Posts Tagged ‘Photokina’

Sony launches a99 II flagship A-Mount camera at Photokina 2016

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The new a99 II will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers in Singapore from November 2016. RRP TBA.

The new a99 II is the successor to the a99 and includes Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT).

The new a99 II is the successor to the a99 and includes Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT).

Sony positions the a99 II as a professional level camera appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.

Key features of the Sony a99 II are listed below.

Full-frame 4D Focus: Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with accurate 79 hybrid cross AF points enabled by 79-point dedicated and 399-point focal-plane AF sensors and continuous shooting at up to 12fps.
• High resolution 42.4 effective megapixels 35mm Full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor.
• Newly developed optical 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system.
Better operability and reliability in newly designed downsized body.
• Internal 4K movie recording in XAVC-S format with host of pro-orientated movie features.

Check out the details in the press release below.

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Olympus unveils new cameras & lenses at Photokina 2016

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Some new cameras and lenses from Olympus that we can look forward to in the coming months. Most of the prices and availability are yet to be announced.

The flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II with battery grip, being flanked by three PEN E-PL8 compact mirrorless cameras.

The flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II with battery grip, being flanked by three PEN E-PL8 compact mirrorless cameras.

The list of new cameras and lenses include the following.

  • OM-D E-M1 Mark II flagship mirrorless camera
  • PEN E-PL8 compact mirrorless camera
  • M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 IS PRO lens
  • M.Zuiko 25MM F1.2 PRO lens
  • M.Zuiko 30mm F3.5 Macro lens
  • FL-900R external flash

A quick summary of each is included below.

OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus announced the development of the new flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, with a 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF, and an 18 fps high-speed sequential shooting in AF/AE tracking.

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Canon announces EOS 7D Mark II and other cameras & lenses

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Canon has launched the EOS 7D Mark II, PowerShot G7 X, N2, SX60 HS and three new lenses.The “Flag Off” event also showcased the PowerShot SX400 IS, SX520 HS and camera bags that were announced earlier this summer.

Update (28 October, 2014):

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will be available in Singapore from early November 2014 at Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended prices.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II SRP (incl. GST)
EOS 7D Mark II Kit II (w/EF S15-85 IS USM) S$3,499
EOS 7D Mark II Kit (w/EF S18-135 IS STM) S$3,049
EOS 7D Mark II Body S$2,499

Update (24 September, 2014):

The Canon PowerShot G7 X is now available in Singapore for S$799.

Canon unveiled the EOS 7D Mark II along with three new lenses and three new PowerShot compact cameras at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany.

Canon unveiled the EOS 7D Mark II along with three new lenses and three new PowerShot compact cameras at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany.

The highlight of the event was the EOS 7D Mark II which was unveiled in conjunction with the global announcement at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany.

EOS 7D Mark II

The EOS 7D Mark II is the much anticipated successor to the EOS 7D, and features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel Phase AF, high-speed continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second (fps), and a 65-point all-cross-type Autofocus system.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The APS-C DSLR sports dual DIGIC 6 image processors and ISO up to 16,000 (expandable to 51,200); with shutter release cycle rated to 200,000, up from 150,000 in its predecessor.

The camera weighs 820g (body only), has built-in GPS, and comes with double memory card slots for CF and SD cards.

It is expected to go on sale in the US in November for US$1,799 (body only) or US$2,149 (with EF-S 18-135MM f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens).

Three new lenses

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New Olympus PEN E-PL5, STYLUS XZ-2 cameras and lenses for Photokina 2012

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Olympus has unveiled two new cameras and three new lenses for Photokina 2012 (18-23 September). At the same time, it is consolidating all its compact cameras under the new STYLUS branding.

None of the pricing is available yet.

Update (15 October, 2012):

The Recommended Retail Price of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 has just been announced.

Option 1: Single Lens Kit (S$1,098)

  • Body (Silver, Black or White)
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 IIR

Option 2: Double Zoom Kit (S$1,348)

  • Body (Silver, Black or White)
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 IIR
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R
The new Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 with its selection of accessories. The PEN Lite E-PL5 has its own set of chic accessories.

The new Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 with its selection of accessories. The PEN Lite E-PL5 has its own set of chic accessories.

Photokina 2012 begins tomorrow and ends on Sunday. Below is a summary of the slew of cameras and lenses that Olympus has lined up for the biennial trade show in Cologne, Germany.

PEN Lite E-PL5 micro four thirds MIL camera
PEN Lite E-PL5 micro four thirds MIL cameraSkipping the inauspicious number “4” in the Japanese language, Olympus introduces the E-PL5, the successor to the E-PL3.Available in October 2012 in Silver, Black or White.

