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Cameras, as well as smartphones and many other electronic gadgets, are such a category of mass or professional goods that are associated with the most serious consumer expectations. That is why major specialized exhibitions like the same Consumer Electronics Show (CES) collect all the most interesting and new from a variety of manufacturers, creating a serious stir every year.

The Expertology editors, together with the Rankquality.com service, studied the chronology of the release of new cameras from the moment of the CES-2019 exhibition to the present – the beginning of 2020. Based on the results of the analysis carried out by our industry experts, we have prepared an overview of the most interesting camera innovations of the last 12 months. We dedicated a separate category to the most anticipated new products that have not yet been presented, but have already been announced.

Rating of the best new cameras

Nomination place Name of product price

The best new SLR cameras

one

Nikon D780

159 990 ₽

2

Canon EOS 250D

36 900 ₽

3

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

469 990 ₽

The best new mirrorless cameras

one

Nikon Z6

109 990 ₽

2

Fujifilm X-T3

83 990 ₽

3

Fujifilm GFX100

769 990 ₽

four

Canon EOS Ra

189 990 ₽

5

Leica M10 Monochrome

615 000 ₽

The best new compact cameras

one

Olympus TG-6

25 990 ₽

2

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

75 998 ₽

3

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

54 990 ₽

four

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay

12 990 ₽

The best new SLR cameras

To begin with, let’s take a look at what’s new in the photo industry in 2019 in the category of full-fledged SLR cameras. These are the latest innovations that manufacturers have officially presented, so it is too early to judge the prices for some of them in Russia. For now, we will talk about the very fact of the release and about those characteristics that are officially known at the end of January 2020.

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Nikon D780

Rating: 4.9

Nikon D780

First, let’s look at an interesting new product from Nikon – the Nikon D780 SLR camera, which is the actual continuation of the D750 series with a large “admixture” of the characteristics of the neighboring Nikon Z6 model.

So, the D780 is a mid-range full-frame DSLR aimed at both amateurs and professionals. Built on the basis of a CMOS-matrix with a resolution of 24 megapixels (effective) with backlight. Significantly improved autofocus in Live View mode by installing phase tracking sensors directly on the matrix. Autofocus is carried out on different points, including faces and eyes. For those who prefer optical viewfinder aiming, the phase sensor itself is 51-dot and backed up by algorithms borrowed from the Nikon D5.

As for continuous shooting, here it may not seem too impressive – only 7 frames per second with autofocus. However, in the mentioned Live View mode, the camera turns into a mirrorless one, and the frequency increases to 12 frames per second.

The possibilities for shooting video in the new product will approximately correspond to the same Nikon Z 6. So, you can write video in ultra-resolution 4K across the entire width of the matrix, but with fps no more than 30 frames per second. In FullHD, you can already shoot at a frame rate of up to 120 per second.

All the most popular add-ons like HDR support in the “version” of HLG, picking, zebra, N-Log 10 bits are present. As for saving video in RAW format, the manufacturer is modestly silent. NEF (RAW) photos can be taken without problems, including lossless or with the flexibility to mix uncompressed formats and “optimal” JPEG compression.

The dimensions of the device without a lens are 143.5×115.5x76mm. The metal case is equipped with dust and moisture protection. The operating temperature range is from 0 to +40 degrees. Weight with battery and memory card – 840g. The battery is a Li-Ion EN-EL15b⁶ battery that can be charged directly in the body of the device via USB-C. For data storage, there are two SD memory card slots with support for the upgraded UHS-II data transfer rate.

In general, experts take it upon themselves to say that the Nikon D780 took all the best from SLR and mirrorless cameras. However, the model has yet to pass at least some test of time, and this applies to all the solutions presented in our review.

Advantages

  • full frame;

  • compact;

  • relatively small weight;

  • hybrid viewfinder;

  • advanced autofocus;

  • Optimal combination of mirrorless and mirrorless form factors.

Flaws

  • does not save video in RAW format;

  • the ambient temperature is only above zero.

Canon EOS 250D

Rating: 4.8

Canon EOS 250D

The second number in the selection of the latest DSLRs of the end of 2019 – beginning of 2020 is the amateur model EOS 250D produced by the permanent market leader Canon. And although the degree of professionalism of the camera does not always directly correlate with the price, the cost of the EOS 250D is really acceptable. Now it is difficult to say who first dubbed this model “the world’s lightest DSLR with a rotary screen”, but this characteristic quickly took root, and it is quite fair.

