Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sony A7III.

Sony has been on a roll recently , the A9 , launched as a Nikon D5/Canon 1DX rival has so far been the darling of many reviewers and professionals alike , and on the other hand , we have the recently announced Sony A7RIII which has also been making headlines as it changed the playing field which otherwise would have been mostly a duopoly between the Nikon D850 and the Canon 5DMk4 .

With Mirrorless sales slowing chipping off DSLR sales ,its quite evident that Sony will release more Full frame cameras in time to come , the rumor mill , which so far consisted of only the upcoming A7SIII suddenly went into overdrive as news of a successor to the "Basic model" A7II were leaked , the camera ,which was initially thought to be a watered down version of the A9- with one SD slot and no rear joystick are all "fake news" as they are all present in the new A7III.

The camera , designed around a new 24MP - Full frame BSI image sensor with 5 Axis IBIS image stability ,features 693 AF points and 425 contrast detection points , this provides 93% coverage which means that users can select an AF point far away from the usual AF grid found on competing DSLR cameras . The AF options include eye AF as well as continuous AF when shooting at 10fps (similar to the A7RIII) . The rear joystick , which has been a staple for professionals is also present on the new A7III as it allows for faster input on manual AF selection .The ISO range is 100-51200 and it can be boosted to ISO 50 – 204800.

The buffer of the new A7II is said to be 177 JPEG and 89 compressed RAW or 40 uncompressed RAW , the Bionz X image processor , which does the heavy lifting on the A7III , is capable of writing to either one of the 2x SD card slots (but keep in mind that only one of the two are UHSII so users can opt to write RAW images to that instead) .The camera supports USB 3.1 tethering and it can also charge via USB C .

Rest of the specs include the ability to shoot 4K@30/24fps (6k downsampled) with a hybrid log gamma mode . The A7III has  S-LOG2 and S-LOG 3 profiles and with the improved 15 stops of dynamic range , users can expect more detail from shadows which were not present with the previous model .

The 3" rear Tilt only display , which has a 921k dot resolution is also touch friendly , so you can use it to set an autofocus point with , or use it to rack focus in video . The EVF on the camera features a 2.3M dot resolution and 100% viewfinder coverage (plus a 0.71x magnification , higher than the previous model) .

Battery life is quoted as 710 shots per charge (on the LCD) - impressive ,considering that mirrorless cameras just a year back sometimes had only half that capacity . The secret behind the battery life is the new NP-FZ100 Z series battery which has been brought forward from the more expensive models .

Overall the A7III aims to be the middle ground - entry level option for those who are starting out their careers as wedding or event photographers (or ones who can't pony up for the more expensive models) the segment , which has currently been dominated by Canon's 6D ,6D Mk2 and the Nikon D750 would now have to compete against the new A7III directly , and as far as specifications and pricing goes , its clearly evident that cameras like the under -spec'ed 6D Mk2 will be a hard sale for new customers who are not invested in any system yet .

The Sony A7III will be priced at $2000 body only , or $2200 with the FE 28‑70 mm F3.5‑5.6 kit lens .The camera will ship in April 2018 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview


Monday, February 26, 2018

Nokia 8 sirocco

Nokia (HMD) has officially announced their flagship spec Nokia 8 Sirocco smartphone today . the phone , designed to occupy a slot between the mid range Nokia 7 and the upcoming Nokia 9 flagship , features a Lumia inspired metal chassis and a 5.5" P-OLED display which has a resolution of 2560x1440 . The phone , like most high end products , features a IP 67 ingress protection rating and a healthy amount of RAM - 6GB in this case , paired with a 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 835 Soc with Adreno 540 GPU .

Storage wise , the phone holds 128GB internally and this can be expanded to another 256GB via MicroSD . The phone , like most higher tier Nokia's of the past , features Carl Zeiss optics - which are now paired to two 12MP sensors of which the main module has an aperture of f1.75 and a 1.4 Micrometer pixel size and Optical image stability (OIS) , the second unit , which has a f2.6 Aperture , features no OIS onboard . The rear module of the Nokia 8 is capable of 4K recording at 30fps while the 5MP front sensor is only capable of 1080p .

The rest of the specs include QI wireless charging and charging via USB C , the phone also comes with Nokia's OZO audio enhancement technology , but the phone , in a rather strange twist , has no headphone jack (like most 2018 top tier models now) . The device runs on Android 8 Oreo out of the box and thanks to Nokia's commitment , the phone will get its fair share of updates to come , oh and last but not least , the Nokia 8 is also enterprise friendly .

