A Parody Comparison: Sony a1 vs Nikon Z9 vs Canon EOS R3

Eos R3

Here is a neat parody about the competition in the mirrorless market. It’s survival of the fittest: Sony a1, Nikon Z9 and Canon EOS R3.

The folks at DPReview TV made the little parody video below. Imagine…

A plane crash leaves the mirrorless flagships overexposed to the dynamic range of elements. Will Canon, Nikon & Sony come to their sensors and group together to weather the aberrations ahead, or will they cannibalize one another?

Which one will survive through hunger (battery), nighttime and the ever persistent menace of smartphones? See for yourself.

Best & Worst Photo/Video Gear Of 2021, According To DPReview’s Chris And Jordan

Gear Of 2021

A non objective evaluation of the best and the worst video and photo gear of 2021. Don expect a sober analysis, though.

Chris and Jordan of DPReview TV discuss what they think was the best and t he worst video and photo gear released in 2021. Some drinking is involved, some fun too. So, don take everything death-seriously.

It’s that time of the year when Chris and Jordan look back on the year’s best and worst releases of photo and video gear. As has become traditional, they’ve devised a drinking game to help ensure that their recollection ends up as hazy as the output of the worst lens…

Have fun!

Industry News: This Is The Nikon Z 9, Officially Announced

Nikon Z 9

Here is Nikon’s latest full frame mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9. The new Nikon Z 9 will be available within this year for a suggested retail price of $5499.95.

Preorders are live:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

For a first serious Nikon Z 9 review we recommend DPReview TV, below.

Press release:

THE NIKON Z 9: UNSTOPPABLE PERFORMANCE, REVOLUTIONARY INNOVATION

Nikon’s First Mirrorless Flagship Defies Conventional, Debuts with a Series of Industry-Firsts for Still & Video Creators

Melville, NY –

Today, Nikon announced the Z 9, the most advanced Z series mirrorless camera to date. Powered by a completely new, Nikon-developed 45.7 megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and next generation EXPEED 7 image processing engine, the full-frame Z 9 renders ultra-high resolution images and offers unparalleled AF performance using a revolutionary new scene detection system built on deep learning technology. Additionally, the camera is capable of sustained fast continuous shooting bursts, in-camera 8K video recordings for extended periods, truly blackout-free Real-Live visibility in the viewfinder and a sensor scan rate so fast that it completely eliminates the need for a traditional mechanical shutter.  

“The Z 9 is the complete package, offering an unprecedented balance of speed, resolution, reliability and performance that will exceed expectations for any type of shoot, including fast action sports, commercial fashion, low light, landscapes and more,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The Z 9 looks to the future, with innovations and features that give all types of imaging professionals and content creators the advantage when it matters most and the confidence to create in nearly any conditions.”

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A New Kind of Pro Mirrorless
At the core of the Z 9 is the Nikon-developed 45.7MP BSI stacked CMOS sensor, coupled with the new EXPEED 7, Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, which is approximately 10x faster than the Z 7II. This combination brings significant increases in AF speed, burst rate, buffer capacity, video resolution and so much more. The Z 9 is the camera that can be trusted on the sidelines, in the field or in the studio, with the high-speed capture capability needed for the fastest action and the immense resolution to reveal the most subtle details.

  • With the world’s fastest1 image scan rate, the Z 9 achieves the world’s smallest2 rolling shutter distortion, equaling that of a mechanical shutter. This means actions like a fast-moving golf swing that would typically distort the club can be captured confidently with the electronic shutter, even at 1/32,000 second. It also allows users to shoot massive quantities of silent frames without worrying about shutter wear or breakdown.
  • The Z 9 achieves fast and accurate AF calculations at up to 120 cycles per second, even between frames during continuous shooting.
  • Beyond the benefits of high-speed performance, the high resolution 45.7-megapixel sensor delivers immense resolution with exquisite colors, broad dynamic range and stellar low light performance, with a native ISO Range from 64-25,600 (Expandable from 32 to 102,400 ISO).

Rely on the Fastest, Most Intelligent AF System Yet
The Z 9 features Nikon’s fastest, most sophisticated and reliable AF tracking performance ever, utilizing a new Subject Detection algorithm developed with deep learning technology, as well as 3D-tracking.

