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Bournemouth Air Festival 2017


8.29am on my day off and the phone rings.  “This can’t be good,” I think.  It turns out it’s my lucky day.  A customer isn’t able to make their Sony VIP lunch on the beach for the Air Festival and I am on the reserve bench. Can I make it?  Hell yeah! I quickly cancel everything else I had planned for the day – washing clothes, tidying the house, looking after the kids, cancelled (no kids were abandoned in the writing of this blog) I grab my A6000 and head to the beach.

By 10.30am the beach was already alive with families and enthusiasts.  The sun was shining on the show and some people were already in the sea.

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Gourmet pizza to keep the troops going!

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We trotted along to the hospitality tent, which was located between the two piers and had a stunning view of the air displays.  I did feel privileged to be there and  tried to blend in as best as I could!  I was met by Brian and Racheal from the Castle Cameras team and a delicious glass of bubbly.  Jason was there from Sony and some of our customers who had been invited for the day when they pre-ordered a Sony A9.

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We all tucked into our buffet lunch of Salmon, beef, thai chicken, noodles and rice.  Followed by dessert of lemon meringue pie or strawberry cheesecake.  I had the lemon meringue pie and it was so good I ate it before I thought to take a photo!

Out on the terrace after lunch we eagerly awaited the first planes.  Jason very kindly lent me his Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G2 so that I could attempt to get a few shots of the planes.  He didn’t let me keep it for long though, which was probably wise!  On reflection, most of my shots were silhouettes of planes against some pretty cloud formations.  It seems I need a bit more practice in this aerial photography lark.

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I did enjoy chatting to the pilots on the next table and had to laugh when one got very excited about seeing the red arrows and got his phone out for some pictures.   However many times I’ve seen the red arrows, I never tire of them.  Their performance was absolutely faultless and having such a great view of the near collision moves took my breath away.

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So thanks very much to Sony for the chance to enjoy the Air Festival in style and have a play with Jason’s massive lens! Keep an eye on our website for more exciting offers like this.

 

 

Nikon D850 Development


Nikon is pleased to announce the development of the next frontier in full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850.

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The D850 will be a formidable tool for those who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, and hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion and weddings, as well as multimedia content creators.

For updates and to register your interest in the Nikon D850 please complete the form below.




Win a VIP day at Monkey World with Canon 6D Mark II


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Win an exclusive overnight photo experience at Monkey World with Castle Cameras and the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Order the Canon EOS 6D Mark II before Thursday 31st August and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win a VIP day at Dorset’s Monkey World.  The lucky prize winner will receive an overnight stay, entry to the park and lunch for yourself and a friend.

Your day will include:

  • Breakfast on arrival
  • A 3-hour guided photography tour
  • Lunch in the restaurant
  • A one-night stay near the park
  • A bottle of fizz in your room
  • Become an adoptive parent for one of the primates, with all of the benefits, including:
  • Free entry to Monkey World for a year

The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.

Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species including Europe’s official orang-utan crèche!

During your VIP tour, you will have the opportunity to scale some of the towers within the park which are normally not accessible to visitors to gain exclusive views of the primates.  Get the best out of your new 6D Mark II with this fantastic day out.

Sony Cameras inc A9 – An Interview With Sony Steve


Last week we held a Sony In-Store day at our Bournemouth branch to showcase the exciting new Sony Alpha 9, or A9 as it’s being called. Take a look at the video below where Greg has a chat with Sony Steve about the A9 and other cameras and lenses in the Sony range.

The Sony Alpha 9 is in stock now, and you can order online here https://www.castlecameras.co.uk/sony-alpha-9-body or come in to store.

Sony Alpha 9 Unboxing & Flagship Camera Comparison


 

Useful links:

Sony In-Store Day https://www.castlecameras.co.uk/events/sony-a9-in-store-day
Sony Alpha 9 https://www.castlecameras.co.uk/sony-alpha-9-body
Canon 1Dx Mark II https://www.castlecameras.co.uk/canon-eos-1d-x-mark-ii
Nikon D5 https://www.castlecameras.co.uk/nikon-d5-body

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Sony Announce G Masters 16-35mm and 12-24mm


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New lenses from Sony to further develop their incredible G Master line up of next generation lenses. Take a look below.

