BEST $500 Camera - DSLR vs Mirrorless vs SuperZoom in 2019

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Nikon D850 Announced

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Nikon has announced the D850 with release date and price!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h539j9JJbt0Early leaks were accurate and Nikon’s latest DSLR looks like an excellent offering combining serious resolution and decent speed - making the D850 suited for everything from portraiture to sports. The Nikon D850 offers a 45.7 MP BSI CMOS sensor. Sony has been using these Backside Illuminated (BSI) sensors and it allows for much better low light performance. Capable of 7fps, 9fps when you attach the MD-18 a/b battery grip. The focusing system is identical to the flagship Nikon D5, 153 AF points with 99 cross-type sensors. With video, the D850 offers full frame (no crop) 4K at 24, 25 and 30fps. Borrowing from mirrorless we have focus peaking but only at 1080p and highlight warnings in video.The body looks like a grown up D500 - offering a 3.2” tilting TOUCH screen. Dual card slots- an XQD and a standard SD slot. Updated Snapbrige for control and sharing of images. Nikon also offers a more robust Wifi adapter for faster transfer - useful for serious sports photographers sharing images immediately from events. The D850 also offers illuminated buttons, like the D500. As someone that has just returned from teaching an astrophotography workshop in Joshua Tree - I love the softly lit buttons, it just makes the camera that much easier to operate in low light conditions.Pre-Order Nikon D850

Nikon D850 DSLR

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Nikon MB-D18 Battery Grip

Specs

Nikon D850 Nikon D810
Nikon D850 DSLR Nikon D810
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Max Resolution 45.4 MP: 8256 x 5504 36.3 million: 7360 x 4912
Image Sensor Format FX (Full-Frame) CMOS, 35.9 x 24.0 mm FX (Full-Frame) CMOS, 35.9 x 23.9 mm
Bit Depth 14-Bit 14-Bit
Lens Compatibility at a Glance AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 7 frames per second, 9 with battery grip. 5 frames per second
Shutter Type: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 30 - 1/8000 Seconds , Bulb Mode 30 - 1/8000 Second , Bulb Mode
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 153 (99 Cross-Type) 51 (15 Cross-Type)
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 25, 72, or 153 point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
ISO Sensitivity ISO 64 -  25,600Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102,400 equivalent) above ISO 25,600; auto ISO sensitivity control available ISO 64 -  12,800Lo-1 (ISO 32)Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression availableNEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG FormatsNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal QualityJPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with Fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) CompressionNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only)NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG FormatsTIFF (RGB)
Video 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fpsHD 1,280x720 / 60 fpsHD 1,280x720 / 50 fpsSlow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 30p (x4)Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 25p (x4)Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 24p (x5)Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectivelyQuality selection available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160 (when quality is fixed at high) and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-motion (when quality is fixed at normal) Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fpsFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fpsHD 1,280x720 / 60 fpsHD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Playback Functions Auto Image RotationFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)HighlightsHistogram DisplayLocation DisplayMovie PlaybackMovie SlideshowPhoto InformationPhoto SlideshowPicture RatingPlayback with ZoomPlayback Zoom Cropping Auto Image RotationFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)HighlightsHistogram DisplayImage CommentMovie PlaybackMovie SlideshowPlayback with ZoomSlideshow
Live View Shooting Photography Live View ModeMovie Live View Mode Photography Live View ModeMovie Live View Mode
Built-in Flash -- Yes
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second 1 / 250 Second
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Monitor 3.2 in. diagonal TFT LCD. 2,359,000 Resolution. 3.2 in. diagonal TFT LCD. 1,229,000 Resolution.
Touchscreen Yes --
Tilting Screen Yes --
Storage Media 1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) cardSDSDHC (UHS-II compliant)SDXC (UHS-II compliant)XQD Type Memory CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)SDSDHCSDXC
Card Slot 1  XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36x24):100% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.)1.2x (30x20):97% horizontal and 97% vertical(Approx.)DX (24x16):97% horizontal and 97% vertical(Approx.)5:4 (30x24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.)1:1 (24x24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.) FX (36x24):100% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.)1.2x (30x20):97% horizontal and 97% vertical(Approx.)DX (24x16):97% horizontal and 97% vertical(Approx.)5:4 (30x24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification 0.75x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)(Approx.) 0.70x(Approx.)
Dust Reduction System Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Capable Yes Yes (with Optional Transmitter)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)Humidity: 0 - 85% Operating32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)Humidity: 0 - 85%
Battery EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.Battery Life: 1,840 shots (CIPA) / Approx. 70 minutes of HD footage EN-EL15 Lithium-ion BatteryBattery Life: 1,200shots (CIPA)
Approx. Dimensions(Width x Height x Depth) 5.8 in. ( 146 mm) x 4.9 in.( 124 mm) x 3.1 in. ( 78.5mm) 5.8 in. ( 146 mm) x 4.9 in.( 123 mm) x 3.3 in. ( 81.5mm)
Approx. Weight Body only: 32.3 oz. ( 915 g) Body only: 31.1 oz. ( 880 g)

Videohttps://youtu.be/bxWFUEmTH68Press release

August 24, 2017

Full-Frame, Extreme Speed & Epic Resolution: The New Nikon D850 DSLR Defines Professional VersatilityNew Nikon DSLR Offers Incredible Combination of Performance, Image Quality and Thoughtful Features

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced the new Nikon D850, a powerful full-frame DSLR camera that provides professional photographers and multimedia creators with an impressive combination of resolution and high-speed performance. The 45.7-megapixel D850 is Nikon’s first DSLR with an FX-format, back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for image quality that is nothing short of majestic, allowing professionals to create stunning, high resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite its monumental resolution, the D850 is capable of an astoundingly fast capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) or 9-fps with the optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, while offering a range of new user-friendly features requested by Nikon shooters around the world.

