Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

The iconic Russian camera brand Zenit caused a flurry of excitement back in February after it announced that it’s relaunching in 2018 with a full frame mirrorless camera that rivals Leica in luxury. But the camera may do more than rival Leica… It may actually be a Leica at its core — a rebranded Leica SL. USSRPhoto is hearing from a Zenit source working inside the company’s KMZ factory that the innards of the upcoming Zenit camera is presumably the German-made Leica SL, which is a medium format mirrorless camera. There may be outward modifications to the camera’s style by
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Nikon: If We Go Mirrorless, We Must Think Full Frame

All signs have been pointing in the direction, but Nikon has just seemingly confirmed in a new interview that its upcoming mirrorless camera will contain a full frame sensor. The Chinese website Xitek published an interview with Nikon Imaging Product R&D General Manager Tetsuro Goto, who stated that due to current trends, Nikon must go full frame if it hopes to be competitive in the mirrorless camera market. “Full frame is the trend,” Goto says in a translation by Nikon Rumors. “If Nikon will go mirrorless, it must be full frame.” But what’s exciting for Nikon photographers is the
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Three New 4K Camcorders With Fast Auto Focus Announced By Sony

Small, light-weight and with killer Auto Focus the three newest members of  Sony’s camcorders club were announced today. Sony has beefed the trio up with phase detection Auto Focus, 4K, and HDR capable tools for shooting in every application whether it be home videos to corporate and events to broadcast and TV production.
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The three new camcorders are the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80, and the Handycam FDR-AX700. The Fast Hybrid AF system can nail your focus needs and track your subject while keeping it in focus. This is especially helpful during 4K shooting when a small dip
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GoPro HERO6 Black Camera Shows Up in Leaked Photo, Box Says 4K/60FPS

The GoPro HERO6 Black has apparently just been leaked in a photo before any official announcement, and the camera looks like it will offer 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. Photo Rumors just received this photo from a reader: If this leak is real, then it looks like the camera will be capable of 12-megapixel still photos and 4K/60p video. By comparison, the current HERO5 Black can do 4K at 30fps. “The new model will be very similar to the latest HERO 5 version,” Photo Rumors writes. “The official announcement (or release date) is rumored for September 28th.
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Sony Unveils the RX10 IV with Blazing Speed and a 24-600mm Lens

Sony has just announced the RX10 IV, the latest model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series of superzoom bridge cameras. Inside the RX10 IV is a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor. The camera can do continuous shooting at a whopping 24fps with full AF/AE tracking and a buffer of 249 shots.
Sony says the RX10 IV features the world’s fastest autofocus speed among cameras in the same class (fixed lens cameras with a 1-inch sensor). The AF system has an acquisition time of just 0.03 seconds and uses 315
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Art Of The Shot: “Menashe” Cinematographer Yoni Brook

In this version of Art of the Shot, I had the opportunity to talk to “Menashe” cinematographer Yoni Brook. Brook is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an Independent Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer for “Vally of Saints” the feature film shot under military curfew in Kashmir. Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “Vally of Saints” won the Audience Award and Alfred P. Sloan Award. As a documentary director, Brook’s films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Brook started as a photojournalist at the
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Kodak Printomatic: A New Instant Print Camera

Kodak today launched a new stylish ‘point-and-shoot’ instant print camera, the Kodak Printomatic. It prints high-quality, full-color photos straight from the camera, something which Kodak says makes it the “ideal all-in-one solution for capturing and sharing vibrant prints instantly.” Created alongside its licensee C+A Global, the Printomatic is perfect for anyone attending events or vacationing who wants to create an instant memory, and it’s perfect as a “scrapbooking” camera, too. “The Kodak Printomatic is a contemporary camera with a wonderful balance of digital and analog technology,” says Steven Overman, President of Kodak’s Consumer and Film Division and Kodak Chief
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This is How the Leica M10 is Made

Want to see how Leica’s cameras are made these days? Photographer Richard Seymour made this 4-minute video that provides a beautiful look at how the new Leica M10 is built in Wetzlar, Germany. Leica writes that the M10 is exclusively put together by Leica specialists at the company’s factory in Wetzlar using 1,100 individual components. These parts include 30 brass-milled components, 126 screws, and 17 optical elements. After the top and base plates are milled from solid blocks of metal, workers spend 40 minutes grinding and polishing them by hand. Here are some still frames from the video that show
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This Guy Built an Instant Camera That Prints Animated GIFs

Instagif is a new camera that’s what you would get if you crossed a Polaroid instant camera with those moving pictures from the Harry Potter universe. The brainchild of Abhishek Singh, the camera captures a GIF and instantly “prints” it out on a little cartridge. “I built a camera that snaps a GIF and ejects a little cartridge so you can hold a moving photo in your hand!” Singh writes. “I’m calling it the ‘Instagif NextStep’. Don’t ask me why I built it, it sounded like a fun challenge and I always wanted to hold a moving photo.
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Fujifilm’s New X-E3 Boasts 4K, Touch, Improved AF, and Bluetooth

