Panasonic has launched LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 (S-S35) lens in the US online. It costs $699.99 and is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. This lens is made for L-mount Mirrorless Full Frame Digital Cameras like LUMIX S5. Check out the current lowest price and availability here ( Amazon affiliate link ).
Panasonic S-S35 LUMIX S 35mm F1.8 is a compact, lightweight lens with a Dust, splash, and freeze-resistant design. It is made with 11 elements in 9 groups including 3 aspherical lenses and 3 ED lenses for better image quality. This lens has 9 diaphragm blades offering a Circular aperture diaphragm.
It has a max aperture of F1.8 and has a minimum aperture of F22. This has a close focusing distance of 0.24m / 0.79ft and a max magnification of 0.22x. It takes φ67mm filters and weighs 295g.
Nikon has launched Z9 Mirrorless Camera in the US. It has a launch price tag of $5,499.95( body only ) and is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. Nikon has also launched a few new lenses along with the Z9 – NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S, NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S and NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S. Other products Nikon launched today are Mount Adapter FTZ II ( $249.95 ), NX Tether and NX MobileAir.
Nikon Z9 is the flagship Mirrorless camera aimed at both professional photographers and videographers. It is one of the first, high-end cameras to come without a mechanical shutter. Like many Nikon DSLRs, the new Z 9 also has a beefy, heavy, and robust professional-looking body with a lot of buttons and dials to help you get the best shot possible.
Nikon Z 9 features a 45.7MP sensor offering 8K UHD video recording support. The sensor has a base ISO sensitivity of 64 and can go up to 25600. This new camera comes with an EN-EL18d rechargeable Li-ion battery and is also compatible with older EN-EL18c, EN-EL18b, EN-EL18a, and EN-EL18 batteries. According to the official specs sheet, the Z9 can shoot up to 770 shots on a full charge. These numbers are often conservative, and hence you sure can shoot much more shots than the claimed 770 CIPA rating.
The Z9 comes with a Vertically and horizontally tilting TFT display with a 3.2 inch 2100 k dots touch-sensitive LCD screen. The EVF is a 0.5 inch, 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance and manual brightness controls. This camera doesn’t support regular SD Cards but takes CFexpress (Type B) or XQD Type Memory cards for faster performance.
All in all, Nikon has made a fantastic high-end professional camera that has features to compete with the likes of Sony A1 and Canon EOS R6 bodies. Nikon claims the Z9 to have the World’s first truly blackout-free electronic viewfinder, World’s fastest still image frame rate of 120 fps, the World’s fastest scanning speed, the World’s best AF scene detection system, and Best-in-class 8K video resolution and internal recording. Of course, all of those claims have a * next to them.
From the manufacturer The new Nikon flagship. A fast, powerful AF system with subject detection developed using deep learning technology. 45.7-megapixel stills. High-speed still frame rates up to 120 fps. 8K and 4K videos. The world’s first truly blackout free viewfinder, and Nikon’s first 4-axis tilting touchscreen. All in the most intelligent, durable, comfortable and connected Nikon camera the world has ever seen.
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Nikon Z9 Specifications
Sensor resolution: 45.7MP
Sensor type: Stacked CMOS sensor
Lens mount: Nikon Z mount
File formats – Photos: Jpeg, NEF raw
Storage Media: CFexpress (Type B), XQD Type Memory
LCD screen: 3.2 inch 2100 k dots, Vertically and horizontally tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD
Viewfinder: 0.5 inch 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED with manual brightness controls
Shutter type: Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield
Sony has launched Xperia PRO-I Android Smartphone with a big 1-inch sensor in the US. It has a launch price tag of $1,799.99. Sony has also launched Vlog Monitor for Xperia PRO-I at a price of $199.99 helping you take better quality vlogs using this smartphone. There is also a Leather Cover for Xperia PRO-I listed online at a price of $89.99.
Sony Xperia PRO-I XQBE62/B is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US ( check here for availability – affiliate link ). This item will be released on December 10, 2021.
Xperia Pro-I Accessories Bundles Prices with Leather Case: $1,889.98 with Shooting grip: $1,887.99 with Vlog monitor: $1,947.99 with Vlog monitor and Shooting grip: $2,037.98
Xperia Pro-I Accessories Prices Sony 3.5” LCD Vlog Monitor XQZIV01: $190.64 Sony Wireless Bluetooth Shooting Grip and Tripod (GP-VPT2BT): $131.54 Stylish leather case – XQZCLBE/B: $89.99
Sony Xperia PRO-I is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa-core processor and ships with the Android 11 operating system. It comes with 12GB of ram and has 512GB UFS storage. You can add more storage using the microSDXC slot which supports up to 1TB sdcards.
