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The Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i took the Rebel family to 24 megapixels with an APS-C CMOS sensor which features built-in Phase-Detect AF for Live-View and video. Of the two, the T6s also launched a new intermediate family of DSLRs with a lightweight body and efficient controls, falling right between the previous Rebel lineup and the classic EOS series.

While clearly molded after other Rebels, the T6s adds a second control-dial and top status LCD. A fast Digic 6 processor lets it shoot at 5 FPS for up to a whopping 940 frames. It supports full 1080p HD video capture and a good number of features, including DOF-Preview.

Neocamera recently published a review of the Canon EOS Rebel T6s which covers this new DSLR in detail.

The Nikon D750 just had a review published at Neocamera.This professional DSLR has a 24 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor paired with a fast EXPEED 4 processor. Its autofocus system features Phase-Detect at 51 points and is sensitive down to -3 EV, making it one of the most sensitive AF systems around.

The D750 starts a new line of high-end DSLRs, one which is aimed at videographers and attempts to deliver high-quality for stills and video. It can capture the former at 6.5 FPS and the latter at full 1080p and up to 60 FPS. Just like its siblings, the D750 offers a 100% coverage viewfinder and fully weatherproof body. As a first for the family, it also includes a tilting 3.2″ LCD with 1.2 megapixels.

Read the Nikon D750 review on Neocamera to see how it ultimately compares.

It’s currently CES 2014 (Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas), and as expected, numerous new cameras have been announced, here’s a roundup of the new cameras announced:

Nikon:
D3300 DSLR, 24mp, entry level DSLR with a new compact zoom lens
CoolPix L29, 5x zoom
L30, 5x zoom
L330, 26x zoom, 20mp
L830, 34x optical zoom, 16mp
S2800, 5x zoom
S3600, 8x zoom
S5300, 8x zoom
S6700, 10x zoom
S6800, 12x zoom

Samsung:
NX30 – 20mp, Mirrorless with tilting EVF and screen
Galaxy Camera 2 – Android camera with 21x zoom
WB2200F – 60x zoom with dual grip ultra zoom bridge camera
WB1100F – 35x zoom ultra zoom / bridge camera
WB350F – 21x zoom travel zoom
WB50F, WB35F – 12x compact zoom

Sony:
Alpha A5000 – 20mp, WiFi, NFC, Mirrorless
Cyber-shot W830 – 8x compact camera, 20.1mp
Cyber-shot W810 – 6x compact camera, 20.1mp, with Party mode

Canon:
Powershot N100 – dual front / rear cameras – 5x zoom with Wi-Fi
Powershot SX600 HS – 18x pocket zoom camera
IXUS 265 – 12x zoom compact camera, with Wi-Fi

Fujifilm:
FinePix S1 – 50x weather sealed ultra zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix S9400W – 50x optical zoom bridge camera with Wi-Fi, 16mp
FinePix S9200 – 50x optical zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix S8600 – 36x “compact” ultra zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix XP70 – Waterproof (10m), 5x optical zoom compact
Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 lens for X Mount cameras

Panasonic:
Lumix TZ60, 30x pocket/travel zoom, Wi-Fi, GPS
Lumix TZ55, 20x pocket/travel zoom, tilting “selfie” screen
Lumix LZ40, 42x ultra zoom bridge camera
Lumix SZ8, 12x zoom compact camera, Wi-Fi
Leica DG 42.5mm f/1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Kodak: details can be found on ePHOTOzine.
PIXPRO S-1 – 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera, Wi-Fi, tilting screen
+ Kodak 12-45mm and 42.5-160mm zoom lens
PIXPRO AZ651 – 65x optical zoom bridge camera
PIXPRO AZ525 – 52x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, bridge camera
PIXPRO AZ421 – 42x optical zoom, bridge camera
Smart Lens SL10 – 10x optical zoom add-on for smartphones
Smart Lens SL25 – 25x optical zoom add-on for smartphones

Sigma: 
50mm f/1.4 Art prime lens
18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS APS-C Zoom lens

