The Panasonic DC-Z80 has a 20mm-1200mm equivalent super zoom lens. The maximum aperture is a nice F2.8. The camera will retail for $400. My Nikon Coolpix P900 has an 83X zoom lens, and goes all the way out to 2,000 mm. It takes surprisingly good pictures. It is more expensive than the Panasonic though.
Researchers at Lund University previewed a film camera that can shoot 5 trillion images per second. It may be useful in scientific and industrial research. I have one question. What will these images be stored on – a super computer?
An article from The New Atlas about constantly improving smart phone photography.
A report from CNET about the growing trend of putting dual cameras in smart phones.
Sony has announced the A9, compact mirrorless camera. They modestly claim that is is the best camera ever made, and it might have the specs to support that claim. I have watched hundreds of photography videos at the Lynda,com website. More and more of the professional photographers are switching to the light-weight, high-performance mirrorless cameras made by Sony and Fuji Film. I have a tiny Sony RX 100 V, and it is a superb camera. I consider it my “last” camera. I carry it everywhere I go practically. Be prepared to part with a lot of money if you have to buy the A9. The price of the body alone is $4,500.
Canon has announced its successor to the SX720 HS, the SX730 HS. Both cameras feature a 40X zoom lens, equivalent to a 35mm 24-960 superzoom. I own the 720. It is a good camera to take to sporting events where DSLRs are not allowed. Image quality is okay, but the fairly small maximum aperture limits the amount of light it can let in, so it is not a good camera to use in low light conditions. The SX730 will be priced at $400 US.
Photo giant Nikon is celebrating its 100th anniversary with two new cameras, the D5 and D500. The company is also bringing out a special-editon 70-200 E zoom lens. Nikon has not announced the prices on the new camera and the new lens.
Canon has announced the EOS M6, a high-end compact, mirrorless camera. It will cost $780 US.
The Photography Show is the biggest photography event in the UK. I takes place in Birmingham. This year there were no headline attractions.
Lens maker Sigma has announced three new high-end lenses available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. You can buy a special mount from Sigma that allows you to used them with Sony E-Mount cameras. They are:
- 14-mm F 1.8
- 135-mm F 1.8
- 24-70-mm F 2.8