The display on this model is a 6.5 inch 4K HDR OLED screen with a native resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels. It offers up to 120Hz refresh rate and has 240Hz Motion blur reduction. For good color output, this panel supports DCI-P3 100%.
The main highlight of this new 2021 Xperia Pro smartphone is its main camera at the back. It features a 12MP 1.0-type Exmor RS sensor offering great image quality and natural depth of field letting you shoot better photos and videos. Bigger the sensor, the better the image quality and low light performance, as well as the bokeh. The main camera uses a variable aperture – F2.0 to F4.0 which would come in handy when shooting general scenes with a lot of areas that need to be in focus.
Apart from the main 1-inch sensor, Sony Xperia PRO-I also has two other 12MP sensors at the back, one used for wide-angle shots ( 16 mm focal length ) and the other for telephoto ( 50 mm focal length ). On the front, Sony is using an 8MP F2.0 aperture camera for your selfies and video calls.
Xperia PRO-I is Water resistant (IPX5/IPX8) and Dustproof (IP6X). It uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the rear to better protect the device from scratches and accidental drops. Sony has powered this smartphone with a 4500 mAh battery and supports PD fast charging.
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Sony Xperia PRO-I Camera Features
No of cameras: Triple rear cameras + Single Front Camera
Telephoto camera: 12MP 1/2.9″ Exmor RS for mobile sensor F2.4 aperture, 50 mm focal length
Ultra wide angle camera: 12MP 1/2.5″ Exmor RS for mobile sensor F2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length
Camera features: ZEISS Tessar T* Lens, Up to 20fps AF/AE, Up to 60 times per second continuous AF/AE calculation, Real-time Eye AF (Human, Animal), Real-time Tracking, AI Super Resolution Zoom, HDR, 3D iToF, RGB-IR, OIS photo
Video recording: Cinematography Pro powered by CineAlta, Videography Pro, 4K HDR Video recording 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120fps, OIS and EIS support, Sony SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode, Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye.
DJI Action 2 Camera, the successor to their first-gen, very popular DJI Osmo Action is now available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon. DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo has a launch selling price of $519 in the US. Check out the Amazon product page here ( affiliate link ) to know more about availability and shipping date. You can also buy this as DJI Action 2 Power Combo.
DJI Action 2 Camera uses a magnetic design that makes it easy for you to attach different accessories and get more features out of this tiny action camera. The camera module alone weighs just 56g. The design reminds me of the old GoPro Hero Session camera.
It features a 12MP 1/1.7 inch CMOS sensor with an ultra-wide-angle field of view of 155°. It has a fixed aperture F2.8 lens and can shoot up to 4K 120fps. This new model comes with RockSteady 2.0 and has the HorizonSteady features available as well. It comes with features like digital zoom, 8x slow-mo video, AI editor using Mimo app, timelapse etc.
The camera unit is waterproof up to 10 meters and when paired with the Waterproof Case you can take it down to 60 meters. The Touch screen module which you get with the Dual-Screen Combo is not waterproof. DJI Action 2 Camera module comes with 32GB internal storage.
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Difference between DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo and DJI Action 2 Power Combo
DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo comes with a Camera Unit, a Front Touchscreen Module, a Magnetic Lanyard, a Magnetic Ball-Joint Adapter Mount, a Magnetic Adapter Mount and a power cable. DJI Action 2 Power Combo on the other hand ships with a Camera Unit, a Power Combo, a Magnetic Lanyard, a Magnetic Adapter Mount and a power cable. If you want more battery life, get the power combo package, or get them both.
Compatabile DJI Action 2 Accessories
Magnetic Headband, Remote Control Extension Rod, Macro Lens, DJI Mic, Waterproof Case, DJI Floating Handle and more.
Sony has started teasing the launch date for their next Full Frame A7 Series camera A7IV ILCE-7M4. The official launch date is set for Oct 21st, 2021. You will be able to pre-order it online from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama etc on the same date itself.
Sony a7 IV Launch Price in the US: $2499 ( ILCE7M4K body only ) – $2,698 ( ILCE7M4K/B with 28-70mm Zoom Lens Kit ).
