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DJI Mavic Air 2 photos leak as the new drone prepares for lift-off
Photos of the new DJI Mavic Air 2 drone appear to have leaked, after a usually reliable source posted them on Twitter alongside the message “time to sell your Mavic Air”.
Twitter user @OsitaLV, a verified DJI drone pilot, published five photos that appear to give us a good look at the forthcoming mid-range drone, which is rumored to be launching in April 2020.
If you’re not familiar with DJI’s drones, the Mavic Air sits in between the small, beginner-friendly Mavic Mini and the pricier Mavic 2 Pro, which is currently top of our best drones guide. This has made it something of a sweet spot for non-professionals who want a highly portable 4K drone, though it’s now over two years old.
Is that it, just that one? pic.twitter.com/Ap8rrzC71n— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) March 10, 2020
So what do the photos tell us about the DJI Mavic Air 2? Well, its folding design closely resembles the Mavic 2 series, although it’s likely to be a little smaller than those models.
One of the photos shows a new controller, which looks a little larger and sturdier than the current one and lets you attach your phone above the controls, rather than below them. There are all of the usual controls, including a central switch to flick it between ‘normal, ‘tripod’ and ‘sport’ mode, with the latter turning it into more of a racing drone with a faster top speed.
Perhaps the most interesting new features are to do with safety. There are two rear sensors on the back, which means the Mavic Air 2 should have 360-degree obstacle avoidance. This would be step up from the current model’s three-directional environment sensing.
DJI also announced in May 2019 that all of its new drone launches weighing more than 250g (so not including the 249g Mavic Mini) would include ‘AirSense’ technology. This receives ADS-B signals from nearby planes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they’re on a collision course, so the Mavic Air 2 would almost certainly include this too.
The drone resurgence
Aside from these physical clues, we don’t yet know a lot else about the DJI Mavic Air 2. Given its smaller size, it seems unlikely that it’d match the one-inch sensor seen on the Mavic 2 Pro. An upgraded version of its predecessor’s 1/2.3-in CMOS chip is more likely.
We’re excited to see what new features it could bring to the table, though, because the original Mavic Air was already very capable for its size, with the ability to shoot 4K video at up to 100Mbps and 12MP HDR stills.
It’s also symbolic of a potential new resurgence for consumer drones, which had a very quiet year in 2019 due to some highly publicized safety incidents, including one at the UK’s London Gatwick airport. Although the involvement of a drone was never confirmed in that incident, it did lead to something of a public backlash against the flying cameras, which meant there were no notable new launches last year.
But with new safety features like AirSense, along with new laws requiring drones above 250g (which would include the Mavic Air 2) to be registered in the US and UK, it seems drones could be about to return in 2020.
And that can only be a good thing for those who like to shoot stunning photos and footage like the ones you can see in our recent DJI Mavic 2 Pro review.
The Photography Show is postponed until September 2020 – here’s what to do next
The Photography Show, which was due to take place at the UK’s NEC between 14 – 17 March, has been postponed along with The Video Show until September 2020, due to the recent escalation of the COVID-19 virus in Europe.
With some big new products, including the Canon EOS R5 and Nikon D6, due to make some of their first public appearances at the show, alongside some big talks from the likes of Gavin Free from The Slo Mo Guys YouTube channel, this will be disappointing news for photography fans.
It’s particularly unfortunate for those who have bought tickets for the show, but the organisers have said that “tickets can be transferred to the new show date or a refund will be given”. If you need a refund, The Ticket Factory will apparently be in touch in due course with more information. You can also keep an eye on the official site for more information.
Commenting on the announcement, Jonny Sullens, Head of Events at Future, said: “To date, we have been following government guidelines regarding the continuation of our event during this unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus. As the news has been progressing, we have listened to the concerns of all parties. And today we have taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone The Photography Show and The Video Show until later in the year.”
He added: “We are incredibly disappointed to take this action so close to the event opening, however the wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is of the utmost importance.”
Right now, the event is scheduled to take place in September 2020, when “we hope the threat of COVID-19 will have significantly reduced, will allow us to deliver the show everyone deserves,”, added Jonny Sullens.
Until then, keep your eyes locked onto TechRadar for our thoughts on all of the latest camera launches – who knows, by September we could have a few more shiny, new models to play with at the rescheduled The Photography Show.
Nikon’s D6 pro camera is coming in April for $6,500
Last September, Nikon announced its new D6 pro camera but declined to provide any details on it. Today, the details are here: unsurprisingly, it’s a speed-focused DSLR that’ll likely be picked up by a lot of sports photographers headed to Tokyo for this summer’s Olympic games.
The D6 still uses a 20.8-megapixel full-frame sensor, but it has a new Expeed 6 processor that allows for 14 fps full-resolution burst shooting or up to 10.5 fps in live view. The camera can also take 8-megapixel shots at 30 fps or 2-megapixel at 60 fps for times when resolution is not a priority. Native ISO goes from 100 to 102,400.
Nikon has revamped the autofocus system for the D6, reducing the number of points from 153 to 105 but making all of them cross-type and selectable; the company claims that this makes the autofocus coverage 1.6 times “denser.” The center point can focus down to -4.5EV, while all the others work at -4EV.
The D6 is going on sale in April for $6,499.95 body-only.
Source: The Verge
More Canon Rebel T8i / EOS 850D images leak ahead of its imminent launch
The Canon Rebel T8i (known as the EOS 850D outside the US) is preparing to follow the Nikon D780 and Canon 1DX Mark III to become the third big DSLR launch of 2020, with a host of leaked images giving us a good idea of what we can expect.
The reliable Japanese site Nokishita revealed back in January that the Rebel T8i / EOS 850D would be launched in late February at the CP+ photography trade show, and now Canon Rumors has revealed some leaked images of the DSLR from virtually every angle.
The DSLR, which will succeed the three-year-old Rebel T7i / EOS 800D, isn’t hugely different from its predecessor when it comes to design, with the new additions appearing to include an AF-On button and what appears to be a scroll wheel around the D-pad.
The photos suggest that there’ll still be the same 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, complete with a beginner-friendly graphical interface, while the mode dial appears to have been simplified, again showing that this camera will be pitched at novices and smartphone upgraders.
Old design, modern brain
If the leaks so far are correct, the Canon Rebel T8i / EOS 850D will have a slightly different 24.1MP APS-C sensor to its processor, which will be paired with a Digic 8 processor.
The lack of a Digic X processor, first seen on the 1DX Mark III, would lock it out of advanced features like ‘deep learning’ autofocus, though that’s to be expected on an entry-level DSLR.
Other rumors suggest the camera will have the same 45 cross-type AF points as before, with a slightly more powerful 7fps burst mode and the ability to shoot 4K/30p video. It’s not yet confirmed whether the 4K video will use the full width of the sensor – the Digic 8 processor should allow this, though, which would give give it an advantage over older Canon cameras like the EOS M50.
If Nokishita is correct about the launch date, we should see the Canon Rebel T8i / EOS 850D officially announced sometime around the CP+ camera show, which starts on 27 February.
We’ll bring you all of the news then, but in the meantime check out our in-depth Camera Rumors round-up for our thoughts on the other exciting releases we can expect to see in 2020.
Has Nikon just registered the Nikon D6?
While we’ve seen plenty of news from other camera manufacturers this year, Nikon has been mysteriously quiet since their official announcement of the existence of the Nikon D6 (with literally no other information other than that). Since then, the only other details we’ve been able to glean have been from camera rumor sites, who have been diligently reporting potential leaks.
However, thanks to Nikon registering a new camera with the Taiwan NCC agency, we might finally have more official information. While the camera model is merely titled ‘N1823’, it’s likely to be the Nikon D6. This is because the battery is the ‘Nikon EN-EL18c’, which has previously been used for the Nikon D4, D4s and D5 cameras.