Sony announce their FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM – SEL1635GM

·         E-mount Full Frame format

·         G Master wide angle zoom lens

·         High resolution and gorgeous bokeh

Check out these amazing sample shots from the 16-35

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FE 12-24mm F4 G – SEL1224G

·         E-mount Full Frame format

·         G Lens ultra wide-angle zoom lens

·         High resolution and compact design

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FUJIFILM X-T2 & X-Pro2 Firmware V3 Update


Our best just got better…

Fujifilm re-affirms its commitment to constant improvement by announcing new firmware updates for the multi-award winning X-T2 and X-Pro2.

Complimentary upgrades coming soon will provide a total of 33 functional and operational updates to the double flagship models of the ever-evolving X Series of mirrorless digital cameras.

 

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced it will release free firmware updates for the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (“X-Pro2”) and FUJIFILM X-T2 (“X-T2”) double flagship models of the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras.

By now, it Is common knowledge that Fujifilm are famous for consistently bringing the best functionality to X – Series equipment through firmware updates.  The first update to the multi –award winning X-T2 and X-Pro2 is due in late March and the se cond will be due late May 2017; reflecting users’ requests for improving operability and adding new functions.

Applying the firmware updates will add exciting and helpful new functions such as Voice Memo and Copyright Information, and dramatically improve operability in autofocus, video recording and viewfinder handling.

X-T2 version 2.00 & X-Pro2 version 3.00 – due late March 2017
Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters
The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulations) and also in Advanced Filter modes.
Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable
The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.
3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds.  The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.
4. ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment (X-T2 only – already in X-Pro2)
The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.
5. Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial (X-T2 only)
With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.

6. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting
The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.
7. Faster “Face Detection AF”
The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.
8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode
The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.
10. Addition of “AF Point Display” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
With the update, you can choose to have AF Points constantly displayed in Zone AF and Wide / Tracking AF, making it easier to track a subject.
11. Addition of “AF-C Custom Setting” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
The update adds “AF-C Custom Setting” for specifying focus-tracking characteristics.  Choose from five presets according to your subject’s type of movements.
12. Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching” (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.
13. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it
The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus
14. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.
15. Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.
16. Re-autofocusing in video recording
With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.
17. Display live histogram during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.
18. Optimization of external microphone’s input level (X-T2 only)
The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.
19. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode
The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.
20. Shorter EVF display time-lag (X-Pro2 only – already in X-T2)
The update shortens EVF’s display time-lag in the AF-C mode so that you will not miss a photo opportunity.
21. Constant “Dual” mode display (X-T2 only)
With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.
22. Automatic vertical GUI for LCD (X-T2 only)
With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.
23. Name Custom Settings
The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7.
24. Copyright information in EXIF data
The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image.
25. Voice Memo function
The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode.
26. Extended AE Bracketing
The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.
27. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode
With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera can not shoot when there is no SD card inserted.

X-T2 version 2.10 & X-Pro2 version 3.10 – late May 2017

28. Support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi (X-T2 only)
The update adds support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi.
29. Addition of “All” AF mode (X-T2 only)
With the update, select “All” in the AF mode so that you can select the AF mode and Focus Area size by only using the Command Dial.
30. Function extension for “Shutter AF” and “Shutter AE” (X-T2 only)
With the update, you can specify different settings for AF-S and AF-C in “Shutter AF” and for AF-S / MF and AF-C in “Shutter AE.”
31. Addition of “-6” and “-7” to EVF’s brightness setting
Additional options of “-6” and “-7” to the “EVF Brightness” setting so that, even in an extremely low-light condition, the brightness of the EVF does not distract you from shooting.
32. Switchover of the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to switch between the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode.
33. Function assignment to the Rear Command Dial
With the update, you can assign a specific function to be activated when the Rear Command Dial is pressed.