The Nikon D850 is a serious tool that expertly enables every kind of photographer. Whether capturing for client work or personal projects, the camera delivers intense clarity and accurate skin tones for portraits, with the added benefit of low-light ability for weddings and events. It is versatile enough to be used for landscapes and fine art where broad dynamic range is critical, for sports that require a high frame rate and decisive AF, or for video creators who want 4K UHD flexibility. Whether in the studio or on-location, from the catwalk or the scenic overlook, to a wedding ceremony or night sky, the Nikon D850 is the tool that can capture it all, with astounding resolution and speed.

“The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it’s a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years, and bring to market a full-frame DSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of putting this camera through its paces, and there is nothing like it. The Nikon D850 introduces a whole new generation of photographers to medium format quality; the resolution is out of this world, and the tonality and range are at a level I never thought possible from a DSLR,” said Nikon Ambassador and award-winning wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis.

The Ultimate Combination of Resolution and SpeedThe Nikon D850 is the new benchmark in DSLR image quality, with an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power. The 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to harness the maximum sharpness of NIKKOR lenses, with fantastic fidelity, tonality and clarity. This is also Nikon’s first DSLR to incorporate a BSI CMOS sensor, which captures light more efficiently, resulting in a wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture. Beyond the immense resolution, the Nikon D850 offers photographers superior performance:High-Speed Capture: The D850 is capable of shooting up to 7 fps at full resolution, with full AF/AE or 9 fps at full resolution with the addition of an optional battery grip (MB-D18) and EN-EL18a/b battery (Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).Wide ISO Range: The D850 offers a wide ISO range from 64-25,600 (Expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).Flagship Focus System: The D850 uses the Nikon D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, which features 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f/8.EXPEED 5: Behind every great sensor is a great image-processing engine. EXPEED 5 is Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing, improved low light performance, high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and greater power efficiency for longer battery life.

Innovation Built for the Needs of Professional CreatorsIn addition to its phenomenal performance, the Nikon D850 hosts a range of innovative and thoughtful new features that enhance workflow, and will leave every photographer or content creator wondering how they ever lived without them:Tilting LCD Touchscreen: The 3.2-in., high resolution (2359k-dot) LCD monitor offers Nikon’s most extensive touch functionality ever.Silent Shooter: The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, which is ideal for weddings, ceremonies and events where the shutter sound is discouraged. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked) at full resolution, while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel capture in DX image area mode at up to 30 fps.Radio Flash Control: Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also supports Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting with the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10 accessories.RAW Processing Power: Users can choose from 3 sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process RAW files in camera, saving time in post-production.Phenomenal Battery Performance: Shoot all day and well into the night with up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge. Users who opt for the additional control and handling benefits of the optional battery grip can expect up to 5140 shots (CIPA standard).Focus Stacking: Ideal for macro, product and landscape photographers, the Focus Shift Photography feature of the D850 is high resolution meets high magnification. This feature lets the user automatically shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity which can be easily assembled into a focus-stacked image using third party software.Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positivesDurable Construction: Ready for any field assignment or production environment, the rugged and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body lets users work with confidence in a wide range of tough environments.Square shooter: Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading for easy composition.Built-in Wi-Fi1 & Bluetooth2 Connectivity: Users can seamlessly send images to their compatible smart devices through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge3 also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.Nikon’s Widest and Brightest Optical viewfinder: The 0.75x viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame to easily track and compose subjects.Dual Card Slots: The D850 features dual memory card slots -- XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as readily available SD media.Illuminated Buttons: Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility and allow easy shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.

Multimedia Production ReadyMultimedia content creators and filmmakers alike will appreciate a wide range of considerate, industry-leading new features that can help to elevate any production:Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps: The D850’s FX BSI CMOS sensor allows 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9, to increase lensing options and provide a true field of view.Slow Motion: Creators can also capture Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for dramatic slow-motion video capture.Focus Peaking: When shooting Full HD or in Live View for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.8K / 4K Time-lapse: Users can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse that can be assembled in post for those who want the ultimate in video quality.Zebra stripes: The D850’s highlight display mode uses zebra patterns to quickly spot overblown highlights. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects.HDMI output: Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD footage, directly to an external digital recorder while simultaneously recording to a card.Audio Control: The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphone. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.

THE FX-Format advantageThe amazing performance and image quality of the Nikon D850 is best coupled with the wide variety of NIKKOR lenses, heralded for their unmatched image quality, color reproduction and optical characteristics. For maximum fidelity, Nikon’s Gold Ring Series of lenses provide the highest caliber of optical performance needed for such immense resolution applications.

Price and AvailabilityThe Nikon D850 will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,299.95*, and will be available in September 2017. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an SRP of $399.95*, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an SRP of $149.95*. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Exclusive Livestream EventWant to learn more about the new Nikon D850? Nikon will conduct a livestream discussion for the new camera, which will take place on August 29 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Please visit nikonusa.com/live to tune in.

Nikon D850 Leaked Press Release

Nikon D850Nikon D850With an official announcement for the D850 coming likely tomorrow, the press release was leaked earlier to Nikon Rumors. Between that and specs leaked earlier, the D850 is looking quite sweet as the successor to the D810. The Big Takeaway has to be the 45.7 MP full-frame sensor as a nice upgrade from the previous D810's 36.3 MP. All unofficial specs for now but with the source of the info it's looking likely and we'll find out soon anyway.Other Interesting Specs:

  • 9 FPS Continuous Shooting - 7fps without the battery grip, 9fps with grip, using a 51 shot RAW buffer.
  • Fast Auto Focus - 153 points! Brought down from the D5, this super fast AF will work great in low light up to -4EV using the center focus points.
  • Tilting Touchscreen - A tilt screen is a life saver, and a back saver as well for getting low to the ground shots, it makes a big improvement for shooting. It supports full touch controls with touch AF, touch shutter and touch menu making reviewing photos or changing settings a breeze.
  • 4K Video - 4K UHD video in FX (no crop) and slow-mo video at 120fps in Full HD.
  • Silent Shooting Mode - No-sound electronic shutter for live view. 6 FPS silent shooting up to 30fps at 8MP with the electronic shutter.
  • "On-Camera" Focus-Stacking Mode - A great option for macro lovers, the first to offer an option for in-camera focus stacking. Moving the focus slightly between shots to increase depth of field.

