Here’s a great comparison video from Nate “Blunty3000” Burr pitting the undisputed King of the Action Cam Mountain – The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition – against the tough as nails upstart – The Ion Air Pro HD.  It’s Apollo Creed vs Rocky Balboa in a head to head POV matchup. From a cursory viewing, GoPro get’s the edge with it’s feature rich menu and stabilization technology, but the Ion Air Pro counter punches with it’s rock solid build quality and punchy color reproduction. Which one is the winner?…  That’s up for you to decide.  Let us know which one you [More]
In another report from the SXSW Trade Show in Austin, TX, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul stops by the Cinetics booth to talk with founder Justin Jensen. Cinetics is a Kickstarter-launched company that makes several camera dolly/support systems, many of which work hand in hand with Joby Gorilla-Pod Tripods, including CineSkates Roller Attachments, CineSquid Suction Cup Attachments, and the CineSkates Pro Tripod.
A little while ago Carlos, a reader here on MirrorlessCentral, submitted a question about using Pocket Wizards with Mirrorless Cameras.  So to get the best possible answer that I could for Carlos, I went straight to the big dig himself – MC Contributor and Photo Innovator Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com), and Will whipped up a video response complete with some exciting news. Here’s what Will has to say… “As photographers, we often need to wirelessly trigger studio flash and battery powered portable flash from our mirrorless cameras.  When we need only manual exposure flash, like studio strobes, basic Pocket Wizards work [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]
An interview with Lorry from Quantum, who shows off the new Quantum Omicron LED Ringlight. The Quantum Omicron is one of our favorite pieces of equipment for Hybrid Photography.  It provides a “chromatically correct” LED light array by incorporating a mix of high quality white and colored LEDs to deliver true color rendition. Both the flash and continuous light produce a 60° beam angle with 5000K temperature. For more on the Quantum Omicron, check out this post by MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett. Buy the Quantum Omicron LED Ringlight on Amazon Here
First, Canon announce that they’re working on a teenie, tiny little DSLR to compete with mirrorless systems, and now this…  A UK based manufacturer is making lenses under the name Dog Shi…  er…  DogSchidtOptiks – Really.  I mean, is it April Fools already? Apparently, this is no joke.  These are real lenses and they’re based on classic 58mm f/2.0 Zeiss designs from the 1960s. According to DogSchidt Shop Owner Richard Gale, “We hand machine each lens and apply various cool modifications to add extra character to your pictures or movies. The lenses are available in various styles. Please see our [More]
Looks like the new Fuji X100s is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of premium compact cameras, as it has just collected another highly positive review – this time, collecting 5 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Essential” from the reviewers at PhotographyBlog. PhotographyBlog Concludes… “It may look almost identical to the original X100, but the new X100S includes so many improvements, particularly to its operational speed, that it definitely feels like shooting with an entirely new camera. We were skeptical about what the X100S would offer and whether it could tempt X100 owners (ourselves included) [More]
As we move away from traditional still photography and into the era of hybrid, the need for always on lighting solutions is becoming more and more important, and it’s looking more and more like LED lighting may be the best long term solution.  Small and Portable LED Light Panels can attach directly to your camera’s hot shoe adapter, they throw out brilliant light, they don’t run hot and they don’t eat up a lot of power.  But although their light is brilliant, it can also be a little harsh and it tends to focus in a small area. Innovation to [More]
Did you know that Youtube now gives you the ability to easily upload photos (yes…  photos) to create basic hybrid slideshows? It seems that Google’s popular video hosting service isn’t just for videos anymore, and Petapixel posted an article demonstrating Youtube’s new Hybrid Creation Tool. Petapixel reports… “[Youtube] has a special feature designed just for photo slideshows. If you’ve never considered using YouTube for photos, you may have never noticed the option, but it’s right there on the Upload page. Click it, and you’ll be asked to select the photos you’d like to use for the slideshow. This can either [More]
TheCameraStore‘s Chris Niccolls recently had a chance to test two of this year’s most anticipated cameras: The Fuji X100s and Fuji X20. What’s new? The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and on the outside you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between these new cameras and their predecessors.  But as Chris puts it, the X100s and X20 are “evolutionary cameras” that keep the best features of their predecessors while fixing a lot of the things that shooters didn’t like.  One of the biggest improvements is that both cameras are equipped [More]
DigitalCameraWorld take a look at the new Sony NEX 3N, which comes as the direct replacement to Sony’s entry level compact system camera, the NEX F3.  As with the F3, the NEX 3n is aimed squarely at those looking to make the jump from a point and shoot digital compact to a camera with interchangeable lenses. My 2 Cents In terms of build quality and image quality, the Sony NEX 3n is indeed impressive when compared to other entry level interchangeable lens cameras.  It’s loaded up with the same 16mp sensor that powers it’s bigger brothers, the NEX 5r and [More]
Blunty takes the Glide Gear DNA 1000 Video Stabilizer out for a spin.  The DNA 1000 is Glide Gear’s medium sized stabilizer offering and is a perfect fit for smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Systems like a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Lumix G5, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-Series Camera or Sony NEX Series Camera. DNA-1000 Features: The most advanced stabilisation system on the market for its camera weight range Super lightweight, only 1.6lbs without counterweights Easy adjustment controls with easy release camera plate Three-axis gimbal joint with 360° rotation and adjustable convergence Quick adjust sliding telescoping center post Dynamic balance [More]
