Nikon D810 Announced

Nikon just announced their new pro-grade DSLR , the Nikon D810. The D800′s successor features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range.

Key specs:

  •  36.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (no AA filter)
  • ISO 64-12,800 (expands to ISO 32-51,200)
  • Electronic first-curtain shutter and redesigned mirror mechanism
  • New ‘RAW Size S’ 9MP Raw mode
  • Expeed 4 engine
  • Max 5fps shooting in FX mode, 7fps in DX (with battery grip + EN-EL18 / AA batteries)
  • 3.2in 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD screen with customizable color
  • OLED viewfinder information display
  • Improved Scene Recognition System allows face detection in OVF mode
  • ‘Split screen zoom’ display in live view allows horizons/lines to be leveled precisely
  • 51-point AF system with new ‘Group Area AF’ mode (inherited from D4S)
  • New ‘flat’ Picture Control mode (intended to appeal to videographers)
  • Auto ISO available in manual exposure mode
  • Zebra strips for focus checking in video mode
  • Uncompressed HDMI output with simultaneous recording to memory card
  • Built-in stereo microphone

Nikon 1 AW1 Announced ( + Price and Availability )

Nikon just announced their latest mirrorless Nikon 1 camera , the Nikon 1 AW1. What makes this camera so special ? Well according to Nikon, this is the FIRST interchangeable lens camera that able to operate under water ( waterproof ) and can withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 m. Like other 1 cameras, the AW1 support other 1 NIKKOR lenses and various F-mount NIKKOR lenses (optional Mount Adapter FT1 required). But, if you’re going to use it underwater .. lucky for you , Nikon also release two underwater lenses for this camera : NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 and 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 .

Nikon 1 AW1 Underwater

Key specs:

  • waterproof to 15 m
  • withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 m
  • 15fps with autofocus
  • 60fps when focus locked
  • 73-point phase-detection AF and 135-point contrast-detect AF
  •  ISO 160-6400
  • Underwater mode: Standard, Scuba, Close up
  • Built-in flash that supports i-TTL flash control and can be used underwater
  • 14.25-million megapixels
  • 1080/30p Full-HD video recording

Availability

Great news, the AW1 now available for pre-order at Amazon , for $797 ! ( with 11-27.5mm AW lens )

 

Olympus E-M1 rumors : price, specs and images

The Olympus E-M1 should be announced soon. According to rumors, the announcement date is Sep 10th (tomorrow).

and some key specs that we gathered so far:

  • 16 Megapixels
  • 81 Autofocus point
  • 10 fps continous shooting
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Flash sync speed: 1/320s
  • ISO range: 200-25600
  • 3″ tiltable TFT LCD touch screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder with 2.3 Mpixels
  • Micro Four Thirds mount only
  • Weight: 430g
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 122mm × 68mm × 37mm

the camera available for following prices:

  • OM-D E-M1  Body Only $1,399.00
  • OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm Lens $2,199.00

 

Fuji X-A1 camera leaked

The Fuji X-A1 rumors has been around for a while. This new entry-level mirrorless camera is soon to be announced as press release about the camera has leaked.

Key Specs from the press release:

  • APS-C CMOS EXR processor II
  • 16 Megapixels
  • ISO up to 25600
  • 3″ variangle LCD
  • built in flash
  • Wifi module ?
  • startup time 0.5s
  • shutter lag0.05s
  • 5.6 fps continous shooting
  • Available in three colors: Black , Blue and Red

Press Release ( google translated )

FUJIFILM launches X-A1: Compact and stylish base FUJIFILM X series camera with interchangeable lens, large sensor APS-C CMOS EXR processor and II.

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) today announced that it will launch its fourth camera with interchangeable lenses, the device FUJIFILM X-A1. With the latest increase in the number of FUJIFILM X attractive to a wider audience and the camera is designed as a step up from compact cameras and aimed at users who want to buy your first system camera with interchangeable lenses.

Basic functions

On first impression very lightweight and compact camera with interchangeable lenses, will be equipped with APS-C CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16Mpx. He brings rich color tones, beautiful effect, “bokeh”, greater dynamic range and high sensitivity up to ISO 25600th There will also be three-inch vari-angle LCD screen with high resolution, built-in flash or the Wi-Fi module for transferring photos to smart phones. With EXR Processor II, this model will also offer a very fast response time – the time needed to turn 0.5 seconds, shutter lag of 0.05 seconds and a top speed continuous shooting 5.6 frames per second

Design

The new model will again excel in terms of processing in the retro style, reflecting the popular device FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and Fujifilm X-E1, unlike them, is available in three colors: black, blue and red. Body black and blue variant is covered with leather with embossed relief. The red variant is then covered with the same leather as favorite camera FUJIFILM XF1. Finish Leatherette further strengthens the feeling of holding the camera and its texture reminds genuine leather.

