The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is one intriguing little camera. It’s not often that a small, midrange camera will offer the same image quality as the flagship of the line, but by incorporating the same sensor and image processor as the OM-D E-M5, that’s exactly what Olympus are offering in the easy to use PEN Lite. PhotographyBlog have posted their full review of the E-PL5 and they are impressed with what the PEN Lite has to offer, giving it 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars and thier ‘Highly Recommended’ designation. Here are their conclusions: The E-PL5 essentially offers the [More]
(Video above shot by Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com shows a test of the Canon EOS M’s autofocus while locking on to the ‘Canon’ logo of the 1D X DSLR – is this performance going to measure up to the competition?) Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com got his hands on a Canon EOS M and posted his thoughts about the first mirrorless offering from Canon in his Hands On Preview. Here are Gordon’s final thoughts for now… Canon is the last of the big names to launch a mirror-less system camera with the EOS M coming a considerable four years after Panasonic [More]
DigitalRevTV’s Kai Wong is takin’ it to the streets with the new Canon EOS M – Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera market. Canon is an undisputed DSLR Giant, but will they be able to translate that power into the mirrorless realm? Here’s DRTVs take: Canon has finally released a mirrorless camera! But is it any good? Should you buy one? There’s a lot of competition in the mirrorless market, so the EOS M has a lot to prove. Kai takes it out on the streets with the 22mm f/2.0 STM and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, along with [More]
MC contributor Giulio Sciorio has dispatched some of his SmallCameraBigPicture crew to Photo Plus in New York, NY to see what’s up at one of the world’s largest photo/video industry expos, and here’s one of their first field reports. Alberto Lima gets the skinny on the Panasonic Lumix GH3 from Panny’s own Mark Toal (check out Mark on G+). The GH3 looks like it’s going to be an amazing camera for both stills AND video. Here’s Alberto’s report: We here at SmallCameraBigPicture truly believe that mirror-less cameras are not just a passing fad, but a trend that will dictate where [More]
Last year, Fuji released the X-Pro 1 at the top end of their mirrorless camera lineup. The camera received high praise from pro photographers (and several MC Contributors) for the outstanding quality of the images it produced, which rivaled those of any DSLR system while creating a beautiful, organic feel with a film-like quality. This year, Fuji have launched the X-E1 Digital Camera – a mirrorless compact system camera just a notch below the X-Pro in the remarkable Fuji X-Series. The Fuji X-E1 features a built-in pop-up flash and includes the same, powerful 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Pro [More]
(Video above from WhatDigitalCamera) Nikon have just announced the release of the 1 V2, the follow up to the less than impressive 1 V1, and this puppy looks like something that Darth Vader might whip out at the Imperial Christmas Party to start snapping some pics with the Storm Troopers (I mean, seriously… just look at that thing). But is the new Nikon 1 V2 fully armed and operational? Engadget got their hands on the new 1 V2 and here are their initial thoughts…  the good, the bad and the ugly: If you followed the launch of Nikon’s J2 interchangeable-lens [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com got his hands on the new Sony RX1 fixed lens digital camera for an exclusive first look.  Sony touts the RX1 as the World’s First Full Frame Digital Camera, as it sports a full sized 35mm Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, and there’s no doubt that this little beastie can produce some of the finest quality images that you’ll ever see – on par with or even surpassing the DSLR market.  Steve even mentions that he feels the RX1 produces better images than the A99, which is equipped with the same sensor, and the RX1 comes in [More]
Luminous Landscape posted a full review of the new Fuji X-E1 and they were highly impressed with the new entry into Fuji’s X Series of cameras. The new camera is the smaller, and less expensive, brother to Fuji’s highly celebrated X-Pro1 – a favorite of MC Contributors Will Crockett and Giulio Sciorio as well as a growing number of Pro-togs worldwide. I shares the same rangefinder sensibilites, but in a smaller body without an optical viewfinder. But most importantly, it shares Fuji’s incredible X-Trans sensor, which produces some of the most jaw dropping images you’ll ever see, from any camera. [More]
Here’s a great look at the new Panasonic Lumix GF5 and all the creative options that are built in to this little bad boy. We really love the strides that Panasonic have made in their menu systems, making them so much easier to navigate while building in so many cool new filters and features. Let us know what you think in the comments section, and check out the best pricing on the Panasonic Lumix GF5 below (shown with regular kit lens and power zoom lens):
Above is a video test of a pre-production Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 captured at a London Zoo Press Event. Trusted Reviews previews the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 (watch their video preview here) and added to the chorus of positive reviews/previews/reports that we’ve been getting about this impressive new camera. In a nutshell, they say that the GH3 is on par with top cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for still photo quality, and it beats all comers for video. Here are some highlights of their preview: We’ve seen a steady improvement in the image quality provided by the micro four thirds [More]
One of the great things about mirrorless cameras is that there’s such amazing and powerful technology being built in to small bodies that fit in the palm of your hand and capture incredible images. GoPro cameras don’t just fit in the palm of your hand though, they also fit on a headband, surfboard, bike handlebar, car, ATV, snowboard, skateboard, hula-hoop (yeah – we’re not kidding) or just about anywhere else you can think of… and these cameras will go anywhere you want to go – whether you’re jumping out of a plane, skiing, surfing, diving underwater, or being blasted into [More]
Here’s an updated and more in depth review of the new Sony NEX 5R from The Digital Digest. TDD plops it side by side with an NEX 7 to compare it’s features and value. While the NEX 5R does represent a leap forward from a technology standpoint, it would probably be more accurate to do a side by side between the NEX 7 and NEX 6 – which combines the best features of both cameras and fit’s nicely in between them in the Sony lineup. Here’s some bullet points on what you’ll be getting with the NEX 5R: Wi-Fi – [More]
Toys Toys Toys!!!  No doubt about it, folks…  apps are the wave of the future in photo-videography – And the new Sony NEX 5R is one of the first in a wave of Wi-Fi equipped cameras that is soon to flood the market place. The video above is a short demo from IDGCommunications.  Here’s what they have to say >>  If you’ve ever struggled with taking a self portrait, Sony’s NEX-5R has something for you: the ability to use a phone or tablet as a remote viewfinder. The camera, an updated version of NEX-5, was announced at IFA Berlin and [More]
An introduction to the Panasonic GH3 camera, shot at London Zoo press event. The new Panasonic Micro 4/3 Flagship Camera is slowly getting out into the hands of photo/video pros, and we’re hearing some great things about the GH3 so far. The GH3 boasts some very impressive specs and we believe that it just might live up to expectations, but consider this an open thread until this camera gets into our hands or the hands of one of our contributors.