The phone , priced at around EUR 750 will ship in April of this year

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - HMDglobal

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact announced

Sony has officially launched their latest flagship duo for 2018 - Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ Compact . The two phones , which are said to take “the best of Sony” ,feature an all new design aesthetic and thus departs from Sony’s blocky designs which were first seen on the original Xperia Z from 2011 , the new designs, which has a somewhat of a HTC U11 vibe to it ,features a curved back , thinner bezels and no headphone jack (hmm) .
Xperia XZ2 

The phones ,just like Sony’s of the past , feature IP65/68 dust and water reststance ,the two displays feature Gorilla glass 5 protection and they are also HDR BT2020 ready with both the 5.7” and the 5” variants sharing the new de-facto 18:9 aspect ratio and 2160x1080 resolution . Under the hood , both devices also share a Snapdragon 845 soc (Adreno 630 GPU) with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (expandable upto 400GB via microSD).

Both devices also use Sony’s 19MP Motion Eye 1-2.3” sensor (IMX400), the unit features a f2 aperture ,and has a laser assisted autofocus system as in previous models .The camera ,which has the ability of shooting 960fps super slow motion has now recieved a resolution bump to 1080p (up from 720p in the ZX1/s) ,but it still only records for just around 1-2 seconds before the ISP’s DRAM module fills up. Other details include 5 axis stabilization (EIS) and a secondary 5mp front camera with EIS stability and a f2.2 aperture .

Xperia XZ2 compact 

Other common features include Android Oreo 8.0 , NFC,CAT 18 LTE-A ,fast USB charging , QI wireless charging and a rear mounted Fingerprint sensor .The Sony Xperia XZ2 features a larger 3180 mAh battery while the Sony Xperia XZ2 compact features a 2870 mAh battery .

The two phones are expected to hit shelves by the end of March ,pricing will be available soon.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - gsmarena/Blog.Sony

Canon EOS 4000D - Canon announces a new plastic-fantastic entry level DSLR

Canon has officially announced the cheapest DSLR ever produced – the EOS 4000D . The camera , aimed at beginners and bargain hunters who want a reliable starter kit ,feature an easy to use interface , an almost basic button layout and a bargain price of GBP 330 ($385) .

The camera , designed with polycarbonate/ABS plastic – including the lens mount (strangely) is durable and mostly resistant to the knocks and scratches most beginner users may subject this to . The camera is , like most Canon bargain bin offerings , feature mostly obsolete hardware including the 18mp sensor technology from the 9 year old EOS 7D and the Digic 4+ processor from 2014 , this list also includes the 2.7” LCD which was last seen on Canon entry level cameras from 2011 , although the camera is mostly assembled from the parts bin , there will be an audience – especially beginners who may enjoy using the camera to its highest potential . Video features include 1080p recording and don’t expect any Dual Pixel AF with the camera as well. The camera is also said to include a 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 III kit- lens without IS in the package .

Overall the EOS 4000 looks to be a basic bargain entry camera for the masses , the specs and some of the recycled parts almost make this a cheaper EOS 1000 series camera – a superlaggera of some sorts , but with this model being only a few dozen dollars behind older(but slightly better) generation EOS 1000D or Nikon D3xxx models , it will certainly be a hard sell to somewhat well informed buyers.

18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
DIGIC4+ processor
ISO 100-6400 (exp. to 12800)
Full HD (1080p) video recording, up to 30fps
Video Snapshot mode
3fps burst mode
9-point AF system
Pentamirror optical viewfinder, approx. 95% coverage
2.7in LCD, 920k dots
Wi-Fi (no NFC)
500-shot (approx.) battery life
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

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Canon 470EX-AI - Canon announces a new speed light that can literally turn heads

Canon has officially announced a speedlight with brains – the new Canon 470EX-AI . The new speedlight , designed for both beginners and professionals , determines the distance to the subject and the ceiling by measuring reading based on a pre flash , then based upon the reading , the flash will automatically reposition itself to the best suitable position for bounce flash .

The flash also has a orientation sensor which can detect whether the user has shifted from portrait to landscape orientation , once the orientation of the camera is changed , all the user has to do is double tap the shutter button to allow the flash to position itself to its previous bounce setting . The flash also has a memory setting where you can automatically set the flash to a pre-set position set manually . The flash also supports manual override so if you want to bounce it manually , all you have to do it turn the head .

