Back on Valentine’s Day, we posted an article about a couple of films shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 that were making waves at the Sundance and Slamdance Fim Festivals.  Now one of those films, a sci-fi thriller by director Shane Carruth called Upstream Color (see trailer at the top) is starting to pull some big numbers at US Box Offices, amassing over $300,000 USD in receipts (and counting).  This is great news for indie filmmakers, especially considering that it’s now possible to capture cinema quality HD footage with a camera that costs less than $1,000 USD, and there are [More]
After weeks of leaks and rumors, Olympus are finally poised to release their new flagship micro 4/3 camera, the PEN E-P5.  The new camera brings an impressive spec list to the table and the E-P5 inherits a lot of tech from Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5, including it’s superb sensor and image processor, lightning quick autofocus and breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization).  But does the E-P5 represent an upgrade over the O-MD and just what are the main differences between these two camera systems? Two photography websites, ePhotozine and thePhoblographer, have posted side by side comparisons [More]
Over the last few weeks there have been numerous rumors and leaks (including pictures) regarding Olympus’ new flagship PEN series micro 4/3 camera the E-P5.  After all the teasing, Olympus have finally made it official, and the new camera should be shipping soon. On the outside, the PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ 50 year old classic PEN F SLR camera, but on the inside, the camera boasts in impressive array of specs and inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5.  Other tech borrowed from the OM-D include the breakthrough 5 [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 Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 has just won a TIPA award in the Entry-Level Compact System Camera category. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) judges praised the E-PL5 for it’s in-body image stabilization, tiltable 3-inch touchscreen, 8fps burst mode, full range of manual controls, Full HD movie recording abilities and lightning quick autofocus system. The E-PL5’s predecessor, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3, won the same category last year. My 2 Cents It’s hard to argue with the TIPA judges here.  The PEN Lite E-PL5 is one of the best entry level compacts around due in large part to the fact [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]
The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has been one of the most celebrated cameras of the last few years, and it’s spectacular capabilities in video mode have given the GH2 a cult-like following among indie and enthusiast video producers.  One thing is certain, even though the capabilities of the GH2’s sensor wasn’t fully realized for still images, the camera can produce crazy brilliant image quality in video mode (especially after it was hacked).  When the Lumix G5 came out last year, complete with a GH2 sensor inside, the superb image quality for which the sensor is famous was finally realized in still [More]
Summer is fast approaching, new camera releases are coming with greater frequency, and two of the most celebrated cameras of the last year are scheduled for an update.  Consequently, you can now save yourself a few bucks on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Sony NEX 7, both of which are now listed for less than $950 USD (Body Only) on Amazon. The updated versions are sure to incorporate a number of tasty new features, but those who are looking for for a great deal on an outstanding camera should keep their eyes on these two. Buy the Olympus OM-D [More]
“The Best Camera is the one you have with you…” Say it with me now, folks.  I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but it bears repeating because the best (or at least, the most popular) camera in the world is in fact, the one you have with you. Case in point, Apple’s iPhone is now the most used camera in the world.  Just go to any concert or public event and you’ll be sure to see hundreds of people with their iPhones held high above their heads snapping pictures or rolling video (note:  if you’re rolling video, [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 video above is a brutally honest review of the new Canon T5i by theCameraStore’s Chris Niccolls, and he does an excellent job pointing out that there’s really nothing new to see here.  I mean really, what has Canon done here other than to slap “T5i” where “T4i” once resided on what is basically the same camera body.  While this is an extreme example and is in now way indicative of DSLRs as a whole, Chris’ review does illustrate a point… The Innovations in Mirrorless Cameras have surpassed those of DSLRs by leaps and bounds Case in point:  About the [More]
Black Magic grabbed the lion’s share of attention at NAB earlier this year when they unveiled the Pocket Cinema Camera, a miniaturized version of their highly popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera that’s about the size of an iPhone. The video above,  from director John Brawley, shows some of the first footage recorded with the new camera, and although it’s basically shot camcorder style as John walked through a local market, it looks pretty darn good. The shoot as described by Brawley… “This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it’s just home [More]
Hybrid Photography is a quickly emerging art form that combines still photos, video, audio and graphics and pushes the boundaries of creative vision.  As more and more photographers realize the importance of integrating Hybrid into their workflow, the need for cameras that can capture high quality photos, videos and audio equally well becomes increasingly important. The gold standard for Hybrid Cameras at present is the Panasonic Lumix GH3, followed closely by the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX 6.  Each of these cameras are exceptional, and will set you back $1,000+ USD, plus whatever you spend on lenses.  Not too [More]
