Okay, so 2020 may not be as futuristic as the movies have made us believe – although Sony did give us a car that is capable of (time of) flight! – but we have had pretty fantastic camera news this year.
Of course we have just had CES 2020, where much of this new technology was revealed. And fascinating, for a show dominated by advanced technology, it wasn't mirrorless cameras that dominated the event – it was Canon and Nikon & # 39; s newest, hybrid, DSLR & # 39; s!
That said, mirrorless is still the future – that's why there are rumors about new Fujifilm products. The relatively old action camera market got a serious injection of life with a new modular camera, and even drones got a shock of energy with an exciting new 48MP 8K model.
So, with an exciting start to 2020, here are the five biggest camera news stories of the week (and the year!) …
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III flagship announced
Canon officially has all the details of the announced Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, its latest flagship camera aimed at professional sports and nature photographers, as well as photojournalists working in the field.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III features more than 102 updated features, including a new 20.1MP image sensor, a Deep Learning AF system and a redesigned mirror cabinet for the fastest DSLR performance ever. Combined with 5.5K internal 12-bit RAW video, a new Smart Controller that changes the game, support for HDR photos & video standards and support for CFexpress, this is in many ways the camera of the future.
Although it may only contain a 20.1MP sensor – which is less than both the Sony A9 II and even the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – Canon claims that the camera has a sharpness and resolution that is equivalent to a 24MP pro sensor. This is thanks to a completely new quad-layer, 16-point subsampling low-pass filter that manages to block moiré without introducing the softness layer found on other professional cameras & …
Read more: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III: 20.1MP sensor, 5.5K 12-bit RAW, "Smart" optical joystick
Nikon D780 hybrid DSLR is here
Anyone who thinks DSLR & # 39; s are the dinosaurs of the camera world should keep an eye on Jurassic Park to see what happens when dinosaurs return. Last year the Canon EOS 90D proved that a DSLR could do everything that a mirrorless camera could do, and now it is Nikon's turn to combine the latest mirrorless technology with its classic full-frame DSLR design.
The Nikon D750 is one of Nikon's long-running DSLR success stories, with its affordable price (and becomes cheaper over time), a very good all-round image quality of the 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and sturdy but compact (for a DSLR) styling. For users of a first full-frame camera, this is one of the best DSLRs currently available. The new Nikon D780 offers the same resolution and a very similar design, but it joins the D750 in the Nikon range as a more advanced alternative – it does not replace it.
What Nikon did is take the sensor, AF technology and processing power of the Nikon mirrorless cameras, in this case the Z 6, effectively and place them on a DSLR housing. You still have an optical viewfinder and while using it, you get the same 51-point special phase-detection AF sensor that has been used for so long (and with such a good effect) in Nikon cameras & # 39; s . However, the live viewing experience has been transformed. With the on-sensor phase detection AF of the Nikon Z 6, the D780 offers a much faster live image AF, with 273 AF points and eye detection …
Read more: The Nikon D780 is the first new DSLR of 2020 … and it is quite groundbreaking
Fujifilm X-T4, X100V and X-T200 will be available soon
It seems that Fujifilm does not waste time with the new year, with no fewer than three new cameras on the map for announcement from February. Which, in typical industrial fashion (especially when the spotlight is different on Canon and the new Nikon products), are all conveniently leaked.
It is claimed that the Fujifilm X-T4 arrives in March, just before its usual September release, and that the camera will have in-body image stabilization – which on the surface would at least be bad for the H-series.
In addition, we can expect an announcement for the Fujifilm X100V together with another camera – the Fujifilm X-T200. A date of 4 February was touted as the big unveiling for one or more of the products that could significantly disrupt the Fujifilm product line …
Read more: Fujifilm X-T4 (with IBIS) coming in March, Fujifilm X100V and Fujifilm X-T200 coming soon
Autel Evo II drone packs 8K video and 48MP photos
There was a lot of amazing camera technology on display at CES 2020, but Autel Robotics revealed a family of drones that really made our mouths fall. The Autel EVO II is the first folding drone that can take 8K video and capture 48 megapixel photos – and a fitting announcement that coincides with the ready-made drones on the 10th birthday.
With a weight of 1127 grams, the Autel EVO II quadcopter has an impressive flight time of 40 minutes, 8 GB of internal storage (as well as an SD card slot). It has 12 sensors to help with navigation and avoid obstacles – and it comes with a controller that has a built-in display.
Although the recording specifications of the Autel Evo II can look impressive and a serious rival of DJI as the best camera drone, serious filmmakers and photographers can be even more seduced by its two sister models – one of which has a sensor that is four times bigger and another with a thermal imaging camera …
Read more: Autel Evo II drone overwhelms CES with 8K video and 48 megapixel stills
Insta360 One R modular action cam with Leica sensor
Why should the action camera & # 39; s not be modular? Insta360, a brand known for its 360 camera & # 39; s, today announced all the details of the Insta360 One R – an action camera described as & # 39; adaptive & # 39; and that comes with up to three interchangeable lens / sensor units … and one has even developed a 1-inch sensor with Leica.
The standard package that was introduced at CES 2020 is called the Insta360 One R Twin Edition, which includes two interchangeable lens units for both 360 ° and 4K wide-angle wide-angle shooting.
In a new concept on the action camera & # 39; s market, the Insta 360 One R square core module acts as a processor that securely affixes a separate square lens module, whether it is the dual-lens 360º, 4K or 1-inch lens modules is. Once they are clicked together, they are on a battery base, which also adds extra power. The processor module – with a touchscreen – can easily be reversed for selfie corners …
Read more: Insta360 launches action camera with interchangeable lenses
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