The flash , which is expected to go on sale for $400 (in April 2018) has a guide number of 47 and provides coverage from 14mm /24-105mm . The flash unit does not feature a radio receiver , but it can be triggered optically .

Written By Rakitha for MasHD

Source - DPreview

Canon EOS M50

Canon has finally decided to include 4k in one of their entry level cameras , the new M50 , a spiritual successor to the EOS M5 from last year is now the latest Canon mirrorless camera (and the only one currently) to shoot the much requested video format .
The camera , on the outside , looks similar to previous EOS M cameras as It has a 3” vari-angle LCD with 1.04 million dots and a 2.36 million dot EVF similar to most EOS-M’s of the past , but this time , the camera features 4K UHD (with a 1.6x crop) and 1080p at 120fps thanks to the new Digic 8 processor.

The rest of the camera specs include Canon’s trusty 24MP APS-C sensor with 143 AF points , the camera also supports EF/and EFS lenses with Canon’s proprietary adapter , which will allow you to have almost perfect autofocus capability even with glass made for DSLR’s .

Pricing for the EOS M50 starts at $780 body only , this , with the EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will go on sale for $900 or $1250 for the 15-45 kitlens+ 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S0+

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are official ,the two phones , designed to refine the almost perfect S8/S8+ ,focuses on providing a better camera ,a faster heart and subtle design changes which are aimed at providing a better user experience (oh ,it still has Bixby - improved and more refined now ) .
The design is still somewhat S8 esque ,the major difference is the fingerprint reader which now sits below the camera unit unlike the pervious version which had the reader placed at the side . Other design elements include IP 68 ingress protection , a headphone jack , and a front mounted 3D touch module for feedback .Both the front and back of the S9 and S9+ are covered with a sheet of Gorilla glass 5 and this the front panel provides protection to a new well placed IRIS scanner and a 5.8” 2690x1440p Super AMOLED panel on the S9 and a 6.2” 2960x1440p Super Amoled panel on the S9+ . Both displays support HDR10 .

The main selling point of the New S9 and S9+ are its new camera modules , the main 12mp PDAF sensor found on both the S9 and the S9+ ,feature a variable aperture diaphragm which can auto adjust from F1.5 to f2.4 depending on the lighting situation . The phones feature a 1\2.55” sensor size and they feature a 1.4 micrometer pixel size each , the main modules of the S9 and S9+ feature OIS stabilization ,while the secondary 12MP 1\3.6” sensor module on the S9+ has no mechanical stabilization and it has a fixed f2.4 aperture . Both phones feature 8mp 1\3.6” sensors up front , and these units have an f1.7 fixed aperture .

Samsung Galaxy S9 
Video specs on the two phones include 4k @60fps , the models also feature the ability to shoot 1080p@240fps while the custom DRAM module on the sensor (a-la Sony) allows the camera to shoot 720p@960 fps for a short burst .

Samsung Galaxy S9+
On the processor side , we have the usual dual option of either Snapdragon or Exynos once again .The Asian variants , which will carry the Exynos 8910 Soc will have a clock speed of 2.7 Ghz and this will come with Mali G72 -18 core graphics . The Special LTE variants for the U.S and some Chinese service providers will come with the Snapdragon 845 Soc clocked to 2.7 Ghz and will come with Adreno 630 graphics . Memory options for the S9 and S9+ goes as follows - The S9 will come with 4GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB of storage with MicroSD expansion while the S9+ will come with 6GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB of storage with MicroSD expansion as well .

Other features include QI wireless charging support and USB C fast charging ,AR emojis ,Android OREO (8) out of the box  and FM radio which is also said to make a comeback in some regions and users who want a desktop experience will be happy to note that the two phones support DEX as well . The battery on the S9 is a 3000 mAh unit while the S9+ comes with a beefier 3500 mAh one . The Galaxy S9 will ship on March 16th

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - news.samsung

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pentax K1 Mark II

Pentax has officially launched the Pentax K1 Mark II - a successor to the original K1 from 2016 , the camera ,designed around a 36.4 MP full frame sensor , features a SAFOX 12 image processor and PRIME IV image processor which help the camera achieve better autofocusing thank the pervious model . The ISO range , which is set from 100 - 819200 allows better low light performance and even video ISO has been raised to 25600 .

The sensor , which is housed inside a magnesium -alloy body , is fully weather sealed and this also includes the new 3.2" Tilt-able display unit at the back which has a 1027k dot resolution. . The camera also has a optical viewfinder which has 100% viewfinder coverage .