2019 was a year of mirrorless dominance, but Canon managed to release a DSLR model even after two mirrorless cameras in a row. The EOS 250D succeeded the super popular EOS 200D, which proved to be a commercial success. The new model combines some of the best features of the EOS 200D and the other EOS M50.

Here we see an APS-C CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 24 megapixels and the implementation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Crop factor – 1.6. An optical viewfinder is provided. The photo shooting speed is up to 5 frames per second.

From the EOS M50, this model borrows the ability to shoot video in ultra-high definition 4K, but with a limited frame rate of up to 25 per second at a bit rate of 120Mbps. And this is not the only limitation. When shooting in 4K, Dual Pixel CMOS AF will not work, and not the entire matrix will be available, but only the middle with a 2.64x crop. But in FullHD, on the other hand, there are no restrictions either on the usable area of ​​u200bu200bthe matrix, nor on the use of Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

The set of interfaces here is quite good – USB2.0, HDMI, microphone input, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless modules, NFC tag. There is a remote control.

Now back to where we started. Indeed, the camera is one of the lightest – it weighs only 449g with the battery. Dimensions without lens – 122x93x70mm. The LCD screen is swivel, touch, 3 inches diagonally. The mount used is Canon EF. Estimated battery capacity (native form factor) roughly corresponds to 1070 photos.

The body of the camera is made in a classic style, available in three colors – black, silver, white. But the most accessible is the first. The other two for sale may not be easy to find. This model is supplied as a complete set with a lens, and separately as a “carcass”.

Advantages

  • minimum weight;

  • rotary screen;

  • 24MP matrix;

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology;

  • wireless communication modules;

  • NFC

  • affordable price.

Flaws

  • 4k video is sprinkled;

  • not like many flashes of previous generations.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Rating: 4.7

CANON EOS-1D X MARK III

Rounding out Expertology’s list of the best new DSLRs is Canon’s hottest and latest release. This is one of the most anticipated models, announced in the fall of last 2019 – the top reportage DSLR EOS-1D X Mark III.

Here it is worth immediately identifying some boundaries of the possible. This is a professional model, which the developer company itself unequivocally positions as potentially “Olympic” along with the flagships of other manufacturers, designed specifically for games in Tokyo. Therefore, at the beginning of 2020, you will have to pay a little less than half a million rubles for the EOS-1D X Mark III (for comparison, the Mark II is almost exactly half the price). But, as for the “Olympic” flagship, there is no special price alternative.

The CMOS-matrix of this model is 36x24mm in size and has an effective resolution of 20.1 million pixels. In this regard, the camera is not far from its direct predecessor, the EOS-1D X Mark II. However, this helped to maintain and even enhance the camera’s ability to shoot in low light conditions, and this point Canon marketers diligently emphasize.

Close attention is paid to speed and autofocus. The phase tracking sensor covers the conditional field of view completely in height and 90% of the width with the formation of 525 tracking zones. For aiming through the optical viewfinder, there is an advanced autofocus with a sensor that, according to official figures, is almost three orders of magnitude higher in center resolution than the Mark II.

Continuous shooting is quite on the level here. When using the optical viewfinder, the speed will be up to 16 frames per second, and in Live View mode – up to 20 frames per second. Of course, focusing and exposure metering takes place before each frame.

In addition to JPEG and RAW formats, this model can record images in 10-bit HEIF format, which provides a wide dynamic range. Capabilities for shooting video are also pleasing. Directly on the memory card, you can write video in ultra-high resolution 4K, and even at 60 frames per second. But this is not the limit – the device can also write 10-bit 4:2:2 Canon Log to the same memory card. Speaking of cards, the EOS-1D X Mark III can use two CFexpress formats.

The lithium-ion battery of its own form factor provides more than two hours of continuous shooting in 4K.

Advantages

  • improved quality with a lack of lighting;

  • recording photos in the extended HEIF format;

  • 4K video recording at 60fps;

  • autonomy;

  • in general, a powerful top reportage DSLR.

