Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) Takes an in depth look at the Pentax MX-1.  This is Pentax’s new entry into the fixed lens compact arena, and it’s introductory price of $479 USD has it sliding in quite nicely between the Panasonic Lumix LX7 (currently a steal at $399 USD) and the Sony RX100 ($648 USD), which are two of our favorite compact cameras of the last year, and both are exceptional.  But can the new MX-1 compete with the likes of Sony and Panasonic? Pentax MX-1 Key Features 12MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens 3.0″ [More]
Google’s Glass Project is another example of how quickly technology is advancing. Glass is a wearable optical device that’s part Virtual Assistant, part Hybrid Camera, part Heads Up Display, and using one is surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live. Directions pop up right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Instantly get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask. While Glass is still in development, it’s easy to [More]
In this episode of SGNL by Sony, Anthony and Kenta pull back the curtain back and take a look at the two new Sony Alpha cameras, the α58 and the α NEX-3N. The NEX-3N is Sony’s new entry level camera in the NEX lineup.  It has a 16 mp Exmor CMOS Sensor and boast lots of new capabilities and physical features like a zoom level and tiltable touch screen that flips a full 180 degrees – great for self portraits, although it is a bit disappointing that the screen’s resolution has been reduced by half from the previous generation, the [More]
Ever want one of those cool Thermal Imaging Devices like the guys from Finding Bigfoot use when they’re out Squatchin’?  Well, you’re in luck… It looks like the gang from Mu Optics are developing an affordable solution that’ll hook right up to your smart device.  What keeps those thermal units out of the hands of every day folk is that they’re super expensive, but the Mu Crew figured that, if you got rid of the most costly components of a typical thermal device – i.e. the onboard processor, user interface, the screen and the complicated optics – and instead used [More]
As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is. Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a [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 MirrorlessRumors)  Sony have now officially announced the release of the new NEX 3n interchangeable lens mirrorless camera (expected for march, 2013).  The NEX 3n is touted as “the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C sized sensor“, and will join an already crowded NEX lineup as an entry level camera aimed at those moving up from fixed lens point and shoot cameras. Included in the NEX 3n’s remarkably compact body is a large APS-C image sensor and Sony Bionz processor that should produce superb image quality. The NEX 3n also features a convenient built-in flash, a 180° tiltable [More]
Here’s a nifty little device we’ve come across that may be a perfect fit for shooting video with a mirrorless camera system, such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Sony NEX 6. Meet the dougmon.  Invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – the dougmon is touted as the swiss utility knife of hand held camera support systems. Doug Monroe is a cameraman who specializes in reality television and documentary shooting and the video tutorial above illustrates how to use this smart simple camera support system. Doug has spent nine years perfecting the dougmon and [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15. Olympus BCL-15mm press release… “Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin — just 9mm thick — that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass [More]
Pro Photo Guru Chase Jarvis got his hands on an innovative new piece of equipment that’s in development called the Lil-Mule and wrote up an article detailing his initial impressions >>Here<<.  The Lil Mule is touted as “An intuitive, affordable, heavy duty camera platform for creating arced or linear camera moves when shooting time lapse and video”, and it’s basically a robotic dolly that will drive your camera around, allowing you to capture cool slider shots and time-lapse videos without a track. For a little more info, check out the Lil Mule KickStarter Video below: Here’s Chase’s Preliminary Conclusions on [More]
John Maier (CEO of Blue Microphones) showcases the new Blue Mikey Digital Microphone for iOS devices.  These days it seems that more and more audio, photo and video companies are figuring out ways to utilize the sophisticated technology that’s built in to iOS devices to provide the brainpower for their gear and apps.  With the Blue Mikey, you now have a portable and affordable way to tap into Blue Microphones’ high quality audio. Product Features The Blue Mikey Digital Microphone has two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording, a line-input, USB pass through and a 230-degree rotating design which is [More]
The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few new camera releases of note at the 2013 Winter Trade Shows (CES, PMA, etc.), and it enters what has become a crowded field of quality compact cameras, such as the Sony RX100, the Panasonic Lumix LX7, the Canon S110, and soon – the Fuji X-20. The MX-1’s design harkens back the great Pentax cameras of old and many will be drawn to the retro styling of this new camera which, when combined with current digital technology, [More]
