Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.


Nikon D5 Specs Leak; XQD or Cf Versions Available

We mentioned the ‘early’ announcement of the Nikon D5 by Nikon New Zealand over the weekend, confirming that the D5 was coming this week. Well, last night we got another leak; this time, we have some specs for you to sink your teeth into.

But before we jump into the full specs, there is an interesting note about the D5. According to the leaked specs, the camera will come in two versions – an XQD-based version and a CF-based version. This is interesting to note because there have been many discussions over the last while about if the camera would even use XQD cards again. Well, now we have our answer, and the cameras appear to be identical beyond the media card type.

Rumored Nikon D5 Specs

  • New 20.82 MP CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 5
  • 4k video
  • 153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, F8 corresponding 15 points
  • Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW): 12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
  • Continuous shooting speed at the time of the mirror up to 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
  • Highest ISO: 102,400
  • Extended sensitivity Hi5: ISO 3,280,000
  • 3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
  • Memory: card slots: D5 (XQD-Type) is double XQD, D5 (CF-Type): double CF
  • Shutter speed: 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
  • Finder coverage: 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
  • SuperSpeed USB (USB3.0 Micro-B terminal)
  • Battery: EN-EL18a
  • Weight (battery and media included) D5 (XQD-Type): 1405g. D5 (CF-Type): 1415g

As one would expect, given the flagship nature of this camera, Nikon has pulled out all of the stops including: 4K Video, 153 AF points with 99 cross type, and 15 capable of AF at F/8, 102,400 ISO and 14FPS burst mode. This is definitely a camera to drool over.

If I were still shooting sports like I was in the past, this would basically be my new dream camera. The official announcement is expected tonight around midnight EST, so stay tuned and we will update you with any relevant information and cover the camera in detail tomorrow.



More Rumored Sony A6100 Specs

Yesterday, we also mentioned the Sony A6100 and the rumor that it would feature a 36MP APS-C BSI sensor. Today, that rumor was updated with some new specs that I thought were worth noting, and which I think many of you will be really excited about.

According to the report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, the upcoming A6100 will – in addition to the 36MP sensor – feature 4K video recording (how could it not when the RX100 Mark III can) and IBIS, two highly requested features.

Additionally, the A6100 is said to feature a touchscreen display and interface, as well as a fully silent electronic shutter mode. The A6100 is shaping up to be the APS-C mirrorless rig that we have all been waiting for; now if only Sony would hurry up and announce the darned thing.


Additional Fuji X70 Specs Leak

In addition to the new X-Pro2 that Fuji is expected to announce on or around January 15th, the company is said to have at least one other camera on the lineup – the X70. While the X-Pro2 has been getting most of the rumor press, the X70 looks like it could be a killer little compact in its own right.

According to the new report over on Fuji Rumors, the X70 will not only feature an 18.5mm F/2.8 lens (28mm FF equivalent), but also an external EVF that can be purchased and used if you are not a fan of shooting with the rear LCD.

For me, if my compact is going to have a fixed focal length lens, it would have to be somewhere in the 28-35mm range (FF), so this seems like a great decision from Fuji. If this is true, I am looking forward to getting my hands on one for review.


Canon CES Announcements

Well, there was not much to note from Canon at CES, at least not from a professional or semi-professional point of view. This is not a big surprise, though, as Canon usually uses this show as a launch point for its Powershot cameras and consumer-focused video cameras.

So, here you have it, Canon’s full crop of CES 2016 announcements:

Powershot Cameras

  • SX540 HS
  • SX420 IS
  • ELPH 360HS
  • ELPH 190 IS
  • ELPH 180

Vixia Camcorders

  • HF G40
  • HF R72
  • HF R70
  • HF R700


Both the new Powershot and Vixia models are all expected to hit shelves sometime in February of this year (2016). Again, nothing really worth noting from a photography or videography enthusiast point of view, but worth mentioning in case any of you are looking to upgrade your current consumer level gear.


Fuji X-E2S Leaked

The X70 was not the only bit of interesting Fuji news this morning. According to a report out of Photo Rumors, Fuji will also be announcing a new X-E2S along with the rest of their big announcements.

Rumored Fuji X-E2S Specs

  • 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Image processing engine EXR Processor II
  • Intelligent hybrid AF that the moving object tracking performance improved significantly
  • EVF is 2.36 million dot organic EL. Magnification 062 times. Time lag is 0.005 seconds
  • Silent electronic shutter of the fastest 1/32000 seconds
  • Wifi. Remote control shooting
  • Improved grip
  • It weighs 350 grams
  • Video Full HD 60fps
  • In continuous shooting AF tracking 7 frames / sec.
  • Five types of auto bracketing mode
  • Eight of the advanced filter
  • 11 types including the classic chrome of the film simulation mode
  • Digital split image, focus peaking
  • Pop-up flash
  • New GUI
  • Interval for time-lapse photography timer
  • ISO sensitivity up to 51200
  • Exposure compensation +/- 3EV
  • The battery is NP-W126. The number of remaining shots is 350 sheets

If my count is current, this makes three new cameras all (presumably) featuring the next generation of Fuji’s X-Trans sensor. Though, this camera features a 16MP version while the X-Pro2 is expected to feature a sensor in the 20MP range. It will be interesting to see how the three cameras stack up, and how they perform with the new sensor tech.

The double-edged sword of Fuji is that all of the cameras are very similar, if not identical in feature set, with mainly body style and button layouts being the distinguishing features. It will be interesting to see if Fuji continues with that strategy or if in this new generation, there is more separation between camera models in terms of functionality and features.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!