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Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark III Mirrorless Camera with Starry Sky Autofocus for Astrophotography Launched




Olympus has announced the launch of its latest mirrorless camera, the Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark III, which is the company’s third iteration in its E-M1 series. It is also the successor to the Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark II that was introduced in 2016. Some of the key highlights of this E-1 Mark III include a compact and lightweight design, accurate AF (autofocus) especially the Starry Sky AF that we’ll talk about in a bit, 4K video recording along with high-speed movie recording at 120fps, and more.

Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark III Details

The design is identical to that of the E-M1 Mark II — you can even use the same vertical grip on the Mark III) — but there are a few changes to note. Olympus added an extra custom mode option on the dial for a total of four user-customizable options. And like the E-M1X, this new model features a USB-C PD port that supports fast charging speeds. It takes two hours to charge the camera, which is on par with other cameras in this class. The bright side here is that you can plug a battery pack directly into the camera to charge (though you can’t charge and shoot simultaneously), so there’s no need to hunt for a power outlet.

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As it relates to shooting, most of the new features here are made possible by the new TruePic IX image processor. The most impressive feat seems to be Starry Sky AF. It’s a mode that allows shooters to take astrophotography shots without a tripod in autofocus mode, no longer restricting you to make subtle tweaks via manual focus. Olympus told The Verge that it’s able to do this without relying on phase detection (you’re aiming at the great beyond, after all) or contrast autofocus, instead using luminance information gathered by the sensor.

Olympus says that its new image processor also allowed it to make significant improvements to its face and eye tracking algorithm. The company claims that the new model is better than prior models at tracking smaller faces and smaller eyes.

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The Mark III has the same 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor found in the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X. Also unchanged is its 121-point AF system that supports up to 60 fps high-speed continuous shooting with AF / AE locked, or up to 18 fps with continuous autofocus and autoexposure. However, like the E-M1X, the Mark III body supports seven-step in-body image stabilization — an improvement over the Mark II’s 5.5-step IBIS. Also adopted from the E-M1X is its shutter that promises 400,000 operations, doubling the lasting power of what Olympus claims for the Mark II.

Another improvement is Olympus’ shift to 5GHz built-in Wi-Fi support, which should yield faster image transfers. Also, the Mark III is the first Olympus camera to be able to use the mobile app to update its firmware. The app allows you to import and export profiles, which lessens the concern of someone messing with your camera settings.

The E-M1 Mark III body-only price of $1,799 keeps it at the high end of Micro Four Thirds cameras, even though it’s less than the prior model’s starting price. Olympus will also sell two kits: an M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens with f/2.8 aperture for $2,499.99, and an M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4.0 kit for $2,899.99.

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Olympus is marking the occasion by launching a new lens, the M.Zuiko 12-45mm lens with f/4.0 aperture. This general purpose zoom can also double for macro work, and Olympus claims its can focus on subjects as close as 12cm away. You can find one on sale now for $649.99.

PEN E-PL10 gets a US release date

Olympus also announced availability in the US and Canada for the PEN E-PL10 Micro Four Thirds camera. It released outside of the US late last year, and you can buy it now starting at $599.99 for the body. This new version makes few adjustments from the E-PL9, for better and worse. The retro styling is hard to dislike, and the same goes for its built-in flash. The same TruePic VIII image processor from last generation also makes a return, so you won’t be getting a huge leap in capabilities.

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Of the big changes between iterations, the E-PL10 can transfer images to a smartphone via an app; it has some new “art filter” effects to help you get expressive; a “silent shooting” mode that does nothing more than turn off sound effects emitted by the camera in all modes; and the ability to take panoramic images. Lastly, Olympus is introducing an all-black version (seen above) of the camera that it officially refers to as “kuro.” Previously, it made a black-colored camera, but with silver detailing. This new color joins the moka and shiro (brown and white, respectively) options it already made available in previous models.

A kit that also includes an M.Zuiko 14-42mm pancake lens with f/3.5-5.6 variable aperture is $100 more. Another kit that includes the aforementioned pancake lens, plus an M.Zuiko 40-150mm lens is yet another $100, totaling $799.99.

Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark III price

The price of the Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark III has been set at $1,799.99 (roughly Rs. 1,28,550) for just the body. Additionally, the camera is also available for pre-orders in the US with 12-40mm lens kits that is priced at $2,499.99 (roughly Rs. 1,78,520) and with 12-100mm lens kit, which is priced at $2,899.99 (roughly Rs. 2,07,100). The camera is scheduled to go on sale from February 28, 2020.

Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark III features

The Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark III comes in an IPX1 weather-sealed package making it dust, splash, and freeze proof. The camera features a 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS Four Thirds sensor and is powered by TruePic IX quad-core processor. There’s also a 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch LCD monitor. According to the company, the E-1 Mark III delivers the world’s best 7.5 shutter speed steps, which combined with the True Pic XI processor helps in achieving high image quality in a compact and lightweight body.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III packs a total of 121-point all-cross-type on-chip phase detection plus contrast detection AF and is capable of capturing up to 60 fps with AF/AE Lock, or up to 18 fps with AF/AE Continuous Tracking. Olympus is also boasting about the E-1 Mark III’s capability of doing astrophotography. The Starry Sky AF mode found on the camera helps in taking some brilliant images of celestial bodies. And, with the built-in image stabilisation system, you can shoot night skies handheld with wide or standard zoom lenses.

Other key features include handheld High Res Shot mode, multi-selector focus point control with the help of a joystick, live ND (neutral density) filter, 4K video recording at 30/25/24fps along with OM-Log mode, PRO Capture Lag-Free Electronic Shutter mode, 400,000 shot shutter life, and more.

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Nikon’s D6 Flagship DSLR Launched in India with Two New Lenses in Nikkor Z Lineup




Nikon has officially unveiled their latest flagship DSLR camera for professionals called the Nikon D6. At its heart, the new camera pack a 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor and features a total of 105 autofocus (AF) points that are selectable and cross-type. This results in a 1.6x higher density of AF coverage in comparison to the Nikon D5. In addition to the camera,   has also launched two new lenses — the Nikkor Z 20mm, an ultra-wide-angle prime lens, and the Nikkor Z 24-200mm zoom lens.

Nikon D6 price in India

Nikon D6 has been priced at Rs. 5,19,995 (body-only) in India, with no word on the exact release date in the country. As for the new lenses, the Nikkor Z 20mm f/1.8 S lens has been priced at Rs. 88,995, while the Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4 – 6.3 VR will be sold at Rs. 70,995. Sales of these lenses are expected to begin from April 2020.

Nikon D6 features

Talking about the camera first, as mentioned above, the new Nikon D6 features a 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor which combined with all-selectable cross sensor 105-point AF lets you capture moments at approximately 14fps with AF/AE tracking. At the helm is the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine that helps in capturing high-resolution images with less noise, even at high ISO settings, so that the subject appears sharper in the end result. Speaking of which, the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine also helps to reproduce human skin tones in clarity. For low-light situations, the camera supports an ISO sensitivity of 102400.

The connectivity options on the Nikon D6 include built-in Wi-Fi and WT-6 transmitters, that ensures quicker and more versatile methods of uploading images, along with a port for wired LAN, which supports 1000BASE-T standard and achieves approximately 15 percent faster communication. The camera is further supported by the SnapBridge app to help make transferring RAW files to smart devices easier.

The Nikon D6 comes in heat, weather, and dust-resistant package offering the highest level of durability. Additionally, the camera supports the usage of XQD and CFexpress memory card and according to the company has dependably long battery life.

Moving on, the company has also announced the launch of two new lenses in its Nikkor Z line-up. The first one is the Nikkor Z 20mm f/1.8 S ultra-wide-angle prime lens, that is designed to offer high optimal performance and provides a wider field of view than the human eye. The second lens is the Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4 – 6.3 VR lens, which is a lightweight and versatile zoom lens. This lens allows for shooting a great diversity of scenes including landscapes, portraits and close-ups.

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