Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With 30.3-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Recording Launched

Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With 30.3-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Recording Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It features a 30.3-megapixel sensor and uses the new RF mount
  • It has DualPixel AF, 4K video and an articulating touchscreen
  • The Canon EOS R will be available in October for $2,299 for the body

Just two weeks after Nikon announced its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and the Z7, Canon has officially unveiled the EOS R, which is its first ever full-fame mirrorless camera. The announcement was made at an event held in Tokyo, Japan. The camera has a new RF mount, which means we also have a new series of lenses that were also announced. The EOS R will be available in October for an estimated price of $2,299 (roughy Rs. 1,57,700) for just the body, which undercuts the Nikon Z6 and puts it more in line with the Sony A7 III. Canon will also be offering a bundle for $3,399 (roughy Rs.2,33,300) which comes with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM kit lens.

The new EOS R boasts of a 30.3-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor with Canon’s famed DualPixel autofocus (AF) technology and its DIGIC 8 image processor. The ISO range is quite good too, ranging from 100-40,000, with 8fps continuous shooting and a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec. The camera also supports 4K video recording up to 30fps, 1080p recording up to 60fps, and HD recording up to 120fps. Advanced shooting modes like Canon Log, 4:2:0 8-bit recoding and 4:2:2 10-bit video output over HDMI are also supported. The camera also has a silent shooting mode but only for single frame shooting. Silent shooting in burst mode will be coming in the future via a software update.

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The Canon EOS R features a fully articulating touchscreen and a new multi-function touch bar next to the EVF

 

One of the major highlights of the EOS R is the massive 5,655 selectable autofocus points, compared to 493 AF points on Nikon’s top-end Z7 and the 693 AF points on the Sony’s flagship A9 full-frame mirrorless cameras. This should give the EOS R a big advantage when it comes to tracking fast moving subjects. You get a EVF with a 3.69 million dot resolution as well as a 3.2-inch fully articulating touch display with a resolution of 2.1 million dots. The new EOS R features a new touch bar right next to the EVF, which Canon says “allows users to more easily access their customizable settings, such as AF, ISO and white balance.”

The camera has built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a single UHS-II SD card slot, and a dust and weather resistant body that weighs around 580g. The EOS R will be compatible with all of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses through the respective adapters. Canon also launched four lenses at the event, which include the RF 24-105mm F4L IS, RF 50mm F1.2L, RF 28-70mm F2L, and the RF 35mm F1.8 IS Macro. The company also announced a new app called Digital Photo Professional Express for the Apple iPad, which will let users edit CR3 RAW files on their tablet. This will be available in October.

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Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera With 26.1-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera With 26.1-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Launched

Fujifilm’s new mirrorless XT-2 camera brings several upgraded features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • X-T2 features a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor and 4K video recording
  • It is an APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K/60fps 10-bit video ca
  • It’s priced at $1,499.95 for body-only and $1,899.95 with XF18-55mm kit

Fujifilm X-T3 has been launched as the latest addition to the company’s lineup of mirrorless cameras. Fujifilm had launched the X-T1 over four years ago and followed it up with X-T2 in 2016, and now it has announced the next iteration. The latest premium mirrorless camera will take on the latest announcements from the likes of Nikon and Canon. The X-T2 successor comes with little upgrade in term of resolution, but it improves the processing power and autofocus performance.

The X-T3 starts shipping on September 20 and is priced at $1,499.95 (roughly Rs. 1,07,900) in the US for just the body or $1,899.95 (roughly Rs. 1,36,700) for the camera and the XF18-55mm kit lens. The X-T3 actually costs $100 less than the X-T2 did at launch.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is a compact mirrorless camera that packs a newly-developed back-illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine. The company claims that the processing speed is approximately 3 times faster than that of the current models. Fujifilm claims is the first APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K/60fps 10-bit video capture. Furthermore, the sensitivity of ISO 160, previously available only as extended ISO, is now part of the normal ISO range. The X-T3 uses the newly-developed X-Processor 4 image processing engine to add the new “monochrome adjustment” function to the Film Simulation modes.

Meanwhile, the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor has 2.16 million phase detection pixels, more than 4 times compared to current models, the company claims. It expands the phase detection AF area to the entire sensor. Fast and accurate phase detection AF can be used even on a subject that is positioned away from the centre of the frame. The low-light autofocus limit has also been extended from -1EV to -3EV, to let the camera use phase detection AF in low light conditions. ISO range is from 160-12800 but can be extended from 80-51200.

The X-T3 features a high-resolution 3.69-million-dot Evolved electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high magnification ratio of 0.75 times. The display time lag is 0.005 seconds and refresh rate is approximately 100fps. Also, there is a new ‘Sports Viewfinder mode’ to capture moving subjects. When using this mode, the X-T3 captures the image of a subject in the area equivalent to 16.6-megapixel, marked in the viewfinder.

The Fujifilm X-T3 features a new ‘Pre-Shoot; function, in which the camera starts shooting a scene when the shutter button is half-pressed and records it at the moment when the shutter button is fully pressed.

