By Obinna Heche
It is a well know fact that digital cameras can do things film cameras cannot, displaying images on a screen immediately after they are recorded, storing thousands of images on a single small memory device, recording video with sound and deleting images to free storage space. They are incorporated into many devices ranging from pdas and mobile phones called camera phones to vehicles. They have high power requirements and over time have become increasingly smaller in size, which has resulted in an ongoing need to develop a battery small enough... click here to read the rest of the story
Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR, adding a 35mm equiv. prime to its weather-resistant X-mount lineup. The lens offers water and dust resistance and will work in temperatures as low as 14°F /-10°C. Built with a metal housing, it provides a ring for aperture control and uses a stepping motor that Fujifilm claims is capable of focusing speeds as fast as 0.05 seconds when paired with the phase detection AF systems of the X-Pro2 and X-T2. It's made up of 10 elements in 6 groups and uses a 9-blade aperture.
The Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR will go on sale in September for $449.95.
FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES THE NEW FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR
Compact, lightweight and stylish XF23mmF2 R WR expands high-performance X Series lenses
Valhalla, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – FUJIFILM Corporation has announced the new FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR, a compact, weather and dust-resistant wide-angle lens weighing just 180g. The new lens joins the lineup of X Series digital camera lenses known for their outstanding image quality. The XF23mmF2 R WR has a highly versatile focal length (35mm in 35mm format equivalent), covering a range of subjects from snapshots to landscapes and portraits. Its compact, lightweight design and high-speed autofocus (AF) capability allow users to enjoy taking pictures quickly and easily.
The XF23mmF2 R WR gives users advanced image resolution, capable of drawing out the full performance of the proprietary Fujifilm X-TRANS CMOS sensor. It has a similar size and design to the existing XF35mmF2, adding to a stylish collection of compact lenses. The inner-focus AF system uses a stepping motor to drive lightweight focusing elements for silent and fast autofocus. When combined with the phase detection AF system of the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 and X-T2, the lens can focus in an astonishing 0.05 seconds.
The metal exterior gives users a feeling of premium quality and robustness, and the aperture ring and focus ring have been designed with just the right amount of clicking and torque for optimum feedback and operability. The lens is weather and dust resistant and operates at temperatures as low as 14°F / -10°C, making it an ideal choice for outdoor photography.
FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR Key Features:
- FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
- Weather-resistant design capable of operating at temperatures as low as 14°F / -10°C
- 10 elements in 6 groups with 2 aspherical elements
- Super EBC (Super Electron Beam Coating) ensures high performance by reducing both flare and ghosting
- 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
- Minimum working distance of less than 9 inches
- Fast and silent autofocus of 0.05 seconds
- Compatible with the vented metal hood “LH-XF35-2” (also compatible with the XF35mmF2 R WR).
The FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR will be available in September 2016 for USD $449.95. It will initially be available in Black only.
Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR specifications
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||23 mm|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Special elements / coatings||2 aspherical elements + Super Electron Beam Coating|
|Minimum focus||0.22 m (8.66″)|
|Motor type||Stepper motor|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||180 g (0.40 lb)|
|Diameter||60 mm (2.36″)|
|Length||52 mm (2.05″)|
|Filter thread||43.0 mm|
|Hood product code||LH-XF35-2|
Fujifilm has announced its X-A3 entry-level mirrorless camera. Unlike other X-series cameras, its 24MP sensor uses a traditional Bayer color filter, rather than X-Trans. The standard ISO range is 200-6400, which can expand to 100-25,600 if needed.
The autofocus system offers 49 points in single AF mode and 77 points in the wide/tracking modes, but it lacks on-sensor phase detection like more expensive Fujifilm cameras. Also added is the ability to link metering and AF areas.
The camera has a 3" LCD that flips upward by 180 degrees, and selfies can be taken using the command dial on the back of the camera, which gives you a firmer grip on the camera. The LCD is touch-enabled and includes the usual bells-and-whistles that come along with it, plus a new 'touch zoom' feature.
The X-A3 has many of Fujifilm's Film Simulation modes, including Pro Neg.Hi, Pro Neg.Std, and Classic Chrome, but lacks the new ACROS mode found on its higher-end models. Full HD video is supported at 60p and 24p. Wi-Fi is also built-in.
The X-A3 will come bundled with the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens in you choice of three colors: silver, brown or pink. It will be available in October at a price of $599.
FUJIFILM BRINGS EASY SELFIES AND ENDLESS FUN WITH THE NEW X-A3 MIRRORLESS CAMERA
X-A3 gives users excellent image quality, easy controls, and numerous film simulations to make unique pictures
Valhalla, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – As a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image quality, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A3, a compact mirrorless camera with a large, 180 degree tilting touch LCD, eleven film simulations and ten advanced filters, all in a retro, classic design.
The X-A3 features a newly-developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor that produces crisp images in a wide range of shooting conditions, and excels in naturally reproducing skin tones, textures and colors.
