Canon vs Sony vs Fuji vs Nikon: Continuous 4K Video Shooting With Eye AF

Eye Af

Geek alert! A Canon vs Sony vs Fuji vs Nikon shootout on Eye AF performance.

Here is a 22 minutes video where Hidema Nakajima compares the Eye AF of various mirrorless cameras. To be more precise, he compares the Eye AF performance while shooting 4K video. The compared cameras are the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z 6, Sony a9, and Fujifilm X-T3.

Canon released firmware updates for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP that dramatically improved AF performance. More Canon EOS R Eye AF comparison reviews are here and here.

Camera News: Fujifilm X-A7 Officially Announced, 4K Video And Newly Developed Sensor

Fujifilm X-a7

Fujifilm X-A7 at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K and Full HD Video Recording
  • 3.5″ 2.76m-Dot Articulating Touchscreen
  • ISO 200-12800, Up to 6 fps Shooting
  • 117-Point Hybrid Autofocus System
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity

Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm X-A7. Preorders are open at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Press release:

Fujifilm introduces the stylish “FUJIFILM X-A7” with newly-developed image sensor

– Equipped with AF capable of tracking a fast-moving subject and detecting face / eye at high speed and accuracy to capture every precious moment
– Producing high quality 4K video and sporting a large bright rear LCD monitor for excellent operability

Tokyo, September 12, 2019 — FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) announced that it will launch the “FUJIFILM X-A7” (“X-A7”) in Autumn 2019, a new addition to the X Series of compact and lightweight mirrorless digital camera that deliver outstanding image quality with the company’s unique color reproduction technology.

Weighing just 320g*, stylish X-A7 carries a newly-developed 24.24MP APS-C sensor to deliver premium image quality with the company’s proprietary color reproduction technology. The sensor uses copper wiring to enable high-speed data readout, and features phase detection pixels across the entire sensor surface to enhance AF speed and accuracy. This enables AF tracking of a moving subject as well as Face / Eye detection AF with ease. The camera also records smooth 4K/30fps video and high-speed video, catering to the ever-growing need for high-quality video for use in Vlog** and other media.

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Viltrox Set To Announce Three Lenses For Canon EOS M (and Fuji X & Sony E)

Viltrox

Viltron will soon announce three new lenses for APS-C mirrorless systems.

The new Viltron lenses will be available for the Canon EOS M, Fuji X and Sony E systems. The lenses have autofocus, and are 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4.

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4

viltrox
  • Aperture range: 1.4 – 16
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 9 groups, 10 glasses
  • Filter size: 52
  • Weight 290g

Viltrox 33mm f/1.4

  • Aperture range: 1.4 – 16
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 9 groups, 10 glasses
  • Filter size: 52
  • Weight 270g

Viltrox 23mm f/1.4

  • Aperture range: 1.4 – 16
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 9 groups, 10 glasses
  • Filter size: 52w
  • Weight 290g
[via Weibo Sino]

Last 12 Month’s Japanese Camera Market: Canon Top Dog But It’s Fuji Who Wins

BCNRetail posted the Japanese camera market shares from April 2018 to March 2019.

  • Canon did hold 37.3% of the overall camera market shares (fixed lens plus system cameras)
  • Nikon did hold 26,7% of the overall camera market shares
  • Sony did hold 13,1% of the overall camera market shares
  • Olympus did hold 6% of the overall camera market shares
  • Fuji did hold 5.8% of the overall camera market shares

Canon is still the top dog in the bunch. But things look differently when compared to the previous year:

  • Canon sold -1,3% cameras (units of sales)
  • Nikon sold -15% cameras
  • Sony sold -6,6% cameras
  • Olympus sold -13,8% cameras
  • Fuji sold +19,4% cameras

And an even more different picture is given by the overall value of camera sales:

  • Canon camera sales value dropped -11,4% 
  • Nikon camera sales value dropped -28,5% 
  • Sony camera sales value increased +14,5% 
  • Olympus camera sales value dropped -21,3% 
  • Fuji camera sales value increased +0,6%

Canon, Nikon and Olympus saw a huge drop in overall value of the sales. Fuji on the other hand is doing pretty good, having been able to sell 19.4% more cameras than the previous year.

[via Digicameinfo via Mirrorless Rumors]

Meet The InstantKon RF70, a Foldable Rangefinder Instant Camera Using Fujifilm Instax Wide film

InstantKon RF70

MiNT Camera announced the InstantKon RF70. The InstantKon RF70 is a new rangefinder, full control instant camera, using Fujifilm Instax Wide film

The InstantKon RF70_auto sells at $779, the InstantKon RF70 at $899. Both are available at MiNT.

