Along with Nikon D5 at CES 2016, Nikon also announced the long awaited Nikon D300S successor: Nikon D500 flagship DSLR camera (Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Adorama). It features the same 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 processor as the D5. It can shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. It can also capture 4K/UHD video and also features ‘SnapBridge’, a constant connection to a smartphone using Bluetooth, similar to what Samsung did with its NX1. The D500 will be available from March at a cost of around $2000.
Panasonic has finally announced the new Lumix DMC-GX8 (Amazon | B&H | Adorama)micro four thirds mirrorless camera. It’s the first Micro Four Thirds camera to break the 20MP barrier, and also has a ‘Dual IS’ feature that uses both sensor-shift and lens-shift IS (when available) for more effect shake reduction. The updated Venus Engine processor allows the GX8 to top out at ISO 25,600, shoot at up to 8 fps, and record 4K/UHD video.
Panasonic has just a new 4K compact camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300, a 24X superzoom equipped with 4K video that’s designed to withstand a little bit of bad weather. The lens is same as FZ200’s 25-600mm f/2.8 zoom lens and 12MP Live MOS sensor, while adding a newer version of its Venus Engine image processor.
Nikon has announced a new DX lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens (Sample Images) today. Designed to provide an enthusiast photographer with a wide range of options. Covering a 24-120mm equivalent range on Nikon’s APS-C bodies, it offers Nano Crystal Coating and an electromagnetic diaphragm for the first time in a DX lens. The latter feature gives the lens more reliable control over exposure during high speed shooting.
Along with new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens, Nikon also announced two super telephoto prime lenses today: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR (Sample Images)and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR (Sample Images). Both are significantly lighter than the versions that preceded them and each use an electromagnetic diaphragm for more consistent exposure control during burst shooting. The Nikkor 500mm F4E weighs 6.8 lbs/3090 g as compared to 8.5 lb/3880 g of its predecessor, and includes three Extra Low Dispersion elements. The 600mm F4E is 3.2 lb/1450 g lighter than the preceding model, weighing 8.3 lb/3810 g. Both lenses use Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating, two fluorite elements and VR rated to 4 stops of stabilization.
Canon has officially announced the new PowerShot G3 X compact camera today. It offers a 1″-type 20.2MP CMOS sensor and 24-600mm f/2.8-5.6 equivalent lens. The G3 X also offers a dust and water-resistant construction, a Digic 6 image processor, Raw support, Wi-Fi with NFC and a 3.2″ tilting touch screen. Full HD video is offered at 60p, and continuous shooting is available at up to 5.9 fps with single AF. The price for G3 X is $999 in US, will be shipping in July.
The Ricoh GR II now officially announced today, the olny new features different from Ricoh GR is add Wi-Fi and NFC, and Wireless flash functionality. GR II has same 16MP APS-C sensor, 28mm f/2.8 lens as GR. The price of Ricoh GR II is $799 in US, you can now pre-order Ricoh GR II at B&H Photo Video and Adorama.
Sony has just announced the new Sony a7RII full frame mirrorless camera, a 42.4MP mirrorless camera with an image stabilized full-frame BSI CMOS sensor. a7RII includes on-sensor phase detection elements for faster autofocus, which continues to work with other brands’ lenses. The camera also has a revised shutter mechanism, rated to 500,000 actuations but also promising less vibration than the one on its predecessor. The sensor is by far the largest backside illuminated CMOS chip to be released, allowing the maximum expanded ISO to rise two stops to 102,400.
Along with the new Sony a7R II 42.4MP full frame mirrorless camera, Sony today also announced two other cameras: Sony RX10 II and Sony RX100 IV. Both camera has 4K video recording and a new 1″ stacked 20MP CMOS sensor. The Sony RX10 II has the same lens Zeiss-branded 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens as RX10, and Sony RX100 II has the same lens 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens as RX100 IV. The price of Sony RX10 II is $1,298, the price of Sony RX100 IV is $948, both cameras will be in stock in July.