Best Compact Cameras in 2024

Compact cameras continue to hold a special place for enthusiasts and professionals alike. These pocket-sized powerhouses offer the perfect blend of portability and performance, making them ideal for capturing stunning shots on the go. As we are in 2024, the compact camera market is brimming with exciting new offerings that cater to a wide range of photography needs. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the best compact cameras of 2024, highlighting their key features, strengths, and weaknesses.

Capture the perfect moments without the bulk—discover the best compact cameras of 2024.

With advancements in technology, compact cameras now offer high-quality images in a portable package. This guide will help you navigate through the top compact cameras available in 2024, catering to various needs and budgets.

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Nikon Unveils Major Firmware Update For The Z 9

Nikon unveils firmware version 5.00, a notable update for the full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z 9 camera. This is a major firmware update version 5.0.0 for the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera.  The latest update brings several fixes to the video and stills options of the camera. See below for details. Continue reading “Nikon Unveils Major Firmware Update For The Z 9”

Best selling cameras for 2023 at MAP Camera

Here are the best-selling new cameras for 2023 at MAP Camera Japan:

  1. Nikon Z8
  2. Nikon Zf
  3. Sony α7C II
  4. Canon EOS R6 Mark II
  5. Sony α7RV
  6. Sony α7IV
  7. Fujifilm X-T5
  8. Ricoh GR IIIx
  9. Sony α6700
  10. Canon EOS R8
  11. OM System OM-1
  12. Fujifilm X-H2
  13. Fujifilm X-T30 II
  14. Ricoh GR III
  15. Nikon Z fc
  16. Fujifilm X-S10
  17. Sony ZV-E10
  18. Leica Q3
  19. Canon EOS R10
  20. Sony ZV-E1

Via MAP Camera

Nikon Announces Firmware Version 2.00 For Nikon Z8 Full-FrameMirrorless Camera

Nikon has introduced an upgraded firmware version 2.00, which is designed to enhance the shooting experience for users of the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera.

The new firmware is the Z 8’s first major update since its launch, offering users a significant improvement to their shooting – whether that be of images or video –thanks to the inclusion of cutting-edge functions also found in the Nikon Z 9 and the Nikon Z f.

Nikon Z8 is the perfect companion to the Nikon Z 9 and is a great successor to the D850. The Z8 offers the majority of the same features but in a smaller body. Inside the camera are the same 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and EXPEED 7 processor that sit in the Z9. This enables the Nikon Z8 to record in-camera 12-bit raw video at up to 8.3K at 60p or 4.1K at 120p.

Nikon Z8 body: $3,996.95 at B&HAdoramaAmazon.

Nikon Z8 with 24-120mm f/4 Lens: $4,896.95 at B&HAdorama. Continue reading “Nikon Announces Firmware Version 2.00 For Nikon Z8 Full-FrameMirrorless Camera”

A New List of Rumored Nikon Z6 III Specifications

According to latest Nikon rumors, here is the new specs list of upcoming Nikon Z6 III full frame mirrorless camera.

The rumored specifications for the upcoming Nikon Z6 III look pretty impressive. The Z6 III leaps forward with 6K 60fps NRAW video recording, providing filmmakers with ultra-high resolution and frame rate options.

Nikon Z6 III will be officially announced in next few weeks. Here are the new list of the Rumored Nikon Z6 III Specifications: Continue reading “A New List of Rumored Nikon Z6 III Specifications”

2023 Nikon Z8 Black Friday Deals Now Live

The Nikon Black Friday Deals 2023 have just gone live, offering a significant saving of $300 on the Nikon Z8 body and an impressive $500 off the Nikon Z8 with the 24-120mm f/4 S lens kit. This marks the first time the Nikon Z8 has seen a discount, which is not surprising given its release in May 2023 and its frequent scarcity in stock. If you’ve been contemplating upgrading to the Nikon Z8, this discount could be the incentive you’ve been waiting for.

To help you navigate through the best offers available, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 2023 Black Friday Nikon Z8 deals and sales from major online retailers. If you’re considering purchasing this exceptional camera during the holiday shopping season, now is the time to make your move.

$300 off on Nikon Z8 body: $3,696.95 at B&HAdoramaAmazon.

$500 off on Nikon Z8 with 24-120mm f/4 Lens: $4,399.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$500 off on Nikon Z8 with 24-120mm f/4 Lens and FTZ II Adapter Kit: $4,649.90 at Amazon

$500 off on Nikon Z8 with 24-120mm f/4 Lens: $4,596.95 at B&HAdorama.

