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

The Best $500 Camera in 2019

Table of Contents
DSLRS - Nikon D5300 vs Canon T6 01:30
Why buy a DSLR 02:15
Mirrorless Cameras - Canon M100 vs Panasonic G7 8:20
Point & Shoot Canon SX70HS vs Fuji XF10 21:25
Conclusions 33:18

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Canon EOS R - Announced

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The Canon EOS R  - Canon Reimagining the Future! Be the RevolutionStressing that you should ADD this to your kit. It is NOT replacing the current EOS system.

  • FULLY COMPATIBLE with CURRENT EF and EF-S lenses! No compromising when you use adapters. (my experience is a slight, very slight compromise)

    • Three adapters maintaining all current lens systems

      • Standard (small compact adapter)

      • Standard with customizable control ring (also found on the new RF mount lenses) - Control ring can be assigned a variety of functions from ISO to Exposure Compensation

      • Adapter with drop-in CPL or ND filter lens. This lets you use small rear filters with ANY lens.

      • Same diameter lens mounts with a decreased distance to the sensor.

      • Decreased distance means the front element can be smaller and more compact.

      • Enhanced overall optical performance. Easier to offer f/1.2 lenses

      • 12 electronics contacts offer the fastest communication of any Canon mount system and enhanced IS in future

New Multifunction slide control - Customizable with swipe and left or right tap actions. After using this feature for a few days I am not a fan. Learn more in this video.Very customizable in general - even the mode dial can be assigned a different function and customizability extend to different functions for buttons when you are in photo andvideo modes.New Flexible Priority(FV) AE mode - A slightly more automatic manual mode - You choose what to adjust and rest of settings will follow suit. A faster way to switch which setting you want.That fully articulating touchscreen experience that so many love that Canon provides very well. The touchscreen can also function as a touchpad (when you are using the EVF)EVF is big, bright and beautiful. Good display of info inside that is customizable with the level of info.Low light focusing capable to -6 EV with a f/1.2 lens VERY IMPRESSIVE. Also offers Eye AF or Face detect but I found Eye AF to be finicky and Eye AF does not work in Continuous AF mode.The BadOne Card Slot (this make the camera less exciting for many professionals)Eye AF does not work but face detection works very well.AF is good but not fast and burst rate with continuous AF falls to just 3 fps.No built-in intervalometer but there is time-lapse movie mode.Strength - Canon shooter with existing lenses looking for the future of the Canon system - this is a solid start. I think we will see a more pro level version within the next year if not sooner.The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299  for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.SPECS - 

  • MP: 30MP Full Frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8

  • File Format: JPEG, RAW (14 bit), C-RAW w/ Dual pixel RAW support

  • EVF: OLED 0.71x Magnification

  • Low Light Focusing: EV –6

  • AF - Dual Pixel CMOS AF wurg 565 manually selectable AF points

  • ISO sensitivity: 100 to 40000 (extended ISO: 50, 51200, 102400)

  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds (Bulb)

  • Flash Sync: 1/200 second

  • Continuous shooting performance: 8 fps w/ servo AF 5 fps

  • Video: 4K at 30p, 1080p FullHD at 60p, 720p at 120p Canon Log and 10bit 4:2:2 HDMI output

  • LCD Screen: 3.15" 3.69M dots full touchscreen

  • Recording Media: 1 SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot

  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6 battery ~ 450 shots per charge - USB charging inside the camera with LP-E6N

  • Advanced Control (swipe bar)

  • Advanced Durability

  • Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 mm

  • Weight: 660 g (including battery / memory card) · 580 g (body only)

Availability and Pricing

The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299  for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.

Four new R-mount lenses

  • RF 24-105 f/4 Canon Nano USM focus motor (evolution)

  • RF 28-70 f/2 Zoom (world's first zoom lens at f/2 for full frame) Expected to be sharper //Revolution than most primes

  • RF 50mm f/1.2 L

  • RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro - Street shooting and 1/2 macro size lens

Nikon Z7 & Z6 Mirrorless Cameras Announced -

Nikon Z7 Exposed!

Nikon Z7 Exposed!

The Nikon Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras have been officially announced - After months of teasing we have an official announcement, photos, specs and most of the answers - I say most because we only have a few early hands-on. I will be back with a full hands-on soon. I will say if you are even a little on the fence - get your pre-orders in - if this camera is going to be anything like the D850 supply/demand situation, over a year after the D850s release we still don't see that camera consistently in stock. There are two features some of you may consider deal breakers! 

