GEAR & TECHNIQUES
LENS CAMERAS 16
The cameras you need to know about now. By GreG ScoBlete
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The E-PL8 features a 16-megapixel image sensor that shifts to provide 3-axis image stabilization
in the camera body good for 3. 5 stops of correction, per CIPA standards. Pair the PEN with select
Olympus lenses with their own optical stabilization and you’ll enjoy enhanced stabilization as
the lens and body systems work in tandem. The PEN offers an 81-point AF system with both
phase and contrast detect points with facial and eye detection
algorithms. You’ll hit around 7 fps in continuous shooting when
focus is fixed on the first frame and image stabilization is on.
The successor to the X-T10 features a new APS-C sized 24-megapixel
X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine.
The new sensor/processor duo combine to push the camera’s ISO
settings up to 12,800 and deliver faster autofocusing. The X-T20 has 91
AF points (up from 49 in the previous model). Phase-detect AF pixels
cover approximately 40 percent of the imaging area. The X-T20 can
burst at up to 8 fps for up to 63 JPEGs using a mechanical shutter. Switch
to the electronic shutter and you can hit a continuous shooting rate of
14 fps. The X-T20 can record video at 3840 x 2160 at 30p for up to 10
minutes at a clip. It can also record full
HD at up to 60p in one of the camera’s
nine film-simulation modes.
The D5 boasts a 20.8-megapixel
full-frame sensor with a
native ISO of 100-102,400.
This industry-leading ISO
performance can be pushed still
further to ISO 50 or 3,280,000.
The autofocus system is
populated with 153 AF points—
the most of any DSLR to date—
including 99 cross type points
and 15 points supported to f/8.
The D5 is capable of focusing
on objects in low light down to
- 4 EV at the central point and
- 3 EV at all other points. As
far as continuous shooting is
concerned, you’ll hit 12 fps with
continuous AF engaged. Fix focus
on the first frame and shoot in
mirror-up mode and you can
push speeds to 14 fps. The D5
records 3840 x 2160 video at 30,
25 or 24 fps and full HD video
at up to 60 fps.