Press release via Nikon Rumors:


August 24, 2017 - Nikon is pleased to present the new Nikon D850 digital SLR, perfect combination of resolution, speed and light sensitivity. From studio photography to sports, to reportage in the most remote places on the planet, the new full-frame DSLR in Nikon FX format not only delivers high performance, but brings photo excellence to a whole new level.Whether it's naturalistic, sporting, commercial, wedding, fashion photography, whether it's shooting movies, the D850 offers photographers who work in highly competitive fields the creative flexibility needed to excel. The fast, 45.7-megapixel FX high-resolution FX sensor is built with the "gapless on-chip" microlent technology that, together with the benefits of CMOS backlight, delivers exceptional detail sharpness along with an incredible dynamic range. The shooting speed of 7 fps can go up to 9 fps by adopting the optional MB-D18 multi power battery pack. Video-makers can then record full-size movies in 4K without clipping factor crops: this increases the chances when looking for extended field corners to resume with NIKKOR prime lens lenses. Additionally, you can record timelapse of 4K accelerated movies directly on "camera".The other new features that allow maximum flexibility include capturing RAW format in three different sizes: large, medium or small; The silent Photography mode, which makes it possible to shoot ultra-sharp, high-resolution images without the sound / mechanical shutter noise; The AF Pinpoint mode, available in Live View, allows you to make the auto focus more accurate and selective as required, for example, in the case of macro photography.In addition, the Nikon D850 is the first digital reflex of all time to offer "on-camera" focus-stacking mode, which allows you to shoot a series of shots sequentially of the same shot but with the focus plane Motorized in displacement. This mode is particularly useful in macro photography, when the close distance of the subject narrows the depth of field to a few millimeters but also for artistic representations of naturalistic scenarios to enhance the extreme depth of field.Nikon says: "The D850 offers such incredible versatility to give you the impression of working with three cameras in one. Megapixels, file size, speed, ISO ... in every field, you can be assured that the Nikon D850 excels! It's a really smart investment for photographers who want to enhance their skills and express themselves without compromise. "Full Rumored Specs via Nikon Rumors:
  • 45.75MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • New and improved version of SnapBridge
  • No built-in GPS
  • Tiltable LCD (3.2", 2.36 million dots)
  • Fully functional touchscreen: supports touch AF, touch shutter and touch menu
  • Memory card slots: one SD and one XQD
  • AF system from the D5 (153 points, 130% frame coverage compared to the D810, all AF points @ -3EV,  middle/center crosshair sensor @-4EV)
  • New smaller AF point
  • No built-in flash
  • Back illuminated buttons
  • Joystick selector
  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • 8K time-lapse video capabilities
  • 4k UHD video in FX format (with no crop)
  • No EVF or hybrid viewfinder
  • Slo-mo full HD 120fps video
  • The SD slot will support UHS-II
  • Improved LiveView split-screen display
  • Improved silent shooting mode: fully-silent, no-sound electronic shutter in live view (6 fps silent shooting, no mechanical movement, can shoot up to 30fps @ 8MP with the electronic shutter)
  • Improved battery life
  • Lighter than the D810
  • Native ISO range: 64-25,600
  • ISO 64 extendable down to ISO 32 (Lo1 = 32, Hi 2 = 108,400)
  • 7fps without grip, 9fps with grip (MB-D18a battery grip and the EN-EL18a battery)
  • 51 images raw buffer at 14-bit RAW
  • 0.75x optical viewfinder (largest ever on a Nikon FX cameras)
  • 180k RGB meter
  • No AA filter
  • Supports for Nikon wireless transmitter WT-7
  • Built-in focus stacking: up to 300 pictures with up to 10 levels of focusing steps (still need external software)
  • Price will be CNY 23,999 or around $3,600 (source: Chinese forum)
  • RAW sizes: small, medium, large
  • New 1:1 mode
  • New natural light AWB
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Hands-on Review Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600 https://youtu.be/RgMMO1jCCz8The Nikon D5600 and Canon T7i (800D) share several specs

  • 24-MP (APS-C) Sensors
  • ISO range 100-25,600
  • 3 inch LCD Touchscreen though the D5600 is a little bigger (3.2") and offers the touchpad function when it is up to your eye.
  • 1080 at 60 fps
  • Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC connectivity - Though the D5600s snapbridge is a little more automated, automatically sending files across - with the Canon it is more of a conscious choice. I have been very frustrated with Nikon Snapbridge in the past - finding it flaky, confusing and downright broken, with the D5600 I have had a very smooth experience and prefer it to the Canon - But the Canon app provides a better experience for controlling the camera.