Nikon Z7 and Z6 Preorder Links

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Z6

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Body Only | Body + 24-70 f/4 Z Mount Lens  | Body + 24-70 f/4 + FTZ Adapter KitBody Only | Body + 24-70 f/4 Z Mount Lens  | Body + 24-70 f/4 + FTZ Adapter Kit

Lenses and Adapters

Nikon Z Mount24-70 F/4 Lens

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Nikon Z Mount50mm f/1.8S Lens

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Nikon Z Mount35mm f/1.8S Lens

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FTZ Adapter ($100 off when ordered with kit until Dec 2018)B&H | Amazon

Nikon Z7 Specs

Fully weather sealed on par with D850 which is to say excellent. 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor - very similar to what we have in the D850 and when I did my hands on review of the D850 I found the image quality to be excellent4K 30/25/24fps Video with the option of N-Log & 10-Bit when recording externally493-Point Phase-Detect AF System - If you are curious about mirrorless vs DSLR focusing system I wrote a complete overview of these systems and its available on the Photo Enthusiast Network. 5 Axis BIVR - BBuilt-InVibration Reduction. Similar to the Sony system - I have had success hand holding shots shots as slow as 1/3 of a second. Note when using the Z mount adapter you only get 3 axis IBIS. 3.6 million  EVF - similar to Sony but early reports sound like it feel bigger with a good amount of customization on what you can display in there3.2" 2.1 million-dot Tilting FULLY touch, touchscreen - menus, quick info bar all accessible via touch. Does not function as a touch pad as you get with the Nikon D5600 and Sony a7iii and a7Riii series. 9 fps - Buffer fills up at just 18 frames & I believe the fps drops when you are running continuous AFONE memory card slot - XQD*

A few thoughts on the Nikon Z7 Mirrorless

*XQD cards are more robust and faster and a bit more expensive than SD cards. I think out of all the specs the fact that we have just one memory card slot has been the most controversial - you have those pros that say in 30 years they have never had a memory card fail. And you have those that have had cards faily yesterday and there is no way they will take on a pro level gig without dual memory cards. I would love to know your opinion.  I have had cards fail but never lost an image. Recently I had the 2nd slot on my Panasonic GH5 fail and it no longer reads any cards. I am very grateful I had two slots as I was in the middle of an epic trip when it happened.  Is this a Deal Breaker? Battery life is rated at just 300 shots. Sony a7RIII is rated at 600 but I know I get far, far more and can almost always make it through a full day of shooting with a single battery - I suspect the Nikon will be much better than the 300 it is rated at - and it’s nice that they are continuing to use the EN 15L battery BUT if you want to charge it in camera, which this camera now supports - you will need to buy the updated B version of the battery. So older batteries will work but will not charge in camera. Is this a Deal Breaker? No Eye-AF which I love and use often with my Sony a7RIII but it sounds like the face detect AF is very good and AF in general is VERY good but quite a bit different from your options as DSLR shooter used to Nikon. - I am excited to test all the AF system with the native lenses and adapted lens.  Video focus sounds VERY good on par with Canon’s dual pixel AF which is the best out there.

About that Nikon Z6 (the cheaper Nikon Mirrorless)

The Z6, which isn’t going to be released until Nov 30 has the same form factor but offers 25MP, 273-Point Phase-Detect AF System and looks like it will do noticeably better in low light. It is capapble of up to 12fps - no word on the buffer size at this time.Body only $1996 and with 24-70 $2596Nikon Z6 Body Only | Body + 24-70 f/4 Z Mount Lens  | Body + 24-70 f/4 + FTZ Adapter Kit

Three Nikon Z Mount Lenses

Nikon Z Mount 24-70 F/4 LensNikon Z Mount 50mm f/1.8S LensNikon Z Mount 35mm f/1.8S Lens And word of development of a 58mm f/.95 lens (coming in 2019) Fastest lens Nikon has ever made BUT it is manual focus only. It looks beautiful, will have the little OLED distance focus indicator like some of the Batis lenses.

Nikon Z Mount Lens Road Map

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They released a full lens road map - There are some serious lenses coming but you will be waiting and I don’t see anything longer than 200 on the horizon and as good as the AF performance has been stated with the adapter - i would be cautious buying into this system until we hear more.  I am really curious to see what we will get from Sigma and other third party lenses - will they make their own adapter or will they create native mount glass and the more immediate question - how will existing third party, F-mount lenses work with the current adapter? I am going to assume it’s going to be hit or miss for now but again that’s a wait and see questions. What are you most excited about? When do you think we will hear from Canon with a full frame mirrorless.

Canon M50 at WPPI - Baby Steps?

Canon has released a mirrorless 4k camera and Toby spends a few minutes at WPPI sharing his thoughts on the M50. This is Canon's vlogging camera, at a low price point it's touted with 4K while keeping a small size and being budget friendly. As their first strong go into the mirrorless market does it work? Watch Toby's video to find out.Preorder/Buy the Canon M50: https://bhpho.to/2FPrsdz 

Sony a7III Review - The Only Thing Entry Level Is the Price

Sony a7III Review

Sony a7III Review

This camera really redefines what it means to offer an entry-level full frame camera. With the a7III, Sony even seems willing to risk sales of their higher end models. Packed inside is a redesigned 24MP sensor, using the newer backside illuminated design for improved lowlight performance. Capable of 10 frames per second (silent or mechanical shutter) with In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). Sony borrowed from the a9 with 693 autofocus points using Eye-AF and tracking better than the Sony a7RIII. Videographers should also be happy shooting 4K with HLG(HDR) and S-Log2 and S-Log3 - feature serious videographers will appreciate. And the addition of a touchscreen for touch to focus improves the usability of the camera and makes shooting video easier too. As an entry-level full frame camera, the Sony a7III doesn't pull any punches.

