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Canon G1X Mark II at DxOMark Lab

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The Canon G1X Mark II latest test result published over the web, the score of new G1X Mk II is lower than its predecessor Canon G1X.

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Canon G1X Mk II comes with new sensor, fast / bright lens and improves AF performance, but the new sensor test score turn out too bad according to DxO Mark lab… hope Canon will fix this in next Canon G1X Mark III camera.

Also see specification comparison review here  –  Canon G1X Mark II vs Canon G1X | | Canon G1X Mark II vs Sony RX100 M2

Canon EOS M3 Coming on Aug-Sept 2014

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Canon is rumored to announce two new mirrorless camera on Q3 of 2014, There will be two models, the entry level and the second mirrorless camera will be made for professional photographers.

Few month ago Canon silently announced EOS M2 camera in Asian countries and Japan with Canon 100D Dual pixel AF sensor, but unfortunately Canon EOS M2 is not available in US and UK. Take a look at the specification comparison of Canon EOS M vs Canon EOS M2

Also see the post we have published yesterday – Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 750D and 150D Rumor Update

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Pentax 645z Announced , Press Release, Specification and Videos

Pentax-645z-image-forntPentax finally announced the long rumored Pentax 645z camera, the camera features 33x44mm CMOS sensor with amazing 50 Megapixel resolution, ISO up to 204,800 and also capture Full-HD 1080 @ 30p, 25p and 24p frame rate, we also get live view display .

Pentax 645z Major Specification

  • 51.4MP CMOS Sensor – 43.8 x 32.8 mm
  • Prime III Image Processor
  • Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design
  • 3.2″ 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD
  • Full HD 1080 60i/30p/24p Video Capture
  • ISO Sensitivity Range of 100 – 204,800
  • SAFOX II TTL 27 Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Weather Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Pentax Flucard and Eye-Fi Compatible

The Pentax 645z has 27 point phase AF system (25 points center cross-type) and AF working range is -3EV to +18V @ ISO 100 and room temperature, on the rear side we have large 3.2-inch tilting up and down,  effectively suppress the reflection of light by the air gap-less structure.

pentax-645z-back-imageThe camera is available from June with a retail price tag of 8,499.95, you can pre-order it at B&H Photo store

Must see – Hasselblad H5D-50c vs Phase one IQ250 vs Pentax 645z

Pentax 645z Press Release:

Ricoh Imaging Corporation: The (President Akabane Noboru), employs a large CMOS image sensor with new, as well as ultra-high-resolution images of approximately 51.4 million effective pixels, and a comfortable operation corresponding to professional use will be released interchangeable lens medium-format digital SLR camera equipped with a high reliability the “PENTAX 645Z”.

This product, we have developed based on was launched in 2010 the “PENTAX 645D”. I realize an image with excellent three-dimensional depiction in the ultra-high-definition and renew the image processing engine and image sensor to pursue the improvement of reliability and higher image quality in addition to dust and water structure with a reputation, of approximately 51.4 million effective pixels have. In addition, the Live View function continuous shooting performance of about 3 frames / second highest, high-resolution tilting LCD monitor, the AF system of the latest, exposure control with high accuracy, shutter unit or the like with improved durability, substantially of the key features By providing an improvement in operating response and enhanced Na, also has mobility that is required in the field of professional. In addition, it also includes such linkage function of the smart phone with wireless communication and full HD movie recording, and finish the model to expand greatly, the freedom and the possibility of new video expression.

1. High-definition Image of approximately 51.4 million effective pixels

To the imaging device, I am proud of adopted area size of about 1.7 times the size 35 Mirifuru-size, the new CMOS image sensor of 43.8mm × 32.8mm. Image processing engine “PRIME III” to match, was enhanced image processing capabilities of the high image quality and noise processing, by combining a low-pass filter-less design, approximately 51.4 million effective pixels having excellent stereo imaging performance and high resolution I am an ultra-high-definition image of.
In addition, by reducing drastically the noise of high ISO speed, ultra-high-sensitivity photography of the highest ISO sensitivity 204800 is also possible, and has enabled beyond the common sense of the medium-format conventional format, a new shooting representation You.

