DPReview conducted an interview with Panasonic’s Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group, and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group.  The following is some highlights from that interview. The GH3 has been well received… In reference to Panasonic’s new flagship micro 4/3 camera, Mr. Uematsu said the following… ‘the GH3 has been well received, especially for motion pictures. As you know we interviewed many people in the industry in Europe and North America, so it would offer what they needed – broadcasters needed bitrates above 50Mbps so we offer 50 and 72Mbps. In Europe they needed 25p, [More]
While at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan – Diginfo.TV reports that Ricoh have unveiled an omnidirectional camera that can take a full 360° panoramic image in one shot. About the Omnidirectional Camera from Ricoh… “It has two fish-eye lenses, each of which covers 180 degrees. The camera combines the two pictures, and sends them via Wi-Fi to a tablet or smartphone for viewing. The idea is, the pictures you take arrive automatically.” “When viewing it like a regular panoramic image, you can also see up and down. When you pull out from the image, it finally becomes a circle, and you [More]
endgadget posted an article about the Lynx A Camera – The World’s First 3-D Point and Shoot Camera.  OK, so it’s not exactly a compact camera, and it won’t quite fit into your pocket, but the Lynx A does represent a new frontier in imaging technology. According to Austin, Texas based Lynx Laboratories, the Lynx A will help bring the learning curve for 3D rendering down a bit, as they claim that this “point-and-shoot 3D camera”is even easier to use than many standard digital cameras. The list of things the tablet-shaped device can do is impressive, including… 3-D digital measure [More]
A couple days ago in an article entitled “Full Frame vs APS-C and Micro 4/3 – Does Size Really Matter?,” I laid out the argument that what matters most is not the size of the sensor, but how well it performs (and the technology that goes into it).  To illustrate my point, I used the analogy of the “Fast and the Furious” movies where, like in the video above (courtesy of MovieClips), you see the main characters racing in little 4 cylinder cars against big, 8 cylinder “muscle” cars.  The little cars should be completely outclassed.  But then Paul Walker [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews stops by the Panasonic Booth at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan and does a side by side comparison of the old and new Lumix 14-42mm f3.5 to f5.6 lenses. Out with the Old, In with the New It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the old 14-42mm G Vario Kit lens that went out with many Panasonic Cameras over the last couple of years.  It feels cheap in the hand and it’s performance is generally in the mediocre range.  If I had to describe it, I would say that it’s “OK” – meaning that [More]
With their NEX Camera Lineup, it’s pretty much universally held that Sony are producing some of the best Compact System Cameras on the market (In the video above, Derek Yeo sings the praises of the Sony NEX-6 – the most advanced NEX camera to date and one of our favorite cameras of 2012).  The NEX Cameras are highly rated for image quality in both stills and video, and Sony’s Sensor Technology is so good that it’s being used by several other camera companies as well.  However, it’s also widely held (including in this space) that the biggest knock on the [More]
The Phobolographer is reporting that the long rumored firmware updates for Fuji’s celebrated mirrorless compact system cameras, the X-Pro1 and X-E1, as well as their 35mm 1.4 Lens have been released. Here are the details: X Pro 1 (2.03) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions 35mm f1.4 (2.02) download link Improved autofocus accuracy and performance XE-1 (1.04) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Shutter release button now works when an external remote release is connected Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions Audio performance has [More]
I have no idea what the guys in the video above are saying, but I do know they’re talking about CP+, and they seem pretty excited. Maybe it’s because there’s no less than FIVE (count ’em, FIVE) micro 4/3 lenses that have been announced at the event so far.  There are the 3 new Sigma lenses that we already told you about, and there are two more, as reported by MirrorlessRumors. Looks like another banner year for micro 4/3! First up, it’s Panasonic with an update (or replacement) to their mediocre 14-42mm kit lens.  The new 14-42mm lens will have [More]
Sigma Corporation announced four new lenses at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 in Yokohama, Japan – 3 of the new lenses are designed for use with micro 4/3 or Sony NEX (E-Mount) cameras.  The fourth lens is an APS-C format. Two of the new mirrorless camera lenses are updated versions of Sigma’s 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 lenses (which we love – the video above by goslava101, was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and Sigma 30mm 2.8 lens), while the third is an all new 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, and all the new lenses are part of [More]
There’s a lot of buzz out there right now about the new Metabones Speed Booster Lens Adapter, and understandably so.  After all, the Speed Booster adapter promises to not only let you use your legacy lenses on a Sony NEX Camera (with other options available soon, including micro 4/3), it also promises to make those lenses brighter and faster (by a full f-stop) essentially, as if by magic, converting your small sensor camera into a full frame monster.  This almost sounds too good to be true…  but is it? The Metabones Speed Booster is now getting into the hands of [More]
The concept of the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter is mind boggling, to say the least.  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount (for Sony NEX cameras, but a micro 4/3 version is in the works and scheduled for release in March, 2013), but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera full-frame, while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to [More]
(Via PhotographyBlog) – Olympus have just announced that there will be five new companies that will be joining Olympus and Panasonic in making micro 4/3 cameras, lenses and gear; including JK Imaging (a US Based company that will manufacture cameras under the Kodak name), innovative digital cinema camera (aka Blackmagic Design – which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT), Photron (experts in high-speed digital imaging), German company SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. Olympus states “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing [More]