A few important differences - Nikon offers 39 AF points, 9 cross type, Canon offers 45 AF points all cross type - cross type offer a  higher accuracy and when you have more higher accuracy points the more likely you are to get moving subjects in accurate focus. Canon also offers dual pixel AF in live view - this is the very smooth and capable video focus, also useful for still photos in live view - Nikon’s video focusing is still distracting (it hunts more and is very noticeable when it refocuses) and while it’s a little quieter and smoother with their new AF-P lenses you still don’t want the lens to refocus during video, canon, however, is smooth and SILENT when paired with STM lensesThe Canon is faster offering 6fps, vs 5 in the Nikon and more importantly, the Canon offers a deeper buffer - up to 148 jpegs and 24 raw images before slowing down. Nikon slows down at 100 JPEGS and just 8 raw.  The buffer and the additional higher accuracy AF points make the Canon T7i my choice for any type of action, like sports or birds in flight, over the Nikon.  The Nikon is capable of fast focus and operation but you will find yourself limited to very short bursts if shooting RAW. The Nikon D5600, however, has an edge in image quality, especially as the light levels drop. I see a clear difference, the Nikon has no AA filter and provides more detailed images and as you raise the ISO less noise (you can also pick 1/3 stops of ISO - canon limited to full stops) Nikon D5600 on the left | Canon T7i on the rightNikon D5600 Frustrations (Especially for beginners)I find myself spending more time in live view - especially when I have a nice articulating screen that lets me set up for different angles and if you happen to have manual video mode on you are blocked from changing the aperture in manual mode in live view and you can’t select shutter speeds below 1/30 of a second.  There are workarounds, the easiest is to switch to aperture priority or shutter speed priority OR turn off manual movie mode but then frustratingly when you go to shoot a movie you have no idea what settings and no control no matter which mode you use. AND I really miss exposure simultaion when using the Nikon D5600 the T7i does and actually every other camera besides Nikon offers exposure simulation in Live view. When inn manual mode I would like to see the screen change to reflect my exposure and the Nikon only does that if you are in manual movie mode and once again we are back to being blocked from changing the aperture and from setting shutter speed below 1/30 of a second. These two issues are in no way deal breakers but they certainly make the camera more frustrating for me and when I work with beginners, teaching photography all over the world - being able to switch to live view and get that easy feedback of your exposure before you take a photo is a really useful tool.Summary and Conclusion - Nikon D5600 vs Canon T7i (800D)Reasons you might want to pick the Nikon D5600 - you value the smaller size, the better image quality (especially in lower light), The additional features like time lapse (Canon only offers movie lapse) and the exceptionally easy and automated Ssnapbridge image sharing. Reasons you might choose the Canon - Video is important to you, the Dual Pixel AF is smooth and sneaky good, you plan to photograph action and or you want a straightforward manual control experience.Other Options -The Panasonic G85 is even smaller, especially when you start comparing lenses - the micro 4/3rd system stays small even when you have a few primes in your bag AND shoots beautifully stabilized 4k video.  The Sony a6300 also shoots 4k and does very well in low light though it isn’t as user friendly as either of these cameras.   Which would you choose - I’d love to know your opinion?   And don't forget to pick up a prime lens or twoCanon T7i Strengths
 

Canon SL2/200D Leaked Photos and Specs | Updated

While Sony may be a great mirrorless system we all like Canon's SL1/100D/Kiss X7 (Toby's SL1 review) as it was a solid performer for an entry level camera and quite small. Thanks to Nokishita Camera we've got a few photos and specs of the SL2 to pass along after their 6D MII leak last week. Interesting to note, like the 6D MII coming down the line, the SL2 will also get an articulating LCD. If the given rumor holds true we'll have the official announcement later next week with the full specs of this tiny camera and the new 6D MII.Specs

  • Will ship in black, white, and silver designs
  • 24.2MP Sensor (same as the T7i)
  • DIGIC 7
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • 9 Focus point's with one cross-type
  • 95% viewfinder coverage with .87 magnification
  • ISO 100-25600 (extended 51200)
  • 5 frames/sec continuous shooting, 3.5 if Servo AF in live view
  • Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, max flash sync speed 1/200
  • 5 axis electronic image stabilization for video
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Articulating LCD screen, 3"
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I card compatible)
  • LP-E 17 Battery (same as T7i)
  • Size: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm
    • In comparison, the T7i is 131 x 99.9 x 76.2
  • Weight: 453g
    • In comparison, the T7i is 532g
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Canon 6D Mark II Leaked Specs Include an Articulating LCD | Updated

For those wanting to make the jump to a Canon full frame but disappointed in the lack of an articulating LCD (swivel screen), Canon may have just fixed that with the Canon 6D Mark II LCD. Via NokishitaCamera, with the Canon Bodies going through certification at the moment a few specs have been leaked. If rumors hold true we'll be seeing the 6DMII announced in July with the SL2 and shipping shortly thereafter.Canon 6D Mark II Articulating Screen Composite - Photoshopped ImageAs Toby has said before having an articulating LCD is a must with today's cameras. Beyond just selfies the variable angles allow you to get shots that otherwise would be more than a bit difficult. Out of all the things for the 6DMII this was the one make it or break it item for many photographers I've talked to recently. Unfortunately playing devil's advocate though this does have its drawbacks. It's yet to be known how this affects the standard waterproofing found in Canon's higher end cameras. For those looking for a rugged full-frame camera, this might be an issue as well as adding another breaking point for their gear.With this leak is somewhat confirmed it's an interesting development and we'll find out shortly in the official announcements. As of this point with the SKU number's we should be seeing three different kit options and the 6DMII available as body only as well.Overall it's an exciting change as I expected it to go without the articulating LCD, we'll have more information out come July.Updated additional specs leaked (Via Nokishita Camera) :Following the updated specs of the t7i/77D the 6DMII looks like it's specs are roughly the same coming out as the recently released rebels. For current 6D owners getting 45 cross-type AF points using dual pixel autofocus should be a welcome upgrade. Missing unfortunately, is no 4K video, being a dealbreaker for some I'll bet.New specs coming out this week

  • 26.2 MP
  • 45 cross-type AF points
  • Dual-Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 98% viewfinder coverage, .71 magnification
  • 6.5 frames/sec, 4 when using servo AF in live view
  • ISO 100-40,000 (extended ISO 50, 51200, and 102400)
  • Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, 1/180 flash sync speed
  • Single SD card slot
  • Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I card compatible)
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS
  • Electronic level
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • Video Full HD 1080P at 60fps
  • 5 Axis electronic image stabilization for video
  • HDR movie mode, 4K timelapse movie mode
  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • New BG-E21 battery grip
  • Package kits include Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM options.
  • Announcement due June 29, 2017
  • $1999 price
Updated images leaked (via Nokishita)

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600With the Nikon D5600 now available for the US and Canon T7i available for pre-order it's that time again for a bit of a comparison. At one point, Nikon had put on a good showing with the D5300 leading the market for photography while our video recommendation had been going to the Canon T5i. Since then Nikon camera's have been stagnating under minor updates while the  T7i got a decent upgrade in processing, sensor, connectivity, and focus certainly pushing it closer to the top of our list.

