By WARES December 18, 2017 Digital imaging

A round-up of the latest local and international digital imaging category news and new products.

Yashica makes weird return

The Yashica camera brand that ended production in 2003 is attempting a return to the market with the Yashica digiFilm Y35.

Modelled on its 1960s era Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder model that has gained a cult following, this 3.2” 14 MP sensor digital camera uses pretend “film roll” that you insert to give different ISO ratings, aspect ratio, and colours rather than changing these functions on the camera.

You even have to wait for the film to “wind on” once it is inserted then use a lever to “advance the film” for each shot.

The idea of these limitations is to “recapture the joy and meaning of analogue photography” without the significant cost and time of real film with the actual images stored on a SD card.

A Kickstarter for this project has already gained significant steam.

Epson Expression Premium Photo, Ecotank updates 

The Expression Premium Photo Range of all-in-ones has been expanded with the new XP-6000, XP-8500, and XP-15000 models. XP-6000 offers a compact design, faster speeds of 15.8 ppm (black) and 11.3 ppm (colour), auto two-sided printing, and plenty of connectivity options. XP-8500 builds on all these features adding a 2.7” LCD screen and a 6 colour printing solutions With speeds of 9.5 ppm (black) and 9 ppm (colour) and a yield of 500 (black) and 830 (colour) with XL sizes. XP-15000 offers many of these same features and benefits in an A3+ and is due for release this month.

The value for money EcoTank range has also been updated. The EcoTank Expression Premium ET-7750 (A3) and EcoTank Expression Premium ET-7700 are multi-functional printers that come with a 5-colour ink system and up to two years’ worth of ink. Connectivity, user interface and photo editing have also been improved and these models come with a three year Return-to-Base warranty.

Sony A7R III full-frame mirrorless camera

Sony has updated one of its most popular full-frame mirrorless camera models with the new high resolution Sony a7R III. Specs have been significantly boosted in this version with focusing improved up to 425 points contrast detection, continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second (up to 76 RAW frames) and image stabilisation improved with up to 5.5 stops of compensation. Viewing options have also had a boost with the LCD screen View finder now at 1,440,000 and 3,686,400 dot resolution respectively. Includes USB-C 3.1, Bluetooth, slots for SD UHS-II and UHS-I and a battery than can handle 650 still images or 190 minutes’ continuous movie recording.

Until 31 January Sony NZ is also offering a two-year manufacturer‘s warranty and major cashback offers on its interchangeable lens cameras ranging from $200 up to $500 on some models.

Panasonic LUMIX G9

Panasonic’s new LUMIX G9 is being touted as one of the best outdoor and sports photography cameras on the market. The new DFD-Auto Focus with Burst Mode offers advanced tracking performance, shooting at 20fps with continuous AF for super-speedy subjects. The focus locks in just 0.04 seconds (one of the fastest in the market) and tracks motion continuously, ideal for opportunities that appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. A 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor combines with a Venus processing engine for superb detail, as well as low noise, fantastic colours and brightness plus 80 megapixels high-resolution JPEG /RAW in-camera image. Use is easy with a 3,680K dot OLED Live View Finder with 120 fps refresh rate, 0.83X magnification, and blackout free 100% field of view.

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