Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews checks in with a great comparison of 2 excellent microphones from RODE – the VideoMic Pro and the Stereo VideoMic Pro.  Although these two microphones have similar names, they yield very different results, over and above the fact that one is mono and the other is stereo. The RODE VideoMic Pro has become the industry standard for recording high quality audio.  By design, it’s a “Shotgun” microphone, and is therefore a Unidirectional Microphone (which means that picks up sound from one general direction.  This is great for isolating audio from one source in crowded or noisy [More]
Ed from theDigitalDigest is back, this time with an in depth comparison of the Sony NEX 5R and Sony NEX 6.  These are the newest additions to Sony’s NEX lineup, and in my opinion, they’re the best NEX Cameras yet.  But just how do they stack up against each other? How they’re alike… Both the NEX 5R and NEX 6 feature the same 16mp CMOS Sensor, Sony’s new Hybrid Autofocus system and Sony’s new Wi-Fi and Apps system.  Each camera delivers superb image quality in both photo and video (even better than the 24mp NEX 7 IMO), as well as stellar [More]
Here’s a great video from Kenny Lee (via 43Rumors) comparing the Jackar 34mm 1.8 lens and what should be it’s closest competitors, the SLR Magic 35mm 1.7 and a 35mm 1.7 Closed Circuit TV lens.  These are all manual focus lenses that will work with micro 4/3 and Sony NEX Cameras (although you’ll need an adapter to use the CCTV lens with either). The Jackar Snapshooter is the new lens in town.  It has solid metal construction and it definitely wins the packaging award as it comes in a cool, tricked out package, complete with a leather case and lens [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]
Paul Gero is a good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com.  He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer who’s been shooting professionally since 1983.  As such, he’s seen a lot of technology come and go in the world of photography, and he’s used just about every photographic tool that you can imagine.  Paul has photographed weddings, portraits, sports, famous people and regular people alike.  Heck, he’s even photographed Princesses and Presidents (No kidding – Check out his archives >>Here<<!).  So he won’t use just any camera equipment. Lately, Paul has been trying out the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses on [More]
Joe Fotosiamo over at  SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2. Joe begins the article by saying… Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well. [More]
In an interview with Masaya Maeda – Canon Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations on DPReview, Mr. Maeda admits that sales of Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless market, the EOS M, have been slower than expected. In an interview conducted at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, Mr Maeda concedes that “the EOS M hasn’t yet been fully able to exploit this market.  Looking at worldwide results, we’ve seen users are limited to certain regions – we’re seeing very positive sales in Japan and South East Asia.  Looking beyond that, we haven’t established market share yet.” My 2 [More]
I’ve been enjoying following the story of David Taylor-Hughes of SoundImagePlus who, due to some strong suggestions from his accountant, is carefully weighing his options as he pares his camera collection down from 4 cameras to two.  Of late, he seems to be leaning towards selling off his Nikon D-800E and Sigma DP Merrills in favor of keeping his micro 4/3 systems (a Panasonic Lumix GH3 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5). I can relate to David’s dilemma, because if it weren’t for some strong suggestions from my own accountant, I would probably own a GH3 today.  Of course, I’m personally [More]
“Full Frame”…  It’s a term that you hear bandied about a lot on most of the more prominent photography blogs and forums.  There almost seems to be an air of aristocracy to those who purport that a camera just won’t deliver quality results unless it’s “full frame.”  Whether or not a camera with a smaller sensor can deliver top tier image quality is one of the most common arguments in the photoverse, and it’s one into which we’ve delved several times in this space.  After all, I’m of the opinion that the term “full frame” is a misnomer, and that [More]
(Via 43Rumors)  Nikon Shooter Daniel Cox recently packed his photo bags to go on Safari in Kenya.  In his briefcase, he packed a Panasonic Lumix GH3 (with a 100-300mm F/4-5.6 lens attached) along with a 15 inch Macbook Pro Retina, cords for two external hard drives, the drives themselves, his travel docs, cell phone and “the many incidentals all of us typically travel with.” As Daniel puts it, “In other words, the GH3, even with the attached lens, is small.” In another bag was 40 lbs. of Nikon gear.  During the course of his trip, Daniel got to use the GH3 [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com compares the Sony RX1 to the Fuji X-E1 in Aufotfocus Speed, Image Quality and High ISO (Low Light) Performance, etc. This really is an apples to oranges comparison since one camera is a fixed lens compact and the other is a compact system (interchangeable lens) camera that costs less than half the price.   Nonetheless, these are two of the best cameras to be released in 2012 and it’s a fun comparison to say the least (just look at the comments, because the trolls are out in full force). For anyone who has read Steve’s posts [More]
BMSWEB compares the GoPro Hero3 cameras with their predecessor, the Hero2.  Since many of our readers have been asking, we thought we’d add some links to a spec comparison chart of all three GoPro Hero3 Cameras >>Here<<. My 2 Cents The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition rightfully holds the flagship position in GoPro’s Hero lineup as it does stand head and shoulders above the Silver and White Editions in low light performance, resolution and additional features.  It’s important to note that although the Hero3 Black Edition technically has 4k capability, it will only record 12 fps at that level, so it’ll only [More]
Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews compares the Fuji X-E1 to it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro 1. X-E1 is like the X Pro 1 at fighting weight – trimmed of a few features to reduce the price. But how does it compare?  These cameras represent the first generation of Fuji’s X-Series Cameras, and are a monumental achievement in the area of image quality, where they are at the top of the class.  Where the X-E1 and X-Pro1 are lacking however, is in autofocus performance and overall speed, especially in low light.  That being said though, the X-Series cams are favorites among the [More]
On Christmas Eve, 2012, we posted the Teaser Video for a video project called “The End of the World Shootout” by Shian Storm, which is a head to head camera shootout pitting the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $679 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range.  Here’s Parts I (above), II and III of the shootout (Below).  Watch the videos and see if you can pick out which camera is which.  Cameras will be revealed in part II and the guys [More]
As part of their in depth review of the Sony NEX 6, CameraLabs compared it to another of our favorite cameras of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5.  This comparison is not as cut and dry as some others might be, simply because there really a lot of “Apples to Oranges” features between these two cameras.  Each is well equipped, but each is equipped somewhat differently than the other. Here’s how CameraLabs breaks it down… CameraLabs Compares the Sony NEX 6 with the Panasonic Lumix G5 The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the more affordable compact system cameras on the [More]
(Video above courtesy of WhatDigitalCamera) David Taylor-Hughes at SoundImagePlus is in the process of downsizing his camera collection, and a rather impressive collection it is at that.  Among the cameras at his disposal are the Sigma DP Merrill lineup (1, 2 and 3), a Nikon D800E, an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Panasonic Lumix GH3 – and needless to say, he’s having a very difficult time paring this collection down to 2 cameras.  So he has posed an excellent question…  “Olympus OM-D or Pansonic GH3 – Which would I choose?” This is a question that surely has crossed the minds [More]
When I did my Review of the Best Cameras of 2012 a few days ago, I only included video cameras that were less than $3000 USD in price, and I deliberately didn’t include high end video shooters like the RED Epic or Arri Alexa since most of us aren’t large Hoillywood movie producers with multi-million dollar budgets to play with.  But one thing that I’ve noticed recently is that, since last years Zacuto Shootout, where the Panasonic Lumix GH2 was one of the top rated cameras, and since the launch of high quality video cameras (under $3k) like the BlackMagic [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [More]
Olympus’ Micro 4/3 breakthrough camera, the OM-D E-M5 has been chosen by the readers of DPReview as the Best Camera of 2012, edging out DSLR favs – the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII. This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system.  The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike.  Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened [More]
Via 43Rumors – HawaiiRocksOn loaded several video comparisons of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2, testing them with a variety of lenses and in low light conditions (the video above tests the two cameras’ abilities shooting city lights at night). Watch the rest of the videos below, and then read my conclusions at the bottom… Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 Comparison (Note: The last 3/4 of this video is blank) Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – Christmas Lights Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO Tests My 2 Cents The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a transformational camera.  [More]
SLRLounge posted a great head to head test of their  ASUS G75VW-DS73 and their Apple MacBook Pro Retina for overall real-time video editing and output performance between our two machines within Adobe Premiere CS6.  Popular perception says that the Mac will be superior to the PC in virtually every way.  In an earlier test, SLRLounge tested the MacBook Pro and ASUS performance using Lightroom 4, where the MacBook Pro edged out the ASUS by a margin of around 10-15% due to the MBP’s faster CPU.  But will the tricked out ASUS, with it’s top of the line graphics card and [More]
(Video review of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 above from FrugalFilmmakers – In the interest of equal time, we’ve also posted a video review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 below this article, courtesy of Blunty3000) SoundImagePlus have posted a great comparison between the new Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X-Zoom Lens and the relatively new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime. These lenses are among the pricier of the vast micro 4/3 lens lineup, but does their performance justify the price? …and which one is the better lens? Here’s some highlights of SoundImagePlus’ conclusion:  First of all, I have to say how good both lenses [More]
Our good friend Chuck Jones over at theCameraForum posted this excellent video from Chad Johnson on Vimeo featuring a shootout of 4 of the top Shotgun Microphones of the past couple of years. The Sennheiser MKE400 The Rode VideoMic The Rode VideoMic Pro The Que Audio Micro Shotgun As the new era of Hybrid Photography emerges and video becomes more integrated with the work that every day photographers do, great audio quality will become more and more important.  After all, when shooting video, audio is half of the game. What kinds of mics can I use? There have been great [More]
The End is Nigh! Here’s a little Teaser Video for a project called The End of the World Shootout, by Shian Storm.  The upcoming shootout video is going to pit the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $499 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range. Here’s Shian’s Video Description:  We took a brand new GH3, a Hacked GH2 running Nick Driftwood’s Intravenus patch, and put them head-to-head against a Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and a 5DMKIII in high contrast situations [More]