The new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera enters a crowded field in the mid-level price range with offerings like the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7 and Pentax MX1.  But with it’s cool retro styling, vastly improved autofocus performance and stellar image quality provided by it’s 12mp X-Trans Sensor, the X20 should be a strong contender in this group. One of the latest reviews to come in on the X20 comes from the folks over at TechRadar, who draw the following conclusions on the new camera from Fuji. TechRadar’s Fuji X20 Verdict… With the X20, Fuji continues its dominance in [More]
While reporting from the SXSW Film Trade Show in Austin Texas, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul gets his hands on the new Digital Bolex Film Camera, and looks at some of the prototype accessories that are coming soon. This looks like a promising piece of equipment to say the least, and indie filmmakers are licking their chops over this one as it’s adaptable to both ef mount and M43 lenses – AND (drum roll please…) – the Digital Bolex has a global shutter! The D16 camera is almost complete, should have working models at NAB. Product will launch with accessories [More]
Here’s a great comparison video from Nate “Blunty3000” Burr pitting the undisputed King of the Action Cam Mountain – The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition – against the tough as nails upstart – The Ion Air Pro HD.  It’s Apollo Creed vs Rocky Balboa in a head to head POV matchup. From a cursory viewing, GoPro get’s the edge with it’s feature rich menu and stabilization technology, but the Ion Air Pro counter punches with it’s rock solid build quality and punchy color reproduction. Which one is the winner?…  That’s up for you to decide.  Let us know which one you [More]
With all the positive buzz about the current hot properties from Fuji – namely their newly released fixed lens compact cameras, the X20 and X100s – it can sometimes be hard to remember that their former star players were released less than a year ago, and in the case of the Fuji X-E1, that figure comes down to about 6 months.  But the interchangeable lens X-Series cameras from Fuji are still A-List cameras, and Ken McMahon of CameraLabs took the X-E1 out for a proper shakedown while compiling a full review on one of our favorite cameras of the last [More]
One of the things we like best about GoPro’s Hero Action Cameras is that there seems to be no end to their applications and to the truly unique and extraordinary shots that you can capture with them.  All you need is a little imagination. The video above, Marc Donahue of Perma Grin Films shows off some of the coolest uses of a GoPro Hero (or I should say – GoPro Heroes) that we’ve seen in quite some time. For the first effect, Marc uses an array of GoPro Hero cameras mounted on (at least) two DIY rigs – a small rig [More]
In the video above, David Thorpe talks about the new Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm 2.8 Pro Zoom Lens, one of two new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom lenses that were launched simultaneously with the Panasonic Lumix GH3 towards the end of 2012. These lenses are among the more expensive in the micro 4/3 standard, but they are professional quality through and through and are made to take the place of the “go to” lenses that most DSLR shooters are used to.  With a constant aperture of f/2.8, they’re bright and fast, and the quality of the images they produce is absolutely superb. [More]
Kai Wong, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew take a peek at the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras.  Not to be confused with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens, this lens bares a much closer resemblance to other lenses from the M.Zuiko lineup than it’s pancake shaped counterpart, but does it have it where it counts?  Kai plays hard to get at first, but watch the video to find out if the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8 lens can win him over in the end… The long and the short of it… This is an excellent lens [More]
The reviews are beginning to come in on the new Nikon Coolpix A, Nikon’s entry into the premium fixed lens compact camera arena.  The Coolpix A incorporates a proven 16.1 mp APS-C sensor (the same one found in the D7000) and a good Nikkor 18mm (28mm equivalent) lens, although at f/2.8 it’s a little slower than the lens on it’s chief competition, the Fuji X-100s (see full comparison here). One of the latest reviews to be posted comes from the folks at PhotographyBlog, who come to the following conclusions about the Nikon Coolpix A. The Nikon Coolpix A… “…is an assured [More]
Pro Photo Phenom David Hobby just put the following post up on Google + … “After just a few weeks with the new FujiFIlm X100s, it is already my favorite camera I have ever owned.” That’s high praise indeed from someone as renowned as David, who has no doubt handled hundreds of cameras over the years, and now he’s posted his in depth review on theStobist. Strobist FujiFilm X100s Review Highlights… “Reader’s Digest Version: It’s a remarkable, sync-at-any-speed camera with a no-apologies 16mp chip. I’ll probably make more pictures with this camera over the next year than all of my [More]
The Fuji X100s is an updated version of Fuji’s highly popular X100 premium fixed lens compact camera.  With the X100s, Fuji have done a masterful job in addressing the issues that most shooters had with the previous version.  It has an all new Hybrid viewfinder, a blazing fast autofocus system and it’s loaded up with Fuji’s new X-Trans II sensor and EXR II processing technology which produces breathtakingly beautiful images.  But just how will Fuji’s new premium compact stand up against the big daddy (speaking figuratively of course, as the RX1 is actually quite small) of all compacts, the full [More]
Chris Niccolls and the Camera Store Crew brave the cruel Canadian winter to look at the new Leica M Type 240 digital rangefinder. This is Leica’s first M rangefinder with Live View and video capture. Will these new additions help create the greatest M of all, or take away some of what made rangefinder photography so appealing?  Featuring the street photography of Chris Tait. My 2 Cents Leica is one of the premier names in imaging and have been since 1913.  They’re known for superior quality optics and incredible, high end, expensive cameras – so does the new Leica M [More]