On a Skype conversation last week with my good friend and MC contributor Giulio Sciorio (of SmallCameraBigPicture.com), G gave me a sneak peek at the new Panasonic Lumix G6, which he’s been testing for the company.  Giulio walked me through the G6’s new features and upgrades it has over the G5, and there’s a lot to be impressed with in the new offering.  What has me most excited though, is the wifi and enhanced video capabilities of the G6 as displayed in the video above, where you’ll see Giulio putting the G6 to the test as a travel camera, for [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]
Kai, Alamby, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew strap on the gear for a 3 camera battle royale between the new Fuji X100s, Fuji X-E1 and the Sony RX1.  Which camera will come out on top in the Battle of the X’es? DRTV writes… In this video, we take a look at the fabulous Fujifilm X100s and ponder whether it’s the best x camera around by comparing it to the XE1 and the Sony RX1…but the team don’t get away without doing something rather typical of DRTV. My 2 Cents These are 3 fantastic cameras, two of which (the X-E1 [More]
The new Lumix GF6, which 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 the previous model, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the GX1’s) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature).  The GF6 also gains style points over it’s predecessor, with a more substantial build (albeit slightly bigger), sleek metal top plate and mode dial. PhotographyBlog recently got to spend some quality time with the new GF6 and posted their initial impressions of the new [More]
In the video above, our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com, Suzette Allen explains why the time is right for photographers to go Hybrid. Suzette is a bonafide superstar in the photography world and even she recognizes that the world of photovideography is quickly changing, but the change doesn’t have to be scary. Suzette writes… Before we learn the “Hows”, we need to look at the “Why”, why we need to learn hybrid photography. Photography is America’s no. 1 hobby…because it is fun! Knowing this fact is so important. Let me tell you “Why” I have added Hybrid [More]
A couple weeks ago we published Pro Photographer Zack Arias’ thoughts on the new Fuji X100s fixed lens compact camera, which he proudly proclaims to be “the greatest camera ever made.”  Now, in the video above, Arias is following up his own review of the X100s with the bold declaration that “the DSLR is Dead.” On a recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey in March of 2013, Zack Arias put the new Fuji X100s through its paces while walking into the heart of the city, where he finds his new passion – street photography.  The video above features Zack’s walkabouts in Istanbul [More]
It’s been rumored for a few months now that Ricoh were planning on launching a small new APS-C sensor camera called the GR, and now it seems that those rumors are indeed true.  Mirrorless Rumors has posted a video (above) that not only confirms the sensor size of the new Ricoh GR Fixed lens compact camera, it also fills in some of the other details. About the Ricoh GR Ricoh is moving from the smaller 1/1.77-inch CCD sensor it used in the past to a relatively giant APS-C 16.2MP CMOS sensor — the same size and type found in many [More]
The video test above was shot with the Lumix GF6, the new micro 4/3 camera from Panasonic that succeeds the popular Lumix GF5.  The GF6 represents a considerable upgrade over the previous model and incorporates several new featires that should prove to be popular with consumers. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 features a higher resolution 16MP Live MOS sensor and the latest Venus Processing Engine to boost the image quality while reducing high ISO noise.  Noticeable differences on the exterior include a new high resolution tiltable LCD touch screen and a mode dial on the top, as well as a metal top [More]
WhatDigitalCamera weighs in with another first look preview of the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 Interchangeable Lens micro 4/3 camera. The GF6 is a substantial upgrade over previous models and integrates many exciting new features, such as a mode dial, tilting touch screen, wifi and NFC capabilities. WDC reports… The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a new base model compact system camera which sees significant improvements to the outgoing Panasonic Lumix GF5 it replaces. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 features a higher resolution 16MP Live MOS sensor and new processor to boost the image quality and reduce high ISO noise, while externally the [More]
Gordon Laing of CameraLabs catches up with Lumix UK Product Manager Barney Sykes to talk about the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 micro 4/3 camera. Other than the name and a cursory resemblance to it’s predecessor, there is much that separates the GF6 from the previous model.  Indeed, Panasonic have raised the bar considerably with the new Lumix GF6. On the outside, it’s slightly larger than the GF5, and the new model also incorporates a mode dial, metal top plate and a tilting touch screen (a’la smart phone) that can flip a full 180 degrees to face forward for self portraits. The [More]
Here’s a short but great video by Mark Toal, my good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero from DiscoverMirrorless.com about using auto vs manual control for video on the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Mark is a highly talented photographer who also works for Panasonic, and this video is in response to a schlew of questions he received after doing a G+ Hangout series about video with another Hybrid Hero, Carol Schlintz. Mark always brings great information to the table and we definitely wanted to share this with our readers.  Enjoy! Buy the Panasonic Lumix GH3 on Amazon Here