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...
TPS coverage: We’ll be providing coverage of The Photography Show from the NEC Birmingham, so keep checking this page to stay up to date. If you’re at the show, make sure you visit us at stand C120.
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.
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