Nikon Announces D3400 Entry-Level DSLR With SnapBridge Support

Nikon has announced the D3400, which will replace the highly popular D3300 in the entry-level DSLR space. The new camera will go up against Canon’s 1300D (Review), which also caters to the beginner segment. The camera will be available from September with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens for $649.95 (approximately Rs. 43,600).

The biggest addition to the camera is support for Nikon’s SnapBirdge for quickly transferring photos to a connected device like a smartphone or tablet. The D3400 uses Bluetooth Low Energy to sync with your device. Sadly, there’s no Wi-Fi present here. Battery life is also supposed to have improved as the camera now boasts of almost 1,200 shots on a single charge, which is big improvement over its predecessor.
Nikon Announces D3400 Entry-Level DSLR With SnapBridge SupportThe rest of the features remain pretty much the same. We have a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor mated to the company’s Expeed 4 image processor and no optical low-pass filter, for crisper shots. The camera offers an ISO range of 100-25600, 5fps burst shooting and maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec. You can do 1080p video recording at 60fps however there’s no support for 4K video. GPS is also something that’s still absent. One thing that we found missing is support for an external microphone, which was present in the D3300.

The Nikon D3400 appears to be just a mild upgrade of the outgoing model and we would have liked to see more features added, especially considering its launch price. We’ll have to wait and see when and how Nikon India positions this camera in our market.

Nokia Cuts Price of Ozo Virtual Reality Camera

Nokia has cut the price of its Ozo virtual reality camera by 25 percent from its initial launch price, the Finnish company said on Thursday.

Nokia, whose main business is now telecoms network equipment, started selling the camera earlier this year as the first device to be produced for its digital media business, one of its new hopes for future growth.
Having launched the device at $60,000 in the United States and Europe, Nokia has now priced it at $45,000, saying it was also taking the camera to the Chinese market next month.

Nokia Cuts Price of Ozo Virtual Reality CameraThe spherical camera features eight sensors and microphones and is designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets.
Nokia said the virtual reality market was developing quickly and the new price reflected that.

Last year, GoPro introduced a VR camera system using Google’s software, while several other technology companies such as Facebook and Samsung have also announced new products.

Nokia, known for its once-dominant phone business which it sold to Microsoft in 2014, is also bringing its name back to the handset market after a new company backed by its former executives teamed up with Foxconn to buy the rights to the brand.

Moto Z Tipped to Get Hasselblad Camera Mod Soon

When Moto Z was about to be launched, there was an excitement around the smartphone less because of the actual hardware specifications on it and more because of the swappable mods that could enhance the utility of the device manifolds. As the various mods were introduced, the anticipated camera module was found missing. If we go by the latest leaks, it seems like the module might finally be coming to Moto Z- that too in partnership with one of the most legendary professional camera makers in the world, Hasselblad.

Leaked images posted by fan site Moto G3 suggest that the much awaited camera module will not only come with a Hasselblad branding, but will also feature a powerful 10X optical zoom lens that will ensure that your images look sharp despite zooming in from a long range.

Moto Z Tipped to Get Hasselblad Camera Mod SoonEven though there is no information regarding the sensor on the camera mod, because of its small size, the Hasselblad’s signature medium format sensor probably won’t make it to the Moto Mod. The images include promotional material, which point to a Xenon flash, Raw format option, and automatic backup feature. A live photo shows f/3.5-f/6.5 aperture range, and a 4.5-45mm focal range.
According to the report, the module can be expected to be launched at IFA event in Germany, which starts September 2. Despite no leak regarding the price of the camera module, the Hasselblad branding suggests that the addition might not come in cheap.

Based on the focal length, the report speculates the use of a 1/1.7 to 1/2-inch sensor like in some of the premium compact cameras, giving a field of view close to a 21mm to 24mm lens on a full-frame camera. As with every other leak, we will have to wait till the actual announcement by the company for an official confirmation.

Fujifilm X-A3 Selfie-Ready Mirrorless Camera Launched

Fujifilm has announced a new member to its X-series line up called the X-A3. This compact mirrorless camera with an interchangeable lens is priced at $599.95 (approximately Rs. 40,200) and includes the XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens. The camera is available in Silver, Brown, and Pink starting October, in the US.

Fujifilm is calling all selfie addicts here as the X-A3 features a 3-inch, 180-degree tilting touch screen. The mechanism is designed in a way where the screen slides upwards before you tilt it so the entire display is visible and is not blocked by the camera’s body. There’s also a self-timer function with smile detection. Eye detection autofocus is automatically engaged once the screen is flipped over for capturing better portraits. The camera lacks an electronic viewfinder which means you’ll be doing your scene framing through the rear LCD display.
Fujifilm X-A3 Selfie-Ready Mirrorless Camera LaunchedWhat really makes this camera stand out though; is the retro design. The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminium while the faux leather texture on the hand grip adds to its visual appeal. The X-A3 also comes with a total of 11 film simulation modes for adding a unique effect to your pictures. This is complemented by 10 advanced filters like Fisheye and Cross Screen.