Flaws

  • high price;

  • far from a record resolution of the matrix for such a price.

The best new mirrorless cameras

The second selection in the review of the best new cameras according to Expertology magazine is more extensive than the first, and this is because the whole of last 2019, the market was replenished mainly with bright mirrorless cameras. It looks like the world’s top manufacturers, no matter how they cling to the mirror classics, sooner or later will have to change their worldview. Otherwise, as observers half-jokingly-half-seriously say, photojournalists will shoot the next Olympic Games after Tokyo on smartphones.

Nikon Z6

Rating: 4.9

Nikon Z6

First of all, let’s look at the camera that was already featured in the review when we disassembled the Nikon D780. These two models came out with a short time interval. Nikon Z6, even against the backdrop of a real parade of mirrorless cameras from other manufacturers, managed to get the nomination “Camera of the Year” according to the EISA association.

First, let’s look at the key technical characteristics of the device. Here we see a full-sized CMOS sensor with a resolution of up to 24.5 megapixels, capable of forming an image with a maximum resolution of 6048×4024, a color depth of up to 42 bits and a self-cleaning function.

The viewfinder of this model is electronic, large and very informative. You can also use the 3.2-inch LCD screen for aiming. The screen is touch and swivel. The number of pixels of the viewfinder is 3.69 million, the screen is 2.1 million. Hybrid autofocus provides up to 273 focus points. The autofocus has eye and face detection, and it works well with accurate aiming. Focus can be adjusted manually.

Continuous photography provides a speed of up to 12 frames per second. There is a timer for 2, 5, 10 and 20 seconds, as well as a time-lapse mode. Stabilization during photography is two-factor – optical and by shifting the matrix itself. The device can save footage in JPEG (two compression ratios), TIFF, RAW, as well as TIFF + JPEG dual mode.

In terms of video shooting, this model does not break records, but it provides the necessary level. So, the device can shoot in FullHD 1920×1080 resolution up to 120fps, and in UHD 4K 1920×1080 resolution, the frequency drops to 25-30fps. The size of the video file is limited in size – 4GB or in time of shooting – 29 minutes.

For comprehensive communication, the Nikon Z6 provides HDMI interfaces; USB3.0 with charging support; microphone input; headset output; Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless modules. Estimated autonomy corresponds to approximately 310 captured photos, and this is the weakest point of this model. The second big minus is that the device is “sharpened” for insanely expensive XQD memory cards.

For February, 2020 “carcass” Nikon Z6 costs about 110 thousand rubles in Russia. Kit with a whale lens – almost 150 thousand rubles.

Advantages

  • full-size matrix;

  • large and informative viewfinder;

  • two-factor stabilization for photography.

  • shooting video in 4K;

  • wireless communication modules;

  • fast USB3.0 with charging support;

  • remote control.

Flaws

  • only XQD memory cards are suitable, very expensive;

  • not the most outstanding autonomy.

Fujifilm X-T3

Rating: 4.8

FUJIFILM X-T3

The second number in the selection of the most interesting novelties of mirrorless cameras is the new X-T3 model from Fujifilm. Here the company has achieved notable success in terms of photo and video shooting for devices of a more or less affordable price category. So notable, in fact, that the X-T3 was commended by the European Audio Visual Publishing Association (EISA).

The X-T3 received from the developers a 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS4 matrix with a crop factor of 1.5, capable of taking pictures with a maximum resolution of 6240×4160. Color depth – 42 bits. This is the first APS-C format model to feature back-illumination and phase-sensitive elements throughout the frame. There is no low-pass filter, thanks to which the highest possible image detail is achieved in this context. The X-Trans color filter successfully suppresses moiré and coloration.

The digital image processing function is performed by a 4-core X-Processor 4 chip. The increased processor power allows the X-T3 to autofocus and measure exposure one and a half times faster than the X-T2. This is especially important in burst shooting, which the X-T3 can shoot at 11 fps. And this is also with a mechanical shutter, and when using an electronic shutter, the speed increases to 20 frames / s, and without blackouts, but, however, the frame is cropped by 1.25.

This model does not experience any problems in terms of shooting video in ultra-high definition 4K at a frame rate of 60fps. But you need to be prepared for a recording time limit of 30 minutes. It’s an embarrassing moment, but it’s a given. Also, when shooting for a long time at maximum quality, noticeable heating will be felt.