$400 off on Nikon Z8 with 24-120mm f/4 Lens and FTZ II Adapter Kit: $4,946.90 at B&HAdorama.

Like the Z9, the Nikon Z8 is built for high-end video and stills. Inside the camera are the same 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and EXPEED 7 processor that sit in the Z9. This enables the Nikon Z8 to record in-camera 12-bit raw video at up to 8.3K at 60p or 4.1K at 120p. The camera’s 12-bit raw footage is saved in Nikon’s N-RAW file format, which is half the size of a ProRes RAW HQ file, and in-camera Full-HD proxy files are created when shooting internal 8.3K N-RAW or 4.1K ProRes RAW HQ.

Nikon launches Nikkor Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S lens

Nikon has expanded its S-Line lens lineup with the introduction of the Nikkor Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S. The Nikkor Z 600mm F/6.3 VR S arrives in late October 2023 for a suggested retail price of $4,796.95. First available for pre-order at B&HAdorama and Amazon.

NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S Key Features

  • SR and ED glass control aberrations and colour fringing.
  • Nano Crystal Coat counters ghosting and flare for superb clarity.
  • Near silent AF
  • Up to 6-stop VR image stabilisation
  • Rubber gaskets keep dust, dirt, and moisture away
  • Nikon’s fluorine coating makes the front element easy to clean
  • Functions can be assigned to the L-Fn buttons and the silent control ring
  • Memory-set button
  • AF and VR are available while using Z teleconverters.
  • Weighs 1470g

NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S Overview

Measuring just 11 inches in length and weighing only 1,390g / 3lbs, the Nikkor Z 600mm F6.3 VR S is aimed at wildlife, motorsport and aviation photographers. Nikon was able to achieve the new super-telephoto lens’ diminutive size thanks to a Phase Fresnel element in its optical construction. The Nikkor Z 600mm F6.3 VR S is the second PF lens in the Z series, joining the Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S.

Overall, the Nikkor Z 600mm F6.3 VR S is comprised of 21 elements in 14 groups, which includes two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and one short-wavelength refractive (SR) element to keep chromatic aberration at bay.

The new Nikon lens also provides six stops of VR and offers a minimum focusing distance of 4m.

Other features include a DX Crop Mode for getting even closer to your subjects and assignable L-Fn buttons for quick access to features like subject tracking, AF Lock or image playback.

The Nikkor Z 600mm F6.3 VR S uses 95mm threaded circular filters and is compatible with Nikon’s teleconverters. It also boasts a fluorine coating and a nano crystal coating for stopping dust and flare, respectively.

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Announced: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 DI III VC VXD lens for Nikon Z-mount

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens (Model A057) for Nikon Z-mount is now officially announced.  The US price is $1,599 and it will be released on October 31, 2023. The new Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens is available for pre-order. Check out the links from major stores below.

Pre-order link:

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Lens for Nikon Z: $1,599 B&HAdorama.

Key Features

  • Ultra-telephoto zoom with comfortable, intuitive operation
  • Uncompromised pursuit of high optical performance in a compact body
  • High-speed, high-precision AF means youfll never miss a photo opportunity
  • VC image stabilization facilitates shooting handheld at the ultra-telephoto position
  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount
  • Lens Format: Full Frame
  • Zoom Focal Length: 150-500mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/5.0-6.7
  • Lens Type: Telephoto Zoom

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Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens Officially Announced

The Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF lens from Venus Optics is now officially announced. The APS-c format ultra-wide angle zoom lens will be available for Sony E, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Canon EF-M mounts.

The 8-16mm lens offers an ultra-wide perspective of 82.8°-120.9°, making it perfect for various photography genres such as landscape photography, architectural marvels, and wide-angle portraits. Content creators can also utilize the lens to create a unique perspective for their vlogs. Priced at only 549 USD, this lens is also an excellent choice for beginners who want to explore the world of ultra-wide photography at an affordable price level.

Venus Optics lenses are sold at Adorama and B&H.

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Nikon Z9 Firmware Update Version 4.10 Released

Nikon released the new firmware update Version 4.10 for Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera. 

Download link:

Nikon Z9 Firmware Version 4.10

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 4.01 to 4.10

  • • Added [Birds] and [Airplanes] to [AF subject detection options] in the photo shooting and video recording menus.

The Nikon Z9 competitors in this price range are mainly the “Canon EOS R3” and “Sony a1“.

Nikon Z9 body: $5,496.95 at AmazonB&HAdorama.