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Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (01 March)

Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (01 March)
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It's always nice when camera rumors materialize as camera news! And that's exactly what happened this week, as the curtain was finally pulled back on the much-awaited Fujifilm X-T4 – with just about everything that was rumored over the past few months turning out to be true. 

We also got the announcement of the latest instax camera, again as had been rumored. And there was plenty of brand new scuttlebutt-based kerosine to throw on the camera news fire.

The onslaught of reports on new Canon cameras continued unabated, this time with stories on multiple APS-C mirrorless bodies. Not to be outdone, a news of a pair of Nikon cameras also broke cover – with a tantalizing 60MP sensor dangled before us.

These are the five biggest camera news stories this week!

Fujifilm X-T4 is officially here!

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The Fujifilm X-T4 is the company’s latest flagship mirrorless camera, and it’s aimed at expert and pro photographers with new features, performance and capabilities that look set to keep Fujifilm’s top APS-C mirrorless camera right at the head of the pack.

Experts and enthusiasts looking for an affordable first-rate mirrorless camera may just have found it. The X-T4 has the second-highest resolution of any APS-C camera, powerful burst shooting modes and leading edge 4K video features. 

The biggest story with the X-T4 is the inclusion of IBIS (in-body stabilization). This is not the first Fujifilm X-series camera to have this, as it was introduced with the pro-orientated Fujifilm X-H1. However, this new camera boasts a brand new 6.5-stop stabilization mechanism…

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Canon EOS R7: an APS-C sensor RF-mount body?

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Rumors are abounding of a Canon EOS R7 – an RF-mount camera employing an APS-C image sensor. At first this might seem like a bit of a non-starter – Canon already has a line of APS-C mirrorless cameras, the EOS M series. And why would it divert attention away from developing its increasingly successful full-frame EOS R cameras?

Well, the rumor is that Canon might release an APS-C RF-mount body in 2021, accompanied by three RF lenses designed for this model. This unnamed camera has been given the unofficial moniker of the 'Canon EOS R7', following in the footsteps of the confirmed Canon EOS R5 (and the rumored Canon EOS R6). 

Indeed, with the R5 being a mirrorless equivalent of a next-gen Canon EOS 5D, and the R6 seeming to follow the footsteps of the Canon EOS 6D, it would seem likely that this APS-C R7 is intended to replace the APS-C Canon EOS 7D…

Read more: Canon EOS R7 rumors: Could Canon release a Canon EOS R APS-C camera?

Nikon Z8 and D880 to feature a 60MP sensor?

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It could be said that perhaps the release of the Nikon D6 wasn't quite as exciting as Nikon fans were hoping for, but maybe they can take heart in the latest Nikon rumors to hit the internet. Apparently, both the Nikon Z8 and the Nikon D880 (our moniker for the Nikon D850 replacement) will be using the same Sony 60MP CMOS sensor. 

With both the Nikon D850 and the Nikon Z7 sitting pretty with a 45.7MP sensor, this will be a significant upgrade to both camera systems and will likely please those photographers always looking for more megapixel power.

According to the rumor mill, not only is the Nikon Z8 expected to have a beefy 60MP sensor, it will also apparently have dual SD and CFexpress card slots. These two characteristics clearly mark it out as a camera designed for professionals – who will be glad that Nikon is finally gearing up to release a pro mirrorless body…

Read more: Nikon Z8 AND Nikon D880 will reportedly share the same 60MP sensor

instax Mini 11 gets creative

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm has brought another instant camera to the party with the introduction of the instax Mini 11. Available in 5 different colors, has a design that is based on the best-selling Instax Mini 9 – but adds some new refinements to the mix.

A key new feature is a Selfie Mode that uses a built-in close-up facility in the camera to take your selfies (and a mirror on the lens for framing), decreasing the minimum focusing distance from 0.5m to 0.3m, making this a useful facility for detail shots too. Also new is an interchangeable shutter button – a pair of stickers that enable you to customize the look of your instant camera.  A glow-in-the-dark shutter button, or a 'jewel' in a color to match the camera, are the two options you get. 

The camera also has a 'rounder, softer, modern and compact look' than the popular instax mini 9 – as well as being about 5% smaller. And the exposure has also been improved by the addition of an auto metering system that adjusts the shutter speed. The Mini 9 had a fixed shutter speed of 1/60sec, but the mini 11 offers a range from 1/2 to 1/250sec. This variable shutter speed is particularly useful with low light flash images – as the camera can combine a longer shutter speed to avoid ugly black backgrounds, giving you a better view of the surroundings… 

Read more: instax Mini 11 camera adds instant fun with close-up selfie shooting

Canon EOS M5 Mark II and Canon EOS M60 

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The Canon EOS M5 Mark II, the replacement for the current outdated flagship EOS M body, is set to arrive in October – and it will, as rumored, possesses in-body-image stabilization (IBIS) as well as 4K video. 

That's according to a new report, which clarifies Canon's plans for its APS-C mirrorless range. In addition to the Canon EOS M5 Mark II, we can also apparently expect a slew of new EF-M optics – and the Canon EOS M60, which will replace the hugely popular Canon EOS M50, is reputedly set to arrive in early 2021. 

With its impressive specs, including a 32.5MP sensor and uncropped 4K video, the  Canon EOS M6 Mark II became the de facto flagship M-series camera last year and leapfrogged the original Canon EOS M5. The M5 Mark II, however, looks set to reclaim its throne with the addition of IBIS, superior build quality, as well as the M5's electronic viewfinder…

Read more: Canon EOS M5 Mark II coming in October with IBIS, 4K video + new lenses?

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