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Canon announced EOS M6

Canon recently announced a new mirrorless camera to their line up, the Canon EOS M6. The slightly earlier Canon mirrorless camera model was the EOS M5 that was announced around September 2016 and I shared about it here. The time gap between the EOS M5 and M6 is around 5-6 months, therefore, both the EOS M5 and M6 have some similar technical specifications and also some distinct differences.

The key differences between the EOS M5 and M6 are

(1)  the built-in view finder on the EOS M5 while the EOS M6 does not have it and they do have the optional EVF DC-2 that can be purchased separately and attached to the hot-shoe.

(2) Rear LCD screen – EOS M5 rear LCD screen tilts downwards at an angle of 85 degrees up and while the EOS M6 rear LCD screen tilts 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards.

In my personal humble opinion, the Canon EOS M6 is the next mirrorless camera model after the EOS M10 yet it sits below the EOS M5. The EOS M6 is catered for a different group of customers, probably more of those who prefer the fun and ease of handling without the demands/needs of the built-in viewfinder. A purist photographer would probably choose the EOS M5 because they have the built-in viewfinder that they can use when they are shooting. Personally, I prefer to have a built-in viewfinder for my choice of mirrorless camera.

I am currently testing and reviewing the Canon EOS M5 and I would share my review article at a later time (and update here accordingly when it is ready). If the opportunity arises, I would test and review the Canon EOS M6 too.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EOS M6 from the press release information below –

Canon announced the launch of the EOS M6, the latest addition to its mirrorless range of cameras designed as a modern all-rounder reflecting the best balance of convenient portability and easy functionality. Equipped with advanced technologies which are adopted from the professional EOS range cameras, the compact-size EOS M6 weighs approximately 390 grams (including the body, battery and card) and achieves high speed and a sharply precise AF that is capable of capturing fast moving subjects in still or videos. Available in sophisticated black graphite and vintage silver and black combination, the EOS M6 packs a punch with the new APS-C sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor to deliver high image clarity with low noise levels.

“The compact-sized EOS M6 excels in having a good balance of imaging power and convenience, making it a desirable camera of choice for users who relish the versatility of mirrorless photography. With Canon’s dual pixel CMOS AF technology, significant enhancements in AF speed and precision tracking enables users to capture superb quality pictures and videos without the associated bulk.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Coupled with a comprehensive line-up of interchangeable lenses, users will now have more avenues to flex their creative muscles and develop their artistic flair.” 

Rapid and precise AF performance with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Equipped with 24.2-Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS M6 delivers crisp image quality with low noise. Powered by Dual Pixel CMOS AF with approximately 24.2 million phase-difference sensors, AF is possible on approximately an 80% x 80% area of the focal plane’s entire surface. This enables fast and accurate tracking when shooting stills and videos, even when the subject is positioned at the edges of the frame. The touch AF further facilitates efficiency when conducting focus adjustments especially during macro and portrait shoots. Additionally, minute adjustments of the AF frame can also be done effortlessly through the controller wheel in the magnified view for accurate and precise focus.

The improved noise reduction performance as enabled by the DIGIC 7 image processor expands the normal ISO speed range from 100 to 25600. This notable improvement ensures sharp and crisp image quality even when shooting in low-light conditions.

Movie shooting

Full HD at 60p is supported, allowing the EOS M6 to capture smooth and beautiful footage. With the combination of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and STM lens, the EOS M6 allow users to achieve fast and accurate tracking during video shooting to achieve cinematographic effects without introducing mechanical noises generated by the lens motor during auto-focusing.

The EOS M6 also features Combination IS with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization through a compatible lens. Combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera digital IS to help create seamless videos. Additionally, the DIGIC 7 image processor makes the 5-axis image stabilization possible even with lenses that do not contain IS due to the independent in-camera image stabilization that reduces camera shake during video shoots.

Intuitive user experience with improved ergonomics

With a 3.0” touch panel LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards, users have the flexibility of taking photos from different angles with ease. The quick dial controls also simplify adjustments even while on foot as settings can be switched around quickly without needing to toggle back to the menu screen. This provides a significant improvement to the levels of comfort and freedom for users, especially when shooting in manual mode.

With a screen size of 0.39” and approximately 2.36 million dots OLED panel, the optional electronic viewfinder (EVF-DC2) is comparably smaller and lighter than the conventional EVFs. For the user, the EVF reflects a highly accurate image representation of what is seen by the camera sensor without interference from glare. The EVF-DC2 is compatible with selected Canon camera models such as PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G3 X and EOS M3.

Seamless with Bluetooth Low Energy technology

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from the camera to the smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. And by using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more.

In addition, EOS M6 features Bluetooth low energy technology which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at a low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images, start remote capture from the camera, even when the camera is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices with Bluetooth can wake the camera up, and switch to wi-fi for browsing and viewing images or perform remote capture (with Live View). Users can also use Bluetooth to perform basic remote capture (no Live View), control image playback and slide show when the camera is connected to a TV or projector via smart devices.

Easy switch of lenses for changing your perspectives

The EOS M6 is available in 2 kit options: EF-M18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM kit and EF-M15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM kit.

For existing EOS DSLR users, the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (sold separately) allows full compatibility with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses. This offers users a wider range of creative options and shooting perspectives all without compromising on image quality and capabilities.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M6 and EVF-DC2 will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS M6

Image sensor:                         24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor:                 DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF:                       Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate:                       9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed:       ISO 25,600

Monitor:                                   3.0-inch touch panel (tilt upwards approx.180° and                                              downwards approx. 45°), approx. 1.04 million dots

Movie:                                     Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity:                           Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth Low Energy technology

EVF:                                        External (Optional)

Dimensions:                             Approx. 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 390g

EVF-DC2

Effective dots:                         Approx. 2,360,000 dots

Format:                                   Organic EL

Screen size:                           0.39-type

Aspect ratio:                          4:3

Coverage:                              Approx. 100%

Brightness adjustment:          Yes

Eyepoint:                                Approx. 22mm

Dioptric adjustment range:     Approx. -3 to +1 m-1 (dpt)

Size:                                      31.4 x 36.2 x 45.7mm

Weight:                                   Approx. 29g

Supported models:                  EOS M6/EOS M3/PowerShot G1 X Mark II/PowerShot G3 X

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera

Sony recently introduced the Alpha 6300 camera, the latest addition to their award winning line-up of mirrorless camera. I had experiences with the Sony Alpha 6000 series before, with a review of the Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless camera in 2014. The Alpha 6000 series were pretty impressive with its number of AF points and hybrid AF system and it can be seen here in the Alpha 6300. If the opportunity arises, I would do a review of the Sony Alpha 6300 and share my views and opinions on my photography site.

Let me share with you more information and photos on the Sony Alpha 6300 camera from the press release information –  

Sony introduced the latest addition to their award winning line-up of mirrorless cameras, the α6300. The camera boasts an unrivalled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time1. Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera2, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-Finder™ or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

A6300 (1)

The versatile α6300 camera is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP[1] APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200[2].

The new α6300 can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

A6300 (32)

Unrivalled AF Performance

Sony’s new α6300 camera builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilising a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF and allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds1. The camera’s High-density Tracking AF technology positions 425 phase detection AF points over nearly the entire field of view, allowing it to accurately focus throughout a wide area – even on small, fast objects that other cameras would fail to recognise.

In addition to the extensive AF coverage, the α6300 debuts a new high-density tracking AF technology that significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. This new technology can quickly activate a large number of AF points surrounding a subject – approximately 7.5 times more density than the α6000 – and intelligently adjust them in accordance with the subject’s motion. This is a particularly powerful feature when used with high-speed 11 fps continuous shooting or the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode, which provides 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder.

A6300 Burst

Of note is the fact that the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, enhanced tracking and focus accuracy are all available on the α6300 when using A-mount lenses[3] with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3. This is a first for Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor, as the only other cameras to feature this capability are the full-frame α7R II and α7 II models.

Other enhancements to the α6300 include silent shooting functionality, the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more.

Powerful 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor

In order to maximise efficiency and overall camera performance, the α6300 features a new 24.2 MP sensor that is an ideal match for its BIONZ X image processing engine.

The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure, which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm designed to maximise the sensor’s overall capabilities. Together, the two key components work together to produce images with low noise and exceptional resolution in sensitivity settings up to ISO 512003, in particular in the mid-to-high sensitivity range.

Ultimate 4K Resolution and Other Professional Video Capabilities

In another first for non-full-frame Sony interchangeable lens cameras, the new α6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format. When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information – approximately 2.4x[1] (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth.

