It looks like another one has bit the dust… Pro Photo Rock Star Zack Arias has posted his review of the new Fuji X100s and joins the chorus of highly renowned photographers who are singing it’s praises.  It also seems that Zack is joining the growing legions of photographers who are putting down their DSLRs and picking up a mirrorless system instead.  (In fact, the video above features Zack Arias shooting the streets of Atlanta with the Fuji X-Pro1) Says Arias… “The DSLR is dead to me. Yes, yes, yes. I have a Phase. That’s my workhorse camera for editorial [More]
Two Olympus Cameras, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and the Olympus Stylus TG-2 “Tough” Camera have each been honored with a prestigious Red Dot design award (international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany – The team from Porsche are honored in the video above) in the “Entertainment Technology and Cameras” category. The Olympus E-PL5 was recognized for its “cutting-edge technology in a compact design matched with exceptional user-friendliness,”  while the shock, frost, crush and waterproof Stylus TG-2 convinced the jury with its “combination of brawn and brains.” A third Red Dot design award [More]
World renowned SLR and Mirrorless video shooter Philip Bloom reviews the new micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and says that M43 is the way to go for the BMC. According to Bloom… “Micro Four Thirds always made more sense to me as the BMD (BlackMagic Digital) sensor is just a bit smaller than the Gh2/ 3, so they would be a great match. Blackmagic thought so too, so just after I put out my epic review on the first day of IBC last year, they announced an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) version.”  Bloom continues by saying “the flange distance [More]
The best Hybrid Camera on the planet just got better… New firmware updates are now available for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a pair of Lumix Lenses.  It seems that Panasonic have now simplified Wi-Fi connections between the GH3 and both PC and MAC computers, as well as adding a new high res MP4 option for video.  (video above features cool shots of Hong Kong taken with a GH3, courtesy of MergeProductions) Details of the firmware update are as follows… Connecting to PC via Wi-Fi by inputting the computer name (the NetBIOS name for Apple Mac computers) is enabled. 1920 [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Rock Star Will Crockett answers a reader question from our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com, and debunks one of the biggest myths there is about shooting video. Will Writes… One of our readers named Mike asked about one of the common “rules” you hear floating around the interwebs.  You know, the one that says that when you’re shooting video you need to use a shutter speed that’s 2 times the framerate.  (“Need”…  Ouch – I hate that word!) Is that true?  Not so fast…  Watch the video above and read my response below to find out just [More]
If you’re a little confused about what the differences are between mirrorless cameras and standard, DSLR type film and digital cameras, then this is the post for you.  Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a highly talented photographer and educator who is often approached by students who just want to know “What is a Mirrorless Camera?” – and in the video above, Marlene does an excellent job explaining what makes up a mirrorless cameras vs a DSLR. Marlene writes… This video blog post explains the basics of mirrorless cameras, and it’s meant for beginners and [More]
The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the best cameras to be released in the last year, and it would easily be the flagship model in many company’s product lines.  Had it not been for the subsequent release of the Lumix GH3, it more than likely would’ve garnered a lot more attention.  Consequently, the G5 is probably one of the most overlooked cameras of the last year as well, and according to the folks over at 43Rumors, although the G5 was only released a scant 9 months ago it appears that Panasonic are on the verge of announcing the release [More]
With all the positive buzz about the current hot properties from Fuji – namely their newly released fixed lens compact cameras, the X20 and X100s – it can sometimes be hard to remember that their former star players were released less than a year ago, and in the case of the Fuji X-E1, that figure comes down to about 6 months.  But the interchangeable lens X-Series cameras from Fuji are still A-List cameras, and Ken McMahon of CameraLabs took the X-E1 out for a proper shakedown while compiling a full review on one of our favorite cameras of the last [More]
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]
They’re HEEEeeeeere. Those new Canon Cameras about which we’ve been hearing so many rumbles lately are here.  Meet the new Canon T5i (700 D) and the new EOS Rebel SLR1 (or 100D), which is basically the Mini Me to the T5i’s Dr. Evil.  So far, we remain unimpressed. Move along, there’s nothing to see here… The T5i represents a very hasty replacement for the T4i, which only went on sale last fall – and it doesn’t seem that there are many new things about the camera at all. Now let’s see… There’s a firmware update that allows you to preview [More]
Chris Niccolls and the Camera Store Crew brave the cruel Canadian winter to look at the new Leica M Type 240 digital rangefinder. This is Leica’s first M rangefinder with Live View and video capture. Will these new additions help create the greatest M of all, or take away some of what made rangefinder photography so appealing?  Featuring the street photography of Chris Tait. My 2 Cents Leica is one of the premier names in imaging and have been since 1913.  They’re known for superior quality optics and incredible, high end, expensive cameras – so does the new Leica M [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett tackles another reader question from Dave on DiscoverMirrorless.com, who requests advice about which wide angle lenses are best for micro 4/3 cameras. Here’s the Question as submitted by reader Dave… I’m shooting interiors for real estate listings. I’ve been using a DX with a 12-24 and since the fall an FX with a 24 and hopefully soon a 16-35, but I’m looking forward to getting a 4/3 camera – most likely a Lumix G,GH…. mainly for video at this point. In my searching I don’t seem to see much choice in the [More]
