The Missing Upgrade in the Ricoh GR IIIx

Two years since the Ricoh GR III was announced, we’re getting a successor, sort of. Today, the Ricoh GR IIIx is being announced. And for the most part, it’s the Ricoh GR III. But there are a few upgrades. The big one is a lens switch to a 40mm field of view equivalency. That honestly seems very cool and super exciting. Admittedly, I had some qualms about the original. And I still stick to my issues with it. Hopefully, Ricoh is addressing these issues. But one big one isn’t even mentioned at all in the press release.

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Fujifilm is Developing a 100MP GFX Camera with IBIS and Phase Detection

Although we don’t know when it is coming in the early half of the next year, the new Fujifilm GFX camera will have 100MP at the heart.

To a truly stunned audience at Photokina 2018, Fujifilm announced that a brand new 100MP Fujifilm GFX camera will be coming soon. But this isn’t any camera, they’re pulling out all the stops here. It has sensor based stabilization, 4K video, and on sensor phase detection pixels. The body is a style similar to a Canon 1D or a Nikon D5.

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Here’s How Your DSLR’s Phase Detection AF System Works

Did you know that your DSLR’s autofocus system uses phase detection and that it works somewhat similarly to a rangefinder.

Whether you’re buying your first DSLR camera or finally upgrading to a better model, one of the first things you might be keen on looking at is the autofocus feature. In this very quick but very informative video, we learn how exactly the autofocus works in DSLR cameras, and how this knowledge can help you decide on your next buy.

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The Long Awaited Fujifilm X100F Has the 24.3MP Sensor, Acros Simulation

Fujifilm has made a metric ton of announcements today, and along with the others, we have ourselves the long awaited X100 update, the newly minted Fujifilm X100F. Beyond the X-T line of cameras, probably the most popular line of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is the X100 series, and since Fujifilm unveiled their latest X-Trans sensor technology last year photographers have been clamoring for an updated X100 with the new tech. Continue reading…

Sony Adds Uncompressed RAW to the Sony A7 Mk II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7 Mk II first impressions (25 of 29)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

In an announcement that I was really hoping would come sooner rather than later, Sony is today confirming that uncompressed RAW shooting abilities are coming to the Sony A7 Mk II. That means that it joins the Sony A7s Mk II and the Sony A7r Mk II in offering the feature. (reviews are published at the according links.)

That’s not all Sony is giving, the Sony A7 Mk II is also going to offer fully functioning phase detection with all Sony A mount and Sony E mount lenses. According to the press release:

“The firmware update activates the 117-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor on the α7 II for lenses beyond just the native Sony FE lenses. This includes Sony’s extensive collection of A-mount lenses, which can be utilized along with the LA-EA3 mount adapter.”

The free firmware update will come on November 18th. I’m sure Sony A7 Mk II owners will be incredibly happy.

Panasonic Rumored to Work On Canon 70D-Like Sensor With Integrated Phase-Detection AF

Panasonic Patent for Sensor with Integrated Phase AF43Rumors reports about a Panasonic patent that describes a new camera sensor with integrated phase-detection, similar to that of the Canon 70D. Unlike Canon’s sensor, though, it appears that the Panasonic patent does not make use of juxtaposed photosites, but rather of the fact that different light wavelengths travel to different depths of the sensor’s silicon structure. In the image reproduced above, it appears that the phase detection sensor is positioned behind the actual imaging sensor, and makes use of residual light that passes through the imaging sensor. This is basically the same phenomenon that Sigma’s three-layer sensors make use of.

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Canon Announces the New 70D With Super Fast AF For Video

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 70D product images for announcement (4 of 6)

Guess what: it’s available for pre-order from AmazonB&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.

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