Sony Announces the RX100VII Compact Camera

Sony RX100VII Top View
Sony RX100VII Front View
Sony RX100VII Front View

Sony RX100VII: Compact, but Powerful

Sony continues its rapid march forward with new product releases. Today’s announcement of the RX100VII camera is no different. As with the recent release of the Sony Alpha A7R4, this lates release is packed with technology and significant improvements.

The compact camera boasts a 1″ sensor and focus technology featured in the company’s flagship camera, the A9. Among the many internal tweaks, the camera also gets a new audio port for external microphones–a feature sure to please many vloggers.

I own a Sony RX100III and have been very pleased with it over the past four years. I dropped, dinged, and generally abused it on a variety of adventures and it just keeps working flawlessly. If I destroy it, I’ll replace it with an RX100VII without hesitation.

The RX100VII features a longer lens than the III. The 24-200mm (35mm equivalent lens) originally debuted with the RX100VI. It’s an impressive engineering feat to fit the lens into such a compact body and seems like a bit of a magic trick when the camera turns on or off, extending or retracting the lens.

Combined with the Sony accessory grip and an external microphone, this camera is a great all around shooter that can handle a broad variety of situations. It lacks an internal neutral density filter, but given all the tech that’s jammed in a minuscule body, it’s a small price to pay.

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New Sony Action Camera RX0 II

Sony Action Camera RX0 II
Sony RX0 II Product Video

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A Very Capable Sony Action Camera

Sony announced the RX0 II action camera, a follow up to the popular RX0. It’s a very compact camera with impressive specifications. The camera features a 1″ sensor worth 15.3 megapixels of resolution. The ISO range is also impressive at 80-12800.

The RX0 II has a fixed 24mm f4.0 equivalent lens that focuses down to 20cm. As with many sony cameras, the partnership with Zeiss continues and the lens is a Zeiss Tessar T* model.

Here’s Looking At You — Flip Up Screen

The feature that most people will talk about, however, is the flip-up rear LCD screen. It’s similar in design to the flip up LCDs on Sony’s RX100 cameras and facilitates blogging. When combined with the optional VCT-SGR1 shooting grip, and a microphone, it’s a very compact rig capable of all-weather operation.

The RX0 II features robust video capabilities with 4K/30P recording and a 1000 frames per second high speed recording mode. Additionally, the camera can export uncompressed 4K HDMI output. Advanced shooters will appreciate the availability of S-Log 2 and Time Code/User Bit features for color grading and post production work.

Notably, the RX0 II has eye focus capability similar to the brand’s flagship a9 camera. The RX0 will focus on a subjects eye and track it. This is a particularly useful feature and one that is currently part of the mirrorless camera arms race between manufacturers. Sony’s eye AF remains in the lead.

One of the most notable features of the RX0 II camera system is the Sony Imaging Edge mobile app. The app can control up to five cameras simultaneously and synchronize them.

In a future update, scheduled for later this summer, the app will be able to control up to fifty cameras. Further, the compatible Camera Control Box CCB-WD1 can control 100 cameras.

The Sony RX system is an attractive option for action camera shooters or anyone that needs a small, rugged, capable system. It competes directly with GoPro’s camera, and eclipses their capabilities in some ways. However, it does cost more than GoPro’s offerings without a grip or external microphone.

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Leica Announces M Monochrom “Your Mark” Limited Edition

Leica Monochrom M "Your Mark" set

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Leica Product Photo of Leica Monochrom M Typ 246 “Your Mark” Limited Edition Set

Leica announced the M Monochrom Typ 246 “Your Mark” Limited Edition set. Leica produced eighty of the sets exclusively for US distribution. If you want a “Your Mark” Monochrom M, you’ll need to buy it at a Leica store. The set includes a leather strap and a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens.

Both the body and lens are finished in black paint. Additionally, the retro lens design lens features red and white script and round removable lens hood. The camera is covered in Horween leather, sourced through Horween Leather Company in Chicago.

Leica’s Monochrom M features a 24MP sensor that only captures luminance values and creates black and white images only.

Leica claims the black paint on the body and lens as well as the Horween leather body covering will “age beautifully over time.”

Leica Announces M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition

Leica M Monochrom Kyoto Edition

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Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition

Leica announced the Kyoto Edition of the Leica M Monochrom camera. Leica made ten of the camera sets to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Kyoto Leica store. The set includes a Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens and a leather strap in matching green to the camera body’s grip.

The Leica M Monochrom features a 24MP black and white image sensor. The Summicron-M The 50mm f/2 Asph is Leica’s best (and most expensive) version of the Summicron 50mm lens.

Leica Announces the Q2

Leica Q2

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Leica announced the Q2 camera and it’s available from authorized retailers today. The camera is a significant leap forward from the Leica Q and features a 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The lens is a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH Summilux lens, but the camera features crop modes that correspond to 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm focal lengths. Notably, the body is weather sealed.

Additionally, the camera feature built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-FI, 10fps, and a 3″ touchscreen. Watch Leica’s product video below or read Leica’s press release here.

Flickr Cuts Yahoo Cord for Login

On March 4th, Flickr finally announced the roll out of a Yahoo independent login system. According to the folks at Flickr and SmugMug, users made cutting ties with Yahoo their priority request.

SmugMug and Flickr will roll out the updated login process to its users in the coming weeks. It is not clear when new users will be able to create Flickr accounts without a Yahoo login. We tried it this morning and are still required to use a Yahoo process for a new account.

Read Flickr’s blog post and stay tuned for updates.