSRP.
Canon says the new PowerShot SX730 HS camera is ideal for families on vacation or parents at their kids’ sporting event looking for a convenient, easy-to- carry compact digital camera capable of producing high quality photos and videos at long distances. This new camera boasts a 20.3-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 40x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960 mm) in a pocketable form factor.
Features include Self-Portrait and Smooth Skin modes, 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates up 180 degrees and built-in connectivity capabilities like Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.
Canon’s PowerShot SX730 HS is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $499.99.
Two new DSLRs from Canon share a significant number of features while catering to two different groups of photographers. The Rebel T7i is an addition to the company’s line of entry-level DSLRs, and the 77D signals the launch of a new category of cameras for advanced amateur photographers, says Canon.
The T7i and 77D both feature an optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF system to help enable more precise focusing. In live view mode, both cameras utilize Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to deliver what is claimed to be the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds. Both models also have built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology for easy transfer of images.
Other common features include a 24.2-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor; DIGIC 7 image processor; ISO 100–25600; 3.0-inch Vari-angle LCD Touch Screen; Movie Electronic IS; HDR Movie and Time-Lapse Movie; high-speed continuous shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second (fps).
Canon notes the T7i is the first camera in the EOS Rebel series with a 45-point, all cross-type AF system within the optical viewfinder. It is also the first in the series with Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and the first with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. The camera has creative filters for both still images and video.
The company says when designing the T7i, it took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning to go beyond the program mode of a DSLR camera. Users will now be able to see on-screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture.
The 77D apparently is a step above the Rebel series. Users will benefit from features like the 7650-pixel RBG+IR metering sensor, similar to the one found in the EOS 80D, and Anti-Flicker shooting mode to help combat the on-and-off repetitive flickering from artificial lights found in high-school gyms or auditoriums.
The 77D also features a top LCD panel and quick control dial for photographers who desire quicker and easier access to changing and controlling settings on the camera.
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is scheduled to be available in April an estimated retail price $949.99 for the body only, $1,149.99 with the new EF-S 18-55 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens, and $1,399.99 with the EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
The Canon EOS 77D is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price $1,149.99 for the body only, and $1,649.99 with the EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens kit.
Canon has unveiled the latest in its M series of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, the M6, designed “with the advanced enthusiast photographer in mind.” Accordingly, the company also has announced an improved external electronic viewfinder, the EVF-DC2.
The new camera features the company’s 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor with DIGIC 7 image processor, and “super-fast” Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection for both stills and video.
Canon notes the camera sports DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses (optional EF-EOS M adapter required to use EF and EF-S lenses).
Other features include high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock); ISO 100–25600; Full HD 60p; Combination IS with five-axis image stabilization; built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology; intuitive touch screen; 3.0-inch tilt LCD; and 5 function dials for control and customization.
When shooting with a compatible lens featuring IS the M6 will leverage both the optical IS in the lens as well as the in-camera digital IS through a Combination IS system, to help deliver tremendously smooth videos, says the company.
Usability has been improved from the previous model with separate controls on top of the camera body for mode and exposure compensation plus the controller wheel on the back to cycle through menus and additional in-camera features. The touch screen tilts approximately 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.
The optional electronic viewfinder is both smaller and lighter than the previous model and provides high-performance viewing with approximately 2.36 million dots.
The EVF-DC2 viewfinder is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $329.99.
The Canon EOS M6 is scheduled to be available in April in both black and silver models as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens at an estimated retail price of $1,149.99, and with the EF-M 18-150 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an estimated retail price of $1,449.99.
This is an ultra-compact and highly portable DSLR packing many of the capabilities of the K-3 series into a modern, slim body. The KP also adds a highly sensitive APS-C CMOS sensor and is the first Pentax APS-C camera to incorporate Shake Reduction II (SR II), which features a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake up to 5 steps.
The new 24-megapixel CMOS sensor offers sensitivity to ISO 819200 and the camera features an electronic shutter option in live-view to enable high-speed shooting up to 1/24,000-second.
