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New arrival: Canon launches EOS M50, EOS 1500D & 470EX-AI

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Canon launched globally two new entry interchangeable lens cameras (EOS M50 & EOS 1500D) and an Auto Intelligent flash 470EX-AI. Prices & availability TBA.

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The Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera will be available in three kit options: EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit, EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit and body only.

The new 24.1-megapixel EOS M50 is the entry-level camera for Canon’s line-up of mirrorless cameras.

The first Canon camera to be equipped with the new DIGIC 8 image processor the EOS M50 ships with 4K movie shooting ability and an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

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New arrivals: Leica SL mirrorless system camera in Singapore

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The Leica SL (Type 601) body will be available in Singapore from 16 November 2015. The body is priced at S$11,000 while the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH zoom lens will retail for S$6,850.

The Leica SL was first unveiled in Wetzlar, Germany on 20 October, 2015 and launched in Singapore on 30 October.

The Leica SL was first unveiled in Wetzlar, Germany on 20 October, 2015 and launched in Singapore on 30 October.

The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2,8-4/90-280mm ASPH lens will be available Q2/2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 1:1,4/50mm ASPH will be available Q4/2016.

Those interested can now pre-order their SL from all Leica Stores and Boutiques located at ION Orchard, Raffles Hotel Arcade and Mandarin Gallery, as well as authorised Leica dealers.

Below are more details from the press release.

The LEICA SL mirrorless system camera sets new standards in terms of speed, picture quality and versatility

Wetzlar, 20 October 2015 – The Leica SL system marks the beginning of a new era of professional photography made in Germany.

The Leica SL mirrorless system camera is impressive on account of its innovations in exceptional Leica quality. Its 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and perfectly matched components – from superiorquality lenses to its electronic viewfinder – guarantee exceptional imaging performance.

EyeRes viewfinder and touchscreen display for total control of every picture

Developed especially for the Leica SL, this electronic viewfinder is the first of its kind to feature Leica EyeRes technology.

With a latency time below the threshold of perception, an impressive resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification reminiscent of a medium format camera, this electronic viewfinder offers an entirely new visual experience and numerous advantages.

The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it.

The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it.

The final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, which enables optimum control over the final picture in any situation.

In addition, the Leica SL also features a 2.95″ back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170° that enables reliable viewing of pictures and efficient touchscreen menu navigation.

Maestro II processor for maximum performance

The high-performance Maestro II series processor guarantees that photographers never miss even the fastest-moving subjects and that the camera responds instantaneously to all commands.

Together with 2 GB of buffer memory, the processor makes it possible to capture consecutive exposures at rates of up to 11 frames per second at full 24 MP resolution and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard.

Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard.

Thanks to its Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class and underlines the innovative character of the camera.

24 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional picture quality in 35 mm full-frame format

The 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor guarantees impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness, the highest resolution, and noise-free images in almost all lighting conditions.

The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.

The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.

The sensor reveals its full potential in combination with Leica SL lenses, especially in available-light situations, and captivates users with atmospheric exposures in superior quality at ISO settings up to a maximum of 50,000.

What’s more, it is optimised for use with Leica M-Lenses and, in addition to supporting all their functions, delivers the excellent picture quality with which Leica has been synonymous for more than 100 years.

The new movie star: professional video in cinematic resolution

The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfils even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully-fledged video camera.

Thanks to its 24 MP CMOS sensor and highperformance Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL enables the production of professional videos in 4K resolution.

“This milestone for Leica Camera is a testament of Leica Camera’s commitment towards innovation. The Leica SL is the perfect tool for professional photographers; with the fastest autofocus in the professional full frame camera class,” says Sunil Kaul, Managing Director for Leica Asia Pacific.

Videos can be recorded in UHD at 30 frames per second or even in Cine4K at 24 frames per second.

In full HD, the Leica SL records video at up to 120 frames per second and makes use of the entire sensor area.

Here, the logical and intuitive handling concept of the camera makes a clear distinction between still- and motion-picture recording.

As soon as the camera is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function or the recording level of the microphone.

An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu.

Videos can be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format in 4K resolution over HDMI 1.4.

Aluminium body for robust performance in everyday photography

From the beginning, resilience and robustness were at the focus of the Leica SL’s development.

Body components machined from solid aluminium and precisely engineered seals around controls and in the lenses provide optimum protection against dust, moisture and splashes for the sensitive technology inside.

“I’m confident this camera will befit photographers from all disciplines to make this their tool of choice. You have to try it for yourself,” Kaul adds.

At the same time, integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning removes dust and dirt from the sensor.

The glass covering the back panel display is extremely scratch-resistant and features an anti-reflex coating.

All these properties make the camera an ideal tool for use in the rough, everyday conditions faced by professional photographers.

In the interplay between its equally classic and functional design and its distinctive lines, the Leica SL is another example of Leica’s fine art of engineering.

A new generation of lenses for excellent picture quality

The combination of outstanding imaging performance and the fastest autofocus currently possible makes working with the Leica SL an entirely new experience and enables photographers to produce images in a quality never before seen in 35 mm format.