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Canon EOS 77D 800D and M6 Announced


Quality is king with Canon’s new DSLRs, Mirrorless and lens – the EOS 77D, EOS 800D and the EOS M6

 

Canon introduces two new DSLR cameras to the EOS family – the EOS 77D and EOS 800D. Combining leading imaging technologies, including a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor, the EOS 77D offers high-end performance and full control and is ideal if you’re looking to upgrade your kit and refine your skills, while the EOS 800D is a great way to start your first DSLR journey. Alongside the cameras, Canon welcomes the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – the smallest i1 non-retractable DSLR kit lens of its focal range – as well as the Remote Controller BR-E1, perfect for remote capture with no line of sight up to 5m away.
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EOS 77D key features:

  • Instinctive controls
  • 24.2-megapixel resolution
  • 45-point all Cross Type autofocus Easy to use
  • Bluetooth® wireless control and sharing with smart devices
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate video focusing

 

 

 

Canon EOS 800D with EF-S 18-200

 

 

 

 

EOS 800D key features:

  • APS-C sized 24.2 megapixel DSLR image quality
  • Optical viewfinder and Vari-angle touch screen
  • Easy to wirelessly share images with your smart devices
  • 45 cross-type AF points, and world’s fastest live view autofocus*
  • Pin-sharp Full HD video that’s easy to shoot

 

 

 

Canon EF-S 18-55 Lens

 

 

 

 

EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM key features:

  • Versatile 18-55mm zoom range
  • 61.8mm long and weighs just 215g
  • 4-stop Image Stabilizer
  • STM autofocus
  • Excellent image quality

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Controller BR-E1 key features:

  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • 5m range from all directions
  • Easy-to-find controls
  • Capture images and movies
  • Focus and zoom controls

 

The EOS M6 is a new mirrorless camera that packs high-end Canon features into a compact body. Incorporating the very latest photography technology, including a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7, it offers DSLR speeds and quality in a compact body you can carry everywhere. Designed to encourage creative expression, shooting with the EOS M6’s LCD screen unlocks unusual angles and ensures you’re ready to go the moment the camera comes to life.

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EOS M6 key benefits:

  • Big on quality, small in size
  • Blazing performance when you need it the most
  • New levels of movie creativity
  • A blend of compact and DSLR
  • Share your images with the world – no wires needed

 

 

 

 

Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC2 key benefits:

  • Compose with confidence
  • A different way of working
  • Portable design you can take anywhere

FUJIFILM Graphite Silver X-T2 & X-Pro2 Announcement


Fujifilm launches Graphite Silver Editions of the X-T2 and X-Pro2 flagship interchangeable lens cameras

Fujifilm’s flagship X-Series models will be available in luxurious graphite silver versions for the most discerning photographer

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is proud to announce the launch of graphite silver versions of the highly covetable X-T2 and X-Pro2 mirrorless digital cameras.

The elegant FUJIFILM X-T2 Graphite Silver Edition is supplied with stylish tailor-made accessories whilst the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 Graphite Silver Edition includes the compact, fast and lightweight interchangeable lens of the same colour, the FUJINON XF23mm F2 R WR.

Luxurious and elegant graphite silver flagship models, finished by hand

The iconic Graphite Silver texture and refined shimmer is achieved via a multi-layer coating, which goes through a dedicated and unique process:

A matte black undercoat is applied to the die cast magnesium top cover, which delivers deep, rich shadows and colours across the camera body.
Using Thin-Film Multilayer Coating Technology*1, the silver texture is then added.  The ultra-fine particles of graphite are applied via a high speed, rotating computer-controlled system, to produce an incredibly smooth and elegant feel.
The final third layer is a clear, glossy varnish which delivers a luxurious and tactile finish.  Finishing touches such as the logo are coloured by hand.

X-Pro2 Graphite Silver Edition

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The X-Pro2 was released in March 2016 as the flagship model of the X Series, achieving outstanding image quality with Fujifilm’s proprietary colour reproduction technology and featuring the world’s one and only Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, which enables users to instantly switch between the optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. The X-Pro2 also features a 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III sensor*2 which achieves super high image quality that exceeds what is normally expected from an APS-C sized sensor.

