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News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Sony has announced the new top-of-the-line mirrorless APS-C (1.5 crop factor with respect to full frame) camera: the A6500.

This announcement is quite unexpected, since the A6300 has been launched just 6 months ago... very little time ago. Someone supposes that the A6300 was delayed and the A6500 is on original schedule, that's why they are so close.

Yesterday Canon has announced a new mirrorles interchangeable lens camera: the M5. Canon so far hasn't show so far much determination in entering the mirrorless market, for obvious reasons giving its extremely wide consumer base especially for non-mirrorless lenses and its models have less features and performances with respect to other manufacturers, especially Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji.

The new M5 appears the first "serious" model (i.e. at least comparable to other manufacturers' models), let's see in detail the feature, also looking at some direct concurrent models of Sony (the new A6300) and the Panasonic and Olympus micro four thirds:

We have published a deep review and comparison between two popular lenses for compact Sony mirrorless (APS-C format, E-mount) like A5100, A6000, A6300, NEX: Sony E 50 mm f1.8 OSS versus Sigma 60 mm f2.8 DN (Art series).

Two great primes compared: the review is at this link.

Sony has updated the firmware for Sony A6300 to version 1.10. Officially the changes are:

Improves overall stability and operability of the camera

Improves stability in picture shooting mode by optimizing temperature control (effects vary according to temperature).

so there is no direct mention to the overheating issue that affects this wonderful camera when shooting video (and, more rarely, when shooting stills), though there is a vague point to overall operability and surely some improvement has been done on overheating when shooting stills.

Adobe has updated Lightroom to version 6.6. For the Creative Cloud users (monthly subscriber) there are 3 new features:

  • Guided Upright tool: draw 2 or 4 lines on the image to indicate vertical/horizontal or vertical+horizontal (4 lines) lines in the image and LR will straighten it to minimize the keystone effect (perspective). It is available in the Transform Panel but first activates after having activated Lens correction. A video shows how it works (see below in the article).
  • Pending Sync Activity section: in Preferences - Lightroom mobile tab, it show sync activity to detect any sync errors.
  • Deleting synced data is now done from the web interface to avoid that you can accidentally remove them.

The Nik Collection of plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and for Apple Aperture, bought by Google in late 2012, are now offered for free.

The plugins are the following ones:

  • Analog Efex Pro: simulation of analog films.
  • Color Efex Pro: various color filters.
  • Silver Efex Pro: black and white treatments.
  • Viveza: colors/contast enhancements.
  • HDR Efex Pro: high dynamic range images treatments. 
  • Sharpener Pro: advanced sharpening.
  • Dfine: noise reduction.
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