Monday, January 21, 2019

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR Review

Mark Goldstein

The Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR is a brand new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series mirrorless cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 12-24mm in 35mm terms, the Fuji 8-16mm is also fully weather-sealed and has a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range. Is this the ultimate wide-angle lens for Fuji shooters? Read our in-depth Fujifilm 8-16mm review, complete with full-size sample images, to find out...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Review

Mark Goldstein

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is a brand new, no-holds-barred, fast telephoto zoom lens for Nikon and Canon full-frame cameras. Read our in-depth Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens review to find out if it's the ultimate telephoto zoom for DSLR owners, complete with full-size sample images...

Nikon Coolpix A1000 Super-Zoom Compact Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras

Nikon have announced a new super-zoom camera, the Coolpix A1000. The Nikon A1000 boasts a 35x optical zoom (24–840mm), a new built-in electronic viewfinder, a tilting touchscreen monitor, 4K movies and RAW image recording. It will be available from 31st January 2019 priced at £409.

Nikon have announced a new super-zoom camera, the Coolpix A1000. The Nikon A1000 boasts a 35x optical zoom (24–840mm), a new built-in electronic viewfinder, a tilting touchscreen monitor, 4K movies and RAW image recording. It will be available from 31st January 2019 priced at £409.

Nikon Coolpix B600 Super-Zoom Compact Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras

Nikon have announced a new super-zoom camera, the Coolpix B600. The Nikon B600 offers a 60x optical zoom (24–1440mm), a 3 inch, 921k-dot monitor, Full HD video and a sturdy grip. It will be available from February 2019 priced at £329.

Nikon have announced a new super-zoom camera, the Coolpix B600. The Nikon B600 offers a 60x optical zoom (24–1440mm), a 3 inch, 921k-dot monitor, Full HD video and a sturdy grip. It will be available from February 2019 priced at £329.

Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR is a new telephoto zoom Lens for the GFX medium format camera system. The lens is the first telephoto zoom lens of its kind that has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 79-158mm. Thanks to its optical image stabiliser and weather resistant construction, the GF100-200mm is ideal for photographers shooting landscape and nature photography.

The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR will be available from 14th February 2019 for $1999.

The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR is a new telephoto zoom Lens for the GFX medium format camera system. The lens is the first telephoto zoom lens of its kind that has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 79-158mm. Thanks to its optical image stabiliser and weather…

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Sports Camera Launches on January 24th

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Olympus have registered a new camera at the United States Federal Communications Commission, which some sites are claiming will be called the Olympus E-M1X.

Olympus USA have released a short teaser video for the Olympus OM-D EM1X, which now has a scheduled launch date of January 24th 2019.

"It won’t be long until the new OM-D camera from Olympus hits the shops – giving you something to look forward to in this new year. Dedicated to meeting the demands of professional photographers, this OM-D fits the bill when it comes to easy handling, advanced technology and high-level features. Watch the video and see for yourself!"

"Test the new OM-D. Get exclusive event infos and be one of the first to try the new OM-D when it comes out and experience personally how it is the perfect tool for photo assignments and shoots. Indoors, outdoors, for any genre and style in all kinds of weather, the new OM-D will wow you."

The 18 second video shows the EM1X being used at several sporting events, including at a swimming pool and a beach, suggesting that this new camera will be rugged enough and fast enough for professional level sports photography.

Olympus have posted another 19-second teaser video on YouTube, which shows a few more glimpses of the upcoming OM-D EM1X being used at a motorsports event, plus a shadowy silhouette of the rear of the camera.

On January 16th, Olympus released a third teaser video, this time showing the E-M1X being used in the great outdoors, strongly hinting at a high level of weatherproofness.

Measuring 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm, the Olympus E-M1X will be a sports camera with a built-in battery grip, at least according to 43rumors.com, and will be released in January 2019.

Leaked images showing the Olympus OM-D E-M1X have now emerged from rumor site 43rumors, showing what seems to be a legitimate pre-production version of the camera. As you can see, its pretty big for Mirco Four Thirds camera, especially with the vertical battery grip attached!

Rumored specs include a new 20 megapixel sensor, a 50 megapixel handheld high-resolution shooting mode, swivelling LCD screen, AF joystick (first time on an Olympus camera), 18fps burst shooting, and an incredible 7.5 stops of image stabilisation.

The new Olympus OM-D E-M1X should make a more official appearance in January 2019, with actual release slated for the 24th January.