Compared to the graphite silver editions of the current X-T1 and new X-T2 , additional black pigment is added to the top coating of this edition, which provides a rich metallic texture perfectly suited to the X-Pro2, a camera optimal for discreet snap-shooting.

The camera is sold together with the FUJINON XF23mm F2 R WR lens and LH-XF35-2 lens hood in the same graphite colour as the body. This particular combination of body and lens further enhances the

 

compact appearance and luxurious feeling of the camera, providing users with a mirrorless digital camera that’s a joy to own.

 

X-T2 Graphite Silver Edition

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The X-T2 was released later in 2016 as a second flagship model in the X Series. It also uses unique colour reproduction technology and a 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III sensor*2 to deliver outstanding image quality. Other headline features include a start-up time of 0.3 seconds, shutter release time lag of 0.045 seconds*3, and a highly accurate AF system that focuses in as little as 0.06 seconds.  The X-T2 is notably the first X Series model to support 4K video.

The X-T2 is the ultimate mirrorless digital camera; offering professional i mage quality and superb functionality thanks to its unique technologies.   Now available in an exquisite Graphite Silver finish, it’s the perfect companion to the most discerning photographer.

The X-T2 Graphite Silver Edition is supplied with stylish tailor-made accessories including a premium leather strap, aluminium hot shoe cover and matching EF-X8 hot-shoe mount flash.

*1 A computer-controlled system that applies thin layers of ultra-fine particles while rotating the camera body at high speed
*2 X-Trans is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation. The sensor uses a unique random color filter array to reduce moiré and false colours without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF).
*3 Using the Boost Mode in the Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2, optional)

AVAILABILITY AND PRICING:
FUJIFILM X-T2 and X-Pro2 Graphite Silver Editions will be available from the 23rd January 2017 with a Suggested Retail price as follows:
X-Pro2 Graphite Silver – £2149
X-T2 Graphite Silver – £1649

PRE-ORDER OFFERS:
X-Pro2 Graphite Silver Pre-Order Offer: Free X-Pro2 Globetrotter Strap available for all pre-orders from 5th January to 23rd January 2017.
X-T2 Graphite Silver Pre-Order Offer: Half Price Vertical Battery Grip (when bought with) available for all pre-orders from 5th January to 23rd January 2017.
Both products will join the Trade In Bonus program at £100 Trade In Bonus.

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FUJIFILM X-T20 Announcement


A stylish, powerful yet lightweight mirrorless digital camera with tilting touchscreen LCD

The FUJIFILM X-T20 offers a 24.3 megapixel sensor and brand new image processor which delivers high speed AF, fast start-up and 4K video with Film Simulation modes.
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FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will launch the compact and lightweight FUJIFILM X-T20 in February 2017, complete with APS-C sized 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III※1 sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine.

The updated sensor and processor, along with a reworked AF algorithm, boost the camera’s startup time and AF performance, dramatically improving its ability to track moving subjects, while the tilting touchscreen LCD monitor enables users to shoot from a variety of angles with ease.

The FUJIFILM X-T20 also has enhanced video functionality and is capable of capturing 4K movies with Fujifilm’s popular Film Simulation modes. Staying true to the X Series functional design ethos, the X-T20 also combines an SLR-style viewfinder and dial-based operation.

FUJIFILM X-T20 – Highlight features

Compact, lightweight body ideal for stills and video use
Taking the body styling from the highly-regarded FUJIFILM X-T10, the X-T20 adds a Video option to the Drive Dial to enable instantaneous switching from still photo shooting to the video recording mode. The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops, while the LCD monitor uses a tilting touchscreen panel for intuitive operation at almost any angle. The X-T20 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera chooses the optimum settings for a given scene.