  • Redesigned 24MP Sensor

  • 693 AF Points with A9s Eye-AF system (Better than a7Riii)

  • 15 stop Dynamic Range

  • 5 axis IBIS

  • 10fps with 14 bit raw (also 14 bit raw while silent)

  • 4k HDR, 6k full readout, Slog 2 & 3 and HLG

  • Uses Z Battery Rated at 710 shots longest battery life of any mirrorless camera ever (We got a ton more photos than that in real-world use, 4,000!)

  • Dual SDcard slots, joystick, touchscreen, USB-C

Short answer? Buy this now, seriously here's the link to Amazon.As it stands the a7III is the entry-level full frame to beat. 

Sony a7III ISO

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Sony a7iii s-log

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As a big point for this series, the body and user interface have been redesigned with a joystick, touchscreen, and dual card slots. At 710 shots per charge with a newly redesigned battery, it has the highest shot count of any mirrorless camera to date. After taking 2,000 photos and using the camera all day at 20 percent left the a7III still got another 2,000 shots from a timelapse... on a single battery!The a7III can go up 204,800 ISO in Extended Mode, and in testing, this camera is pretty good. At 51,200 ISO we found that images are still usable at least for social media purposes. Versus the a7RIII results are similar but the a7RIII does have a slight advantage at higher ISO. Versus the Canon 6d MarkII up to 12,800 ISO, the Canon compares quite well, then the a7III starts to have much better photos.The Eye-AF system is BETTER than the a7RIII! And it’s REALLY good in the A7RIII! For cases where that's not an option, the focus point joystick can change points on the go. In darker scenes focus is good, Eye-AF does struggle in lower light if it can't recognize an eye. Otherwise set to medium spot it grabs focus well in those situations, as well as some of the other automated focus modes. Lock on tracking is nice but in testing, it does miss on occasion in our experience but overall it still works great.Buffering was an issue with previous Sony cameras, filling up, and locking you out of some options. The a7III is improved. Also, the a7III does not have apps, just like the a7RIII and a9. No timelapse or reflection app but there's always other options such as the Miops mobile or dropping S&Q to one frame a second. [Timelapse options on Sony a9, a7Riii, a7iii]For video, you get 1080p at 30/60/120 fps up to 100 Mbits a second, it also has 4k at 30 and 24 fps at 8 bit.  Super 35 and full frame (both work in 4k and 1080p) are equally sharp and give you more options for shooting as the crop ratio can help you get closer or wider when needed. 4k at 30fps does have a 1.2 crop, 24fps is a full frame readout. ISO up to 6400 is good, 12800 is a pinch, reducing 4k to 1080p does reduce a lot of noise. For editing, you'll be good with access to S-Log 2 and 3 and multiple picture styles. Proxy support is included as well, a second smaller copy recorded alongside the 4K file that allows you edit on a laptop, having the ability to swap it out with the 4K file laterInterested in how the a7III stacks up to the a7RIII? Check out Photorec.tv/a73vs for the full comparison. Really, 42MP plus pixel shift is what you get with the a7RIII. But, for those that don't need the megapixels, this is more than you need and you can spend the extra cash on a new lens.For $2,000? The Sony a7III is just worth it, as an entry level full frame Sony wants to dominate the space. This camera lives up to the hype with a 24mp sensor, great autofocus, and 10 fps for any professional shoot. The redesigned body and UI is great and much better to use than previous generations. Then there's a battery that can shoot up to 4,000 shots, 4K with video options, and IBIS... This is the entry-level full frame to beat.

Sony a7III Available for Preorder Today

Sony a7III review

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FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens KitAmazon | B&HVario-Tessar FE 24-70mm f/4ZA OSS Lens KitAmazon | B&HFE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens KitAmazon | B&H

Basic Specs

  • 24MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor

  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI

  • 693-Point Hybrid AF System

  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas

  • 2.36m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF

  • 3.0" 922k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD

  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization

  • ISO 204800 and 10 fps Shooting

  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC, Dual SD Slots

  • USB Type-C Port, Weather-Sealed Design

Sample Photos

The Sony a7III - Sony's 4k Update to Entry Level Full Frame

https://youtu.be/rdZaqXd6hMsSony has just announced the a7iii. A followup to their entry level full frame mirrorless a7ii.The Sony a7iii Specs:

  • Redesigned 24MP Sensor

  • 693 AF Points with A9s Eye-AF system (Better than a7Riii)

  • 15 stop Dynamic Range

  • 5 axis IBIS

  • 10fps with 14 bit raw (also 14 bit raw while silent)

  • 4k HDR, 6k full readout, Slog 2 & 3 and HLG

  • Uses Z Battery Rated at 710 shots longest battery life of any mirrorless camera ever