Star light, star bright.  How can I get good shots of the stars I see at night?… A company called Vixen may just have the solution you’re looking for. Shooting Stars with the Polarie… The Vixen Polarie is a specialized photographic accessory that allows you to take pin-sharp photos of stars and constellations. It is designed to follow the apparent motion of the stars caused by the earth’s rotation, thereby eliminating star trails. If you watch the video above, using the Polarie to shoot stars and constellations, as well the Milky Way Galaxy looks surprisingly straightforward.  Simply mount the Polarie [More]
Reporting from CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews gets his hands on the new Panasonic DMC TZ40 fixed lens compact camera, and even takes it for a little spin to get some test shots. The TZ40 comes equipped with a Leica branded lens and it seems to perform just as I would expect, but what really impresses me the most about this new camera is it’s wireless features, including NFC (Near Field Communication), which allows you to touch devices together to establish a connection. I expect that there will be many more wi-fi enabled cameras released this [More]
(via PetaPixel)  No, it’s not a Hitchcock movie (at least, I hope it isn’t ~_^).  It’s just an incredible video captured by Paris-based director and photographer Neels Castillon; and this video documenting his encounter with “a massive murmuration of starlings” has been making waves on the web. Castillon writes that he stumbled upon the scene while he was out shooting a commercial project at an airport in Marseille, France: We were shooting for a commercial with my D.O.P, waiting for an helicopter flying into the sunset, when thousands and thousands of birds came and made this incredible dance in the [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]
Hybrid Photography Ninja and Photo/Video Innovator “Coach” Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, this time showcasing a great new hand grip camera mount that he’s been using from Camtrol. For guys like Will (who has a bum leg) and me (with sporadic back issues), having an easy way to get a low angle shot can be a lifesaver.  And the Camtrol Hand Grip, which is small, lightweight, portable, and has shutter release button built right into the handle, is one of the best solutions that I’ve see. Will writes… If you need to shoot high or low angle shots, but you [More]
PetaPixel posted an article highlighting the new Flip Cap – a lens cap that screws on to the front end of your lens that you can flip open to take pictures and then flip it closed when you’re done; thus preventing the “where did I put my lens cap?” syndrome, for which I am famous. 😉 Petapixel reports At the CP+ trade show in Japan, Kenko International is showing off a new product called the Flip Cap, a lens cap that screws on permanently, but flips out of the way when you’re using your camera. As the video above by [More]
New from RØDE, the smartLav – a lavalier microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® Touch.  Can the smartLav provide professional quality audio recordings from an iOS device? Here are the Details from RØDE The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications, from the boardroom to the pulpit, the car to the classroom. The RØDE smartLav uses a standard TRRS connection, which plugs directly into your Apple iOS device’s headset input. By employing an omni-directional capsule that picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, the smartLav can [More]
endgadget previews the Pentax Optio WG 3, which was on display at CP+ 2013 in Yokhama, Japan.  The WG 3 is the latest in a line of extreme looking cameras from Pentax.  Indeed, this little bad boy looks like it can take a licking and keep on clicking, but does the Optio WG 3 have it where it counts? Endgadget reports The Pentax Optio WG 3 packs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a sharp 3-inch LCD and a 4x, f/2-4.9 lens. Its survivability stats, printed around the lens, include waterproof to 14 meters (46 feet), shockproof to 2-meter (6.5-foot) drops, crush-proof [More]
Here’s another CES 2013 report from Blunty3000.  This time around, Blunty gives us a sneak peek at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few bright spots to come out of an of an otherwise forgettable CES Show (from a photographer’s perspective).  Of course, most of the major announcements and releases in the photo/video industry came late last year at the Photokina Expo in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC. Blunty writes… “The Pentax MX-1, announced at CES 2013, is carrying on Pentax’s bold attitude toward design and producing interesting cameras to [More]
These days, it seems like everyone is trying to get their piece of the highly lucrative pie that GoPro have carved out in the POV (Point Of View) Action Camera market.  Some are very similar to the cameras they’re attempting to knock off the top of the mountain and others are just…  well, they’re knock offs. As Nate “Blunty3000” Burr reports from CES 2013, Panasonic now throwing their proverbial hat into the POV Ring with an all new action cam called the HX-A100 (or A100 for short – Read our earlier post here), but the folks at Panasonic are entering [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]
French Company Lehmann Aviation is now manufacturing a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) specifically designed as a platform for GoPro POV Action Cams.  The Lehmann LA100 is basically a remote controlled flying wing with a mount on top for your GoPro cameras. Here’s the Press Release (via Photography Blog) Lehmann LA100 – WORLD’S 1st FULLY AUTOMATIC UAV for $1,200 USD Launch it. Wait 5 minutes. Enjoy your aerial images. BLOIS, FRANCE – Lehmann Aviation Ltd, the manufacturer of professional micro civil UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), announced today launch of a totally new product – LA100, a fully automatic UAV which works [More]