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Nikon launch the D5, the most powerful digital SLR in the company’s history

In November 2015 Nikon trailed the news they would soon launch the D5, their latest FX-format digital SLR camera, positioned now as a flagship camera. The camera, which was eventually launched in celebratory style by the Tokyo-based camera manufacturer at CES 2016, is on the outside, largely similar to its predecessor, the D4. But the internal operations are all entirely new, and as cutting edge as anything in the camera manufacturing industry right now. Retailing at £5,199.99 for the body only – lenses accrue a significant extra cost – Nikon have placed a lot of faith in their own engineering capabilities. Their confidence may well be well-founded, as early signs suggest their new invention will lead the professional camera market for some time to come. The D5 includes a new-generation autofocus system with 153 points, a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor, 4K video, and a touchscreen. On first impression, the most obviously impressive aspect of the D5 is the shutter speed. The D5 can take 12 frames per second, up to 14 fps if the mirror remains closed. At full burst, the …

2016-02-02T13:56:03+00:00

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Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. www.sony.co.uk Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …

2015-12-22T16:26:23+00:00

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