Ali Jennings of DigitalCameraWorld takes a quick look at the newly announced Nikon Coolpix A fixed lens compact digital camera. The Coolpix A borrows the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR, yet the new Nikon compact is surprisingly small. Despite it having a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent) the Coolpix A packs in many features that you’d expect on an SLR, including… Full HD video recording Wi-Fi a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 which can be expanded to 25600 No AA Filter raw and JPEG shooting at 14bit full manual control The [More]
WhatDigitalCamera interviews Pro Photographer Jim Marks about the new Fuji Fixed Lens Compact Cameras, the X-20 and X-100s.  (Part 1 of the interview is above, Part 2 is below) Marks got his hands on a pre-production X100s and X20 and discusses what he likes about each as well as the advantages of mirrorless camera systems in general and why he chose to use Fuji X-Series cameras instead of his DSLR system. Enjoy! Part II My 2 Cents For those of you who are regular readers here on MirrorlessCentral, you know that that he’s not exactly covering any ground that we [More]
WhatDigitalCamera takes a look at the new Fuji X-20 fixed lens compact digital camera. The X20 is the successor to Fuji’s popular X-10 compact camera.  Although the new camera is loaded up with Fuji’s all new X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR II processing technology, the sensor maintains the same 2/3in dimensions and 12MP pixel count of the X10. As part of their new autofocus system, the sensor now has phase-detection pixels built into its array, which are said to help the camera to achieve autofocus speeds of up to 0.06sec – a major improvement over previous versions. The camera [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) Takes an in depth look at the Pentax MX-1.  This is Pentax’s new entry into the fixed lens compact arena, and it’s introductory price of $479 USD has it sliding in quite nicely between the Panasonic Lumix LX7 (currently a steal at $399 USD) and the Sony RX100 ($648 USD), which are two of our favorite compact cameras of the last year, and both are exceptional.  But can the new MX-1 compete with the likes of Sony and Panasonic? Pentax MX-1 Key Features 12MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens 3.0″ [More]
Amazon is running some HUGE DEALS right now on 2 of our favorite cameras. First up, the Panasonic Lumix LX7 is on sale for only $298 USD.  The LX7 is equipped with a great 10mp sensor, but where the LX7 really shines is the bright, fast Leica branded lens attached to the front.  This is one of, if not THE best lens ever attached to a compact camera.  It’s f/1.4 at it’s widest and it’s macro capabilities are so good that some of my colleagues are actually purchasing LX7s instead of getting an actual macro lens, which costs several hundred [More]
The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few new camera releases of note at the 2013 Winter Trade Shows (CES, PMA, etc.), and it enters what has become a crowded field of quality compact cameras, such as the Sony RX100, the Panasonic Lumix LX7, the Canon S110, and soon – the Fuji X-20. The MX-1’s design harkens back the great Pentax cameras of old and many will be drawn to the retro styling of this new camera which, when combined with current digital technology, [More]
When the Fuji X100s was unveiled at CES 2013 last month, photographers were raving about it’s vastly improved autofocus speed as well as the superb image quality generated by Fuji’s all new X-Trans II CMOS Sensor and EXR II Processor.  Now it seems there’s one more thing to be excited about.  This baby is quiet! In Space, No One Can Hear You Take Pictures… The Phoblographer posted an article about their friend Brandon Remler, who now has the Fuji X100s in his hands.  Brandon created a short video (above) that shows just how quiet the shutter sound of the X100s [More]
Reporting from CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews gets his hands on the new Panasonic DMC TZ40 fixed lens compact camera, and even takes it for a little spin to get some test shots. The TZ40 comes equipped with a Leica branded lens and it seems to perform just as I would expect, but what really impresses me the most about this new camera is it’s wireless features, including NFC (Near Field Communication), which allows you to touch devices together to establish a connection. I expect that there will be many more wi-fi enabled cameras released this [More]
(Via 43Rumors)  Here’s a great set up tutorial video for users of the Panasonic Lumix LX7 Compact Camera, courtesy of mpgxsvcd on YouTube.  This video is pretty thorough, so I’d recommend watching it all the way through once to get an idea of what’s being covered, then go back and watch it again, this time pausing while playing around with your camera’s settings. mpgxsvcd writes The Panasonic LX7 is one of the greatest compact cameras ever created, and yet it has been on sale for as little as $270 [prior to Christmas]. This video will attempt to show you how [More]
Kai, Alamby, Lok C and DigitalRevTV hit the bowling alley, and they bring along the Sony RX1 to give it the DRTV Treatment. Sony call the RX1 “the world’s smallest full-frame digital camera” – and Kai and Co. test it out to see if it’s as awesome as a full-frame compact should be. DRTV writes: We want to know just good it is. Does it perform well enough to justify the price? Does it focus well in low-light? Watch the video to find out. My 2 Cents The Sony RX1 is our pick for the best compact camera of 2012 [More]
Here’s a couple of “First Looks” at the new Fuji X-20 Premium Compact Camera. First, in the video above, the Fuji Guys give you a nice overview of the new camera while highlighting it’s upgrades over the previous model, the Fuji X-10. Below are some first impressions, courtesy of the Phoblographer. The X20 is very much the same camera as the X10 was with some very minor upgrades to the inside. We loved the X10 and in my own mind, I really have to wonder how the X20 will be able to compete with the rest of the point and [More]
Chris Niccolls and the gang from The Camera Store are back!  This time, it’s an in depth, hands on look at the Sony RX1 – The “World’s Smallest Full Frame Compact Digital Camera” that we picked as the top compact camera of 2012. Chris and crew do an excellent job breaking down the good points as well as the not so good points of Sony’s compact powerhouse, putting it through it’s paces to see “if it’s worth the premium that Sony is charging.”  Then, they bring out the cats…   Oh God…  not Cats!  Ahhhhhhh-CHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! ; ) My 2 Cents The [More]
