The photography trade show known as CP+ is about to take place in Japan. It's prior to this when many camera makers trot out their shiny new wares. And that they have! Here are the best of the lot so far:
I guess the megapixel war is back on! Canon just announced two new DSLRs, the 5DS and 5DS R, that pack 50 megapixels of resolution. That makes them the highest resolution full-frame DSLRs ever to grace our presence. But big giant humongous images don't come without a price.
Small, retro, stylish: the Olympus OM-D EM-5 was one of the first mirrorless cameras to charm discerning photographers. The new E-M5 Mark II brings all that back, plus a wild new mode that magically gives you 40 megapixel images from a 16 megapixel sensor. And that's just one of the improvements.
We recently reviewed the burly Samsung NX1, a rather advanced mirrorless camera that looks like a DSLR. Well, now you can have the same guts in a camera that fits in a jacket pocket!
The T6i and T6s are two variations on the latest entry-level DSLR from Canon. The biggest change is the new 24 megapixel sensor. The autofocus and processor are also beefed up, along with some new tricks like HDR video mode. The difference between the two models is the set of slightly more advanced controls and on the T6s. Dropping in April, the T6i will run for $750, while the T6s will be $850 (body only).
Olympus Air A01 (Japan Only)
Olympus just announced a new Japan-only product that mimics what Sony did last year with their QX line. It's a camera sensor and lens mount that's controlled completely by your smartphone. The Air A01 uses a hot 16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor and is compatible with all lenses for that system. But it's only in Japan!
This is actually a development announcement for a product not-quite-ready for primetime. The G3X will be a superzoom version of its advanced compact, the G7X. It will sport a crazy 28-600mm zoom lens fixed aboard a body with a 1-inch sensor. It's the same concept as the great Panasonix FZ1000 and Sony RX10, only with more reach. We'll see how the other specs shake out once the camera is more fully formed.
Canon's latest attempt a mirrorless camera is the M3, with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and revamped AF system. The original EOS M was a flop in the US mainly because it was awful at focusing (among other things). From there, Canon decided that the North American market was not its cup of tea for mirrorless, and is now limiting the new models to Japan. We hope they change their mind in the future!