Updated Design with Enhanced Textures and Touchscreen
The FUJIFILM X-A3 features a retro design that will appeal to a younger generation and gives a fresh impression of sophisticated photography. The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminum. The newly-developed faux leather has significantly enhanced the overall texture. The LCD on the rear uses a touchscreen that offers “Touch AF,” “Touch Shoot” and “Touch Zoom,” for easy pinch-out finger gestures to zoom in and out.
The FUJIFILM X-A3 grip is designed to accommodate normal shooting and self-portraits effortlessly. The X-A3 has an ergonomic design that is based on real-world feedback from hundreds of casual photographers. The rear LCD employs a slide-and-tilt mechanism so that it is not blocked by the camera body when tilted 180 degrees to maintain 100% visibility. Users will be able to view the entire screen for precise selfie composition.
When taking a selfie, users can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial, found directly below your index finger that also minimizes camera shake. The new Self Timer function now offers Smile Detection, Buddy Timer and Group Timer modes. Even without having to press the command dial or release button, the shutter is released when subjects smile, when two people come close together, or when a specified number of people come into the frame. The X-A3 also automatically activates Eye Detection AF when the rear LCD is titled upwards, and the Portrait Enhancer mode now offers three-step adjustments, using touchscreen operations. The addition of the skin-tone brightening function takes your portrait photography to a new level.
Get Creative with the X-A3
The X-A3 offers a total of eleven Film Simulation modes. Enjoy Fujifilm’s original expressions of tonality, such as the true-to-life colors of PROVIA (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colors of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of ASTIA (soft) or the documentary-style tones of CLASSIC CHROME. Monochrome and Sepia modes are also available.
The normal sensitivity range covers ISO200 to ISO6400, while extended sensitivity settings of ISO12800 and even ISO25600 can be selected when you want to minimize camera shake. The X-A3 produces clear images with astonishingly low noise, even on low-light nightscapes and indoor shots where high ISOs are essential. And with the Advanced Filters, users can easily produce unique and creative effects. A total of ten Advanced Filters are available, including the new “Fisheye “and Cross Screen “as well as Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color.
FUJIFILM X-A3 Key Features:
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- EXR Processor II
- Start-up time of 0.5 seconds
- AF speed of 0.3 seconds
- Shutter lag time of 0.05 seconds
- Shooting interval time of 0.4 seconds
Availability and Pricing
The new FUJIFILM X-A3 Kit (with XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II) will be available in October 2016 in the U.S. for USD $599.95. It will be available in Silver, Brown, and Pink.
Fujifilm X-A3 specifications
|MSRP||$599 (with 16-50mm lens)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)|
|Processor||EXR Processor II|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-25600)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||77|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Flash range||7.00 m (at ISO 200)|
|Flash modes||Auto, flash on, flash off, slow synchro, rear-curtain synchro, commander|
|Flash X sync speed||1/180 sec|
|Continuous drive||6.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 24p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired or via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-W126S lithium-ion battery & USB charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||410|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||339 g (0.75 lb / 11.96 oz)|
|Dimensions||117 x 67 x 40 mm (4.61 x 2.64 x 1.57″)|
The Canon EOS 5D series is arguably one of the must recognizable camera lines of the digital age and the Mark IV is designed to appeal to the same wide range of enthusiasts and professionals. Nearly identical-looking to its predecessor, it receives substantial upgrades under the hood, including: a higher-resolution sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video capture, an upgraded AF system, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC and GPS. All this adds up to a camera that fits into Canon's product line nicely as the all-around full-frame option.
It is built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II and contains 61 AF points (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24% expanded vertical coverage compared with the system in the Mark III. The center point is sensitive to -3EV in One Shot (AF-S) mode (in Live View the sensor is sensitive to -4EV with a fast lens).
4K video capture is a welcome addition to this camera and users can record in either 24 or 30p, albeit with a 1.64x crop. All footage is captured as Motion JPEG. Additionally, the camera allows for 4K Frame Grabs, effectively giving users 30 fps stills shooting with (Dual Pixel) AF. The usefulness of this may depend on how well-controlled the camera's rolling shutter is, and how acceptable 8.8MP, ~17:9 JPEGs are to you, but we've been impressed by how effective 4K/60p video capture on the 1D X II has been for capturing the decisive moment still.
While developing the IV, Canon says it sought feedback from 5D-series users and found that dynamic range, resolution, AF precision and AF speed were the four most important areas improvements were requested. On paper, the Mark IV seems to address these aspects nicely:
Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specifications
- New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
- DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
- Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
- ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
- 7 fps continuous shooting
- Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
- 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
- 1.62M-dot 3.2" full-time touchscreen
- Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
- Built-in bulb timer interval timers
- Improved weather-sealing
The 30.4MP chip offers a decent jump in resolution over the 22.3MP chip in 5D III. And judging from the improved dynamic range in Canon's other recent DSLRs (the 80D and 1D X II), we expect Raw dynamic range in the IV to be much improved over its predecessor, which had some of the worst shadow noise and banding we'd seen in a modern full-frame digital camera. The improvement is thanks to the recent move to a design that uses on-chip analog to-digital-conversion, resulting in lower downstream read noise and therefore less shadow noise and better overall dynamic range at lower ISOs.
