Sony has announced the Sony FDR-AX1 4K Camcorder. The Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder is the first consumer 4K video camera from Sony. They’ve used the technology developed for their professional video cameras to create a compact, easy-to-operate 4K consumer model that’s designed to make 4K video and professional-quality audio available to the masses. The FDR-AX1’s powerful image processor is identical to the high-performance processors found in Sony’s professional video cameras. By incorporating an image processor that can handle 4K video at 60 fps into a consumer camcorder, everyone will be able to document important family moments, get creative with friends, record sporting events and capture the world around them in lifelike detail. The FDR-AX1’s native 3840 x 2160 4K resolution enables you to create movies with four times as much detail and quadruple the image quality of a Full HD 1080p camcorder. Plus, this model features a back-illuminated 8.3MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor that works in concert with the processor so you can record at the maximum frame rate – even when shooting 4K video. This means that even your high-speed action shots and sports videos will be clear, sharp and detailed.
Canon has released a version of its EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 lens that uses its STM stepping motor. STM lenses are designed for movie recording, with the goal of providing smooth and silent focusing. Unlike its predecessor, the STM version of the 55-250 has internal focusing. You’ll be able to pick up the 55-250 STM lens in late September for $350. It’s also a safe bet that the 55-250 STM will come bundled with Canon DSLRs in the near future.
Canon just announced PowerShot G16 camera, the Canon PowerShot G16 caters to an advanced shooter with a 12MP 1/1.7″-type sensor, larger than that of a typical point-and-shoot, matched with a fast 28-140mm (equivalent) F1.8-2.8 lens. Full 1080p/60p video recording is available in MP4 format, and the High Speed AF mode offers improved autofocus speeds while maintaining up to 9.3 FPS continuous shooting. The G16 has a new flexible aspect ratio while still letting the user shoot uncompressed RAW images. Using the PowerShot’s built-in Wi-Fi in conjunction with Canon’s Camera Window app on your iOS or Android device (or Canon Image gateway on a PC), you can wirelessly share your images.
Canon just announced the PowerShot S120 camera. S120 is maintains the popular features of its popular S-series predecessors, but promises to be faster and brighter. The 24-120mm focal length of the S110 remains unchanged, but with a brighter f/1.8-5.7 maximum aperture range. It aims to keep up with you by shooting from 9.4-12.1 FPS, depending how many frames you shoot (with a fast UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC card), up to 635 shots. The touch screen has improved resolution, and allows the user to utilize its touch AF control even during video. The S120’s video is also bumped to 60p, and retains use of the optical zoom while shooting. Rather than using an electronic motor as past S-series cameras did, the pop-up flash is now deployed via a sliding switch on the left side of the camera.
The rumored Sony Lens-Camera will be officially announced in the coming 3-4 weeks. The lens-Camera is a lens with integrated sensor and Wi-Fi and NFC connection. You can remotely control the lens via smartphone.
Nikon just announced an entry-level Speedlight SB-300 to its external flash lineup. The company says the SB-300 can ‘fit comfortably in a shirt pocket’ and weighs 120g (4.2oz) with its two AAA batteries installed. It has a guide number of 18 meters and can tilt upwards by as much as 120 degrees. The SB-300 covers 18mm with a DX-format camera, and 27mm with FX-format.
Nikon has announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR, a mid-level standard zoom that looks a lot like a kit lens waiting for a camera. The 7.8x lens, designed for APS-C DSLRs, covers a 27-210mm equivalent range and includes the latest VR image stabilization system, rated as offering four stops of stabilization, according to CIPA standard tests. It will sell for around $600 and will not be bundled with any current Nikon DSLRs. We’re not convinced many users will spend so much money to gain a little reach over their existing kit lens, leading us to suspect there may be a body on its way that will match its enthusiast-friendly ambitions.
A new high end Olympus OM-D camera is to be announced soon. 43R confirmed this OM-D camera will more expensive than Olympus OM-D E-M5.