The latest cameras, camcorders and accessories, from casual compacts to high-end photography and video equipment
Get the lowdown on the latest photography and video releases with our news roundup. Check back regularly for updates on the newest mirrorless, DSLR and compact cameras, camcorders and accessories. If you're looking to pre-order the latest releases right now, visit our latest products page. If you're still pondering your next camera or system, check out our buying guides below...
Panasonic has just announced the LUMIX GX880. This sleek and compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera is available with a 12-32mm lens and is bulging with beginner-friendly features that will surely make it a great first interchangeable-lens camera or travelling companion.
The device packs a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, Panasonic’s Venus Engine image processor and the ability to shoot 4K UHD video at up to 30fps (60fps in full HD). The GX880 builds on its now discontinued predecessor (the GX800) with a new front grip, additional selfie modes and additional effects added to portrait mode.
Clearly targeted towards the travelling and social media contingents, the GX880 is laden with selfie modes and the 1,040-K rear monitor flips up so you can frame yourself before pressing the shutter button. The presence of Wi-Fi also means you can upload your images on the fly. Other features of note include Panasonic’s celebrated 4K PHOTO and Depth From Defocus technology, up to 5.8fps burst shooting and 22 filter options.
What do we think? If you’re looking for an affordable interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera or an attractive-looking device to accompany you on your travels, look no further.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Panasonic LUMIX GX880.
As the old adage goes, good things come in small packages and that certainly looks to be the case with Samyang’s latest lens release. The AF 45mm f/1.8 FE is designed for use with Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras and weighs a featherweight 162g! Part of the manufacturer’s aptly named Tiny-Series; the 45mm lens is a tempting prospect for travel photographers and anybody with a small pocket of free space in their kit bag.
Samyang has of course taken measures to minimise lens distortion and aberrations – crammed within that diminutive frame you’ll find seven lens elements in six groups, including one extra-low dispersion optic and two aspherical optics. The lens’ 9-bladed diaphragm and fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 are sure to produce some stunning bokeh and Samyang tells us to expect “enhanced Auto-Focus speed and superior resolution.”
What do we think? Pairing a compact body with a small lens is part of what going mirrorless is all about.
Pre-order today: We’re expecting to receive stock at the end of May – head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Samyang AF 45mm f/1.8 FE.
The latest addition to Canon’s growing roster of RF lenses is the 85mm f/1.2L USM. If you’re an EOS R or RP user who’s partial to the odd portrait, you’ll want to make room in your kit bag for what is the first telephoto prime in Canon’s RF range. As with all RF glass, the mount’s short flange distance and large diameter allows for compact lenses and top-notch performance.
This lens’ biggest talking point is its lightning-fast f/1.2 aperture, which is sure to deliver stunning bokeh. It also boasts a construction that’s designed to minimise chromatic aberration and maximise sharpness. To find out more about the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, check out this article.
What do we think? If you shoot portraits and have already bought into Canon’s RF mount, you’re probably champing at the bit.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM.
The announcement of SIGMA’s MC-21 mount converter is an exciting development that’s arrived just after the release of Panasonic’s L-mount full-frame mirrorless duo, the LUMIX S1 and S1R. Not only does it instantly bolster the number of L-mount compatible lenses available, but as SIGMA is part of Leica’s L-Mount Alliance (alongside Panasonic), we’re expecting a top-notch user experience to boot.
The converter is designed to accommodate both SIGMA’s SA and Canon-EF lenses – that’s an additional 29 SIGMA-manufactured lenses in total. In regards to compatibility, SIGMA is claiming: “High precision AF photography in AF-S mode”. AF-C mode is not compatible, but perhaps that’s something a firmware update can remedy in the future.
Speaking of firmware, lens data is rather cleverly pre-loaded and that applies to future releases, removing the need to manual update a new lens before using it. When the time does come to update a lens, however, the MC-21 will let you know via a handy built-in LED. That same LED will also signify whether a lens is compatible or not, before you start shooting.
Other features of note include the presence of a tripod socket, flocking to help prevent internal reflections and the ability to retain EXIF data. As it stands, the following SIGMA lenses are compatible with the MC-21 mount converter…
What do we think? More lens options is always a good thing, and if the success of the SIGMA MC-11 (SA and EF, to Sony's E and FE) is anything to go by, we’re expecting big things from the MC-21.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the SIGMA MC-21.
X-Rite’s decade-old ColorChecker Passport Photo has received an upgrade in the form of the ColorChecker Passport Photo 2. This second incarnation crams four photographic targets into a portable, pocket-size and protective housing, and comes with a lanyard, so you can keep it on your person while shooting. The biggest upgrade is a new 18% middle grey target. This industry-standard reference can be used to acquire consistent image exposure and colour for stills and film – it can also be used as a neutral balance to remove colour casts.
As you’d expect, the ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 includes the classic 24-patch colour reference target (an industry standard), a white balance target and a creative enhancement target, just like the original. For more information on the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, visit our store page.