Warrick Williams of FujiFilm Australia discusses some of the features of the new FujiFilm X-E1 Compact System Camera. Take Warrick’s comments for what they are. He does, after all, work for Fuji – so he’s only going to talk about the positive stuff. That being said though, there’s a lot of positive stuff to talk about with the X-E1. It’s the little brother of Fuji’s flagship CSC, the X-Pro1, and shares a LOT of that camera’s features, including the sensor and processor, only in a smaller body and with a smaller pricetag. Like the X-Pro1, the new X-E1 also sports [More]
Malaysian Photographer Ming Thein got his hands on a new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and wrote up a great review on the new camera. Here are some highlights below: The OLympus OM-D E-M5 clearly demonstrated that the image quality potential of Micro Four Thirds could be taken quite a bit further without entailing any compromises. After enjoying a period of exclusivity to that body, the same sensor and imaging processor has now made its way into Olympus’ lower end offerings – the E-PL5 Pen Lite and E-PM2 Pen Mini, both recently announced at Photokina. I was given the opportunity to [More]
Kai and the gang from DigitalRevTV are back at it, this time with a hands-on review of the new Fujifilm X-E1.  Kai puts the camera through it’s paces while goofing around with a guy in a Super Mario suit.  The X-E1 looks to be an impressive offering from Fuji, incorporating many of the same features as the X-Pro1, but at a much lower price.  The X-E1 lacks it’s bigger brother’s hybrid viewfinder (an optical / electronic viewfinder combo), but it does pick up a mic input.  From what we’ve seen, the biggest weakness of the X-E1 is in autofocus speed, [More]
Matt from PhotoNewsReviews takes a hands-on look at the new Sony NEX VG900, handycam style interchangeable lens camera. The new VG900 comes in at the top of Sony’s VG lineup, over the VG10, the VG20 and the soon to come VG30. We have had our hands on a VG20 and it produces impressive results, bot in video quality and surprisingly good audio from the on board quad stereo mic system. Judging from this video, the VG900 will not disappoint in either of those areas either. Since the VGs are ostensibly video cameras, they’re not hampered with the 29 minute continuous [More]
This hands-on look at the Sony NEX 6 by Matt from PhotoNewsReviews includes image samples and side by side comparison to NEX 5 and NEX 7. The NEX 6 squeezes in between new NEX 5R (but adds an EVF and dedicated mode dial that the 5R does not have) and the highly celebrated NEX 7, and actually is a lot like the 7. In fact, it’s almost identical in size and configuration, but the main difference is that the NEX 7 has a 24 mp sensor while the NEX 6 has a 16 mp sensor (and also adds with WiFi). [More]
Here’s a short, but thorough hands-on look at the Sony NEX-6 from WorldMediaFull that we gleaned off of YouTube. The NEX 6 squeezes in between new NEX 5R (but adds an EVF and dedicated mode dial that the 5R does not have) and the highly celebrated NEX 7, and actually is a lot like the 7. In fact, it’s almost identical in size and configuration, but the main difference is that the NEX 7 has a 24 mp sensor while the NEX 6 has a 16 mp sensor (and also adds with WiFi). For 99% of the people, the sensor [More]
Photographyblog has posted another series of videos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 using different camera settings. Aside from the video above (which is an MP4, 1920×1080, 25fps), the others are of the same dancing girls from our previous post, but these videos are hosted on Vimeo instead of YouTube, so the quality is a bit better. Photographyblog writes: Here are seven Full 1080 HD movies taken with the new Panasonic GH3 compact system camera using the MOV, AVCHD and MP4 formats, including 72Mbps in ALL-I. They’ve all been uploaded onto Photography Blog’s Vimeo HD channel where you can [More]
The New Panasonic Lumix GH3 is getting into the hands of some select bloggers for photo and video reviews, and here’s one of the first from ePhotozine (Check out photos, video and discussion). The video above was recorded at 50p using the 12-35mm f/2.8 Panasonic lens. Not surprisingly, the 16.05 Live MOS sensor delivers and video looks great (YouTube compression aside), and although we’re not 100% sure, it sounds like the audio was captured by the GH3’s onboard stereo mic, and it too, sounds great. Check out the GH3 and the 12-35mm f 2.8 lens below:
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]
Marco Solorio of OneRiverMedia puts his Canon 5D Mark III on the same rig as the new Black Magic Cinema Micro 4/3 Lens Mount Camera. Although Marco says that this is not a “shoot out” or head to head contest, the results are undeniable… The Black Magic Cinema Camera blows the 5D Mark III out of the water in virtually every category. Most of the major advancements in imaging are now coming from the mirrorless camera realm, with major releases from Panasonic, Olympus and Sony, and small companies like Black Magic Cinema pushing the envelope even further. Even Marco says [More]