The company says the compact body is the result of a complete internal redesign. The KP’s rugged exterior is dustproof and weather-sealed, and the camera will perform in temperatures as low as -10 C (14 F).
The new generation SR II system uses a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift, roll, as well as pitch and yaw.
Pixel Shift Resolution enables producing colour-accurate still-life subjects with the highest resolving power. The technology uses the KP’s in-body Shake Reduction System to move the image sensor in single-pixel increments, to capture four separate images that are subsequently combined into a single, high-definition image.
A vertical tilt LCD monitor facilitates high- and low-angle shooting.
A grip replacement system lets photographers choose their preference of grip based on shooting style or lens choice. In addition to the standard grip that comes with the camera, accessory grips medium (M) and large (L) will come packaged with KP bodies sold in North America. There’s also an optional D-BG7 Battery Grip.
Control panels, button settings and dial controls can all be customized, based on a user’s preference.
The PENTAX KP will be available in late February.
Let’s let the folks at Leica lead things off with an overview of the new M10. It, they say, “embodies the essence of everything that is truly important for photography like no other camera before.” My!
Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts. With a top plate depth of 33.75 mm, four mm less than that of its close relative, the Leica M (Typ 240), the M10 is the slimmest digital M.
The rangefinder’s field of view has been enlarged by 30 percent and the magnification factor has been increased to 0.73. Eye-relief – the optimum distance of the eye from the viewfinder eyepiece – has also been increased, by 50 percent, making it much more comfortable to use, particularly for photographers who wear glasses.
Inside the smaller body is a 24-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor developed especially for this camera, with “significant improvements” in all parameters relevant to imaging performance: dynamic range, contrast rendition, sharpness, and resolution. Its pixel and microlens architecture enables a particularly large aperture – even rays of light arriving at the sensor from oblique angles are precisely captured by its photodiodes, notes the company; this has been further improved in comparison with the previous generation. The glass cover plate of the sensor acts as an infrared cut-off filter and thus also avoids undesirable refraction of incoming light by additional layers of glass. There’s no low-pass filter.
Thanks to the new design of the sensor, the ISO sensitivity range has been expanded, now allowing exposures at values between ISO 100 and 50,000 with considerably improved noise characteristics at higher ISO settings.
The camera sports the latest-generation Maestro II image processor, a 2 GB buffer memory and offers sequential shooting at up to 5 frames per second at full resolution. The M10 is the fastest M-Camera ever made, says the company.
In addition to this, the processor allows the loupe function to be freely positioned for even better assessment of sharpness. This new function can be used not only on the camera’s monitor screen, but also in conjunction with the Visoflex electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.4-megapixel resolution. The viewfinder features a swivel function for shooting from unusual angles and an integrated GPS module that can be switched in for geotagging image files.
The controls on the camera’s back are limited to the joystick control and just three buttons for Play, Live View and Menu. The M10 also offers a freely-configurable Favourites Menu for the definition of a profile of personally relevant functions.
One of the most distinctive features of the M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital Leica M, all essential shooting parameters such as focusing, aperture, shutter speed and ISO value can be selected manually without using the menu – or even switching on the camera.
The M10 is the first M-Camera with integrated WLAN connectivity. This enables fast, wireless transfer of pictures to Apple mobile devices. The Leica M-App also enables the direct transfer of RAW data in DNG format to mobile devices for further processing with suitable apps from iOS Version 10.2. The M10 can also be remotely controlled by WLAN from a smartphone or tablet.
The Leica M10 is available now.
Successor to the X-T10, the Fujifilm X-T20 interchangeable lens camera offers a new APS-C sized, 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The updated sensor and processor, along with an improved AF algorithm, boost the camera’s startup time and AF performance, dramatically improving its ability to track moving subjects. The X-T20 also has a large tilting touchscreen LCD monitor for multi-angle shooting and responds to quick gestures for a variety of efficient controls and picture review.