Other Lens Combo Bundles prices Sony Alpha 7 IV + Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens: $4,797.99. Sony Alpha 7 IV + Sony SEL2470GM FE 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master: $4,497.99. Sony Alpha 7 IV + Sony SEL1635GM FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens: $4,497.99. Sony Alpha 7 IV + Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM: $3,897.99. Sony Alpha 7 IV + Sony SEL24F14GM FE 24mm F1.4 GM: $3,797.99. Sony Alpha 7 IV + SEL24105G/2 FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS: $3,597.99.
You can also buy the new Sony A7IV with the new GN60 Wireless Radio Control External Flash HVLF60RM2 ( $3,049.98 ), or with GN46 Wireless Radio Control External Flash HVLF46RM ( $2,899.98 ).
Official Release Date: December 30, 2021.
Sony Alpha A7M4 ILCE-7M4 Specs and Features
All previous models in the Sony Alpha A7 Series cameras came with 24MP sensors. Sony has bumped up the resolution of the newer 2021 A7 Mark 4 model to 33MP with 15+ stops of dynamic range. Previous gen A7 models could only record up to 4K@30fps while the newer model can do 4K@60fps.
Sony Alpha A7M4 ILCE-7M4 is powered by BIONZ XR processor which has 8 times faster processing power than the BIONZ X seen on older models. Sony has decided to bring their new vari-angle style LCD monitor to the A7 Series as well which we first saw on the A7S3 model.
Like the flagship Sony A1 model, the Sony a7iv model also supports Animal Eye AF as well as Birds AF to let you capture better and sharper wildlife photos with ease.
In the video department, the new Sony Alpha 7 Mark 4 can shoot 10-bit 4:2:2 HLG and has support for Eye AF when shooting movies. S-Cinetone, All-I XAVC S-I, S-log3 etc are all on board. This new model also supports live streaming and has FTP according to the leaked specs.
Sony Alpha has launched the new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II ( Mark 2 ) lens ( SEL70200GM2 ) in the US at a launch price tag of $2,800.00 USD. You can pre-order this lens in the coming days from Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, etc. It will ship to customers in December 2021 only. In Canada, the price for this lens is $3,500.00 CAD.
Oct 14 Update: Sony 70-200mm F2.8 Mark 2 up for pre-order on Amazon US. Check here for the current pricing and availability. It will ship to customers on Dec 16, 2021.
According to Sony, the new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II 2021 model is the world’s lightest F2.8 telephoto zoom lens and is about 29% lighter than the previous model which now sells for $2,598 in the US. The new lens offers better and faster Auto Focus thanks to four Sony-original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors ensuring fast and precise AF.
Sony has made some improvements on the video front as well. The new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II lens has reduced focus breathing, focus shift, and axis shift when zooming comparing to the older model. You also get separate rings for focus, zoom, and aperture. The 11-blade circular aperture offers better bokeh and can be de-clicked if needed for a smoother transition.
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Specification
Model number: SEL70200GM2
Mount: Sony E-mount Full Frame
Focal length: 70mm – 200mm zoom
Aperture blades: 11-blade circular aperture
Max Aperture: Contast F2.8 aperture
Min Aperture: F16
Special elements: Two aspherical lens elements including one XA (extreme aspherical) element, two ED (extra-low dispersion) spherical glass elements and two Super ED spherical glass elements
Minimum focus distance: 15.7 inches (0.4 meters) at 70mm and 32.3 inches (0.82 meters) at 200mm
Teleconvertor support: Yes ( 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter )
Coating: Nano AR Coating II
Auto focus motor: 4 Sony-original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors ( focus tracking improved by 30% )
Quick switches: AF/MF, Full Time DMF, Focus limiter, Optical Image Stabilisation, Modes, Iris Lock
Rings: Focus, Aperture, Zoom
Price in the US: $2,800.00 USD
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Canon has launched a new RF lens. It’s not your typical portrait, telephoto or landscape lens, instead, it’s a Dual Fisheye lens that’s let you capture 180-degree 3-Dimensional (3D) stereoscopic visuals.
Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens has a launch price of $1,999 in the US and is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. This item will be released on December 23, 2021. Check here for the current pricing and availability.
Canon boasts the RF5.2mm F2.8 lens as the world’s first digital interchangeable lens capable of enabling stereoscopic 3D 180° VR shooting to a single image sensor. This lens, as of this writing works only on Canon’s EOS R5 bodies. Canon is also launching a paid subscription-based EOS VR Utility and EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro to help you with creating better VR photos and videos with this lens.