Olympus have registered a new camera at the United States Federal Communications Commission, which some sites are claiming will be called the Olympus E-M1X. Olympus USA have released a short teaser video for the Olympus OM-D EM1X, which now has a scheduled launch date of January 24th 2019. "It won’t…

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sony Announces Major Firmware Updates for Alpha A9, A7R III and A7 III Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

The Sony Alpha A9 camera will receive several major enhancements to its autofocus (AF) performance and image quality, as well as a variety of new features that are designed to improve the overall workflow for professional photographers.

In addition, new software updates for the Alpha A7R III and A7 III will be available, adding the latest ‘Real-time Eye AF’ enhancements and interval recording capabilities.

The Sony Alpha A9 camera will receive several major enhancements to its autofocus (AF) performance and image quality, as well as a variety of new features that are designed to improve the overall workflow for professional photographers. In addition, new software updates for the Alpha A7R III and A7 III…

Sony Imaging Edge Mobile App for Alpha Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Software

Sony hasannounced the release of a new ‘Imaging Edge’ mobile application plus several updates to the ‘Remote’, ‘Viewer’ and ‘Edit’ desktop applications, that will bring new features to all Sony imaging customers ranging from casual hobbyists to working professionals.

Sony hasannounced the release of a new ‘Imaging Edge’ mobile application plus several updates to the ‘Remote’, ‘Viewer’ and ‘Edit’ desktop applications, that will bring new features to all Sony imaging customers ranging from casual hobbyists to working professionals.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sony Alpha A6400 APS-C Mirrorless Camera Just Announced!

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Sony have just announced the new A6400 APS-C mirrorless camera. Here are the key specifications of the A6400:

  • 24.2 megapixel sensor
  • World's fastest autofocus - 0.02 secs
  • Real-time Eye AF with AI-based subject recognition
  • Real-time AF tracking with AI-based subject recognition
  • 425 PDAF and 425 Contrast detection AF points
  • 84% AF area coverage
  • 11fps continuous shooting with continuous AF/AE tracking, bursts up to 116 JPEGs, 8fps in silent mode
  • ISO 102400 (expanded)
  • 4K HDR (HLG) recording, 30fps, 8-bit
  • 6K over sampling, 100Mbps bit rate
  • 180-degree tilting monitor
  • Touchscreen operation
  • XGA OLED viewfinder
  • In-body timelapses

The Sony Alpha A6400 will ship in Europe in February 2019 priced at approximately £950 / $900 / €1050. It will also be offered as a kit with the SELP1650 lens priced at approximately £1,000 or in a kit with the SEL18135 lens priced at approximately £1,300.

Sony have also announced the new Imaging Edge mobile app for the Alpha system, and upcoming new firmware updates for the Alpha A9 (Version 5.0, March 2019), A7R III and A7 III (Version 3.0, April 2019) and the Alpha A9 again (Version 6.0, Summer 2019).

You can view some official Sony A6400 sample images here.

Sony have just announced the new A6400 APS-C mirrorless camera. Here are the key specifications of the A6400: 24.2 megapixel sensorWorld's fastest autofocus - 0.02 secs Real-time Eye AF with AI-based subject recognition Real-time AF tracking with AI-based subject recognition 425 PDAF and 425 Contrast detection AF points 84% AF…

Free Affinity Photo with Selected X-Rite Products

Mark Goldstein | Software

X-Rite has teamed up with Serif to offer a free software licence of Affinity Photo for macOS or Windows worth £48.99 when purchasing a qualifying X-Rite product.

X-Rite has teamed up with Serif to offer a free software licence of Affinity Photo for macOS or Windows worth £48.99 when purchasing a qualifying X-Rite product.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

​Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size JPEG and Raw sample images taken with the brand new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is a professional telephoto zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the brand new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR ultra-wide-angle lens, mounted on the Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera.

Honor View20 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

​Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the new Honor View20 premium smartphone.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Canon VIXIA HF G50 4K Camcorder

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras

The Canon VIXIA HF G50 is the first Vixia G-series camcorder to feature 4K recording. Featuring a genuine wide-angle Canon 20x (29.3-601mm) optical zoom lens, the VIXIA HF G50 provides a well-rounded feature set at an affordable price point.

The Canon VIXIA HF G50 4K UHD video camcorder is scheduled to be available in April 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1099.