Fujifilm just announced its new X-E3, a “rangefinder-style” mirrorless camera that combines solid imaging features with a small and sleek camera body. Inside the X-E3 is Fuji’s latest 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor paired with the X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The camera is designed to be snappy: it has a startup time of 0.4 seconds, a shooting interval of 0.25 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds, and an autofocus speed of 0.06 seconds. The X-E3 is the first camera in Fujifilm’s X Series to feature Bluetooth, allowing you to pair the
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Sony Unveils VENICE, its Full-Frame Flagship Cinema Camera

This is a Sony first; releasing a camera with a name, VENICE. It’s a Full-Frame digital motion picture camera system. Otherwise, think of VENICE as the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera system. The VENICE is designed to expand the filmmaker’s creative freedom through immersive, large-format, Full Frame capture of filmic imagery producing natural skin tones, elegant highlight handling, and wide dynamic range. VENICE was designed through close collaboration with the creative community, fulfilling the requirements for filmmakers and production professionals.

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Officially, VENICE will be unveiled in front of a select audience of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members
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Vintage Lens Tests on Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro by Jody Eldred and Todd Fisher

A museum of cinema artifacts is the birthplace of this lens test. Todd Fisher, son of Debbie Reynolds and brother of Carrie Fisher, and Jody Eldred, who is a talented director of photography in his own right, dug into the Reynolds/Fisher vintage cinema artifact collection Reynolds started to amass decades ago and pulled out vintage lens after vintage lens used on some of Cinema’s most historic films and tested them on Blackmagic’s URSA Mini Pro. Below are their results. Personal note, the Stanley Kubrick 9.8mm looks sensational! The lenses shown off had been used on some
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The Sony RX0 Packs Pro Image Quality into an Action Camera Body

Sony just announced what it says is “a new type of camera” with “entirely new imaging possibilities.” The new RX0 packs high-end photo and video capabilities into a pint-sized action camera body. The camera itself measures 2.38×1.63×1.19″ (61×40.6×30.5mm) and weighs just 3.9 oz (110.6 g). It’s has a durable build that’s waterproof (down to 33ft/10m), shockproof (from drops of 6.5ft/2m), and crushproof (from forces up to 440lb/200kg). Inside the RX0 is a 15.3-megapixel 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO of 12,800. It’s paired with a BIONZ X
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: 16MP, 4K, and 5-Axis Stabilization

Olympus has just announced the new OM-D E-M10 Mark III, a mirrorless camera designed for helping photography enthusiasts take their images to the next level. The camera is a tier below the flagship OM-D E-M1 II, which was announced in September 2016. Inside the camera is a 16.1-megapixel Four Thirds CMOS sensor powered by a dual quad-core TruePic VIII Processor — the same processor used in the E-M1 Mark II. There’s 4K video recording, the maximum native ISO is 25600, and continuous shooting goes up to 8.6 frames per second. Helping to keep your photos and
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Sigma Cine Zoom Lens Review: 18-35mm and 50-100mm

Is there a better subject for a shooter than their own three-month-old baby? During these early months of fatherhood, Sigma sent me their 18-35mm and 50-100mm Cine Zoom Lenses to try out for a little bit. My home movies haven’t been better. Technical details first, Sigma sent me their E-mount versions of their Cine Zooms. I shot on Contrast Visuals and Consulting’s Sony FS7 and I use LiteGear’s LiteMate 4 and 2L hybrid LEDs to light the bedroom. I enjoyed these lights just as much as I enjoyed the lenses. Check out the video below.

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Lomo’Instant Square: The First Analog Instant Cam for Instax Square Film

Lomography has just announced the Lomo’Instant Square, the world’s first fully analog instant camera that shoots Instax Square film (Fuji’s own SQ10 square format camera is a hybrid camera that mixes film and digital).
The camera has a compact foldable design that uses bellows, paying tribute to some of the popular cameras that were used in the history of photography. It features a 95mm glass lens (45mm equivalent in 35mm terms) that’s paired with a zone focusing system for easy focusing. There’s also an advanced automatic mode that handles settings ranging from shutter speed (which does 8s to
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Canon M100: A Mirrorless Camera for Those Graduating from Smartphones

Canon just announced a new mirrorless camera today, the EOS M100. The camera is designed to be “an excellent choice for those looking to step up from smartphone photography,” Canon says. The M100 may not beat other mirrorless cameras on the market… but it may beat the smartphone you use. “Canon’s newest EOS M-Series offering helps expand creativity while providing the ability to capture photos that simply cannot be matched by smartphone photography,” says Canon. Inside the M100 is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor backed by a DIGIC 7 image processor. It has a maximum ISO of 25600 and
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Insta360 ONE: A 4K 360 Camera That Lets You ‘Shoot First, Point Later’

Insta360, the company behind a number of 360 cameras, has announced its latest model: the Insta360 ONE. Dubbed a “shoot first, point later” camera, the device’s “FreeCapture” technology allows you to retrieve stills and short 1080p clips from parts of the 360 compilation in hindsight. The company set out to make a camera that changed how people use 360 video, rather than one that breaks ground with its achievable resolution. “We set out to make the easiest-to-use, most versatile 360 camera in the world, and the ONE is the result of those efforts,” said JK Liu, CEO and founder
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