The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has been one of the most celebrated cameras of the last few years, and it’s spectacular capabilities in video mode have given the GH2 a cult-like following among indie and enthusiast video producers.  One thing is certain, even though the capabilities of the GH2’s sensor wasn’t fully realized for still images, the camera can produce crazy brilliant image quality in video mode (especially after it was hacked).  When the Lumix G5 came out last year, complete with a GH2 sensor inside, the superb image quality for which the sensor is famous was finally realized in still [More]
Here’s a couple of reviews on the Sony NEX 3n, the company’s new entry level mirrorless camera system.  The first is from endgadget (video above) and the second comes courtesy of thePhoblographer (excerpts below). As an entry level system, the NEX 3n does lack some of the features that you would find on a more robust (and expensive) camera body, such as an electronic viewfinder, hotshoe adapter and mic input, but the image quality provided by the 3n’s APS-C sensor and it’s $448 USD price point should make it a popular choice for those looking to move into an interchangeable [More]
The Lumix G5 was released less than a year ago, but Panasonic are already poised to release it’s successor, the Lumix G6, in just a few weeks.  But will the new model warrant an upgrade from the G5, which is an exceptional camera in it’s own right? The folks over at ePhotozine have just released their initial hands on review of the new Panasonic Lumix G6, and they are impressed with what the new camera has to offer. Panasonic Lumix G6 Features The Panasonic Lumix G6 has a number of improvements and updates over the Panasonic Lumix G5, including a new [More]
The video above is a brutally honest review of the new Canon T5i by theCameraStore’s Chris Niccolls, and he does an excellent job pointing out that there’s really nothing new to see here.  I mean really, what has Canon done here other than to slap “T5i” where “T4i” once resided on what is basically the same camera body.  While this is an extreme example and is in now way indicative of DSLRs as a whole, Chris’ review does illustrate a point… The Innovations in Mirrorless Cameras have surpassed those of DSLRs by leaps and bounds Case in point:  About the [More]
Black Magic grabbed the lion’s share of attention at NAB earlier this year when they unveiled the Pocket Cinema Camera, a miniaturized version of their highly popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera that’s about the size of an iPhone. The video above,  from director John Brawley, shows some of the first footage recorded with the new camera, and although it’s basically shot camcorder style as John walked through a local market, it looks pretty darn good. The shoot as described by Brawley… “This footage was shot over about an hour at my local market on Sunday morning. So yeah, it’s just home [More]
On a Skype conversation last week with my good friend and MC contributor Giulio Sciorio (of SmallCameraBigPicture.com), G gave me a sneak peek at the new Panasonic Lumix G6, which he’s been testing for the company.  Giulio walked me through the G6’s new features and upgrades it has over the G5, and there’s a lot to be impressed with in the new offering.  What has me most excited though, is the wifi and enhanced video capabilities of the G6 as displayed in the video above, where you’ll see Giulio putting the G6 to the test as a travel camera, for [More]
The Panasonic Lumix ZS30 (aka TZ40) is the latest Panasonic pocket superzoom camera to hit the market.  The compact superzoom was invented by Panasonic a few years back, and since then it appears that they, as well as their competitors, release new versions on an annual basis.  Does the new ZS30 represent enough of an improvement over last years model to warrant an upgrade? The video above gives a good overview of the new ZS30, and CameraLabs have now published an in depth review of this years pocket superzoom from Panasonic, and they’re impressed with many of the ZS30’s new [More]
Kai, Alamby, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew strap on the gear for a 3 camera battle royale between the new Fuji X100s, Fuji X-E1 and the Sony RX1.  Which camera will come out on top in the Battle of the X’es? DRTV writes… In this video, we take a look at the fabulous Fujifilm X100s and ponder whether it’s the best x camera around by comparing it to the XE1 and the Sony RX1…but the team don’t get away without doing something rather typical of DRTV. My 2 Cents These are 3 fantastic cameras, two of which (the X-E1 [More]
The new Lumix GF6, which is Panasonic’s new entry level replacement for the Lumix GF5, is now hitting stores.  The new model features a lot of exciting upgrades over the previous model, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the GX1’s) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature).  The GF6 also gains style points over it’s predecessor, with a more substantial build (albeit slightly bigger), sleek metal top plate and mode dial. PhotographyBlog recently got to spend some quality time with the new GF6 and posted their initial impressions of the new [More]
In the video above, our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com, Suzette Allen explains why the time is right for photographers to go Hybrid. Suzette is a bonafide superstar in the photography world and even she recognizes that the world of photovideography is quickly changing, but the change doesn’t have to be scary. Suzette writes… Before we learn the “Hows”, we need to look at the “Why”, why we need to learn hybrid photography. Photography is America’s no. 1 hobby…because it is fun! Knowing this fact is so important. Let me tell you “Why” I have added Hybrid [More]
A couple weeks ago we published Pro Photographer Zack Arias’ thoughts on the new Fuji X100s fixed lens compact camera, which he proudly proclaims to be “the greatest camera ever made.”  Now, in the video above, Arias is following up his own review of the X100s with the bold declaration that “the DSLR is Dead.” On a recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey in March of 2013, Zack Arias put the new Fuji X100s through its paces while walking into the heart of the city, where he finds his new passion – street photography.  The video above features Zack’s walkabouts in Istanbul [More]