  • Dual SDcard slots, joystick, touchscreen, USB-C,

  • Available in April for $2,000 - Preorders start Wed

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Sony a7III Video

Sony a7III Video

At $2,000 for the a7III you get a NEW BSI 24.2 MP sensor offering- 10 FPS (silent or mechanical shutter), 15 stops of range and 4k Video. Combine that with 425 contrast Autofocus points, 693 phase detection autofocus points, eye AF,  5-axis in-body stabilization and a redesigned body that offers a bigger grip, a focus point joystick and a touchscreen. Not to mention the longest battery life of any mirrorless camera.With a lot of tech being brought in from the a7RIII and a9 it's fast. You can capture up to 177 JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW, or 40 uncompressed RAW images before filling the buffer. As with the other models, there is a partial lockout of camera functions while the data saves to the memory card. AF is about twice as fast as the A7II and significantly improved low light capabilities. The Eye-AF system is BETTER than the a7RIII! And it's REALLY good in the A7RIII!Offering 4K video with HLG(HDR) and S-Log2 and S-Log3. The 4k file is downsampled from 6k which when working off a 24mp sensor should give excellent low light results.  Full HD at 120fps to round it out.The design mirrors the a9, a7Riii batteries with dual SD card slots, slot one is SDXC II compatible. Same battery as a9/a7riii, the NP-FZ100 battery provides 710 shots per charge, that is actually the highest rating of any mirrorless on the market battery, the a7RIII is rated at 650 shots. USB-C for fast transfer of photos and video, tethered shooting and doubling as a power supply. There is also a micro USB port.My full review from Vegas will be released soon, don't forget to follow on Instagram at @photorectoby or subscribe to Youtube to be notified of the Sony a7iii review release

Preorders start 11 am ET, Feb 28th at B&H

Sony a7III Body Only

Sony a7III Body Only

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

My Sony a7III Photos from Sony Launch Event

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Sample Images from Sony

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Specs

Sony a7 III

Sony a7 II

Lens Mount

Sony E-Mount

Sony E-Mount

Camera Format

Full-Frame

Full-Frame

Pixels

24 MP: 6000 x 4000 (new BSI Sensor)

24 MP: 6000 x 4000

File Formats

Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC SAudio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4, XAVC SAudio: AAC LC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Bit Depth

14-Bit

14-Bit

Memory Card Type

SDSDHCSDXCMemory Stick Pro DuoMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo

SDXCSDHCSDMemory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)Memory Stick PRO HG-DuoMemory Stick XC-HG Duo

Image Stabilization

Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

Video Format

3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 50, 59.94 fps (25 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080p at 25, 29.97 fps (16 Mb/s XAVC S via H.264)1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD via H.264)1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD via H.264)

1920 x 1080p at 24, 30, 60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)1440 x 1080 at 30 fps (12 Mb/s MP4)640 x 480 at 30 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)

Video Clip Length

Up to 29 Minutes

Up to 29 Minutes

Autofocus

Phase Detection: 693Contrast Detection: 425Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Phase Detection: 117Contrast Detection: 25Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Viewfinder Type

Electronic, 100% Coverage

Electronic, 100% Coverage

Buffer/Continuous Shooting

Up to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 89 Frames in Raw FormatUp to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 177 Frames in JPEG FormatUp to 8 fps at 24.2 MP

Up to 5 fps at 24 MP for up to 50 Frames

Built-in Flash

No

No

Connectivity

HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 3.0, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi

1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, Multi Interface Terminal, Wi-Fi

Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.0 x 3.9 x 3.0" / 127.0 x 99.1 x 76.2 mm

5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″ / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7 mm

Weight

1.4375 lb / 652 g

1.223 lb / 556 g

Finally: M50 Canon Camera Offers 4K Video & Several Other Sweet Features

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Canon has just announced the M50 - their newest mirrorless camera. I have not been impressed with previous mirrorless models from Canon but with the M50 Canon is finally offering a truly competitive camera with a few caveats.What the M50 Offers -

  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Eye Detection AF

  • 24p UHD 4K and 120p HD for slow motion

  • Built-in OLED EVF with Touch and Drag AF

  • Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD

  • Automatic image transfer to compatible devices while shooting

  • Automatic backup on home WIFI

  • New DIGIC 8 Image Processor with Improved Auto Lighting Optimizer

  • Silent Mode for Quiet Operation.

For $899 you get the M50 and the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Preorder from B&H Photo | Amazon

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIH6OoFetLAWhat I like about the M50A redesigned body that feels nicer in hand than previous models and offers a fully articulating touch screen! Canon continues to offer one of the best touchscreen systems in any camera and switching the M50 design to a fully articulating screen really makes this appealing for anyone shooting video, especially vlog/selfie style. Earlier models were limited to a vertical articulating only, they did not flip out to the side.4k video - it is 2018 and Canon's lack of serious 4k offerings up to this point has been embarrassing. Many of you might say you have no interest in creating 4K video but having the option to shoot 4K gives you more flexibility to work with the content in post - you can stabilize the footage or crop in for more zoom.While the sensor is not stabilized canon offers a decent electronic stabilization system that will work together with the lens IS to provide smooth footage.  It does work in 4k too!Automatic in-home backup. Through an update to Canon's desktop software - when you enter your home, the camera will automatically connect to your WIFI and begin to backup/transfer your images. Anything that makes it easier to get the photos from camera to computer - I am a fan. I reserve full judgment until I get to try this out.What I don't like about the M50Dual pixel AF is some of the most accurate and cinematographic looking autofocus in any camera but for faster action, it just doesn't keep up with something like the Sony a6300. I hope the redesign to the chip and dual-pixel AF has increased the speed. It is important to not you do lose this feature when shooting 4K.Despite being a Canon camera the M50 uses canon's newer EF-M mount. While Canon and third-party manufacturers have been releasing EF-M lenses, the system isn't quite as mature as others and you may find that you need to use an adapter. The use of an adapter isn't terrible but it is rarely ideal.When shooting 4k you suffer an additional crop factor of 1.6x. That is on top of the standard APS-C crop that is 1.6x- this ends up above 2.5x crop which significantly changes the focal length of the lens you are working with. Often a drawback but a benefit if trying to use telephoto lenses and getting close to wildlife.Final Thoughts on the Canon M50This is a smart design and a smart release from Canon - it makes me hopeful and excited that we will see additional serious mirrorless offerings from them in the future - I just wonder how long we will have to wait to get a truly professional mirrorless?Are you interested? Let me know in the comments!For $899 you get the M50 and the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

