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Camera July - August 2020

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Digital or film? Digital AND film? CAMERA magazine's focus is to assist readers to choose and use the tools they need to create memorable images, and to enhance the skills that will make them better photographers. No matter what medium, readers are kept up to speed with all the latest rapidly changing film and digital products, news and technologies.

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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
past and present

One of the cameras on test in this issue is Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 and it certainly qualifies as one of the most unusual models on the market at the moment. There certainly isn’t a more interesting balance of traditional camera design elements with contemporary digital imaging technologies. It all starts with the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder – which made its debut in 2010 with the original X100 – and is at the heart of Fujifilm’s philosophy of recreating an analog experience in a digital-era camera. The dial-based control layout is part of this too, but Fujifilm has added extra little classical touches such as how the ISO is set… by lifting the rim of the shutter speed dial and turning, just like it was done on my 1976 Fujica ST601 35mm SLR (my…

2 min.
canon teases with more tasty eos r5 specs

IN A THIRD pre-launch press release Canon has released more details about its planned pro-level EOS R5 mirrorless camera. Canon is building anticipation for the camera it's now dubbing “The King”. The company says the R5 will “redefine the mirrorless category” and the latest information on its video capabilities look to be on a par with the new EOS C300 Mark III Cinema camera. The key video specs are 8K RAW inter-nal recording using the full sensor width at 25 or 30fps. There will also be the options of recording 8K video internally with 10-bit 4:2:2 colour in Canon Log (using the H.265 compression codec) or 10-bit 4:2:2 in HDR PQ (again with H.265). With 4K recording, both options will be available at frame rates of up to 100/120fps for slow-mo…

3 min.
a lens-led recovery

You won’t be surprised to learn that the camera industry has taken a big hit economically as a result of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. It may not be suffering as badly as, say, travel and tourism, but sales are down significantly, resulting in some ugly-looking losses for the first half of this year. It’s difficult to predict whether there will be any major casualties in the longer term, but events like this will always expose the cracks and exacerbate any underlying financial issues. Even in isolation there’s still been things to do photographically – still life, portraiture and macro, for example – so we’ve still been buying new stuff (online sales have been pretty healthy), but I reckon we can do more. I’m suggesting that now is as good…

3 min.
get airborne with the new dji mavic air 2

IT’S POSSIBLY THE only way you’ll be flying over the next few months. Drone-maker DJI has upgraded its popular Mavic Air consumer-level camera drone. DJI says the new Mavic Air 2 is “the smartest, safest and easiest-to-fly consumer drone to date”. The upgrades include a new and larger 1.27cm Quad Bayer CMOS sensor (giving 8K video resolution and 12MP stills), an extended flying time of up to 34 minutes, advanced programmable flight modes, and revamped autonomous capabilities The Mavic Air 2 is the first drone in the Mavic series to offer 4K video at 60fps (with a 120 Mbps bit rate) plus it can record HDR video, 4x slow motion in 1080p at 120fps or 8x slow motion in 1080p at 240fps. Stills are captured at 12MP and there’s a new…

3 min.
canon unveils 3rd gen c300 and 25-250mm cine zoom

WHILE CANON CONTINUES to offer ever more capable hybrid photo/video cameras, its Cinema EOS range is specifically targeted towards pro-level cinematographers. The latest addition to the Cinema EOS camera body line-up is the C300 Mark III and it’s accompanied by a new 25-250mm cine zoom with a built-in 1.5x teleconverter, giving a maximum focal length of 375mm. The third-generation EOS C300 (the Mark II model was launched in 2015) has a more modular design similar to that of the C500 Mark II, with interchangeable viewfinders, handgrips/handles and expansion modules. It uses a brand new Super 35mm format CMOS sensor with Dual Gain Output (DGO) circuitry and a claimed dynamic range “exceeding 16 stops” to give superior HDR capture. Super 35mm is similar to APS-C in format size and so has a…

1 min.
panasonic launches lightest l mount lens

USERS OF L mount full-frame mirrorless cameras have a new compact and lightweight standard zoom to consider, courtesy of Panasonic. The Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom weighs in at just 360g and is only 87mm in length. On the outside it features a weather-sealed construction which also allows operation in sub-zero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. It also has a fluorine coating on the exposed surface of the front element to help repel moisture and grease, and also enable easier cleaning. On the inside, the optical construction comprises 11 elements in nine groups, including two aspherical types and three with extra-low dispersion characteristics to suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. These elements also correct for astigmatism to optimise resolution. An ultra-high refractive (UHR) index element helps…