Medium Format at its best: Fuji GFX 50S

Fuji announced the price of its new medium format camera GFX 50S: $6500, even cheaper than the bulkier Pentax 645Z. As the competing Hasselblad X1D-50c was announced with a $9k price tag this will certainly convince more DSLR owners to invest in medium format. In my eyes this is not about megapixels but about sensors – and it will be interesting how Canon and Nikon will compete in 2017.

Fujifilm X-T2

The X-T2 isn’t just an X-T1 with more pixels, it looks like a major step forward and a very capable camera:

  • 24MP X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • 325 AF points (169 with phase detection)
  • 5 fps continuous shooting with live view updates, 8 fps continuous shooting with AF (11 fps with grip)
  • 4K UHD video at up to 30 fps
  • 3″, 1.04M-dot articulating LCD
  • Dual SD card slots

Sony a6300 – the camera that both Nikon and Canon fear

Sony announced the a6300, a mirrorless camera with a newly developed sensor:

  • 24 MP APS-C sensor
  • Uninterrupted live view at up to 8 fps
  • 425 point on-sensor AF system (phase detection)
  • Up to 11 fps
  • ISO up to 51,200
  • 4K video

One of the last reasons to bet on DSLRs seems to disappear. I’m sure both Nikon and Canon have high end mirrorless cameras in their labs – it will be interesting, when they begin to bring them to market. Now they can’t wait for another 5 years.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon has announced the new flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark II:

  • New 20.2MP CMOS sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ processors
  • 4k video at 60p, 1080p with up to 120 fps
  • Up to 14 fps (16 fps with mirror lock up)
  • ISO 100-51200, boostable to 409600
  • 61-point autofocus (41 of them cross-type)
  • Up to 170 RAWs in a burst if using CFast cards

First test report on Nikon D5: killer AF and low ISO

Ole J Liodden had a Nikon D5 for two months and made 50,000 exposures. He now posted a very interesting field review:

  • He reports serious improvements when using long lenses and speaks about a killer AF: “This is a big upgrade, and made photographing with 600/4.0 lens and 2.0X extender even in low light conditions possible.”
  • “Based on the jpg-files I have reviewed and edited, the image quality up to ISO 12 800 looks very clean. I would not have any problems including most of these ISO 12 800 images in my image bank or for high quality printing”
  • “Based on what I can see in the jpeg-files the High ISO performance is seriously improved”
  • He ends with “sets new standards especially regarding the AF-system and High ISO performance”

Read the full D5 report at his site.