24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-TransTM CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine for outstanding image quality and high-speed response
The FUJIFILM X-T20 features the new ACROS Film Simulation mode, while the larger phase detection AF area and updated algorithm deliver an ultra-fast AF speed of 0.06sec.※2. The X-T20 also offers 5.0fps live-view shooting, a quick start-up time of 0.4sec.※3, shutter time lag of 0.050sec.and shooting interval of 0.25sec.※4.

AF-C Custom Settings for moving subjects
The FUJIFILM X-T20 features AF-C Custom Settings where you can choose from five AF-C presets according to the way your chosen subject is moving. The AF algorithm has been revised for improved accuracy, resulting in a dramatic improvement when tracking a moving subject in the AF-C mode.

High resolution and high definition 4K video recording
The FUJIFILM X-T20 is capable of recording both Full HD and 4K video using the X Series’ famous Film Simulation effects. You can output recorded video to an external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone.
24 high-performance FUJINON X-mount lenses for ultimate versatility
Our XF lens line-up now features 24 lenses after today’s announcement of the FUJINON XF50mm F2 R WR. The very latest digital technologies have been used to develop X-mount lenses, which offer high-precision optical designs to deliver the highest possible image quality. The current line-up of lenses ranges from ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto and includes five fast aperture prime lenses. These lenses bring out the very best image quality from the FUJIFILM X-T20. Optional accessories such as mount adapters and macro extension tubes further broaden photographic potential

※1 X-Trans is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation.
※2 Fujifilm research based on CIPA guidelines using the FUJIFILM X-T20 and XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens in High Performance mode.
※3 With XF27mmF2.8 lens in High Performance mode
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FUJIFILM X-T20 – Key Features

 

Compact and lightweight camera body with an SLR-style viewfinder and dial-based operation

・ The design of the compact and lightweight body bears all the hallmarks of an X Series camera. Both top and base plates are made of lightweight, but highly rigid magnesium alloy.
・ The top plate features three precision-milled aluminium dials which give the X-T20 a premium feel and allow users to easily adjust the aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions while concentrating on picture taking.
・ The Drive Dial has a new Video position to switch between still photo shooting and video recording. The Exposure Compensation Dial also has a new C position to enable exposure compensation of up to ±5 stops in 1/3 steps when using the Front Command Dial. Regular exposure compensation of up to ±3 stops in 1/3 steps is available on the top-plate dial.
・The FUJIFILM X-T20 features a 3.0-inch 1.04M-dot tilting TFT colour LCD monitor suitable for both above head and close to the ground shooting. By combining the Touch Shot function with the tilt LCD monitor, you can get even more creative. Place the camera on the ground and use Touch Shot for a child’s or pet’s eye view or hold it above a crowd of people or an obstacle for high-angle shooting.
・ It is also equipped with an Auto mode Selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode. In this mode, the camera automatically chooses the optimum settings for a given scene to make shooting effortless.
・ With a magnification of 0.62x※5 and a display lag time of just 0.005sec, the X-T20 has a large, fast viewfinder. It offers a clear, high-definition live view image thanks to the 2.36million-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder, plus visibility has been improved by automatically controlling finder brightness according to the ambient light levels.
・ The live view display can also be set to the ‘Preview Pic Effect’ option to reflect the shooting conditions and offer a natural view close to that of the naked eye. The viewfinder’s eye sensor automatically orientates the information when the camera is held vertically; something that’s not possible on models with optical viewfinders.
・ The body features an integral pop-up flash, positioned in the centre of the top plate. The Super Intelligent Flash automatically adjusts light output according to the scene type

※5 Viewfinder magnification ratio. Approx. 0.62x magnification 50mm (35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0 m-1.