The camera sports a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Fujifilm’s EXR Processor II. There’s a new 49-point autofocus system, ISO range of 200-25600, full-HD video recording up to 60fps and built-in Wi-Fi for remote camera operation. The camera can also shoot burst photos up to 6fps. The camera can shoot in RAW and supports new film simulation modes like PRO Neg.Hi and PRO Neg.Std.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV With 4K Video Support Launched in India at Rs. 2,54,995

Professional photographers can finally rejoice as after a painful four-year wait, Canon has announced the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, which is the successor to the much-loved 5D Mark III. The new model brings with it 4K video recording and Dual Pixel autofocus for much better video capabilities. It will be available in India from the first week of September at Rs. 2,54,995 ($3,499) for the body only, Rs. 3,06,995 ($4,399) with the EF24-70mm f/4L kit lens, and Rs. 3,24,995 ($4,599) with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.

The camera boasts of a 30.4-megapixel full-frame sensor along with the Canon’s Digic 6+ image processor. Other features include ISO range of 100-32000, 7fps burst mode, video recording up to 4K at 30fps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, NFC, and USB 3.0. The camera has a 3.2-inch fixed touch-enabled LCD display 1.6 million-dot resolution. The body is built from a magnesium alloy for added durability. Along with the new camera, Canon also launched two new L-series lenses – the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM ultra-wide zoom lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM standard zoom lens.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV With 4K Video Support Launched in India at Rs. 2,54,995The most interesting thing about the 5D Mark IV is its new proprietary Dual Pixel autofocus system, which now allows for quicker continuous autofocus in video mode. With the added phase detection autofocus, you can now simply tap the display in live mode to switch focus when shooting stills.

“Canon’s EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV- the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery.”

“The EOS 5D Mark IV is truly the most versatile EOS ever, all set to revolutionise photography in India,” said Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India. “With the launch of such evolutionary products, we foresee our numbers to grow and achieve a market share of 50 percent in the DSLR segment.”

Panasonic Lumix GH5 With 4K Video Recording Support Launched in India

Targeting professional photographers and videographers, Panasonic India on Tuesday launched its new flagship camera Panasonic Lumix GH5 that can capture 6K photos. It is said to be the world’s first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K videos, and was globally launched at CES 2017. The Lumix GH5 body is priced at Rs. 1,43,990 and Lumix GH5 kit with 12-60 mm F2.8-4.0 will be available for Rs. 1,88,990, the company said.

The newly-added 6K photo feature makes it possible to capture moments at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 6K burst file (in 4:3 or 3:2 aspect) to save as an approximately 18-megapixel equivalent high-resolution photo.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 With 4K Video Recording Support Launched in India“With this addition, we will not only make it the foremost choice for the professional videographer, but will also appeal to a wider market of photography enthusiasts looking for a highly capable camera that can shoot great stills and movie footage,” Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia, said in a statement.

According to Panasonic, the Lumix GH5 is capable of recording smooth, high precision 4k 60p/ 50p video recording and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/ 25p internal video recording.

For connectivity, it includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 upgrades to a 20.3-megapixel digital live MOS sensor without low-pass filter which combines with the new Venus Engine, achieving great picture quality in resolution, colour reproduction and noise reduction.

The Venus Engine further empowers DFD (depth from defocus) technology, making it capable of ultra-high-speed digital signal processing at a maximum of 480 fps.

The focus areas are increased from 49 to 225 areas on the Lumix GH5 in addition to the conventional face/ eye recognition resulting in more precise focusing.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch: Gear 360 Spherical VR Camera Gets a Refresh

Samsung at its Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event introduced new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphones apart from showcasing the new Samsung DeX tool. The South Korean company alongside has also refreshed the Gear 360, the 4K resolution-capable 360-degree camera which now supports live streaming.

The new Gear 360 is the 2017 edition of the Gear 360 that was originally launched last year at the MWC 2016 trade show. The South Korean company as of now has not revealed the pricing or availability of the new Gear 360.

Samsung has confirmed that the all-new Gear 360 will be compatible with a selection of third-party accessories and mounts. The latest edition of the Gear 360 will be compatible with several Samsung devices including the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017). The Gear 360 spherical VR camera will be also compatible with iOS devices including the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, as well as Windows and Mac computers.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch: Gear 360 Spherical VR Camera Gets a RefreshThe Samsung Gear 360 will offer 4K video recording feature and will sport two 8.4-megapixel image sensors with bright lens (f/2.2 aperture) on both dual fisheye lenses. Samsung explains that if the new Gear 360 will be synced with a compatible smartphone or computer, it will be able to live broadcast or upload directly to platforms such as Facebook, YouTube or Samsung VR.

The new Samsung Gear 360 also comes with IP53 certification for dust and water resistance. It packs a 1160mAh Li-ion battery and supports microSD cards of up to 256GB capacity. Connectivity options on the Gear 360 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, and USB 2.0 (Type-C). It measures 100.6×46.3×45.1mm and weighs in at 130 grams.

