Wow, what a morning. Camera companies are on fire in the news today.

Sony

Sony announced this morning the successor to the a7. The biggest update in the a7 Mark II is the addition of the 5-axis internal stabilization. It seems their partnership with Olympus is paying because it looks the same as in the OM-D E-M5 and E-M1. 

Highlights:

  • 5-Axis IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization)
  • 24MP Sensor
  • FHD Video 24p to 60p with IBIS
  • 100-25600 ISO
  • Fast Hybrid AF with 117 Points
  • 5 fps

Fuji

Fuji announced firmware updates this morning. The updates will arrive on December 18th. They bring a lot of new things to the X-T1 and some to the other cameras as well.

  • High-speed electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000sec
  • Classic Chrome (For the X-E2 too)
  • Natural Live View function which display the "RAW" file in the viewfinder, without any of the effects applied.
  • Q. Menu customization
  • Manual Shooting in Video mode
  • New Video Frame rates
  • AF improvements (direct selection of AF area, PDAF support for instant AF, changes to the AE-L/AF-L buttons, Variable Focus Area during MF,  Interlocking of Metering and Focus areas)
  • More customization options in function settings
  • Three custom white balance
  • PC Tethered support
  • Direct selection of Macro mode
  • EVF / LCD Color Control
  • AF+MF function enables seamless manual focusing. After half pressing the shutter to autofocus on the subject, fine adjustment can then be made using the manual focus ring (For X-E2, X-E1 and X-Pro1 too)

Panasonic

There is also a rumor running around for a couple of days now. Panasonic seems to be working on implementing a V-Log Profile Picture in the GH4. V-Log is a super-flat profile that is supposed to get you the most out of the dynamic range the sensor can produce. It offers good grading options.


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