Pixii is a Digital Rangefinder with an M Mount, Global Shutter, and Phone Link

A French startup called PIXII has unveiled its new Pixii camera. It’s an unusual digital rangefinder camera (with a real rangefinder, not just rangefinder looks) that represents the company’s “radical take on what a modern camera should be.” “The digital camera hasn’t changed much since the 90s,” says PIXII founder David Barth. “But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone: who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?” The Pixii camera is designed to be paired closely with your smartphone. Instead of having an LCD screen on
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A Teardown of the Canon EOS R

Want to see the internals of Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera? Roger Cicala over at LensRentals disassembled the new Canon EOS R to look at the design and engineering going on inside. Here are some snapshots taken during the teardown:
The main PCB in the camera. The shutter motor and electronics are below now, whereas in DSLRs they’re usually to one side.
Removing the top assembly.
After removing the PCB, we see the green image sensor board, the shutter mechanism below, and the black battery box.
The front view of the stripped-down camera.
“One thing that struck me is that
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Recommended Media For The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Since Blackmagic Design’s brand new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is ending up into some people’s hands it’s time to talk about what media works with this 4K camera. This, of course, is an important item. Do not mess around with media. Do not go cheap. Do not go with something not listed here and then go running around saying the new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is skipping frames. It is on you if you do not follow the approved media list. Plus, who wants to spend the time and effort put into a project just for your footage
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Yashica’s ‘Unexpected’ Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected

The Japanese brand Yashica stirred up a great deal of excitement in the photo world in 2017 by teasing its return to the camera industry. In October 2017, it unveiled the Yashica Y35 digiFilm camera and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Backers are now receiving their cameras, and the initial reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Yashica’s many teasers for the Y35 camera told photographers to “expect the unexpected.” The camera turned out to be a minimalist digital camera that features pretend rolls of film that are used to choose your photo style, aspect ratio, and ISO combinations (instead
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Leaked Photos of Leica M10-D Show Mysterious Advance Lever

Photos of a not-yet-announced Leica M10-D digital rangefinder have leaked, and the sneak peek shows the M10-D will have an unusual feature among digital M rangefinders. The photos were first published by the Japanese camera rumor site Nokishita. On the top plate of the M10-D, attached to the shutter button, is what looks like a film advance lever that was used in film Leicas to move the film between the two spools in the camera one frame at a time. When the M series went from analog to digital between the M7 and M8, the advance lever (understandably) disappeared. Here’s
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Camera Autofocus Systems Explained: Phase, Contrast, Hybrid, DFD

Camera manufacturers have been utilizing different types of autofocus systems in modern digital cameras. If you’d like a primer on how each one works, here’s a fantastic 18-minute video by tech tester Gerald Undone that will bring you up to speed. Gerald examines the systems in three cameras: the Canon EOS R with its Dual Pixel AF, the Sony a7 III with its hybrid phase-detection, and the Panasonic Lumix G9 with its Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology. In addition to explaining how the major AF systems work, Gerald also helpfully explains strengths and shortcomings, giving you the knowledge you need
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Sony HX99 is a Tiny Camera with 28x Optical Zoom and 4K Video

Sony has announced the new Cyber-shot HX99, what the company calls “the world’s smallest travel high zoom camera.” The camera features a powerful 28x zoom and 4K video recording. At the core of the camera is an 18.2-megapixel backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch Exmore R CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 80-12800 and 10fps continuous shooting. On the front of the camera is a 24-720mm (35mm equiv.) zoom lens with 28x optical zoom. Clear Image Zoom provides digital zoom up to 1440mm. The features of the camera are unusual considering its size: measuring just 4×2.3×1.4
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Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

 Old glass and large sensors need a lot of testing. The results may surprise you.
In this article I took a look at how older S35 lenses performed on a full frame RED Weapon Monstro. Scaling the sensor window to fit older lenses yielded some amazing and weird results. There was more to learn from this experiment, and it relates to lens design.
Jim Rolin, video engineer and co-owner of rental house Videofax, told me something curious: he’d found there were lens “breakpoints” where the illumination circle of a lens in a set would shrink. For example, the 20mm,
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DJI Ronin-S Users Demand Free Cable for Sony Camera Compatibility

DJI’s Ronin-S gimbal stabilizer is marketed as being compatible with mirrorless cameras, but there’s a catch: if you use a Sony camera, you’ll need to buy an extra cable for full compatibility. Some owners aren’t happy about this, and they’ve taken to DJI’s forums to complain and demand free cables. When the $749 Ronin-S — DJI’s first one-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless — was announced back in January 2018, many Sony shooters were happy to see their cameras featured prominently in promotional images for the gimbal: Under the Camera Compatibility of the Ronin-S webpage, DJI writes that “The Ronin-S
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The simplest interview setup ever: the modern update

Many years ago I wrote about the simplest interview lighting setup ever. Here’s my modern take on that same setup.
The TL;DR version is: I still use it.
I don’t shoot a lot of small talking-head interviews anymore. I work with bigger crews, and while I still shoot interviews the scale tends to be bigger. Generally, though, I use variations on this same theme. There are many ways to light faces, but to do this right one has to study those faces to get a sense of how they take light. When you’re shooting someone you’ve never met before, it’s
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Nikon Z7’s Banding Makes It Fall Short of D850’s Dynamic Range: Report