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As reported by Nikon Rumors, while there aren’t many new details ripe for the picking, there are a few interesting tidbits of information to examine. The first is that the Nikon D6 obviously won’t be receiving a new battery. However, with the Nikon D5 rated at 3,780 shots, it’s not as if Nikon users were desperate for significant improvements in that area.
One of the more interesting pieces of information is that it looks as if the Nikon D6 will have built-in GPS. Until now, the only Nikon cameras to have this feature have been the COOLPIX models. Other Nikon cameras have been able to use optional accessory GPS devices, but the D6 will definitely be a GPS pioneer for Nikon. Other details confirmed are that the Nikon D6 will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
However, while there isn’t any more information from this camera registration, there are a few more rumors that Nikon Rumors has collected. Apparently, the Nikon D6 might have a 20MP sensor, not the 24MP sensor that was previously reported. It’s also rumored that while the D6 won’t have in-body image stabilization, it will be capable of 14 fps in normal shutter mode (compared to the Nikon D5’s 12 fps).
The official announcement of the Nikon D6 is expected to be in mid-February, so we don’t have long to wait until we can examine the official specs. In the mean time, if we hear any more exciting rumors, we’ll let you know straight away.
Galaxy S20 Ultra leaked image offers another hint of 100x digital zoom
We’ve been hearing plenty about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 (previously known as the Galaxy S11) this week, and a newly leaked image gives us some idea of what the rear camera array on the Ultra model is going to look like.
Not only that, but the image posted by tipster Ishan Agarwal on Twitter makes another mention of the 100x digital zoom that’s supposedly coming to the most powerful and most expensive S20 in the range.
That matches up with spec sheets we saw yesterday and other rumors that have been floating around in the last few days. It appears that the Galaxy S20 Ultra is going to have a very impressive quad-lens camera attached on the back.
And Samsung is apparently so proud of what it’s been able to put together that a “100x” label will be attached right by the periscope camera that also offers up to 10x optical zoom – though we’re not sure if that’s truly optical or not.
Optical zoom means zooming in without any loss in picture quality, in the same way as conventional cameras do – even when you’re zoomed in, all the original detail is retained, up to the zoom level limit.
Digital zoom, meanwhile, uses software trickery to make educated guesses about details in images, and where pixels should be put as a picture gets bigger. It’s not considered as good as optical zoom, but it’s easier to do on a phone with limitations on space.
With Google, Apple and others now relying so heavily on algorithms and digital enhancements to make mobile pictures the best they can be, the line between digital and optical zoom is blurring.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly what optical and digital zoom levels the Galaxy S20 phones use, and how much of a role software processing plays. The big announcement day is February 11.
Nikon finally updates its most popular full-frame DSLR
This week at CES, Nikon is announcing the new D780 DSLR. It’s the long-awaited successor to the D750, which came out in 2014 and is described by Nikon as its most popular full-frame DSLR ever.
The D780 still has a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, but now it has backside illumination that should further boost the camera’s low-light performance. ISO is now up to 51,200 native and expandable to 204,800. The image processor has also been upgraded to the Expeed 6 chip found in the latest Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras.
Nikon says the autofocus system is much-improved, making use of an algorithm from the pro-level flagship D5. (As an aside, the upcoming D6 isn’t getting a full reveal at CES.) When using live view, the D780 has the same 273-point AF system as the Z6, which should make it a much more practical option than other DSLRs if Nikon’s claims hold true. The live view mode supports continuous electronic shutter speeds of up to 12 frames per second, while the mechanical shutter can fire at up to 7 frames per second.