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Sony a7RIII - 5 Awesome Features & a Few Complaints

Some post review thoughts. The Sony a7RIII got reviewed a bit ago, but since then it's been on trips around the world with Toby. Currently, in Vietnam, his takes a ton of use over the course of the tours with McKay Live meaning a ton of real-world use lately. So we've got the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new Sony everyone is hot to pick up.

Pick up your own Sony a7RIII today

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The GH5S, Only 10MP, and Why That's a Good Thing

First, this is designed for video, the S in GH5S stands for sensitive in low light. The GH5S looks almost identical to the GH5 on the outside, just a red shutter button, red ring on the mode dial and the S in the model name. It is on the inside that we see camera completely designed for video with low light demands. Primarily targeted at an event, wedding, and other videographers shooting in low light.GH5 provides a 21MP sensor, the GH5S is just 10!  What kind of upgrade is that? When shooting video we're not using the full resolution of the sensor, all those extra pixels are wasted, dropping the megapixels of the sensor to 10, similar to Sony's approach with the a7S series at 12MP, allows for larger pixels. Larger pixels do better in low light.Key Benefits of the GH5S:

  • 10MP low light sensor

  • 14-bit raw stills

Key Differences Compared to the GH5

  • 10MP vs 20MP - Better in low light, less room for cropping

  • No IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)

I love my GH5 - it is a fantastically easy camera to shoot video with and takes beautiful still images too. I talk more about my favorite features of the GH5 in this video.  The IBIS stabilization paired with a stabilized lens gives you very smooth handheld footage. With the removal of IBIS in the GH5S (They assume you will use a gimbal) I can really only recommend this GH5S as an upgrade for those primarily shooting in lower light. For general videographers and travel photographers/videographers the GH5 is still my pick.And don't forget about the little G85 - for less than $1,000 this is one of the best travel photo/video systems out there. My Full Review of the G85What does this mean for the GH6? Where will Panasonic go with the GH6 and will there be a GH6S? I don't know, but it's something I'd like to find out now that they've split these two models.Final Thoughts. I Love the GH5 as a video-based camera that can take very good still images. I have no desire to pick up the GH5S as overall, for me, the IBIS is too big of a loss and I'm shooting in all sorts of light. If I was doing more weddings though, this would be perfect for the low light situations you'd be running into shooting.

Available for Preorder

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Sample Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoyFxuFh3AEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clbE9fRHo-8

Specifications

GH5S

GH5

Lens Mount

Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)

Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)

Pixels

Actual: 11.93 MegapixelEffective: 10.28 Megapixel

Actual: 21.77 MegapixelEffective: 20.3 Megapixel

Max Resolution

10 MP: 3680 x 2760

20 MP: 5184 x 3888

Aspect Ratio

1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Sensor Type / Size

MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm

MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm

File Formats

Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, H.264, MOV, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, H.264, MOV, MP4Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch

Bit Depth

14-Bit

10-Bit

Dust Reduction System

Yes

Yes

Memory Card Type

SDSDHCSDXC

SDSDHCSDXC

Image Stabilization

None

Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

Video Recording

Yes, NTSC/PAL

Yes, NTSC/PAL

Video Format

4096 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps3328 x 2496p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 120, 240 fps

4096 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25 fps3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps3328 x 2496p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps

Aspect Ratio

16:9

4:3, 16:9

Audio Recording

Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)

Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)

Focus Type

Auto & Manual

Auto & Manual

Focus Mode

Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Autofocus Points

Contrast Detection: 225

Contrast Detection: 225

Viewfinder Type

Electronic

Electronic

Viewfinder Pixel Count

3,686,000

3,686,000

Viewfinder Eye Point

21.00 mm

21.00 mm

Viewfinder Coverage

100%

100%

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.76x

Approx. 0.76x

Diopter Adjustment

-4 to +3 m

-4 to +3 m

Display Screen

3.2" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,620,000)

3.2" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,620,000)

Screen Coverage

100%

100%

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, 160-51200 (Extended Mode: 80-204800)

Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)

Shutter

Type: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 60 - 1/8000 SecondType: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 30 - 1 Minute in Bulb Mode1/24 - 1/16000 Second in Movie ModeType: ElectronicSpeed: 1 - 1/16000 Second

Type: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 60 - 1/8000 SecondType: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 30 - 1 Minute in Bulb Mode1/24 - 1/16000 Second in Movie ModeType: ElectronicSpeed: 1 - 1/16000 Second

Remote Control

DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

DMW-RSL1 (Optional)