The X-T3 has noticeably improved autofocus, literally in all directions. 2.16 million phase-sensitive pixels cover the entire frame area, and phase tracking works correctly when the light level is reduced by as much as two points, compared to previous generations of cameras in this line. That is, the X-T3 can accurately autofocus literally in the twilight.

Definitely happy with the viewfinder. It is digital here, with a diagonal of 0.5 inches with a resolution of 3.69 million dots and even has its own small magnification factor – 0.75x. The refresh rate of the image in the viewfinder is 100 times per second. Display delay – 5ms. The screen itself is made using the most advanced OLED technology to date. There is a diopter adjustment with a lock.

Advantages

  • advanced backlit matrix;

  • tenacious and accurate autofocus;
  • shooting video in 4K 60fps;

  • full HDR support;

  • OLED electronic viewfinder;

  • full coverage of the frame by phase-sensitive elements;

  • wireless communication modules;

  • one of the best combinations of performance and value.

Flaws

  • users do not like the 30-minute video recording time limit;

  • weak battery.

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Fujifilm GFX100

Rating: 4.7

Fujifilm GFX100

The third number in this part of the rating is another novelty from Fujifilm, and it will be a real storehouse of innovation and the embodiment of technical progress. Even compared to the quite advanced previous model, the GFX100 is way ahead. What can I say, even if EISA recognized this model as “the best among innovative ones”. Our experts included it in the review more for the general development and broadening of the horizons of our readers, since so far very few can afford it. Its price is absolutely outrageous.

This is the first camera on the market with a sensor larger than 35mm, which is equipped with phase-tracking pixels and back-illumination. Actually, the dimensions of the matrix are 43.8×32.9mm. A huge resolution of 102MP allows you to create images with your own resolution up to unthinkable 11648×8736 pixels.

The camera is equipped with an electronic viewfinder measuring 3.2 inches diagonally, with a 100% field of view and a resolution of 5.76 million pixels. The image is also displayed on the rear rotary LCD screen.

The GFX100 greatly improves upon the near-perfect autofocus that previous generations of Fujifilm’s GFX series cameras were renowned for. Tracking autofocus has received additional settings that contribute to particularly accurate tracking of even the “fastest” objects. 3.76 million phase-sensitive pixels cover almost 100% of the entire matrix. A total of 425 focus points can nominally be used.

Despite the outrageous “megapixel”, GFX100 gives less noise than the previous generation of the series, not least due to backlighting. Also here we see a wider dynamic range and increased signal reading speed. The powerful X-Processor 4 processor, combined with an innovative sensor, allows the camera to effortlessly capture 16-bit RAW image and video files of previously unthinkable quality and resolution.

The “control shot” of the developers in the direction of skeptical remarks that sounded after the announcement is the integrated image stabilization system at the matrix level (IBIS). It implies stabilization along 5 axes up to 5.5 stops. The bolt mechanism “swings” on four springs to minimize vibrations.

For all its incredible specs, the GFX100 isn’t strong on the video side. So, the device can shoot in 4K resolution 3840×2160, but with a frame rate of no more than 30fps.

Advantages

  • large matrix with huge resolution;

  • exceptionally precise focusing;

  • advanced autofocus;

  • powerful processor;

  • recording RAW in 16 bits;

  • the richest set.

Flaws

  • no more than 30fps when shooting video in 4K;

  • exorbitant price.

Canon EOS Ra

Rating: 4.7

CANON EOS RA

This and the next model in the ranking of the best new cameras according to Expertology is no longer just a novelty, but something special. Now we will look at the Canon EOS Ra, which was released quite recently – in November 2019 and served as a continuation of the R series. The model is specific in a good way and even surprising in its purpose – for astrophotography and diverse shooting of the night sky.

To be precise, the EOS Ra is not much different from the EOS R, released in 2018. But these differences served as an adequate response from Canon to the requests of astrophotographers. So the devices, although almost identical, but this “almost” creates a dramatic difference.

The key technical points for these two modifications are the same. EOS Ra received exactly the same 30.3 megapixel sensor, a similar focusing system and an identical digital image processor.

