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Sony’s Alpha A7r Mark II is justifiably one of the most exciting and talked-about cameras right now, packing pretty much everything but the kitchen sink into a compact mirrorless body. 42 Megapixel full-frame sensor, 4k video, huge viewfinder, Wifi, built-in stabilisation, downloadable apps and an embedded phase-detect AF system are just the headlines of a camera that can roughly match Canon’s EOS 5DS(r) on resolution and noise, but thrashes its feature-set and comes in at a lower price point
Canon’s PowerShot D30 is the company’s third waterproof compact, following the D20 and D10. It’s shock-proof, dust-proof and waterproof down to 25m, sports a 12 Megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom equivalent to 28-140mm, and built-in GPS to tag your images with your location if desired
Olympus has a strong reputation for rugged cameras that can only get stronger with its 2015 flagship, the TOUGH TG4. It takes the 4x zoom of the earlier TG3 with its unusually bright f2-4.8 aperture, keeps the Wifi and GPS, and now adds extra shooting modes, AF selection and support for RAW files. Meanwhile the tough credentials of being water-proof down to 15m, shock-proof to 2.1m, freeze-proof to -10 Celsius and crush-proof to 100Kg ensure it’ll survive almost anything you throw at it
The PowerShot G3X is Canon’s long-awaited entry into the big zoom / big sensor category, currently driven by Sony’s RX10 and Panasonic’s FZ1000. Like those models it employs a 1in sensor that’s roughly four times the area of most super-zooms, but it outguns them with a longer 25x optical range, equivalent to 24-600mm. Its 3.2in tilting screen is the only one of its rivals to be touch-sensitive and unusually there’s also microphone and headphone jacks.
Canon’s EOS 5DS is the highest resolution DSLR to date with a whopping 50.6 Megapixels – more than double the EOS 5D Mark III, not to mention a leapfrog over the Nikon D810 and Sony A7r II.
Over the past three years I’ve photographed the Mountain stages of the Tour de France with mirrorless cameras. On the one hand the Tour is easy to access as it’s open and un-ticketed
Nikon’s COOLPIX S9900 is a pocket super-zoom with a 30x optical range and a couple of features you won’t find on many or even any rivals. First is a built-in GPS receiver which is becoming a rarity in this market
Sony’s Cyber-shot HX90V is the World’s smallest compact camera with a 30x optical zoom. The newly designed Zeiss optics deliver a 25-750mm equivalent range in a body that’s smaller than the earlier HX60V, or indeed its current rival the Lumix TZ70 / ZS50.
Canon’s EOS 760D, or Rebel T6s as it’s known in North America, is the company’s latest upper entry-level DSLR. It features Successor to the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i, it boosts the resolution from 18 to 24 Megapixels, features an improved hybrid AF system for movies, better metering, a 19-point viewfinder AF system, and becomes the first Rebel / xxxD to feature built-in Wifi with NFC
Canon’s EOS 760D, or Rebel T6s as it’s known in North America, is the company’s latest upper entry-level DSLR. It features Successor to the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i, it boosts the resolution from 18 to 24 Megapixels, features an improved hybrid AF system for movies, better metering, a 19-point viewfinder AF system, and becomes the first Rebel / xxxD to feature built-in Wifi with NFC.
Panasonic’s Lumix G7 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, employing a 16 Megapixel sensor with 8fps shooting (6fps with AF).
Panasonic’s Lumix G7 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, employing a 16 Megapixel sensor with 8fps shooting (6fps with AF). The G7 becomes the company’s latest camera to support 4k video in addition to 1080p at up to 60p
The Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye is a new lens for the Micro Four Thirds format, capturing a 180 degree field of view across the diagonal when mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body. It becomes the third fisheye for the system, but what makes it unique is the f1.8 aperture, two stops brighter than its Lumix and Samsung rivals and in fact the World’s fastest fisheye for any format.
The Olympus M Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f2.8 Pro is an ultra wide angle zoom for the Micro Four Thirds format. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic mirrorless body, it offers an equivalent range of 14-28mm, and as a member of the Olympus Pro line-up, it’s also weather-sealed. The Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 isn’t however the only ultra-wide zoom available for the Micro Four Thirds format.
Tamron’s SP 15-30mm f2.8 VC is an ultra-wide zoom that works with full-frame bodies and is available in Canon, Nikon and Sony A mounts. It gores up against Nikon’s legendary 14-24mm f2.8, matching the f2.8 constant focal ratio and zooming longer, while only losing 1mm from the wide-end