Metering Method

Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering

Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering

Exposure Modes

Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter PriorityMetering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)

Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter PriorityMetering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)

White Balance Modes

Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4

Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4

Buffer/Continuous Shooting

Up to 12 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 80 Frames in Raw FormatUp to 11 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 80 Frames in Raw FormatUp to 12 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 600 Frames in JPEG FormatUp to 11 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 600 Frames in JPEG FormatUp to 8 fps at 10.3 MPUp to 7 fps at 10.3 MPUp to 6 fps at 10.3 MPUp to 5 fps at 10.3 MPUp to 2 fps at 10.3 MPUp to 60 fps at 8 MP

Up to 12 fps at 20.3 MPUp to 30 fps at 18 MPUp to 60 fps at 8 MP

Flash Modes

AutoAuto/Red-Eye ReductionForced OnForced On/Red-Eye ReductionOffSlow SyncSlow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction

AutoAuto/Red-Eye ReductionForced OnForced On/Red-Eye ReductionOffSlow SyncSlow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction

Built-in Flash

No

No

Max Sync Speed

1 / 250 Second

1 / 250 Second

Flash Compensation

-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System

TTL

TTL

External Flash Connection

Hot Shoe, PC Terminal

Hot Shoe, PC Terminal

Self Timer

10 Seconds, 2 Seconds

10 Seconds, 2 Seconds

Interval Recording

Yes

Yes

Connectivity

1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, USB Type-C, Viera Link, X-Sync Socket

1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, Viera Link

Wi-Fi Capable

Yes

Yes

Battery

1 x DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh

1 x DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh

Operating/Storage Temperature

Operating14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)Humidity: 10 - 80%

Operating14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)Humidity: 10 - 80%

Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4" / 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm

 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4" / 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm

Weight

1.452 lb / 660 g with battery and memory card

 1.595 lb / 725 g with battery and memory card

YI Camera - Cheap Mirrorless- Don't Buy!

The Young Innovators (YI) Camera is a micro 4/3rds camera using a Sony sensor- The quality of the images is quite good but the performance of the camera, especially the autofocus is poor. I do not recommend you buy this camera.https://youtu.be/m-LcAE_Pk8w

Don't buy the YI Camera - Amazon Link Just for funWhat Should You Buy?Buy Links:Used EPL 6 for $219 at B&H Photo $219Used Sony a6000 at B&H PhotoRaw Files for Download (Personal Use Only)

Canon SL2 200D Review vs Sony a6000/6300

The Canon Sl2 - a camera I didn't think Canon was going to make…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov7vnZ7ijoM [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" size="medium" td_gallery_title_input="Canon SL2 (200D) Sample Images" ids="17148,17149,17150,17151,17152,17153,17154"]RAW FILES FOR DOWNLOAD AND PERSONAL USE ONLY

Canon vs Sony Recommendations

For easy photo and video with huge & affordable lens selectionBuy Canon SL2  with the kit lensAdd on the Canon 40mm f/2.8 lensFor better quality images and video in a smaller, but less friendly packageBuy Sony a6000  (Cheaper with a two lens package!)Buy Sony a6300 for 4k and better viewfinder Buy Sigma 30mm For small lightweight prime

Why you should have a prime lens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nODUWChwfMU&t=5s 

Panasonic G9 - Powerful, Stills-Focused, Camera

[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="16903,16904,16905,16906,16907,16908,16909,16910,16911,16912,16913,16914"]Panasonic has just announced the Panasonic G9, Similar in size and weight to their excellent GH5 camera but unlike the GH5 strength in video. This G9 is tuned for those that want the best still shooting experience in Panasonic's lineup. On paper, it's a great redesign stealing some of the best parts of the GH5.Lumix's new flagship has quite the specs:

  • No Low-pass filter for a boost in sharpness
  • The same 20.3MP sensor in the GH5 with a maximum 80MP high res photo mode thanks to sensor shifting like the Sony a7Riii.
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization, 6.5 stops for sharp shots on the move
  • 4K video at 60p (10 minutes only), including a 180fps full HD slow-motion mode
  • 60 FPS via Electronic Shutter or 20 FPS mechanical
  • "World's Fastest AF" tracking speed of 0.04 seconds with its 225 AF points. Just a touch faster than the GH5's 0.05 for fast-tracking and smooth.
    • Face/Eye Recognition, Tracking AF, 1-area AF, and Pinpoint AF
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with BLE, Bluetooth low energy for full-time connection to a smartphone
  • Massive 3,680K-dot OLED Live View Finder [LVF] with 120 fps refresh rate, 0.83X magnification, and blackout free 100% field of view.
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Redesigned body with a Thumb-operated AF joystick and top LCD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaGbeHx9HGUhttps://youtu.be/9CxVkl-fL3YThis flagship is a killer camera! It will be available starting in February for $1,700. With a big shift to stills in this model, the Panasonic G9 has some impressive specs. We'll have Toby up for a review soon when he can get a copy.

Preorder Now! The G9 will be released February 15, 2018.

