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A first look at Sony's super-fast RX10 IV zoom camera


Sony just announced its latest flagship point-and-shoot at an event in New York City, the RX10 IV. The new camera, a successor to last year's RX10 III, again comes with a 24-600mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.4-4 In terms of design, the RX10 IV is basically identical to its predecessor, featuring mode and exposure dials, a 3-inch LCD screen and an OLED viewfinder. Here's where it really shines, though: Sony says this zoom shooter sports the "world's fastest" autofocus speed of 0.03 seconds, complemented by 24fps continuous shooting (with full AF/AE tracking) and 4K (3,840 x 2,160) movie recording at 24 or 30fps. Speaking of video, the RX10 IV can also shoot 240, 480 and 960fps in lower resolutions than UHD, in case you want to capture some super-slow motion clips.

24 hours with Sony's A6500 mirrorless camera


When Sony announced the A6500 in October, it touted speed as one of the camera's main selling points. The company's new flagship mirrorless, which hits stores later this month for $1,400 (body-only), features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor with 11-fps continuous shooting. You can shoot at that rate for up to 307 frames in RAW mode, giving you about 30 seconds of total shooting time in a single shutter press. That's an impressive feat for any camera, let alone one this size. The A6500 also comes with in-body 5-axis image stabilization -- a first for one of Sony's APS-C shooters.

Sony's new A6500 and RX100 V cameras are all about speed


Today at an event in New York City, Sony revealed its latest compact cameras, the A6500 and RX100 V. And they have one thing in common: They're all about speed. With the A6500 flagship mirrorless, you get a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor with 11-fps continuous shooting, which you can fire for about 30 seconds at a time. If you do the math, that should give you a little over 300 frames in a single shutter press. The A6500 also comes with in-body 5-axis image stabilization -- a first for an APS-C-sized shooter from Sony -- as well as 100-25,600 ISO (52,000 for stills).

A day with Sony's versatile RX100 VI point-and-shoot


Without a doubt the most interesting feature on Sony's new flagship pointe-and-shoot RX100 VI is the new zoom lens. That Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm f2.8-4.5 glass is much longer than the 24-70mm equivalent on the previous model, making the RX100 VI a more versatile compact shooter. You may not always need the superzoom, but it's nice to know you have that option -- especially on a camera that fits in the pocket of your shirt or jeans. Aside from the upgraded lens, the RX100 VI looks identical to its predecessor and also comes with a 20.1, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, though it does feature a better Bionz X processor (the same one that's on the full-frame A9). The ISO is still capped at 12,800, but you'll get improved optical image stabilization to handle the longer 24-200mm lens.

Incredible photos reveal the moment NASA's OSIRIS-Rex made historic touchdown on asteroid Bennu

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Stunning images taken from the historic OSIRIS-REx mission show the moment the spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Bennu more than 200 million miles away from Earth to collect a sample of dirt and dust Tuesday night. On Wednesday NASA unveiled videos and images showing the moment the spacecraft pulled off the six-second touch-and-go (TAG) mission where it bounced off the asteroid's surface and picked up samples along the way. The triumphant $1.16 billion mission is the first American effort to take a sample from an asteroid with the hopes to unlock secrets about the origin of life on Earth. The sample will be returned to Earth in 2023. The images show how the spacecraft descended within three feet of the target landing spot dubbed Nightingale on the asteroid while avoiding boulders the size of buildings.