Leica has announced the new Leica T Typ 701 mirrorless camera, with a price tag at $1,850.00. Leica T features a 16MP APS-C sensor. Two lenses – an 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 and a 35mm equivalent 23mm F2 prime have been announced alongside the camera – with the promise of an 11-23mm F3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom and 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 telezoom to follow. The camera is milled from a solid billet of aluminum and features a touch screen that the company says uses a user-friendly operating concept. An optional electronic viewfinder (with built-in GPS) provides an alternative to the 3.7″ LCD, while an adapter for M lenses, that can read the 6-bit encoding, is also available.
Nikon has announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens. It doesn’t replace that company’s existing 18-300mm lens, rather it’s a third of a stop slower at the long end and 30% lighter, weighing 19.4 ounces. The new 18-300mm has the usual Vibration Reduction system, which can reduce shake by up to 4 stops. Built with three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor for quieter focusing.
Sony A7s has just announced, a 12MP full-frame mirrorless camera designed for both stills and video. The camera can read out its entire sensor fast enough to output 4:2:2 4k video over HDMI at up to 30p, without the need for line skipping or pixel binning. This also promises higher quality for the 1080p video (at up to 60p) it can record internally. Unlike the A7 and A7R, the latest model is not constrained by the AVCHD standard, also offering the XAVCS system, with bitrates of up to 50Mbps.
Nikon has announced the new Nikon 1 V3 mirrorless camera, the latest addition to the company’s mirrorless lineup. The V3 sports a new 18.4 megapixel 1″-type CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection that covers nearly 100% of the frame. Combined with the Expeed 4A processor, the V3 can shoot at 20 fps with continuous AF, and 60 fps with single AF. Other features include twin dial control, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD, manual exposure control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi.
Nikon has released an update to their flagship D4 pro DSLR: the D4s. While not a major upgrade to the camera (hence the ‘s’ in the name), the D4s packs more processing power, a refined autofocus system, faster continuous shooting, and more video features (including 1080/60p support). Two other items pros will appreciate are a ‘small’ Raw size and a noticeable improvement in battery life compared to the D4. The camera will be available in early March for $6499.95.
Canon has announced the EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D. This model replaces the Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and features the company’s familiar 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, and 9-point AF system. The T5 also has a 3″ LCD, 3 fps continuous shooting, and 1080p video recording. Both the camera and ring light are priced at $549, with the former including an 18-55mm lens.
Sigma has just announced the next generation of its DP series of APS-C sensor, fixed focal length cameras, with the DP2 Quattro. The latest, 45mm-equivalent, model features dramatic styling and a fundamental re-think of the company’s Foveon multi-layer sensor design. The Quattro sensor still uses three layers to detect color information but now only captures its full, 19.6 million pixel resolution in the top layer, with lower two layers capturing 4.9MP of information each. The sensor will also appear in 28mm and 75mm equivalent DP1 Quattro an DP3 Quattro models.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 has officially announced. It’s designed as a ‘hybrid camera’ that can shoot both stills and videos, and the emphasis of the improvements is clearly on the latter. Its revised 16MP Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine IX processor allow for 4K video, 12 fps continuous shooting and 1080p shooting at bitrates as high as 200Mbps.