DSLR

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 D7500

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Nikon has taken the guts of its D500 and plunked them into a new flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500. And, yes, that means 4K UHD video capture.

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 EOS Rebel T7i, 77D

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Rebel T7i
Rebel T7i

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.

77D
77D

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.

Pentax KP

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pentax-kpThis 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.

pentax-kp-backWith the addition of an optional accessory GPS module, the KP makes it possible to record stars as points of light rather than star trails during extremely long exposures.

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.

Nikon D5600

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nikon-d5600Aimed at those wanting to take a step up in their photography, the Nikon D5600, with 24.2-megapixel sensor, features Nikon SnapBridge, which allows users to transfer images directly from their camera to a smart device through always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology or Wi-Fi, automatically.

By establishing a constant connection between the D5600 and a compatible smart device, images can be sent from the camera automatically, ready to share. SnapBridge also makes it possible to seamlessly upload images to the cloud (Nikon Image Space) via a compatible smart device. Additionally, SnapBridge connectivity allow users to shoot remotely or easily transfer movies to a compatible smart device by leveraging the camera’s built-in WiFi connectivity.

The CMOS sensor helps deliver excellent image quality and sharp, high-resolution images with colour and clarity that blow away those taken with a smart device, notes the company, while the EXPEED 4 image processor offers powerful performance and prolongs battery life.

Continuous shooting at 5 fps and a 39-point autofocus system are part of the camera’s offerings.

The camera offers an expanded ISO range of 100-25,600.

Also featured is a 3.2-inch touchscreen Vari-angle LCD.

Various in-camera shooting and special effect modes, manual controls and a new time-lapse mode and manual modes, are also part of the package.

The Nikon D5600 will be available this month for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,049.95 with the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. Additionally, the D5600 will be sold as a body only for an MSRP of $919.95.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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canon EOS-5D-MarkIVAfter months of rumours, it’s finally here, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV which Canon says has been developed for professional wedding, portrait, and nature/wildlife photographers as well as filmmakers.

The camera’s 30.4-megapixel full frame Canon CMOS sensor is said to offer stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ image processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting. To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.

In addition to the new full frame sensor, the new model includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.

The 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and colour especially during continuous burst shooting.

canon 5D-MarkIV-backFollowing the video recording capabilities introduced in the 5D Mark II and Mark III, the 5D Mark IV adds DCI 4K video recording. Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, says the company, is Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera, notes Canon.

For the first time in a 5D series DSLR, the Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App. The 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This, says Canon, is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera’s built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.

Other features: 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is currently scheduled to be available in early September for an estimated retail price of $4,499.99 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70 mm f/4L lens ($5,699.99, scheduled to be available early September) and the EF24-105 mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($5,949.99, scheduled to be available late October).

 

Nikon D3400

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With new 18-55 mm kit lens
With new 18-55 mm kit lens

There’s a new entry-level DSLR in the Nikon lineup, the compact D3400, featuring SnapBridge. Using always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, SnapBridge allows photographers to transfer images from the camera to a compatible smart device.

For those looking to learn more about photography, the D3400 also features Nikon’s Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step assistance when adjusting camera settings to help individuals learn how to capture the best photos possible.

Once paired to a smart device, the D3400 will remain connected to it and transfer photos automatically, without the need to re-connect the device each time. SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service.

The D3400 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Expeed 4 image processing engine, the latter offering improved image quality at high ISOs, enhanced auto white balance performance for true colours, faster processing speeds and improved battery life, notes the company.

The camera also shoots Full HD video.

ISO range is 100-25,600, delivering what Nikon says are top-quality photos and videos with low noise, making it easier to capture sharp photos in low-light settings. Also featured is an 11-point autofocus system and continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second (fps).

As for Guide Mode, by turning the top Command Dial to this mode, users are prompted with a full range of capture options, and the camera guides them through various settings to create the desired image.

In-camera Scene Modes are available, as are fun effects modes, such as Silhouette and Miniature Photography.

The Nikon D3400 will be available in early September for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $519.95; it will also be available in a kit option including the new AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm F/3.5-5.6G VR for an MSRP of $649.95.

Pentax K-70

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pentax k-70The Pentax K-70 DSLR is described by the company as being designed for the great outdoors because of its weather resistance. The compact, dustproof camera, capable of working in temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F), incorporates a number of features which have previously only been available on top-of-the-line Pentax models.

A newly-developed image accelerator unit provides a top sensitivity of ISO 102,400, and a new Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system integrates both image-plane phase-matching and contrast-detection autofocus technologies, delivering speedy and accurate autofocus while also providing continuous auto focus for HD video recording.

Pixel Shift Resolution System produces high-resolution, finely detailed images, notes Pentax. An AA Filter Simulator effectively eliminates moiré without the need for an anti-aliasing filter.

