Category: Cameras

The Leica SL Is A Full-Frame DSLR Without A Mirror, And It’s Sublime To Hold

20150924_155215Meet the Leica SL, a camera that is designed as a high-end professional DSLR — sans mirror.

It’s a new camera, with a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO of 50 to 50,000, 11 frames-per-second shooting at full resoltuion, 1080p HD video at 120fps or 4K UHD a 60FPS. All of those fantastic specs aside, Leica is also touting that the SL will have the fastest AF in the land of full-frame cameras. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) is also one of the best in class, with 4.4MP at 60fps,at  x0.8 magnification.

Aesthetically, the Leica SL is work of art, kept simple. Machined from two blocks of aluminum, the SL is dust and water spray proof (meaning water will slide off the lens), It also makes uses of the fastest SD card standard (UHS2), with support for two SD cards, along with a built-in GPS module and WiFi.

As for lens support, the SL has pretty much covered all the bases in the Leica catalog, with support for SL (obviously), S, R, M, T and Cine lenses. The first lens suggested for use with Leica SL is the 24-90mm lens, seen in these shots.

Some of the SL’s neat tricks include remote shutter/exposure control from iOS or Android, ultrasonic sensor cleaning, a touchscreen for use with the customizeable Leica Professional user interface, a battery that requires only one flip of a latch to remove/replace; its usage of which is rated at 400 frames. The port selection is also stellar, with a full-size HDMI-out, USB 3.0, and more.

And of course, the Leica SL is made in Germany with a launch date of November 16th. MSRP for the Leica SL (body-only) — remember this is a Leica — is $7,450, while the first SL lens, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 / f 2.8-4 ASPH, will be available at Leica stores and vendors for $4,950.

More shots plus presser, after the break.

GoPro’s New Hero+ Brings WiFi To Action Cams On A Budget


Before you had to spend over $300 to have wireless capabilities for an action camera that came from GoPro — well, now you just have to spend a little over $200. The new Hero+ brings Bluetooth and WiFi for the cost of two Benjamins, with 60 frames per second at 1080p HD resolution, or 8 megapixel stills. Its launch date is pegged for October 4th.

Oh, and for those of you who couldn’t justify the $400 price tag for the tiny cube action camera, the Hero4 Session, GoPro took the liberty of also reducing its sticker price by $100, making it $300.

In making these pricing arrangements GoPro is not only solidifying its place in all levels of the action cam market, but also giving a friendly nod to its users, in stating that you don’t need pockets full of cash to get great action footage — and that’s a good thing.

Via: GoPro

The Smallest GoPro Ever Announced: The Hero4 Session

gopro-sessionSmaller and lighter than any other GoPro before it. The Hero4 Session is the answer to a question that many action capture enthusiasts have been looking for: size reduction. To keep footprint small, the Hero4 Session drops the LCD, instead opting for a simple one-button control scheme to start recording — connecting to the GoPro app allows for more robust controls.

Other physical features include compatibility with existing GoPro mounts, waterproofing down to 33 feet without need for separate housing, and the ability to record in 1080p60, 720p100, or 1440p30 video. GoPro will start selling their latest gadget online for $400.

Via: GoPro

Sony A7R II Is The 4K, Full Frame Monster Of A Camera

sony-a7r-2At the humble price of $3,200 considering the specs, Sony’s A7R II is the camera of dreams. The first camera to sport backside illumination, at a full-frame size 42.4 megapixel sensor. The other first that the A7R II sports is an ISO up to 102,400 and an insane 399 phase detection AF points — this supplements the capture of 4K video using the full width of the sensor, a first for a 35mm-format interchangeable-lens camera. Which of course, is insane.

Oh, and the body is made of magnesium alloy with 5-axis image stabilization. Who said your camera couldn’t have everything?

Via: Sony

Leica Q Announced: A Full-Frame, 24MP Camera With 10FPS Shooting

_IGP0538Today, Leica is unveiling the Q, a full-frame camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, full 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps, shooting at ten frames-per-second, an f1.7/28mm Summilux lens, integrated WiFi and remote shutter control via a dedicated Leica Q app on iOS and Android, an ISO range of up to 50,000, a 3″ 1.04 million-dot LCD screen, and finally, a high-res EVF that has a built-in sensor which automatically switches to the mode when held up to the user’s eye. Built in Germany and using aluminum and leather as build materials, the Q is a quintessential Leica, as well as being a modern camera capable of some serious shooting.

Asking price? $4,250, available starting today. Leica will also be producing a variety of accessories to accompany the Q, including an external grip accessory and a cross-body carrying case.

Press release after the break.

There’s A New Sexy Fujifilm Camera, And It’s Called The X-T10

xt10leadFujifilm is always a company known for its retro camera designs with modern optics and imaging, and the new X-T1o is no different.

Designed as an easier means of entering the interchangeable lens ecosystem, the X-T10 costs $800 body-only, or $900 with a XC 16-50mm lens kit. All of which, is excellent, because the X-T10 not only functions as a sort of junior version of the company’s $1200 flagship X-T1 camera, but still sports a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor (with built-in phase detection autofocus), an EXR Processor II and compatibility with all existing Fujinon lenses.

Aesthetics? On paper, they sound pleasing: aluminum touches everywhere with lots of grip. A release is pegged for sometimes in June.

Canon Produces The EOS 5Ds: A 50 Megapixel DSLR Camera

canon5dsdsrlead-2015-wow-much-price-megapixelsHave you doubted the megapixels in your professional DSLR lately? Most likely, no. But Canon doesn’t mind. Enter, the EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R: camera equipped with a 50.6 megapixel full frame sensor. It’s so high-resolution that if you were to crop images with lenses made for APS-C image sensors, they’d be 19 megapixels. It’s insane.

Other feats that the EOS 5Ds can pull off are 5 frames-per-second shoot, 61-point autofocus, dual Digic 6 processors, 3.2-inch 1-million-dot LCDs, a mirror vibration control system (to control camera shake) with viewfinders at 0.71x magnification and 100 percent coverage.

On the non-imaging spectrum, there’s Active NFC, WiFi, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, CF/SD card support and 1080p video at 24/25/30/50/60 fps — sadly, no 4K shooting here.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes there are two cameras. They’re identical, sans for one trait: at a $200 premium, the 5Ds R eliminates the low-pass filter effect; that creates a “cancellation effect” specifically to cut blur from images and makes them sharper. On the other hand, the 5Ds does it too, but to a lesser degree.

Both cameras launch in June for $3,700 and $3,900, respectively.

Fujifilm X-A2: Another Mirrorless Camera, This Time Great For The Selfie Folk

fujifilm-x-a2A $1,000 Carl Zeiss lens is the best way to take your selfies, at least according to Fujifilm and their newest mirrorless camera. Included is a 175 degree flip screen for easier self-framing. It also carries face/eye detection features that are activated automatically when said 920k dot screen is flipped.

Meanwhile, the 16.3-megapixel, APS-C sensor with full HD recording capability comes in a body that is black, brown or white for $550 with a 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 lens (24-75mm 50mm equivalent). Alternatively, a $699 with a 50-230mm lens kit exists — if you’re into shooting things and people, other than yourself.

Can I just say it? This is a gorgeous camera.

Via: Amazon