From the manufacturer As part of the EOS VR System – this lens paired with the EOS R5 updated with firmware 1.5.0 or higher and one of Canon’s VR software solutions – you can create immersive 3D that can be experienced when viewed on compatible head mount displays including the Oculus Quest 2 and more. Now, creators can go from traditional stills or video shooting to stereoscopic 3D capture with a simple lens swap. The pairing of this lens and the EOS R5 camera brings high-resolution video recording at up to 8K DCI 30p and 4K DCI 60p.
Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L Specs
Focal length: 5.2mm
Interpupillary Distance: 60mm ( Distance between Left and Right Lens Centers )
Sigma has launched 2021 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary and 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lenses in the US. The Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN has a launch price tag of $639 in the State. The 90mm F2.8 DG DN lens also sells for the same price. You can now pre-order these new 2021 Sigma Contemporary lenses online from Amazon US. According to the listings, these lenses will be released on September 24, 2021. You can buy these in Sony E-mount or L-mount.
Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens Specs and Features According to Sigma, the new 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary is designed from the ground up for mirrorless systems and weighs 360g. It has a 9 bladed rounded aperture, with a max aperture of F2.0 and a minimum of F22. A Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M) and Petal-type lens hood (LH656-02) are provided in the box. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 24.5cm / 9.7in and a maximum magnification of 1:6.7. This lens has a 62mm filter thread.
Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Specs and Features Like the 24mm, this lens also features a 9 bladed rounded aperture for smoother bokeh. It has a max aperture of F2.8 and can be stopped down to F22. The lens construction included 11 elements in 10 groups. It uses five SLD glass elements to reduce axial chromatic aberration. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm / 19.7in and a maximum magnification of 1:5. This lens takes 55mm filters.
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GoPro has launched HERO10 Black CHDHX-101-CN action camera in the US online with improved specs and features. It has a launch price tag of $499.99 ( Sep 2021 ) and is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. Find the current lowest price, offers and availability here ( Amazon affiliate link )
Black Friday 2021 Offer Price – GoPro HERO10 Black with Dual Battery Charger at $449 on Amazon US.
The new 2021 GoPro HERO10 CHDHX-101-CN is powered by a brand new processor – GP2. This is a very welcome change as GoPro has been using the old GP1 processor for a while now on different generations of the GoPro. The new GP2 processor ensures better image quality, and faster photo and video capture.
The GoPro Hero 10 features a 23.6MP Sensor that can shoot videos up to 5.3K @ 60fps. You can also take Ultra HD quality 120fps slow-mo videos as well. The max bit-rate supported is 100Mbps. The new Hero 10 is Rugged + Waterproof to 33ft (10m).
From the manufacturer All-out speed and ultimate ease, now in the most powerful GoPro ever. Powered by the revolutionary new GP2 processor, HERO10 Black shoots 5.3K video with double the frame rate, 23MP photos, enhanced low-light performance and game-changing HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization in all modes. On top of all that, HERO10 is cloud connected—so the moment you charge it, your footage is automatically uploaded to the cloud.
GoPro HERO10 Black Full Specs
Image sensor resolution
Processor / Chipset
Rugged + Waterproof to 33ft (10m)
3.5mm Audio Mic Input with Media Mod for HERO10 Black or using the Pro 3.5 Mic Adapter, RAW Audio Capture (.wav Format)
Video resolutions supported
5.3K@60fps, 4K@120fps + 2.7K@240fps slow mo Wide FOV
100Mbps Bit Rate
SuperView, Wide, Linear + Horizon Leveling, Linear, Narrow
Canon has officially launched EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera in the US. It has a launch price tag of$5,999and is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. This item will be released on November 30, 2021. Check here for the current pricing and availability.
Canon EOS R3 features a 24.1MP Full-frame CMOS sensor and is powered by DIGIC X Image Processor. It supports a high-speed continuous shooting speed up to 30fps silent using the electronic shutter.
This new flagship sports camera from Canon features an improved Dual Pixel Auto Focus system and is also the first EOS camera to have Eye Control AF. It has 1,053 AF Points supporting Vehicle Detection as well as Eye, Face, Head, and Animal Detection making it a great action and sports camera.
Related launch: Canon Stereo Microphone DME1D – US Price: $299 ( Sep 2021 )
From the manufacturer Building on the success of the EOS R series of cameras and leveraging advancements in technology that have come along since, the EOS R3 combines some of the best of both the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras to provide a robust, high-performance camera. The EOS R3 is the first “3” series camera since the popular EOS-3 film camera launched in 1998.