Oops…  Looks like someone over at Techradar prematurely released a review of the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 even though the camera isn’t scheduled to be released until April 9th (next Tuesday). The review was quickly taken down, but not before some eager folks grabbed some of the photos and posted them up in numerous places on the interwebs.  There’s a gallery of the leaked photos over on Imgur (featured in the video above and embedded at the bottom of this article) and some on the DPReview forums. What’s in the new GF6? It looks as if Panasonic are kicking things [More]
Two Olympus Cameras, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and the Olympus Stylus TG-2 “Tough” Camera have each been honored with a prestigious Red Dot design award (international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany – The team from Porsche are honored in the video above) in the “Entertainment Technology and Cameras” category. The Olympus E-PL5 was recognized for its “cutting-edge technology in a compact design matched with exceptional user-friendliness,”  while the shock, frost, crush and waterproof Stylus TG-2 convinced the jury with its “combination of brawn and brains.” A third Red Dot design award [More]
World renowned SLR and Mirrorless video shooter Philip Bloom reviews the new micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and says that M43 is the way to go for the BMC. According to Bloom… “Micro Four Thirds always made more sense to me as the BMD (BlackMagic Digital) sensor is just a bit smaller than the Gh2/ 3, so they would be a great match. Blackmagic thought so too, so just after I put out my epic review on the first day of IBC last year, they announced an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) version.”  Bloom continues by saying “the flange distance [More]
The best Hybrid Camera on the planet just got better… New firmware updates are now available for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a pair of Lumix Lenses.  It seems that Panasonic have now simplified Wi-Fi connections between the GH3 and both PC and MAC computers, as well as adding a new high res MP4 option for video.  (video above features cool shots of Hong Kong taken with a GH3, courtesy of MergeProductions) Details of the firmware update are as follows… Connecting to PC via Wi-Fi by inputting the computer name (the NetBIOS name for Apple Mac computers) is enabled. 1920 [More]
Nigel Atherton of WhatDigitalCamera takes a crack at explaining the basic differences between the various types of Compact System Cameras, aka ILCs or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Cameras. In part 1 (above), Nigel discusses the smaller sensored Pentax Q and Nikon 1 systems.  In part 2 (below), Nigel tackles micro 4/3 and APS-C sensored cameras. My 2 Cents Nigel does a good job explaining the basic differences between the systems and gets extra points for his effective use of Legos 😉 – But it’s important to remember to not get caught up in the sensor size marketing hype (for more on [More]
In the 4th and final installment of his series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) peels back the curtain to reveal how he gets the most out of the GH3’s custom settings. Giulio writes… “I’ll show you how I can quickly build custom settings such as Retro, Color and Monochrome looks and store them in the GH3′s C1-3 buttons…like a BOSS. Now that you’ve got your function buttons set, quick menu customized and JPEG settings hooked up, you’re almost ready to shoot [More]
In Part III of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) tackles the JPEG Settings on Panasonic’s new flagship camera.  JPEG for the WIN! Giulio writes… “The GH3 comes with 7 picture profiles, including a custom profile that you can build and store in camera for latter use. The JPEG settings covered in this video will give you a starting point to get the best color out of your stills and videos. In addition to the JPEG settings you [More]
In Part II of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) dives into the Quick Menus on Panasonic’s new flagship camera. Giulio writes… “Every time I shoot with the GH3, I use the quick menu…every time! The quick menu is great for recalling settings on the fly instead of having to dig through the main menu on a regular basis. Using the quick menu will save you time and help you with your shooting accuracy, which of course makes you [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, this time with the first part of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”. In this part, G focuses on the GH3’s 7 Custom Function Buttons. Giulio writes… “The Lumix GH3 is the only hybrid camera made for professionals and I love it. When properly set up for how I shoot, the GH3 just gets out of my way and lets me create. In this video, I’ll go over each of the GH3′s 7 custom function buttons, how [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett answers a reader question that was posted by a gentleman named Trace on our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Question… “We do video work and for some clients, and we need to achieve a little more of an “artisan” look than I can get from a Canon XF100 (in particular shallow depth of field). We are about to invest in a new camera system. We do want to shoot some still work, but 90% of the decision is based on video performance. We edit primarily on FCPX. Most of our [More]
Two great deals to share today! First up, Amazon is offering the Panasonic Lumix G5 with the 14-42mm kit lens bundled with 45-150 power zoom lens (the video above shows the Panasonic G5 paired with the 45-150mm lens).  This is a great deal that we’ve seen on and off over the past few days, but it usually sells out fast. Buy the Panasonic Lumix G5 and Two Lens Bundle Here                   Next up, Amazon are also offering $100 off one of the best cameras to be released in the last several years, [More]
Since it’s launch in September of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix GH3 has been receiving hoards of positive reviews and praise from both photo and video professionals the world over.  There’s no doubt that the GH3 is a top caliber camera, but is it the best mirrorless camera ever? Popular Photography Magazine thinks so, and they’re featuring the Lumix GH3 on the cover of their latest issue (see below) G on the GH3 MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio wrote the following in an article on SmallCameraBigPicture.com Pop Photo is calling the Panasonic Lumix GH3 the best mirrorless camera to date, and I [More]