There’s also a new video option added to the Drive Dial to enable instantaneous switching from still photo shooting to the video recording mode.
The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops, while the LCD monitor uses a tilting touchscreen panel for intuitive operation at almost any angle.
The X-T20 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera chooses the optimum settings for a given scene.
The new sensor’s enhanced signal processing technology has even greater control over digital noise with an improved ISO sensitivity of ISO 12800 available as a regular ISO option. At ultra-high ISO settings, says the company, the camera produces low-noise images, with deep blacks and smooth tones, delivering beautiful images even in low light conditions.
The camera also has a Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function can be set to Strong or Weak, and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes.
The company also says the camera reproduces warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage.
It has a compact body made from magnesium alloy. The top plate features three precision-milled aluminum dials which give the X-T20 a premium feel and allow users to easily adjust the aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions.
The X-T20 features a 3.0-inch, 1.04-million-dot tilting TFT color LCD touchscreen monitor. It uses a capacitive touchscreen panel. Users can also opt to use the LCD monitor as a touchscreen to easily access shooting and playback modes. When shooting with the X-T20, you can use the touchscreen to select the focus area, focus on a specific point, and combine the actions of focusing and shooting in succession.
For playback, users can enjoy swipe to scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge, drag the image once enlarged, along with pinch-out and pinch-in sizing.
The X-T20 has an expanded number of focusing points, up from 49 in the previous model to 91 (up to 325 points). Approximately 40 percent of the imaging area (the centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area.
By redesigning the AF algorithm from the ground up, the X-T20 can now autofocus more accurately on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine details such as bird feathers and animal fur, Fujifilm suggests. The read speed of the Contrast AF system has been doubled compared to the previous model to enable faster and more accurate autofocusing. During video recording, the AF point transitions smoothly to track a moving subject to create natural looking footage.
Users can choose from a Single Point mode, useful when accurate focusing on a subject is required, and a Zone mode that allows them to select a 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 zone out of the 91-point AF area. The centrally positioned 3×3 and 5×5 zones, in particular, deliver fast focusing thanks to the on-sensor phase detection AF. The Wide/Tracking mode is a combination of the Wide mode (during AF-S), in which the camera automatically identifies and tracks the area in focus across the 91-point AF area, and the predictive Tracking mode (during AF-C), which uses the entire 91-point area to continue tracking a subject. This feature enables continuous focusing on a subject that is moving up and down, left and right or towards and away from the camera.
The X-T20 features an AF-C Custom setting, which enhances focus tracking performance when shooting in the Continuous AF (AF-C) mode. In the AF-C Custom setting, users can choose from five AF presets:
- Preset 1 (standard setting for multi-purpose) is a standard setting that can be applied when shooting moving subjects as a whole. It is similar to the conventional AF-C setting, and is selected by default when no AF-C Custom setting is specified.
- Preset 2 (ignore obstacles & continue to track subject) is suitable when obstacles are likely to come into a selected focus area, blocking a subject.
- Preset 3 (for accelerating / decelerating subjects) is best suited to situations such as motorsports, which involves a subject that makes major speed changes including rapid acceleration or deceleration. It is particularly effective when using linear motor-driven lenses capable of high-speed AF.
- Preset 4 (for suddenly appearing subjects) gives focusing priority to a subject closest to the camera in the selected focus area, so as to swiftly focus on a subject that suddenly comes into the frame.
- Preset 5 (for erratically moving & accelerating or decelerating subjects) is suitable for shooting field sports in which subjects accelerate or decelerate rapidly, and also move erratically.
4K video can be recorded at [3840 x 2160] 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98P, 100Mbps
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
The company says Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) image processing technology corrects optical defects such as diffraction to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness and a realistic three-dimensional effect.
The Fujifilm X-T20 body (black and silver) will be available in February $1,199.99. The X-T20 body with XF 18-55 mm lens kit will be available for $1,599.99; the X-T20 body with XC 16-50 mm lens kit will be available for $1,299.99.