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Specifications

Imaging
Camera
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, Micro Four Thirds Mount (2x Crop Factor
Pixels
Actual: 21.77 MP, Effective: 20.3 MP
Max Resolution
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size
MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
Dust Reduction System
Yes
Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
AV Recording 
Video Recording
Yes, NTSC
Video Format
3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 29.97, 48, 59.94 fps (MP4)1920 x 1080p at 29.97, 59.94, 180 fps (MP4)1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 59.94 fps (AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (AVCHD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Video Clip Length
Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording
Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
Focus Control 
Focus Type
Auto & Manual
Focus Mode
Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points
Contrast Detection: 225
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count
3,680,000
Viewfinder Eye Point
21.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage
100%
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.83x
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +3 m
Display Screen
3" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,040,000)
Screen Coverage
100%
Exposure Control
ISO sensitivity
Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter
Type: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 60 - 1/8000 SecondType: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 30 - 1 Minute in Bulb ModeType: ElectronicSpeed: 1 - 1/32000 SecondType: ElectronicSpeed: 1/25 - 1/16000 Second in Movie Mode
Remote Control
DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes
Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter PriorityMetering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set
Buffer / Continuous Shooting
Up to 9 fps at 20.3 MPUp to 12 fps at 20.3 MPUp to 20 fps at 20.3 MPUp to 60 fps at 20.3 MPUp to 30 fps at 18 MPUp to 60 fps at 8 MP
Flash
Flash Modes
AutoAuto/Red-Eye ReductionForced OnForced On/Red-Eye ReductionOffSlow SyncSlow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Built-in Flash
No
Max Sync Speed
1 / 250 Second
Flash Compensation
-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System
TTL
External Flash Connection
Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Performance
Self Timer
10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Interval Recording
Yes
Connectivity
1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, Viera Link
Wi-Fi Capable
Yes
Power
Battery
1 x DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
Operating / Storage Temperature
Operating: 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.4 x 3.8 x 3.6" / 136.9 x 97.3 x 91.6 mm
Weight
1.27 lb / 579 g body only

Sony 24-104 f/4 Hands-on & Sample Images

Sony has announced a 24-104 f/4 G lens. After a few hours of shooting with it on the new Sony a7R III, I can tell you it is very sharp. Some might be disappointed it is not a G Master lens but Sony has created a lens that is extremely sharp across the range and remains lightweight and travel-friendly.The lens uses a Direct Drive SSM focus motor that Sony claims it has a more direct feel similar to a mechanical focus ring, useful for videographers. It is dust and moisture resistant. Nine circular aperture blades create a smooth bokeh.

  • Image stab: Yes
  • Focus Hold/Customizable Button: Yes
  • Max aperture: F4
  • Min aperture: F22
  • Filter size: 77mm (Recommended CPL filter: Hoya CPL | ND Filter: B+W 6 stop)
  • Min focus: 0.38 m (14.96″)
  • Max magnification: 0.31×
  • Weight: 663 g (1.46 lb)
  • Length: 113 mm (4.45″)
The only bummer - it's a good bit more expensive than other 24-105 lenses, almost $1,300 but it is also far sharper and lighter. Although an expensive combination the Sony 24-105 G and the A7R III with a total cost $4,496 is arguably one of the highest quality combos while remaining travel-friendly (size and weight).Price: $1,298.00 - Preorder from B&H Photo | Preorder from Amazon  Ships Nov 30th.Sample Photos

Sony Rebates

Sony RebatesBig sales for Sony today with new rebates and freebies you NEED to check out! Get Toby's great Sony a7R II, the camera that takes a lot of those travel shots, for cheap. Even if you are just starting out they've even got deals on the Sony a5100 and a6300. It's worth your time to look if you want to upgrade or have thought about making that switch to Sony.

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Sony A9 Goes to the Races and Starts Shipping Now

Sony a9 ReviewAs an update, the Sony A9 starts shipping starting tomorrow, order now and get your brand new a9 soon! If you haven't yet, check out Toby's review of the sportier A9 everyone has come to love. At 20fps and speedy autofocus, it pushes the envelope for what's possible.Buy it now at:

amazon
  https://vimeo.com/216570035As you can see in the Sony a9’s speedy video above we recently had the 143rd Kentucky Derby on May 6th and veteran journalist Nick Didlick came toting a rolling case filled with Sony a9 mirrorless cameras using G Master lenses. With Six Sony a9s making the trip to Churchill downs it became a baptism by fire for the new 20fps mirrorless camera. After strong storms through the past week the A9’s would be shooting in rough, wet, conditions with little light from strong clouds making shooting at speed a challenge.Sony a9sShooting solo, the plan coming to the race was four cameras set as remotes with a mid-range zoom and the other a longer telephoto. For walkaround gear, Didlick focused on the new 100-400mm G Master with a 2x converter for head on shots. A 24-70mm G Master worked as an all purpose lens on the second a9 to complement the telephoto, and he carried a 70-200 f/2.8 G Master lens as well. Overall he covered his bases nicely for somewhat wider shots to the closest portraits of the horse and jockies.Logistically with the small size of the a9 and lenses, it’s actually a relatively small and lightweight setup considering the competition for Didlick. Six Cameras and eight lenses plus accessories fit into one case making it a cakewalk to cart around Churchill Downs. Even out on the track, Didlick was carrying three a9s with their remote setups while others struggled with two DSLRs. The a9’s set to fire as a remote lasted six to eight hours on one battery making no need to hurry to check on them through the day as well.This Kentucky Derby was the Sony α9’s first major foray into big-time sports photojournalism. With Didlick’s guidance, the camera lived up to its potential. You can check out some of the day’s photos below.

