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It's the company's first AF lenses in 40 years
Nikon's flagship APS-C line got a long-awaited update in the D500. And as far as updates go, it's an impressive one: its 20.9MP sensor, 10 fps continuous shooting, 153-point AF system and 4K video shooting make it something of a DX-format D5. Our initial studio test results have been very encouraging, so we were eager to follow them up with plenty of real-world shooting.
There's plenty of bad news going around the camera industry lately. Companies once flush with cash from compact camera sales are now struggling to keep sales even. But despite the downward trend on a lot of camera manufacturers' books, Sony is coming through with some positive numbers. In its latest year-end financial report, the company boasts a 30.4 billion yen increase in operating income for its imaging products division, despite a 1.7% year-on-year decrease in sales.
It's a familiar story – Sony attributes the gain in income to a more favorable mix of high-value products, no doubt including its full-frame mirrorless line and premium RX-series compacts. Cost-reduction measures are also cited as contributing to the income gains. And though the upward trend is no doubt good for Sony, those numbers aren't quite as impressive as they seem at first glance. The imaging division's 2014 figures were hit by significant restructuring charges, bringing down the bottom line by 7.3 billion yen by the end of the year.
Even taking into account last year's mark-down, Sony has put up some very strong numbers for its imaging products in 2015's financial year.
It folds up for easy travel and is designed to follow a single person
Fujifilm is slowly but surely bringing a key subsidiary's production facilities back online after earthquakes forced a shut down, and expects to be back at full production by the end of May. In a statement issued today, Fujifilm confirmed that trial operations began on April 23 at the facilities and were ultimately successful. Barring any further problems, the company anticipates being back at pre-earthquake production levels by the end of this month.
Fujifilm Kyusyu Co., Ltd operates the facilities that were impacted by the earthquakes that struck Japan's Kumamoto prefecture on April 16. These facilities are responsible for manufacturing a key component of LCD panels. A few days after the event, the company announced that operations in the area would be stopped while assessments were performed. None of the facilities were found to be seriously damaged, but at the time the company said it hadn’t yet decided when operations would restart, and that it would hold a trial run on April 23 and 24.
Inspections of warehouse stock are still underway; as of April 19, Fujifilm says it has been shipping out products that pass inspections. 'Fujifilm Kyusyu is doing its utmost to resume all operations,' says the company; the rate at which it does so is determined in part by the number and intensity of aftershocks.
Canon's latest entry-level Rebel DSLR does what all of its entry-level offerings do best: provide only the basic level of controls and features in a beginner-friendly and cost-conscious body. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) continues the tradition with an 18MP APS-C sensor, 9-point AF system, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and 1080p HD video. See how it performs under a variety of conditions in our real-world shooting.