LearningDSLRVideo.com posted a shootout conducted by video guy Dave Dugdale between 2 Manfrotto Video Fluid Heads and a less expensive offering from Fancier. It’s an excellent comparison of some great fluid heads. Now, if only we can get Dave to put a mirrorless camera on top of one of those fluid heads… 😉 Note: Dave states that he only had a day to evaluate the new fluid heads while he had been shooting with the Fancier for three years. So when making your own evaluation of the results that Dave gets from the different fluid heads, be sure to factor [More]
So you just picked up a shiny new digital camera and you’re wondering what memory card to get for it.  Should you go with the super high speed ultra expensive card or will a cheaper card do? MindPower009 posted a nice side-by-side comparison between two of the leading prosumer SD Cards, the Sandisk Extreme Pro 95mb/sec 32GB SDHC card and the Transcend Class 10 32GB SDHC card.  In the video above, you’ll see footage recorded at the same location on both cards, to see if it’s worth it to spring for the more expensive Extreme Pro, or if the cheaper [More]
Our good friend and colleague Marlene Hielema from ImageMaven.com just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 about a week ago, and she’s so impressed that she’s talking about selling off her Canon 5D Mark II and DSLR Gear.  In the video above, Marlene literally weights the options between these two camera, noting that the GH3 weights more than 1kg less than the 5D Mark II, while producing eye popping stills and videos that have her ready to say goodbye to her beastly DSLR. As I’ve said before, the GH3 is a transformational camera. It is without question, the best “Hybrid” [More]
EOSHD posted a video by Ryan Mancuso the compares the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s Ryan’s notes on the video comparison:  This is a non scientific test of how these two camera’s perform. Aperture, Shutter, ISO, White Balance, and Focal Length (converted for crop) were matched numerically on both cameras. Focus points were also matched. GH3 Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 5D Mark III Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (Version I) Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 No color-correction or post sharpening applied. Tried to keep flares under control as much as possible. A few shots have [More]
Griffin Hammond of IndyMogul does a nice head to head comparison between his new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Lumix GH2.  What are the differences between the celebrated GH2 and the camera that’s replacing it? Above, Griffin makes several observations on the upgrades between these two Panasonic Flagship Cameras.  Below is an ISO comparison. Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) answers reader questions about the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  This time, it’s all about autofocus. Here’s the question: Hi Will, I’d be grateful for your help with a question regarding the Panasonic DMC-GH3. I currently own a Canon 650 (T4i) with a 15-85 and 70-200 f/4L and am considering replacing this equipment with a GH3 initially with a 12-35 and later a 35-100. My main photographic interests are landscape photography and sometimes airshows in the United Kingdom. My concern is that the GH3′s continuous autofocus won’t be able to track and quickly lock focus on aircraft [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
Two Pro Photographers (MC Contributor Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com and his good friend and colleague Wayne Ross), both of whom are VERY familiar with Nikon and Panasonic Cameras, take a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a Nikon D800 out for a day of shooting to compare their functionality in real world conditions. Will writes:  As photo and video professionals, we need to be as efficient as possible with our time when shooting hybrid. I want to be comfortable and confident when it comes to recording the moment in still as well as when to use the video button, but shooting [More]
From MikeTheMentor:  The Canon Mirrorless M is touted as a baby T4i. It has the same 18MP sensor, the same processor, the same awesome touch screen monitor and it even costs about the same price as a Canon Rebel T4i. So what is different about the two? Which one is better for what kind of shooter? What are the M’s strengths and weaknesses? Are the focusing systems really that bad? All these questions are answer by Michael, who has been shooting with both cameras for a while now. Our take: The T4i, just like the T3i and T2i before it, [More]
Gizmodo took four of today’s leading action cams and put them in a head to head to head to head contest in a “Which Point of View Camera is the Absolute Best” Smackdown. In this test, the Gizmodo boys put the GoPro Hero3, the Drift HD, the Contour +2 and the Sony Action Cam to the test and compare their image quality, image stabilization, slow motion capabilities, audio quality, etc. (Read full article on Gizmodo) When all was said and done, the cameras placed as follows: 4th Place and 3 Stars went to the Drift HD 3rd Place and 3 Stars [More]
CameraLabs recently posted a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and in their verdict section, they compared it to the Canon EOS M. No surprises here. Although CameraLabs seem to like the EOS M a little bit more than we do, they share our conclusion when putting Canon’s first mirrorless against the Olympus. The PEN Lite smokes it in just about every way. Here’s CameraLabs’ comparison: From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size – the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor [More]
m43.eu posted a great side by side autofocus speed test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs the new Canon EOS M.  Canon have arrived late to the mirrorless party and the EOS M is a hot seller, but the camera itself is less than impressive in a lot of ways – particularly it’s pitiful autofocus performance – and has become a bit of a joke in mirrorless circles (witness the hilarious video below from The Camera Store in Calgary, Canada). The EOS M is a decent camera, and in some ways, it does show some promise.  But when you stack it [More]
(Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO test from emeric on Vimeo) Via 43Rumors – Our french friends at Hybridcams (translation here) posted the full GH3 review and included a comaprison with the “older” GH2: “Meticulously designed, well thought out ergonomics and obviously excellent performance not only at the video where it was expected, but also in photo.” And because Panasonic is already shipping, you can see first user reviews like these High ISO samples that have been posted on Dpreview forum. Our Take:  The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 has been making it’s way into the hands of MC [More]
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) has been using the Panasonic Lumix GH2 (actually, 10 of them) for years as his company’s primary video production machine, as well as his camera of choice for product shots.  Now he’s testing the Lumix GH3 (and the new Pro lenses) and he’s considering upgrading all of his studio cameras to the new  offering from Panasonic. In this video, Will (who is VERY familiar with the GH2) weighs his options from a business point of view.  Does the new Lumix GH3 live up to the hype and is it good enough to warrant the expense [More]
Tascam has upped their game with firmware updates to their DR40 Portable Audio Recorder, but is it a serious contender to the Audio King of the Hill, the Zoom H4N? DSLRNoob posted a great video that compares the features of each. DSLRNoob writes: I’ve had the Tascam Dr-40 for quit some time, but until Tascam added the firmware update that gives you independent control of the input volume, I hadn’t really considered it a true competitor to the Zoom h4n. Now that this feature is available, the Tascam is a very affordable alternative to the Zoom h4n. Take a close [More]
The Camera Store‘s Chris Niccolls and Dave Paul put the Fuji X-E1 and the Sony NEX 6 to the test in a head to head shootout! The Camera Store writes:  If you’re looking for a small mirrorless camera with a viewfinder, the Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6 are two of the best options out there. But which is the better choice for your style of shooting? Editor’s note:  Looks like the Camera Store guys came to the same conclusion that we did.  The X-E1 is a better stills camera while the NEX 6 is better for video and all around [More]
EOSHD conducted a mini camera shootout and pitted some of today’s big names mono a mono a mono, and the video above features all the cameras listed below over the soundtrack of “True Faith” by New Order (Get it HERE from iTunes).  Can’t go wrong! Here’s the skinny from EOSHD: In a joint shootout with Slashcam in Berlin, EOSHD put the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a bear pit against all rivalling cameras between $500 and $4000. It was a clear day and the results are just as stark. Download the full 2.5K shootout video. Here’s my verdict on which camera you should [More]
From DSLR Gear No Idea. A hilarious series of videos showing the pitfalls of those who are married to their DSLR Gear and refuse to look at anything else. Consider this an open thread (and an intervention ~_^)… See if you can recognize yourself in any of the following:
(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]
In this video, Kai and Lok of DigitalRevTV get the Canon S110 and G15, and are test each other with a series of challenges to find out which one is king of the Canon compacts. Our take: Each of these are decent compact cameras with 12 megapixel sensors that will get you good results. The G15 has more on body controls, whereas with the S110 you’ll need to go menu diving a bit, but it does have Wi-Fi. We agree with Kai that an enthusiast might be more tempted by the larger sensor on Canon’s G1X, but that camera is [More]
TechRadar has posted a Hands-On Review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and this little bad boy continues to impress. TR put the E-PL5 up against some stiff competition in their testing, namely the Panasonic GF5, the Sony NEX 5R and it’s older brother, the Olympus E-PL2, and the new PEN in town held it’s own with, or even beat the competition, including the vaunted Sony NEX cam. Witness the JPEG Dynamic Range Test below, where no one even touches the E-PL5. The new PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2) share the same sensor and processor as Olympus’ [More]
43Rumors posted a great article by DSLRMagazine (Translated version here) comparing the performance of the new Panasonic 35-100 mm x Power Zoom micro 4/3 lens and the highly renowned Canon 70-200 mm lens. Is it really necessary for a photovideographer to lug around all kinds of huge gear and large, expensive glass, or can a relatively small micro 4/3 lens hold it’s own against one of the big boys? It’s David vs Goliath… Camera Style! Here’s DSLR Magazine’s Conclusions (Translated – sometimes, not so well ~_^): From our point of view, after the collection and evaluation of all technical data [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) answers a reader question posed by Ajay from the U.K., who’s looking to get his first mirrorless camera system and has it narrowed down to 2 excellent choices… The Panasonic G5 and the Sony NEX 5N. Will Writes: A reader over in the UK, Ajay, sent in an email to ask about which camera to buy as his first mirrorless. He wanted to know my take on choosing the Sony NEX5N or the Lumix G5, or another one he was not aware of. Both are terrific cameras, but different. Depending on what you plan to [More]
ePhotozine got their hands on the final version of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and wasted no time putting it up against the Micro 4/3 Star of the last year, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The GH3 is Panasonic’s new flagship Micro 4/3 camera, replacing the Lumix GH2, which is one of the most celebrated cameras of the last 2 years, especially for video makers. But just how will the new GH3 stand up against the vaunted OM-D? The video above is a low light test of the Panasonic GH3. Below is the low light test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.   [More]