While at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan – Diginfo.TV reports that Ricoh have unveiled an omnidirectional camera that can take a full 360° panoramic image in one shot. About the Omnidirectional Camera from Ricoh… “It has two fish-eye lenses, each of which covers 180 degrees. The camera combines the two pictures, and sends them via Wi-Fi to a tablet or smartphone for viewing. The idea is, the pictures you take arrive automatically.” “When viewing it like a regular panoramic image, you can also see up and down. When you pull out from the image, it finally becomes a circle, and you [More]
Hybrid Photography Ninja and Photo/Video Innovator “Coach” Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, this time showcasing a great new hand grip camera mount that he’s been using from Camtrol. For guys like Will (who has a bum leg) and me (with sporadic back issues), having an easy way to get a low angle shot can be a lifesaver.  And the Camtrol Hand Grip, which is small, lightweight, portable, and has shutter release button built right into the handle, is one of the best solutions that I’ve see. Will writes… If you need to shoot high or low angle shots, but you [More]
endgadget previews the Pentax Optio WG 3, which was on display at CP+ 2013 in Yokhama, Japan.  The WG 3 is the latest in a line of extreme looking cameras from Pentax.  Indeed, this little bad boy looks like it can take a licking and keep on clicking, but does the Optio WG 3 have it where it counts? Endgadget reports The Pentax Optio WG 3 packs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a sharp 3-inch LCD and a 4x, f/2-4.9 lens. Its survivability stats, printed around the lens, include waterproof to 14 meters (46 feet), shockproof to 2-meter (6.5-foot) drops, crush-proof [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews stops by the Panasonic Booth at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan and does a side by side comparison of the old and new Lumix 14-42mm f3.5 to f5.6 lenses. Out with the Old, In with the New It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the old 14-42mm G Vario Kit lens that went out with many Panasonic Cameras over the last couple of years.  It feels cheap in the hand and it’s performance is generally in the mediocre range.  If I had to describe it, I would say that it’s “OK” – meaning that [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]
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]
CES 2013 (aka, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV) is now history, and lots of cool new gadgets, toys and innovations were released (see the video montage above, courtesy of Blunty3000).  Unfortunately, not many groundbreaking releases came from the world of photo-videography. Since 2012 was an on year for the biennial Photokina Photo and Video Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany, as well as the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, which was also held in late autumn, it seems as though most of the Camera Companies chose last year to unveil their latest releases.  Indeed, we saw some amazing [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]
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]
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]
Fuji have unveiled the the successors to the X-10 and X-100, namely the new X-100s and X-20, at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas, NV – and this year, Fuji plans to focus on speed. This is good news for fans of Fuji’s breakout X-Trans CMOS Sensor and EXR processing technology, which in my opinion produces some of the best still images that you’ll get from ANY camera.  But the knock on Fuji cameras, like the X-100, X-Pro1 and X-E1, was that their speed of operation and autofocus functionality were sluggish, especially when compared to the competition. Enter Fuji’s [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]
Consumer Reports talks about the new and innovative cameras they expect to see launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) next week. We can’t wait to see all the cool new cameras and gadgets that’ll be launched at the show, and we’re sure that YOU can’t wait either, so be sure to keep coming back to MirrorlessCentral for all the latest news, reviews and updates from the CES! Until then, we’ll wet your appetite, here’s a list of all the compact cameras that will be introduced by Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony (via PhotoRumors.com). Fujifilm: HS35EXR: 16MP, 30x [More]
Frank from Neufeld Designs give us a first look at the Sony NEX VG30 and reviews the factors that lead him to choose this camera over DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 for travel film making. The NEX-VG30 is one of the latest entries (along with the NEX-VG900) in Sony’s line of pro-sumer handycam style interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.  It also takes Sony E-mount lenses, but can be adapted to fit other lenses as well. CNET wrote a VERY short review on the Sony NEX-VG30 >>  There really isn’t much to say about this replacement for [More]
Henry’s TV Looks at the Sony RX1 – The world’s First Full Frame Fixed Lens Camera (whew… say THAT 5 times really fast ~_^). Here’s what Henry’s say: Once considered merely a dream is now a reality that can sit in the palm of your hand. Introducing the revolutionary RX1: The world’s first fixed lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor. Take it wherever you go and explore full manual control photography that knows no bounds. This is huge. A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 35mm full-frame 24.3MP sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO [More]
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is putting the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 through it’s paces all this week. In this video, Will takes a walk through all the menus that the new GH3 has to offer, and since Will is VERY familiar with the GH2 (He has 10 of them that they use for video shooting), he points out the upgrades and new additions to the menus and the cameras capabilities. Don’t forget, Will is inviting YOU to ask YOUR QUESTIONS! So if there’s anything at all you want to know about the GH3, >>Post Them Here<<  See all of [More]
Henry’s TV takes a look at the Olympus PEN E-PM2, the new entry level camera in the Olympus PEN series if interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. But don’t judge this book by it’s stylish little cover. There’s BIG POWER in this tiny package, as the PEN “Mini” E-PM2 (along with it’s slightly bigger brother, the PEN “Lite” E-PL5) packs the same sensor and processor as the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5, providing you with stunning image quality in the palm of your hand. Here’s what Henry’s TV says: The Olympus PEN E-PM2 is all the proof you need that small and [More]
The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 is making the rounds.  This time, it lands squarely in the hands of The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls, who put’s the camera through it’s paces in a hands on review. Here’s what The Camera Store says:  The Panasonic GH2 was enormously popular for its great still abilities, combined with astonishing video quality for the price. The new GH3 ups the stakes again, but with so many very capable competitors, can it still stand out? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at how the latest Micro 4/3 camera holds up. Our take:  On the [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]
DigitalCameraReview posted a first look review of the new Samsung NX1000 interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, which they say “is turning out to be a respectable little camera.” Here’s some highlights of their review: I called Samsung’s latest ILC, or interchangeable lens camera, effort a ‘Swiss Army knife’ on the front page. And it is – it packs a number of features into a pretty petite frame – and with the dazzlingly white finish, it looks good at the same time. It’s also available in black, and I think that in terms of future resale value, the black might be a [More]