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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (2 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.6

DXOMark released the results of their tests with the Sony A7r Mk II today–and they’re not really surprising. Why not? We kind of expected the Sony A7r Mk II to wipe the floor with everyone else–and it does. Receiving an overall score of 98%, it seems to excel in pretty much every area of their tests. With a 42.2MP full frame sensor, we would assume that the camera is bound to have lots of color depth and dynamic range information but not so great high ISO output. Right?

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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Today is a day where I’m really, really eating my words. When working on our first impressions post for the Sony A7r Mk II, I kept thinking about how the high ISO results for a 42.4MP Full frame camera couldn’t be that spectacular. Indeed, the low ISO output is quite nice. Then we got the camera back in for testing just yesterday.

At first, I shot at ISO 3200 and was very impressed. Then I took the camera up to ISO 6400 and was also very pleased with the results. But it didn’t stop there.

The Sony A7r Mk II‘s maximum ISO output is 102,400. At 42.4 MP, you’d figure that the high ISO results wouldn’t be that stellar, right?

Right?

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Review: Canon 5Ds

by Chris Gampat on 07/22/2015

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5Ds review image product lead photo (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.2

For years, Canon was a bit behind on the megapixel wars–their highest range was in the 20’s for a long time with both Sony and Nikon trailing ahead and offering higher resolution imagery in a full frame 35mm sensor. But this year, that changed. Back in February, the company announced a 50MP beast of a camera: the 5Ds R and the 5Ds. The former removes the low pass filter and therefore gives users higher detail at the expense of not as great high ISO performance.

The Canon 5Ds doesn’t only have the low pass filter and a 50MP sensor, but it still has the same 50.6 MP full frame sensor. The camera also sports 61 AF points, multiple exposure mode, ISO range to 6400 from 100, 5fps shooting, the ability to use a cropped portion of the sensor, 3.2-inch, 1,040k dot LCD monitor and face recognition during Live View mode.

It seems like it has loads to offer, right?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XT10 first impressions (15 of 15)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

The Fujifilm X-T10 is a camera that takes the winning formula behind the X-T1 and tries to bring it down to a more consumer-friendly level. Sticking to the retro inspired design, the XT10 has lots of dials for photographers to play with and gives the company’s excellent image quality in an overall smaller size.

It’s a beautiful piece of machinery with a 16.3MP APS-C X Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR processor II, a 2,360K dot OLED viewfinder, WiFi, 8fps shooting capabilities, a built in pop-up flash, and lots of Fujifilm film renderings. And so far, we’re surprised to say that it’s delivering the best image quality that we’ve seen yet.

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Review: Leica Q

by Chris Gampat on 06/10/2015

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (2 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Every time I enter a Leica meeting, I always hope and pray for the same thing: a digital Leica CL. After reading none of the rumors around the web, I wondered if Leica had finally done it. “What? Is this a digital CL? I’ve been asking for this for years.”

To my slight dismay, the product I was seeing was the Leica Q–a fixed lens full frame digital camera with a 28mm f1.7 lens and an EVF that is around 3MP is resolution.

Then I got the opportunity to try it for four days–and like almost every product similar to the M series, I liked it. M cameras are very precise instruments that make you incredibly particular about the image that you’re taking–and I’d argue that it forces you to create better and more calculated images. The Q isn’t exactly an M–but it shares lots of the same characteristics. The camera has an EVF, an option to enable frame lines that crop the image automatically, WiFi connectivity, a 28mm f1.7 lens that can be switch into macro mode, and most of all: autofocus capabilities.

Not only can this camera autofocus–but (and I never thought that I’d be typing this) this camera has the fastest focusing capabilities of any Full Frame 35mm mirrorless and point and shoot camera that I’ve ever tested. In fact, the speed is almost to Micro Four Thirds capabilities.

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Very few programs and plug-ins make me shout “Whoa!” at the top my lungs to the point where the neighbors in my Brooklyn apartment bang on the wall to get me to shut up, but that record has been shattered by MacPhun’s Noiseless Pro. But seriously, what more would you expect from some of the team that created Nik software?

Noiseless is a plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture or a stand alone program that looks at images and finds a way to get rid of the image noise. Sure, Lightroom can do that and so can other programs–but nothing can do it as well as MacPhun’s Noiseless while making the interface both simple and complicated at the same time.

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