Sony has announced the Sony HDR-AS30V Action Camera. The compact and rugged Sony HDR-AS30V HD POV Action Camcorder is designed for point-of-view (POV) shooting during action sports including skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, motocross, skydiving, mountain biking and other outdoor adventure sports. It supports Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at 60 or 30 frames per second (fps). It also supports other shooting modes including 2x and 4x slow motion modes. The 2x slow motion mode supports 1280 x 720p video capture at 60 fps, while 4x slow motion mode supports 1280 x 720p video capture at 120 fps. The camera can also capture up to 12MP still images when using the photo mode.
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.
Sony has announced the Sony Alpha NEX-5T, boasting all the same features that the Alpha NEX-5R offered with the addition of NFC. Smartphones and tablets with the technology will be able to pair easily with the NEX-5T to take advantage of its wireless connectivity. With a 16.1 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.0-inch flip-up touch LCD, the NEX-5T is introduced at $50 less than its predecessor’s initial MSRP.
Sony’s latest interchangeable lens camera may look like an SLR, but underneath the hood it’s all NEX. The Sony A3000 offers a 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, a built-in electronic viewfinder, full HD video and a Sony E-mount for interchangeable lenses all for an MSRP of $399. The competitively priced A3000 offers all the trimmings of an entry-level DSLR including a fixed 3.0-inch LCD, built-in flash and hotshoe. It should be available in early September.
Sony just announced a new Zeiss 16-70mm f4 e-mount lens. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom lens gives photographers the opportunity to experience legendary Carl Zeiss optical excellence in a supremely compact, easy-to-carry zoom lens. A practical 4x zoom range of 16-70mm (24-105mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent) makes this model ideal for a wide range of everyday photo situations, from landscapes and portraits to informal snapshots and everything in between.
Sony just announced a new zoom lens for NEX E-mount cameras. The new E 18-105mm F4 G power zoom lens is the first ever G lens created for Sony’s E-mount line of cameras. The premium all-around lens covers a generous 5.8x zoom range from 18mm – 105mm (full frame equivalent 27mm – 157.5mm) and is an ideal choice for travel photography as well as every day, general purpose shooting.
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.
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.