2. Fast response to meet the demands of professional

(RAW shooting, JPEG: up to 30 frames is L · ★ ★ ★ when) to 10 frames at about 3 frames / second highest and enables continuous shooting. Also, in addition UHS-I compatible with a high-speed writing to the SD card when using the corresponding speed and quick-view display to (SDR104 standard), PC Transfer is compatible with USB3.0 standard. By implementing a fast response on the heels of 35 mm, meet the requirements of professional use would like to use in a variety of shooting scene the 645 system, and has realized the comfortable operation.

3. AF system with high accuracy

The module of the phase difference for AF, the latest corresponding to the 27-point AF “SAFOX (support Fox) 11 (Eleven)” (25 points center cross-type) is adopted. Three points of the top and bottom center is compatible with luminous flux of F2.8 to be effective in focusing severe large-diameter lens in use. In addition, AF luminance range-3EV also covers a wide range (ISO100, room temperature) and ~ +18 EV, focusing on the naked eye has been to facilitate the focus of difficult against a dark subject. Further, by adopting the CMOS image sensor capable of high-speed read and has the live view function again. It is possible to magnify the AF or by contrast method in the live view screen, the screen, to perform a more precise focus.

4. 3.2-inch tilting up and down, large LCD monitor of about 1.037 million dot

3.2-In addition to the wide viewing angle, I adopt a tilt type move up and down the monitor, to facilitate high-angle shooting and low-angle, It is equipped with high-definition large-screen LCD monitor about 1.037 million dots (3:2 aspect ratio) have. Further, to effectively suppress the reflection of light by the air gap-less structure is adopted glass durable, eliminating the air layer between the liquid crystal surface, the protective cover is AR to reduce glare ( By performing also Anti-Reflection) coating, you greatly increase the visibility of the outdoors.

Full HD movie recording of 5.1920 × 1080:60 i

Full HD movie recording 1920 × 1080:60 i/30P employing the H.264 recording format is possible. It is possible only by the large sensor, depth of field is shallow, to shoot smoothly this video blurred effectively background.
In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, also equipped with stereo microphone terminal of external input, you can also adjust the audio recording level. In addition, interval video 4K overwhelming high-resolution image at (3840 × 2160 pixels) size: also includes (Motion JPEG AVI) shooting function, I can enjoy a wide range of video expression.

6. Body robust and reliable

Strongly to temperature changes to the chassis, and has adopted the aluminum die-casting of high operating accuracy, robustness, a magnesium alloy lightweight frame to the back of the LCD monitor and the exterior of the camera body. In addition, I adopt a tempered glass scratch-resistant on the LCD cover on the back and the upper surface, and enhance strength. In addition, as it is provided with a shutter mechanism which cleared the operation test of 100,000 times greatly increase dust-proof and drip-proof structure which gave the ceiling to 76 places, cold performance of up to 10 ℃ minus, durability, including but not limited to outdoor people I am more reliable in the scene shooting Na.

7. The exposure control with high accuracy due to “Pentax real-time scene analysis system”

Improvements exposure algorithm employed for RGB metering sensor about 8.6 million pixels, it is possible to significantly improve the exposure accuracy, and by linking to the white balance and auto-focus information from the photometric sensor and to improve the performance of each ” I have adopted the Pentax real-time scene analysis system “. I have to allow for exposure control in line with the intended shooting more, that to properly determine the subject or scene by photometric sensor. In addition, the separation accuracy of the background and the main subject, dimming accuracy of flash photography is also improving.

8. Optical viewfinder Large, easy-to-view

Was employed (trapezoidal) prism glass Torapizoido different in shape pentaprism general, it has an optical viewfinder a wide field of view of about 98% while reducing the size of the body size of the camera. In addition, there is a reputation for ease of focus and brightness to the focusing screen, eyestrain has been adopted by a few “Natural-Bright-Matte” all shooting for a long time.

9. Cooperation with the smartphone can Note 1

FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB “O-FC1″: by (optional sale) use, live view display and the release of the smartphone, view pictures taken, download, etc., can be.
It supports smartphones iOS6 later, equipped with OS of Android ™ 4.2 or later Note: 1.

10. To remove dust adhering to the sensor “DRII (Dust Removal II)” mechanism

It is equipped with a mechanism to “DRII” prevent the reflection of dirt out of the photographic image. It is possible by making ultrasonic vibration by a piezoelectric element to UV · IR cut filter portion of the image sensor front, that even if the dust adheres event, can be effectively removed. In addition, the function “Dust Alert” can be confirmed also in preparation for the shooting before the adhesion state of the waste, and enhance the sense of security when you are shooting and interchangeable lenses in dusty places, such as outdoors, an important work.