 

via FujiRumors

Nikon P7800 announced

Nikon just announced their new compact, the Nikon Coolpix P7800.  This is supposed to be a successor of Nikon P7700. The specs is almost the same except with new addition of electronic viewfinder.

Key specs from the press release:

  • 12.2 M effective megapixels
  • 1/1.7inch CMOS sensor
  • Fixed lens 28-200mm , f2.0-4.0
  • VR on the lens
  • Electronic Viewfinder (NEW)
  • 921K dots LCD
  • Full HD @ 30fps video recording , now also support FullHD recording @ 25fps (NEW)
  • ISO 80-1600, boost mode up to 6400
  • Battery EN-EL14

It’s basically the SAME with previous P7700 . The camera available for $550 and you can order the P7800 at Amazon. According to Amazon the camera should ready for shipping on Sept 26th . Preorder here

Sony QX10 and QX100 announced

As we expected, Sony announces their latest innovative attachable-lens : Sony QX10 and QX100

Sony QX 10 - 100

Full press release:

http://presscentre.sony.eu/Content/Detail.aspx?ReleaseID=8804&NewsAreaID=2&ClientID=1

Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lens-style cameras turn your smartphone into a power-packed specialist camera

 

  • Links with your phone via Wi-Fi, shoots fabulous photos
  • NFC for easy one-touch connection
  • Get better-looking pictures with high resolution sensor, optical zoom, Optical SteadyShot and manual controls
  • Shoot from any angle then frame scenes and adjust settings on your phone’s touchscreen
  • A perfect partner for new Xperia™ Z1 and other Android and iOS smartphones

 

The number of digital photographs shot on smartphones continues to increase. Now Sony launches two new products that dramatically increase the quality of these shots, uniting the creative power of a premium camera with the convenience of your smartphone.

Now you can shoot and share fabulous photos and HD video using your phone, with image quality and creative options to rival a premium standalone camera. The Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lens-style cameras are a perfect partner for the new Xperia™ Z1 and other smartphones – transforming your mobile into a power-packed camera.

It’s a dream come true for anyone who loves their smartphone, but wants the photo quality that only a dedicated camera can deliver. And whilst they look like lenses, the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 are complete cameras in their own right.

The DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 attach in a moment with the supplied smartphone attachment that fits several popular smartphone models (width 54-75mm/max. thickness 13mm). Connection to your phone is made via Wi-Fi and the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application. Linkage is even simpler for NFC smartphone owners, with easy one-touch connection made without any complicated settings.

Then you’re all ready to start snapping… and explore a whole new world of creative imaging possibilities. Use your smartphone’s large, bright screen as a real-time viewfinder; fire the shutter, start/stop movie recordings, and adjust settings like shooting mode, zoom and Auto Focus area. Also use the phone’s screen to share the memories instantly via any of your usual phone apps.

You don’t even need to have the phone and camera attached. Place Cyber-shot™ exactly where you want it, and fire the shutter direct from your mobile – it’s perfect for grabbing high-angle shots or self-portraits.

Weighing just 105g (with battery and Memory Stick Micro), the Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 partners an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with a high-quality Sony G Lens. Boasting a powerful 10x optical zoom range, it’s great for power-packed close-ups of people, fun-filled events and distant landmarks that are just not possible without a dedicated zoom lens. Built-in Optical SteadyShot combats camera shake, keeping handheld pictures and videos steady and blur-free, even in low-light conditions.

The Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 features a large 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels. You’ll really see the difference with sumptuous, ultra-low noise images – even indoors or at dusk when many cameras and camera phones struggle. It’s simple to frame shots and tweak camera settings like aperture control and exposure compensation and photo/video record mode on your smartphone’s big touchscreen. And there’s far more creative control than you’d ever get with your phone’s regular camera, enabling the user to capture beautifully background defocussed shots. Everything’s easily accessible, with extra dedicated keys for fingertip control of zoom and shutter release on the camera body. It’s teamed with a wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot, giving all the picture quality you’d expect from a premium pocket camera.

The powerful BIONZ processor in the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 refines your image for beautifully natural, detail-packed stills and HD video. Superior Auto helps get the best from any scene, automatically recognising dozens of different shooting conditions and adjusting camera settings to suit. As an extra refinement, the DSC-QX100 sports a dedicated control ring for camera-like adjustment of manual focus and zoom.