The camera utilises the XAVC S codec[2] during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats. Additionally, the camera will focus approximately twice as fast as its predecessor during movie shooting thanks to its new and improved AF system. AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity are also adjustable for expanded creativity.

A6300 Lifestyle (2)

Other professional calibre video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps[3], another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors. This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD[4] (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking. The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording[1] for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider colour space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

Also included on the new camera is a microphone line input that accepts external microphones and also supports XLR input with Sony’s XLR adapter kit, as well as Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies. The new model has enhanced Zebra functionality for greater exposure control. Picture profile settings are available, as well as Time Code / User Bit and much more.

Enhanced Operability and Ergonomics

The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.4 million dots that offers exceptional corner-to-corner visibility. There is also a new mode available for the viewfinder that allows display of images at 120 fps, ensuring that action is displayed smoothly with very few afterimages, making subject tracking through the Tru-Finder™ easier than ever.

A6300 (36)

Aesthetically, the new α6300 camera features an extremely solid feel in hand thanks to its robust, magnesium alloy design. It can be customised to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customisable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to. The camera adds a digital level gauge as well as upgraded dust and moisture resistance[2], a reinforced lens mount structure and a new shutter release button and mode dial with improved operability and grip.

The new α6300 camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. It also supports QR code for easy connection to non-NFC smart phones.

The α6300 with SELP1650 lens will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from March 2016.

[1] S-Log2 and S-Log3 are based on processing pictures.

[2] This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splashproof. For FE lens only.

[1] 1.6x in 30p setting.

[2] An SDHC/SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording.

[3] UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps.

[4] Number of pixels required for Full HD movie recording is read out from the image sensor.

[1] Approximate effective MPs.

[2] Expandable up to ISO 51200 for stills and up to ISO 25600 for movies.

[3] A-mount lenses with SSM or SAM only. Users can choose phase-detection AF or contrast-detection AF in AF System menu.

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications*

Sony launched Ultra-Sensitive α7S II

Sony recently announced their new full frame mirrorless camera to their cameras line, the Ultra-Sensitive α7S II. Let me share with you, my readers on the information, details and videos of the Sony Alpha 7S Mark II from their press release information below ~

Sony today announced the latest addition to its award-winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras with the introduction of the α7S II. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range and 5-axis image stabilisation for greater shooting control, the α7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging light conditions. Be it the brightest of mornings or darkest of nights, the α7S II enables new levels of photographic expression at whatever shutter speed you wish to deploy. The α7S II also incorporates a host of pro-style movie functions including the ability to shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in full-frame format, making it an extremely appealing proposition for photographers and videographers alike.

A7S II (6)

α7S II with SEL35F14Z

The α7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-4096001, thanks to the combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel[1] image sensor and BIONZ X™ image processing engine. The sensor optimises the dynamic range across the entire ISO range and broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimises noise in dark scenes meaning that it delivers impressive results even in the most extreme conditions. The upgraded image processing algorithm of BIONZ X™ maximises the sensor’s capabilities and improves depiction throughout the full sensitivity range with particular emphasis on the mid-to-high range. This means that the resulting stills and movies demonstrate extra-fine detail with minimal noise.

A7S II (5)

Video Master

The α7S II can record 4K[2] movies internally in the XAVC S format[3] meaning that content is wonderfully detailed. Because information from all pixels is utilised without line skipping or pixel binning, the camera can maximise the expanded power of the full-frame image sensor and produce 4K movies with higher image clarity and negligible moiré. Full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD[4] movies, which means that it collects information from approximately five times as many pixels that are required to generate Full HD[5] and condenses the information to produce extremely high quality movies.

A first for the α7 series, the α7S II can record 120fps at 100Mbps[6] with full pixel readout without pixel binning in full frame format which can be edited into wonderful 4x/5x slow motion footage[7] in Full HD. The α7S II also has the ability to shoot 4x/5x slow motion footage internally which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen.

Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles: S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The α7S ll even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting. The camera also supports S-Gamut/S-Log2 which is very popular among cinematographers and videographers. Gamma Display Assist is a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies and the Zebra function has been improved for even greater control.