The Canon VIXIA HF G50 is the first Vixia G-series camcorder to feature 4K recording. Featuring a genuine wide-angle Canon 20x (29.3-601mm) optical zoom lens, the VIXIA HF G50 provides a well-rounded feature set at an affordable price point. The Canon VIXIA HF G50 4K UHD video camcorder is scheduled…

Canon VIXIA HF W11 and HF W10 Camcorders

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras

Canon have added two new ruggedly designed additions to the VIXIA family of digital camcorders – the VIXIA HF W11 and HF W10. Both models are waterproof (up to 16.4 ft. / 5m), shockproof and dustproof and are capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit /-10 degrees Celsius.

The VIXIA HF W11 and VIXIA HF W10 camcorders are both scheduled to be available in April 2019 for an estimated retail price of $449.99 and $399.99 respectively

Canon have added two new ruggedly designed additions to the VIXIA family of digital camcorders – the VIXIA HF W11 and HF W10. Both models are waterproof (up to 16.4 ft. / 5m), shockproof and dustproof and are capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit /-1…

MOZA Mini-S 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

The MOZA Mini-S is a new 3-axis smartphone gimbal designed to be flexible, compact, user-friendly and packed with features. The Mini-S has a foldable design that can alos be extended into fully stabilized selfie stick. The price and availability of the MOZA Mini-Shave yet to be announced.

The MOZA Mini-S is a new 3-axis smartphone gimbal designed to be flexible, compact, user-friendly and packed with features. The Mini-S has a foldable design that can alos be extended into fully stabilized selfie stick. The price and availability of the MOZA Mini-Shave yet to be announced.

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Will Cost £1099 / $1399, Available January 2019

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

The official price of the new SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is £1,099.99 including VAT. Sigma, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts will be available later this month. The ETA of the Sony E-mount version is currently TBA.

The official price of the new SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is £1,099.99 including VAT. Sigma, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts will be available later this month. The ETA of the Sony E-mount version is currently TBA.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Redmi Note 7 Smartphone Offers 48 Megapixel Camera for $150

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones

Xiamoi have just announced the Redmi Note 7, an affordable new smartphone that uses the Sony IMX586 1/2-inch 48-megapixel image sensor.

Initially available only in China, the Redmi Note 7 can take a 48 megapixel image with its 0.8-micron pixels, or combine 4 neighboring pixels into a 1.6-micron pixel to capture a 12 megapixel image with better noise performance and HDR processing.

Despite its budget price-tag, the Redmi Note 7 still offers a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 processor, 4000mAh battery with quick charge support, 6.3" 2340 x 1080 pixel screen, USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jacks, and a stylish glass body.

There are three versions of the Redmi 7 - 3/32 GB, 4/64 GB, and 6/64 GB (RAM/Storage) - with the cheapest costing around $150 and the most expensive around $210. It also supports up to 256GB of expandable storage via MicroSD cards.

The Redmi Note 7 goes on sale in China on January 15th 2019.

Xiamoi have just announced the Redmi Note 7, an affordable new smartphone that uses the Sony IMX586 1/2-inch 48-megapixel image sensor.Initially available only in China, the Redmi Note 7 can take a 48 megapixel image with its 0.8-micron pixels, or combine 4 neighboring pixels into a 1.6-micron pixel to capture…

Samsung Galaxy 10 on February 20th

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones

Samsung are set to unveil the Galaxy 10 flagship smartphone on February 20th 2019. Samsung are skipping Mobile World Congress 2019 to launch their new devices a week before the show. Rumours suggest that not one, but three Galaxy 10 models will be announced at the UNPACKED event.

Samsung Electronics will unveil new devices that promise to usher in new Galaxy experiences based on 10 years of innovations.

The exciting reveal will take place at a Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED event in London at 7pm GMT and San Francisco at 11am PT.

To experience the magic, simply head to www.news.samsung.com/uk, www.samsungmobilepress.com, www.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsung.com for live streaming coverage on the day.

Samsung are set to unveil the Galaxy 10 flagship smartphone on February 20th 2019. Samsung are skipping Mobile World Congress 2019 to launch their new devices a week before the show. Rumours suggest that not one, but three Galaxy 10 models will be announced at the UNPACKED event.Samsung Electronics will…

Honor View20 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones

Want to see exactly what the new Honor View20 smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Honor View20 smartphone.

Want to see exactly what the new Honor View20 smartphone looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Honor View20 smartphone.