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Cameras

  • Sony’s compact, long-lens Cyber-shot RX100 VI hits South Africa

    Ultraportable pocket cameras have largely been usurped by smartphones, but there are a select number of scenarios where an actual camera shines. This, at least, is Sony's perception of the camera market. The Japanese camera maker has announced the availability of its Cyber-shot RX100 VI premium compact camera, which "combines portability, flexibility, fast responsiveness and professional image quality, making it an ideal choice for capturing daily life, cityscapes, portraiture, sports, and wildlife," Sony notes. From the outside, it might seem pointless to continue making these cameras -- Sony currently offers five snappers of its RX compact range in South Africa -- but...

  • Canon’s ‘superzoom’ PowerShot SX70 HS is coming to SA in November

    In a year that has seen a myriad of mirrorless camera launches, this week Canon announced its latest entry into the bridge camera market. Called the PowerShot SX70 HS, Canon notes that it's "capable of handling all types of shooting scenario, without the need to carry multiple lenses". This isn't just marketing speak either. The PowerShot features a 65 times zoom lens effectively extending its focal length to a 2730mm lens equivalent. And as holding steady with the lens fully extended could prove difficult, Canon has also bolted on its Zoom Frame Assist Lock function which the company claims "helps maintain framing...

  • Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 review: snap, print, repeat

    I was quite excited to get my hands on Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ6 when the camera launched in South Africa last month. But now that I have my hands on a review unit, were my expectations met? Was I left disappointed? Well… The Looks Visually, this camera is quite attractive, which is probably why I was so keen to have one. It has that vintage aesthetic, yet comes in three contemporary colours. Personally, I think the Blush Gold is better than the Graphite Grey and Pearl White. The Instax SQ6 itself is quite big, occupying an area of 119mm by 128mm by 58mm,...

  • GoPro Hero 7’s juicy details leak through an official press release

    The GoPro Hero 7 range was this week leaked in full detail by website B&H. The web page has since been killed, but that hasn’t stopped all the specs from making its way around the internet. Spotted by The Verge, a press release published to Business Wire by B&H documented the new details of the GoPro Hero 7, including its availability in three colours, with three different specification levels. The action camera comes in black, silver and white and they seem to cater for everyone from professionals to casual users. The GoPro Hero 7 Black is at the top of the range...

  • Canon’s Zoemini printer is coming to South Africa this month

    Forget mirrorless cameras, the real competitive space at present are printers that spit out pocket-sized polaroid-inspired snaps from your smartphone or memory card. HP has one, Fujiflim has one, and now Canon is bringing one to South Africa too. Called the Zoemini, the portable printer will be available in South Africa from next week, the company announced at an event in Cape Town on Tuesday. Using zero-ink film in a 2x3 inch size format, the Canon Zoemini is described by the company as the "ultimate accessory for your mobile device". "Snap a photo, slip on a vintage filter, add AR and get...

  • A quick guide to understanding camera jargon

    With the mindbogglingly expensive Nikon Z mount cameras launching last month, and the hipster-esque Instax Square SQ6 also hitting South Africa soon, you’ve probably been seeing a lot of camera jargon lately. If you’re not in the loop it can be a little tricky figuring out what all those terms refer too, and what these cameras can do. So, here’s a quick crash course to help you understand the basics of complicated camera talk. Camera types Digital SLR (or DSLR) A digital single-lens reflex camera is one that has a mirror which reflects the image onto a viewfinder for you to see what you’re...

  • 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...