Polaroid:
Polaroid announced some cameras too, seemingly mock-ups or prototypes, and whether they’ll actually be released or not is anyone’s guess. For example, last year they announced a number of mirrorless cameras with vague details (one looked like a Nikon 1 series copy, the other a Pentax Q copy), and we’re still waiting for them to be released. Although they did release one, the Polaroid iM1836 (the Nikon 1 look-a-like), it was quickly withdrawn from the market after Nikon sued them for copyright infringement. Anyway, here’s hoping they do release some of these cameras, as the Socialmatic certainly looks interesting:

Polaroid Socialmatic – Android, Zink photo printing, 14mp front camera, 2mp rear camera, 4.5inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, due Fall 2014…
Polaroid Ultra Zoom / Bridge cameras, with Wi-Fi, and 50x, 40x, 35x, 30x, and 15x optical zoom depending on how everyone feels, and due Spring 2014.

Pentax K-3The Pentax flagship DSLR, now from Ricoh, uses a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor which can capture images at 8.3 FPS with ISO from 100 to 5,1200. Paired with a high-speed mechanical shutter with 1/8000s to 30s, plus bulb, shutter-speeds, the K-3 can freeze the fastest action and photograph in extremely low-light. This is further helped by its built-in image-stabilization and ultra-sensitive 27-point SAFOX XI autofocus system.

This professional DSLR offers a number of highly innovative feature, including totally unique Anti-Alias Simulation which lets the K-3 maximize captured details or reduce the chance of moire. An interactive demo of this system is included in the Ricoh Pentax K-3 review.

The extensive review of the K-3 published at Neocamera also covers differences between the K-3 and K-5 IIs which highlights the first imprint of Ricoh onto the Pentax original design. This is definitely worth a read for current Pentax owners. As always, a gallery of full-resolution images is included with the review with samples from the entire ISO range. A bonus page compares the performance of the K-3 and Nikon D610 which boasts the same resolution but on a larger full-frame sensor.

Read the extensive Pentax K-3 review here.

 

Nikon announced two new Digital SLRs in the last couple of months, including the Nikon D610, and Nikon D5300, both with 24 megapixel sensors, the D610 a full-frame Digital SLR, the D5300 an APS-C sensor camera with no optical low pass filter, built in GPS, and Wi-Fi. You can read a review of the Nikon D610 at ePHOTOzine, where they say:

“For the cynical, this is the camera that the D600 should have been, with seemingly no sensor issues (we took over 3000 shots and could not see any problems), or for the not so cynical, this is a slight update on an already excellent camera.”

They’ve also published sample photos from the Nikon D5300 here, as well as a review of the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II SLR wide-angle Nikon mount lens.

Update: Not long after I posted this, Nikon announced the new “retro” Nikon Df Digital SLR with classic styling, manual controls with external dials, a 16 megapixel full-frame sensor, and compatibility with older Nikon lenses, it will be available in black or black/silver with a price of around £2800 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Nikon Reviews:
Nikon 1 AW1 Review at ePHOTOzine – World’s first waterproof, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Review here – 14x optical zoom lens compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Review here – serious compact camera with bright 7.1x optical zoom lens and electronic viewfinder.
Nikon Coolpix S02 Review here – ultra compact with full hd video recording.
Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review here – compact with 12x optical zoom lens, and a tilting vari-angle screen.

Nikon Announcements:
Nikon has announced the new Nikon D5300 Digital SLR, with 24 megapixels, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.2inch vari-angle screen, 5fps continuous shooting, full HD video recording. Details here. Nikon has also announced a new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 premium lens.

Pentax K-3 DSLR Silver

Pentax has announced the new Pentax K-3 Digital SLR – the top of the range model features a new 24 megapixel sensor, no AA filter, shake-reduction sensor, 3.2inch screen, weather sealed body, 8.3fps continuous shooting, and for Wi-Fi compatibility can use a FLU card, to enable remote operation from smartphones. A special limited edition silver version, shown above, will be made available with a limited production run of 2000 units. The Pentax K-3 in black, shown below, will be available for £1099 body only, from November.

More information: Pentax K-3 DSLR Hands-On Preview (ePHOTOzine), Pentax HD 55-300mm WR Lens Announced, Pentax K-3 Press release, Pentax K-3 Video Features Review (YouTube), Pentax K-3 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Comparison, more details at Ricoh Imaging.

