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Photo & Video Cameras

Panasonic Shifts Focus Towards Still Photographers with new Lumix G9

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Visitors to ProFusion Expo in Toronto this past week were treated to an early hands-on look at the brand new high-end mirrorless Panasonic Lumix G9 when it made it’s Canadian debut at the show. Similar in size to the previous GH5 model, the G9 incorporates a slew of improvements which we will talk about below. G9 Redesigned Body One of the first things you notice about the Lumix G9 is that it looks more like a DSLR than a mirrorless camera. The most obvious feature is the extra deep grip and textured leather-like coating providing a solid handhold especially for those with…

Sony Announces a7R III – “An Evolution of Resolution and Speed”

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After much speculation, Sony finally unveiled the latest member of their widely successful a7 camera series, the a7R III. The a7R III takes the the best features found on the previous a7 II model, then sprinkles in some of the newer technology introduced on the more recent a9 model, and then adds a few new treats for good measure. So with all of that in mind, lets take a closer look… The a7R III features a 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor utilizing a gapless on-chip lens design and anti-reflective coating resulting in higher sensitivity, better low-light performance and…

PowerShot G1 X Mark III – Canon’s First APS-C Sensor Point-and-Shoot

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The new PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the first Canon point-and-shoot to feature a larger APS-C CMOS sensor with DIGIC 7 Image Processor and Dual Pixel technology. Upgrading to the larger APS-C sensor is a smart move as it allows Canon to offer a lot of the same technologies normally found in their more recent non full-frame DSLRs in a pocket sized body. PowerShot G1 X Mark III Features As mentioned, the G1 X Mark III features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF system which Canon states is “popular amongst enthusiast and professional users, provides…

GoPro HERO6 Black Features 4K 60fps and Upgraded Chip

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The new GoPro HERO6 has been announced and looks like it will make action camera fans very, very happy. The HERO6 is powered by an all new custom made GP1 chip (developed over three years with a company called Socionext) that GoPro says offers “double the performance” of the HERO5 released back in 2016. By utilizing the power of this faster chip the HERO6 can capture 4K video resolution at 60fps, as well as 2.7K at 120fps or Full HD 1080p video at 240fps. The HERO6 also takes 12-megapixel photos in RAW or JPG formats, features GoPro’s Wide Dynamic Range…

Major Changes Coming for Canada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry

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On July 15th, 2017, Transport Canada released new proposed regulations for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) operators known as Canada Gazette I. The updated regulations will take effect on January 15, 2018, and Transport Canada is currently in the process of gathering input from Canadians that will help to shape the new rules. This is why AlteX wants to make it easier for you to add your input. This 34-page document includes major changes that will have a huge impact Canada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry. AlteX Canada Gazette 1 Campaign AlteX UAV realizes that interpreting government regulations can be challenging and…

Canon Announces Three Compact and Lightweight 4K Camcorders

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Canon must believe good things come in three with their announcement of 3 new 4K UHD camcorders. The higher-end XF405, XF400 models are aimed at broadcast interview, documentary and even wedding shooters while the VIXIA HF GX10 is geared more towards advanced amateurs and hobbyists. All feature 4K/60p recording capabilities, a newly developed 15x optical zoom lens and a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor powered by dual DIGIC DV6 image processing platform as well as touch-panel operations and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. In addition, the compact and lightweight body designs measure approximately 5.3in (l) x 3.8in(h) x 8.4in(d) and weigh approximately 40.5oz,…

Sony Unveils First Camcorders with Phase-detection AF

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“Sony’s newest camcorders are its first to feature phase detection Auto Focus (AF), and expand its line of 4K and HDR-capable tools for shooting applications ranging from video enthusiasts to corporate and events to broadcast news and TV production.” Each of the three new models, the XDCAM PXW-Z90, NXCAM HXR-NX80 and Handycam FDR-AX700 feature a high-density placement of 273 phase-detection points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area and a newly developed AF algorithm. All three models boast a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and support 4K HDR recording with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) offering users an Instant…

Sony RX10 IV: The Ultimate Zoom ‘All-in-One’ Camera

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Sony’s new RX10 IV is the latest incarnation of their popular “all-in-one” super zoom series of Cyber-Shot cameras. It features what Sony is calling the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and is capable of continuous shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking and a 315 point phase-detection AF system that covers about 65% of the frame. Under the hood, is a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor. The built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-600mm lens features 25x optical zoom and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 4.5 stops…

FUJIFILM X-E3 – Compact Body Packed with Premium Features

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With Fujifilm’s newest X-Series camera, the rangefinder-style X-E3, you are getting the many of the same premium features found in their newer X-Series cameras (X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20) plus a few that are brand new to the X-E3. The X-E3 boasts the same 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro engine, as the cameras mentioned above, it also features a focus control joystick (introduced on the X-Pro2) and the same 325-point autofocus system as found on the X-T2. As for new features, the X-E3 is the first X-Series camera to feature Bluetooth LE in addition to WiFi allowing for easy…

Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark III featuring Ultra HD 4K Video

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III isn’t a giant leap forward over the previous E-M10 Mark II, but it does put the ability to record Ultra HD 4K video into the hands of enthusiasts and those upgrading from their smartphones at a very reasonable price. As with previous E-M10 models, the E-M10 Mark III features a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, but boasts the same TruePic III processing engine found in their flagship E-M1 Mark II. As with all of the OM-D series, the E-M10 Mark III is a beautiful looking camera, especially in silver. The body still feels relatively…

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