Canon has announced a successor to 2017’s 200D (or Rebel SL2), and it’s dubbed the EOS 250D (or Rebel SL3). The device continues the former’s claim (upon its release) to be the world’s lightest DSLR with a vari-angle screen. Even with battery and SD card, the device weighs a meagre 449g (for some reason the white variant weighs 451g). In camera terms, that’s lighter than Canon’s entry-level 2000D!
Similar to its predecessor, the 250D features an APS-C-sized, 24.1MP CMOS sensor. The key difference is the presence of a DIGIC 8 image processor and the ability to shoot 4K footage. To find out more about the Canon EOS 250D, visit our blog.
What do we think? If you’re looking for a budget DSLR, the 250D boasts the latest DIGIC processor, the ability to shoot 4K footage and a featherweight body. What’s more, you’ve access to Canon’s rich catalogue of EF and EF-S lenses.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Canon EOS 250D.
The world’s biggest show for media, entertainment and technology is currently underway in Las Vegas. We’re of course talking about the NAB Show 2019. If you can’t make it across the pond this year, fear not, we’re reporting on all the biggest filmmaking releases from the show over on our NAB 2019 news blog. Make sure you check back for regular updates.
Sony’s flagship A9 has been treated to a major firmware update, courtesy of software version 5.0. Set to make the sports and action-focused full-frame mirrorless camera even better, the update enhances existing performance, while also introducing some entirely new features too. Best of all, the upgrade is entirely free and can be downloaded here.
Highlights include the implementation of Real-time Tracking, to help keep moving subjects in focus, and Real-time Eye AF, which even includes the ability to specify which eye (left or right) you want the camera to focus on. Other upgrades of note include assigning custom functions to the front/rear dials and control wheel, and FTP background transfer. If that wasn’t enough, the camera’s image quality has received a boost and there's much more we haven't touched upon.
What do we think? Check out our Sony A9 field test.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony A9 today.
Profoto has announced the Profoto Connect. This small, cylindrical trigger is designed for use with Profoto lights and rather ingeniously features no buttons. Light-shaping aficionados can make use of three settings: auto, manual and off. In manual mode, you can control light using the Profoto app. The device attaches to your camera’s hotshoe and boasts a 30-hour battery life, thanks to its rechargeable LiPo battery. The Profoto Connect is available in Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm variants.
What do we think? This no-nonsense trigger looks easy to use and is so small, you’ll barely notice it.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Profoto Connect today.
Sony has announced an update to its incredibly popular tough camera series, the RX0 II. This is the world’s smallest and lightest premium rugged ultra-compact camera, with a 1.0-type stacked 15.3MP sensor in a tiny crushproof, waterproof and shockproof body. A tilting waterproof LCD should make vlogging easy, alongside a microphone input for better audio and a shooting grip for more control when videoing yourself. 4K internal video can be shot up to 30fps, with HFR mode offering a whopping 1,000fps in 1080p.
Stills aren’t left out either. The RX0 II is designed to produce great image quality, despite its small size. We’re expecting the ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 to deliver optimum optical quality, while features like Eye AF will make it easier to pick out your subject. You can even shoot up to 16fps continuously, so you never miss a moment of action
What do we think? We think the Sony RX0 II is perfect for anybody looking for an action/vlogging camera who wants to take their footage to the next level.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the Sony RX0 II today.
Hands-on with Sennheiser’s AVX-MKE2 and AVX-835
Update: 18.03.2019 (Amy Moore)
I’ve been shooting video at The Photography Show in Birmingham over the past few days, and it’s been great fun. However, I initially found it difficult to capture clean audio due to digital interference. I tried the RØDELink Filmmaker Kit and the Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital microphone system – and both come highly recommended – but what I really needed was a microphone with a variable frequency.
This is because the NEC is currently home to a huge amount of wireless transmissions, all within what is essentially a giant bean tin. Thankfully, Sennheiser (stand A115) saved the day by lending me an AVX wireless microphone system. This system guarantees levelled sound by automatically lifting quieter sounds and minimising peaking. However – and what was most important for me – the device can sense the impending doom of digital interference and automatically changes the frequency it is running on to ensure a clean signal at all times.
I have now been using the AVX-MKE2 (a wireless lavalier system) and AVX-835 (a handheld wireless microphone) for the past couple of days. Both systems have performed fantastically. They’ve managed the sound perfectly, and have given me a nice balanced and clean signal. This has been particularly helpful when self-shooting, as I’ve been able to rely on the microphone with no hiccups. So, thank you Sennheiser for creating such a versatile, reliable and clever little system! Click here to read Kriss' full review on the AVX system after using it to shoot a Travel Photography series.
If you’re thinking of plumping for a full-frame mirrorless camera, you’re spoilt for choice at The Photography Show 2019. If you’re still not sure which system to go for, you’ve access to Panasonic’s LUMIX S1 and S1R, Nikon’s Z 6 and Z 7, Canon’s EOS R and EOS RP, and Sony’s A7 III and A7R III. Make sure you pop by the Wex Photo Video stand (C120) too, our experts will be happy to talk to you about all the latest photo and video releases.
We’re also offering big discounts on selected products, freebies, advice and a FREE competition. That’s right, we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win over £3,500 worth of photography kit. This fantastic prize includes a Sony A7 III, Gitzo tripod and much more. Visit us at stand C120 to enter for FREE!