Announcing the new Gear 360, Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics said, “As consumers turn more to video to share their experiences, we want to deliver accessible and innovative products to make digital content easier to create, share and stream. The updated Gear 360 will continue to expand the horizons of what consumers can experience and share.”

Nubia NeoAir VR 360-Degree Panoramic Camera for Smartphones Launched

Nubia on Thursday launched the Nubia Z17 mini at an event in China. At the same event, the company also introduced the NeoAir VR 360-degree camera, a first from the Chinese smartphone maker. The Nubia NeoAir VR Panoramic Camera is priced at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,500). The company has not revealed availability yet.

The Nubia NeoAir VR Panoramic Camera can record and capture 360-degree panoramic videos and photos. It features two 210-degree fish-eye lens on either sides and you can preview the photos or videos by connecting the camera to a phone via a USB Type-C port. This naturally means that the camera will only support USB Type-C smartphones, which Nubia says includes phones like Xiaomi Mi 4c, Huawei Mate 7, Meizu MX5, Vivo X7, Nubia Z17 mini, Nubia Z9 Mini, and Z7 Max among others.

nubia neoair vr camera nubiaFurthermore, Nubia also says that compatible phones will need to support Android 5.1 or later, at least 2GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or 800 series or MediaTek Helio X series, Exynos 7410/8890 or flagship Huawei Kirin 9xx series SoCs. The Nubia NeoAir VR is touted as the world’s smallest panoramic camera that weighs only 26.5 grams.
Incidentally, another Chinese manufacturer by the name of Xiaomi launched a Mi Panaromic 360-degree camera on Thursday. Xiaomi’s camera features a 23.88-megapixel sensor, which can capture videos in 3.5K resolution. Unlike the NeoAir VR, the Mi Panaromic 360-degree camera can be connected through Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and Micro-USB 2.0.

Meanwhile, the newly launched Nubia Z17 mini sports a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display with a 2.5D Curved Glass on top. Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 652 or 653 processor (depending on the memory variant) with Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB or 6GB of RAM

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS Compact Camera With 40x Optical Zoom Launched

Canon has announced the PowerShot SX730 HS, the successor to the PowerShot SX720. The compact camera will be going on sale in this year for an estimated price of $399.99 (approximately Rs. 27,200).

The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is a compact camera designed with high-zoom capabilities in mind. It features a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with 40x optical zoom. The camera uses Canon’s Digic 6 image processor and has a sensitivity of ISO 80-1600, f/3.3-6.9 aperture, 5.9fps burst shooting and shutter speed of 15-1/3200 seconds.

The camera also boasts of a self-portrait and smooth-skin mode, which can be used when you tilt the 3-inch LCD display all the way back 180 degrees. The PowerShot SX730 HS also has Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth built-in so you can connect it to your smartphone for sharing photos and videos.
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS Compact Camera With 40x Optical Zoom LaunchedCanon is positioning its new camera as a “great transitional camera for those looking to use something other or move from a smartphone”. Video recording maxes out at 1080p at 60fps and you also get a stereo microphone. Connectivity includes a Micro-HDMI and USB 2.0 port but no support for an external microphone. You also get the various scene modes like Portrait, Wink Self-timer, Low light, etc.

“We live in a very connected world and want to give people the power to zoom in from far away to capture amazing scenes from a distance, while also being able to share those images in real time,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon USA., Inc. “The new Canon PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera will help photographers effortlessly capture memories, even from great distances and conveniently share their fun with friends and family.”

Nikon D7500 DSLR Launched With 4K Video and SnapBridge; Coming to India in June

Nikon on Wednesday launched the D7500, the company’s successor to the D7200. The DSLR will be arriving in India in June. Nikon D7500 price starts from Rs. 96,950 for just the body, or you can get it with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for Rs. 1,15,450.

The Nikon D7500 inherits many of the flagship features from the D500 (Review) which makes a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. Thanks to the Expeed 5 image processor, the camera is capable of 4K video recording. It also gets an updated 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor with a sensitivity of ISO 100-51200. This is a DX format camera so you will be able to use your existing DX lenses with it. There’s also support for Nikon’s SnapBridge connectivity feature thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Around the back, is a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with tilt functionality.
Nikon D7500 DSLR Launched With 4K Video and SnapBridge; Coming to India in JuneThe camera features a 51-point autofocus (AF) system and high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 8fps. The D7500 also has the ability to shoot up to 50 shots in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW, with extended buffer capacity. This speed is accompanied by a 180K-pixel RGB sensor, also found in the D500, which supports an Advanced Scene Recognition System for improved face detection performance for auto-area AF and better subject acquisition performance for group-area AF and 3D tracking.

Kazuo Ninomiya, Managing Director, Nikon India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are excited to launch the latest in the renowned D7000 series, the Nikon D7500 for our esteemed customers. At Nikon, we have always strived to offer the latest in camera technology to photographers and video enthusiasts, and this device bears testimony to that commitment. The new and advanced Nikon D7500 is built on the DNA of the best DX-format flagship camera, with the same high-performance EXPEED 5 image-processing engine. With significant improvement to its predecessor in build quality and performance, the camera will let photographers capture some breath-taking shots to preserve their precious moments.”