In the video above, the gang from SLR Lounge demonstrate the new MeFOTO Roadtrip and MeFOTO Globetrotter Travel Tripods. The MeFOTO Travel Tripods are Benro’s new lightweight and highly portable and highly customizable camera support systems, which are also available in numerous colors that are proving to be favorites among our contributors and are sure to attract loads of attention. MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. 2 Leg Angle Positions – For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into [More]
Here’s a collection of the latest videos about the new Fuji X100s and Fuji X20 fixed lens compact cameras, starting with the video above which features Greg and Billy (aka, the Fuji Guys). The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and though they might look a lot like their predecessors, they’re loaded up with Fuji’s all new X-Trans II Sensors and EXR II Processing technology, which enables them to pop out images of mind-blowing quality while great upping their speed, including autofocus speed which Fuji now claims is the “fastest in the world” [More]
Ever since it was announced a few months ago, the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter has been creating quite a buzz, and now micro 4/3 users are licking their chops, because the M43 version is due out in April. According to 43Rumors… Metabones will launch the new Speed Booster adapter for MFT in April and not in March as previously reported. There’s still no definitive word on which lenses will supported, but “I have been told the adapters will be manually only (no electronic support). Price may be around $399 (still no final decision yet).” Officially the Nikon, Leica R, Contax [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews takes a look at the newly announced Nikon Coolpix A fixed lens digital camera, and compares it with another recent entry into the premium fixed lens compact arena, the Fuji X-100s.  This will probably become a common comparison over the next few months as these are two premium compacts from two of the biggest names in imaging, and they’re in roughly the same price range. The Nikon Coolpix A does have some impressive specs.  It’s loaded the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR, but with the Coolpix A, Nikon have [More]
Jay from OpenAirLife takes a look at the Hitcase Pro for iPhone. The Hitcase Pro is a waterproof, shockproof case with it’s own built-in wide-angle conversion lens that allows your phone to capture a 170° angle of view.  It’s also equipped with a patent-pending ShockSeal design that protects the phone from the elements while also shielding it from shocks and drops. The Hitcase Pro’s Railslide system makes it easy to mount to just about anything by utilizing its auto-locking functionality and one-button trigger release – and it’s even compatible with GoPro mounts. The sample footage above looks great, just as we [More]
In the video above, Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews shows you the basic concept behind the Rogue Flashbender, a great attachment that will help you add versatility to and enhance the performance of your flash units. Now ExpoImaging (the makers of the Rogue Flashbender) are upping their game by offering the all new Rogue Flashbender XL Pro Lighting Kit. What’s in the Kit? (via thePhoblographer)  This kit includes the new XL Pro FlashBender–which is larger than the previous large version. As it stands, we believe that the large reflector is one of the best upgrades for modern wedding photographers, but the [More]
Ali Jennings of DigitalCameraWorld takes a quick look at the newly announced Nikon Coolpix A fixed lens compact digital camera. The Coolpix A borrows the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR, yet the new Nikon compact is surprisingly small. Despite it having a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent) the Coolpix A packs in many features that you’d expect on an SLR, including… Full HD video recording 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 full manual control The [More]
Our good friend, Photo-Phenom and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com Suzette Allen demonstrates the dougmon handheld camera stabilizer. The dougmon was invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – hence the name – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – Doung touts the dougmon as the swiss army knife of hand held camera support systems. My 2 Cents Anytime someone comes up with a solution to make life easier for us video shooters, I’m all for it. Thanks Suzette for a great demo!  I’ll try mine with a slingmon sling system. What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below… If you’re interested [More]
WhatDigitalCamera interviews Pro Photographer Jim Marks about the new Fuji Fixed Lens Compact Cameras, the X-20 and X-100s.  (Part 1 of the interview is above, Part 2 is below) Marks got his hands on a pre-production X100s and X20 and discusses what he likes about each as well as the advantages of mirrorless camera systems in general and why he chose to use Fuji X-Series cameras instead of his DSLR system. Enjoy! Part II My 2 Cents For those of you who are regular readers here on MirrorlessCentral, you know that that he’s not exactly covering any ground that we [More]
WhatDigitalCamera takes a look at the new Fuji X-20 fixed lens compact digital camera. The X20 is the successor to Fuji’s popular X-10 compact camera.  Although the new camera is loaded up with Fuji’s all new X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR II processing technology, the sensor maintains the same 2/3in dimensions and 12MP pixel count of the X10. As part of their new autofocus system, the sensor now has phase-detection pixels built into its array, which are said to help the camera to achieve autofocus speeds of up to 0.06sec – a major improvement over previous versions. The camera [More]
In the video above, WhatDigitalCamera takes a first look at the Sony NEX 3n, the new entry level addition to the Sony NEX camera lineup.  Chris Gampat of thePhoblographer also got his hands on the new camera and shares his first impressions. Product Features… Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity with advanced noise reduction With a new Exmor sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the NEX-3N easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 16000. Newly designed anti-slip grip Perfect for self-portraits or casual snaps, the natural form ensures quick, [More]
A short while ago, we were intrigued by an iPhone app called Cycloramic that allowed users to create 360 degree panoramic videos by placing their iPhone on a table, where the phone would spin itself around using it’s vibrate function. By popular demand, the makers of Cycloramic have included a panoramic photo mode, where the photos can be taken manually by the user or in the same self pirouette style (with the iPhone 5). Cycloramic is a cool little app that’s definitely a conversation starter, and it would seem that others agree… Awards and Accolades “Unexpected, fanciful, and useful all [More]