11. Operation functions of the feelings that corresponds to the professional use

-Can be easy to see the live view output and image confirmation of the PC monitor, such as bird’s-eye view taken from directly above or photo duplicating, when shooting upside down the camera and is equipped with a rotating display function and 180 degree rotation record 180 degrees.
(2 types) are available make it easier to check the position of the subject in the screen, a small square grid of display during live view. Grid lines can be selected from two types of black-and-white.
· We have established a lock button that you want to temporarily disable the dial buttons and can prevent accidental configuration changes.

12. Other

Dual SD card slot equipment that can be used according to the application ① (SDHC, SDXC UHS-I: SDR104 compliant)
white balance adjustment ② Multi-pattern auto is added, was realized to further improve accuracy
It enables storage in ③ RAW, the function taking “HDR” can be re-synthesized by changing the effect
Hyper operation system of its own to respond accurately to the intention of the photographer ④
And copyright information attached to ⑤ photographed image, the presence or absence of image tampering by the bundling software can check
Amount of ambient light, diffraction also possible correction in addition distortion of ⑥ lens, chromatic aberration of magnification
Supports ⑦ Wi-Fi built-in memory card “Eye-Fi” linkage function
In addition to correspond to the USB3.0 standard, ⑧ external interface is also equipped with (type D) terminal HDMI ®
By the engine of ⑨ latest bundled utility software capable of image processing at high speed “Digital Camera Utility 5″
Compatible with: (coming soon sold separately) “IMAGE Transmitter 2″ ⑩ PC transfer software

Pentax 645z Specification

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Fujifilm X-T1 vs. Nikon D7100

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Fujifilm X-T1 is a mirrorless camera and Nikon D7100 is a Pro DSLR, both features excellent core specification .. take a look at the major difference below

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Nikon D7100 have more resolution compared to Fujifilm X-T1  but, the X-T1 offers more ISO range hence you get better low light images with X-T1 compared to Nikon D7100.

PDAF sensor in Fujifilm X-T1: The Fujifilm X-T1 comes with phase AF pixels within the sensor, the X-T1 quickly acquire focus during still, video or live view shooting, on the other hand the Phase AF of Nikon D7100 is active when you are using optical viewfinder otherwise during live-view mode and video mode only contrast AF is active.

Fujifilm X-T1 offers fast continuous shooting speed compared to Nikon D7100, but Nikon D7100 offers better shutter range ( 1/4000 vs 1/8000).

Fujifilm X-T1 offers tilting screen and you get a better option to compose your image compared to Nikon D7100.

Nikon D7100 offers optical viewfinder and better battery life compared to Fujifilm X-T1.

Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity: Fujifilm X-T1 features built in WiFi connectivity on the other hand Nikon D7100 require WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to enable WiFi connectivity.

Verdict: Fujifilm X-T1 offers better sensor and fast continuous shooting speed and on the other hand Nikon D7100 have more resolution + huge range of DX and FX lenses and Built-in i-TTL Flash and Speedlight Compatibility.

Finally, We recommend you to buy Fujifilm X-T1 based on specification comparison review.

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Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 750D and 150D Rumor Update

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According to latest rumor surfaced over the web Canon 7D Mark II announcement is delayed to Q3 of 2014 due to manufacturing issues, Canon is rumored to be exploring a number of possible enhancements to the upcoming Canon 7D Mark II, including a completely new designed Dual-pixel AF CMOS sensor (faster than Canon 70D PDAF Sensor) and may be a new image processor too, Canon is also looking for sufficient volume of sensor chips available at suitable price/performance points, it may be a stretch for the company to fit all class leading features in upcoming 7D Mark II DSLR.

As we have said Canon will put 70D PDAF sensor in upcoming Canon 750D DSLR, Canon 150D is also coming but we don’t have any information about the specification yet.

According to the source “Canon DSLR announcement delayed due to technical issue….” information was passed along to several larger (European) dealers querying Canon DSLR camera availability for later this year, especially the holiday season. All three cameras were loosely slated for Q2 release, but are now Q3.