Intuitive operation with the touchscreen display
・ The LCD monitor uses a capacitive touchscreen panel to facilitate high-angle shots, taken from above a crowd of people or an obstacle, as well as low-angle shots simulating the perspective of small children or pets.
・ Turning the TOUCH SCREEN SETTING on allows the following operations during shooting and playback modes:

Shooting Modes
・Focus Area Selection: Move the focus point to the chosen position by tapping the LCD monitor.
・Touch Focus:Touch to focus on a specific point.
・Touch Shot: Touch to focus on a specific point, then take the picture.
Playback Modes
・Swipe Movement : Swiping a finger across the screen scrolls through the images, one after another.
・Double-Tap Enlargement: Tapping the screen twice will enlarge the image, on the active focus point when the image was taken.
・Drag: Moving a finger across the screen when an image is enlarged will move it around the frame.
・Pinch out: Placing two fingers on the screen and widening the distance between them enlarges the image.
・Pinch in: While the image being displayed is enlarged, placing two fingers on the screen and narrowing the distance between them reduces the image size.
・Turn the “TOUCH SCREEN SETTING” off to cancel all touchscreen operations.
・Even during video recording, activate the Touch AF to change the focus area and refocusing according to subject movement.

Outstanding photo quality, achieved by the X Series’ highest image resolution, the high-speed X-Processor Pro image processing engine and Fujifilm’s colour reproduction technology, perfected through over 80 years’ experience in photographic film development

・ The FUJIFILM X-T20 features Fujifilm’s 24.3MP X-Trans™ CMOS III APS-C sensor. Its highly random pixel array effectively reduces moiré and false colours without the use of an optical low-pass filter. The elimination of the low pass filter, which is attributed to loss of image resolution, makes it possible to draw the very best out of FUJINON lenses.
・ Fujifilm’s proprietary colour reproduction technology, developed through producing photographic films, helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage, just as you remember seeing in real life.
・ The Film Simulation function now features the ACROS mode. Using the X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability, the mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create monochrome images superior to the standard Monochrome mode.
・ The FUJIFILM X-T20 also has the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras. The function can be set to Strong or Weak, and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes. You can easily obtain the look of film-based photos, with the effect most obvious when the image is printed out.
・ The new sensor’s enhanced signal processing technology has even greater control over digital noise. Improved ISO sensitivity means ISO12800, only available as an extended ISO on the X-T10, is now available as a regular ISO option. At ultra-high ISO settings, the camera produces low-noise images, with deep blacks and smooth tones, delivering beautiful images even in low light conditions.
・ The camera features the unique Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO)*6 image processing technology to deliver the best possible image quality. Using optical performance and other characteristics of each lens, LMO corrects optical defects such as diffraction*7 to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness and a realistic three-dimensional effect.

※6 Unique signal processing technology that reproduces the sharpness of images blurred by diffraction, etc.

Improved AF performance for the moving subjects

・ The number of focusing points has been dramatically expanded from 49 in the previous model to 91 (up to 325 points).  Approx. 40% of the imaging area (the centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.