True to Leica’s principles, the new lenses specific to the Leica SL are distinguished by superior optical and mechanical precision.

Leica SL body with three new lenses specifically designed for the camera.

Leica SL body with three new lenses specifically designed for the camera.

With its wide range of focal lengths and high speed, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH is the ideal standard zoom lens in the Leica SL-System portfolio.

The zoom range of the fast Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 follows on directly from this and the current lens portfolio is rounded off by the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH, the new reference lens for this focal length.

Further Leica SL lenses will follow.

What’s more, the exceptional compatibility of the Leica SL-System grants photographers access to almost all Leica lenses ever made.

For instance, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter.

In addition, appropriate adapters allow Leica S, M, and R system lenses and lenses from other manufacturers to be mounted on the Leica SL.

New arrivals: Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G 9X

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Canon has launched three new cameras: the mirrorless EOS M10 (S$TBD) and two PowerShot compact cameras, the G5 X (S$999) and G9 X (S$619).

Update (17 November, 2015):

The EOS M10 will be available in Singapore from end of November at Canon authorized dealers at the following recommended prices.

Models SRP
EOS M10 Kit 3 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM & EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens S$1,099
EOS M10 Kit 2 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM &EF-M22mm f/2 STM S$899
EOS M10 Kit 1 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens S$749
Camera face jacket S$79
Three new cameras for the amateurs and advanced users (from right): Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X.

Three new cameras for the amateurs and advanced users (from right): Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X.

Both the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X will be available in late October while the price and availability of the EOS M10 will be announced later.

A brief description of the three new cameras are included below.

EOS M10

The EOS M10 is Canon’s latest addition to the EOS M range of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.

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Olympus firmware updates for OM-D E-M1 & E-M5 Mark II cameras

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Olympus will release – in November 2015 – v4.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M1 and v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.

v4.0 firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (left) and v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-m5 Mark II (right) cameras will be available in November 2015. Exact availability dates will be subsequently announced.

v4.0 firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (left) and v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-m5 Mark II (right) cameras will be available in November 2015. Exact availability dates will be subsequently announced.

The v4.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M1 (left) professional camera brings 18 new feature enhancements to video recording, macro photography and stealth shooting capabilities.

The v2.0 firmware update for OM-D E-M5 Mark II enthusiast camera will bring 9 new feature enhancements with the introduction of video specific enhancements for professional use.

More details of the updates are in the press release below.

E-M1 firmware v4.0

The fourth iteration of the OM-D E-M1 camera firmware (v4.0) introduces an extensive number of new or improved features that significantly broaden its imaging capabilities.

For video recording, 24 and 25P frame rates have been added to the camera’s existing Full HD video recording capability.

The video stabilisation algorithm has been completely revised to deliver a much higher level of dynamic image stability in handheld operations.

Two powerful new focus stacking and focus bracketing modes assist to improve depth of field for close-up imaging.

A new silent electronic shutter mode provides stealth shooting operation in delicate wildlife, concert and stage photography environments.

Other new feature highlights include 4K time-lapsed video recording, and a simulated optical viewfinder (S-OVF) mode that uses high-dynamic range technology for a traditional SLR viewfinder experience.

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New arrivals: Sony Alpha7R II full-frame mirrorless camera

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Sony has launched worldwide its flagship camera – the α7R II full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, with 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, in-camera 5-axis image stabilisation, internal 4K video recording, silent shooting and fast hybrid AF.

Available in Singapore from August onwards at S$4,099 (body only).

Sony boasts that the newly-developed 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor is the most advanced, versatile and highest-resolution full-frame image sensor that Sony has ever created, allowing the α7R II to reach new levels of quality, sensitivity and response speed.

Sony boasts that the newly-developed 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor is the most advanced, versatile and highest-resolution full-frame image sensor that Sony has ever created, allowing the α7R II to reach new levels of quality, sensitivity and response speed.

Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the α7R II.

The impressive video credentials of Sony’s new α7R II camera include the ability to record movies in 4K quality (QFHD 3840x2160) in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode.

The impressive video credentials of Sony’s new α7R II camera include the ability to record movies in 4K quality (QFHD 3840×2160) in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode.

The new α7R II features the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, which realises high-resolution (approximately 42.4 effective megapixels), high-sensitivity (expandable up to ISO 102400) and high-speed AF response up to 40 per cent faster than the original α7R, thanks to 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points.

The camera also includes a 5-axis image stabilisation system borrowed from the α7 II model, and has the ability to shoot and record 4K videos in multiple formats including Super 35mm (without pixel binning) and full-frame format, a world’s first for digital cameras.

Additionally, it has a newly refined XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with the world’s highest (0.78x) viewfinder magnification.

More details from the press release below.

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POTD: Fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg, Austria

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Photo of the Day: Hohensalzburg Castle is named “Festung Hohensalzburg” which means “High Salzburg Fortress” in English. The fortress is built on top of of a small hill in Salzburg, overlooking the historic Austrian city.

* Information for this article was from Wikipedia.