Some changes have been made to the sensor filter. The difference is very subtle, but for astrophotography it is the most important – the device can capture 400% more radiation from the H-alpha line. In practice, this means that the red colors of the nebulae will appear in the image. Ordinary, even expensive and powerful cameras are deprived of such a “superpower” as unnecessary. The thing is that interstellar clouds consist mainly of helium and hydrogen, and “glow” only in the infrared range, which ruthlessly cuts off the filter of any other camera.

Also, at slow shutter speeds, the immobility of the camera and the exclusion of even microscopic vibrations are extremely important, otherwise there will be problems with sharpness. Here the mirrorless form factor itself contributes to this. The mechanism for lifting the mirror, capable of causing critical vibration, is absent here by definition.

The EOS Ra has also added functions that help when paired with a telescope. First of all, these are options that contribute to the same focusing, including even highlighting the sharpness zone. Needless to say, the increase here simply could not but be improved. Indeed, EOS Ra has a three times increase in size than its “sibling” – 30 times.

Finally, an important detail. The device is capable of shooting video in 4K resolution and outputting a 10-bit signal through the HDMI video interface.

Advantages

  • full frame;

  • filter captures infrared radiation;

  • 30x magnification;

  • advanced focusing functions;

  • high resolution matrix;

  • shooting video in 4K and outputting a 10-bit stream via HDMI.

Flaws

  • So far, there have been no systematic complaints from users.

Leica M10 Monochrome

Rating: 4.7

LEICA M10 MONOCHROME

And completes a large selection of the best new products in the segment of mirrorless cameras is something very special. This is the legendary Lake, and not simple, but monochrome, as you might guess from the name. The camera is insanely expensive, but still does not beat the review record set by the above-described Fujifilm GFX100 model. But the price here is even more justified than in the case of the GFX100, since the M10 Monochrom is designed for true “elite league” photo artists.

This is the third generation of Leica full-frame mirrorless cameras designed for high-quality black and white photography. Experts unanimously say that the M10 Monochrom takes monochrome photography to a new, previously unthinkable level, and it’s hard to disagree with this. Indeed, the installed matrix with a resolution of 40 megapixels is by no means a production one, but was developed specifically for this model of the camera, taking into account all the future nuances of the configuration and power of the electronics. The high sensitivity of the sensor, combined with the resolution, allows you to get completely unprecedented detail reproduction in virtually any lighting level.

The Leica M10 Monochrom is also a pioneer in a number of ways. So, for example, this is the first “rangefinder” with an ISO range of 160 to 100 thousand. When developing the sensor, its resource was originally built into the ability to achieve higher ISO values ​​​​at a lower base ISO, when compared with previous Leica monochromes.

This device has a huge creative component, even in small nuances. So, the shutter here is the quietest of all the series, it literally “whispers” and allows you to shoot as quietly as possible and not betray your presence. There is also no classic noticeable red logo on the facade, and the appearance of the camera is minimalistic and completely monochromatic without contrasting elements. Finally, the M10 Monochrom is compatible with all M lenses, thus maximizing the scope for creative expression.

As for quality, the brand itself says a lot here. If this is not enough, we can add that the Leica M10 Monochrom is assembled by hand in a high-tech production in Germany, and not just good workers, but highly qualified specialists with an impeccable reputation and extensive experience.

Advantages

  • premium class;

  • renowned brand;

  • manual assembly;

  • impeccable quality;

  • 40 million monochrome pixels in the matrix;

  • full size;

  • Compatible with all M lenses.

Flaws

  • “barrier” price.

The best new compact cameras

The third and final selection of Expertology’s review of the best new cameras includes the most notable solutions in 2019 and early 2020 in the compact camera segment. These are the so-called “soap dishes”, but in this context, such a wording is not entirely correct, since the term “soap dish” has a veil of cheapness and limitedness that has long stuck to it. But in fact, cameras that are compact in form factor can be multifunctional, and very expensive.

Olympus TG-6

Rating: 4.9

OLYMPUS TG-6

The only Olympus model in our review opens the final category. This is a continuation of the well-known series, which is great for holidays, including active ones.

The first thing that immediately hints at the fact that the camera is aimed at operation in field conditions and in a wide variety of environments is the presence of reliable protection against water, dust and exposure to negative temperatures. Indeed, the camera can be used even underwater, and interestingly, it has a separate mode for underwater macro photography!