・ By redesigning the AF algorithm from the ground up, the FUJIFILM X-T20 can now autofocus more accurately on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine details such as bird feathers and animal fur. The read speed of the Contrast AF system, which covers approx. 85% of the entire frame, has been doubled*7 compared to the previous model to enable faster and more accurate autofocusing. During video recording, the AF point transitions smoothly to track a moving subject to create natural looking footage.
・ You can choose from the Single Point mode, useful when accurate focusing on a subject is required, Zone mode for capturing a decisive moment of a moving subject, as well as Wide / Tracking mode.
・ Zone mode allows users to select a 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 zone out of the 91-point AF area. The centrally positioned 3×3 and 5×5 zones, in particular, deliver fast focusing thanks to the on-sensor phase detection AF. The Wide/Tracking mode is a combination of the Wide mode (during AF-S), in which the camera automatically identifies and tracks the area in focus across the 91-point AF area, and the predictive Tracking mode (during AF-C), which uses the entire 91-point area to continue tracking a subject. This feature enables continuous focusing on a subject that is moving up and down, left and right or towards and away from the camera.
・ The FUJIFILM X-T20 features the AF-C Custom setting, which enhances focus tracking performance when shooting in the Continuous AF (AF-C)*8 mode.  In the AF-C Custom setting, you can choose from five AF presets, prepared for different types of subject movements. Preset 1 (Standard Setting for Multi-Purpose) is a standard setting that can be applied when shooting moving subjects as a whole.  It is similar to the conventional AF-C setting, and is selected by default when no AF-C Custom setting is specified. Preset 2 (Ignore Obstacles & Continue to Track Subject) is suitable when obstacles are likely to come into a selected focus area, blocking a subject. Preset 3 (For Accelerating / Decelerating Subjects) is best suited to situations such as motorsport, which involves a subject that makes major speed changes including rapid acceleration or deceleration. It is particularly effective when using linear motor-driven lenses capable of high-speed AF. Preset 4 (For Suddenly Appearing Subjects) gives focusing priority to a subject closest to the camera in the selected focus area, so as to swiftly focus on a subject that suddenly comes into the frame. Preset 5 (For Erratically Moving & Accelerating or Decelerating Subjects) is suitable for shooting field sports in which subjects accelerate or decelerate rapidly, and also move erratically.
・ The FUJIFILM X-T20 offers the Eye Detection AF function for automatically detecting and focusing on human eyes.  The function has three options: AUTO, Right Eye Priority and Left Eye Priority. In the AUTO mode, it automatically focuses on a subject’s eye closer to the camera to achieve beautiful bokeh in the background when shooting with wide apertures.
・ The Auto Macro function automatically activates the Macro mode while maintaining AF speed, eliminating any need to press the Macro button to capture a close-up. This allows you to re-assign the Macro button to a different function.
・ The unique on-sensor phase detection AF system focuses in an ultra-fast 0.06 sec*8 With the high-speed X-Processor Pro image processor, the camera starts up in just 0.4sec, has a shutter time lag of 0.050sec and shooting interval of 0.25sec
※7 Models carrying the X-TransTM CMOS II sensor and the EXR Processor II
※8 AF system continuously focuses while pressing the shutter button halfway.

High-definition 4K video recording with rich colour tones

・ The use of Fujifilm’s unique sensor and image processing engine enables both Full HD (1920 x 1080)  and 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording. Set the Drive Dial to “Movie” and select the 4K Video mode in the menu to record 4K video at the high bitrate of 100Mbps
・ Connect the camera to an external HDMI monitor and turn on HDMI Rec Control to automatically enable a clean HDMI output when the camera’s shutter release button is pressed. This makes it easy to start 4K video recording at precisely the right time.
・ The Film Simulation modes, popular for still images, can also be applied to video recordings. For example, you can use Classic Chrome to add a documentary touch with subdued colors and rich tones, or ACROS to produce stunning monochrome footage with smooth gradation of tones and deep blacks. A total of nine different modes are available
・ Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps and 23.98 fps.
・ Manual exposure can also be set during movie shooting. Aperture, shutter speed*9 and ISO sensitivity can also be changed enabling movies to be shot using an exposure of the user’s preference

※9 Aperture and shutter speed can be changed during shooting. Only shutter speeds faster than the set frame rate can be set.

24 high-performance FUJINON X-mount lenses that deliver premium image quality and expand versatility

・ Fujinon X-mount lenses with high-precision optical design have been developed based on the basic concepts of delivering high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, offering a fastest-possible maximum f-stop and achieving a compact form factor for enhanced portability.
・The FUJINON XF50mm F2 R WR, released today, joins the ranks of already-popular FUJINON XF35mm F2 R WR and FUJINON XF23mm F2 R WR lenses. The new lens boasts excellent sharpness despite its compact and lightweight design, making it a perfect fit for the compact and portable X-T20.

