Here’s another cool piece of gear that was unveiled at CES 2013 – this time, in the form of a 2 piece wearable camera. With the HX-A100, Panasonic now jump in to the lucrative POV (Point Of View) Action Camera Market currently occupied by the likes of GoPro, Sony and a few others. What separates the HX-A100 from it’s competitors though, is that it comes in 2 pieces. The camera unit, which is now a lightweight housing for the lens and image capturing unit that can be easily clipped on to say, a headband or helmet. The control unit, which [More]
A couple of days ago, we published an article about a new lens adapter from Metabones that promises to not only boost the speed the legacy lenses that you use on your mirrorless camera systems, but it will also make the images appear clearer and sharper.  This is an exciting proposition, especially for users of systems like Sony’s NEX series cameras, which don’t have a lot of native lenses from which to choose as of yet, or for those who already have a large collection of legacy glass.  Now, the first hands on evaluations are starting to come in, this [More]
Here’s a couple of “First Looks” at the new Fuji X-20 Premium Compact Camera. First, in the video above, the Fuji Guys give you a nice overview of the new camera while highlighting it’s upgrades over the previous model, the Fuji X-10. Below are some first impressions, courtesy of the Phoblographer. The X20 is very much the same camera as the X10 was with some very minor upgrades to the inside. We loved the X10 and in my own mind, I really have to wonder how the X20 will be able to compete with the rest of the point and [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]
I often find myself musing that when I went to college, we used a huge mainframe computer that occupied most of the space in a large building, and today…  the “smart phone” that I carry around in my pocket is hundreds (if not thousands) of times more powerful than that mainframe ever could have hoped to have been.  Heck, it’s even more powerful than the computers that NASA used to put a man in the moon. Smart Innovations Today, smart companies are figuring out new and innovative ways to adapt those powerful mini computers for their own uses. Witness the [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]
The video above is a quick look at the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera (courtesy of DigitalCameraWorld), which features 50 improvements over it’s predecessor, the Fuji X10, and incoporates Fuji’s new X-Trans II CMOS Sensor and upgraded processing technology. DPReview has also posted a hands on preview based on a pre-production model they got their hands on for evaluation. Highlights of DPR’s hands on preview: At first glance, the X20 looks just like its predecessor the X10, although it’s now available in a very pretty silver-and-black finish, alongside the conventional all-black. But inside it offers a couple of [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]
Billy from the FujiGuys gives a hands on preview of the new Fuji X-100S and highlights the changes from the previous model, the X-100. The X-100S features an all new X-Trans CMOS Sensor with a Phase Detection Pixel built in.  Does this mean that Fuji have now closed the gap in Autofocus speed with other top line mirrorless and DSLR systems?  The demonstrations that Billy gives in the video look promising, but we’ll reserve final judgement until a final production version is released (and we can get our hands on one).  If Fuji have succeeded in producing the lightning fast [More]
MC Contributor, photo/video innovator and Hybrid Photography “Coach” Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com is blazing trails once again.  He just shot a portrait session completely without using flash, and he created a cool Hybrid eProduct at the same time! Will writes:  Yesterday was a big day.  I made it through two portrait shoots in the studio using no flash whatsoever, and lit the entire job using LED Lights Only! The lights used were the Quantum Omicron LED ringlight, for the bold “shadowless” look you see, and I also used a cluster of three Manfrotto ML 840H Maxima LED lights mounted inside [More]
UberGizmoDotCom posted this short video overview of the soon to be released Samsung NX300 20mp Compact System Camera (scheduled to be shipping in March, 2013 and will be bundled with Adobe Lightroom). Samsung will also be releasing a new 45mm f/1.8 lens that will have the capability of shooting 3-D images. Camera Specs are as follows:  NX300 Product Specifications (courtesy of Samsung) Image Sensor 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS IS OIS mode is only provided on 2D shooting mode Display 84.0mm (3.31”) AMOLED with a Tilt Touch PanelWVGA (800×400) 768k dots ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, [More]
We love all those cool, extreme shots that you can get with a GoPro Hero2 or GoPro Hero3 action cam, and now a new way to to get those stunning, one of a kind shots has just flown into the picture. Meet the DJI Phantom Quadcopter.  This all in one solution comes pre-assembled and is ready to fly right out of the box, complete with a remote control unit and a camera mount that;s perfect for your GoPro Camera. Here’s the company schpeil >> The DJI Phantom not only has an attractive appearance, but also has a built-in Naza-M + [More]
