Taking on the familiar shape of the Pentax 645 from the film era, and succeeding 2010’s 645D, the Pentax 645Z blends an air of intuitiveness with a host of technological advancements designed to make the medium format camera an even more efficient and contemporary digital-imaging solution. Inside the large yet ergonomically designed body is a 51.4MP CMOS sensor measuring 43.8 x 32.8mm, making it approximately 1.7x larger than 35mm-format, full-frame image sensors.
Unveiled: Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR via B&H Explora
The Comodo Orbit is a camera stabilization system that will make you rethink the way you shoot a scene. Designed to support HDSLR/mirrorless cameras and small to medium-sized camcorders, the Orbit uses a patented twin-grip stabilization system, which allows the camera operator to move freely around the action, capturing angles not possible with other stabilizers. Best of all, it does this without the use of balancing weights, batteries, or motors! (Comodo Orbit Handheld Camera Stabilization System via BH inDepth)
The extra-wide footprint is of course what first turned us on to this high-end camera, but the takeaway here should be the shooter’s 29-megapixel Foveon X3 CMOS direct image sensor, which Yamaki says enables a reduced file size and better high-ISO performance. That refreshed chip operates similarly to traditional color film, using multiple layers to capture enhanced detail. That, along with a new processor, should produce sharper, more realistic images with vibrant colors — something Sigma describes as “full-bodied image quality.”
The holidays have passed, but Olympus is still giving. And it seems they’ve really backed the sleigh up to the loading dock this time with a bevy of new gear, highlighted by their new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M10, which is available in black or silver, as well as a black kit or silver kit that include the new 14-42mm f/3.2-5.6 EZ lens. In addition to the new mirrorless camera, Olympus has announced two new wide-angle lenses, an impressive long zoom camera, a new tough camera, a macro converter, and numerous accessories. (via Unveiled: Olympus O-MD E-M10 with New Lenses; a Tough Camera; and Many Accessories | BH inDepth)
Rolleicord Model IV on display in the B&H Used Department Museum! (at B&H Photo Video)
Some old favorites!
Fujifilm published an image of their latest X-Series camera, but at this time the only official information about the new body is its announcement date (Tuesday, January 28, 2014), and the image itself. While that’s not much to go on, the photo tells much of the story of this new shooter. Clearly present are a dedicated ISO dial, and a pronounced hump—which strongly suggests the inclusion of a viewfinder. (via Fujifilm Exposes Their Latest X-Series Camera | BH Insights)
With all due respect to technology, let’s ensure that the children of today and tomorrow grow up understanding and appreciating cameras in their own right. There are future artists and perhaps future legends among them, and we want to nurture their gifts and curiosities. To start them off right, it’s important to consider the following key points of buying cameras for youngsters between the ages of about three and thirteen. (via Cameras for Kids | BH inDepth)
Canon has just announced their newest mid-range DSLR: the EOS 70D. This Wi-Fi-connected camera falls in the EOS lineup between the 60D and the 7D as a high-performance, APS-C-sized DSLR that features the newly designed Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a refined 20.2MP APS-C image sensor, and a 3.0” vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor along with a host of photographic and video-centric assets that combine to form a truly powerful image-making device that can handle video and still photo tasks with ease. Where this camera separates itself from previous models is through its combination of features that strive to generate higher-quality imagery with a rich feature set that facilitates wireless sharing, intuitive navigation and control over camera settings as well as an overall sense of efficiency throughout the entire system.
Read all about the 70D on B&H InDepth!