A7S II (4)

5-Axis Image Stabilisation

The new α7S II is equipped with the innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that is proving extremely popular in the α7 II and α7R II cameras. The system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) which has the greatest impact on image quality and tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects night shooting or video recording.

Autofocus Accuracy

The autofocus system on the α7S II has been upgraded and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy.[8] The power of the image sensor means that the absence of noise in images generated, enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when it’s even tough to check with the naked eye. When shooting video, the AF performance is twice as fast as the predecessor model.[9]

Electronic Viewfinder

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ in the α7S II has been upgraded and offers the world’s highest viewfinder magnification[10] of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder and unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder™ can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.

A7S II (10)

Uncompressed RAW Format

The new α7S II will come with user selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture, giving photo and video enthusiasts the choice of RAW processing types that will further elevate the performance of the camera. This new feature will also be added via firmware update to additional α cameras, starting from the recently introduced α7R II full-frame mirrorless model.

User Upgrades

A number of enhancements have been made to the look and feel of the α7S II to make it more user friendly, reliable and intuitive. Its magnesium-alloy body is both light and highly robust and the grip and shutter buttons have been re-designed so that the camera feels more natural in the hand. For situations when you just want to blend into the background, silent shooting mode can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting[11] and reliability has been enhanced with reduced-vibration shutter movement[12]. The lens mount has been further reinforced to ensure greater resilience, particularly when attaching third party lenses and users can now charge the camera via a USB power supply whilst the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life. For greater comfort and safety, Sony is also launching the LCS-EBF; a new premium leather body case for the α7S II which is also compatible with the α7R II and α7 II.

The α7S II is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android™ and iOS™ platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a range of fun creative capabilities to the camera. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.

Fronting the 4K Revolution

Leading the 4K revolution, the new α7S II joins Sony’s existing range of 4K-capable cameras that caters to every needs of its customers when it comes to shooting in 4K. The 4K Handycam® FDR-AXP35 is ideal for capturing beautiful memories of your family in professional-quality, while the Action Cam FDR-X1000VR lets you record videos in 4K from your point-of-view perspective with a variety of mounting options and waterproof housings. The same advanced 4K recording technology can even be found in some of Sony’s most advanced, versatile Cyber-shot™ cameras – the compact RX100 IV and high-zoom RX10 II, suitable for both artistic shots and nature photography respectively. The α7R II, another recent addition to the award-winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras, is also optimised for recording in 4K in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode – bringing videos to greater heights.

Price and Availability

The new α7S II full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera will be available in Singapore at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and selected Sony authorised dealers at a recommended retail price of S$4,299 (body only).

[1] Approximate effective megapixels.

[2] QFHD: 3840 x 2160. Internal recording and HDMI output, both at 4K resolution, are available in full-frame.

[3] SDXC memory card higher than Class 10 is required for movie recording in XAVC S format.

[4] In 24p/30p.

[5] 1920 x 1080.

[6] UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps.

[7] 30p (25p) or 24p.

[8] Compared to α7S.

[9] Compared to the α7S, when shooting Full HD movies.

[10] Amongst digital cameras. The viewfinder magnification is approx. 0.78x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1). As of date of press release, based on Sony research.

[11] Speed Priority Continuous mode. Focus and exposure settings fixed at first shot.

[12] 500,000-cycle durability. According to Sony internal testing, with the electronic front curtain shutter activated.

Specification Sheet

Lens mount E-mount
Image sensor 35mm full frame (35.6×23.8mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 12.2 megapixels
Recording     format Still JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3,MPF Baseline compliant),
RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movies XAVC S 4K/XAVC S HD /AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compliant/MP4
Movie functions Picture Profile Picture Profile (OFF/1-9, Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU700 (800%), S-Log2, S-Log3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode (Movie, Still, Cinema, Pro, ITU709 Matrix, White & Black, S-Gamut, S-Gamut3.Cine, S-Gamut3), Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy Reset)
Other High Frame Rate Shooting, Gamma Display Assist, Zebra, Time Code/User Bit, Rec Control, Auto Slow Shutter, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting, NTSC/PAL Selector
Clean HDMI output 3840×2160 (30p(25p)/24p) / 1920×1080 ( 60p (50p) / 60i (50i) / 24p)
YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/RGB 8bit
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Focus system Type Fast Intelligent AF (Contrast-detection AF)
Focus point 169 points
Sensitivity range EV -4~20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control Metering type 1200 zone-equivalent metering
Sensitivity Range Still images:ISO100-102400 (ISO50 / 64 / 80 / 128000 / 160000 / 204800 / 256000 / 320000 / 409600 expandable), AUTO (ISO100-409600: selectable lower limit and upper limit), Multi Frame NR (expandable up to ISO 409600), Movies: ISO100-102400 equivalent (ISO128000 / 160000 / 204800 / 256000 / 320000 / 409600 expandable), AUTO (ISO100-409600 equivalent: selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Shutter Shutter speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies:1/8000 to 1/4 sec
Silent shooting Yes (On / Off)
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes (On / Off)
SteadyShot™