The Photography Show runs from March 16-19. The competition closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday March 19 2019. For more information, see our full terms and conditions.
The Photography Show 2019 is go, go, go!
It’s the first day of the Photography Show 2019 and the NEC Birmingham is bustling with imaging fans from around the world. If you’re visiting the show at any point (which runs from March 16-19) make sure you visit Wex Photo Video at stand C120 for big discounts, freebies, advice and a FREE competition.
If you’re unable to join us then keep checking back here for the latest news and by all means, visit us at www.wexphotovideo.com.
LEE Filters has just announced the LEE100 filter system holder. The holder is crafted from injection-moulded composite materials so you can expect a durable build that’s lightweight too. The device is compatible with all of the manufacturer’s existing 100mm filters and adaptor rings. It’s clear that LEE has focused on the LEE100 filter system’s usability. We’re told it is based on “extensive customer feedback” and that the holder is designed to be both ergonomic and intuitive. To find out more about this exciting accessory – including its new spring-release mechanism – read our blog article and watch the embedded video.
What do we think? A good filter holder should operate seamlessly and during the small amount of time we got to use the LEE100, we were able to swap between filters with ease.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the LEE100 filter holder today.
Win a photography setup worth over £3,500
The Photography Show 2019 is nearly upon us, and we’re giving you the chance to win over £3,500 worth of photography kit. This fantastic prize includes a Sony A7 III, Gitzo tripod and much more. Visit us at stand C120 to enter for FREE!
The Photography Show runs from March 16-19. This competition closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday March 19 2019. For more information, see our full terms and conditions.
Loupedeck has today announced that Adobe Audition and Apple’s Final Cut Pro X are now compatible with the Loupedeck+. Users are simply required to download the latest firmware update to make use of this added functionality. Paired with the editing console’s existing compatibility with Adobe Premiere Pro, the update is sure to pique the interest of the filmmaking community and colourists in particular. The accessory’s compatibility with Final Cut Pro is surely the highlight, and Loupedeck has revealed the following functions…
- Faster and more intuitive video editing and colour correction
- The flexibility to create configurations to fit the user’s workflow
- Export/import personal Loupedeck configurations and transfer them to another computer
- Use colour wheel workspace compatibility for colour grading
- Flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment
- Customise console buttons to preferred Final Cut Pro shortcut demands or use pre-installed functions
- Take advantage of 400+ additional functions
The second generation of Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini Pro 4.6K has arrived and goes by the same name (with G2 bolted onto the end). This new camera body might look visually similar to its predecessor, but there’s plenty to shout about beneath that magnesium-alloy shell. At its heart, you’ll find a new 4.6K Super-35mm sensor, capable of resolving up to 15-stops of dynamic range. To find out all of the G2’s new specs, read Kriss’ blog…
What do we think? The URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is a very exciting camera. You won’t find many mainstream Super-35mm cameras (under £7,000) that can shoot 120fps continuous 4.6K in a 12-bit RAW format.
Pre-order today: Head to the Wex Photo Video store to pre-order the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.
SmallHD has updated its popular FOCUS range of monitors to now include a 7-inch version. This 1000-nit monitor is daylight viewable, has a screen resolution of 1080p and features all the pro-video monitoring tools you'll need.
What do we think? If you’re happy with the internal recording formats on your camera and you want a large daylight-viewable external monitor, the FOCUS 7 could be a great solution.
Pre-order today: Find the SmallHD FOCUS 7 at the Wex Photo Video store.
Portrait photographers take note, Sony has announced the FE 135mm f/1.8 GM, its new large-aperture telephoto prime. Part of the tech giant’s coveted G Master range, the lens’ is set to deliver beautiful bokeh by the bucket and sharp high-resolution imagery too.
This is all possible thanks to a plethora of high-tech elements (extreme aspherical [XA], super extra-low dispersion and extra-low dispersion), a floating-focus system and an 11-blade circular aperture. We’re told that the floating-focus system is responsible for the lens’ impressive minimum focus distance of 2.3ft, while dual front and rear linear motors help the FE 135mm maintain its focus on moving subjects. According to Sony, the motors also provide: “AF control that is quiet and virtually free of vibration”.
What do we think? Sony’s latest prime is incredibly sharp, produces stunning quality images and boasts a fast aperture to boot. Supremely shallow depths of field allow for stunning bokeh, especially when taking portraits. Look out for our review, coming soon.
Pre-order today: If you’re into people pictures and this prime has piqued your interest, head over to the Wex Photo Video store now.
The GR III and WG-6 are the latest additions to Ricoh’s compact camera line-up and are set to hit shelves in the near future. The GR III is a travel compact that features a fixed lens and an APS-C-sized sensor. However, most of its components are newly designed for improved quality and functionality. The second announcement is an update to Ricoh’s ever-popular WG series, the WG-6. This new ‘tough’ camera contains a whole host of new features and boasts a roster of impressive specs…
Find out more: To find out more about both of these exciting new releases, visit The Wex Blog.
More from The Wex Blog...