Croatia Photo/Video Gear

https://youtu.be/UWWsvoKWQAk I just finished a fantastic trip in exploring the coast and islands of Southern Croatia. Beautiful country, friendly people. My goal on this trip was to produce video first and photos second. With video being my primary goal I am calling this the

Videography Travel Bag

 

Bags & Holster

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MindShift BackLight 26L[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Mindshift Gear - Backlight 26LAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]SpiderHolster SpiderLight BackPacker Kit[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Camera Holster - Spider Backpacker KitAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Mindshift Multi-Mount Holster 30[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Secondary Bag - Multi-Mount Holster 30Amazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Gear

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Panasonic LUMIX GH5[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Panasonic GH5Amazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix F2.8-4.0[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 12-60 f/2.8-4 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix 42.5MM[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Lumix 45-200[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Lumix 45-200 f/4.0-5.6 LensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Rokinon 7.5mm mft[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 lensAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Rode Video Micro ProAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 RII[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Sony RX1R IIAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More System[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]DJI Mavic Pro - Fly More SystemAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hoya Circular Polarizer [/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hoya Circular Polarizers for each lensB&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Hoya .3 ND Filter[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Hoya ND Filters 0.3 for each lensB&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road Trip[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road TripAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"]Olympus TG Tracker WP Camera[/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"]Olympus TG Tracker WP CameraAmazon | B&H[/vc_column][/vc_row]  

Sony a9 Review

Every once in awhile there is a product that comes along that really pushes the technology envelope and causes us all to rethink what is possible. The original iphone is one example - is the Sony a9 another?

https://youtu.be/KWTmpD8zG9sORDER >> - B&H LINK for Sony FE 100-400   PRICE:  $2,499.00ORDER >> - B&H LINK for Sony a9  PRICE:  $4,499.00
Sony a9 FULL RAW FILES FOR DOWNLOADI spent a day shooting with the Sony a9 - about 4500 photos at various events that Sony had setup for us and I am ready to share some thoughts.Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting at up to 20 fps for just over 200 raw images or nearly 400 jpegs - It’s absolutely works and if desired, completely silently. This is amazing and yes as a few of you commented in my earlier videos - it’s not the first the camera to be able to shoot silently but it is the first to do so on this level with this AF performance, nothing else is close in the mirrorless world to this AF performance, low light performance and speed, silently and when we compare to DSLRS you need to spend at least a $1,000 more for a 1DX Mark II or D5 and they aren’t as fast and maybe even have fewer hit rates.The AF system in this camera is impressive - nearly edge to edge coverage with over 360 AF points - I watched it again and again accurately track fast moving subjects, intersecting subjects, erratically moving subjects and the in focus rate I had with this camera was astounding. Between the 20fps and the AF system it's unlikely you are going to miss a shot because of the camera. And the whole operation is fast - we had hockey at one end of the rink and figure skating at the other, for awhile I was in between and if I glanced over and saw a figure skater about to jump - I could bring my camera up to my eye, get focus and fire off a series of images without missing the actual jump!It feels nicer in the hand and as an a7RII user I am really jealous of that little joystick for focus point selection and the bigger brighter viewfinder. I have additional specs on the website along with additional sample photos including full RAW images for download but I want to take a few minutes and answer a few questions people posted on my earlier videos.silent shooting which is also electronic shutter has previously exhibited some serious drawbacks like rolling shutter - in still images if you or the subject is moving everything gets slanted - it’s not good. I didn’t see it in a full day of shooting with the a9 unless I tried hard to make it happen - swinging the camera back and forth. Image quality and dynamic range have also suffered in previous models when shooting silent and I am happy to say I could not see any differenceOverall High ISO performance is excellent - very similar to the a7RII which I compared it to.Battery life - I shot over 4,000 images on a single battery, other reviewers have gotten even higher numbers - I suspect not having to physically move a shutter makes a huge difference in the power required. Dual SD card is nice although they need to tweak the options for setup - it’s not very logical at the moment. The screen is touch sensitive, like the a6500 which means it's just ok - I don’t love it, always feels a little off to me but the touch to focus generally works well.It’s not all wonderful -Video system no S-log is a lame move and looks like Sony is holding back to protect their a7S line or a future a9S - something new for Sony as they typically have been the manufacturer to put it all in - this is not as strong a hybrid shooting machine because of it.More importantly They are still lacking a few of the longer fast lenses that pro photographers desire - though with this excellent ISO performance the new 100-400 should satisfy some AND Sony support system is nowhere near what Canon CPS offers thought Sony made it a point to talk about the changes they will make to their support system in the US and abroad in the coming year but I do think many pros will wait to see how that works out.And while this camera might not be as game changing as the iphone was for the smartphone market it certainly signals a serious shift and showcases just what is now possible - I don’t think it will be much longer before this sound is a thing of the past.I’d love to know your thoughts - what is most exciting to you about this camera? What do you think is the biggest issue? Leave your thoughtful comments below! If you found this video helpful give it a quick thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on instagram for more content between these videos.