Photography News Issue 53


Photography News | Issue 53 |








Canon’s latest round of new products shows its continued commitment to DSLR photography while keeping an eye on the growing mirrorless market too. Let’s start with the EOS M50, a 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor mirrorless model that features 4K video, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and a vari-angle touch monitor. It has an impressive skill set with the ability to shoot at 10fps, a maximum ISO of 25,600 and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for accurate focusing in challenging conditions. It is also the first Canon to f e a t u r e CR3 14- bit Raw c a p t u r e and a C-Raw option that Resolution 24.3 megapixels Sensor 23.5x15.6 APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Storage 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC cards Image stabilizer In body with up to 5.5EV benefit ISO range 200-12,800 default, 100-51,200 expanded Continuous shooting 11fps with mechanical shutter (with VPB-XH1 grip), 8fps without, 14fps with electronic shutter Viewfinder 3.69m dots OLED, eye sensor Monitor 3in touchscreen Movie recording 4K (4096x2160) up to 15mins, full HD for 20 mins Dimensions (wxhxd) 139.8x97.3x85.5mm Weight 673g body with battery Contact At-a-glance spec


24.3-megapixel, top-of-the-range mirrorless camera with in-body five-axis image stabilizer and an impressive array of video functions. Its larger handgrip and LCD information panel on the top-plate also give the X-H1 amore DSLR look and feel. The sensor and processor combination are the same as that found in the X-T2, so it is a known quantity in terms of resolution and ISO performance. However, there are significant upgrades in the X-H1. A first for Fujifilm is the in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system that can give up to 5.5EV benefit with non-IS lenses. The claimed benefit does vary depending on the lens the camera is paired with. Autofocus has been enhanced in the X-H1 to give improved AF tracking in continuous focusing mode and better low- light performance with accurate AF down to -1EV. It is also better equipped to handle subjects such as those with very fine detail – animal fur, for instance – with speed and accuracy. The X-H1’s body has been beefed up; a 25% thicker exterior and 94 environmental seals give impressive dust and water resistance.

Fujifilm X-T20 and GFX 50S owners have firmware updates to look forward to. On the X-T20 key benefits will include improved continuous focusing, enhanced touchscreen operation and Fujifilm X Raw Studio support. This update will be available in April. In March we will see the GFX update and here the benefits are the addition of focus bracketing, 35mm format mode and H mount adaptor G compatibility.

Body layout has also seen a facelift with a top-plate LCD info panel and a larger hand-grip. The exposure compensation dial has gone to be replaced by a push button right next to the shutter button. The Fujifilm X-H1 is priced at £1699 body only or £1949 with the

Vertical Power Boost VPB- XH1 grip. This grip takes two extra batteries to greatly extend shooting capacity. We have a more detailed look at the X-H1, including its video feature set, in First Tests in this issue.

Canon has triplets

David Parry, product intelligence consultant, Canon

“The EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D are the new entry- level cameras from Canon, between them replacing the EOS 1300D in the range. It’s part of our drive to make DSLR photography more affordable: the 1300D did very well for us, but we saw a need for an even better-priced alternative. The new cameras are designed to be really simple to use, come with seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and, deliberately, are not massively menu driven, making them intuitive to use. Both also come with simple, in- camera feature guides. “The EOS 2000D is above the 4000D in the range, and its new 24.1-megapixel sensor is one of the biggest changes from its predecessor. The 4000D retains the 1300D’s 18-megapixel sensor, but we’ve taken off a few things that the beginner might not find absolutely necessary to keep the price down to a minimum. So button markings are printed on, as opposed to being raised, the LCD is a bit smaller and the lens mount is

Canon’s two new cameras are aimed at aspiring DSLR photographers.

The EOS M50 is available body only at £539.99 or £649.99 with the EF-M 15-45mm standard lens. Aimed at the aspiring DSLR shooter is a pair of APS-Cmodels, the EOS 2000D and the 4000D. The EOS 2000D is the more highly featured of the two and uses a 24.1-megapixel sensor, while the EOS 4000D uses an 18-megapixel sensor. Both feature Wi-Fi for wireless smart device connectivity with Canon’s Camera Connect app. The EOS

2000D and 4000D are available body only at £369.99 and £329.99 respectively, or with the 18-55mm lens at £469.99 and £369.99. The final Canon launch this month is the Speedlite 470EX-AI. Priced at £499.99 this flashgun is the world’s first with AI Bounce, an Auto Intelligent (AI) function designed to make flash photography easy and deliver spot-on results time after time.

made of high-grade plastic as opposed to metal. The flash is also a pull-up version, while the one on the 2000D flips up automatically. “These are all things that won’t affect performance, but they help to keep the price down, and that in turn we hope will encourage more people to get into serious photography.”

gives full Raw flexibility in file sizes that are 30% to 40% smaller.

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