In terms of AF, the increased coverage area is definitely a big deal: after all, its the exact same AF system found in the company's flagship sports camera. The 150,000-pixel RGB-IR metering sensor, which feeds scene information to the AF system, is borrowed from the original 1D X, bringing enhanced subject identification (including faces) and tracking ('iTR'), as well as improved metering and flicker detection. Unfortunately, we've found iTR to be too situation dependent to be generally relied upon, and our initial impressions from our brief time with the Mark IV leave us similarly unimpressed at the camera's ability to automatically shift AF points to stick to your specified subject.
Our impressions of Dual Pixel AF in live view are exactly the opposite though, with the Mark IV being incredibly good at sticking to the original subject (or face) you initiated focus on. What's more, it's incredibly easy to specify your subject: just tap on it on the touchscreen in 'Face Detect+Tracking' mode, and the camera will stick to it like glue, no matter where it moves to in the frame. The 5D Mark IV is Canon's first full-framer that can continuously focus in Live View during stills capture, and because of the way Dual Pixel AF works, focus is incredibly accurate, even with fast lenses.
The 5D Mark IV also has some new tricks up its sleeve including Dual Pixel Raw, a nifty option that can prove useful in specific shooting scenarios. It works by recording two 30MP images, one from each of the 'left-looking' and 'right-looking' photodiodes at each pixel. Previous Canons have combined these two signals at each pixel, but Dual Pixel Raw gives you the option of keeping them separate. This results in a file that's twice as large, but one that allows for 'image micro-adjustment,' 'bokeh shift' and ghosting reduction (more on this on our Features page) in Canon's supplied Digital Photo Professional software.
Compared to its peers
Canon now offers a range of full-frame models. On the high end you have the Canon's sports and action-oriented 1D X Mark II, with its 20.2MP sensor and 14 fps continuous shooting (with AF). The 5DS (and 'R' variant), with their 50.6MP sensors, are the company's high resolution options. The 5D Mark IV splits the difference in terms of resolution and is positioned as Canon's all-rounder. For those on a budget, the compact EOS 6D soldiers on, four years after its introduction.
So how does the 5D Mark IV stack up against its closest sibling and predecessor? Take a look for yourself:
|Canon EOS 5D IV
||Canon EOS 5D III
||Canon EOS 5DS
|100 - 32000
|100 - 25600
|100 - 6400
|AF points||61 (41 cross-type)
over expanded region
|61 (41 cross-type)||61 (41 cross-type)
|Live view/video AF||'Dual Pixel' phase detection||Contrast detection||Contrast detection|
|RGB metering sensor resolution||150k pixels||63-zone dual-layer||150k pixels|
|LCD||3.2" 1.62M-dot touchscreen||3.2" 1.04M-dot||3.2" 1.04M-dot|
|Burst rate||7 fps||6 fps||5 fps
|Card format||1x Compact Flash
1x Compact Flash
|1x Compact Flash
Obviously if you need the resolution, the Canon EOS 5DS is the more sensible choice. But in just about every other regard, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the far more versatile camera and a worthy upgrade from the 5D Mark III.
Pricing and availability
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ships this September and will cost $3499 body only, $4399 with the 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens and $4599 with the 24-105mm F4L IS II USM lens.
Coinciding with the announcement of the 5D Mark IV, Canon has introduced updates to two L-series lenses: the EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM and EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM. The 24-105mm F4L II offers improved image stabilization, claiming four stops to its predecessor's three, and adds air sphere coating for better resistance to ghosting and flare. Two aperture blades have been added, totaling 10 now - arguably one more than it should have for pleasing sunstar rendition.
The third iteration of Canon's 16-35mm F2.8L uses a large diameter GMO (glass-molded) dual surface aspherical lens. Like its predecessors the lens is water- and dust-resistant, and Canon claims the new lens boasts improved durability. We've seen some initial comparisons vs. the Mark II, and the Mark III clearly addresses one of its predecessors largest shortcomings - poor off-center performance - while arguably improving upon one of its most revered qualities: beautiful sunstars, now with 18 rays.
The EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM will cost $2,199 and the EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM will sell for $1099. Both lenses are scheduled for October availability.
From the press release:
New Canon EF Lenses and EOS Accessories
In addition to the new EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon is also introducing two EF-Series L-series lenses as well as a variety of EOS accessories. The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant. The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00†† and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00††.
Additional EOS accessories include the Canon Battery Grip BG-E20, Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S/E5M/E5L and Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1. For more information about all these products and accessories, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/5D4Legend
††Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM / EF 24-105mm F4L II USM specifications
|Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM||Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM|
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||16–35 mm||24–105 mm|
|Image stabilization||No||Yes (4 stops)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9||10|
|Special elements / coatings||1 dual-surface aspherical, 1 aspherical, fluorine coating||Air Sphere Coating|
|Minimum focus||0.28 m (11.02″)||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||790 g (1.74 lb)||795 g (1.75 lb)|
|Diameter||89 mm (3.48″)||84 mm (3.29″)|
|Length||128 mm (5.02″)||118 mm (4.65″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||82.0 mm||77.0 mm|
|Hood product code||EW-88D||EW-83M|
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