2014 is barely 5 weeks old, yet we’ve already seen a flood of Pro level mirrorless camera systems hit the market over the last few months.  For instance, the full frame Sony A7, Sony A7R, Panasonic Lumix GX7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  Now, Fujifilm are stepping up to the plate with their latest and possibly best X-series offering to date, the Fujifilm X-T1.  But have Fuji hit a home run with the newest X-cam?  Judging by the schlew of 5-Star reviews that have been steadily popping up across the photoverse, the answer seems to be an emphatic yes!  (video [More]
Over the last several months (which of course, have been leading up to the Holiday Buying Season), we have seen the release of several remarkable cameras from all the big mirrorless camera companies, including Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic – the latter two, being the developers of micro 4/3 cameras and technology.  The M43 top dogs have not disappointed, as their latest releases represent long awaited upgrades of some of their most popular cameras. In the case of Olympus, the new OM-D E-M1 chimes in as the successor to the highly popular, and highly acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5 – which [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
One of the most frequently asked questions from our MC readers over the last year has been about the successor to Panasonic’s popular, albeit underrated compact Micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix GX1.  The GX1 is a dynamite little camera, performance wise, and it’s small size, pocketability (especially with a lens such a Panasonic’s stellar 20mm 1.7 pancake) and high quality images made it a favorite for M43 shooters.  But the GX1 came out years ago and let’s face it…  it was getting long in the tooth.  It also seems that there have been rumors about it’s successor, which everyone assumed [More]
When Fujifilm released the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 in 2012, the photography world stood up and took notice.  The first generation Fuji X-Trans sensors and processing technology were really something special, and though the sensors aren’t “full frame”, they produce some of the tastiest files you’ll ever get from any camera, and the image quality is nothing short of spectacular.  But what these cameras brought in IQ, they also lacked in Autofocus speed. MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett is no stranger to the Fuji Cams – and the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 were two of his favorite [More]
A while back, sigma announced that they were revamping their lens lineup for micro 4/3 and Sony NEX cameras.  At the time, they offered 2 of the best budget lenses for either of these mirrorless systems – namely, their 19mm 2.8 and 30mm 2.8 lenses.  Now, the reboot is complete and the new versions of these lenses are hitting the market as part of Sigma’s new “Art” lens collection, and they’ll be joined by a 60mm 2.8 lens as well.  Will these new lenses be a worthy addition to your lens collections and do they warrant an upgrade over the [More]
The Olympus PEN E-P5 is about to be launched, and Nate “Blunty” Burr is back to put it through it’s paces, Blunty style.  In this video (above), Blunty gives an excellent overview of the E-P5 Hardware as well as taking it’s new WiFi and App system out for a spin. The PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ classic PEN F SLR camera. The PEN E-P5 boasts in impressive array of specs… Inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5. Also shares an updated version of the OM-D’s breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In [More]
We’ve often affirmed in this space that, in our opinion, the top mirrorless camera makers around today are (in no particular order) Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus – but we’ve also stated that Samsung have been rapidly closing the gap and may be poised to crack the top 4.  Samsung have had some impressive camera releases of late, including the camera featured in this post, the NX300 – which is a mid range interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.  Armed with an impressive touch screen, new hybrid autofocus system and what is arguably the most advanced wifi system of any camera manufacturer [More]
The new Lumix GF6 is Panasonic’s new entry level replacement for the Lumix GF5, is now hitting stores.  The new model features a lot of exciting upgrades over it’s predecessor, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the one found in the GX1) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature).  The GF6 also gains style points over the previous model, with a more substantial build, sleek metal top plate and mode dial. ePhotozine just posted their hands on review of the GF6 and are highly impressed with the new camera. EPZ’s Review [More]
Here’s a couple of reviews on the Sony NEX 3n, the company’s new entry level mirrorless camera system.  The first is from endgadget (video above) and the second comes courtesy of thePhoblographer (excerpts below). As an entry level system, the NEX 3n does lack some of the features that you would find on a more robust (and expensive) camera body, such as an electronic viewfinder, hotshoe adapter and mic input, but the image quality provided by the 3n’s APS-C sensor and it’s $448 USD price point should make it a popular choice for those looking to move into an interchangeable [More]
The Lumix G5 was released less than a year ago, but Panasonic are already poised to release it’s successor, the Lumix G6, in just a few weeks.  But will the new model warrant an upgrade from the G5, which is an exceptional camera in it’s own right? The folks over at ePhotozine have just released their initial hands on review of the new Panasonic Lumix G6, and they are impressed with what the new camera has to offer. Panasonic Lumix G6 Features The Panasonic Lumix G6 has a number of improvements and updates over the Panasonic Lumix G5, including a new [More]
The Panasonic Lumix ZS30 (aka TZ40) is the latest Panasonic pocket superzoom camera to hit the market.  The compact superzoom was invented by Panasonic a few years back, and since then it appears that they, as well as their competitors, release new versions on an annual basis.  Does the new ZS30 represent enough of an improvement over last years model to warrant an upgrade? The video above gives a good overview of the new ZS30, and CameraLabs have now published an in depth review of this years pocket superzoom from Panasonic, and they’re impressed with many of the ZS30’s new [More]