What's Different?

The T7i has faster autofocus that can see better in low light conditions and now includes 45 cross-type AF points. Live view focus uses the Dual Pixel AF which makes for smooth and cinematic like focusing for video. In comparison, the D5600 offers 39 AF points with only 9 being cross-type.  And live view focusing on the D5600 still uses the older, slower Contrast AF method.While the D5600 can't match the T7i's focusing it does come with new AF-P 18-55 lenses using stepping motors similar to Canon's STM system.  While we haven't tested the lenses yet stepping motors allow the camera smoother and quieter transitions while focusing for video. At the moment though Nikon's AF-P selection is very limited compared to the growing selection of Canon STM lenses.Autofocus - Canon T7i | Live View Autofocus: CanonNikon, since the D5300, has removed the anti-aliasing filter allowing for sharper photos. While the D5600 has seen improvements in connectivity it still uses the SnapBridge system which we do not recommend. Overall comparatively, you do save $100 going with Nikon, just enough for accessories such as a bag, batteries, or a tripod.Image Quality  - Sharpness: Nikon D5600 |Overall in this latest generation, things are looking strong for Canon. We'll have more on the T7i when Toby gets in a review unit soon. On paper at least Canon borrowed from the 80D enough to make a decent upgrade this year. Nikon still has its strength, which is crisp photos thanks to the removed filter, making a good choice. Canon keeps pushing ease of using making some very friendly cameras for a new DSLR beginner or someone that wants an upgrade from a previous model. Overall we have to give it to Canon as it makes for a better overall platform to use with great support and lens choices.Canon T7i Strengths

  • Smoother focusing Dual Pixel AF in Live view
  • 45 Cross-Type AF points  for faster focusing in low light
  • Ease of use
  • Better lens ecosystem, in this case primarily for entry-level users
  • Faster burst with deeper buffer

Nikon D5600 Strengths

  • No anti-aliasing filter allowing for sharper photos
  • Longer battery life
  • Smaller and slightly lighter
  • Better mobile app and connectivity vs Nikon SnapBridge
  • Better low light performance
  • Slightly cheaper
Specifications
Spec Canon T7i Nikon D5600
MP 24 24
ISO 100-25600 (expands to 51200) 100-25600
Processor Digic 7 Expeed 4
Number of AF pts 45 (all cross type) 39 (9 cross type)
Viewfinder Pentamirror 95% Pentamirror 95%
Anti-Alias Filter Yes No
Live View AF speed Excellent Good
Top Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
FPS 6 5
Low Light focusing -3 EV (very good) -1
Video 1080p60 1080p60
Headphone Jack No No
Mic Jack Yes Yes
Connectivity WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth LE WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth
Battery Life 600 Shots 820 Shots
Weight 532 g (1.17 lb / 18.77 oz) 465 g (1 lb 0.4 oz / 16.04 oz)
Current Price $1299 with 18-135$899 with 18-55$749 Body $1,196.95 with 18-140$796.95 with 18-55$1,146.95 with 18-55 and 70-300$696.95 Body
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Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) front view
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Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) right view
Nikon D5600(left) vs Canon T7i(right) left view

Canon T7i (800D) vs 77D (9000D)

Canon T7i vs 77DA new year and new Canons to match with the newly announced Canon T7i (800D) and 77D (9000D). Odd's are you're wondering a bit where the 77D fits in, both Toby and I have been asked a lot this week. On paper, it's a replacement to the T6S as a bridge camera between the entry level T7i and 80D.  While making the product line and obscure Canon naming just slightly harder it makes things a bit more drawn out with the bare bones budget T6, the new entry level T7i for beginners, the 77D making a step up with video, then going to the 80D as a truly semi-pro platform.

What's New?

While not a massive update we do get a few new tricks in these models as nice improvements brought down from the higher end models. While that might not sound impressive what is on the menu will make for a notable improvement. Maybe not enough to jump only one generation but if your camera is getting a little long in the tooth, such as a T4i, there is a good bit to be gained by an upgrade to say the 77D.Upgrades and New FeaturesT7i 45-point all cross-type AF

  • Going with the biggest improvement first, !!!DUAL PIXEL AF!!! for both cameras. Brought down from the higher tier cameras this allows for smoother autofocus during live view
  • Improved low light focusing, and a faster lock on time using 45 cross-type AF points.  Upgraded from 19 to 45 AF points is a serious boost in performance!
  • Digic 7 processors which should provide slightly better low light/high ISO performance
  • Bluetooth along with Wifi and NFC and also remote control using the BR-E1 Remote
  • Video time-lapse mode
  • And this is all in a slightly smaller, slightly lighter, camera bodies

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What's Different?

In the T7i (800D) you get the basics and just that, while in the 77D (9000D) you get body improvements in line with the higher end cameras for a more professional and easier manual control. So what is different? Like the T6i/T6s cameras, the difference is mostly in the body with the 77D offering a very slightly larger body that offers a top LCD screen, a rear dial, lock switch and an eye sensor used to turn off the LCD when you bring your eye up to the viewfinder. When shooting side to side there is no difference in photo or video quality.