Specification:

  • Apertures: f/5.6, f/6.7, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Lens: 3-element lens with glass, aspherical lenses, f=93mm
  • Coating: Multi-layer coated
  • Focusing distance: 0.75m (29.5 inches) – ∞ (manual focus)
  • Depth-of-field (@ 0.75m and f/5.6): 4.9cm
  • Largest aperture (35mm equivalent): f/2.4
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 – 1sec (A mode), B mode – maximum 10mins
  • Viewfinder: Real image viewfinder, 0.44x
  • Exposure control:
  • RF70: AUTO, A+1, A-1, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, B, R
  • RF70_auto: AUTO, A+1, A-1, B
  • Flash: Built-in electronic flash with auto-brightness balance
  • Multiple exposures: Yes, unlimited times
  • Battery: 2 AA Alkaline batteries (included)
  • Film: W108mm x H85mm (Image: W99mm x H62mm), ISO800
  • Adapters: Cable release socket, tripod mount socket, neck strap eyelets and 2.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 182 x 122 x 64mm (7.16 x 4.8 x 2.51 inches)
  • Weight: 806 grams (28.4oz) (camera only)
  • Warranty: 5 years

Press release:

The New Generation of MiNT Camera You Can Control

The Motivation

  • Instant cameras don’t have to be toys.
  • Polaroid Corporation, under the leadership of Dr Edwin Land, demonstrated it in the 1970s with high-end instant cameras.
  • High-end instant cameras became a lasting success and gained a cult following even until this day.
  • It became the cornerstone of The Impossible Project, the company that saved Polaroid. Without these high-end instant cameras, we wouldn’t have The Impossible Project, and we wouldn’t have instant film to shoot.
  • 10 years of camera-making experience behind us, MiNT can design a groundbreaking product just like the early vintage polaroids, but more affordable and accessible.
  • We want to challenge the basic assumptions of toy instant cameras. We want to break the limitations of ordinary cameras.
  • Perfect combination of modern tech and timeless design.
  • So that you can push the boundaries of instant photography beyond parties, gifts, and souvenirs.

Introducing InstantKon RF70

Full control in an instant camera

  • InstantKon RF70 is designed to let the photographer take control. With ordinary instant cameras, the camera controls you. With MiNT cameras, you control the camera. RF70 is the only WIDE format camera that offers full manual control – shutter speed, aperture, and focus.
  • With full controls and an enormous film format (Instax WIDE film size: W99mm x H62mm), it doesn’t take a pro to capture the most stunning moments.

Why is full control important?

  • Full control is very important in an instant camera. If you can control it, you will know how the picture turns out before it develops.
  • The ability to preview an instant picture saves you time and a lot of film.
  • Full control is also very important because it lets you get the picture you want, instead of just guessing.
  • The wide variety of aperture and shutter speed setting means you can shoot under a lot of different light conditions, no matter which way the sun is shining.

Control the depth of field

  • Six aperture selections
  • The largest aperture f/5.6 is equivalent to f/2.4 on 35mm, together with the enormous film size, gives you incredible depth-of-field.
  • RF70 gives you the shallowest depth of field in any instant camera (except special mods). Phenomenal bokeh: Only 4.9cm at f/5.6 and 75cm.
  • Real mechanical rangefinder, bright and easy to use.

Control the exact amount of light you need

  • 14 shutter speeds, including manual speeds and long exposures
  • Wide range of shutter speeds, combined with aperture control and built-in flash, you will be able to push the boundaries of instant photography beyond parties, gifts, and souvenirs.
  • Auto or manual are both present in the camera. It’s up to you to choose.

All you need in one foldable body

  • Built-in flash for nighttime or fill flash
  • 2.5mm audio jack for triggering external studio flash
  • A film eject lever lets you do unlimited multiple exposures
  • Light meter for detecting ambient light
  • LCD display for ND recommendations
  • B mode for up to 10 minutes ultra long exposure
  • Double-click the shutter button for T mode
  • Compatible with standard cable releases
  • Tripod socket for standard tripods
  • Multi-layer coated lenses
  • Incredible 5-year warranty
  • Unlimited Free Films program on Instagram

InstantKon RF70_auto

  • RF70_auto is the simple version of RF70.
  • It has all the advantages of RF70, just one less degree of freedom. You can still control aperture and focus.
  • Same lens.
  • It’s got all the basic controls you need to capture stunning moments.

Extras

  • Lens Set – Neutral Density Filter (ND2, ND4, ND8). It can reduce extra light entering the camera to avoid over-exposure in bright sunlight conditions. The camera has an indicator telling you which ND filter to use.
  • Lens Hood – To reduce unwanted glare.