Nate “Blunty” Burr pits the brand new Olympus flagship camera, the PEN E-P5 in a shot for shot, clip for clip, side by side shoot-out comparison to find out how far ahead the new EP5 has strode past the camera it replaces, the PEN EP-3. The new PEN E-P5 is loaded up with the same sensor and image processor as Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5 – a 16mp chip vs the 12mp chip found in the E-P3, and Blunty’s comparison is a testament to just how far mirrorless technology has progressed in the last couple of years.  Not only [More]
Blunty’s back, and this time he’s continuing his series of videos on the new Olympus PEN E-P5 with performance tests of the new camera’s still photo and video capabilities. Still Photos (see video above)  No surprises here…  and that’s a good thing!  The PEN E-P5 lives up to the expectations you would have for a camera that’s loaded up with the top caliber sensor and image processor from Olympus’ former flagship OM-D E-M5.  The camera takes it’s place as Olympus’ new flagship by building on the absolutely stellar image quality that made the OM-D a worldwide sensation and adds enhanced low [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]
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 this episode of of DigiDIRECT TV, Blunty tests the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera.  The Sony RX1 is the world’s first fixed-lens digital camera offering a full-frame sensor. This large 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor enables DSLR-quality imaging in a compact digital camera! – Techie Gobbledygook and Specs Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor JPEG, 14-bit RAW Image Capture 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display Full HD 1080p Video at 25 or 50fps High Speed AF as Fast as 0.13 Seconds Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings Hot Shoe for External Flash, [More]
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]
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]
In a follow up to his excellent report on the Ultimate YouTube Vlogger Kit for DigiDIRECT TV, Blunty reveals two more of his Secret-weapons of Ultra portable photography editing and wireless publishing… All you need is your Camera, your Smart device, and these secret weapons… 1.  Snapseed – For Mobile Photo editing made quick, powerful & easy, Blunty likes the FREE Snapseed App from Nik Software (who’re now owned by Google, so it runs on Apple iPhone, iPad & iPod touch along with pretty much any Android phone and Android Tablet) 2.  Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards – which include geotagging, [More]
Blunty’s back!  This time, he’s reporting for DigiDIRECT TV, showcasing the Tamrac Zipshot Tripod. A tripod is definitely a piece of equipment that no photographer should be without, but they’re not always easy to carry around with you when you’re out and about.  But Tamrac seem to have solved that problem with the ZipShot, which is basically made up of collapsible tent poles that fold up nice and small (and light), so it’s easy to carry.  I guess that’s why Blunty calls the ZipShot his “Secret Weapon” Tripod. Here’s the Skinny on the Tamrac ZipShot The Tamrac Zipshot is an [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]
Blunty’s back!  …and this time, the DigiDIRECT TV host is talking about Vlogging and his Ultimate YouTube Setup. Blunty’s formula for vlogging perfection: the Sony RX100 compact “DSLR in your pocket” camera + an iPad mini = the best road-warrior vlogger production, editing & camera kit in the world right now? It’s a road-warrior production studio that’ll fit in your pockets! I can’t argue with Blunty here.  These are all powerful tools that will give you BIG RESULTS despite their small size. Here’s a great RX100 package that includes a 32gb Class 10 SDHC Card, a carrying case, lens cleaning [More]
Looks like our favorite Aussie, Nate “Blunty” Burr, has landed a new gig with Australian Camera Retailer DigiDIRECT TV as host of their online TV series (Congrats, Blunty!!!). In this episode, Blunty puts the Fuji X-E1 through it’s paces.  The X-E1 is one of our favorite cameras of 2012, especially for still photo shooters who have a little more experience under their belt and want the very best in image quality.  But will the X-E1 earn the coveted Blunty Seal of Approval? Blunty writes:  The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second X series interchangeable lens camera from the fine folks at [More]
Blunty’s Back… and this time, he’s got his hands on an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens to put it through the Blunty Review Machine.  Olympus have been churning out some great M43 glass of late, but will this new Macro Lens stand up to the test? Blunty writes: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens review Olympus has done some stunningly good stuff lately, the OM-D E-M5, their 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses for the Micro four thirds system are stunningly good… but can their new prime lens, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro live up to them? Let’s find [More]
