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Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (13 October)

Weekly Wash: the 5 biggest camera news stories of the week (13 October)
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Nikon dominated the camera news headlines this week with a slew of mirrorless products, including a brand new Z camera and an $8,000 f/0.95 lens – all of which we got to handle and play with.  

Not to be outdone, Canon launched a camera of its own – and it's one of the wackiest digital cameras we've ever seen. And of course, a week of camera news wouldn't be complete without a big leak – in this case, leaked specs of Canon's upcoming flagship replacement.

Finally, Sigma shocked the industry by revealing the imminent release and aggressively low price point of its own full-frame mirrorless camera. So, drum roll please… these are the five biggest camera news stories of the past week!

Nikon Z 50 launched: 20MP, APS-C Z camera

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Nikon has launched its new Z 50, an APS-C mirrorless camera designed to reach “new audiences” at an affordable and “comfortable” price point, and it looks set to give the enthusiast sector of the camera market a big boost.

Nikon mirrorless cameras are available already, but the Z 6 and Z 7 are more expensive full-frame models aimed at an expert/professional audience. The Z 50 is much more affordable and uses a smaller 20-megapixel APS-C sensor, and is more in line with its mid-range hobbyist DSLRs like the Nikon D7500 and D500. Already the Z 50 looks poised to become one of the best Nikon cameras for amateur photographers and vloggers.

It’s also going to compete head on with mirrorless cameras from Canon, Sony and Fujifilm and the best mirrorless cameras on the market. It’s not aimed at beginners, but hobbyists, upgraders and “content creators” who will shoot both stills and videos. This means it will be up against cameras like the new Canon EOS M6 Mark II, the Sony A6600 and the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30…

Read more:
Hands on: Nikon Z 50 review
Nikon Z 50 specifications and more: Nikon's new camera revealed!

Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct: $8,000 and 2,000g!

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The Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct S was launched earlier this week at the same time as the Nikon Z 50 APS-C mirrorless camera. Sadly, though, the Noct was nowhere to be seen at the London press conferences. Two days later, it was one of the stars of the show of the Berlin Photo Week.

The Z 58mm f/0.95 S was always the poster boy for the Nikon mirrorless system and for the Nikon Z lens roadmap. In many ways it has been a proof-of-concept lens to demonstrate that moving to a new, wider lens mount than used in its Nikon's previous DSLRs and SLRs over the last 60 years was worth all the effort.

It is a big lens, weighing in at around 2kg. And it is an expensive lens for what is essentially just a standard prime, costing over $8000 / £8000 when it goes on sale at the end of October. Then again, Nikon is not expecting to sell thousands of these; like other innovative lenses from its past (such as the incredible 6mm Fisheye), it is destined to become a thing of legend…

Read more: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct hands-on review

Sigma fp launches 25 October for $1,899

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The Sigma fp will start shipping from Japan from October 25, and will cost just $1,899 body only in the United States, and £1,999 in the UK. The camera is Sigma's first ever full-frame mirrorless camera – and will use the same L-mount lens system as Leica and Panasonic are using for their full-frame cameras.

When originally announced Sigma had simply hinted at a price that was 'under $3,000' - but in recent days it had been clear that the innovative camera would actually be much closer to $2,000. The reality is that it will be well under the $2,000 bar – thanks to the aggressive $1,899 body-only price. But even more tempting is the US kit, which pairs the Sigma fp with the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary, which will be sold for a discounted price of just $2199.

Designed very much to be a modular system, where you choose viewfinders, grips and more to help set up the camera to suit your shooting - and to optimize for stills or video – the price of the nine Sigma fp accessories have yet to be announced (but you should probably budget for needing at least one of these)…

Read more: Sigma fp price is confirmed at just $1899 – and will ship this month

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III prototype specs leak

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A set of leaked specifications for a prototype of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III have been leaked, revealing such details as a 28.1-megapixel sensor, 30 frames per second burst shooting and in-body image stabilization. 

As of yet, no video specs for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III have been revealed, though it is possible that video recording may not be finalized (or possibly even enabled) in this early unit. 

The leak is about on par with what was expected of Canon's of next flagship professional camera, consisting of a 28.1mp full-frame CMOS sensor, up to 30fps still shooting, dual Digic 9 processors, in-body image stabilization and a new and larger rear LCD…

Read more: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III prototype specs leak: 28.1MP, 30fps stills, IBIS, dual Digic 9

Canon Ivy Rec officially launched

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Canon announced the launch of the Canon Ivy Rec, a wearable activity camera that can clip onto a belt or bag – or be easily stowed away in a small pocket. Waterproof up to 30 minutes at a depth of two meters in fresh water and shockproof up to two meters, the Ivy Rec is designed to help adventure seekers capture quality images.

Weighing an impressively light 90 grams, the Canon Ivy Rec has a 13MP sensor and records in 1080p at up to 60fps videos to a microSD card. For those who like to push the limits on their adventures, the Ivy Rec doesn't have any kind of screen to crack; rather than a typical viewfinder, you compose your shot by simply looking through the carabiner – like the sports finders found in some underwater cameras. 

Unusually launched on Kickstarter, the Canon Ivy Rec seems perfectly designed for users who love skiing, skateboarding, water sports or mountain biking. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, you can instantly share photos and videos that have been shot with the Ivy Rec using the free Canon Mini Cam app with compatible iOS and Android devices…

Read more: Canon launches the Canon Ivy Rec – a wearable waterproof activity camera

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.