It looks like the era of the Kodak Moment isn’t over after all.  Legendary camera and film company Eastman Kodak all be removed themselves from the camera manufacturing arena in 2012, although they left a tiny door open by mentioning that they “might be open to co-branding arrangements.”  In news coming out of the CES show in Las Vegas last week, it now appears that Kodak have reached such an arrangement with American Camera Supplier JK Imaging to produce cameras under the Kodak moniker, and not just the cheap stuff. According to Amateur Photographer, Kodak and JKI have their sights [More]
CES 2013 (aka, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV) is now history, and lots of cool new gadgets, toys and innovations were released (see the video montage above, courtesy of Blunty3000).  Unfortunately, not many groundbreaking releases came from the world of photo-videography. Since 2012 was an on year for the biennial Photokina Photo and Video Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany, as well as the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, which was also held in late autumn, it seems as though most of the Camera Companies chose last year to unveil their latest releases.  Indeed, we saw some amazing [More]
(Via AndroidCentral) – Here’s a demonstration of Samsung’s Smart Camera 2.0 App from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) in Las Vegas. Smart Camera 2.0 allows users of Samsung’s Galaxy devices to wirelessly connect to their Samsung Smart Cameras and control the camera’s functions as well as sharing images directly to the internet or smart devices. Samsung are one of the first companies to incorporate “smart” technology into their cameras.  Of course, Samsung has a leg up on the competition as they’re also manufacturers of smartphones and tablets, so using the Android Jellybean OS on their Galaxy Camera was a [More]
PetaPixel posted an article (and the video above) about the “blazing fast autofocus speed” of the new Fuji X-100s compact digital camera.  As we noted in an earlier post, Fuji’s focus in 2013 is on speed, and with their new X-Trans II sensor, Fuji appear to have succeeded in adding that speed to the top of class image quality of their sensors. PetaPixel Reports “When Fujifilm announced the X100s last week, it made the bold claim that the camera had the world’s fastest autofocus system among cameras of the same class. Sluggish autofocus was one of the big complaints owners [More]
From PetaPixel:  One of Samsung’s big reveals at CES 2013 is its new 2D/3D lens, which can be paired with the new NX300 to capture true 3D photographs and video using a single lens and a single sensor. When you’re feeling like switching back to 2D, a convenient switch on the side of the lens turns it into an ordinary camera lens. The technology is actually pretty interesting. The lens contains two shutters on the left and right sides. When in 3D mode, these shutters flap one at a time at a rate of 60 times per second, allowing the [More]
Pixiq posted a nice overview of the new Olympus Stylus TOUGH Cameras, the TG-2, TG-830 and the TG-630, which were just launched at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. The new “Tough” cameras are made to go along with you anywhere you go, even in the most extreme environments of the inner city or the great outdoors, and are touted to be shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, etc. Here’s the skinny from Pixiq… The Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-2: Has a bright ƒ/2.0-4.9 lens that covers 25 to 100mm (35mm equivalent), the ability to shoot in aperture priority mode, and can get [More]
In the video above, WhatDigitalCamera takes a look at the new Nikon 1 J3, the successor to the J2, which has a beefed up CX CMOS Sensor over it’s predecessor (up from 10.1 mp to 14.3 mp). The Nikon 1 J3 was just launched at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, NV along with a new entry level mirrorless system the Nikon S1.  But is there anything here that will warrant considering one of the new Nikon mirroless systems over say, an Olympus PEN Mini, a Panasonic GX1 or a Sony NEX 5n? PetaPixel are also at the CES and take [More]
Fuji have unveiled the the successors to the X-10 and X-100, namely the new X-100s and X-20, at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas, NV – and this year, Fuji plans to focus on speed. This is good news for fans of Fuji’s breakout X-Trans CMOS Sensor and EXR processing technology, which in my opinion produces some of the best still images that you’ll get from ANY camera.  But the knock on Fuji cameras, like the X-100, X-Pro1 and X-E1, was that their speed of operation and autofocus functionality were sluggish, especially when compared to the competition. Enter Fuji’s [More]
PetaPixel got some Hands On time with the new Fuji X-100S immediately after the company’s press conference, and they were impressed with the new camera’s autofocus speed, which they called “blazin’ fast”. PetaPixel also played around with 2 of the new manual focus features, including Fuji’s new “Split Image Manual Focus”, which is highlighted in the videos above and below (courtesy of PetaPixel). PetaPixel Reports:  One [new manual focusing feature] is something many photographers are already familiar with (and have been clamoring for): focus peaking. The second hasn’t been received with as much fanfare, but is actually quite fantastic. It’s [More]
MirrorlessRumors is reporting that the Pentax Q10 will now be available in 100 different color combinations for “heightened individualized photographic expression.  Consumers will now be able to order a custom built Q10 camera to reflect their unique taste and individuality.” Sounds kinda like Pentax are trying to be the “Mini Cooper” of the digital camera world.  (Press release below photo) Here’s the Press release from Pentax:   Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2013) CES Booth #C15113— PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX) is now offering consumers the ability to custom order the Q10, the world’s smallest, lightest mirrorless interchangeable lens [More]
Consumer Reports talks about the new and innovative cameras they expect to see launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) next week. We can’t wait to see all the cool new cameras and gadgets that’ll be launched at the show, and we’re sure that YOU can’t wait either, so be sure to keep coming back to MirrorlessCentral for all the latest news, reviews and updates from the CES! Until then, we’ll wet your appetite, here’s a list of all the compact cameras that will be introduced by Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony (via PhotoRumors.com). Fujifilm: HS35EXR: 16MP, 30x [More]
Looks like Polaroid is jumping into the mirrorless pool with their new IM1836, and according to Phototips.biz, they’re cloning the Nikon 1 J2.  As there’s no video on the Polaroid IM1836 as of yet, we’ve posted a video review of the Nikon 1 J2 from DigitalCameraWorld above, since it does look like they are indeed the same camera. PhotoTips Reports:  Called the IM1836, Polaroid managed to partner with a company called Sakar in order to build the 18.1 MP mirrorless camera. And it look surprisingly a lot like the Nikon J2. Check out the side by side below. Even the [More]