Creative features of FUJIFILM X-T20

・ Advanced Filter functions are also available on the X-T20. Users can choose from eight different artistic effects.
・ The Multiple Exposure function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, perfect for adding people into photos.
・ Interval timer shooting for time lapse photography is available with intervals of one second to 24 hours and up to infinity frames.
・ A completely silent electronic shutter that is capable of exposures up to 1/32000sec. has been added. Photos with a shallow depth-of-field can now be shot with the aperture wide open in bright conditions. As there are no mechanically operated parts, candid shots of animals and sleeping babies can be captured more easily than ever before.
・ Other features include the Digital Split Image for precise manual focusing, and Focus Peaking, which highlights high-contrast areas of the subject. These areas can be highlighted in white, red or blue, providing a focusing guide even when photographing a scene that’s tricky to focus on.
Built in Wi-Fi for shooting from your smartphone or tablet devices*10.
・ By downloading the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app to your smartphone or tablet device, users can use the Remote Control function, which allows a wealth of control, even from a distance. This is great for a wide variety of shots, including group photos, self-portraits and animals in their natural habitat.
・ Photos and videos can be sent to devices such as your smartphone with an easy one-touch operation. Pictures and videos on the camera can be browsed, selected, and imported using your smartphone, all without the hassle of inputting an ID or password. It is also possible to add location information acquired by the smartphone or tablet to the image.
・ Photos can be sent directly from the camera to the Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer for instant Instax prints.
・ Wi-Fi® Transfer*11 is supported, enabling wireless backup of the data to a computer*12.
*10 Android™, smartphone and table devices, iPhone / iPad.
*11 Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance®.
*12 Requires advanced installation of the free dedicated software FUJIFILM PC AutoSave to your computer.

Premium Accessory Lineup

・ Leather Case BLC-XT10:
A stylish, authentic leather case that has a wonderfully tactile feel and perfectly suits the X-T20’s classic design. With the X-T20 snugly protected, you can even change batteries without removing the camera. A matching leather shoulder strap and protective cloth are included.
・ Hand Grip MHG-XT10 :
To increase the camera’s grip. Both battery and memory card can be swapped with the grip in place. Additionally, a tripod screw hole can be placed in center of the optical axis and the base parts are equipped with a 38mm width dovetail protrusion plate, allowing use as a quick shoe mount when using a dovetail groove tripod pedestal.
・ M Mount Adapter for additional lens compatibility
・ Macro Extension Tube MCEX-16/MCEX-11 :
Two tubes (16mm and 11mm) are available for fitting between the camera body and an interchangeable lens to enable high magnification macro photography.
・ Shoe Mount Flash:
There are four types of Fujifilm external flash, all of which are capable of high-precision TTL auto flash control. The EF-20 and EF-X20 both have a guide number of 20, while EF-42 has a guide number of 42. The latest Fujifilm external flash EF-X500 has a guide number of 50.
・ External STereo Microphone MIC-ST1 :
Delivers realistic voice recordings for high-quality Full HD and 4K videos.
・ Protector Filters (PRF-39, PRF-43, PRF-46, PRF-52, PRF-58, PRF-62, PRF-67, PRF-72 and PRF-77)
・ DC coupler CP-W126
・ AC adapter AC-9V

AVAILABILITY & PRICING:
The Fujifilm X-T20 will be available in Black and Silver from 23rd February 2017: PRE-ORDER DEPOSITS CAN BE MADE HERE

ABOUT FUJIFILM:
FUJIFILM Corporation and its group companies develop, produce and market products in the Imaging Solutions business (colour films, digital cameras, photofinishing equipment and colour paper, chemicals and services for photofinishing) and Information Solutions business (equipment and materials for medical diagnostics and life science, equipment and materials for graphic arts, flat panel display materials, recording media, optical devices, electronic materials and inkjet materials). The company employs more than 80,000 people worldwide, with 282 subsidiaries all over the world. Uniquely placed to be a market leader in digital imaging, Fujifilm develops and manufactures its own sensors, lenses and processing technology.  In addition to its production plants and R&D operations in Japan, the company has key manufacturing facilities in Europe and the USA for core products such as colour film, colour paper, single use cameras and CTP printing plates, and has further factories in Brazil and China. Total global turnover for 2015/6 (FY15) was ¥2,491bn.  In the UK, Fujifilm has been supplying the imaging, printing and graphics industries, as well as consumers, professional and enthusiast photographers, with high quality, innovative products and services for over 30 years.  Fujifilm UK currently employs more than 390 people and is one of the country’s most popular photographic and imaging brands.

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