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
|It may be over two years old, but that doesn't mean Fujifilm has given up on the X-E2.|
Fujifilm has released its promised firmware update for its X-E2 mid-range mirrorless camera. The firmware update adds a host of feature and operational improvements, including the Classic Chrome film simulation and AF upgrades from the recent X-T models, as well as a revised user interface and multiple Auto ISO settings.
The firmware update for the over two-year-old model continues Fujifilm's habit of supporting existing users and brings the camera into line with most of the latest X-series models.
The changes are so significant that, rather than publishing an addendum, Fujifilm has released a new version of the camera's owner's manual.
Substantial firmware updates for the X-E2, delivering a new AF system for better capture of moving subjects among other improvements and function enhancements
[ Improvements and function enhancements with this firmware update ]
- New AF System
(1) New AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects
(2) Improvement of AF accuracy
(3) Eye Detection AF
(4) Auto Macro mode
(5) AF improvement in the Movie mode
- Function enhancements
(6) High-speed electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000sec.*
(7) White Balance Bracketing
(8) Enhanced ISO Auto Setting to AUTO1/AUTO2/AUTO3
(9) Exposure Compensation control in Manual.
(10) Natural Live View function is just like the naked eye.
(11) Finer lines on the framing grid enhances visibility
(12) New Video Frame rates (50P / 25P / 24P)
(13) Manual Shooting in Video mode
(14) Phase detection AF support for Instant AF
(15) Expansion of shutter speed in Program Shift mode
- Operability improvements
(16) The new user interface
(17) Improved Shutter Speed Dial operation
(18) Name of Silent mode changed to avoid confusion
(19) Direct selection of AF area
(20) Unlocked AE-L / AF-L Buttons
(21) Variable Focus Area during MF
(22) Q. Menu customization
(23) Interlocking of Metering and Focus areas
(24) Movie Recording
- Other changes with the update
(25) Supports focus limiter function for XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
(26) “BACKGROUND COLOR” menu
(27) The maximum number of images taken in the continuous shooting mode
Fujifilm's new X70 compact camera puts the 16MP APS-C sensor from the X100T into a much smaller body, omitting an EVF but adding a 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens and articulating touch-sensitive screen. The X70 is certainly one of the nicest compact cameras to look at, and its specifications are pretty impressive, but what kind of images can it produce? We spent the weekend shooting with a production-quality camera.
Danish camera manufacturer Phase One has expanded its range of A-Series offerings to include the new 100MP IQ3 digital back. The A-Series kits consist of an Alpa 12TC camera body with one of three lenses and a choice of IQ3 backs in 50-, 60-, 80- and 100-million-pixel resolutions. The A-Series is particularly interesting as the cameras have no mirror, so vibrations are kept to a minimum at the time of exposure.
Images have to be composed on the rear touchscreen using the 30 fps live view feature, though the Wi-Fi functionality of the back allows connection to Apple iPod and iPhone devices via the Capture Pilot app for remote viewing, control and capture. The IQ3 backs also offer USB 3 and HDMI ports for tethered shooting to a computer running the Capture One Pro 9 software application, or for streaming live view content to a TV or field monitor.
Each lens is calibrated with the body in the factory, so there should be no need for users to create custom color correction profiles themselves. The calibrations are stored in the IQ3 back, and users just have to select the matching menu item when changing lenses.
The IQ3 100MP back in the kits is the standard model, and can also be used with the Phase One XF DSLR camera.
The kits come with the Rodenstock ALPAR F4.0 35mm, but an ultra-wide Alpagon 23mm F5.6 and a 'standard' Alpagon 70mm F5.6 are also available. The A-series IQ3 100MP system is available now, and is priced at $56,000 with the 35mm lens. It comes with a 5-year warranty and personalized 24/7 support.
For more information visit the Phase One website.
Phase One introduces the A-series 100MP camera system
COPENHAGEN, February 3, 2016 -- Phase One today introduced the A-series IQ3 100MP medium format camera system. In collaboration with ALPA, Phase One is pleased to offer this highly-integrated and specialty calibrated, precision camera system – one created to meet the needs of the world’s most demanding fine art photographers.
The A-series IQ3 100MP joins existing Phase One A-series models (the A-series IQ3 50MP, A-series IQ3 60MP and A-series IQ3 80MP) offering both the precision integration with the ALPA platform and complete compatibility with the Phase One XF camera system.
Based on the ALPA 12TC mirrorless camera body, all specially calibrated Phase One medium format IQ3 A-series digital backs offer unprecedented quality and integration. Each model comes with the 35mm Rodenstock Alpar lens. Two optional lenses are available, including the ultra-wide 23mm, and the all-round 70mm, ALPA HR Alpagon – both offering perfect edge-to-edge sharpness and the ability to resolve full frame medium format sensors.
Exclusive to the Phase One A-series system are factory configured in-camera lens calibrations (FLC), making the need to create and apply color cast correction profiles (LCCs) optional. One can simply attach an A-series lens and start shooting.
Availability and Pricing
Shipping immediately, the A-series IQ3 100MP Camera System is available through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners.
The A-series IQ3 100MP Camera System comes with Phase One’s unique 5-year warranty and uptime guarantee including personalized 24/7 support and assistance.
The price of the Phase One A-series IQ3 100MP Camera System (with Rodenstock Alpar 35mm lens) is 56,000 USD.
For a demo of the Phase One A-series IQ3 100MP Camera System, please sign up here: www.phaseone.com/demo
Last month, Fujifilm unveiled the X-Pro2 mirrorless camera with a February 18 release date. Per a statement (in Japanese) issued on Friday, the camera maker has postponed the release until early March due to an unspecified production delay and higher than anticipated global orders. The postponement will 'ensure a sufficient supply amount' is available, according to Fujifilm. A specific release date will be revealed at a later time. This news follows last week's Nikon D500 delay announcement, with Nikon also citing high demand as the reason.
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