Features:

PEN Lite E-PL5 micro four thirds MIL camera

  • 16.05 megapixels
  • Live MOS Sensor
  • FAST AF
  • Touch AF Shutter
  • TruePic VI image engine
  • 12 Art Filters including new “Water Colour” filter
STYLUS XZ-2 compact camera
STYLUS XZ-2 compact cameraThe first member of the new STYLUS line, the XZ-2 is the successor to my favourite compact, the XZ-1.As the latest member of the STYLUS X series, the XZ-2 will be the flagship of the Olympus compact cameras.Available in November 2012 in Black.Features:

STYLUS XZ-2 compact camera

  • 12 megapixels
  • f1.8-2.5 bright lens
  • 4x Optical zoom
  • 28mm wide angle
  • Touch AF Shutter
  • Swivel screen
  • 11 Art Filters
  • Removable grip
  • Hybrid control ring around the lens
M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 Limited Edition Black Kit Lens
M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 Limited Edition Black Kit LensThis lens will have a limited worldwide release of 3,000 sets, with 50 allocated to Singapore.Available in early October 2012.Features:

  • Dual Super Aspherical lens element
  • ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating
  • Fine-textured metallic outer finish
  • Snapshot focusing mechanism for pan-focus shooting
M.Zuiko DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 Lens
M.Zuiko DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 LensWith product launch scheduled in the first half of 2013, the detailed product specifications are not determined yet.It will have the same snapshot focusing mechanism from the M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 lens.It will also feature the MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing.
M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens
M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro LensThis lens promises high resolution and contrast, as well as the ability to shoot close-up with 1x magnification.MSC mechanism for fast, quiet autofocusing.Dust and splash proof construction for secure shooting under poor conditions.Enhanced control with focus limit switch and indicator window.

Available from early October 2012.

New DSLR: Nikon D600

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Nikon has launched its latest DSLR: a full-frame shooter that fills the gap between the recently-released D800 and the DX-format D7000.

The FX-format D600 has a 24.3-megapixels sensor and will be available from 18 September for S$3,249 (body only).

Nikon D600 was launched in Singapore. Full-frame 24.3 MP. S$3,249 from 18 September.

Nikon D600 was launched in Singapore. Full-frame 24.3 MP. S$3,249 from 18 September.

The Nikon D600 is targeted at the serious photography enthusiast upgrading to an entry-level full-frame camera.

Full-frame digital SLR cameras excel over other digital cameras equipped with smaller sensors, especially under challenging low-light conditions and where the wider angle of view is critical for shooting scenarios such as landscape and architectural photography.

Equipped with the heart and technology of its higher-end siblings (the D4, D800 and D800E), the D600 is more affordable and has a similar ergonomics and layout of controls as the D7000 to make the transition easier for the photographer making the cross-over.

The D600 has the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine as the D4 (S$9,799) and D800 (S$4,488), and sports the following features:

  • an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
  • Full-frame mode: 24.3 megapixels
  • DX-format crop mode: 10.5 megapixels
  • a magnesium-alloy weather-sealed body for dust and water-resistance
  • 3-D axis tracking with 39 focus points
  • built-in automatic HDR capturing/processing
  • time-lapse video function
  • dual SD memory card slots
  • ISO range from 100-6,400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 25,600 (Hi-2)

The Multi-CAM 4800FX AF-sensor module of the Nikon D600 utilises 39 focus points.

The system also places an emphasis on the human face, working in conjunction with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder.

The camera also offers seven cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (2.0x) with an aperture value up to f/8.

This is useful for those who need extreme telephoto focal lengths for sports or wildlife.

Nikon D600, entry-level full-frame DSLR.

Nikon D600, entry-level full-frame DSLR.

The Nikon D600 also features a precise Scene Recognition System that analyses detailed scene brightness and colour information acquired from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.

The information is then applied to autofocus, automatic exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and white balance control, all to achieve detailed and balanced images.

For storage, the Nikon D600 has dual card slots for SD cards, and offers users the ability to record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation, and the additional option of shooting stills to one and video to the other.

The new Nikon D600 (left) sitting side-by-side with its higher-end sibling, the D800 (different lenses).

The new Nikon D600 (left) sitting side-by-side with its higher-end sibling, the D800 (different lenses).

Cinematic HD Video

When it comes to recording HD video, users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including full HD 1080 at 30/24p utilising the Nikon D600‘s entire full-frame sensor, and HD 720 at 60/30p.

Nikon D600
Megapixels 24.3 megapixels
Sensor FX-format CMOS (full-frame)
Image processing engine EXPEED 3
ISO 100-6,400 (Expanded: 50-25,600)
Burst mode 5.5 fps
LCD 3.2″, 920k dots, TFT colour
Movie Full HD (1080/30p)
Size /mm 141 x 113 x 82
Weight 760 g
Price S$3,249

By utilising the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format video with optimal size and quality for up to 29:59 minutes per clip (normal quality).

The Nikon D600 also enables users to use both compatible FX and DX lenses to shoot HD movies.

The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on background-blur characteristics while the DX- based movie format is optimal for recording movies and bringing subjects closer (1.5X) when lenses with short focal lengths are used.

For professional and broadcast applications that call for outboard digital recorders or external monitors, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera via the HDMI port.

The Nikon D600 is also equipped with an audio monitor port for headphones to be used.

New DSLR: Sony Alpha SLT-A99

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Sony’s new A-mount flagship 35mm full-frame camera debuts Dual AF System and pro-style video features.

The 24.3-megapixel Translucent Mirror camera will be available in the Asia Pacific from early November 2012.