Nigel Atherton of WhatDigitalCamera takes a crack at explaining the basic differences between the various types of Compact System Cameras, aka ILCs or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Cameras. In part 1 (above), Nigel discusses the smaller sensored Pentax Q and Nikon 1 systems.  In part 2 (below), Nigel tackles micro 4/3 and APS-C sensored cameras. My 2 Cents Nigel does a good job explaining the basic differences between the systems and gets extra points for his effective use of Legos 😉 – But it’s important to remember to not get caught up in the sensor size marketing hype (for more on [More]
Pro Fashion Photog Jonathan Posner lists 10 reasons why he’s trading in his gi-normous and cumbersome Canon 5D mk II and opting to go with on Olympus OM-D E-M5 instead.  Posner’s is just one of the latest names on a growing list of pros who are figuring out that the newest generation of mirrorless camera systems have come a loooooong way from the early releases of a few years ago, and the newest kids on the block can now easily hang with the big boys when it comes to Image Quality, and they pack a vast array of advanced features [More]
In the 4th and final installment of his series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) peels back the curtain to reveal how he gets the most out of the GH3’s custom settings. Giulio writes… “I’ll show you how I can quickly build custom settings such as Retro, Color and Monochrome looks and store them in the GH3′s C1-3 buttons…like a BOSS. Now that you’ve got your function buttons set, quick menu customized and JPEG settings hooked up, you’re almost ready to shoot [More]
It’s broken record time, as any regular visitor this website has no doubt read that we wholeheartedly believe that the Image Quality gap that once existed (and not very long ago) between full frame cameras and their smaller and lighter mirrorless cousins has been significantly narrowed…  heck – it’s been closed!  Now it seems like more and more former full frame shooters are beginning to realize this as well, and many are making the switch to mirrorless cameras and seeing numerous additional advantages besides the smaller size and weight of mirrorless systems (advanced autofocus tracking and video performance that runs [More]
In Part III of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) tackles the JPEG Settings on Panasonic’s new flagship camera.  JPEG for the WIN! Giulio writes… “The GH3 comes with 7 picture profiles, including a custom profile that you can build and store in camera for latter use. The JPEG settings covered in this video will give you a starting point to get the best color out of your stills and videos. In addition to the JPEG settings you [More]
In Part II of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) dives into the Quick Menus on Panasonic’s new flagship camera. Giulio writes… “Every time I shoot with the GH3, I use the quick menu…every time! The quick menu is great for recalling settings on the fly instead of having to dig through the main menu on a regular basis. Using the quick menu will save you time and help you with your shooting accuracy, which of course makes you [More]
I’ve been trying to spread the love around with featured camera deals and stories, etc.  But honest to God, Panasonic have been offering such HUGE DEALS on some great cameras lately (I actually just received my Lumix LX7 that I snapped up for only $298 USD!) and they’re just too good to not share with our readers, especially considering that many of these deals are gone as soon as we can post them. Here are 3 deals I came across on the Lumix GX1, a tremendous camera that sold for anywhere from $700 to $900 USD just a scant year [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]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, this time with the first part of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”. In this part, G focuses on the GH3’s 7 Custom Function Buttons. Giulio writes… “The Lumix GH3 is the only hybrid camera made for professionals and I love it. When properly set up for how I shoot, the GH3 just gets out of my way and lets me create. In this video, I’ll go over each of the GH3′s 7 custom function buttons, how [More]
43Rumors received a nice piece of trivia regarding the Panasonic Lumix GH2.  It seems that Top Gear, which is the world’s most watched television show, uses the GH2 for their aerial photography (so it was most likely used in the sequence above). Here’s the tip as it appears on 43Rumors P13DigitalMedia sent me [the picture below] with the following text: “If you want some trivia, the world’s most watched TV show, Top Gear uses the Lumix GH2 for aerial shots (pic via twitter).”  The BBC has very strict rules regarding image quality and I am glad to see they use the [More]
When I read this news report, I found myself checking the calendar.  After all, April 1st is fast approaching, and when you really consider what Canon look to be doing, you are left with the feeling that you’re being punked.  Even Canonwatch seem to be skeptical as they bold the words “appears to be real” in their article. Canonwatch Reports… The extra-small DSLR Canon is working on appears to be real. A very trustworthy source sent me a list of specifications, and it appears that there are already prototypes out in the wild undergoing testing. The spec list I got: [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett answers a reader question that was posted by a gentleman named Trace on our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Question… “We do video work and for some clients, and we need to achieve a little more of an “artisan” look than I can get from a Canon XF100 (in particular shallow depth of field). We are about to invest in a new camera system. We do want to shoot some still work, but 90% of the decision is based on video performance. We edit primarily on FCPX. Most of our [More]