Category: Cameras

Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II Is The New Flagship With Superpowers

canon-eos-1d-x-mk-iiTo be quite honest, for a camera that scores well past $6,000, it should have quite a few amazing tricks up its sleeves (or in its image sensor). After all, when I think of several thousand dollars for a camera, I even start to think about purchasing a certain Leica Q. So, it comes as no surprise that Canon spared no expense on its new flagship camera — although, no articulating display or WiFi is a bit of a miss.

A 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and dual Digic 6+ processors for capturing burst shots up to 14 fps, a maximum ISO of 409,600 (think filming in near-darkness) and high-resolution DCI 4K video recording at up to 60 fps. To focus on all of that, an improved 61-point AF system comes along for the pro photography fest, bringing CFast 2.0 support, built-in GPS, and a built-in headphone jack to top it all off.

Compatibility with existing Canon lens is a given, as well as the fact that you may never wield this camera, but might see something that was shot with it.

Via: Canon

Olympus’ PEN-F Is Another Retro Esque Camera Of The Modern Era

hbzqdpcdwjcl3s1wbeazEvery so often, camera manufacturers comeout with new innovations, aesthetics and even form factors. A recent trend however, has been the retro style camera — the charm and beauty of a camera of old, with the internals and specifications of a modern shooter (see: Leica and Fujifilm). Olympus has done just that with the PEN-F, with strong-looking manual dials and a 20.1MP (megapixel) Micro Four Thirds sensor.

Also, if one is patient with a tripod and has some experience as a photographer, a special shooting mode on the PEN-F allows for 50 megapixel exposure-rich photos. WiFi wireless control, 10 FPS shooting, 5-axis in-body image stabilization and 1080p HD video shooting round off the PEN-F’s additional shooting features.

A rear touch LCD, with 2.36-million dot viewfinder and tons of built-in software that even allows for the application of Instagram-like filters. Pricing? $1,200 for the body-only in silver or black.

Via: Olympus

Leica Hits Underwater Status With The X-U Camera

leica-xuThis is somewhat a departure of style for Leica and for the company’s fans (or diehards). A waterproof, shatterproof camera that costs just about $2,950 — the Leica X-U. Submerging the X-U up to 49 feet is possible dust-sealing and winter protection, meaning that this is the first stock Leica camera that you can bring to any environment without too much of a fuss.

And yes: Leica is famed for its pretty cameras, and the X-U is not one of the prettiest, but it is the toughest.

A 3-inch LCD screen is your only means of coordinating shots — no viewfinder here — using the 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm lens and a fast f1.7 aperture. Record HD video at up to 1080p at 30 frames per second is another feature, albeit rather ordinary in this day and age.

It will be available in Leica stores and dealers at the end of January.

Via: Leica

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

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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.