Accessory options include a soft carrying case[1] and dedicated camera attachment case[2] for a perfect fit with latest models from Sony Mobile including the brand new Xperia™ Z1.

The new Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 from Sony are available to pre-order from sony.co.uk now. They’re on general sale in Europe from the end of September 2013.

Sony QX100 and QX10 video leaked

Interesting video ad on the new Sony QX100 and QX10 with attacheable lens has leaked on Youtube. You can watch how it’s super fun and easy to use the tool for photography. Super cool.. this is going to be a hit. Sony will soon announce these lenses in a few days, stay tune.

Some rumors about it :

  •  these lenses will be called ExpressOn
  • DSC-QX10 : 1″ sensor, zeiss lens
  • DSC-QX100  : 1/2.3-inch sensor and 10x optical zoom
  • sync with your smartphone via WIFI
  • battery included

Choosing the lens for your DSLR / interchangeable-lens cameras

After a while, you might start to think of adding another lens to be used with your DSLR camera. Choosing the correct lens for your DSLR / camera is trivial. It is only normal to add another lens. In order to make it easier for you, we differentiate the lenses based on the activities;

A. General Purpose Lens

Lens of this type is intended for general use, day-to-day photo taking, or as an upgrade to your kit lens. Note that some people stick with their kit lens as it is already enough or can be considered to be enough for the daily needs. However, better lens model is necessary to better quality pictures, wider range, faster focusing needs or brighter apertures (if you are a fans of low light photos or blurred background photos). These are the general reasons why people would like to upgrade their kit lens.

B. Close Up/ Macro Lens

As quickly mentioned above, you might prefer taking close-up photos of anything; models, flower, insects, or gadgets. Surely the kit lens will quickly disappointed you as they seems to refuse focusing on close range (if set in Auto Focus) and turning it into Manual Focus will directly ruin the photo too. Last, setting the camera into a Macro mode did not satisfy you or not close enough. Then you will need a macro lens or ‘Micro Lens’ as Nikon put it (it’s the same type of lens)

C. Wide Angle Lens

If you are an avid traveler, an outdoor enthusiast, or even an architect, most likely you will feel that the kit lens is not ‘wide’ enough to shoot the breathtaking views, the landscape, or the buildings. This is when you need to consider wide angle lens. This type of lens will enable you to take pictures with an angle wider than normal, thus capturing the large subject into one frame. Having a wide angle lens will also help you to take pictures in smaller spaces where you cannot step back any further.

D. Low Light Lens

Having a superior lens to be used in low light condition will quickly translate into lenses with large aperture to enable them to catch as many as light source possible to maintain a good quality photos. This will be essential if you want to take photos inside a room/ chamber with less light (such as cave or church) or where no flash is allowed. Note that where large aperture lenses can cost you more, your camera manufacturer should offers a wide selection of it with various f-values.

E. Telephoto Lens

If you enjoy taking photos from a considerable distance, either to capture moments in sporting events or take wildlife photography, telephoto lens should be in your wish list. In general, lens with focal length greater than 50mm is considered to be telephoto lens while lens with focal length greater than 300mm is known as super telephoto. Consider carefully about the focal length you need first when buying a telephoto lens.
Consider also: the focal length (do you take close-up photos or wide angle), the f-numbers (do you need a deeper depth of field to make a blurry background or not), and the VR (or Vibration Reduction) – very useful to compensate fast moving objects or camera shakes.

Canon 70D sensor vs 60D vs 7D + some news

DxOMark just announced their sensor review on the new Canon EOS 70D. The camera’s overall score is 68, which is according to DxOMark is one of the best sensor rating for APS-C cameras so far. It is 2 point higher than 70D predecessor , Canon 60D and also from Canon 7D.

DxOMark rating

DxOMark rating

You can see all results at dxomark comparisons page

and other interesting Canon 70D news

  • Canon 70D rebates at BHPhotoVideo – here , you can save up to $300!
  • New Canon 70D review available from Pocket-Lint.com ( link )

    Great new technology, great image quality, and great in use – there are only a few nitpick shortcomings to the Canon EOS 70D. Otherwise it’s as close to redefining the mid-level DSLR sector as we’ve seen in recent years. It sure does earn its stripes; this is the colonel of cameras and deservedly so.

  • Win a brand new Canon 70D from ePhotoZine , This competition runs until midnight 30 September 2013 and is open to UK entries only. More info at this link