Video slider dollys are great for creating cinematic camera moves with everything from your iPhone to your DSLR… and their table-top roller clad cousins make it easy and affordable to improve the production value of of your videos by introducing movement; use side tracking, push or pull dolly shots, and 360 degree rotating shots using this table skater camera dolly. Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) puts one of these Skater Style Dollys to the test(with an iPhone, Canon 60D DLSR, Nikon 1, Pentax Q & Olympus PEN E-P3). Here’s Blunty’s Take:  From your Smart Phone, to Compact Point and [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) dives into the action…  action-CAM that is…  as he puts the new Sony Action Cam through it’s paces (and he puts this little sucker through a beating).  How will the camera stand up to Blunty’s abuse, and more importantly, how will it stand up to the stiff competition from GoPro?  Watch and see… Blunty writes:  Sony Action Cam review, Blunty style. The new Action Cam from Sony a point-of-view wide angle, Sports HD Video Camera with built in Wi-Fi, 1080p & 720P/60FPS/120FPS super slow-mo. Tour the hardware, see lots and lots of test shots and [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) “borrows” a pre-production Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens at an Aussie Trade Show and takes it for a spin around the block. Here’s what Blunty has to say: This High-Grade Portrait Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras boasts top class quality among all M. ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System Standard. Please note, my time with the new 75mm lens was also within my first 24 hours with the OM-D E-M5, so this was all “suck it and see” experimentation, the sample video and still photography was more about playing with [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) puts the Glide Gear DEV-1000 Video Track Slider through it’s paces. Is there finally an inexpensive video track slider that DOESN’T suck? Check out the video and see what Blunty has to say. Blunty writes: Sliders are a quickest, easy way to get those beautifully cinematic smooth moving shots to give your video some pro polish. but they’re not often cheap… the Glide Gear video slider IS cheap, but is it any good? Is it the best cheap video slider worth your hard earned cash? lets see if we can find out. For some [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) slaps a Bower 7.5mm fisheye lens (also sold under the brand names Rokinon or Samyang, depending on where you buy it) on his Micro 4/3 camera and takes it out for a spin. This is one of our favorite lenses for the M43 format, and it’s also one of the least extensive. (Language Warning: Blunty has a tendency to get a little… well… Blunt from time to time. So , if that offends you, then you might want to move on to another video) Here’s what Blunty had to say about the lens: The [More]
Blunty Reviews the new Sony NEX-VG20, an interchangeable lens video camera system, the follow up to the NEX-VG10 and newest family member of the well received NEX camera line. This one is custom designed for video shooting, to give people who’re frustrated with the limitations (there is NO 29 minute video recording limit and NO sensor overheating issues with the VG-20!) and work-arounds of shooting video on DLSR. So lets see how well it does…
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) on The new Pentax Q – an unusual beastie of a camera. Pentax bucked current conventions and trends, and relied on their long and illustrious history and experience in building cameras to come up with the smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens system camera currently available…. and it’s incredible fun! Check out the quality of the stills and FULL HD VIDEO (1080p) that this little bugger kicks out (for a very low price)! Here’s the Pentaz Q (in Black or White) and a few of lenses for this awesome little camera:
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) takes the Sony Rx100, the new flagship pocketable point & shoot compact from Sony that many are praising as “DSLR Quality”, and putting it up against the Nikon 1 system camera, the Nikon V1… Why? Well, they both have 1-inch imaging sensor chips inside, and they both are landmark concepts in their respective categories. Inch by inch, shot by shot. As usual for this type of vid; We STRONGLY recommend the 1080p mode & full-screen viewing (or best possible settings for whatever you’re watching on) >>CLICK HERE
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) on Sony’s new compact camera the RX100, which is aimed directly at the premium shooter market, The “pro-sumers” the professional Photogs looking for a pocket-sized backup, the enthusiast, the traveler looking to pack light but doesn’t want to sacrifice the quality of their travel photography gear – and it’s directly competing against the likes of the popular PowerShot S100 from Canon, the superb Olympus’s XZ-1 & the chunky but sweet, Panasonic’s Lumix LX5. The Sony RX100 is the world’s most powerful pocket sized camera, incredible specs in a small package. The Sony RX100 features a [More]