DIGITAL STILL CAMERA SHIPMENTS IN FREEFALL
As if we didn’t already know this, news just in is of global shipments of digital still cameras (DSCs) continuing to freefall.
Indeed, the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), recorded an almost 25% fall in shipments of all DSCs from March 2018 to March 2019.
Breaking the numbers down, we see shipments of interchangeable lens DSCs continuing to suffer the most (negative 32% over the same period), while DSCs with built-in lenses (i.e. compact cameras) fell by almost 15%.
In terms of positives, only mirrorless DSCs seem to be growing and slowly at that.
CANON CREATES AN AIR BNB FOR PRO GEAR
Canon Australia has launched a camera-sharing community called Kyōyō (Japanese for “share”), so Canon owners can make money from their gear and allow people to access better equipment when they need it.
Kyōyō lets people hire cameras and lenses in their area affordably, as they need them. For providers, Kyōyō offers a simple listing process and allows them to set their own pricing.
Kyōyō has a built-in ID verification process, ballpark pricing suggestions make setting the right price easy and insurance is arranged by Canon at no cost to the provider, underwritten by IAG trading as ShareCover.
Kyōyō is also open to businesses like retail camera stores looking to list demonstration or rental products either as one off-rentals or try-before-you-buy opportunities for potential purchasers.
CANON EOS 200D MARK II DSLR
Launched last month, the Mark II version of Canon’s lightweight, entry level EOS 200D features Guided Display, a large 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K movie capability, super-fast and responsive autofocus, and excellent connectivity with smart devices.
The Guided Display user interface features on-screen hints and tips and is backed up by the Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustment tools.
When images and videos are ready to be shared, the EOS 200D Mark II allows easy connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi using the free Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android which also facilitates remote shooting from a smart device.
EOS 200D Mark II is part of the Canon EOS ecosystem, comprising 80+ lenses, flashes and accessories,
FUJIFILM X-T30 MIRRORLESS CAMERA
Fujifilm has launched its latest X-series mirrorless camera, described as „the ultimate all-rounder – great for beginners but also a camera that photography enthusiasts won’t outgrow”.
Baby brother to the top-end X-T3 (with which it shares its sensor and processor), the new X-T30 offers 26.1MP resolution and fast high-performance AF. In addition, phase detection pixels are now across the entire frame (100%).
Other features include a joystick to make shifting focus points easier, a new intuitive touch-screen panel with improved response, and an improved body design that offers better holding stability to ensure comfortable shooting even with larger lenses.
SONY RX0 II (DSC-RX0M2) COMPACT CAMERA
Sony has added to its popular compact camera line-up with the launch of the world‘s smallest and lightest premium compact camera, the RX0 II.
The new model builds upon the waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, crushproof qualities of the original RX0 but is still ultra-compact camera to fit easily into a pocket.
Key technical features include a 15.3 MP image sensor, ZEISS Tessar T 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens, 4K internal video recording with new image stabilisation solutions, up to 1/32000 sec stills shooting with Anti-distortion Shutter and up to 16fps continuous shooting.
RX0 II also features a waterproof 180° tiltable LCD panel, microphone jack and as a kit with Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) makes for a great Vlog shooting solution.