GEAR & TECHNIQUES INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERAS
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon’s workhorse DSLR has been given a
new feature update this month to enable a Log
color profile. According to Canon, the new
Canon Log profile offers suppressed contrast
and sharpness and increased dynamic range
of up to 800 percent or 12 stops (at ISO 400 or
above). Starting in the summer, you’ll be able to
choose between the original 5D Mark IV and
a slightly more expensive model with the Log
profile option. Beyond that, the Mark IV features
a 30.4-megapixel CMOS chip with a native ISO
range of 100-32,000 (expandable to 50-102,400).
The AF system has been updated with Canon’s
Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for improved
AF during video recording and live view. The
Mark IV has 61 AF points (all effective at f/8 and
all user-selectable) including 41 cross points. The
camera’s 3.2-inch display is fully touch, including
for AF point selection. The Mark IV records 4K
video at 4096 x 2160 at either 30p or 24p.
PRICE: $3,599 (with Log);
$3,499 (without Log)
Panasonic’s hybrid mirrorless offers
a little something for everyone.
For filmmakers, you’ll receive high-quality 4K recording—you can save
a 10-bit 422 file at 30p to an SD card
or shoot 4K at up to 60p. Full HD
frame rates top off at a blistering 180
fps. The 20-megapixel GH5 builds
on Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode with
a new 6K Photo mode that isolates
an 18-megapixel still image from a
short 6K clip. Still photographers
will enjoy the fact that there’s no
low-pass filter on the GH5, plus
its improved autofocusing from
Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus
technology, which has had its speed
doubled from previous iterations.
Like other Lumix models, the GH5
supports dual image stabilization so
that the camera’s stabilizer can work
in tandem with compatible image
stabilized lenses from Panasonic.
rICoH Pentax kP
This durable DSLR is sealed
against the elements and offers
a 24-megapixel, APS-C-sized
CMOS sensor. It has an ISO range
of 100-819,200 and a 5-axis image
stabilization system good for up to
5 stops of compensation. Like several
other recent Pentax DSLRs, the KP
has no AA filter and incorporates
an AA filter effect which lets
you adjust the strength of moiré
reduction (or turn it off completely).
There’s also a Pixel Shift Resolution
mode to create a single photo with
less noise and more accurate colors.
The KP uses a 27-point AF system
with 25 cross-type points with
metering available down to - 3 EV.
sIGMa sD Quattro H
The sd Quattro H takes the unique Foveon image sensor
technology previously used in Sigma’s APS-C cameras and
super-sizes it to an APS-H-sized imager. As you’d expect, the
bump in size delivers a corresponding bump in resolution and
the sd Quattro H produces the equivalent of a 51-megapixel
image—a resolution high-water mark for the mirrorless category.
The camera is dust and splash proof and offers a 2.3-megapixel
electronic viewfinder and 3-inch display.