Neptune Photo Newsletter
October 2019 Volume 93
by Steve Zimic
Canon EOS M200
It’s nice to see Canon is still paying attention to their more affordable and compact mirrorless cameras. The body appears identical to the M100 with all the upgrades oriented around performance. First up is the inclusion of the latest Digic 8 processor which not only increases operational speed but improves battery life. Second and perhaps more importantly is the addition of dual pixel AF, now with eye detection. For those interested in taking selfies, that might be a big deal. 4K video is available along with the ability to shoot vertical videos - interesting. Probably the coolest thing about this little gem is the price of $549 with the collapsible 15-45mm lens. The camera should be available sometime this month. More info on Canon's Website.
I find it interesting that Sony is also working on their APS-C mirrorless cameras with this new model that’s slated to replace the A6500. Although it has the same 24MP sensor as its predecessor, Sony has added real time AF tracking that can automatically switch between 3 different tracking modes, depending on the type of subject that’s available. The battery now has twice the capacity which required a larger grip - nice. Additional processing power allows you to shoot a 14 bit raw still image while recording 4K video. For video there’s both a mic and headphone jack. You’ll see the camera available sometime in November for $1400 or $1800 with the 18-135mm lens. More info on Sony's Website.
This new model is basically a Sony A6400 with a 1.4MP viewfinder versus the A6400’s 2.4MP viewfinder. Also stripped out are the picture profiles. So basically Sony has created another price point with this camera by selling it at $750 versus the A6400 at $900. All other specs appear to be identical to the A6400. You should see the camera on shelves sometime this month. More info on Sony's Website.
Sony has made some significant improvements to the already stellar A9’s performance and those improvements are definitely geared towards the pro photographer. Although the 24MP image sensor remains, along with 693 AF points, the Bionz X processor delivers both more accurate and faster AF. There’s also new algorithms that improve the tracking performance. The mechanical shutter gets a boost to 10 FPS. Both card slots now support UHS II cards, and the camera can now be powered via the USB 3 port. The IBIS gets a boost in performance too by 1/2 stop. Flicker reduction under artificial light has been improved. All these improvements seem to be geared toward the sports/action photographer which is what the original A9 was also geared towards, so Kudos to Sony for listening to all their users. The camera should hit stores sometime in November for $4500. More info on the Sony's Website.
Canon EOS R version 1.4.0 and EOS RP version 1.3.0 - Improves AF tracking and the ability to AF on smaller subjects. Also various bug fixes.
Sony A9 version 6.0 - Adds animal eye AF, interval shooting up to 9,999 images in 1 to 60 second intervals, various bug fixes, support for Sony’s RMT-P1BT bluetooth commander.
Fuji X-T3 version 3.01 - Fixes a problem where the camera calls for shutting down under certain conditions.