Here’s a couple looks at the revolutionary Sony RX1 – The world’s smallest full frame digital camera. No kidding… this sucker is TINY! It fits in the palm of your hand, but it’s loaded up with a superb, 35mm full frame Sony Sensor and has a top notch Carl Zeiss Lens attached to the front. The Zeiss lens is also 35mm, but can switch between macro and standard modes. The first review is from DigitalCameraWorld (in the video above). The second comes from LumiousLandscape, who conclude >>  I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony [More]
Olympus’ Micro 4/3 breakthrough camera, the OM-D E-M5 has been chosen by the readers of DPReview as the Best Camera of 2012, edging out DSLR favs – the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII. This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system.  The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike.  Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened [More]
SoundImagePlus muses on whether or not there’s any point to micro 4/3 “Pro Spec” Lenses, paticularly the Lumix 12-35mm Lens f/2.8 and the Lumix 35-100mm Lens f/2.8 X Zoom Lenses from Panasonic, released in conjunction with the new micro 4/3 flagship camera, the Lumix GH3. In the beginning of his article, SIP bemoans the fact that DSLRs, in attempting to integrate more technology, faster sutofocus, Image Stbilization, etc., have gotten larger and larger (and heavier and heavier).  He goes on to state that “As far as I was concerned, we lost something.  But now, it seems to me, we have that [More]
(Video review of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 above from FrugalFilmmakers – In the interest of equal time, we’ve also posted a video review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 below this article, courtesy of Blunty3000) SoundImagePlus have posted a great comparison between the new Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X-Zoom Lens and the relatively new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime. These lenses are among the pricier of the vast micro 4/3 lens lineup, but does their performance justify the price? …and which one is the better lens? Here’s some highlights of SoundImagePlus’ conclusion:  First of all, I have to say how good both lenses [More]
43Rumors posted a great collection of the latest videos shot by, and tests of, the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Feast your eyes… Here are the links from 43Rumors: Video above is a Barcelona 2012 test Panasonic gh3 from The Windcharger on Vimeo. A GH3 Codec Test on Vimeo. A first GH3 audio test by FrugalFilmmakers on Vimeo. GH3 vs Hacked GH2 vs Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera vs 5DMKIII shootout on Vimeo. And you have to guess which camera is which! Another GH3 flies on an Cinestar 6 multirotor (Vimeo). A first GH3 test by Jon Bryant on Vimeo. Nice video of [More]
Our good friend and Pro Photo Guru Chuck Jones of theCameraForum has just made the switch to mirrorless.  Chuck is a highly talented veteran photographer who has seen paradigm shifts in the photography industry before, most notably the shift from film to digital about a decade ago.  He sees the writing on the wall for large, bulky and heavy DSLR systems, so he’s trading in his DSLR Gear in favor of a Panasonic Lumix GH3…  and he’s not alone. In this video, Chuck and 3 other photo/video colleagues (Paul Gero, Marc Weisberg and Pham Minh Son, PhD) discuss the Lumix [More]
Our good friend and colleague Marlene Hielema from ImageMaven.com just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 about a week ago, and she’s so impressed that she’s talking about selling off her Canon 5D Mark II and DSLR Gear.  In the video above, Marlene literally weights the options between these two camera, noting that the GH3 weights more than 1kg less than the 5D Mark II, while producing eye popping stills and videos that have her ready to say goodbye to her beastly DSLR. As I’ve said before, the GH3 is a transformational camera. It is without question, the best “Hybrid” [More]
Foto.sosho One of the biggest trends I’ve seen of late are the schlew of cases and add ons coming out that are designed to turn your smartphone into a bonafide point and shoot camera.  Case and point, the foto.sosho (or “Photo Social” which is showcased in the endgadget video above and developed in conjunction with none other than Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas).  According to the London Telegraph, the foto.sosho is designed to boost the phone’s resolution to 14 megapixels, putting it well beyond the megapixel power of most point and shoots on the market today, all while exponentially [More]
SoundImagePlus continue their evaluation of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, this time pairing it with the fantastic new f/2.8 Zoom Lenses, the 12-35 and the 35-100. Is this powerful camera and lens combo ready to tagle with the big boys of the DSLR world? Here’s what SoundImagePlus have to say:  The two f/2.8 “pro” spec.lenses are presumably intended as a set to go with the GH3 to give a versatile high quality outfit which can be seen as Panasonics attempt at a scaled down version of the standard DSLR “workhorse pro zoom” pairing, which in 35mm terms is 24-70mm f/2.8 [More]