MC Contributor, Hybrid Hero and Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, and this time he giving us the goods on the Panasonic Lumix G5. G reveals his “secret sauce” on how to set up the Lumix G5 like a BOSS – and get the most out of what is one of the best, and most overlooked, cameras to be released in the last 12 months. Giulio writes… The Lumix G5 may be the little brother of the Panasonic’s flagship Hybrid Monster, the Lumix GH3 – but with the tips in this video I’ll show you how [More]
43Rumors reports that the latest tests published by DxOmark reveal that a $5,500 Leica M Full Frame Sensor Camera could not match the image quality of top tier micro 4/3 cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (see above). This is no slight against the Leica, which is a phenomenal camera.  It’s just more proof that the gap in image quality between micro 4/3 sensors and their “full frame” cousins has been closed.    M43 for the Win! (video above is a side by side shootout between the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Nikon D800, courtesy of [More]
Our good friend Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com and ImageMaven.com) has just gone through a conversion of sorts. You see, Marlene is a long time corporate photographer who is used to capturing all of her images in RAW format, but now that she’s shooting with a Panasonic Lumix GH3, that’s all could be changing. Marlene writes… “I’m a longtime raw shooter. Perfect WB. Perfect Exposure. Perfect tonal range. Perfect everything. Perfect for corporate photography. But perfect can sometimes be boring. Then I got my Lumix GH3 camera, and soon discovered the Creative Control mode.“ Soon after, she began to play with the [More]
Our favorite Hybrid Hero is back, and this time with Breaking News! MC Contributor and Photo-Video Innovator Will Crockett is the first guy in the country to get his hands on the new PRO Flash solutions made specifically for the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Panasonic Lumix G5 mirrorless camera systems by Quantum – a major player in wireless TTL Flash systems. The GH3 and the G5 are two of the best camera releases of the last 12 months, and the advent of these new flash systems mean that top level pro companies are now taking mirrorless cameras seriously. Will [More]
David Thorpe offers up this outstanding in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, up to and including a features and set up walkthrough. The Lumix GH3 is the most professional micro 4/3 camera to date.  When paired with the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses, it easily rivals and even surpasses cameras that cost 3 times it’s price (Both Consumer Reports and German Institute Stiftung Warentest rated the Panasonic Lumix GH3 as the top camera in their respective tests). Though the GH3 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 are definitely cut from different molds, the emerging trend are that there are [More]
Consumer Reports recently tested a large group of SLR and “SLR-Like” cameras (in other words…  mirrorless) and were surprised to find that one camera, the Panasonic Lumix GH3, “scored higher than all the SLRs tested in this group.” The reasons behind the results… CR states the following – “…part of the story revolves around how the Lumix DMC-GH3 and other SLR-likes have built in many of the features consumers want. For example, the GH3 is one of the few advanced cameras with a swiveling touch-screen LCD. And you can set focus and shoot by touching the display. You can find [More]
(via 43Rumors)  “Nippon Camera” published their camera roadmap for 2013, which is based on a combination of existing rumors and their own speculations.  If they’re right, then 2013 will mark the release of successors to some of the most popular cameras of the last few years – truly some exciting releases  for fans of micro 4/3 and 4/3 cameras.  It gives me the same feeling I had when I first saw the video above (for the release of the Panasonic Lumix GH3). Nippon’s Guesses for Panasonic and Olympus: Olympus: E-P5 in April E-M7 and E-7 in August Panasonic: GF7 in [More]
(Video above is a slow motion test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 by HawaiiRocksOn and displays the GH3’s extrordinary performance in video mode) CameraLabs just posted an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and as part of their verdict they wrote up a head to head comparison between the GH3 and it’s closest micro 4/3 rival, the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Each of these cameras is the flagship of their respective lineup, and each have garnered a lion’s share of praise and attention since their release.  It’s rumored that each is equipped with essentially the same Sony [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]
CameraLabs have posted the latest in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, which takes the place of the highly popular Lumix GH2 as the flagship of Panasonic’s micro 4/3 camera lineup. The GH2 has achieved a loyal following and an almost cult like status, mostly because of it’s superior abilities as a video recording device.  But can the GH3 live up to the lofty expectations set by it’s predecessor in the video department while surpassing the GH2’s performance as a stills camera? Here is CameraLabs Final Verdict… “The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a worthy successor to the GH2. The [More]
Once upon a time, those who aspired to create big screen, Hollywood caliber productions had to raise enough funding to allow them to lease behemoth, Panavision film cameras (or the like) to record their movies.  These cameras were expensive to lease and expensive to operate since their size required all matter of specialized equipment in order to get the shots envisioned by the film’s director. In the digital age, cameras became somewhat smaller and somewhat easier to operate, but they were still very expensive.  Indeed, may of the upper echelon video cameras like the RED Epic, Arri Alexa, etc., still [More]
(via 43Rumors) The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm 2.8 macro is another excellent addition to Olympus’ micro 4/3 lens lineup, and Photozone have written an in depth review on the new lens. Verdict… The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro may not be the best macro lens that we’ve ever tested but it is certainly an impressive one. The center performance is great and the outer image region is also very sharp at medium apertures. The corners could be better at large apertures though. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. However, the amount of lateral CAs is [More]