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Cameras

  • Canon officially launches full-framed mirrorless EOS R range

    The rumours have been confirmed, Canon has launched its first full-frame mirrorless camera system, dubbed the EOS R, along with a range of RF lenses. The EOS R reportedly boasts the world’s fastest autofocus (0.05 seconds) which Canon claims is able to focus quickly even in extremely low light. "The pioneering EOS R System delivers an entirely new level of innovation, enabling richer, more detailed results, with unparalleled levels of sharpness and detail," said Canon in its press release. The camera also features silent shooting "for total discretion in even the most intimate of shooting environments" and is "a highly accomplished filmmaking...

  • Details of Canon’s EOS R full frame mirrorless camera leak

    Just two weeks after Nikon launched its first full-frame mirrorless camera range, rumours suggest that Canon is out to do the same. Nokishita, a Japanese website that covers camera related rumours, leaked information about the camera along with supposed pictures this past weekend. According to the website, Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera will be called the EOS R and feature some of the following specs: 30.3MP full-frame sensor Dual Focus CMOS AF Low-light autofocus Touch Screen display (and articulating screen) 4K video Apparently, Canon will also be releasing a range of lenses for the EOS R, including a 35mm, 50mm and 28-70mm....

  • Nikon launches its Z series, its first full frame mirrorless camera range

    Nikon has today officially launched its first full-frame mirrorless camera series in Tokyo, called the Z mount system. The release features two cameras, the Z7 and Z6, along with new Nikkor Z lenses. “This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance", said Nikon in its press release. The cameras feature a 17% larger diameter mount, allowing for "more of everything: more light capture, more data sharing between lens and camera and more image quality performance". They further include 4K video, a backside illumination CMOS sensor that allows for a large range of ISO, electronic viewfinders, and...

  • Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 launches in South Africa for R1999

    Fujifilm has this week launched its new Instax camera in South Africa. Dubbed the Square SQ6, the little unit can snap photos and then print them in square film format within three minutes. Getting geeky for a minute, the SQ6 features automatic exposure control, which adjusts flash level and shutter speed based on the available light. Fujifilm notes that this is perfect for capturing moments indoors, or "at a party". Other modes are also included. "The Selfie mode should be popular, since it automatically adjusts brightness and focal length to the ideal setting, while the selfie mirror allows one to check the capture...

  • Fujifilm launches rent-to-own system for X-Series, Fujinon lenses

    Buying a camera is a pretty big investment, and by big we don't just mean ridiculously expensive. Thankfully, there are ways to purchase a camera without the need to drop exorbitant amounts of cash in one fell swoop, much like a smartphone contract. Fujifilm South Africa has launched a new rent-to-own programme, which allows photographers to purchase a product not before using it for a set period of time. Said periods include rentals of 12, 18 or 24 months. The programme applies to Fujifilm's mirrorless X-series of cameras, and Fujinon lenses. "The Fujifilm Rent-to-Own system is designed to provide photographers with options to suit...

  • Sony unveils 48MP smartphone camera sensor

    Sony has announced a new smartphone sensor, and it's a big one. Named the IMX586, the Japanese company's latest CMOS image sensor squashes each pixel into just 0.8μm, the smallest pixel size of any smartphone sensor at present, Sony claims. With all that extra space, there's room for 48 megapixels, the highest pixel count of any smartphone sensor available. "The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same color, making high-sensitivity shooting possible," the company adds. It also has some fancy low-light technology using super-sampling. "During low light shooting, the signals from the four adjacent...

  • 3 simple tips to optimise your smartphone photography

    I’m not the biggest fan of smartphone photography. Real purpose-built cameras just give you so much more in every way. There’s more depth of field, more clarity, more settings... But, I know what you’re thinking. Smartphones are just easier. They’re easier to carry, easier to use and easier to protect. You see something you want to photograph, pull out your phone right there and shoot with the touch of an on-screen button. Even I, someone who greatly prefers my DSLR, fall prey to the simplicity of smartphone photography. I’m sure you, like me, still want your photos to be great when...

  • Xiaomi-backed Yi Cam 4K+ offers 4K/60fps video [Update]

    Update: Yi Technology's Facebook page said that a South African release is in the pipeline, as the Yi Cam 4K+ is set to be a global release. But it might still take a while for the device to make its way here, a local representative told Gearburn in an emailed statement. "At the moment, the YI 4K+ is not available on the market yet and we are just planning to develop our sales in the South African market, so stay tuned!" Original: Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology has gained a cult following thanks to its Yi Cam range, being solid alternatives to GoPro....

  • Buying a 360 camera? Keep these tips in mind before splashing out

    2016 has been the year of virtual reality, by many accounts. But 360 photography has also seen some notable growth alongside VR technology. 360 photography on smartphones is generally a very painful endeavour, but we're seeing quite a few dedicated 360 cameras these days. So what should you keep in mind when choosing a camera? We've got a few pointers for you... Storage One of the biggest factors for 360 cameras is storage space and expansion. Generally speaking, the most popular consumer-level 360 cameras opt for microSD storage instead of internal space. This is the case with the LG 360 Cam and the Samsung...

  • Fujifilm X70 brief review: small in stature, expensive in industry

    Petite and durable are two words you can use to describe the Fujifilm x70. It's small but is fitted with an all-metal body with a tilting LCD that allows for users to take high quality selfies. The x70 forms part of Fuji's X series. As such the camera offers nothing new excerpt the petite body and the new function, touch screen, Fujifilm's first, and a tilting screen. The Fujifilm X70 has fixed-lens APS-C compact camera that has a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens. The X70 supports the digital tele-converter mode and users can select mount either a...