View of Fortress Hohensalzburg from Kapitelplatz at the foot of the hill upon which it is built. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

View of Fortress Hohensalzburg from Kapitelplatz at the foot of the hill upon which it is built. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Construction of the fortress began in 1077 at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg.

With a length of 250m (820ft) and a width of 150m (490ft), Fortress Hohensalzburg is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

View of Salzburg City from the Fortress Hohensalzburg. You can see Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) in the centre with the Salzach River flowing in the background. The golden globe statue in front of Cathedral was where the above photo of the fortress was taken from. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

View of Salzburg City from the Fortress Hohensalzburg with the Altstadt (old town) in the foreground. The Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) is in the centre with the Salzach River flowing in the background. The golden globe statue in front of Cathedral was where the above photo of the fortress was taken from. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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New arrivals: Olympus relaunches OM-D E-M1 & adds silver model

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Olympus’ Flagship OM-D E-M1 has been re-launched with enhanced features for professional photography and a new silver coloured option. The Silver Edition will be available from November 2014. Price TBA.

The new silver version of the OM-D E-M1 has silver painted top and bottom chassis plates, with colour-matched buttons and dials.

The new silver version of the OM-D E-M1 has silver painted top and bottom chassis plates, with colour-matched buttons and dials.

The second-generation firmware for the flagship E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera will be available to existing E-M1 owners for self-installation.

More pro features in Version 2 firmware.

More pro features in Version 2 firmware.

Version 2.0 of the E-M1 operating firmware will come pre-installed with all new silver models of the OM-D E-M1 camera, as well as future-production of the black coloured models.

E-M1 camera owners can upgrade their cameras themselves to the new firmware 2.0 specification by downloading and self-installing the new firmware via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater app on their computers (with internet connection).

E-M1 firmware version 2.0 is expected to be available end September 2014.

New features enabled by the firmware upgrade include:

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New arrivals: Sony Alpha 5100 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Alpha 5100 has a 24.3-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the Alpha 6000, as well as the same BIONZ X image processor used in the Alpha 7 series of full-frame cameras.

Update (19 August, 2014):

The Singapore prices for the Alpha 5100 are up on the pre-order website.

The price for the camera body and SELP1650 lens is S$999, with S$229 worth of pre-order free gifts.

Purchase with purchase:

  • SEL50f18 lens: S$319
  • SEL55210 lens: S$300
The Sony Alpha 5100 ships with NFC and is designed to make selfies easier.

The Sony Alpha 5100 ships with NFC and is designed to make selfies easier.

Sony has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera.

“日本相机制造商 Sony 刚公布了新的 Alpha 5100 相机。八月廿日至九月二日可上网预订。九月四日起在新加坡面市。” – 科技点心(微薄)

The new camera will be available for pre-order from 20 August to 2 September 2014 online.

It will be available in Singapore from 4 September 2014 onwards.

Singapore prices have yet to be released but its US price is US$550 for camera body only and US$700 for body plus 16-50 motorised zoom lens (SELP1650).

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New arrivals: Leica T (Typ 701) mirrorless system camera

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Created in collaboration with Audi Design, the Leica T will be launched with two lenses available: Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH and Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH.

SRP:

  • Body + 18-56mm lens: S$4,950
  • Body + 23mm lens: S$5,250

Update (29 April, 2014):

The Leica T was officially launched in Singapore today. The camera will be available in Singapore from 26 May 2014 at Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, Mandarin Gallery and ION Orchard.

The Leica T will be available in either a natural aluminum finish, or anodized black.

The Leica T will be available in either a natural aluminum finish, or anodized black.

Two additional lenses are also scheduled to appear in time for presentation at Photokina 2014 on 21 September.

  • Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH wide-angle zoom
  • Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. telephoto zoom

The mirrorless interchangeable lens Leica T camera features a 16-megapixel APS-C-format, CMOS sensor.

It is the first system camera from Leica to feature an integrated Wi-Fi module.

Pictures and videos can be wirelessly transmitted straight from the camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer, and can then be shared by email, or on Facebook or other social media.

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New arrivals: Olympus unveils OM-D EM-10 and 5 other cameras/lenses

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Olympus has announced six new cameras and lenses, including the OM-D EM-10. These will be available from February to April 2014 onwards. All prices are yet to be announced.

Olympus has announced a slew of six cameras and lenses, including the much anticipated OM-D EM-10.

Olympus has announced a slew of six cameras and lenses, including the much anticipated OM-D EM-10.

A short description, price and availability of each camera/lens is summarised below.

Olympus OM-D E-M10
Available from February 2014 in Black and Silver.Olympus OM-D E-M10
  1. Premium ultra-slim stylish body.
  2. Excellent image quality due to traditional optical and advanced image processing technology.
  3. Large, bright Electronic Veiwfinder (EVF) offers quick response time and clear visibility.
  4. 3-axis VCM in-body image stabilisation mechanism brings out the very best in every lens.
  5. 81-point FAST AF and 8 fps (TBD) max high-speed sequential shooting.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Elite Black)
Available (bundled with M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO) in March 2014.Olympus OM-D E-M5 (Elite Black)
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