The D780’s video support is comparable to the Z6’s, with 4K/30 and 1080p/120 options and 10-bit output with N-Log or HLG HDR. There’s a tilting 3.2-inch screen that has gained touch functionality, while the body continues to be rugged and weather-sealed. Nikon has added USB-C connectivity and charging along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
Nikon is selling the D780 later this month for $2,299.95 body-only or $2,799.95 bundled with a 24-120mm f/4 lens.
Nikon’s other CES announcements include a $2,599.95 Z-mount 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; a $9,499.95 F-mount 120-300mm f/2.8 lens; and the Coolpix P950, a $799.95 point-and-shoot superzoom camera with an 83x 24-2000mm-equivalent lens. All three products will be available in February.
Source: The Verge
Nikon D750 rumored to get a successor at CES 2020
Mirrorless cameras may be all the rage in 2020, but both Canon and Nikon aren’t keen on seeing DSLRs disappear, with a successor to the now five-year-old Nikon D750 likely to join the ranks this month.
According to reliable camera news leaker Nokishita, Nikon is preparing to announce what will likely be designated the D780 “soon”, along with another CoolPix shooter and two new lenses.
ニコンの商品リストが海外でも更新。「D780」「AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR」「NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S」「COOLPIX P950」が近日中に発表されるらしい(全部来週発表かは未確認)。#噂— 軒下デジカメ情報局 (@nokishita_c) December 31, 2019
Translated, the above tweet says that Nikon has updated its product list in overseas markets (exactly where is as yet unknown) to include the D780, a CoolPix P950 superzoom bridge camera, an AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E lens and a Z series 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Although the tweet states that the products will be “announced soon”, unconfirmed reports suggest that the official announcement date will be January 7, the first day of CES 2020.
Source: Tech radar
Nikon D6: everything we know so far
DSLRs have taken a back seat to mirrorless cameras in the past few years, but the 2020 Olympic Games will see professional, sports-focused flagships from Canon and Nikon face off again, just like the old days.
In the red corner, there’s the incoming Canon 1DX Mark III, which has been confirmed as being in development. And in the opposite corner is the Nikon D6, which was also given a development announcement in September 2019.
While not exactly hybrids of DSLRs and mirrorless tech, both cameras are promising to mix some of the best features we’ve seen from the latest mirror-free models, like advanced autofocus and in-body image stabilization, with traditional DSLR traits like optical viewfinders and lengthy battery lives.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Nikon single-digit D series, which launched in 1999 with the Nikon D1, and the company promises that the D6 will be “the most advanced digital SLR to date”.
At the moment, we don’t have any official specifications – just some fairly realistic rumors – but we can offer plenty of informed speculation, based on what we think is likely to appeal to professional photographers four years on from the D5.
At the time of the D5’s launch, the camera market was in a very different place. Mirrorless existed – even full-frame mirrorless – but the number of players was limited, with Nikon and Canon yet to enter the full-frame mirrorless market.
Many may wonder why the D6 is even in development – after all, why not just go full pelt with a highly-specced pro mirrorless model, such as the Sony A9 (and the upcoming Sony A9 II), and get out of the top-flight DSLR game altogether?
Well, one reason is that if you’re a seasoned pro you’re likely to already have a kitbag packed full of Nikkor DSLR lenses – it’s one thing asking pros to splash the cash on a new body, but an entirely new kit? That’s a tougher challenge. Give it another five years though, and pros might be more willing to make the leap.
For now, what can we expect the Nikon D6 to include?
Nikon D6: release date and price
A recent leak from Nikon Rumors has suggested that the Nikon D6 will be announced in mid-February, with February 11 2020 apparently a possibility for the release date.
This may be a date for the internal team, though, with another potential release being at Japan’s CP+ camera show, which starts on 27 February.
So far, there haven’t been any leaked prices for the D6, but we can make an educated guess based on previous pricing. The Nikon D5 had a body-only price of £5,200 / $6,500 at launch, so it seems likely that its successor will be in the ballpark.
This would also put it firmly in the same territory as its main rival, the incoming Canon 1DX Mark III, which is similarly vying for the camera bags of professional sports photographers.
