After several false reports of a NAB 2016 launch and other incorrect rumored release dates, Canon has finally released the 5D Mark IV -- the fourth camera in its popular full-frame DSLR lineup. As expected, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV includes several significant upgrades from its predecessor and a few Canon DSLR firsts. The Mark IV is the first Canon DSLR to shoot 4k video and it's the first to ship with Wi-Fi connectivity and a touchscreen.
The Mark IV is equipped with a 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-32,000 (expandable to 50-102400), and it is powered by a DIGIC 6+ Image Processor. This makes it capable of performing in nearly any lighting situation and makes it a bit faster than the Mark III at 7.0 fps, instead of 6. It is also capable of capturing 4K video at 30 fps or 24 fps, 1080p video at up to 60 fps and 720p video at 120 fps.
Nintendo this week announced Kirby: Planet Robobot for 3DS. The new 2.5D side scroller allows users to jump between different planes and absorb the powers of their enemies by sucking them up. The game also includes amiibo support. Nintendo says each amiibo will unlock something different in the game. For example, using your Link amiibo will give Kirby a sword.
Nintendo is also launching four new amiibos: Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight and Waddle Dee. Both King Dedede and Meta Knight were already released as amiibos for Super Smash Bros.. You can see from the image below that the two King Dedede amiibos are in different poses. The Kirby amiibos are also listed as "Nintendo 3DS" versions, so you won't get confused when purchasing them.
As promised, DJI has unveiled its next-generation drone -- the Phantom 4. Pre-orders are now being accepted through DJI.com for $1399.00. The Phantom 4 will begin shipping around March 15th.
The Phantom 4 is equipped with DJI's new Obstacle Sensing System, which allows the drone to utilize its two forward-facing optical cameras to avoid objects on its own. Even cooler, is if the drone senses it can't fly around an obstacle, it will put on the breaks and hover until you recover or redirect it. The Obstacle Sensing System only works for obstacles directly in your path, so you will still need to be careful when lifting off or flying in reverse.
The Phantom 4 also includes a Sports Mode for reaching speeds up to 44mph (72kmh), and it offers 28 minutes maximum flight time on one charge and up to 3.1mi of camera range. The next-generation drone's new sleeker, more aerodynamic design also helps it reach its new top speed. Other new features include exposed propeller motors for better heat efficiency, slow motion video recording resolution: 1920 x 1080 at 120 frames per second and the ability to track moving subjects automatically using ActiveTrack. Here's a list of official specs:
In a brief internet demonstration on Friday, Nintendo announced two new Pokemon titles called, Sun and Moon. The video game company also released a 2-minute video highlighting the history of the franchise for its 20th anniversary. Little is known about the new games themselves, but they will be released in "late 2016" for the Nintendo 3DS, and include Pokemon Bank cloud support so users can transfer characters from older versions of the game. Pokemon Sun and Moon will also be released in nine different languages. Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokemon Company said he hopes players will "overcome language barriers and interact with other players from around the world."
Today marks the the 20th anniversary of the original Japanese release of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green. Nintendo is celebrating the anniversary by re-releasing the original Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Yellow games, and GameStop and Toys R Us are holding special in-store events. The official Pokemon Twitch channel is also streaming discussions, gameplay, interviews and it will hold a 24-hour animation marathon starting at 9 PM Eastern (6 PM Pacific).
Canon today has announced a new EOS 80D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens ahead of its rumored EOS 5D Mark IV refresh. The Canon EOS 80D is now available for pre-order through B&H Photo and other camera retailers. The DSLR is equipped with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor for snapping images at up to 7 fps and capturing Full HD 1080p60 video. It also includes a wide-area 45-point all cross-type phase-detection autofocus system, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, 3.0-inch 1.04m-Dot vari-angle touchscreen and more. The Canon EOS 80D body is available for $1,199, or it comes bundled with a 18-55mm lens for $1,349 or 18-135mm lens for $1,799.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is also now available for pre-order. It is designed for APS-C-format DSLRs and provides a "28.8-216mm equivalent focal length range that covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives," according to the official description. The "optical design incorporates one UD element and one aspherical element to minimize chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for increased clarity." Other features include optical image stabilization, a smooth satin finish, metal lens mount, dedicated focus mode and a black ring that clearly separates the zoom and focus rings. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is available for $599.
The product tracking website whohas.it has launced its free Canon EOS 5D Mark IV product tracker in anticipation of a March announcement from the camer maker. Pre-orders for the flagship DSLR are expected to open sometime before NAB 2016, which kicks off on April 16. The EOS 5D Mark IV is expected to have a higher resolution than the EOS-1D X Mark II and possibly feature 4K video, but besides those few tidbits the rumor mill has been pretty silent about the successor of the EOS 5D Mark III.
What we do know is that the EOS 5D Mark IV will be a highly sought after device whenever it is released. Canon fans and photography enthusiasts will want to get the jump on pre-orders as soon as the camera is announced. To ensure you are the first person on your block to nab a EOS 5D Mark IV be sure to sign up for free product tracking alerts from whohas.it. This website will send you email or mobile notifications (iOS only) as soon as the EOS 5D Mark IV is available for pre-order through any retailer, including B&H, Adorama, Amazon and more.
Though most retailers are not yet taking pre-orders for the newly announced and highly anticipated Canon 1DX Mark II, hopeful owners are now able to pre-order the new camera through Adorama, one of the most reputable and reliable retailers in the industry.
Adorama sent out notice to customers and retail partners around 11pm EST indicating that pre-ordering was now available through their system. As of publication of this article, Adorama remains the only retailers accepting pre-orders.
Announced this past week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nikon's flagship DSLR, the Nikon D5, is now available for pre-order through Amazon.com and Adorama. The $6,000 camera is equipped with a 20.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, 153-point autofocus system and it features the widest native ISO range ever in a Nikon full-frame DSLR: ISO 100 to 102,400 (expandable to Hi-5, ISO 3,280,000). It is powered by a EXPEED 5 image processor that is capable of delivering 4K Ultra High Definition video, 12fps continuous shooting with up to 200 shots in a single burst.
Is it too early to begin Christmas shopping? Not if you want to have a Star Wars holiday. Tons of retailers simultaneously released new Star Wars products on September 4, 2015 or Force Friday, and most of those products have already sold out. Force Awakens action figures, LEGO sets and more are sold out at Walmart, on Amazon.com and more. Smart shoppers and dedicated fans will need to start buying and pre-ordering now if they want to get their hands on any new Star Wars merchandise. Here's a quick guide to help you find the hottest Star Wars toys, collectibles and video games.
Star Wars: Battlefront (Release date: November 17, 2015)
Battlefront is the first big Star Wars related property being released before The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18. The standard and deluxe edtions for the PS4 and Xbox One should be readily avilable but, what might not be is the Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle. Pre-orders have not opened for the limited edition bundle, but you can sign up for product alerts here.
In case you missed the memo, the Skylanders Supercharger / amiibo hybrid Dark Hammer Slam Bowser is only available through the Wii Dark Edition Starter Pack from Toys R Us. If you do not want to drop $99.99 for the Dark Edition , or do not own a Wii, you can check toywiz.com after September 20. ToyWiz does carry individual Skylander figures, and they may have Dark Hammer Slam Bowser available after Skylanders Superchargers is released. It is also safe to assume thascalpers will be selling the dark edition Bowser through Amazon.com and eBay, but who knows how much he will cost.
Remember, the Dark Hammer Slam Bowser and Dark Clown Cruiser will only work with the Wii and Wii U. Here's what is included in the Dark Edition Starter Pack: