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]
PetaPixel posted an article stating that Fuji are touting their new X20 and X100S cameras as having the “World’s fastest autofocus”, but seem to partially retract that claim in an update at the end of the article, downgrading it to rumor status, stating that Fuji have removed the claim from their website.  (Read article on PetaPixel – video above from Oscar50Channel) My 2 Cents I’m hoping that the rumor turns out to be true.  Fuji make some phenomenal stuff, most notably their X-Series Compact Digital Cameras (which we have recognized as the best stills cameras of 2012), but they are [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]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [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]
Complexmagazine posted a fun video of pro photog Zack Arias hitting the streets of Atlanta to shoot some of the cool and eclectic people he met, and Zack was armed with one of our favororite cameras of the year, the Fuji X-Pro 1. ComplexMag Reports:  If you ask 10 different photographers what makes a great photograph, you’lll surely wind up with 10 different answers. However, there are three constants: a subject, a photographer, and a camera. For our new series, Shots Fired, we wanted to put the hottest cameras in the hands of the best photographers and let them loose [More]
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video/Hybrid “Coach” Will Crockett peels back the curtain to show you some of the tools and techniques that he uses to create Hybrid eProducts for his commercial clients. Will Writes:  Product photography is moving hybrid too.  We are making a cool hybrid eProduct for a commercial client to use in their trade show booth and for their website to grab some attention for their new product. To create the video and still images, we’ve chosen the Fuji X Pro because of it’s luxurious blacks at high ISO and it’s wicked sharp lenses for product photography.  Here’s [More]
Pro Photographer Frank Doorhof of StudioFD posted a great in depth review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s smaller and lighter followup to the highly acclaimed X-Pro1. Here are Frank’s conclusions:  What’s not to like about the FujiFilm cameras… well maybe if you like the brick look of some of the competition, or if you really want something big and heavy in your hands. But when I look at the camera, the results, the focus speed, etc. etc. I just think that the X-E1 is the perfect companion for the travel/street photographer and will really make you think twice about taking [More]
Our good friend and Pro Photo Guru Chuck Jones of theCameraForum has just made the switch to mirrorless.  Chuck is a highly talented veteran photographer who has seen paradigm shifts in the photography industry before, most notably the shift from film to digital about a decade ago.  He sees the writing on the wall for large, bulky and heavy DSLR systems, so he’s trading in his DSLR Gear in favor of a Panasonic Lumix GH3…  and he’s not alone. In this video, Chuck and 3 other photo/video colleagues (Paul Gero, Marc Weisberg and Pham Minh Son, PhD) discuss the Lumix [More]
Here’s a look at the Fujifilm X-E1 from a couple of different reviewers. First up is WhatDigitalCamera (video above), whose verdict on the X-E1 is as follows:  While it may appear to be simply a stripped down, more affordable X-Pro1 to tempt more people into Fujifilm’s CSC family, that would be doing the X-E1 a great disservice. Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm’s retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather [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]
PetaPixel have posted their full review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s latest addition to the X-Series and little (and less expensive) brother to the X-Pro 1.  Like us, PetaPixel love the retro styling of this camera as well as the incredible quality of the images it produces. Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   In our opinion, the Fujifilm X-E1 is one of the most — if not the most — beautiful digital cameras on the market today, on par with the X-Pro1 and the X100. Someone clearly forgot to tell Fujifilm that digital cameras aren’t supposed to look this good. The X-E1 is [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 PetaPixel)  Sony is continuing its campaign against the mindless use of DSLRs. After releasing a series of viral videos poking fun at inept DSLR users, Sony is now turning to facts and hard evidence (in addition to humor). The company recently did a survey of 1012 non-professional DSLR users, and the results are pretty interesting. The company found that roughly 2/3 of casual DSLR users never (or rarely) take their camera out of full-auto mode. 72% purchased their camera simply for fun and for family snapshots, and 65% of those aged 18-29 considered their glorified point-and-shoots DSLRs a status [More]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]
Billy of the Fuji Guys is back to outline the top features of the X-E1 X Series premium camera. We at MC are eagerly waiting to get our hands on this little beastie, as it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro1 is one of our favorite cameras – and since the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 share the same sensor and image processor, the X-E1 is sure to produce the same spectacular image quality as it’s bigger sibling. If you’re undecided as to whether you should go the X-Pro1 or X-E1 route, here’s a great article from FujiRumors that addresses that issue. If [More]
PhotographyBlog just published their full review of the new Fuji X-E1, the smaller brother to the highly popular (among MC contributors) Fuji X-Pro1. Here’s PhographyBlog’s Conclusion: Smaller, lighter and significantly cheaper than the X-Pro1, whilst offering the same outstanding and image quality and impeccable handling, there’s certainly an awful lot to like about the new Fujifilm X-E1. The main sacrifice is the removal of the innovative Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, replaced instead by one of the highest resolution and best electronic viewfinders currently available – indeed the X-E1’s viewfinder is so good that we hardly missed using the X-Pro1’s optical finder. [More]
When pro photogs got their hands on a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, there were some questions about the quality of the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), which seemed to be lacking at the time.  But was this due to the fact that the pre-production model sported an EVF that was somehow incomplete…  and has Fuji fixed the issue in their final production model? PetaPixel asks the same question in a recent post on their website… Here’s their take >> When we handled a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, we [More]
In the latest edition of the Hybrid Hangout, MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) hosts a panel of Nine photo and video pros (and some not so pros) to share the reasons why they switched to mirrorless, or why they are still waiting, and what they are looking for in order to make an intelligent decision when or if to shed the big bulky but powerful DSLRs. Joining will in the conversation are MC Creator Scott Giorgini, MC Contributos Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) and Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) along with Paula Thomas, Carol Schlintz, special guest Dave Curlee from GeekBeatTV and others as [More]
From the Carl Zeiss Blog… Looks like Über Lens Maker Carl Zeiss is ready to enter the mirrorless market, citing the increasing quality of mirrorless camera systems, like the Sony NEX 7 and Fuji X-Pro1. This is good news for the growing numbers of fans of the Sony and Fuji systems, who’s main Achilles Heel at this point has been the relative lack of quality lenses vs. Micro 4/3 offerings from Panasonic and Olympus. Here’s what Zeiss have to say: With a bang, Carl Zeiss is introducing a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras at photokina 2012. [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]
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]