Lenses…  They’re arguably the most important component of the image making formula. Indeed, a great lens can make a mediocre camera sing in much the same way that a mediocre lens can stifle a great camera.  But should we be quick to evaluate whether or not a lens is a gem or a dud?  Recently, two image making masters sat down and had such a discussion. While attending the WPPI show in Las Vegas, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Trail Blazer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sat down for coffee and conversation with wildlife photography legend Scott Bourne (PhotoFocus.com), and the two [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett tackles another reader question from Dave on DiscoverMirrorless.com, who requests advice about which wide angle lenses are best for micro 4/3 cameras. Here’s the Question as submitted by reader Dave… I’m shooting interiors for real estate listings. I’ve been using a DX with a 12-24 and since the fall an FX with a 24 and hopefully soon a 16-35, but I’m looking forward to getting a 4/3 camera – most likely a Lumix G,GH…. mainly for video at this point. In my searching I don’t seem to see much choice in the [More]
Nigel Atherton of WhatDigitalCamera takes a crack at explaining the basic differences between the various types of Compact System Cameras, aka ILCs or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Cameras. In part 1 (above), Nigel discusses the smaller sensored Pentax Q and Nikon 1 systems.  In part 2 (below), Nigel tackles micro 4/3 and APS-C sensored cameras. My 2 Cents Nigel does a good job explaining the basic differences between the systems and gets extra points for his effective use of Legos 😉 – But it’s important to remember to not get caught up in the sensor size marketing hype (for more on [More]
There was lots of fanfare at the end of 2012, with large imaging trade shows such as Photokina in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC providing the perfect setting for camera companies to launch their latest and greatest – Like the Panasonic Lumix GH3, Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX 6.  Consequently, 2013 came in with a wimper, and first quarter tech and trade shows like CES in Las Vegas were unusually devoid of any earth shattering camera unveilings.  But one of the most pleasant surprises so far this year has come from one of the most unlikely sources…  Pentax [More]
In the 4th and final installment of his series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) peels back the curtain to reveal how he gets the most out of the GH3’s custom settings. Giulio writes… “I’ll show you how I can quickly build custom settings such as Retro, Color and Monochrome looks and store them in the GH3′s C1-3 buttons…like a BOSS. Now that you’ve got your function buttons set, quick menu customized and JPEG settings hooked up, you’re almost ready to shoot [More]
Looks like the new Fuji X100s is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of premium compact cameras, as it has just collected another highly positive review – this time, collecting 5 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Essential” from the reviewers at PhotographyBlog. PhotographyBlog Concludes… “It may look almost identical to the original X100, but the new X100S includes so many improvements, particularly to its operational speed, that it definitely feels like shooting with an entirely new camera. We were skeptical about what the X100S would offer and whether it could tempt X100 owners (ourselves included) [More]
In Part III of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) tackles the JPEG Settings on Panasonic’s new flagship camera.  JPEG for the WIN! Giulio writes… “The GH3 comes with 7 picture profiles, including a custom profile that you can build and store in camera for latter use. The JPEG settings covered in this video will give you a starting point to get the best color out of your stills and videos. In addition to the JPEG settings you [More]
TheCameraStore‘s Chris Niccolls recently had a chance to test two of this year’s most anticipated cameras: The Fuji X100s and Fuji X20. What’s new? The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and on the outside you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between these new cameras and their predecessors.  But as Chris puts it, the X100s and X20 are “evolutionary cameras” that keep the best features of their predecessors while fixing a lot of the things that shooters didn’t like.  One of the biggest improvements is that both cameras are equipped [More]
In Part II of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) dives into the Quick Menus on Panasonic’s new flagship camera. Giulio writes… “Every time I shoot with the GH3, I use the quick menu…every time! The quick menu is great for recalling settings on the fly instead of having to dig through the main menu on a regular basis. Using the quick menu will save you time and help you with your shooting accuracy, which of course makes you [More]
I’ve been trying to spread the love around with featured camera deals and stories, etc.  But honest to God, Panasonic have been offering such HUGE DEALS on some great cameras lately (I actually just received my Lumix LX7 that I snapped up for only $298 USD!) and they’re just too good to not share with our readers, especially considering that many of these deals are gone as soon as we can post them. Here are 3 deals I came across on the Lumix GX1, a tremendous camera that sold for anywhere from $700 to $900 USD just a scant year [More]
DigitalCameraWorld take a look at the new Sony NEX 3N, which comes as the direct replacement to Sony’s entry level compact system camera, the NEX F3.  As with the F3, the NEX 3n is aimed squarely at those looking to make the jump from a point and shoot digital compact to a camera with interchangeable lenses. My 2 Cents In terms of build quality and image quality, the Sony NEX 3n is indeed impressive when compared to other entry level interchangeable lens cameras.  It’s loaded up with the same 16mp sensor that powers it’s bigger brothers, the NEX 5r and [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, this time with the first part of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”. In this part, G focuses on the GH3’s 7 Custom Function Buttons. Giulio writes… “The Lumix GH3 is the only hybrid camera made for professionals and I love it. When properly set up for how I shoot, the GH3 just gets out of my way and lets me create. In this video, I’ll go over each of the GH3′s 7 custom function buttons, how [More]
Blunty takes the Glide Gear DNA 1000 Video Stabilizer out for a spin.  The DNA 1000 is Glide Gear’s medium sized stabilizer offering and is a perfect fit for smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Systems like a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Lumix G5, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-Series Camera or Sony NEX Series Camera. DNA-1000 Features: The most advanced stabilisation system on the market for its camera weight range Super lightweight, only 1.6lbs without counterweights Easy adjustment controls with easy release camera plate Three-axis gimbal joint with 360° rotation and adjustable convergence Quick adjust sliding telescoping center post Dynamic balance [More]