Digital camera manufacturers typically announce and release their new cameras twice a year, with the majority of the new models coming out in February/March.
So what that means is that there’s lots of new photo gear coming our way! It makes winter almost worth it!
Olympus and Canon both made announcements this past week about their new releases. Here’s what is coming.
The new Olympus TG-860 is, indeed, a tough little camera! This new point-and-shoot is designed for active folks on the go, with a rugged, waterproof (to 33 feet) casing that’s resistant to cold temperatures down to 14°F, impact-proof for drops of up to 7ft and crushproof up to 220 lbs. of pressure. Inside, the TG-860 features a 16MP CMOS sensor, a (35mm equivalent) 21-105 mm zoom lens, with 1080p HD video capability, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and a 180-degree flip-up LCD screen.
Olympus has just announced an updated addition to their OM-D E-M5 camera line. The new OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with lots of new and improved features. Among these: a 5-axis image stabilization system, improved video capture, a 3.0″ 1,037k-dot fully articulating touchscreen LCD monitor and built in Wi-Fi.
Along with the E-M5 Mark II, Olympus is also releasing an updated zoom lens for their Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The new lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F/4-5.6 II, has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-300mm and is housed within a dust and water resistant exterior.
Yesterday, Canon announced the release of two new DSLR’s: the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. These two cameras each feature an amazing, mind-boggling 50.6 MP CMOS sensor and with that, have the distinct honor of being the highest resolution full frame cameras ever made.
Wow. Those are going to produce some seriously big files…!
Beyond the massive megapixel number, these two new cameras have a lot to like. They each feature a 61-point autofocus system, dual DIGIC 6 processors, 5fps continuous shooting (that may at first seem low, but think about the file size…), built in Wi-Fi, connection via USB 3.0, and a 3.2-inch 1.0-million-dot LCD.
By the way, the only difference between the 5DS and the 5DS R is the low pass filter. The R cancels it out, which allows for a bit of extra detail in your shots.
Canon also announced the release of an ultra-wide-angle lens compatible with full-frame digital sensor (APS-C) cameras. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L allows for an extremely wide angle of view, but with glass that has been optically corrected to eliminate the distortion normally seen at these low focal ranges.
Canon also announced new releases in their Rebel line of entry-level DSLR’s.
The Canon Rebel T6i is an upgrade to the popular Rebel T5i. The T6i has an APS-C format 24.2MP CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-12800, Wi-Fi connectivity and a DIGIC 6 Image Processor for quick responsiveness and high image quality. This camera also features a 19-point autofocus system, and is capable of continuous shooting speeds of up to 5 fps and Full HD movie capture at 24 and 30 fps.
The new Rebel T6s has all the features of the T6i, but with a top-mounted LCD panel and a quick control dial on the camera rear.
Finally, Canon also announced new releases in their point-and-shoot models.
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is a pocket-sized, compact shooter—it’s smaller than most smartphones with a body measuring just 2.72 inches high, 3.35 inches wide and less than an inch in thickness—that features a 20.2 MP sensor, 12x optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi and 1080p Full HD video capability.
The ELPH 350 HS will be available for preorder mid-April in black or silver.
The PowerShot SX410 IS is the latest super zoom bridge point and shoot camera from Canon. The SX410 has a 40x optical zoom (35 mm equivalent to 24-960mm), a 20MP CCD sensor, the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, 720p HD video capture (with a dedicated movie button that allows for one-touch control of video recording), image stabilization, and onboard Wi-Fi.
The SX410 IS is available for preorder for shipment in March in black or red.