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The Olympus TG-6 Is Ready for Anything, Anywhere

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The latest Tough camera takes underwater photography to new levels Olympus has developed a loyal following among outdoor-adventure enthusiasts for its aptly named Tough series of compact point-and-shoot cameras. No wonder. They’re expressly targeted to “adrenaline junkies” and designed to capture fast action under various extreme conditions. The just-released TG-6 stays true to form where it counts and then kicks it up a notch where (to some) it’s bound to matter most. As with its popular predecessor, the TG-6 is decidedly rugged and built to withstand just about anything you’ll encounter on your adventures. Waterproof to 15 metres. Shockproof against…

Osmo Action – DJI Takes on GoPro with New Action Camera

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In a move that is sure to make GoPro nervous, DJI has launched their own action camera, the 4K HDR capable Osmo Action. Designed to directly compete with GoPro’s Hero line, the DJI Osmo Action (OA) is a dust-proof, shockproof (when dropped from up to 1.5 m/5 ft), freeze-proof (down to -10ºC/14ºF) and waterproof (without an additional housing) to a depth of 11 m/36 ft). The Osmo Action features dual colour screens, a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that captures 12-megapixel still images (JPG or RAW) and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps and is DJI’s first handheld camera to feature…

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 Canon’s Popular Portrait Lens Arrives for EOS R

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With the announcement of the RF 85mm f/1.2 lens, Canon has finally made one of what is arguably the most popular portrait lenses of all time available to shooters who have moved over to the EOS R mirrorless ecosystem. If you’ve ever shot portraits with one of Canon’s existing 85mm lenses, you’ll understand why they are so popular. They are capable of producing images with razor sharp subjects, but with background bokeh so creamy, you could put it in your coffee. The new Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM lens features an entirely new optical design which Canon says boosts…

Latest DJI Mavic 2 Firmware Update Adds Dual Remote Control Mode

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The latest firmware update for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom drones introduces Dual Remote Control Mode (introduced on the original Mavic Pro) and fixes a couple of minor issues affecting GPS information on still images and gimbal control. If you’ve ever flown a drone, you know that it can be tricky to both pilot and control the camera system at the same time. But now, with the ability to connect two remotes to one aircraft using Dual Remote Control Mode, one pilot can concentrate solely on flying while the other pilot independently operates the camera system. How to…

Fujifilm X-T3 & X-T30 Firmware Update Tweaks AF and Performance

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Fujifilm’s latest firmware update for the X-T3 and X-T30 cameras adds performance and usability enhancements to both systems. The update for the X-T3 seems quite robust, offering improvements to AF performance and capabilities, whereas the update for the X-T30 seems to be minor*, fixing an issue with the Q button being too sensitive and easy to accidentally activate. *According to the notes for this release, Fujifilm will be releasing another firmware update for the X-T30 around June of this year, which they say will add additional functionality. Below are the details from the official Fujifilm firmware X-T3 ver.3.00 and X-T30 ver.1.01…

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 steps it up by adding 4K video

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Canon’s much-loved Rebel DSLR has been with us for more than a decade now, and every addition to the lineup is something to celebrate. Canon extended that tradition with its recent launch of the EOS Rebel SL3 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. This uncomplicated but competent camera has always been targeted to hobbyists and enthusiasts, and Canon continues to keep it comfortably simple with this new model. They’ve also added some new features and functions that are sure to please Rebel diehards and convert reluctant wannabes. In a competitive market that’s currently crowded with slim, lightweight mirrorless…

NAB 2019 – New Products from Sony, Canon, Fujinon & Atomos

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Our team is at NAB 2019 scouring the show floor for the latest exciting products that are coming to market this year. Here’s our recap of some of what we’ve seen so far. Sony HXR-MC88 Compact 1” (1.0-type) HD Camcorder w/ Fast Hybrid AF & 24x zoom The HXR-MC88 is a new fully featured, lightweight, compact camcorder that features a 14.2-megapixel (effective) 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor that captures full pixel readout without pixel binning, Fast Hybrid AF and built-in wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens. Other features include, built-in ND filter that adds up to 6 stops,…

Panasonic S1 – 10-Bit V-Log FW Update & Atomos Ninja V Support

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If you plan on purchasing the new Panasonic S1 for shooting video, you’ll be happy to hear that Panasonic will be releasing a (paid) firmware upgrade in July that adds 10-Bit and full V-Log recording capabilities to the camera. The update will add support for: 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output Full V-Log recording Currently, V-Log is only available on Panasonic’s professional video cameras such as the AU-EVA1 (the GH5/GH5S offer the V-Log L variant) so it will be kind of a big deal for filmmakers who prefer the flexibility of working with smaller camera…

Sigma MC 21 Adds Sigma EF & SA Lens Compatibility to L-Mount Bodies

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The Sigma MC-21 Mount Converter/Adapter gives shooters using L-Mount [1] cameras such as the Panasonic S1 [2],  a wider range of lens options by allowing Sigma EF-Mount and SA-Mount lenses to be used. Attaching the MC-21 to an existing Sigma SA or EF mount compatible lens will allow them to be used as L-Mount system lenses. The MC-21 features a small LED light on the outer part of the ring that changes colour depending on the compatibility of the attached lens. A green light indicates full compatibility, orange indicates compatibility, but that the lens requires a firmware update and no light at…

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