By now, you’ve surely heard all about the Metabones Speedbooster Lens adapter for NEX cameras (and soon, micro 4/3 cameras as well).  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount, but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera “full-frame” while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to the smaller E-mount sensor area, for example turning an f/2.0 lens into an [More]
WhatDigitalCamera weighs in with another first look preview of the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 Interchangeable Lens micro 4/3 camera. The GF6 is a substantial upgrade over previous models and integrates many exciting new features, such as a mode dial, tilting touch screen, wifi and NFC capabilities. WDC reports… The Panasonic Lumix GF6 is a new base model compact system camera which sees significant improvements to the outgoing Panasonic Lumix GF5 it replaces. The Panasonic Lumix GF6 features a higher resolution 16MP Live MOS sensor and new processor to boost the image quality and reduce high ISO noise, while externally the [More]
Gordon Laing of CameraLabs catches up with Lumix UK Product Manager Barney Sykes to talk about the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 micro 4/3 camera. Other than the name and a cursory resemblance to it’s predecessor, there is much that separates the GF6 from the previous model.  Indeed, Panasonic have raised the bar considerably with the new Lumix GF6. On the outside, it’s slightly larger than the GF5, and the new model also incorporates a mode dial, metal top plate and a tilting touch screen (a’la smart phone) that can flip a full 180 degrees to face forward for self portraits. The [More]
In creating Coolpix A, Nikon have put together a very small compact camera with some impressive specs.  The Coolpix A may have a small body, but Nikon have loaded it up with the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR.  It has a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent).  It also has Full HD video recording capability, Wi-Fi, a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 which can be expanded to 25600, no AA Filter, raw and JPEG shooting at 14bit, and full manual control.  Coming in at just under $1,100 USD, the Coolpix A enters [More]
The amazing video above, shot by pro photographer/director Vincent Laforet and Team, is all the more amazing when you consider that it was shot entirely using one piece of equipment – the new MōVI – a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal that Laforet was testing.  Vincent and his crew were so impressed with the unit that he calls it a “game changer,” going so far as to say that “it’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.” When you watch the video above, you can understand why as it’s chock full [More]
The Leica X2 Premium Compact Camera has been out for a while now (the review above from DRTV came out last July), but nonetheless, PhotographyBlog have just released their review of this fixed lens mirrorless offering from Leica. On the plus side, well…  it’s a Leica, but does it pack the quality that the name implies, and can it stand up to the new kids on the block like the Fuji X100s? PB’s Leica X2 Conclusions… Don’t have the need to zoom, swap lenses or shoot video clips, but do have enough cash for a holiday somewhere exotic – or [More]
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]
The new Fuji X100s Premium fixed lens compact camera has been getting rave reviews.  After all, it takes everything that was great about it’s predecessor, the X100, and adds lighting fast performance and a juicy X-Trans II Sensor to the mix.  The latest review to hit the web comes courtesy of Kai and the DigitalRevTV gang.  Does the new X100s stand up to the DRTV Test? Note from a man named Wong… “We had a love-hate relationship with the X100 previously: we loved the concept but hated using it sometimes. Will the Fuji X100S – the much anticipated follow-up – [More]
As we move into Hybrid Photography, where traditional still photos are skillfully blended with video, audio and graphics, the importance of an always on lighting source becomes greater and greater.  After all, flash doesn’t really work very well when you’re shooting video.  The obvious option here is the new generation of LED lighting that is emerging from numerous companies, but not all LEDs are created equally. In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett talks about the ups and downs of today’s LED lights, and how to get the most out of them when you’re shooting [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]
One of the latest reviews on the Fuji X100s Premium Fixed Lens Compact Camera come courtesy of thePhoblographer, and it looks like yet another reputable source is impressed with the newest offering from Fuji.  With it’s phenomenal X-Trans II sensor, EXR II processing technology, a fast and bright Fujinon Lens, Hybrid Viewfinder, lightning fast autofocus and cool retro styling, the Fuji X100s is winning admirers throughout the industry.  So lets take a look at the new Premium Compact on the block… Fuji X100s Specs 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor EXR Processor II Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus (with AF speed up [More]
The Pentax MX1 has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise lackluster year for camera releases thus far (most of the big releases came in late 2012 at the big trade shows). The MX1 though, is a very interesting addition to an crowded fixed lens compact field which includes the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7, Olympus XZ2, Canon G15 and another new release, the Fuji X20.  There have been numerous positive reviews coming in on the new Pentax, with many pointing out it’s quality construction, including brass top and bottom plates and retro styling reminiscent of the old [More]
On the surface, the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera bears a striking resemblance to it’s predecessor, the highly popular X10.  Heck, who am I kidding, they’re virtually identical, but don’t judge a book, or in this case a camera, by it’s cover.  To paraphrase our favorite intergalactic smuggler Han Solo, “she may not look any different, but she’s got it where it counts.”  Indeed, Fuji have packed a whole lotta goodies inside the new model, but is it enough to warrant your attention? The reviews are beginning to come in on the Fuji X20, and we’re featuring two [More]