INSIDE (image stabilisation)

Type Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications
Compensation effect 4.5 steps (Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/Yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
Drive Continuous shooting speed[1] Continuous shooting:Max. approx. 2.5fps, Speed priority Continuous shooting:Max. approx. 5fps
No. of recordable frames (approx.) during continuous shooting13 Speed Priority Continuous shooting RAW (Uncompressed): 24 frames

Continuous mode: RAW (Uncompressed) 29 frames

 

Speed Priority Continuous shooting RAW (Uncompressed) & JPG: 24 frames

Continuous mode: RAW (Uncompressed) & JPG: 28 frames

Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED Tru-Finder™)
Total number of dots 2,359,296 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.78x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 diopter)
LCD screen Type 7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots 1,228,800 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 107 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Interface Multi interface shoe, HDMI micro connector (Type-D),
Microphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack),
Headphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)14
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Weight Approx. 627g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

Approx. 584g (body only)

Dimensions

(W x H x D, CIPA compliant)

Approx. 126.9 × 95.7 × 60.3mm
Operating temperature 0-40°C

[1] Configuration method/Access method: WPS or manually/infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)

* Information and videos courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications *

Sony Introduces Alpha 5000

Sony recently introduces the Alpha 5000 at CES 2014, the latest addition to the Sony Alpha family. The Sony Alpha 5000 is the world’s lightest interchangeable lens digital camera, with built in Wi-Fi and NFC, punches far above its weight when it comes to beautiful pictures and creative control. Packing a large 20.1 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, the 5000 produces exquisite images, despite its small size.

Alpha A5000 - Black (2)

A serious step up from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras, the new 5000 puts pro-style picture quality in a beautifully designed body that fits easily in your pocket. Small and light enough to take anywhere, it’s a perfect alternative to your DSLR. While weighing just 210g (approximately, without lens attached), its compact body accommodates a built-in flash to brighten dimly-lit scenes. The camera’s handgrip is also re-styled for sure, steady handling with any E-mount lens attached.

Alpha A5000 - Pink (1)

Picture quality is boosted with a DSLR-sized 20.1 effective-megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor that captures huge amounts of fine picture information. Images are further enhanced by the new-generation BIONZ X processor shared with the acclaimed 7 and 7R full-frame cameras. Detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction reducing technologies ensure even finer textures and lower noise. What’s more, sensitivity is now adjustable manually right up to ISO 16000 for impressive pictures in fading light.

Alpha A5000 - Silver (3)

On-board Wi-Fi allows one-touch connection with your Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. It’s easy sharing of photos wirelessly on your mobile[1]. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to view shots, or fire the shutter from a distance.

Alpha A5000 - White (5)

PlayMemories Camera Apps[2] enhances your photo experience even further with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning exciting creative effects, utilities and more. Currently, only free apps are available in Singapore, and these include an upgraded Time-lapse Ver.2.0, which can now smoothly track changes to ambient brightness in a scene, as well as the brand-new Sync to Smartphone, which automatically transfers shots to a pre-registered smartphone or tablet each time the camera’s switched off. The transferred photos can then be automatically relayed to your PlayMemories Online account if the mobile device has the PlayMemories Online App installed and the All Sync feature enabled

Specifications Sheet

General

Camera Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses

Image sensor

Type APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) “Exmor™” APS HD CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 20.1 megapixels

Recording system

(still image)

Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image quality modes RAW/RAW+JPEG/JPEG Fine/JPEG Standard
Picture Effect 13 type: Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration

Recording system (movie)

Recording format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;

