DJI just announced its new Mavic 3 drones featuring up to 46 minutes of flight time and a primary, wide-angle camera with a Hasselblad 20MP 4/3″ CMOS sensor. There’s also a secondary telephoto camera that offers a 12MP 1/2″ CMOS sensor with a 162mm equivalent lens. An advanced Mavic 3 Cine model delivers Apple ProRes 422 HQ capture at 5.1K/50fps and features an onboard 1TB SSD for footage capture. [Read more…]
Nikon Launches Z 9 Flagship Mirrorless Camera
Last week, Nikon launched its new Z 9 flagship mirrorless camera with a 45.7MP FX-format Stacked BSI CMOS sensor and a frame rate of 20fps RAW capture with 1000+ image buffer. The Z 9 adds the next-generation EXPEED 7 image-processing engine and claims to offer “unparalleled AF performance using a revolutionary new scene detection system built on deep learning technology.” Nikon has also eliminated the traditional mechanical shutter thanks to the improved sensor readout. It features shutter speeds down to 1/32,000s.
In addition to its still imaging prowess, the Nikon Z 9 packs a punch for video capture with up to 8K video at 24p/30p frame rates (with an 8K/60p frame rate option coming via a 2022 firmware update) and 4K at up to 120p frame rate. As a flagship camera, the Nikon Z 9 looks to deliver across the board in shooting performance, control options, and durability/weather resistance.
Nikon Z 9 Key Features
- 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 7 Image Processor
- 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
- Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
- 493-Point Phase-Detection AF System
- AI-Based Subject Detection and Tracking
- Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
- 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Vertical Grip, 2x CFexpress Type B Slots
- 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS
The Nikon Z 9 retails for $5500 and is expected to arrive by the end of 2021. You can pre-order the Z 9 here at B&H Photo.
More details in the complete press release below. [Read more…]
How to Use Neutral-Density (ND) Filters to Show Smooth Water Motion
I love the long-exposure look and feel of moving water in a mountain stream. It’s a look that adds a somewhat soothing vibe to a nature image and it’s hard to get that just straight out of the box camera. In this article, I’m going to show you how I make this effect happen with a relatively simple and affordable addition to my camera kit. [Read more…]
Fuji GFX 100S Medium Format 102MP Camera Unveiled
In addition to the new Fuji X-E4, the compact(ish) Fuji GFX 100S medium format mirrorless camera was announced this week. It features an impressive 102MP BSI CMOS sensor that measures 43.8 x 32.9mm, which yields a roughly 0.79x crop factor compared to a 35mm frame/sensor. It can also use pixel shift multi-shot tech to capture 400MP images.
The GFX 100S retails for $6000, while its lower-res predecessor, the GFX 50S, still runs $5500 and the bigger-bodied GFX 100 will set you back $10K. [Read more…]
Fuji Unveils X-E4 Camera, along with 27mm f/2.8 and 70-300mm Lenses
Fuji has announced its new X-E4 mirrorless camera and a pair of new lenses – the XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR pancake lens and the XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.
The X-E4 continues the popular APS-C format product line and retails for $849 (body only) and $1049 in kit form with the new XF 27mm lens. [Read more…]
Sony Alpha A1 50MP, 8K Video, Full-Frame Camera Unveiled
The new Sony Alpha A1 will now serve as the flagship full-frame camera in Sony’s product lineup. With the A1, Sony continues to up the ante on what a professional camera should be able to do.
The specifications on this new $6500 camera are mind-boggling as it serves up top-level features for photographers and cinematographers alike. Check out the intro video from Sony below. [Read more…]
Canon USA Targeted in Class Action Lawsuit Over Data Breach
Canon USA got an early Christmas present today in the form of a class-action lawsuit (Finnigan et al v. Canon USA, Inc.) over the recent ransomware attack and data breach, which (according to Canon) affected current and former employees. Canon disclosed some details about the incident back in November: [Read more…]
Xcellon Wired Mac Keyboard Review
I was sad when Apple stopped producing the old standard A1234 (MB110LL/A) wired keyboard a couple of years ago. If I’m using an iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini, I prefer a wired keyboard. You can still buy some used and refurbished Apple wired keyboards; however, their days are numbered.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten by with a cheap Macally keyboard in a pinch but they are very plastic and just don’t look or feel right with the modern aluminum Mac builds. There are tons of knockoffs and lookalikes but everything is a compromise, which brings me to the new Xcellon keyboard that I’m typing on right now. [Read more…]
Canon EOS R5 Coming in 2020
Alongside the new Canon Rebel T8i, we also received news that the Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera will be out later this year. Canon says the R5 will capture 8K video and will 20fps with a silent shutter and 12fps with the mechanical shutter. It will also feature in-body image stabilization – a first for the Canon EOS line.
In addition to the R5, Canon also announced the development of seven new RF lenses and two RF extenders due out in 2020, including the new RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens.
If you’re going to be at WPPI later this month, you can catch the EOS R5 on display at the Canon booth.
I love what Canon is doing with the EOS R product line and I’m looking forward to seeing the R5 and the lens line built out.
Full details in the press release below. [Read more…]
Canon Rebel T8i Unveiled
Canon has announced its new Rebel T8i entry-level DSLR with a more advanced AF system featuring 45-point all cross-type sensors. The camera also captures 4K 24p video and records vertical video to support the growing mobile trend.
Canon Rebel T8i Key Features
- 24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 8 Image Processor
- 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
- UHD 4K24p Video
- Vertical Video Support
- 45-Point All Cross-Type AF
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- ISO 100-25600
- 220,000 Pixel New AE Sensor and EOS iTR AF (Face Detection)
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
The Canon Rebel T8i will run $749 for the body only and $899 as a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. It is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.
More details in the complete release from Canon below. [Read more…]