Rest of the specs include support for K mount lenses such as the  KAF4, KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom compatible), KAF, KA mount lenses as well , the sensor features 5 axis image stabilization therefore the camera will have a definite advantage over other DSLR peers when it comes to hand hold shooting . The K1 MkII also has an improved pixel shift mode which lets you use the mode without a tripod - handy when you want to photograph something in super sharp detail . The camera , said to be available in April for $1,999.95(body only),or you can opt to purchase it with the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR zoom lens for $2,399.95.And for a limited time , Pentaxians with K1's can trade their current model for a K1 MkII for just $550 .

Preorder - BHphoto

Written by Rakitha for MAsHD

Source - Pentaxrumors

Press Release - US.Ricoh

Saturday, February 17, 2018

RED and FOXCONN to work on “affordable” 8K solutions

With 4K slowly becoming the new norm in modern cameras , resolutions such as 8K are probably going to be the next high-end format of future camera systems as the demand for high end content from both content creators and content viewers are on the rise .Red , a household name when it comes to cinema cameras is apparently rumored(By Nikkei) to be in talks with tech industrial giant – Foxconn to produce affordable 8K systems for the general public .

And According to Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou “We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes,” indicating that such an idea is not really that far off .

Source - Nikkei

via - Petapixel

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fujinon MKX18-55mm t2.9 / MKX 50-135mm T2.9

Fuji has officially released two new lens mount options for their MK 18-55mm t2.9 and MK 50-135mm t2.9 cinema lenses . The new duo , designed for the Fuji X mount , are released in the same timeframe as the Fuji X-H1 , indicating that Fuji is indeed making a serious push into video.
Both The MKX 18-55mm t2.9 and the MK 50-135mm t2.9 – feature 22 glass elements in 17 groups and it has six super ED lens elements and two ED lens elements as well , Both lenses have a 9 bladed iris , allowing for more rounded “bokeh” in your videos . Both lenses feature a minimum aperture of f2.8 and they can be manually stopped down to f22(keep in mind that these lenses are all manual ) .
Pricing for the MKX 18-55mm t2.9 is $3,999 while the MK 50-135mm t2.9 costs $4,299 , not bad considering their low price , both lenses will ship in Summer of 2018 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - DPreview

Press Release - Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-H1 - Fuji takes video seriously

Fujifilm has officially announced their first cinema focused Mirrorless camera – the X – H1 . This model , which supplants the X-T2 as Fuji’s current flagship offering , gives users the ability to shoot DCI 4K in 23.97P or 24P and UHD 4K in 30 P along with Fuji’s F-Log profile , the 24MP APS-C - X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which is supported by a 5 axis IBIS stabilization system , gives users the ability to shoot stabilized video with any lens or shoot in slower shutter speeds with minimum vibration . The camera is capable of 14 fps on its electronic shutter and it can shoot 8 with its mechanical one (11 with an external battery grip) .

Fujifilm has officially announced their first cinema focused Mirrorless camera – the X – H1 . This model , which supplants the X-T2 as Fuji’s current flagship offering , gives users the ability to shoot DCI 4K in 23.97P or 24P and UHD 4K in 30 P along with Fuji’s F-Log profile , the 24MP APS-C - X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which is supported by a 5 axis IBIS stabilization system , gives users the ability to shoot stabilized video with any lens or shoot in slower shutter speeds with minimum vibration . The camera is capable of 14 fps on its electronic shutter and it can shoot 8 with its mechanical one (11 with an external battery grip) .

The camera , equipped with a Vari-angle 3” main display with 1.04 million dots resolution is also backed up by a top view monochrome LCD which provides user settings , the EVF has a 3.69million dot resolution , and users will be happy to note that the camera will support an extra wide (tiltable) eyecup as well . The camera supports USB charging and it features Dual UHSII compliant card slots . The Fuji X-H1 is expected to sell for USD $1,899.95 body only or USD $2,199.95 with Fuji’s vertical external power grip .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - DPreview

Purchase link - B&H

Press Release - Fujifilm

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4

Zeiss has officially announced a new compact -manual focus prime lens for their FE mount Loxia range , the new Loxia 25mm f2.4 is the fifth member of the lineup which consists of a 21mm F2.8, 35mm F2, 50mm F2, and a 85mm F2.4. The lens , designed with great precision , features 10 elements in 8 groups and features 1 APD element and 2 Aspherical elements with a special T* nanocoating .

The new Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 is expected to retail at $1299 and will be available from March 2018 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - DPreview