SONY RX100 II
A compact camera with ultra-low-light capability, the Sony RX100 II with a 28-100mm Exmor R Sonnar T* ƒ/1.8 fixed lens fits in your pocket on days when you want to travel light. The 1-inch CMOS reverse structure sensor increases sensitivity by 40% from the RX100. The 3.0-inch White Magic LCD screen tilts 84º up and 45º down to aid in overhead and waist-level shooting. A 24p video option has been added to the 1080p60 standard included in the original RX100. A shoe-mount expands versatility, allowing the addition of a viewfinder, flash or clip-on LCD monitor. A shutter-release remote control may be added with a Multi Terminal. The RX100 II includes a built-in WiFi connection and Near Field Communication technology for smooth one-touch asset transfer between devices, as well as Smart Remote Control functionality for previewing images and controlling the shutter release via your smartphone or tablet. The RX100 II is compatible with Sony's TRILUMINOS color when connected to a BRAVIA TV featuring a TRILUMINOS display. Estimated Street Price: $750. Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.
NIKON COOLPIX A
Packed with powerful features while still fitting in the palm of your hand, the Nikon Coolpix A has a 16.2-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and fixed ƒ/2.8 28mm-equivalent lens providing highly detailed images. A manual-focus ring offers professional control. The camera shoots RAW files at 4 fps for fast action stills, as well as full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. It comes with WiFi accessibility with the optional WU-1a triggering from your smartphone. There's also a full-sized hot-shoe port, which is compatible with other Nikon accessories already in your bag, such as Speedlights. Available in black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $1,099. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
With a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, the Fujifilm X100S with a 23mm ƒ/2 fixed lens is a compact camera that offers a professional punch. The removal of the optical low-pass filter combined with the addition of the EXR Processor II results in increased resolution and reduction of noise in low-light situations. Built-in Phase Detection Pixels mean the camera autofocuses as quickly as 0.08 seconds. A hybrid viewfinder switches with one button from an optical viewfinder for traditional composition, shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings to a 100%-coverage, 2,360K-dot HD LCD electronic viewfinder, which shows live-view adjustments such as depth of field, white balance and confirming focus. The Digital Split Image option displays dual images on the left and right, enabling precise manual focus, which is particularly useful when using an open aperture or shooting macrophotography. Fujifilm has designed the details of operation to be comfortable for those experienced with DSLR shooting, with the aperture ring on the lens for left-hand control and the shutter speed and exposure compensation dials located on the top panel for right-hand control. Estimated Street Price: $1,299. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilm.com.
SIGMA 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM ART Photographers looking for a fast prime lens will take note of the Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Designed for a full-frame sensor and compatible with an APS-C sensor, the lens features a Hyper Sonic Motor for quick and quiet focusing, as well as a floating internal focusing system, allowing high performance, even at close shooting distances. SLD and FLD glass elements correct axial and chromatic aberrations. The lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for firmware updates and adjusting focus parameters. Estimated Street Price: $899. Contact: Sigma, www.sigma.com.
TOKINA AT-X 12-28mm F/4 The Tokina AT-X 12-28mm ƒ/4 has several features attractive to outdoor photographers. The superwide-angle zoom allows you to experiment with a new look for landscapes while still keeping a standard-angle lens and constant ƒ/4 aperture. It has been specifically designed for an APS-C sensor and corrects for aberrations and distortions out to the edges for sharp images. A new autofocus control sensor has been placed close to the drive unit to speed up the communication between the controller and the autofocus motor. In addition, a silent drive module maintains quiet autofocus functioning, reducing the noise and distraction your equipment may cause while capturing the moment. Mounts are available for Canon and Nikon bodies. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Kenko Tokina USA, www.kenkotokinausa.com.
TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
Everyone needs a solid, reliable 70-200mm. The new Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a compact option at 3.4x7.4 inches and 51.9 ounces, and it has built-in stabilization to give you plenty of handholding options in the field. Optically, there are 23 elements in 17 groups, with an XLD unit and four LD units to minimize chromatic aberrations. Tamron's VC Vibration Compensation provides steady handheld shooting, while the USD Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF motor provides autofocusing with continuous access to manual focusing. Minimum focusing distance is 51.2 inches for a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:8 (0.12x). Filter size is 77mm. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: Tamron USA, www.tamron-usa.com.
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