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It's not long since conventional photographer wisdom stated that no-one
needed more than 12 megapixels. However, after Nikon reignited the
megapixel race with the D800, and with 250-megapixel cameras
on the horizon, pixels (along with sensor size) are once again where
it's at. We recently spent some time with the current full frame DSLR
megapixel champion, the Canon EOS 5Ds, to see what it's all about.
After updating its line-up of full frame mirrorless cameras with the A7 II and then the A7R II, it was a matter of when, not if, Sony's low light specialist, the A7S, would receive an update. Announced today, the ultra-sensitive A7S II boasts full frame internal 4K movie recording without pixel binning, in-camera 5-axis image stabilization, and an extended ISO which reaches all the way up to 409,600.
While we've previously seen a number of GoPro accessories
which can keep you shooting when the battery runs out, the PolarPro
PowerGrip H2O is the first we've come across capable of live-charging
the action camera while underwater. Currently looking for funding on
Kickstarter, the PowerGrip H2O is a waterproof selfie stick with an
integrated battery, which can charge a camera at depths of up to 30 m
We were first introduced to GoPro's 16-camera rig for shooting 360-degree footage earlier this year. Now the action camera manufacturer has announced that professional virtual reality content creators with a spare US$15,000 could soon get their hands on the Odyssey set-up, which is designed for Google’s 3D, 360-degree virtual reality platform, Jump.
While 50-megapixel cameras offer more than enough resolution for most people, Canon thinks you might be hankering after a bit more, 200-megapixels more to be precise, as it's just revealed a 250-megapixel sensor. The new APS-H sensor is said to be the world's highest resolution CMOS sensor for its size.
Another day at IFA 2015, and another 360-degree camera has been given a video resolution bump. Yesterday the Ricoh Theta S made the move to Full HD video recording, today it's the turn of Kodak's spherical-shooting action camera, which has jumped to 4K. The upcoming Pixpro SP360-4K also gains a new optional wrist-worn remote controller.
With faster lenses, larger image sensors and increased resolution, the new Ricoh Theta S, which was launched today at IFA 2015, is a decidedly more grown-up version of the quirky spherical camera. The new model can shoot more detailed spherical photos, and its 360-degree videos are now recorded in Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps (frames per second).
Most photographers only need to use one camera at a time. But for wedding, sports, and news snappers, who often don't have time to change lenses, carrying multiple cameras, often heavy DSLRs, can be a back-pain-inducing occupational hazard. We recently spent a bit of time with the Custom SLR Dual Camera Strap to see if it could make wielding two cameras more comfortable.
While the Panasonic GH4 has been a hit with photographers and videographers since its release last year, demanding users in the latter camp have been asking for a bit more. Now the firm has announced the GH4R, an advanced version of the camera which boasts unlimited 4K recording and V-Log L video capability for better post production potential. Existing GH4 users will also be able to benefit from the new V-Log L functionality via a paid software upgrade.
Following a decidedly ho-hum reception to its EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens camera in 2012, Canon decided not to even release its follow-up, the M2, in the US. And when its successor, the M3, rolled out across Asia and Europe earlier this year, it looked like Canon was ready to give up on the US mirrorless market for now. However, the firm has announced the 24-megapixel shooter will finally get a US release later this year.