Compared to the previous, fifth generation of the Olympus TG series, the “six” received an improved microscope mode, and the distance is minimized to 1 cm. The macro mode has all the necessary and useful additions, such as bracketing and focus stacking. The underwater macro mode mentioned above has received new white balance presets optimized for different depths.

The display has also changed for the better. Basically, they touched on the resolution – now it is 1.04 million pixels. Also, the device has new accessories, among which is the highly desired and expected by the buyers fish attachment FCON-T02.

Now let’s go through an express inspection of all the most important characteristics of the device, regardless of its relationship with the predecessor of the fifth generation.

The TG-6 is the most classic rugged compact with a 1/2.33” matrix and 12MP resolution. The matrix is ​​equipped with back light, which reduces noise and generally contributes to obtaining an image with impeccable sharpness. The 4x zoom corresponds to a focal length range of 25 to 100mm. The device can shoot video in ultra-high definition 4K.

The built-in lens consists of 9 optical elements in 7 groups. The crop factor of the matrix is ​​5.7. The maximum resolution of the reproduced image is 4000×3000 pixels. Built-in flash range – 7.9 meters. The viewfinder is not provided, aiming is carried out on the LCD screen on the back side. Screen size in diagonal – 3 inches, resolution – 1040000 dots.

The model supports continuous shooting at 20 frames per second. The maximum burst size is 49 shots in RAW format.

This model is equipped with a Wi-Fi wireless module and a GPS receiver.

Advantages

  • matrix with back light;

  • protected body;

  • works in the cold

  • effective macro modes, including underwater;

  • white balance presets for different depths;

  • shoots video in 4K;

  • Wi-Fi and GPS modules;

  • equipment.

Flaws

  • not the most powerful battery.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

Rating: 4.8

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

The second number in the selection of the best novelties among compact cameras is the product of the company, which we could not completely ignore in our review. We are talking about Sony Corporation and the seventh generation of the RX100 series. The previous version, the RX100 VI, was named “Best Compact Camera” in the annual EISA rankings. “Seven” retained all the advantages, seriously adding in terms of improvements.

Like the previous version, RX100 VII is aimed mainly at vloggers. Initially, the Sony RX100 series itself was created as a compact assistant to a professional photographer for various occasions. But as model after model came out, developers began to pay more and more attention to video capabilities. The RX100 VII strikes the right balance in this regard.

This model received exactly the same lens as the “six” – 24-200 mm equiv. with f/2.8-4.5 aperture. However, the matrix itself was still changed to a newer one, with a resolution of 20 megapixels and a 1” format. The difference is more phase-tracking AF points. There are 357 of these points in total. Of particular interest is the real-time tracking function, as Sony cameras of a different class, the A9 and A6400, can do. Autofocus is provided not only with aiming at the eyes of people, but also at the eyes of animals. In general, company representatives insist that the RX100 VII embodies many of the ideas and technologies borrowed from the top Sony A9.

A separate significant plus is continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second, and without viewfinder blackouts. The maximum principal shooting speed is 90 frames per second. True, there are serious limitations here – focus and exposure lock and the lack of pre-buffering. This mode is suitable for extremely responsible situations.

This model is capable of shooting video in UHD 4K 3840×2160, but the maximum resolution will be limited to 30 frames per second. But there is practically no rolling shutter. In FullHD resolution, the frame rate can be significantly higher up to 120fps. There is also a separate high frame rate mode, when this figure rises to an unthinkable 1000 frames per second. There is both digital and optical stabilization. Separate video shooting mode for stories in portrait orientation.

Advantages

  • quality matrix;

  • many focus points;

  • real-time tracking;

  • pointing at the eyes of people and animals;

  • continuous shooting without blackouts;

  • video shooting in 4K;

  • high frame rate mode up to 1000 per second;

  • inherited ideas and technologies from the top camera Sony A9.

Flaws

  • no systematic complaints have been identified so far.

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Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

Rating: 4.7

CANON POWERSHOT G5 X MARK II

The third number in the selection, consider another “Shot”, but only made by Canon, and it will be the Mark II of the PowerShot G5 series. Compared to its immediate predecessor, this model bears little resemblance to it at all. Mark II has been redesigned very, very significantly. And this is natural, since the difference between these two generations in time was as much as 5 years, and during this time the technologies managed to take a step forward.

