Fuji X-A5 Announced - $599 with kit lens - Mic in -

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Fuji have annouced the new mirrorless Fuji X-A5 which features a new APS-C 24 megapixels.  It has Touch to Focus and Shoot but no Touch for menu items. It will shoot 6 frames per second with focus continues tracking and up to 10 frames per second with no continues  focus tracking. The X-A5 now has Phase Detect Auto Focus system allowing for better tracking foucs. It includes the Film Simulation modes from the X-Pro/X-1/2 models.

The X-A5 is sure to challange the Sony A6000 which has been a big seller in mirrorless cameras systems.  The Sony A6000 has been around $650 with kit lens for some time, it likewise has a 24MP APS-C sensor with Contrast /  Phase Detect AF system but it does not feature 4k recording and does not have Mic in jack. 

Price is expected to be $599 with lens

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It is up at B&H for pre-order

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Panasonic Lumix GF10 to be announced Feb 1st 2018

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  current GF9 -

Below are some rumored specs

  • 16M Live MOS sensor
  • High Speed ​​AF of 0.07 seconds is realized with Space Recognition AF
  • 180 degrees tilt-able LCD approximately 1.04 million dots - touch panel monitor
  • 4K / 30p video
  • Newly equipped “Wide Angle 4K Selfie” that allows you to take pictures of yourself by taking full advantage of lens angle of view
  • Night scenery which will reduce blurring at slow shutter speeds
  • “Skin beauty effect” “People mode” 
  • Size: 106.5 mm x 64.6 mm x 33.3 mm
  • Weight: Approximately 240 g (body only), approx 270 g (including battery and memory card)
  • three colors will be available  -   Black · White · Orange

Panasonic have filed two sensor patents with Multi-PD/pixel sensor for on-sensor HDR and PDAF

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Panasonic has led in Contrast based Auto Focus when it comes to speed and low light acquisition, however some are still not happy with their tracking Auto Focus in video mode.  In mirrorless systems Fuji and Sony have featured Phase Detect on most of their bodies with Olympus on their E-M1 M1 and M2. 

Canon on the other hand have developed their own system that features Dual Pixel AF for tracking. There is some debate as to which is better. Panasonic having a large share in the Indi video market would certainly make many happy if they introduced Dual Pixel AF tracking Auto Focus system in their future GH5 and GH5s as well as their other model updates.  With increased processing power Panasonic has improved their DFD - Depth From Defocus tracking AF system.  DFD uses lens out of focus information to determine distance - so of course Panasonic has to analyses each lens -  The Contrast based AF system over-shoots the distance and then comes back -  this over-distance action is now a lot less noticeable in the G9.  Most will agree that although the new DFD system like that in the G9 is omproved - But the Pahase and Dual Pixel system are more confident for tracking in video continues Auto Focus.

Once Panasonic implements Dual Pixel on their next sensors they will have extremely capable hybrid cameras.

 

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