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Sony’s in the midst of a reinvention of its camera lineup, and up next is one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market: the NEX-6 is being discontinued in favor of the new Alpha A6000. It’s the latest in Sony’s efforts to kill off its NEX line and organize everything under its Alpha brand, but the A6000 also represents a meaningful upgrade for the camera. It’s not retro-cool, or even especially handsome, but it continues Sony’s remarkable trend of shoving high-end hardware into smaller and smaller bodies. The A6000 has a 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor that Sony assures me is different from the 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor on Sony’s NEX-7, along with the latest Bionz X processor (the same one in the A7 and A7R).
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Panasonic began aggressively courting professional videographers with its Lumix GH3 back in 2012, offering advanced video codecs, extensive controls, time code features, and other things that videographers demand. Now it’s taking that step even further with the new Lumix GH4, the first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera capable of recording high-resolution 4K video.
The GH4 looks very similar to the GH3, aping the appearance of a DSLR, only slightly smaller. It’s still comprised of a magnesium frame and is splashproof and dustproof. It has the same 16-megapixel resolution for still photos as the GH3, but Panasonic says the GH4′s new Micro Four Thirds sensor does an even better job of suppressing rolling shutter effects and has…
Samsung’s flagship interchangeable-lens camera, the NX300, is by far the company’s most impressive shooter to date. It offers stellar hybrid-autofocus capabilities, excellent image quality and integrated WiFi, and it retails for a hair over $ 550. For all intents and purposes, it’s a very competitive option, if not one of the best deals on the market today. It’s frustrating, then, that Samsung opted to price the Galaxy NX — an Android-powered camera based on the NX300 — at an obscene $ 1,700, lens included. If you’re not a deep-pocketed early adopter, it’s absolutely a dealbreaker. But I still enjoyed my two-week test with the Galaxy NX, and if you manage to overlook the MSRP, you might just fall in love.%Gallery-slideshow121859%
Source: Full-resolution sample images
Fujifilm is swelling its retro-tastic line of X-Series cameras with the X-A1, an entry level model for wannabe photojournalists worldwide. The shooter comes with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS, although be warned that this isn’t the X-Trans sensor that made the X-Pro 1 and X-M1 so alluring — that’s been reserved for the high-end. Instead, you’ll get wireless image transfer, a 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD and five film simulation modes. Video-wise, the unit will shoot 1080p clips at 30fps, capturing sound with its built-in stereo microphone. The retail package will come with a f/3.5-5.6 24-76mm equivalent kit lens with optical image stabilization, and will set you back $ 600 when it lands later this month.
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It’s by no means a phone, so adjust your expectations accordingly. Samsung’s Android-infused Galaxy NX camera, revealed last week at the company’s London bonanza, has just reared its LTE-capable body at the FCC. Sporting model number EK-GN120, the portable mirrorless camera offers up no real surprises — it has all the internal trimmings Samsung already officially announced, like WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and radios for WCDMA (850/1900MHz) and LTE (Band 5). Nothing in the filing pegs this as a US release, so the usual “(insert carrier)-friendly bands” won’t apply here. In fact, its mix of radios clearly mark this Galaxy NX for a South Korean debut. Just when that’ll be, we still don’t know. It’s currently slated for a vague summer release in the UK. On the plus side, this means you still have plenty of time to save up for what should be a hefty price tag.
Samsung’s mobile chief JK Shin hinted that the company would soon be announcing an Android-powered mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, and now the Galaxy NX is all but official. In press shots appearing on a Vietnamese gadget site, the device is pictured with a mirrorless mount and a trio of NX lenses. Judging from the body, the camera is likely to be closer in size to a DSLR than Samsung’s existing CSC lineup, with a large touchscreen occupying much of the rear.
Hardware controls are few and far between, and may be limited to a shutter release, video capture button, top-mounted dial and a pop-up flash release, along with the compulsory lens release to the left of the swappable optic. It’s said to include Android 4.2, a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO sensitivity through 25,600 and 1080p video capture. Pricing info is still up in the air, as is an official announce date, which could very well be as soon as Samsung’s June 20th event in London. Hit up the source for a few more shots.
Source: Tinh te (Vietnamese)
When it rains, it pours — we knew Pentax was due for new interchangeable lens cameras, but it just surprised us by unveiling three of them at once. The mid-range K-50 and entry K-500 DSLRs at the front of the pack represent slight upgrades to the 16-megapixel K-30 on the inside, with both gaining a higher ISO 51,200 sensitivity and Eye-Fi card support. They mostly differ on the outside. The K-50 keeps the K-30′s weather sealing, lithium batteries and extreme color customization; the K-500 caters to the budget crowd by going without weatherproofing, running on AA batteries and shipping only in black. Both bodies are available in stores this July, starting at $ 600 for a K-500 with an 18-55m kit lens and $ 780 for a similarly equipped K-50.
The smallest camera of the bunch, the Q7, may be the most intriguing. While the mirrorless body still shoots at the 12.4 megapixels of the Q10, it upgrades to a larger 1/1.7-inch sensor that delivers a big performance boost — sensitivity has jumped to ISO 12,800, and there’s faster autofocusing to boot. Pentax also touts a faster shot-to-shot time, better image stabilization and Eye-Fi support. The Q7 will cost the same $ 500 in kit form as its ancestor does today, although photographers will have to be patient when the tiny camera doesn’t hit retail until August.
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Samsung might not have shaken up its mirrorless camera line with the very evolutionary NX1100, however there’s tips at the FCC of larger things in store. A declaring at the United States company has verified the existence of an unannounced NX2000. On the surface, it’s comparable to its ancestors: labeling and checks point to a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a total familiar body design and the presence of 802.11 n WiFi. Nonetheless, there’s talk that the genuine focus for the NX2000 might be the user interface, not image quality. A purported photo making the rounds at Photo Rumors (after the break) lines up with the FCC listing while revealing an unforeseen back that includes both a touchscreen and a hardware home trick– although absolutely nothing is definite, it recommends Samsung could bring a smarter, possibly Android-based user interface to its mirrorless series. We’ll just understand simply how creative a camera the NX2000 is when it’s more official than a mix of regulatory clearances and reports.
Nikon plainly wishes to make amends for its unspectacular J2 launch late last summer season: it’s introducing not one however two 1 series designs that provide a more powerful incentive to go Nikon amongst lower-end mirrorless cameras. The 14.2-megapixel J3 and 10.1-megapixel S1 primarily obtain hand-me-down functions from the semi-pro V2, although that’s not always a bad thing. The leftovers provide them uncommonly precise 73-point autofocusing and an updated Expeed 3A processor that can handle 15FPS burst photography with constant focus– 3 times the frame rate of the J2 in the exact same conditions. Apart from their resolution, the major separators in between the J3 and S1 are the J3′s inclusion of a simple panorama mode and a somewhat larger ISO array for the S1, which starts at ISO 100 versus the J3′s 160.
Both brand-new bodies ship in February, when the S1 will lower the 1 system’s entry price to $ 500 with an 11-27.5 mm lens, and the J3 will have a suitably in-between price of $ 600 with 10-30mm optics. The shooters will soon be joined by brand-new lenses and accessories, too. A 6.7-13mm (18-35mm equivalent), f/3.5 -5.6 wide-angle lens and a 10-100mm (27-270mm equivalent) f/4 -5.6 telephoto zoom do not have conclusive release dates, however ought to respectively cost $ 500 and $ 550. Diving scuba divers who want a J3 or S1 for their trips will likewise get a WP-N2 undersea case in February, albeit at a $ 750 cost that’s more pricey than the cameras themselves.