In creating Coolpix A, Nikon have put together a very small compact camera with some impressive specs.  The Coolpix A may have a small body, but Nikon have loaded it up with the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR.  It has a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent).  It also has Full HD video recording capability, 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, and full manual control.  Coming in at just under $1,100 USD, the Coolpix A enters [More]
The Leica X2 Premium Compact Camera has been out for a while now (the review above from DRTV came out last July), but nonetheless, PhotographyBlog have just released their review of this fixed lens mirrorless offering from Leica. On the plus side, well…  it’s a Leica, but does it pack the quality that the name implies, and can it stand up to the new kids on the block like the Fuji X100s? PB’s Leica X2 Conclusions… Don’t have the need to zoom, swap lenses or shoot video clips, but do have enough cash for a holiday somewhere exotic – or [More]
The new Fuji X100s Premium fixed lens compact camera has been getting rave reviews.  After all, it takes everything that was great about it’s predecessor, the X100, and adds lighting fast performance and a juicy X-Trans II Sensor to the mix.  The latest review to hit the web comes courtesy of Kai and the DigitalRevTV gang.  Does the new X100s stand up to the DRTV Test? Note from a man named Wong… “We had a love-hate relationship with the X100 previously: we loved the concept but hated using it sometimes. Will the Fuji X100S – the much anticipated follow-up – [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]
One of the latest reviews on the Fuji X100s Premium Fixed Lens Compact Camera come courtesy of thePhoblographer, and it looks like yet another reputable source is impressed with the newest offering from Fuji.  With it’s phenomenal X-Trans II sensor, EXR II processing technology, a fast and bright Fujinon Lens, Hybrid Viewfinder, lightning fast autofocus and cool retro styling, the Fuji X100s is winning admirers throughout the industry.  So lets take a look at the new Premium Compact on the block… Fuji X100s Specs 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor EXR Processor II Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus (with AF speed up [More]
The Pentax MX1 has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise lackluster year for camera releases thus far (most of the big releases came in late 2012 at the big trade shows). The MX1 though, is a very interesting addition to an crowded fixed lens compact field which includes the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7, Olympus XZ2, Canon G15 and another new release, the Fuji X20.  There have been numerous positive reviews coming in on the new Pentax, with many pointing out it’s quality construction, including brass top and bottom plates and retro styling reminiscent of the old [More]
On the surface, the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera bears a striking resemblance to it’s predecessor, the highly popular X10.  Heck, who am I kidding, they’re virtually identical, but don’t judge a book, or in this case a camera, by it’s cover.  To paraphrase our favorite intergalactic smuggler Han Solo, “she may not look any different, but she’s got it where it counts.”  Indeed, Fuji have packed a whole lotta goodies inside the new model, but is it enough to warrant your attention? The reviews are beginning to come in on the Fuji X20, and we’re featuring two [More]
The new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera enters a crowded field in the mid-level price range with offerings like the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7 and Pentax MX1.  But with it’s cool retro styling, vastly improved autofocus performance and stellar image quality provided by it’s 12mp X-Trans Sensor, the X20 should be a strong contender in this group. One of the latest reviews to come in on the X20 comes from the folks over at TechRadar, who draw the following conclusions on the new camera from Fuji. TechRadar’s Fuji X20 Verdict… With the X20, Fuji continues its dominance in [More]
With all the positive buzz about the current hot properties from Fuji – namely their newly released fixed lens compact cameras, the X20 and X100s – it can sometimes be hard to remember that their former star players were released less than a year ago, and in the case of the Fuji X-E1, that figure comes down to about 6 months.  But the interchangeable lens X-Series cameras from Fuji are still A-List cameras, and Ken McMahon of CameraLabs took the X-E1 out for a proper shakedown while compiling a full review on one of our favorite cameras of the last [More]
Kai Wong, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew take a peek at the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras.  Not to be confused with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens, this lens bares a much closer resemblance to other lenses from the M.Zuiko lineup than it’s pancake shaped counterpart, but does it have it where it counts?  Kai plays hard to get at first, but watch the video to find out if the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8 lens can win him over in the end… The long and the short of it… This is an excellent lens [More]
The reviews are beginning to come in on the new Nikon Coolpix A, Nikon’s entry into the premium fixed lens compact camera arena.  The Coolpix A incorporates a proven 16.1 mp APS-C sensor (the same one found in the D7000) and a good Nikkor 18mm (28mm equivalent) lens, although at f/2.8 it’s a little slower than the lens on it’s chief competition, the Fuji X-100s (see full comparison here). One of the latest reviews to be posted comes from the folks at PhotographyBlog, who come to the following conclusions about the Nikon Coolpix A. The Nikon Coolpix A… “…is an assured [More]
Pro Photo Phenom David Hobby just put the following post up on Google + … “After just a few weeks with the new FujiFIlm X100s, it is already my favorite camera I have ever owned.” That’s high praise indeed from someone as renowned as David, who has no doubt handled hundreds of cameras over the years, and now he’s posted his in depth review on theStobist. Strobist FujiFilm X100s Review Highlights… “Reader’s Digest Version: It’s a remarkable, sync-at-any-speed camera with a no-apologies 16mp chip. I’ll probably make more pictures with this camera over the next year than all of my [More]