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Posted 08/15/21
Join the B&H team in the field as they use the Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II, testing the low-light features, AF tracking, and all-around speed in a photoshoot. Click here to learn more about the Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II. Have any questions or comments, or do you prefer one of these cameras over the other? Ask us or tell us why, in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 07/27/21
Last year, Sony tried something new with the launch of the ZV-1. This year, the company is taking the same philosophy and moving it up to mirrorless with the ZV-E10. With a feature-set perfect for vloggers, the ZV-E10 is a camera that looks familiar in the E-mount lineup but has more specialized capabilities, borrowed from the ZV-1, and aimed squarely at content creators. The ZV-1 took Sony’s well-regarded RX100-esque form factor and image quality and tweaked it a bit to appeal to vloggers. Sony improved audio recording, modified the body and screen design for easier front-facing recording, and added a variety of specialized shooting modes. The company is applying this same formula to mirrorless with the ZV-E10, which certainly looks like other APS-C-format E-mount cameras, but then adds the same specialized shooting capabilities and handling enhancements first seen in the ZV-1. Sony ZV-E10 The ZV-E10 separates itself from its smaller ZV-1 sibling by focusing primarily on image quality and the versatility of it being a mirrorless camera with a broad range of lens options. In terms of imaging specs, the proven 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor is featured here, along with a BIONZ X image processor that achieves a useful balance of image quality and speed. This APS-C-format sensor is approximately 3x larger than the 1" sensor in the ZV-1, and about 10x larger than common smartphone sensor sizes. This increased size greatly benefits sensitivity, reduces noise, improves depth of field control, and helps to produce imagery with smoother color gradations and a wider dynamic range. Coupled with the BIONZ X processor, the sensor offers a top native sensitivity of ISO 32000 that is suitable for low-light use, and it’s also a fast-working system with a top continuous shooting speed of 11 fps. In terms of video, the ZV-E10 offers UHD 4K recording at up to 30p with full pixel readout and 6K oversampling. Full HD recording at 120p is supported, too, and the S-Log3 gamma setting is available for improving your dynamic range and benefiting color-grading control during post-production. Also, video recording is benefited by active SteadyShot electronic image stabilization, which helps to smooth camera shake, specifically when moving while recording. Beyond image quality and speed, the advanced sensor design also affords a sophisticated Fast Hybrid autofocus system that uses a 425-point array for quick and accurate AF performance. This focusing system also enables Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Subject Tracking and supports specialized shooting modes, like Face Priority AE and Soft Skin Effect. Additionally, the other key benefit of the mirrorless platform is the ability to work with any of the dozens of E-mount lenses; and the Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS and Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA are particularly good choices for vlogging, representing a good balance between speed, versatility, and portability. Moving on to the other key features of the ZV-E10, one standout feature inherited from the ZV-1 is the attention given to the audio recording. Recognizing that sound quality is just as important as picture quality, Sony has given the camera a directional three-capsule mic for higher quality, more realistic audio with a bias toward recording sound from in front of the camera. This upgraded built-in mic also comes with an auxiliary wind screen for clearer sound in windy conditions. For more control over audio, the top Multi-Interface Shoe also supports a digital audio interface and is compatible with dedicated mics from Sony, such as the ECM-W2BT. There are both 3.5mm headphone and external microphone ports, if needed. It’s true the ZV-E10 resembles some of the Alpha cameras, but its physical specs have also been tuned for vlogging with the inclusion of a vari-angle touchscreen LCD that flips out to the side, so as not to interfere with top-mounted mics or be obscured by any mounts. Among other tactile details are dedicated buttons for a few shooting modes: S&Q mode, which lets you instantly change to slow- or quick-motion recording, and Background Defocus mode, which helps to achieve a desirable shallow depth of field look quickly. Other vlogging-specific shooting features include the Product Showcase setting, which will quickly recognize a close-up object and smoothly shift focus to suit making product-review videos. There is also a front-facing tally lamp, and the LCD can display a red border to help make it easier to know when recording is taking place. Finally, the ZV-E10 is also a good choice for use as a webcam, with support for UVC and UAC standards, and can connect directly to a computer or a mobile device such as the XPERIA 1, for simple livestreaming use. With vlogging now a hugely popular genre for content creation, the ZV-E10 is an ideal choice to handle the unique video and photo needs of this niche. At its core, this camera is a compact, portable hybrid camera that blends the key imaging capabilities of an E-mount mirrorless body with a specific series of attributes catering to vloggers. For more information on how this camera stacks up to other options in the vlogging world, check out our companion article that compares the ZV-E10 with the ZV-1, a6400, and some additional popular choices from other manufacturers. Also join us for a live B&H & Sony Tech Talk scheduled for Wednesday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to noon: What are your thoughts on such a specialized camera? Do you have any experience with other vlogging-type cameras? What are the standout features of the ZV-E10 you like most? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/28/21
Enter the retro-cool and featured-packed Nikon Z fc camera! Lovers and fans of Nikon are certainly familiar with the company’s rich history, and it is difficult not to get excited when the camera’s design team breaks out a brand-new digital camera with a look and feel that harkens back to the days of the Nikon film photography era and its line of 35mm cameras that set a photographic standard for decades. While it looks like it rolled fresh off of the Nikon FM2 production line, the new Z fc is a DX-sensor (APS-C) digital powerhouse with all of the features and specs you’d expect from a modern digital camera. The Nikon Z fc is the newest member of Nikon’s mirrorless interchangeable-lens Z line of cameras. The Z fc’s APS-C sensor sports 20.9MP and is powered by the Nikon EXPEED 6 processor. ISO range goes from ISO 100-51200 with expandability up to 204800 when needed. Video shooters can enjoy 4K recording at 30 fps using the full sensor—no cropping. Slow-motion videos at 120 fps in HD 1080p are also available, as is 4K time-lapse shooting for up to 8 hours. The Z fc also features 20 creative shooting modes for those looking for some extra fun and magic in their shots, as well as human and animal eye-detect autofocus modes. The Z fc’s USB-C charging and data port allows for tethered shooting, external powering of the camera, and battery charging. This allows you to shoot stills and videos well past your battery life as long as you are plugged into power. Also, the camera is ready to be your next awesome webcam with speedy USB-C data transfer and a built-in microphone jack. The last time Nikon went retro it was with the Nikon Df camera—still available—that paired the D4’s full-frame sensor and processor with a retro design—even down to the non-italicized Nikon logo—a nice touch, and a feature seen on today’s new Z fc, as well. Riding atop the Z fc’s body are separate dials for dialing up shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation. A digital readout shows your selected settings so you can read them all before you bring the camera to your eye. In incorporating the retro look with the Z fc, the DX sensor allowed the package to stay small and easily portable. Weighing only 14 oz, the camera features a 3" Vari-Angle LCD screen that flips out and faces forward for vlogging and selfie fun. The OLED electronic viewfinder clocks in at 2360K pixels, and the camera has a full Wi-Fi feature suite for transferring files or allowing the camera to be controlled remotely. Being released along with the Z fc is a matching silver version of the Nikon Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens, the smallest and lightest Z-mount lens available—weighing just 4.8 oz. Its 24-75mm full-frame equivalent field of view makes it a perfect all-purpose lens. This silver version is also available with the camera as a kit. Another addition to the Z-mount DX lineup is the new Nikon Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR —the Z DX version of the “all-in-one-zoom.” With an equivalent focal length of 27-210mm that takes you from wide-angle to telephoto, this is an ideal travel companion to the Z fc and other DX Z system cameras. Also available with the Z fc is a Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition lens that is a non-DX lens, suitable for full-frame Z cameras while giving Z fc shooters the normal field of view of a 42mm full-frame lens. With the Z fc, Nikon brings a balance of features and tech to the DX side of the Z-mount system with the added flair of a beautiful retro design. What are your thoughts on the new camera’s design and features? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 10/13/20
Canon has announced a new powerful on-camera flash unit with a xenon bulb for consistent output and a rechargeable Li-ion battery that will enable up to 335 flashes per charge. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs, the Canon Speedlite EL-1 provides a Guide Number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm, which is comparable to that of the 600EX II-RT Speedlite. Canon Speedlite EL-1 The new EL-1 has a range of 24-200mm with a fast recycling time of 0.1-0.9 seconds. It also features an LED modeling lamp with adjustable brightness and color temperature controls. With a fully charged battery, the modeling light will run for three hours and can be turned on and off by double-tapping the camera’s shutter button. This impressive flash unit brings with it an improved user interface with a new LCD panel, a menu system with simplified options and control layout, as well as a new joystick controller. Efficiency features such as an active cooling system and improved thermal management enable longer operation times, and its power-output range, from 1/8192 to 1/1, provides versatile and power-saving settings when needed. Built to be strong, the EL-1 offers the same dust and water resistance as Canon EOS-1D series cameras and features a new high-durability glass flash tube. The flash head can swivel a full 180° with bounce up to 120° and provides a built-in catch light panel and wide-angle panel. The SBA-EL Bounce Adapter and SCF-EL Color Filter Set  are included, and the EL-1 is compatible with the Canon RT series of Speedlite products. Wireless second-curtain sync is supported, and the CP-E4N Battery Pack is compatible. Finally, the new rechargeable LP-EL Battery Pack that comes with the EL-1 utilizes the same LC-E6 Battery Charger used to charge the batteries on numerous Canon cameras. EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera Canon has also announced the new EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera, which is an upgrade of the EOS M50 featuring dual pixel CMOS AF improvements aimed at enticing content creators and vloggers. The new M50 Mark II still provides impressive 24.1MP image quality and the powerful DIGIC 8 image processor, as well as 4K UHD 24p and HD 120p for slow-motion video, but autofocus and Eye Detection advancements now enable faster focus lock and eye recognition at greater distances. Eye Detection can also be used during video with Movie Servo AF and you can use Eye and Face Detection during Servo AF. EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera Paired with EOS Webcam Utility software, the M50 Mark II can be used as an easy webcam alternative, and the camera offers clean HDMI output for high-resolution, high-frame-rate streaming. The vari-angle touchscreen LCD is convenient for vlogging with Touch Record Control and enables versatile composition viewing including Vertical Video. The M50 Mark II has a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF, Silent mode for quiet operation and, of course, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is available as a body only or paired with a 15-45mm lens in a white or black finish. PowerShot ZOOM Compact Telephoto Monocular Also new from Canon is the PowerShot ZOOM Digital Camera, which is a pocket-size telephoto monocular that captures 12MP still images and Full HD 1080 30p video. This lightweight and easy-to-use scope has a three-way one-touch switchable button that provides 100 to 400mm optical zoom and 800mm digital zoom. Continuous autofocus in viewing mode and Face Tracking in video mode help you stay right on the subject, whether you are viewing wildlife or a sporting event, or even while hiking or at the beach. Optical image stabilization helps maintain a steady and shake-free image. The ZOOM features a 0.39", 2.3 million dot, 59.94 fps electronic viewfinder, as well as a built-in microphone, USB C port, and microSD card slot. It is outfitted with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology for LiveView and easy download to your smartphone via the Canon Camera Connect App. PowerShot ZOOM Digital Camera Ask any questions in the Comments section, below, and let us know which of these new Canon imaging products interest you the most.
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Posted 05/11/20
Learn about the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III mirrorless camera in this joint presentation by Olympus tech project manager Matt Kandel and Olympus Pro Visionary Frank T. Smith. Matt begins this session with a brief history of Olympus and a product overview, after which Frank shares his adventures in landscape photography and talks about his experience with this very capable and compact camera. Afterward, view this  Hands-on Review  of the E-M5 Mark III, then turn to  B&H Explora  for more tech news and views and creative ideas.
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Posted 02/12/20
We got our hands on the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO lens! Doug Guerra takes this successor to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II out for a street-photography test. This mirrorless camera not only updates the features of its predecessor, but also adopts some from the E-M1x. We explore the improved stabilization system, live ND filter, 60 fps sequential shooting, DCI 4K video and more. More Olympus camera reviews:- Olympus OM-D E-M1X Learn more at B&H Explora
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Posted 01/28/20
Using the Sony a9 II and FE 400mm f/2.8 lens, Sony Artisan and sports photographer Jean Fruth photographs Montclair State University's ice hockey team, showcasing the camera's strengths for sports photography. More about Jean Fruth: https://www.jeanfruthimages.com/about/index More # AdventureWeek More Sony a9 II videos:- Sony a9II | An Introduction- Sony a9II | First Look with Nick Didlick
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Posted 01/23/20
Derek at B&H gives his first impressions on the new X-T200 vs. its predecessor, the X-T100. Not only will you see an informative FUJIFILM X-T200 review, but you'll also get a first look at the new FUJIFILM XC 35mm f/2 lens. Learn more at B&H Explora!
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