Pentax K-3 Black

 

Leica X Vario

Leica currently produce a number of high end Digital RangeFinders, as well as one or two compact cameras that are all Leica. Such as the Leica X Vario, Leica X2 (and previously the Leica X1), but below these premium models, they are currently partnered with Panasonic, producing similar models with Leica design touches… In the past they have worked with other companies including Fujifilm, and produced a variety of cameras, including a Four-Thirds Digital SLR. Lets have a look back at the various models in the Leica Digital Camera range, starting with the current models:

2013
Leica C Compact – (Typ 112) 12 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom, EVF, Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LF1. Details, Sample Photos.
Leica X Vario – 16 megapixel compact camera with APS-C CMOS sensor, and 2.5x optical zoom lens, 28-70mm equivalent, f/3.5-6.4 aperture.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.
Leica M (Type 240) – Top of the range 24 megapixel full frame digital rangefinder with CMOS sensor, video recording(!), and live view(!), roughly £6k body only.
– Reviews: Wedding Photographer, Specifications, Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, SteveHuffPhoto.

2012
Leica S
– 37.5 megapixel Medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M-E – A “budget” or “entry level” £4000 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view).
– Reviews: AP, 50lux, RedDotForum Comparison.
Leica M MonochromBlack and white full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view), £6200.
– Reviews: AP, Jonathan Slack, Phoblographer, RedDotForum, MingThein, Sample Photos PopPhoto, ePHOTOzine.
Leica X2 – Compact by Leica with 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzinePhotographyBLOG, Specifications, Sample Photos, SteveHuffPhotos.
Leica D-Lux 6 – based on the Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10.1 megapixel, f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, MingThein, RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 4 – ultra-zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews / Sample photos: RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 40 – pocket / travel zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30
– Reviews / Sample photos: PhotographyBLOG.

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A roundup of digital cameras announced recently, along with links for more information, previews, reviews, sample photos and more:

Sony Alpha a3000

Sony:
Sony Alpha 3000 – 20mp APS-C DSLR shaped camera with Sony E-Mount, shown above, Preview
Sony NEX-5T – Wi-Fi, NFC Mirrorless camera, Preview

Canon:
Canon EOS 70D – 20.2 megapixel APS-C DSLR, new AF, 7fps, see Canon UK, there is also a review with sample photos at Cameralabs.
Canon Powershot S120 – 12.1 megapixel High Speed (HS) CMOS sensor, 5x zoom compact, f/1.8, more details.
Canon Powershot G16 – 12.1 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, f/1.8, Preview
Canon Powershot SX510 – 30x optical zoom, 12 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, compact ultra zoom, more details.
Canon Powershot SX170 – 16x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, Almost pocketable pocket zoom

Nikon:
Nikon Coolpix S6600 – 16mp, 12x zoom, tilting / swivelling screen, details. This one looks pretty cool, and it’s been a while since a compact camera has had a tilting / swivelling screen like this.
Nikon Coolpix L620 – 14x optical zoom, 18mp, full HD video, AA batteries.

Casio: (Japan, Europe only?)
Casio Exilim ZR800, 18x optical zoom, details.

GE:
GE Cameras no longer for sale in the UK according to ePHOTOzine.

Pentax has recently announced a number of new Digital SLRs, a new mirrorless camera, as well as an entry level compact, called the Efina. F’ina what? Efina. It’s a historical name from Pentax, and the Efina features a 5x optical zoom lens, and will be available for around £79, although we’d expect that price to drop quite quickly.

pentax K-50 120 colors

New Pentax Digital SLRs – these are both the same model, except one, the K-50 is weather sealed, while the K-500 is not. The K-500 is designed as the family friendly entry level Digital SLR, while the K-50 is the step up (designed to sit above the K-30), with weather sealing. Both feature a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO51200, SR Shake Reduction, and 3inch screen on the back. There’s a Pentax K-500 hands-on preview here. More details on the Pentax K-50 can be found here, and it’ll be available in 120 colour combinations.

pentax-Q7 120colors

The new mirrorless camera from Pentax, is an update to the Pentax Q10, and the new Pentax Q7 features a slightly larger sensor, to give improved image quality, as well as a wider field of view when used with the Pentax Q lenses. The Q7 will also be available in 120 colour combinations. A preview showing the new Pentax Q7 sensor size can be found here.