Nikon D6: sensor
While we have no confirmed information about the D6 sensor, a recent leak from the usually reliable Nikon Rumors suggests it will be a 24MP camera.
This is a step up from the D5’s 21.3MP CMOS sensor but, like the Sony A9 II, it doesn’t go as far as adopting the high-resolution sensors seen in the likes of the Sony A7R IV.
This makes sense, as the Nikon D6 is designed for sports photographers looking to fire off lots of frames to capture the perfect moment. A very high-resolution sensor would impact both shooting speed and workflow due to file sizes, so the 24MP sensor would seem to the sweet spot.
It’s not yet clear exactly how fast the Nikon D6 will be able to shoot, but its burst rate will certainly be quicker than the Nikon D5, which managed 12fps. We’d anticipate it going closer to the 20fps that we’re going to see on the new Canon 1DX Mark III.
Nikon D6: video features
The Nikon D5 was the first Nikon DSLR to be capable of recording high-definition 4K/UHD movies in-camera, and we can expect the D6 to build on that – professional shooters are increasingly being asked to supply video content as well as stills.
Perhaps we’ll see 6K recording capability make its debut with the D6 – perfect for capturing those 100m finals – while we’ve also seen other manufacturers hint that 8K will be ready for the Olympics; if Nikon was to jump on board with that kind of technology in the D6, it’d be mighty interesting.
The latest rumors, though, suggest the D6 will be going for the more standard 4K/60p video, which is understandable considering it’s mainly aimed at pro stills photographers.
Nikon D6: design
Nikon was kind enough to supply a small picture of the impending D6 in its development announcement. It’s presumably a mock-up, rather than a final rendering, and it looks pretty much exactly like the D5, but with a 6 in place of the 5 in the name.
It would come as no surprise to see Nikon keep to a very similar form factor as the D5’s for the D6 – after all, expecting pros to get used to a drastically new way of working is a big task. The square shape of the D5 allows it to incorporate a battery grip for extended battery life, and we expect the D6 to blow its mirrorless rivals out of the water for longevity by doing the same thing.
Also announced as being in development at the same time as the D6 was a new 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto lens, which looks set to be a bit of a beast – the Nikon D6 will have to be large enough to balance well with such lenses, which are popular with sports and wildlife shooters.
Nikon D6: mirrorless features?
Given the popularity of mirrorless models, it would make a lot of sense for Nikon to incorporate some of the features we’d more commonly associate with mirrorless cameras into the D6.
There is of course a limit to what those features might be, thanks to a pesky thing called physics, but there’s every possibility that we might see improved in-body image stabilization, plus a new silent shooting mode for those quiet moments (something which has proved incredibly useful and popular on the Sony A9).
We’d also expect to see an improved autofocus system on board. It’s not like the D5 was a slouch, but perhaps Nikon could bring over the on-sensor PDAF (phase detection autofocus system) from its Z-series cameras to enable better live-view autofocus.
Nikon D6: card slots and connectivity
Dual memory card slots are pretty much a given. The Nikon D5 can be bought with either 2x XQD slots, or 2x CF slots, but Compact Flash is pretty old hat now, so we’d expect the D5 to be equipped with slots for two CFExpress memory cards (which are the same size and shape as XQD cards), with backwards compatibility for those who already have a stack of XQD cards in their possession.
New dual Expeed processors will likely feature, and we may even finally see the appearance of Wi-Fi on a top-of-the-line pro DSLR. Nikon has previously claimed that it wasn’t possible to include Wi-Fi inside the thick, sturdy bodies of its professional-level cameras, but not having this feature would make a camera launched in 2020 feel extraordinarily outdated – hopefully Nikon can come up with a solution.
So that’s about all we have on the Nikon D6 for now – a set of educated guesses. We’ll update this page regularly as more rumors begin to appear, so stay tuned.