Fujifilm claims that the sensor’s read speed is about 1.5 times faster than other models and it enables fast 17ms reading of 4K/60fps video. Additionally, the rolling shutter distortion has been reduced for better recording of fast-moving subjects. The camera’s support for 10-bit colour depth boosts the amount of colour information by 64 times compared to 8-bit depth, the company stated. This is combined with 400 percent (roughly 12 stops) dynamic range for capturing materials of rich gradation, such as a sunset landscape. Notably, the battery in Fujifilm X-T3 is rated for 390 shots per CIPA standards.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4S With 55-inch 4K HDR Display, AI Voice Remote Launched

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S With 55-inch 4K HDR Display, AI Voice Remote Launched

Mi TV 4S 55-inch is the latest Xiaomi smart TV, and comes with features similar to the 40-inch Mi TV 4A

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi TV 4S launched in China priced at CNY 2,999
  • The device supports both DTS and Dolby Audio
  • It is powered by Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with 2GB of RAM

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S is the company’s newest Mi TV series of smart TVs in its home market. Xiaomi has launched the 55-inch Mi TV 4S in China, and the 4K TV comes with an HDR display, PatchWall, Dolby audio, and other features. Earlier this month, the manufacturer had announced another 40-inch Mi TV 4A in the country, but the new TV comes with additional features and a larger screen. The 55-inch Mi TV 4S is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,100) in China. Pre-orders for this TV are already open on the company’s website, but the device will go on sale on April 3. The is no clarity on whether Xiaomi will launch this TV in other markets, including India.

When it comes to specifications, the MI TV 4S sports a 55-inch (3840×2160 pixels) 4K display. It has direct type backlight, 178-degree viewing angle, refresh rate of 60Hz, and 8ms dynamic response. The smart TV is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with clock speed of up to 1.5GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 750MHz Mali 450 GPU and has an inbuilt storage of 8GB. Connectivity options in the new TV include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, USB port, HDMI port, AV port, analogue signal DTMB, and Ethernet. It has two 8W speakers with Dolby and DTS enhancements.

Other features in the new Mi TV 4S 55-inch TV includes voice control support that lets buyers use the remote with inbuilt mic to give commands such as “shut down after 20 minutes,” or “fast forward to 54 minutes and 21 seconds” to control certain functions without pressing any buttons. It is based on the Android-Based Patchwall UI that the company is known to use in its other TVs.

Additionally, there are two 8W stereo speakers included on the 55-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 4S and the device supports both DTS and Dolby Audio. In terms of dimensions, the TV measures 123.6×77.6×71.6cm and weighs 13.4 kg without the base weight.

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Facebook Messenger Testing Snapchat-Like Streaks, Gets 4K Resolution Photo Support

Facebook Messenger Testing Snapchat-Like Streaks, Gets 4K Resolution Photo Support

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For streaks, Messenger shows a lightning bolt icon and days counter
  • Streaks provides a glance to ‘fun facts’ about the most active contacts
  • 4K resolution support is rolling out in limited regions

Taking on the competition, Facebook is testing a ‘Streaks’ feature in Messenger that is also used by Snapchat. The Menlo Park, California-headquartered company has also added 4K resolution support to its messaging service to uplift the visual experience. The latter feature is arriving for both Android and iOS platforms.

The first of the two updates to Facebook Messenger is the availability of Snapchat-like streaks feature that has been reported by certain users. The new feature would help Facebook to enhance engagements by letting users have a continuous conversation with their contacts. As spotted by Twitter user Case Sandberg, Facebook Messenger shows a lightning bolt icon next to the name of a person you have messaged for at least two days in a row. A counter is also available alongside the streak icon to reveal for how many days you both have been chatting on Messenger.

In a statement to Mashable, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the presence of streaks. The spokesperson stated that the feature was in testing to let you “see at a glance fun facts” about the people you have spoken with on Messenger. It also adds that the feature will be visible if the person has been messaged at least “three days in a row”. Although the formal comment does not reveal an expansion of streaks, the feature could arrive on other Facebook-owned properties including Instagram and WhatsApp following its success on Messenger.

In addition to streaks, Facebook Messenger is receiving 4K support take the visual communication to new levels. The new support enables you to send and receive photos in up to 4096×4096 pixels resolution.

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Facebook Messenger with 4K support

Despite supporting larger images, Messenger is touted to make it quicker to upload your favourite memories. Of course, you won’t have an as fast experience as the lighter version of Messenger offers on Android devices. But in the latest case, you have the ability to zoom into your memories to see the subjects and objects in detail.

You don’t need to select any specific settings to send 4K photos to your contacts. However, the latest version of the Messenger app is required to enable the new experience. Facebook has started rolling out the 4K resolution in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. Other regions will receive the same update in the coming weeks.

As of September, Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users worldwide – on par with WhatsApp that reached the same milestone in July. The messaging service also offers a platform to third-party developers to host their apps and games in addition to features like bots, video calling, and peer-to-peer payments.

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