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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.
Yesterday, not much unexpected since the trend in last years in Adobe's policy, Adobe has announced that Lightroom is moving forward with cloud-based approach and that will terminate evolution of the standalone version - Lightroom 6 will not be updated.
Current Lightroom CC (the subscription version associated with Photoshop CC in the Photography bundle) will be renamed Lightroom CC Classic and is going to be updated with new features and better performances - low performances is probably the major complaint from Lightroom users.
A new product will be named simply Lightroom CC (well, maybe two more different names would have helped?) and will be a simplified (less features) version only on Web/cloud, thus accessible by any type of device (PCs, tablet and smartphones).
Phase One has announced a new medium format camera, the IQ3 100M, with 100 megapixels and that should render the colors like humans see them.
Official announcement at this link. The launch price? Well... $ 44,990, not for everyone.
About 2 months ago, we reported (link) that Micron, the parent company of Lexar (one of the most famous famous producer of memory cards), would discontinue the storage business, so Lexar was facing a hard future.
Yesterday good news: Longsys, a Chinese company, has announced that will acquire Lexar from Micron, so Lexar will probably survive!
The official announcement at this link.
Today Canon has announced the new entry-level mirrorless camera: the EOS M100, that replaces the EOS M10.
Resolution up to 24 megapixels, framerate for HD video up to 60/sec, added bluetooth connectivity.
Still very small body (just 302 grams), infact there is no viewfinder. A model aimed at people that want to upgrade from smartphone photography.
Available from next October at 600 $ with a 15-45 lens (24-72 mm equivalent in 35 mm format).
Our catalogue has been updated with this new model: link here.
After some anticipations, Nikon has announced all the features and characteristics of the new middle/high level, full-frame digital reflex: the D850.
A great Auto Focus system inherited from the flagship D5: 153 points, of which 99 cross-type and central point focusing down to -4 EV... practically in the dark!
Double slot, tiltable rear LCD, 4K movie using all the frame (no cropping), a wonderful optical viewfinder (fighting against the advance of the mirrorless world...).
Launch price around 3300 $.
Official announcement here.
Read the main characteristics in our camera catalog here.
Today Canon has announced the new full-frame, intermediate-level DSLR Canon 6D Mark II.
Maybe not the best camera on the market for about 2000 $ but a good option if you have a lot of Canon lenses.
- Good: 26 megapixels, 45 AF points all cross-type (sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines), fully articulated rear LCD - a unique feature for a full frame camera, burst up to 6.5 frames per seconds, very light for a full-frame.
- Not Good: no 4K video, AF points just in the center of the frame, no dual card slot (essentially for pro photographers).
The parent company of Lexar, Micro Technology, has announced that is discontinuing its removable media storage business, that means no more Secure Digital / Compact Flash memory cards, neither USB drives and so on...
Lexar is one of the most famous producer of media cards together with SanDisk and has also launched new biggest capacity cards in the past years. Actually, Lexar business is on sale. The announcement is at this link.
Sony yesterday released updates for 6 models:
- the full frame A7RII, A7SII, A7II and the new flagship A9. For the A9 there is just a modification for the overheating warning, while the other models received an interesting list of improvements, especially the A7RI/A7SII a change when noise reduction is set to NO, and this seems to target the wide complain from stars shooting people with the star eater problem of these cameras (even with no noise reduction set, the camera apply a noise reduction effect, technically known as "spatial filtering"
Company Serif has announced the availability of Windows version of Affinity Photo, after its availabilty for Mac. Affinity Photo is a product "similar" to Photoshop, with advanced features for handling images including RAW of course.
Differently from current Lightroom product, it provides supports for layers but it misses the advanced cataloguing feature of the Adobe product. Performance are not (yet) satisfyng on Windows systems in my opinion, but price is very interesting around 50 $ one-time (discount untile 22nd of December), not like Adobe that forces user to a subscription.
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