News from CP+ 2016


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CP+ Nikon showroom
CP+ Nikon showroom

In February, image manufacturers present at Yokohama during the CP+, Camera Photo Imaging Show, their new products to boost a declining market.

All segments of Photography are down, including hybrids cameras. Smartphones with cameras more and more efficient are replacing not only compact cameras but also the DSLR. Their single or dual sensors reach 20 million of pixels and above all they are always available.

To offset the decline in sales volume, cameras offer sophisticated, luxurious and complete functions with high prices. Many pro DSLR and compact expert cameras with large sensors to better compete with those of smartphones.

Go Pro that launched the actioncam market is now forced to tighten its range and to struggle against newcomers: Chinese clones or 360° cameras like the Nikon KeyMission 360.



Full Format «24x36»

Nikon D5
Nikon D5



Nikon D500

Nikon D500



Canon 80D with power zoom
Canon 80D with power zoom

Canon 1Dx markII


Canon 1Dx markII

Pentax K1
Pentax K1

Nikon has introduced at CES in January the Nikon D5 and the highly anticipated expert DSLT the Nikon D500.


Nikon has introduced at CES in January the Nikon D5 and the highly anticipated expert DSLR the Nikon D500.


Canon introduces the Canon EOS 80D, the new expert APS-C DLST that replaces the EOS 70D. It is an evolution of the previous, unlike the Nikon D500, with an APS-C sensor of 24 megapixel with a low-pass filter, a Dual Pixel AF with 45 cross collimators, a Digic 6 processor, a burst mode of 7 fps, an ISO sensitivity 100-16000 up to ISO 25600, a video mode Full HD 6 0fps, an 3'' tactile and directional rear screen of 1 040 000 points, Wi-Fi and NFC modules and one storage location on SD.
The Canon EOS 80D is available for $1,280 body only (March 2016).

Canon proposes with this new camera a new kit lens EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS USM where zooming can be powered with an optional adapter that is placed under the lens and that allows smooth and stable video zooms . The zoom can be controlled remotely with a smartphone equipped with EOS Utility.
The new EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS USM is available for $ 589.99 alone or in kit with the 80D.

The new Canon 1DX Mark II, presented some weeks after the Nikon D5 has a 20.2 Megapixels Full Frame sensor, a Dual Pixel AF sensor: a first for a 24x36 sensor, a sensitivity of 100 ISO 51200 ISO expandable up to 409,600 ISO, 2 DIGIC 6+ image processor, a burst mode at 14 or 16 fps, a 3.2’’ (8.1 cm) touch rear screen of 1.62 million dots, a 4K Cinema video mode (4096 x 2160 pixels), an integrated GPS module, growth on the cover of the camera, only visible difference from its predecessor and a new battery LP- E19.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is available for $6,349 (May 2016).


Ricoh introduces the Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR whose model was presented at Fotokina 2014. The Ricoh Pentax K-1 has a Full Frame 36 MP (7360 x 4912 pixels) sensor 24 x 36 without low-pass filter. It integrates pixel shift technology (Pixel Shift Resolution), a Prime IV image processor, a swivel LCD rear screen of 3.2 inches and 1.04 megapixels, an optical 100% viewfinder, a new autofocus system Saphox 12 with 33 AF points (including 25 cross), a Full HD video mode at 30 fps, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS modules but no built-in flash.
The Pentax K-1 is available for $2000 (April 2016) .


Format APS-C and (Micro) 4/3


Olympus Pen F

Olympus Pen F


Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji X-Pro2


Sigma SD Quattro H

Sigma SD Quattro H





capteur Foveon Quattro
capteur Foveon Quattro

The enthusiast compact segment is one of the most dynamic and 2016 will be a year of upmarket for manufacturers who will offer increasingly powerful and ever more expensive products.

Olympus takes the name of a hits cameras from the 60s to complete his MD range with the Olympus Pen-F, nostalgic compact camera with ergonomics and design inherited from its ancestor, interchangeable lens, Micro 4/3 sensor of 20 MP with five-axis stabilization, a built small flash, a sensitivity range from 80 to 25,600 ISO, an OLED viewfinder of 2.36 megapixel, a touch and swivel LCD rear screen.
The Olympus Pen- F is available for $1199 body only or for $1399 in kit with the zoom 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake (March 2016).

The Fuji X- Pro 2 replaces the Fuji X- Pro 1 and have a CMOS X-Trans III sensor of 24 million pixels, a new treatment processor, a sensibility range from 100 to 51200 ISO, hybrid viewfinder system with a LCD of 2.36 million, an 3'' (7.6 cm) rear screen of 1.62 million dots, an AF with 77 collimators and a Full HD video mode (1920 x1080 pixels) from 24p to 60p.
The Fujifilm X -Pro 2 is available for $1,800 (February 2016).