Here’s a couple looks at the revolutionary Sony RX1 – The world’s smallest full frame digital camera. No kidding… this sucker is TINY! It fits in the palm of your hand, but it’s loaded up with a superb, 35mm full frame Sony Sensor and has a top notch Carl Zeiss Lens attached to the front. The Zeiss lens is also 35mm, but can switch between macro and standard modes. The first review is from DigitalCameraWorld (in the video above). The second comes from LumiousLandscape, who conclude >>  I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony [More]
The video above features actor James Franco showing off all the cool wireless features and capabilities of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, which has Wi-Fi and is powered by the Android Jellybean Operating System. Watching all the cool things that Franco does in the video gives you glimpse at the shape of things to come.  Because in the not too distant future, I believe that ALL cameras will be “connected” wirelessly to the internet and other devices; and we’ll see an endless stream of innovative apps that will give your camera nearly limitless capabilities. Witness the way that Wi-Fi and [More]
The Phoblographer has posted their review of the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Fixed Lens Compact Camera, the successor to their XZ-1, which is a great alternative for the photographer who wants to travel while leaving all their interchangeable lenses at home.  But between the time that the XZ-1 and XZ-2 were released, a lot more competition has joined the field, including the likes of the Panasonic Lumix LX-7, the Fuji XF-1 and the Sony RX 100 (recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012”). So how does the XZ-2 hold up against such stiff competition? Here’s the [More]
Photographer Eduardo Merille posted a fun comparison of the Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony RX-100. While I don’t think that the video is meant to imply that the RX-100 is better than the 5D-II in any way shape or form, I can’t help but noticing how well Sony’s little fixed lens wonder holds it’s own against it’s giant interchangeable lens cousin. Hello, David…  meet Goliath.  ; ) What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below. In the meantime, you can check out the Sony RX-100 Here
The video clip above is a hand-held panning shot using the P7700 set to movie mode with auto exposure. Vibration reduction was enabled and Full-time (continuous) AF was set. This clip was shot in the P7700’s best quality 1080p30 mode. CameraLabs posted their review of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 Fixed Lens Compact Digital Camera. Ashton Kutcher aside, it looks like this camera need a little work. Here’s CameraLabs’ Final Verdict:  As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it’s increasingly important [More]
The Verge posted an excellent review of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, Samsung’s Digital Camera/SmartPhone Mashup that’s powered by the Android Jellybean Operating System.  I really love the concept of a “Smart Camera” and wholeheartedly believe that the future of photography lies in devices like this, where you have connectivity, sharing features and photo/video editing applications loaded right on to your camera – but is this the camera that’s going to make that leap? The Verge sums it up with the following:   As a proof of concept, the Galaxy Camera is one of the most effective I’ve ever seen. Almost [More]
Henry’s TV Looks at the Sony RX1 – The world’s First Full Frame Fixed Lens Camera (whew… say THAT 5 times really fast ~_^). Here’s what Henry’s say: Once considered merely a dream is now a reality that can sit in the palm of your hand. Introducing the revolutionary RX1: The world’s first fixed lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor. Take it wherever you go and explore full manual control photography that knows no bounds. This is huge. A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 35mm full-frame 24.3MP sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO [More]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]
When the Sony RX1 was unveiled a few months ago at Photokina, we found the camera to be quite an enigma. After all, Sony wouldn’t even let photographers on the scene handle the camera. They just displayed it in a glass cube. Sony call it the World’s First Full Frame Compact Camera as it sports the same 35mm CMOS sensor as the new Sony A99 DSLT Camera, and it’s packed into a tiny tiny frame, but with a hefty hefty price tag. There’s no doubt that this is a top quality camera, and that 35mm Sony Sensor is absolutely killer! [More]
(Video above shot entirely with the Sony RX 100 Compact Digital Camera – courtesy of EOSHD) The quality of compact cameras is progressing by leaps and bounds, and 2012 marked the launch of several exciting achievements in the compact division.  Witness the Panasonic Lumix LX7 and the Sony RX 100, which was just named as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com recently posted a review of the RX 100 and compared it to 2 of it’s contemporary rivals, one of which is the Panasonic Lumix LX7 – a breakout compact camera that was released [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com got his hands on the new Sony RX1 fixed lens digital camera for an exclusive first look.  Sony touts the RX1 as the World’s First Full Frame Digital Camera, as it sports a full sized 35mm Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, and there’s no doubt that this little beastie can produce some of the finest quality images that you’ll ever see – on par with or even surpassing the DSLR market.  Steve even mentions that he feels the RX1 produces better images than the A99, which is equipped with the same sensor, and the RX1 comes in [More]
Nauticam is a company that makes underwater housings for a wide variety of cameras. In the video above, a Sony RX100 fixed lens mirrorless camera is fitted with a Nauticam Housing and taken into the blue. We already know that the RX100 produces jaw dropping quality video (out of tiny, tiny body), but just how will this little wonder fare among the fish? Watch and see (and be sure to watch this in full screen mode). Editor’s Note: The RX100 is an impressive little camera and I am blown away by the clarity, vibrant colors, and even the bokeh that [More]