Pentax recently announced their K3 DSLR that is the new flagship of their APS-C lineup of cameras. As with nearly every Pentax product, it is incredibly rugged as it sports a magnesium alloy body with full weather sealing. The K3 also has a 23.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor at its heart with a user-selectable anti-aliasing filter. Essentially, the processor can mimic the look of having an AA filter on the sensor, but do note that the sensor doesn’t have one in order to get the best sharpness possible.
We’ve been spending a bit of time with the camera so far, and we have to say that it has a lot going for it, but there are some things that are irking us a bit.
Fujifilm recently updated their prosumer targeted X-E1 camera to the X-E2. The new update is overall a minor upgrade to the one of the company’s previous best sellers. With a still modest 16.3MP APS-C sized sensor (though a new one inside) the camera mostly enjoys a couple of spec bumps with some other features like real exposure preview and some improved autofocusing.
At Photo Plus Expo 2013, we had some personal fondling time with the camera. Though we handled pre-production models, so the image quality wasn’t final.
When Leica announced the X Vario and boldly touted it as a “Mini M”, even the die-hard Leica fanboys weren’t amused. Voices ranged from, “Blasphemy!” over, “Where is that entry-level M-mount mirroless APS-C camera we’ve been asking for?” to a more reasonable, “What the heck? This is not an M!” And while it would have the notorious Leica-haters outraged over another ‘overpriced’ and ‘utterly useless’ fixed-lens APS-C compact that would ‘never be able to hold a candle to the [popular camera model X]‘, it had even those that were generally Leica-friendly confused at least. Why did the company decide to put a slow zoom lens on their latest X-series camera? Read our first impressions with this controversial camera to find out.
Sigma recently updated one of their most famous and well designed lenses: the 30mm f1.4. If you weren’t familiar with this lens, it is amongst the most recommended pieces of glass for APS-C DSLR photographers. It renders the near equivalent of a 50mm field of view depending on what camera you’re using. This lens has always been known to be sharp, compact, and permanently attached to the camera of some photographers.
Then, Sigma decided to make a good thing better. And today, we have the second version of this lens–which is now included in their Art lineup. Upon receiving our review unit though, we were treated to a very delightful surprise.
Guess what: it’s available for pre-order from Amazon, B&H Photo, and Adorama. We’re waiting for a review unit.
The rumors have been around for a while, and today the cat is finally out of the bag. Canon is announcing their brand new refresh to the Canon 60D–and of course it is called the 70D. The new camera boasts a couple of major improvements such as a slightly larger sensor (but still a 1.6x crop) to accomodate to the 20.2 MP on it, phase detection at every single pixel which translates to awesome focusing in video mode, 7fps shooting, and Micro Adjustment. The latter was a big faux pas of many people that wanted to upgrade to the 60D but didn’t.
The phase detection autofocus comes from Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF technology, which is explained in a graph after the jump.
The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for the body alone and $1349.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens or $1549.00 bundled with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Also available will be a new Battery Grip BG-E14 that accepts up to two LP-E6 battery packs or a set of six AA batteries for an estimated retail price of $270.00.
Be sure to check out our first impressions of the new camera as well.