MP4

Recording system

Media “Memory Stick PRO Duo”/”Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”/”Memory Stick XC-HG Duo”/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card

Focus system

Type Contrast-detection AF
Focus point 25 points (contrast-detection AF)

Exposure control

Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 16000), Movies: ISO100 to 6400 equivalent, AUTO (ISO100 to 6400 equivalent)

LCD screen

Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Number of dots 460,800 dots (total)
Field coverage 100%
Adjustable angle Up by approx. 180 degrees

Wi-Fi

View on smartphone

Yes

Send to computer

Yes

View on TV

Yes

NFC

Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,

One-touch remote, One-touch sharing

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Yes

Drive Speed (approx., max.) Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps
Power Still images Approx. 420 images (CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D) excluding protrusions Approx. 109.6mm x 62.8mm x 35.7mm
Weight Approx. 210g (body only)

Approx. 269g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)

* Information, Details and Photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *


[1] Only for smartphones or tablets with Android OS (Version 4.0 or later). The latest PlayMemories Mobile™

application must be installed on the mobile device.

[2] Availability of each software service varies according to country or region. Requires a valid Sony Entertainment

Network account. Some apps may require a fee.

A New Milestone : Canon EOS M

On the 23rd July 2012, I was invited by Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations to witness a new milestone in the history of Canon’s legacy of cameras. It was a great event to be there and being able to witness a new milestone, the arrival of the Canon EOS M, the smallest camera in their EOS family. The event was held at the Stellar @ 1-Altitude, with great food and hospitality, a great time to chat and catch up with fellow friends from the social media circle and friendly staff of Canon Singapore’s marketing and corporate communications department.

Before the official announcement of the Canon EOS M, Mr Andrew Koh, Senior Director and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging and Information Products Group, Canon Singapore, showed and shared the timeline of the EOS camera system from 1987 to 2012. Finally, the Canon EOS M was revealed by Mr Andrew Koh and this marked the start of a new milestone in Canon’s history.

While lunch was being served, we were given a short introduction on the technical specifications and functionalities of the Canon EOS M. During the main course, we were all eagerly waiting to grab hold of the Canon EOS M and wanting to feel, touch and play with the latest toy! When the Canon EOS M finally made its way to our table, we had a fun time photographing with the latest addition of Canon EOS family. We also had a glimpse of a new series of EF lens for the Canon EOS M, the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM and the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM.

The EOS M bears the EOS lineage not only by name, but also by containing the best features of its larger DSLR cousins. With the powerful combination of an 18.1-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor packed inside the Canon EOS M, it is also able to access Canon’s entire arsenal of EF/EF-S lenses. The Canon EOS M has Phase-difference AF and Contrast AF built into a Hybrid CMOS AF system, the EOS M is able to achieve high speed and high precision focus in both still and video modes. There is also the Multi FlexiZone method where the EOS M divides the scene into 31 AF zones as well as the Single FlexiZone where users can move the AF point via the LCD touchscreen. It’s definitely a small lightweight camera with powerful features along with great support and accessories from the EOS family!

Here are some key specifications of the Canon EOS M –

  • 18.1MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Full EF/EF-S compatibility with the largest range of interchangeable lenses and accessories
  • Available in four stylish colours: black, white, red, silver
  • Weight: 265g
  • Dimensions: 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm in size
At this current point in time as this post is being written, the EOS M, EF-M lenses, EOS-EF M mount adapter and Speedlite 90EX will be available from early October at all Canon authorized dealers. As for the pricing, it will be confirmed at a later date.
What do I think of the Canon EOS M ? Here’s my initial impressions and thoughts on the Canon EOS M from my short stint handling the Canon EOS M during the official launch –
Pros
– Lightweight and portable
– Suits existing EOS users with EF/EF-S lenses and Speedlites
– Ideal second camera for backup or daily carry around usage
Cons
– No viewfinder (photography purists especially those from the film SLR era would not like that)
There are many views, debates, enquiries and thoughts on Canon’s entry into the mirror less market with the Canon EOS M. In my personal humble opinion, I feel that the Canon EOS M can attract a new group of consumers and also from their existing pool of EOS, digital camera users. I will share more about the Canon EOS M once I have the opportunity to have a review set on loan and share my experiences here with my readers. Maybe if my budgeting and photography planning allows, who knows, I might own a Canon EOS M someday!