Canon finally have very less time in hand since Nikon D300s successor (Nikon D9300) is rumored to be announced in upcoming months and A77 Mark II is possibly coming on last week of May, 2014.

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A Detailed Look - Blackmagic URSA and CFast Cards

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Recently, at NAB, Blackmagic Design stunned the production world with a revolutionary new 4K camera. Called the URSA, this new production camera from Blackmagic has features never seen before features on a camera with a price point under $7,000 US (Blackmagic URSA at B&H). First of all, the URSA has a 10-inch fold out monitor attached to the body of the camera on the DOP side via a heavy-duty hinge—this should last years of heavy production usage. Not only does the camera come with a large 10.1-inch monitor, it’s 1920×1200 resolution—a first for any production camera in terms of size and resolution. Thus, saving two-grand on a Marshall 9 inch or similar 3GSDI monitor. Next, the URSA comes with an interchangeable mount and sensor via the removal of four screws. This allows the user to change from EF to PL to B4 mount in a matter of minutes. Lastly, this leads us to our final item—the use of a new standard, the CFast media card—a blazing fast storage device based on a Compact Flash lineage.

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The new CFast cards are based on their predecessor, the CF card. The CF card has been used in a variety of storage applications, most recently the majority of all DSLR cameras. CF, which stands for Compact Flash was the standard for all DSLR cameras up till 2005. According to the Compact Flash Wiki page, “A variant of CompactFlash known as CFast is based on the Serial ATA bus, rather than the Parallel ATA/IDE bus for which all previous versions of CompactFlash are designed. “

After 2005, SD cards gained more traction—especially with the Panasonic GH1 in March of 2009 and then latter with the GH2 and GH3. Prior to the introduction of the GH1, by 2005 SD cards had achieved 40% of the market with manufacturers such as Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Leica, Olympus, Pentax and Samsung using SD cards in many of their consumer product lines.

Flash forward to 2014. Due to the need for faster data transfer speeds with today’s data intensive cinema cameras, the need for faster cards has been part of the explosion in 2K and 4K cinema cameras that have hit the market in recent years. As of the article, there are two cameras, which currently use the new CFast cards: The Arri ALEXA and Blackmagic’s new URSA. Arri states on their website the their reasoning regarding their preference for CFast cards over the older SxS cards originally designed and manufactured by Sony, “Because of their high data rate, CFast 2.0 cards support higher frame rates than SxS PRO cards, enabling recording of ProRes 4444 up to 120 fps. The 120 GB CFast 2.0 cards have about twice the recording capacity of 64 GB SxS PRO cards.”

However, the New CFast cards come with a mixed blessing. On one hand the new cards are fast, fast enough for uncompressed video and the demands of high-speed 4K frame rates. On the other hand, the new CFast cards are not backwards compatible with Compact Flash cards of previous generations, and quite expensive—a 120mb SanDisk CFast card retails for around $1,200. Another item of note is that a 120mb CFast cad can only record 6 minutes of raw data in the new URSA camera and 20 minutes of ProRes, 10-bit 422. Lexar has a 256mb CFast card due out on the market soon, which should double the recording rates of SanDisk’s 120mb CFast card to 40 minutes and 12 minutes respectively. With the advent of a new camera, which gives you so many new features such as a 10.1-inch HD monitor, interchangeable, mounts and upgradeable sensors for future proofing you investment, there is always a give and take. The new CFast media may not be cheap, but as companies like Blackmagic Design and others continue to put affordable kit into the hands of indie filmmakers, the democratizations of cinema production continues to evolve in new and interesting ways.

About the Author: Thomas Cznarty is a lecturer at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Currently, he teaches in the Communication and Media department. He writes poetry, short fiction and screenplays. Thomas Cznarty is also a filmmaker and media producer with a strong background in film and television production.

Leica T Type 701 Camera Chassis Images

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As we can see the beautiful internal framework of upcoming Leica T Type 701 camera, the body Chassis is made up of magnesium alloy, the hole thing will be protected from the environment by adding rubber seals.

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The Camera is Rumored to be announced on April 24th, 2014, the upcoming mirrorless camera will feature APS-C sensor and Touchscreen LCD with Built-in WiFi.

see leaked specification and image here and images here, more Chassis Image after the break

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