The new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera and the Nikon D850 DSLR both have 45.7MP backside-illuminated full-frame sensors, so one might reasonably assume that the two cameras have virtually identical image quality. But it turns out the Z7 actually falls short in the area of dynamic range due to banding. DPReview has published its findings from test and real-world shooting in its first impressions review. It found that although the Z7’s image quality is “remarkably similar” to the D850’s in most circumstances, striping and banding present in Z7 photos means that the practical dynamic range of the camera is reduced.
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Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

The ARRI Academy isn’t only about learning how cameras work. We also teach how to use them.
I’ve never seen a class as motivated as the one we had in September. My co-instructor is Nico Fournier, of MTL Grande Studios in Montreal. We’ve been trying to make the ARRI Academy as much about artistry as technology. We use cameras to create art. It helps when our tools make it easier to capture our vision, but it’s all about the vision. Technology is a facilitator, not the goal.
We’ve split the course into two core pieces. On day one, Nico covers
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How the Fujifilm GFX 50R Compares in Size to Popular Cameras

Fujifilm made a splash in the photo industry this week by announcing the GFX 50R, a camera that squeezes a 51.4-megapixel medium-format sensor into a rangefinder-style body with a price tag of just $4,499. Here’s a look at how the “compact” body compares in size to other popular cameras on the market. First up, here’s what the camera looks like next to the new Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera, which has an APS-C sensor: Moving up to full-frame mirrorless cameras, here’s how the 50R compares to the new Canon R and Nikon Z7, as well as the Sony
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RED and Facebook Unveil Manifold, a 3D and 360° VR Camera

RED and Facebook have unveiled Manifold, a new VR camera for shooting 3D and 360° imagery. It’s a “first studio-ready camera system for immersive 6DoF [6 degree of freedom] storytelling.” “Manifold is a single product that redefines immersive cinematography with an all-in-one capture and distribution framework, giving creative professionals complete ownership of their 3D video projects, from conception to curtain call,” Facebook writes. “What this means for audiences is total narrative immersion in anything shot on the new camera system and viewed through 6DoF VR headsets. It’s nothing short of a paradigm shift in our ability to tell stories.
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ZX1: Zeiss’ First Full-Frame Camera Has Lightroom Built In

Zeiss has announced the ZX1, a new full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 lens. It’s the first-ever full-frame camera by Zeiss. Inside the camera is a 37.4-megapixel full-frame sensor with an ISO range of 80-51200 that was developed in-house by Zeiss. On the front of the camera is a new Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 T* autofocus lens that was developed to perfectly compliment the new sensor. It contains 8 elements in 5 groups. The minimum focus distance is 11.8 inches (30cm). “The interplay between the lens and sensor ensures first-class picture quality with that typical ZEISS
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Fujifilm Officially Wins Medium Format

I recently discussed how Fujifilm’s decision to go into the medium format industry might have been a mistake. But considering some of the recent announcements, have my points been completely negated? In short no; this is because the full frame market is still significantly larger. Imagine the kind of market share they could have gained in full frame based on the kind of developments and investments they are making in the medium format industry. In any case, Fuji has made its decision to not develop any full frame camera and its commitments to medium format is very clearly visible.
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Sigma to Launch Full-Frame Foveon L-Mount Mirrorless Camera

Sigma has announced that it’s developing a full-frame L-mount mirrorless camera as part of the company’s new L-Mount Alliance with Leica and Panasonic. At the core of the camera will be a sensor with Sigma’s Foveon technology. Sigma’s Foveon sensors use a proprietary three-layer structure in which red, green, and blue pixels each have their own full layer. In traditional sensors, the three pixels share a single layer in a mosaic arrangement and the camera “fills in” missing colors by examining neighboring pixels. Since each pixel of each photo is recorded in each of the three colors, resulting photos are
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Zenit and Leica Unveil the Zenit M Full-Frame Rangefinder

The Russian camera brand Zenit has announced a new full-frame “mirrorless” camera. Called the Zenit M, it’s a rangefinder based on the Leica M (Type 240) created in collaboration with Leica. Krasnogorsky Zavod, which manufactures Zenit-brand gear under the ownership of Shvabe Holding, announced back in 2016 that it would be bringing the Zenit brand back from the dead to battle Leica in luxury. In 2017, the company revealed it would be launching a full frame mirrorless camera in 2018 with a “leading photographic equipment company.” That company is Leica. Zenit says it made both hardware and software
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Ricoh GR III to Be the ‘Ultimate Street Photography Camera’

Ricoh has announced the development of the highly-anticipated GR III high-end digital compact camera. It’s designed to be “the ultimate street photography camera.” A small and light camera that’s heavy in image quality and features, the Ricoh GR III weighs just 0.57lb (257g) with a battery and memory card and measures 4.3×2.4×2.8in (109.4×61.9×33.2mm). Inside is a new 24.24-megapixel APS-C sensor. While the minimum ISO is 100, the maximum has yet to be set in stone by Ricoh. In addition to capturing 14-bit RAW (DNG) and JPEG still photos, the GR III
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