As the eagerly awaited successor to the flagship full-frame A900 traditional DSLR, the new A99 is the first Translucent Mirror camera from Sony to feature a full-frame 35mm image sensor.

As the eagerly awaited successor to the flagship full-frame A900 traditional DSLR, the new A99 is the first Translucent Mirror camera from Sony to feature a full-frame 35mm image sensor.

As the eagerly awaited successor to the flagship full-frame A900 traditional DSLR, the new A99 is the first Translucent Mirror camera from Sony to feature a full-frame 35mm image sensor.

Sony Alpha 99
Megapixels 24.3 megapixels
Sensor Exmor CMOS (full-frame)
Image processing engine BIONZ
ISO 100-25,600 (Expanded: 50-25,600)
Burst mode 6 fps full res
LCD 3″, 1,229k dots, TFT Xtra Fine colour
Movie Full HD (1080/50p)
Size /mm 147 x 111 x 78
Weight 733 g
Price TBA

The full-frame sensor’s resolving power is enhanced by a newly developed separate multi-segment optical low-pass filter.

Bionic BIONZ

Assisted by an all-new front-end LSI, the BIONZ engine processes massive amounts of image signal data from the Exmor CMOS Sensor at very high speeds.

Together with a powerful new area-specific noise reduction (NR) algorithm, this achieves a 14-bit RAW output, rich gradation and low noise.

Saturation signal volume has been increased more than twofold. With its expanded receptor surface, its sensitivity is now 1.5 times more, while the random noise is cut by half compared to A900.

BIONZ engine on front-end LSI

BIONZ engine on front-end LSI

The expanded ISO range of 50-25,600 (equivalent to nine stops), is provided by the BIONZ image processor.

With a burst mode of up to 6 frames per second (fps) at full resolution, the A99 can shoot 10 fps in Tele-zoom high speed shooting mode.

Maintaining the focus

The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor. With 102 AF points, this additional AF sensor overlays the main image sensor.

24.3 MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor

24.3 MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor

This Dual AF System, unique to Translucent Mirror Technology, permits ultra-fast, accurate autofocusing that maintains tracking focus even if the subject leaves the 19-point AF frame.

The A99 also debuts a new AF-D continuous autofocus mode for moving subjects, coping effortlessly with subjects traversing the focal plane.

As a further focusing refinement, a new AF range control function allows users to set the distance range recognised by the AF system.

This smart feature significantly aids operability if you’re focusing on distant sports action through a nearby wire mesh fence.

Movie making

The A99 offers full-frame Full HD 50p/25p progressive video recording to meet AVCHD Version 2.0 specifications.

The optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit adds a high-quality mono shotgun mic and pro-standard XLR connections for dependable audio acquisition.

The optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit adds a high-quality mono shotgun mic and pro-standard XLR connections for dependable audio acquisition.

As introduced on the A77, Full-time Continuous AF Movie allows smooth, non-stop tracking of moving subjects.

Other movie-oriented enhancements include real-time Full HD video output via HDMI, and uninterrupted ‘dual-card’ recording using both of the camera’s media slots.

During movie shooting, a silent new multi-controller is easily accessible via a dial on the front of the camera body.

Multi-controller dial

During movie shooting, a silent new multi-controller is easily accessible via a dial on the front of the camera body.

This allows smooth, silent adjustment of exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity and metering method, shutter speed, aperture and audio record levels during Full HD video capture.

Shooting stamina is tripled by partnering the camera with the new VG-C99AM Vertical Grip that houses up to three batteries in total.

Magnesium alloy panels

Magnesium alloy panels

It’s even possible to exchange batteries ‘on the fly’ without interrupting movie recording.

In addition to an audio level display and adjustable audio record levels, there is now a headphone jack for accurate in-the-field monitoring.

Handling

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder (EVF) offers 100% frame coverage, even when shooting with a DT lens (APS-C) that’s optimised for cameras with an APS-C sensor.

Improved sensor characteristics

Improved sensor characteristics

Angle of view is converted automatically for image recording and display.

This viewfinder is completely compatible with the APS-C format and displays scenes using the entire finder screen.

Complementing the Tru-Finder, there’s also a three-way tiltable 1229k-dot (VGA equivalent) XtraFine LCD with WhiteMagic technology to boost screen brightness in outdoor conditions.

The A99 claims to be the world’s lightest 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera, thanks to Translucent Mirror Technology.

Weather-resistant seals

Weather-resistant seals

High-rigidity magnesium alloy panels contribute to an extremely tough yet light (733g without lens and battery) design.

Weather-resistant seals protect against dust and moisture, while controls and buttons are ruggedised.

The camera’s stamina and reliability is underlined by a redesigned shutter block that’s tested to approximately 200,000 release cycles.

The camera can also be operated via remote PC connection. Supported functions include switching between still/movie shooting, plus automatic transfer of still images from camera to PC for enhanced studio workflow.

Sony's Translucent Mirror Technology enables the Dual AF system with AF-D continuous autofocus mode.

Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology enables the Dual AF system with AF-D continuous autofocus mode.

Technical specifications for the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 can be downloaded here and viewed below.

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