When I did my Review of the Best Cameras of 2012 a few days ago, I only included video cameras that were less than $3000 USD in price, and I deliberately didn’t include high end video shooters like the RED Epic or Arri Alexa since most of us aren’t large Hoillywood movie producers with multi-million dollar budgets to play with.  But one thing that I’ve noticed recently is that, since last years Zacuto Shootout, where the Panasonic Lumix GH2 was one of the top rated cameras, and since the launch of high quality video cameras (under $3k) like the BlackMagic [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [More]
Via 43Rumors – HawaiiRocksOn loaded several video comparisons of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GH2, testing them with a variety of lenses and in low light conditions (the video above tests the two cameras’ abilities shooting city lights at night). Watch the rest of the videos below, and then read my conclusions at the bottom… Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 Comparison (Note: The last 3/4 of this video is blank) Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – Christmas Lights Panasonic GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO Tests My 2 Cents The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a transformational camera.  [More]
SLRLounge posted a great head to head test of their  ASUS G75VW-DS73 and their Apple MacBook Pro Retina for overall real-time video editing and output performance between our two machines within Adobe Premiere CS6.  Popular perception says that the Mac will be superior to the PC in virtually every way.  In an earlier test, SLRLounge tested the MacBook Pro and ASUS performance using Lightroom 4, where the MacBook Pro edged out the ASUS by a margin of around 10-15% due to the MBP’s faster CPU.  But will the tricked out ASUS, with it’s top of the line graphics card and [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]
The End is Nigh! Here’s a little Teaser Video for a project called The End of the World Shootout, by Shian Storm.  The upcoming shootout video is going to pit the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $499 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range. Here’s Shian’s Video Description:  We took a brand new GH3, a Hacked GH2 running Nick Driftwood’s Intravenus patch, and put them head-to-head against a Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and a 5DMKIII in high contrast situations [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]
EOSHD posted a video by Ryan Mancuso the compares the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s Ryan’s notes on the video comparison:  This is a non scientific test of how these two camera’s perform. Aperture, Shutter, ISO, White Balance, and Focal Length (converted for crop) were matched numerically on both cameras. Focus points were also matched. GH3 Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 5D Mark III Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (Version I) Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 No color-correction or post sharpening applied. Tried to keep flares under control as much as possible. A few shots have [More]
iPhonePhotography posted a video by Photographer Jack Hollingsworth, who claims that the gap between the iPhone and his expensive DSLR gear has essentially been erased, and he can’t tell the difference between shots taken with his DSLR and his iPhone. iPP reports:  Photographer Jack Hollingsworth spent months shooting his iPhone and DSLR side-by-side on photo shoots around the world and claims the gap between the two devices is miniscule. In fact, using the iPhone made him fall in love with photography all over again. He also believes that the iPhone may go down as the most influential device in the [More]
Griffin Hammond of IndyMogul does a nice head to head comparison between his new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Lumix GH2.  What are the differences between the celebrated GH2 and the camera that’s replacing it? Above, Griffin makes several observations on the upgrades between these two Panasonic Flagship Cameras.  Below is an ISO comparison. Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here
Stuart, one of the readers over at DiscoverMirrorless.com, submitted a question to MC Contributor Will Crockett to help him choose between a Panasonic Lumix G5 and a Lumix GH3. Here’s the question:   Will, I watched your review of the G5 and was somewhat discouraged.  You mentioned that it was not a good replacement for a GH2 owner, so here is my concern.  I am looking for a camera that will be used 85% of the time for still photography, but still want good video capabilities.  I am not doing anything professional, but am transitioning from a D7000, so image [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) answers reader questions about the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  This time, it’s all about autofocus. Here’s the question: Hi Will, I’d be grateful for your help with a question regarding the Panasonic DMC-GH3. I currently own a Canon 650 (T4i) with a 15-85 and 70-200 f/4L and am considering replacing this equipment with a GH3 initially with a 12-35 and later a 35-100. My main photographic interests are landscape photography and sometimes airshows in the United Kingdom. My concern is that the GH3′s continuous autofocus won’t be able to track and quickly lock focus on aircraft [More]
Photographer Eduardo Merille posted a fun comparison of the Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony RX-100. While I don’t think that the video is meant to imply that the RX-100 is better than the 5D-II in any way shape or form, I can’t help but noticing how well Sony’s little fixed lens wonder holds it’s own against it’s giant interchangeable lens cousin. Hello, David…  meet Goliath.  ; ) What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below. In the meantime, you can check out the Sony RX-100 Here