Actually, only the concept remained most confidently from the former “Mark”. Mark II is the same compact with non-replaceable optics, a matrix of the same format (1”) and, in general, flagship characteristics, which is directly reflected in the price. Yes, for the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II now on Russian trading floors you will have to pay at least 50 thousand rubles. This is exactly the point that we talked about in the preface to the section – not everything is a “soap box” that is compact.

The design of the camera is extremely minimalistic and strict. The form factor is maximally pocketable. But for all the minimalism, the developers managed to fit a full-fledged electronic viewfinder into a small and already “stuffed” case. It is made retractable and rises directly from the case. It even turned out to equip the device with a 180-degree swivel LCD screen.

This model uses a multi-layer CMOS sensor. The memory is located on the same silicon chip, due to which it was possible to achieve a significant increase in sensor speed compared to past and some neighboring Canon models.

In its purest form, the shooting speed in terms of the RAW format and a resolution of 20 megapixels is 30 frames / s. When using tracking autofocus – a maximum of 8 frames per second. There is a pre-shooting mode – in this case, the camera constantly shoots everything that it “sees” and copies it to the buffer, waiting for the shutter button to be pressed. This mode was created for those situations when a person physically cannot instantly respond to an event, and even more so, the camera itself does not have time to do this. Using such a buffer allows you to “rewind” reality into the past for half a second. The powerful DIGIC 8 processor manages all these subtleties.

The camera shoots video in 4K resolution without cropping parts of the matrix at a maximum speed of 30 frames per second. In FullHD, the speed can increase to 120 frames per second. Zoom lens for focal lengths from 24mm to 120mm at apertures from f/1.8 to f/2.8. There is optical stabilization. There are all necessary communications, including wireless modules Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. USB-C charging with PowerDelivery.

Advantages

  • quality matrix;

  • retractable digital viewfinder;

  • pre-shooting mode;

  • shooting video in 4K;

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless modules;

  • USB-C charging with PowerDelivery.

Flaws

  • low battery life – up to 230 shots, with a viewfinder – up to 180.

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay

Rating: 4.6

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay

And the final position in the review of the best new cameras in 2019, early 2020, according to Expertology magazine, is another extremely interesting model from Fujifilm. Already in the name of the Instax series, some connection with the Instagram photo service is clearly felt. And this connection does exist.

The new model Instax Mini LiPlay is designed in the style of the Instagram logo, but the essence is far from being in style. The thing is that this model is the first in a series that has become completely digital. Rather, as the manufacturer himself calls it, “hybrid”. Some call Instax “the last stronghold of analog photography.” And yet this stronghold collapsed. The series has gone digital.

The Instax Mini LiPlay has a 5MP sensor with a 2.7-inch display. This traces allusions to compact cameras of a more or less mass segment, which were in the TOPs 10-15 years ago. The equivalent focal length of the lens is 28mm. Aperture – f / 2. It’s hard to believe, but this seemingly toy device is even equipped with autofocus.

This insanely original and original technological solution, as before, is able to print pictures. Two types of film are compatible with it: rectangular CONFETTI and square illumination.

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay also received a funny, and even somewhat trendy addition. The device can record a music track up to 10 seconds long, then encode it into a QR code and print it on a photo too. Obviously, this can work like a musical postcard – it is enough for another person to decode the QR code with a smartphone and hear the musical message.

Instax Mini LiPlay also has a Bluetooth wireless module. It allows you to easily connect to your smartphone for direct photo printing.

The built-in memory of the device can contain up to 45 pictures. Expand your storage options easily with an external microSDHC flash memory card. It is not included in the package and must be purchased separately. In terms of photos, the capacity of the card will approximately correspond to 850 files per 1 GB, if the files contain only images, without sound.

The dimensions of the camera are really “toy” – only 8×4.2x12cm, weight – 255g.

Advantages

  • the very fact of the transition of the Instax series to digital technologies;

  • special form factor;

  • there is autofocus;

  • photo printing on two film formats;

  • recording music with encoding in QR.

Flaws

  • objective claims are not received due to the extreme specificity of the series.