Nikon andCanon take aimat Sony
Canon has now revealed plans for its EOS R3, positioned between the EOS R5 mirrorless and EOS-1D X Mark III pro DSLR. The new camera emphasises AF performance and speed – and is designed for pro users. Like the Sony and Nikon, it uses a full-frame, stacked CMOS sensor with back-illuminated design. Canon says the sensor is its own concept, to produce less rolling shutter issues and offer continuous still-image shooting at speeds up to 30fps, with full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and autoexposure. The camera has Eye Control, meaning users can select the initial area for autofocus tracking by simply looking directly through viewfinder. With Eye Control and Servo AF activated, the camera focuses on, and tracks, moving subjects. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera continues to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area. It’s not certain if this is for stills only or video, or both. Like the Nikon Z 9, the Canon body is a one-piece design, with an integrated grip for dust resistance. There are no details of launch dates or prices for the new cameras at the time of writing.
Traditional camera market leaders Nikon and Canon have taken aim at Sony’s lead in the professional mirrorless market, revealing plans for new flagship cameras. Sony’s A1 set a new pro mirrorless standard when it was released – both in spec and price. It costs £6499/$6498, shooting 8K video and 30fps blackout- free photos from its 50.1-megapixel stacked sensor. However, Canon revealed it’s soon releasing the EOS R3. Meanwhile, Nikon announced the Z 9. Both cameras offer a surprisingly similar spec to the Sony, but housed in much more professional, DSLR-style larger bodies. Nikon was first to unveil a prototype of its Z 9, which, like the Sony, has an 8K stacked sensor, but the company has released few other details. As Nikon has used Sony sensors in the past, there is a chance Sony could be supplying the A1 sensor for this camera. An 8K sensor calls for more than 39-megapixels resolution, so this camera won’t be low-resolution, like the Sony A7S III. It was the first non-Sony camera to offer a stacked sensor, which is the key to very fast frame rates and blackout-free shooting.
BIG GUNS Anticipation is high for Nikon and Canon’s latest foray into the professional mirrorless market, with an exciting emphasis on design, performance and speed, but plenty more to be revealed
Canon’s foray into professional mirrorless cameras continues with three new RF mount lenses. The RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens is Canon’s first macro RF optic, but also the world’s first medium telephoto macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x. The new lens features a spherical aberration (SA) control ring as well, allowing the appearance of the bokeh to be changed. The £1479/$1399 lens has optical image stabiliser with up to five stops of shake correction, and a customisable control There are also two new super-telephoto lenses: the Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and Canon RF 600mm f/4L IS USM, which are both designed to be optically identical to the current EF versions. The RF 400mm lens costs £12,449/$11,999 and weighs 2.89kg/6.37lb, while the RF 600mm is priced at £13,409/$12,999 and weighs 3.09kg/6.8lb. PRO MIRRORLESS LENS RANGE GROWS ring that can be set to alter exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
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