The Sigma SD Quattro and SD Quattro H
keep Sigma SA mount already used on Sigma DSLR. These DSLR are (temporarily) abandoned and Quattro are hybrid cameras without SLR cage and without optical viewfinder but they keep pulling 44mm from precedents SLR.
Sigma Quattro have a magnesium alloy chassis for weatherproof, an electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million points, two dials settings, an LCD screen of 7.6 cm, a second screen to the information, a burst mode of 3.8 fps and a new hybrid autofocus with contrast detection and phase correlation.
The originality of the Quattro is the adoption of FOVEON X3 sensor sensors, company purchased by Sigma, sensor that exploit the thickness of silicon to distinguish primary RGB (red, green and blue). The blue layer to 20 MP and the red and green layers each have 4.9 megapixels.
The sensors of the two models are different :

  • SD Quattro: 5424 x 3616 pixels (19.6 MP) for an 23.5 x 15.5 mm APS-C sensor equivalent to a 39 megapixel CMOS sensor according Sigma.
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  • SD Quattro H: 6192 x 4128 pixels (25.6 MP) for an 26,6 x 17,9 mm APS-H sensor equivalent to a 51 megapixel CMOS sensor according Sigma.


  • Format CX 1"


    Nikon DL 18-50
    Nikon DL 18-50


    Nikon DL 24-85
    Nikon DL 24-85

    Nikon DL 24-500
    Nikon DL 24-500



    Canon G7X markII


    Canon G7X markII



    Panasonic Lumix ZS100

    Panasonic Lumix ZS100

    Sony found success and sales with the releases of its compact camera RX100 built around a 1’’ sensor and a powerful zoom.

    Nikon follows Sony and Canon examples and offers new digital enthusiasts compacts with 1" sensor : DL compact cameras.
    These experts cameras have both a compact BSI CMOS sensor type CX 1" of 20.8 megapixel manufactured by Sony, an Expeed 6A image processor, a 160 to 12 800 ISO range, an advanced hybrid AF system with 105 phase-detection points or 171 contrast detection points, a shoot mode at 60 frames per second (30 fps with AF tracking), a 4K UHD 30d and Full HD 120p video modes, an 3" OLED Touch rear screen of 1 037 000 points protected with a Gorilla glass. They also have a Wi-Fi mode and a low power Bluetooth mode to be compatible with Snapbridge. They have also a hot-shoe shoe that can receive viewfinder or optional Nikon SB flash, images are stored on SD, SDHC or SDXC.

    Canon updates its range of experts compact cameras with 1" sensor with the PowerShot G7 X Mark II that has a new DIGIC 7 image processor, a burst mode at 8 fps, a video mode HDTV 1080 60/50/30/25 and 24p, a zoom equivalent in 35mm terms : 24-100 mm f/1.8-2.8 stabilized.
    The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is available for $ 690 (May 2016).

    The Panasonic Lumix ZS100, called the TZ100 in Europa, is a compact camera with a fix zoom a 10x Leica stabilized zoom of 25-250 mm f/2.8-5.9 with 15 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical lens, an 1' 20 Megapixels sensor, an electronic viewfinder of 1.17 million points, a sensitivity range up to 12800 ISO ‘expandable to 25600 ISO), a 4K video mode. The design is reminiscent of Leica compact maybe because some Leica compact are built by Panasonic.
    The Panasonic TZ100 is available for $699 (March 2016).


    Bridge and compacts




    Coolpix A300

    Coolpix A300




    Coolpix A900 Coolpix A900


    Coolpix B500 Coolpix B500

    Coolpix B700 Coolpix B700

    Nikon is one of the last manufacturers that make single compact camera, even if they are renewed less frequently. Nikon changes letter prefix for Coolpix: A (stylish), B (bridge) and W (waterproof) that replaces the L, S, P and AW prefixes.
    The new Coolpix have both storage on SD or SDHC cards, an Bluetooth Version 4.1 Specification and SnapBridge function that deliver a constant low intensity connection between the camera and a smartphone or tablet, and allow to control easily images from the device.


    Others

    Sony IMX 318


    Sony IMX 318



    Sigma mount converter MC11
    Sigma mount converter MC11



    Sigma 50-100mm Art 1.8
    Sigma 50-100mm Art 1.8

    Sony has introduced its new sensor for Smartphone, the Sony IMX318.
    This is a new 1/2.3 CMOS sensor of 22.5 Megapixels, smaller than the previous one but with the same quality; the pixel size goes from 1.12 micron to 1. Sony provides 40% of the global market for smartphones cameras. The IMX318 has a built-in hybrid autofocus with phase detection and contrast detection allowing a focus in 0.03 seconds or 0.017 seconds during a video at 60 frames per second. It also has improved image stabilization in videos : correcting camera shake by processing data received from its three-axis gyroscope. It has also lens distortion correction. It will be sold $17 from May.

    Huawei , the third largest smartphone manufacturer announces a “strategic technology partnership" with Leica to "become a major player in the reinvention of mobile photography".

    Sigma introduced several products:
    The adapter ring MC 11 for mounting on Sony A7, most Canon and Sigma lenses, but not Nikon lenses.
    This ring is the first adaptor to keep all automation and allow to using all AF modes on the Sony A7.



    The 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art with open constant f/1.8 aperture. It has 21 elements in 15 groups including 3 FLD lenses. 1 SLD lens, 1 high-refractive-index lens with high-dispersion and 3 high refractive index lenses SLD. It has a diaphragm with 9 circular blades and weighs 1490 g for 170.7 mm long.

     pierre j.


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