A Crazy Week of Photo Gear Announcements
Canon, Fujifilm, Sony, and Leica!
To be honest, photography news of late has been a bit ho-hum. Well, that all changed this past week with a deluge of new announcements. So hide your credit cards, then peruse this overview of tempting gear.
Leica Q3 Digital Camera
The Leica Q3 includes what many of us have been waiting for: a tilting LCD screen - and a high resolution one at that. Combined with a booming 60MP sensor, this compact is a beast.
60MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS Sensor
Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
8K30, 4K60 & 4:2:2 10-Bit, FHD ProRes HQ
Phase-Detection AF & Optical IS
Triple Resolution Technology
5.76m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
3" 1.84m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
ISO 50-100000, Up to 15-fps Shooting
SD UHS-II Slot; USB-C and HDMI Ports
IP52 Weather Sealing
You can preorder the Leica Q3 for $5,595.
The Fujifilm X-S20 is the second in the line of deep-grip, mid-level enthusiast mirrorless cameras. For those who prefer a more traditional layout control deck, with Fuji glass compatibility, the reasonably priced X-S20 is a sweet spot.
26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 Sensor
X-Processor 5 Image Processor
5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization
6.2K at 30 fps, 4K at 60 fps
2.36m-Dot 0.62x OLED EVF
3.0" 1.84m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
19 Film Simulation Modes
ISO 160-12800, up to 8 fps Shooting
You can preorder the Fujifilm X-S20 for $1,299.
Canon EOS R100
Think of the Canon EOS R100 as the Digital Rebel of their mirrorless lineup, being Canon’s lowest-priced RF-mount camera. Entry-level photographers looking to break into the world of Canon mirrorless should find this body appealing.
24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
DIGIC 8 Image Processor
4K 24p Video with Crop, Full HD 60p
Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 143 AF Zones
6.5 fps Electronic Shutter
2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
3" 1.04m-Dot LCD Screen
Creative Assist Mode
Silent Mode for Quiet Operation
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with SD Card Slot
You can preorder the Canon EOS R100 for $479.
Sony ZV-1 II
The Sony ZV-1 II is a compact camera designed for vlogging as well as stills photography. Its very wide zoom lens makes it an ideal tool for video reporting in tight spaces.
20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
Wide-Angle 18-50mm-Equiv. f/1.8-4 Lens
UHD 4K30p Video w/ HLG & S-Log3/2 Gammas
3" Side Flip-Out Touchscreen LCD
Intuitive Touch Focus & Exposure Control
Real-Time Tracking & Eye AF
Bokeh Switch & Face Priority AE
Cinematic Vlog Setting, S&Q Shoot Mode
You can preorder the Sony ZV-1 II for $898.
But Wait, There’s More!
In addition to the cameras, Fujifilm announced the FUJIFILM XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR lens ($799), Canon released the RF 28mm f/2.8 STM lens ($299), and Ricoh announced a pair of Pentax 50mm F1.4 K-mount lenses ($379 and $349).
What a week!
This Week’s TDS Podcast
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Being the creatures of habit that we are, it’s easy to stick with the things we’re comfortable with. In the world of photography, that could mean landscapes only, or “I’m really a Photoshop guy.” But what would happen if you stepped out of your comfort zone into the unknown waters of experimentation? I have a few real life stories to share of photographers who did just that. I hope you enjoy the show.
The Digital Story Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune in.
Upcoming Photo Experience
Wine Country in Autumn Photography Workshop
November 2-4, 2023 - Sonoma County Wine Country is a special place in November. The harvest is in and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of labor.
During this workshop, we’ll combine an outstanding and educational wine experience with beautiful photography, at a relaxed pace. It’s the perfect get-away for those who love alluring scenery, great food, and delicious tastings.
If you want to do something truly different, beautiful, flavorful, and come home with unique pictures, this wildly affordable workshop is for you.
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