The Canon 77D (9000D) offers the same performance and sensor as the T7i (800D)

T7i

77D

  • Top LCD screen
  • Rear Dial
  • Lock Switch
  • Eye Sensor
  • AI Focus
  • 5-axis digital image stabilization during video
Specifications
Spec CanonT7i Canon77D
MP 24 24
ISO 100-25600 (expands to 51200) 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Processor Digic 7 Digic 7
Number of AF pts 45 (all cross type) 45 (all cross type)
Viewfinder Canon T7i Canon 77D
Live View AF speed Excellent Excellent
Top Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
FPS 6 6
Low Light focusing -3 EV (very good) -3 EV (very good)
Video 1080p60 1080p60
Headphone Jack No No
Mic Jack Yes Yes
Connectivity WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth LE WIFI/NFC/Bluetooth LE
Battery Life 600 Shots 600 shots
Weight 532 g (1.17 lb / 18.77 oz) 540 g (1.19 lb / 19.05 oz)
Current Price $1299 with 18-135 | $749 Body $1499 with 18-135 | $899 Body
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Canon Rumors for CP+: Updated

Update 2/14: Prices and more item details added. The CP+ Show in Japan is coming February 23rd and it's expected Canon will be announcing products today for the show. With the arrival, there's a handful of Canon rumors and leaked images for what's coming down the line. We'll be getting a refresh with new T7 rebels, a M6 mirrorless, 18-55mm lens, and more. Somewhat oddly, Canon has decided to go from the Ti/Ts name convention to a new 77D for the T6s line of cameras.As a note, no SL2 mentions recently to go with this batch of camera news.  The given rumor was a SL2 release at CP+ last year, then CES, but it went by without a blip. The SL1 while entry level was quite popular and we still get asked about it now. As for the SL line's small size it seems Canon is focusing on the M6 for now.Canon EOS T7i 

  • Will be available in the new 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens below and the older 18-135mm STM
  • Price will run $749 for the body only
  • Specifications
    • 24.2 MP
    • DIGIC 7
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • 6 FPS Burst
    • ISO 100 -25600
    • Full HD Video, 5-axis electronic image stabilization
    • LCD: Type 3 Touch Panel Bali Angle LCD
    • Built-in WiFi / Bluetooth
    • Dimensions: 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
    • Weight: 532 g

Canon EOS 77d

  • 77D will be the replacement to the T6s with a different naming convention
  • Prices will run $899 (body only), $1049 with the new 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, and $1499 with the older 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
  • Specifications
    • 24.2 MP
    • DIGIC 7
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
    • AF point: 45 points
    • 6 FPS Burst
    • ISO 100 -25600
    • LCD: Type 3 Touch Panel Bali Angle LCD
    • Built-in Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
    • Dimensions: 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
    • Weight: 540 g

Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless

  • Coming in black and silver
  • Packaged body only, with a 15-45mm kit lens, a 18-150mm kit lens, or a double lens kit
  • Also coming, sold separately, with the M6 is a Canon EVF-DC 2 viewfinder attachment
  • Body only Price will be $779
  • Specifications
    • 24.2 MP
    • DIGIC 7
    • 49 Point AF
    • 7 FPS (9 if auto focus is fixed)
    • ISO 100 -25600
    • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 - 30
    • Sync Speed: 1/200
    • Video: Full HD, HD, VGA
    • LCD: Type 3 tilt type touch panel
    • Recording medium: SD / SDHC / SDXC card
    • Built-in WiFi / Bluetooth
    • Size: 112.0 × 68.0 × 44.5 mm

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

  • A new kit lens that will be packaged with the kit lenses and available separately. Something to note is that it's aperture is just slightly slower then the current generation of kit lens.
  • Lens construction: 12 elements in 10 groups
  • Minimum shooting distance: 0.25 m
  • Filter: 58 mm
  • Size: 66.5 x 61.8 mm Weight: 215 g

Canon BR-E 1

  • A Bluetooth wireless remote, shown below

Canon EH30-CJ

  • A body jacket for the announced M6
Rumors and photos via Nokishita, Digicame-Info

CES 2017: Nikon D5600 Price and Release Date

Nikon D5600When Nikon announced their next entry level DSLR in November the Nikon D5600 was dropped with its specs but no details on price or when it was coming to the US. This week at CES they announced it’s coming soon, this month in fact. Coming in multiple kits, the Nikon D5600 will be released this month with the AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G lens for $799, with the AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens for $1199, with the 18-55 and AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G lenses for $1149, and body only for $699. Actually $100 less than the D5500 when it was announced last year.

Whats New?
  • Upgraded Touchscreen features such as cropping and frame advance
  • Nikon Snapbridge though WiFI, Bluetooth, and NFC allowing for things such as automatic image transfer, time sync, location info, remote control, and more
  • In-Camera Time-Lapse movie function brought from the higher end models
Available For Pre-Order at

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Specifications

  • APS-C 24.2 MP CMOS Sensor
  • DX-Format
  • Expeed 4 Image Processor
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 25,600 max ISO
  • Removed low-pass filter
  • 39-point AF System
  • 3.2” articulating touchscreen
  • 1080p Video at 60fps
  • Snapbridge using Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC
  • Time-Lapse Movie Recording
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 124.0 x 97.0 x 70.0 mm
  • Weight 1.02 lb / 465 g

 

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Fuji brings it’s beautiful sensors to a medium format camera – should the mere mortals get excited?