Two Pro Photographers (MC Contributor Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com and his good friend and colleague Wayne Ross), both of whom are VERY familiar with Nikon and Panasonic Cameras, take a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a Nikon D800 out for a day of shooting to compare their functionality in real world conditions. Will writes:  As photo and video professionals, we need to be as efficient as possible with our time when shooting hybrid. I want to be comfortable and confident when it comes to recording the moment in still as well as when to use the video button, but shooting [More]
From MikeTheMentor:  The Canon Mirrorless M is touted as a baby T4i. It has the same 18MP sensor, the same processor, the same awesome touch screen monitor and it even costs about the same price as a Canon Rebel T4i. So what is different about the two? Which one is better for what kind of shooter? What are the M’s strengths and weaknesses? Are the focusing systems really that bad? All these questions are answer by Michael, who has been shooting with both cameras for a while now. Our take: The T4i, just like the T3i and T2i before it, [More]
Gizmodo took four of today’s leading action cams and put them in a head to head to head to head contest in a “Which Point of View Camera is the Absolute Best” Smackdown. In this test, the Gizmodo boys put the GoPro Hero3, the Drift HD, the Contour +2 and the Sony Action Cam to the test and compare their image quality, image stabilization, slow motion capabilities, audio quality, etc. (Read full article on Gizmodo) When all was said and done, the cameras placed as follows: 4th Place and 3 Stars went to the Drift HD 3rd Place and 3 Stars [More]
CameraLabs recently posted a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and in their verdict section, they compared it to the Canon EOS M. No surprises here. Although CameraLabs seem to like the EOS M a little bit more than we do, they share our conclusion when putting Canon’s first mirrorless against the Olympus. The PEN Lite smokes it in just about every way. Here’s CameraLabs’ comparison: From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size – the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor [More]
m43.eu posted a great side by side autofocus speed test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs the new Canon EOS M.  Canon have arrived late to the mirrorless party and the EOS M is a hot seller, but the camera itself is less than impressive in a lot of ways – particularly it’s pitiful autofocus performance – and has become a bit of a joke in mirrorless circles (witness the hilarious video below from The Camera Store in Calgary, Canada). The EOS M is a decent camera, and in some ways, it does show some promise.  But when you stack it [More]
(Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO test from emeric on Vimeo) Via 43Rumors – Our french friends at Hybridcams (translation here) posted the full GH3 review and included a comaprison with the “older” GH2: “Meticulously designed, well thought out ergonomics and obviously excellent performance not only at the video where it was expected, but also in photo.” And because Panasonic is already shipping, you can see first user reviews like these High ISO samples that have been posted on Dpreview forum. Our Take:  The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 has been making it’s way into the hands of MC [More]
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) has been using the Panasonic Lumix GH2 (actually, 10 of them) for years as his company’s primary video production machine, as well as his camera of choice for product shots.  Now he’s testing the Lumix GH3 (and the new Pro lenses) and he’s considering upgrading all of his studio cameras to the new  offering from Panasonic. In this video, Will (who is VERY familiar with the GH2) weighs his options from a business point of view.  Does the new Lumix GH3 live up to the hype and is it good enough to warrant the expense [More]
Tascam has upped their game with firmware updates to their DR40 Portable Audio Recorder, but is it a serious contender to the Audio King of the Hill, the Zoom H4N? DSLRNoob posted a great video that compares the features of each. DSLRNoob writes: I’ve had the Tascam Dr-40 for quit some time, but until Tascam added the firmware update that gives you independent control of the input volume, I hadn’t really considered it a true competitor to the Zoom h4n. Now that this feature is available, the Tascam is a very affordable alternative to the Zoom h4n. Take a close [More]
The Camera Store‘s Chris Niccolls and Dave Paul put the Fuji X-E1 and the Sony NEX 6 to the test in a head to head shootout! The Camera Store writes:  If you’re looking for a small mirrorless camera with a viewfinder, the Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6 are two of the best options out there. But which is the better choice for your style of shooting? Editor’s note:  Looks like the Camera Store guys came to the same conclusion that we did.  The X-E1 is a better stills camera while the NEX 6 is better for video and all around [More]
From DSLR Gear No Idea. A hilarious series of videos showing the pitfalls of those who are married to their DSLR Gear and refuse to look at anything else. Consider this an open thread (and an intervention ~_^)… See if you can recognize yourself in any of the following:
(Video above shot entirely with the Sony RX 100 Compact Digital Camera – courtesy of EOSHD) The quality of compact cameras is progressing by leaps and bounds, and 2012 marked the launch of several exciting achievements in the compact division.  Witness the Panasonic Lumix LX7 and the Sony RX 100, which was just named as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com recently posted a review of the RX 100 and compared it to 2 of it’s contemporary rivals, one of which is the Panasonic Lumix LX7 – a breakout compact camera that was released [More]