  • The camera’s Subject Detection capability detects the world’s largest range1 of nine subject types including humans, pets, birds, airplanes, trains, cars, motorbikes and bicycles. When in Auto-Area AF, any of these subjects will automatically be detected and focused on, without the need to change settings.
  • With Eye-Detection AF, the camera can detect and focus on a subject’s eye more effectively than ever, even when eyes are smaller or further away.  Additionally, a custom function will now also let users change the color of the focus point to green to confirm focus.  
  • The highly praised 3D-tracking mode from Nikon DSLRs debuts for the first time in a mirrorless camera. It is now coupled with subject detection to track fast and erratically moving subjects such as a racing car that approaches close and then moves away quickly, or a swiftly moving athlete.  
  • The Z 9 also brings more flexibility by offering three Dynamic-area AF modes with a new range of focus-area sizes (S/M/L) for capturing a wider variety of moving subjects throughout the frame.
  • The AF system is faster than ever, taking advantage of the Z mount’s high-speed communication capabilities with frame-by-frame sharing of distance information. 

Unstoppable Performance and Speed
This is the fastest, most powerful Nikon flagship ever. Users can capture amazing images at unbelievably fast burst speeds, all with full AF/AE performance. Whether shooting full-resolution fashion or delivering a sports sequence when a split-second matters, the Z 9 is the versatile solution.    

  • For the ultimate combination of speed and intense image quality, photographers can shoot 20-fps RAW images with an unprecedented 1000+ image buffer.3
  • When a balance of quality and burst rate is needed, never miss a vital moment with 30 fps full resolution JPEG capture.
  • For extreme speed, High Speed Frame Capture+4 enables up to 120 fps with full AF/AE at a very manageable file size of 11 megapixels, freezing a moment that cannot even be seen with the naked eye (higher resolution than 4K video).
  • Truly blackout-free shooting is possible thanks to Dual-Stream technology which simultaneously feeds information to the Real-Live viewfinder/LCD and memory card, resulting in reliable confirmation of a subject’s movement without skipping or repeating frames in the viewfinder5.
  • The Z 9 introduces High Efficiency RAW, which retains the same level of high image quality as the conventional uncompressed RAW in an approximately 1/3 smaller6 file size, making RAW files easier to handle than ever.
  • Speeds of up to 1/32,000 are possible with the electronic shutter, expanding the opportunities to use fast lenses, letting photographers shoot wide open in brighter light, even at f/0.95.
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Nikon Z 9 Presentation Video Accidentally Leaked By Nikon India

Nikon Z9

A few days to the announcement of the Nikon Z 9. As it happens often, a company branch jumped the gun too early and leaked presentation material.

Nikon India leaked the Nikon Z 9 presentation video. It has been removed in the meantime but is still available in many locations over the web (Weibo and Bilibili, for instance). Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Nikon already posted three teasers for their upcoming mirrorless camera. We expect Nikon to release the Z 9 within the next weeks. So far these are the rumored Z 9 specifications:

  • 45MP stacked sensor
  • 120 fps
  • GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System)
  • EN-EL18c battery, and a new battery (EN-EL18x) that can be charged through camera USB-C.
  • Multi-leaf blade protective shutter
  • Car/motorcycle AF tracking, animal and people AI AF, as low as -7 EV
  • Improved articulated screen
  • Two CFExpress memory cards.
  • Third joystick/selector added
  • New shooting modes
  • Shutter sound level control

Nikon Patent For Two Insane Lenses: 35-50mm f/1.2 & 50-70mm f/1.2

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Nikon filed a patent application for two lenses that likely will never go into production. Did they file the patent just to show what could be made?

The two lenses discussed in the patent literature are a 35-50mm f/1.2 and a 50-70mm f/1.2. Sure, it’s feasible to manufacture them; but at what production cost?

Focal length: 35.00-51.60

  • F value: 1.23
  • Angle of view: 72.14-46.70
  • Image height: 21.70
  • Overall length: 210.04-168.19
  • Back focus: 17.77-25.82

Focal length: 51.60-70.00

  • F value: 1.23
  • Angle of view: 48.78-34.53
  • Image height: 21.70
  • Overall length: 210.03-169.53
  • Back focus: 18.93-26.72

[via asobinet via Mirrorless Rumors]