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Since June Fujifilm’s been rumored to have a “medium format killer” in the works set to change the game and now we’ve finally got a look in their Photokina announcement. The new Fuji GFX 50S is a sub $10,000 camera that will bring great image quality on a budget comparatively to other medium format options available at the moment. The first in a new GFX line of medium format camera’s with the GFX 50S slated for early next year.  Using a new Fujifilm G sensor that’s sized up to 43.8×32.9mm in 51.4 megapixel resolution you’ll be needing more hard drives to store your photos. Defaults for the sensor will be a 4:3 aspect ratio but can be set to other formats. Being mirrorless another option for shooters is a removable viewfinder allowing the user to choose to use the viewfinder when needed or the back screen. The GFX 50S will be weather and dust sealed, to what degree they did not specify, giving it the durability for outdoor shots. As Fuji the camera should deliver great image quality for professionals shooting commercial, fashion, or landscapes. gfx_front_evf2untitled-1

For the new G Mount system Fuji has released a new set of lenses to go with the camera. As follows we’ve got a set of 5 primes covering the field, one being macro, and a standard zoom so far. The Fuji GFX 50S is expected to ship 2017 alongside their 63mm, 120mm, and 32-64mm lenses.

  • Ultra-wide “GF23mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 18mm in 35mm format) Coming mid 2017
  • Wide “GF45mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format) Coming late 2017
  • Standard prime “GF63mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 50mm in the 35mm format) Coming early 2017
  • Fast aperture mid-telephoto “GF110mmF2 R LM WR” (equivalent to 87mm in 35mm format) Coming mid 2017
  • Mid-telephoto macro 1:0.5 “GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR” (equivalent to 95mm in 35mm format) Coming early 2017
  • Wide-angle standard zoom “GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 25-51mm in 35mm format) Coming early 2017

untitled-2As for those pixel peepers out there they’ve released a sample image showing how much detail the sensorcan pull from an image. With the new CMOS sensor putting out 51.4MP files it’s hard to complain looking at the photo zoomed in this far.

With the announcement of the FX 50S Fuji released a few videos of development and testing to watch. Development of Professional-use Mirrorless Camera System “GFX”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggikv6m8FNsGFX challenges with Hiroshi Nonamihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHhAkirFH-QGFX challenges with Satoshi Minakawahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wvnA4iO6s

New Sony Camera a99 II 42MP SLT Camera

And I thought the a-mount was dead!?!? Sony's a mount cameras are a blend of mirrorless and traditional DSLR technology - the mirror is still there - just translucent, letting some light through to hit the sensor - this provides an EVF and phase detection autofocus.screenshot-2016-09-19-07-45-36

Sony a99 II Brief Specs

  • Sony a99II,
  • full-frame A-mount camera (yes I was surprised).
  • 42 MP
  • 5-axis stabilization (4 stops)
  • 12 FPS with AF
  • 4K video - full sensor and super 35mm

Sony a99II Price - $3,199 - B&H Product page, Preorder soonOn paper this camera looks to match and possibly beat the TOP end cameras from Nikon and Canon - the ones that cost $5000 and more.   This could be a very interesting matchup.The a mount has a decent lens collection, including the longer telephoto lenses I would love to see brought to the full frame E mount.  Honestly I was really hoping for a more serious high end e-mount, maybe an a9 that has been rumoured announced today. This camera - while I am sure will be excellent is sitting at what is now a pretty small market share.  Sony's a mount series sold well initially, especially outside the US, but they let it languish and many serious photographers have moved on.    What do you think?screenshot-2016-09-19-07-45-44screenshot-2016-09-19-07-45-52

Canon 80D- Noticeable Improvements in Dynamic Range?

Canon 80D at BH PhotoDpreview has their hands on the Canon 80D and"testing shows that Canon's EOS 80D features a sensor with greatly improved Raw dynamic range. The results appear to confirm the company has moved to a new sensor design with lower read noise."Keep in mind that when we get excited about the increased dynamic range from current Sony and Nikon cameras - it's still not something you see or notice in normal day to day shooting - it when you begin to work with the RAW file in Lightroom and increase exposure in the shadows that you start to really see a difference.   Dpreview has some side by side comparisons of the 70D and 80D.Click Through to see the full DPreview Article Noticeable improvement but before we get excited this seems to still behind what Nikon is offering in the D7200 that was released over a year ago.   Then again the D7200 doesn't have a great touchscreen with Dual Pixel AF and the updated AF system that the 80D offers that looks stellar with longer lenses and teleconverters.   - So it all depends on what you need and what.  You can watch my 80D preview video below and pre order from B&H or Amazon- using these links supports the work we do here.   Thanks. Full DPreview Article Preorder the Canon 80D from B&H Photo  or Amazon - Starts shipping next week!

Canon 80D Officially Announced

The Canon 80D has now been officially announced- The leaked specs were extremely accurate - there is additional information to suggest that the dual pixel AF system has been improved and the kit lens is now upgraded to IS USM, no longer STM- read more below.  How does the 80D compare to the 70D and T6s? Watch the video below and visit 80D vs 70D vs T6s/T6i for more info.Preorder Available from B&H Photo  Expected at the End of March.Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens $1,799Canon EOS 80D Body Only $1,199Canon 80D with popup flashheadphone and mic jackFlipout touchscreenCanon 80D 

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (more than the 20MP from the 7D Mark II)
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • IMPROVED Dual pixel CMOS AF - noted as significantly better than 70D
  • Continuous shooting 7 frames / sec - Live view 5 frames / sec. (AF tracking)
  • AF 45 points (all points cross type) 7D mark II has 65 Cross type. 70D has 19.
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
  • ISO 100-16000
  • flickerless shooting (adopted from the 7D Mark II) - this enables more consistent exposures in gym/arena lighting
  • Finder is 100% field of view - up from 98% with the 70D
  • 3 inches vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor.- The same as 70D
  • 1080p 60 fps - Up from 30fps with the 70D and on par with 7D Mark II
  • Time-lapse movie & additional creative filters for video - Something Canon finally started adding with the 5DS series.
  • Wi-Fi, NFC - remote shooting by smartphone - I doubt this will include video start and stop- probably only photo remote control as you can do now with 70D.