The camera also offers a variable-tilt LCD monitor and an in-body shake-reduction mechanism that reduces the effects of camera shake up to 4.5 shutter steps.

The K-70 also incorporates built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and easy transfer to smart devices using Ricoh’s dedicated Image Sync app.

There’s a newly-designed grip, and the mode dial and control buttons on the camera’s top and back panels are designed to be easy and intuitive to operate, even with a gloved hand. The camera also sports an “outdoor-friendly” LCD monitor with an illumination control that can be instantly adjusted to the lighting level of any shooting location. The K-70 also has a red-lighted monitor display function which keeps ambient light from interfering with astrophotography.

The camera features a CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.24 effective megapixels to assure high-speed 14-bit image data readout.

The Safox X AF sensor module has 11 sensors including nine cross-type sensors in the middle, and is said to work in light levels as low as -3 EV. By revising the timing of the AF sensor’s start-up action, the speed of autofocus response has been improved, especially at low-illumination levels. Also, by improving the algorithm for moving objects, the focusing accuracy in the AF-C mode has been enhanced. The K-70 is said to assure outstanding AF tracking performance with subjects on the move, thanks to the Select-area Expansion function, which automatically refocuses on a moving subject after it moves away from the initial point, with the help of the neighbouring points; and an AF Hold function that maintains the initial in-focus point even when the module loses sight of the subject.

The K-70 features the Pixel Shift Resolution System. This captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image. Compared to the conventional Bayer system, in which each pixel has only a single colour data unit, this system obtains all colour data in each pixel to deliver super-high-resolution images with far more truthful colours and much finer details than those produced by conventional APS-C-size image sensors, says Pentax. This system even provides a motion correction function which automatically detects a moving object during continuous shooting and minimizes negative effects during the synthesizing process, to accommodate a wider range of scenes and subjects.

Since the K-70’s SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, it provides a host of handy shooting functions, including Astro Tracer, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with an optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

The K-70 incorporates a glass prism finder featuring the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-level models, delivering a nearly 100 percent field of view and a magnification of approximately 0.95 times.

Top shutter speed is 1/6000 second, and high-speed continuous shooting function delivers a top speed of approximately 6 frames per second.

The camera captures Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/3p frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, and records lively stereo sound using a built-in stereo microphone. In combination with compatible lenses, it allows the use of the Continuous AF (AF-C) mode to keep accurate focus on a moving subject, or take advantage of a new aperture control function to automatically assure a proper exposure level even in fluctuating lighting conditions during movie recording. It also provides a host of distinctive visual effects for movie production, including the 4K Interval Movie mode that connects a series of 4K-resolution still images at a fixed interval to create a single movie file, and a Star Stream mode to fade in and out the traces of stars to recorded movies.

The K-70 allows a choice of menu items and the order of their listing displayed on the control panel, so the user can confirm or change the listed functions and their current settings at a glance. The user can also assign one of the seven functions to each of two Fx (Function) buttons. The camera also provides three User modes, to which the user can assign desired camera settings depending on subject types or creative intentions. Three settings (Clear Tone, HDR Landscape and Astrophoto) are preprogrammed in the camera as default.

The camera provides wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) functions to support operations using smartphones and tablet computers.

Pentax says it will announce availability of the K-70 next month, and it will be available in black and silky silver finishes.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

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eos-rebel-t6It’s the new entry-level DSLR from Canon, the T6, designed for easy sharing of photos and videos to social media sites via compatible smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as Canon’s Connect Station CS100.

The camera offers and 18.0-megapixel Canon CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor; ISO 100–6400 (expandable to H: 12800); built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity; 9-point AF system (including one centre cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF; a high-performance optical viewfinder as well as a 3.0-inch LCD monitor; and Full HD video mode.

Canon says the camera is capable of shooting 18-megapixel still photos continuously at up to three frames per second (fps), with predictive autofocus.

The Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyzes the image, accounting for faces, colours, brightness, moving objects, contrast, and whether the camera is handheld or on a tripod. It then chooses the exposure and enhancements that can bring out the beauty in virtually any scene or situation.

The company also has added ‘Food Mode’ on the mode dial for the foodie or blogger to easily capture stunning images of the food they love. This mode enhances the colour and brightness of the food images while at the same time making the images ready to share. Other fully automatic exposure modes include portrait, night portrait, landscape, sports, and close-up.

Full HD video mode captures sharp, high-definition video up to 1080p resolution with the choice of automatic or manual focusing. Creative filters such as Fisheye, Toy Camera, Miniature, and Soft Focus are available. The camera’s new “white priority” Auto White Balance setting enables users to create images with a more neutral tone when shooting under incandescent lighting.

In addition to all the automatic modes, the T6 provides complete manual exposure and focus controls plus RAW image output.

Scheduled for availability in April, the estimated retail price of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 camera will be $699.99 when bundled with the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II standard zoom lens, and $649.99 when bundled with the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III standard zoom lens.