Dial of the 70D compared to the 80D - really the only exterior difference I can find other than the viewfinder upgrade.Canon 70D DialDial of 80D80D looks to add Custom 1 AND Custom 2 to the dial along with filters for video (possibly) (between SCN and C2)These look like decent upgrades - nothing ground breaking and compared to other options, like the newly announced a6300, this looks like Canon is still behind the curve but if you have a rebel, and a few canon lenses this does represent a decent upgrade and a solid hybrid camera - video and photo capable.The 80D will be bundled with a NEW 18-135 lens - no longer STM - But USM with a new designation of NANO USM. I suspect this allows for the continued smooth and silent focusing that STM provided but with additional speed to support the faster AF system in live view/dual pixel AFCanon 18-135 IS Nano USM What do you think of these specs? Enough to warrant an upgrade from a 70D? How about T5i or even T6i/T6s owners?The battery grip offered on the page is the same as the 70D- as we suspected the body is identical and use of the 70D battery grip is possible.Preorder Available from B&H Photo  Expected at the end of March.Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens $1,799Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,349Canon EOS 80D Body Only $1,199Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens $599And if you wished your DSLR was more like a camcorder you can addCanon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter for just $149

  • Provides Electronic Zooming Control
  • Smoother Zoom Movements for Video
  • Zoom Mode and Speed Settings Switches
  • Integrated Locking MechanismScreenshot 2016-02-18 00.20.51 Screenshot 2016-02-18 00.20.45

The 80D - Rumored Specs

The 80D will be announced VERY soon - Digicame has the spec list and I believe it to be 100% correctcanon_eos80D_b001 canon_eos80D_t001 canon_eos80D_f001

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (more than the 20MP from the 7D Mark II)
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Continuous shooting 7 frames / sec - Live view 5 frames / sec. (AF tracking)
  • AF 45 points (all points cross type) 7D mark II has 65 Cross type. 70D has 19.
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
  • ISO 100-16000
  • flickerless shooting (adopted from the 7D Mark II) - this enables more consistent exposures in gym/arena lighting
  • finder is 100% field of view - up from 98% with the 70D
  • 3 inches vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor.- The same as 70D
  • 1080p 60 fps - Up from 30fps with the 70D and on par with 7D Mark II
  • Time-lapse movie - Something Canon finally started adding with the 5DS series.
  • Wi-Fi, NFC - remote shooting by smartphone - I doubt this will include video start and stop- probably only photo remote control as you can do now with 70D.

Dial of the 70D compared to the 80D - really the only exterior difference I can find other than the viewfinder upgrade.Canon 70D Dial80D Dial80D looks to add Custom 1 AND Custom 2 to the dial along with filters (between SCN and C2)These look like decent upgrades - nothing ground breaking and compared to other options, like the newly announced a6300, this looks like Canon is still behind the curve but if you have a rebel, and a few canon lenses this does represent a decent upgrade and a solid hybrid camera - video and photo capable.Note: It is interesting to me that we are getting the 80D without a single firmware update to the 70D.  So different from almost all the rest of the manufacturers that release at least some additional modest functionality via firmware.What do you think of these specs? Enough to warrant an upgrade from a 70D? How about T5i or even T6i/T6s owners?

Senal SMH-1000 Headphone Review

Senal SMH-1000Those have you been watching my videos know that at times I haven’t always gotten the audio perfect - one of my issues was not having decent headphones to monitor the audio coming in and not using high quality headphones while editing.  These Senal SMH-1000 closed back studio headphones have made a huge difference in my ability to monitor the audio and check the quality while editing.  These are professional grade studio monitor headphones and the feel professional in the hand and I can attest to their comfort wearing for long periods of time. The harp and ear cups are nicely padded for comfort.Senal SMH-1000 Nice Ear PaddingSenal SMH-1000 3' Straight CordSenal SMH-1000 10' coiled cordDespite their professional looking size they actually fold up nicely and come with two interchangeable and locking cords - you can use a 3’ straight cord or a coiled 10’ cord and a 1/4” gold plated adapter.Senal SMH-1000 Headphones Fold for travel I don't consider myself an audiophile but it is easy to hear a huge difference between the SMH-1000 and the USB audio headset I was using.  The tonal range is wider and the difference in clarity is significant the reviews on B&H support my opinion.You can also order replacement cords and ear pads.Read the reviews and buy at B&H PhotoWatch and read over my DSLR Audio Capture Recommendations

Review: Kamerar QV 1 Viewfinder

KAMERAR QV-1 LCD VIEWFINDER VIEW FINDER

LCD Viewfinders have several benefits including:

  • Create a shaded view of the LCD in sunny conditions, helpful for judging focus and exposure
  • Magnification of the lcd for greater level of detail and focus
  • Adding a 3rd stability point giving you more options for smoother video while on the go
  • Block out the distractions and allow you to focus on your composition

My Video Review of the Kamerar QV 1 Viewfinder

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 Kamerar QV 1 Pros:

  • Durable construction
  • Quick release system and Manfrotto PL501 compatible plate
  • Quick flip for even easier access to the touchscreen
  • Fit smoothly with easy adjustable range
  • Reversible Eye-cup for left or right eye viewing
  • 2.5x magnification

Kamerara QV 1 Cons:

  • Focusing mechanism feels sticky - this isn't something you should need to adjust
  • No lens cap for eye-piece. Honestly this is something I would toss as soon as it arrived but some like having caps.

Bottom line: for the money this is a well made and excellent option for videographers with DSLRs or mirrorless cameras shooting in conditions that make the LCD difficult to see.   Even in normal conditions the magnification and general benefits of using a viewfinder make this a recommended purchase.  I have even found it useful for manual focusing during macro photo work.Example of Magnification[gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="7686,7687"]Buy the Kamerar QV 1 from:QV 1

  

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