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]
Angela Nicholson from DigitalCameraWorld gives a quick demonstration of the Wi-Fi functions of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, as she controls the camera with a smartphone via the Lumix Link App. The best part is that you don’t have to be on the internet for this to work, as the camera and smartphone will establish their own local network to link together and function. Wi-Fi and apps are in their infancy where photography is concerned.  That being said, Panasonic have done a great job with the Lumix Link App, which is well thought out and functions very nicely, but it should [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]
(Via 43Rumors)  Nikon Shooter Daniel Cox recently packed his photo bags to go on Safari in Kenya.  In his briefcase, he packed a Panasonic Lumix GH3 (with a 100-300mm F/4-5.6 lens attached) along with a 15 inch Macbook Pro Retina, cords for two external hard drives, the drives themselves, his travel docs, cell phone and “the many incidentals all of us typically travel with.” As Daniel puts it, “In other words, the GH3, even with the attached lens, is small.” In another bag was 40 lbs. of Nikon gear.  During the course of his trip, Daniel got to use the GH3 [More]
These days, there are a lot of photographers pondering whether or not it might be a good time to consider getting rid of their DSLRs and moving over to mirrorless cameras.  There have been major advancements in mirrorless technology over the last several years that has brought about major improvements in autofocus, high ISO performance, Image Quality, etc., and we’ve witnessed the release of new mirrorless systems like Sony’s NEX 7 (and now, the NEX 6), the Fuji X-Series Cameras (X-Pro1 and X-E1) and the top of the line micro 4/3 cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, the OM-D E-M5 and [More]
Here’s another CES 2013 report from Blunty3000.  This time around, Blunty gives us a sneak peek at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few bright spots to come out of an of an otherwise forgettable CES Show (from a photographer’s perspective).  Of course, most of the major announcements and releases in the photo/video industry came late last year at the Photokina Expo in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC. Blunty writes… “The Pentax MX-1, announced at CES 2013, is carrying on Pentax’s bold attitude toward design and producing interesting cameras to [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]
WhatDigitalCamera takes an in depth look at the latest addition to Olympus’ popular mid-range micro 4/3 compact system camera lineup, the PEN Lite E-PL5. Though the E-PL5 is technically a mid level camera, it inherits the same superb sensor and image processor at Olympus’ Flagship micro 4/3 camera, the OM-D E-M5. Here’s WhatDigitalCamera’s Conclusion At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the OM-D. [More]
Panasonic are shaking thinks up in the world of photo-videography of late, and have released some of the best cameras and lenses you’ll find anywhere over the last several months. With the release of the Lumix GH3, the Lumix G5 and the Lumix LX7, Panasonic have have entered serious “King of the Mountain” contenders in the Pro, Mid-Level and Compact Camera Categories, but it’s the new Pro Zoom Lenses that came out at the same time as the GH3 that has MC Contributor and Hybrid Photo Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) signaling the “End of Days” for the DSLR. The 2 [More]
Here’s a couple different reviews on the new Sony 10-18mm f/4 lens for NEX cameras, the first by John Sison (video above), and the next by the Phoblographer (below). The Achilles Heel of the Sony NEX camera line until now is the lack of high quality native lenses.  In fact, over the last couple of years, Sony have added  more NEX camera bodies than they have NEX Lenses.  But Sony have promised that more lenses are on the way, which is good news for fans of an otherwise excellent camera lineup.  Enter the new 10-18mm f/4 lens.  Will the be [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com compares the Sony RX1 to the Fuji X-E1 in Aufotfocus Speed, Image Quality and High ISO (Low Light) Performance, etc. This really is an apples to oranges comparison since one camera is a fixed lens compact and the other is a compact system (interchangeable lens) camera that costs less than half the price.   Nonetheless, these are two of the best cameras to be released in 2012 and it’s a fun comparison to say the least (just look at the comments, because the trolls are out in full force). For anyone who has read Steve’s posts [More]
BMSWEB compares the GoPro Hero3 cameras with their predecessor, the Hero2.  Since many of our readers have been asking, we thought we’d add some links to a spec comparison chart of all three GoPro Hero3 Cameras >>Here<<. My 2 Cents The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition rightfully holds the flagship position in GoPro’s Hero lineup as it does stand head and shoulders above the Silver and White Editions in low light performance, resolution and additional features.  It’s important to note that although the Hero3 Black Edition technically has 4k capability, it will only record 12 fps at that level, so it’ll only [More]
The concept of the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter is mind boggling, to say the least.  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount (for Sony NEX cameras, but a micro 4/3 version is in the works and scheduled for release in March, 2013), 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 [More]
Announced in July of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5 quickly became one of our favorite cameras of 2012 due to it’s high IQ and great performance.  Although it’s technically a mid level camera, the G5 is a well made, feature rich camera that performs so well in both still photos and video that it rivals front line cameras that are much more expensive; and because it’s a micro 4/3 camera, it can utilize an extensive array of high quality lenses.  Yet this camera inexplicably became one of the the most overlooked cameras of 2012 (and the MirrorlessCentral Sleeper Camera of [More]
Ed from theDigitalDigest is back with another excellent in depth review, this time, of the Sony NEX 5R. The Sony NEX 5R is a 16.1MP, APS-C based mirrorless camera that replaces the celebrated NEX-5N, and in doing so, Sony take several steps to ensure that it should be referred to as a legitimate upgrade from the previous generation. The NEX 5N was one of our favorite cameras of last year, and it’s still one of the best cameras that you can get within the price range.  However, the NEX 5R does indeed represent an upgrade to the 5N, most notably [More]
Kai, Alamby, Lok C and DigitalRevTV hit the bowling alley, and they bring along the Sony RX1 to give it the DRTV Treatment. Sony call the RX1 “the world’s smallest full-frame digital camera” – and Kai and Co. test it out to see if it’s as awesome as a full-frame compact should be. DRTV writes: We want to know just good it is. Does it perform well enough to justify the price? Does it focus well in low-light? Watch the video to find out. My 2 Cents The Sony RX1 is our pick for the best compact camera of 2012 [More]
Wow, I’m finding all kinds of great stuff about the Fuji X-Series Cameras today, and this post is no exception. Here’s a great article and video by a Pro Photographer named Kevin Mullins who has been using the Fuji X-Pro1 for about a year and as a result, he has ditched his DSLRs and seems to be loving life.  The video above features images shot by Kevin using the X-Pro1 over the last year. Kevin Writes I’ve had “a lot” of conversations with many photographers about this camera.  I always say the same thing.  The camera is amazing, the results [More]
Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews compares the Fuji X-E1 to it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro 1. X-E1 is like the X Pro 1 at fighting weight – trimmed of a few features to reduce the price. But how does it compare?  These cameras represent the first generation of Fuji’s X-Series Cameras, and are a monumental achievement in the area of image quality, where they are at the top of the class.  Where the X-E1 and X-Pro1 are lacking however, is in autofocus performance and overall speed, especially in low light.  That being said though, the X-Series cams are favorites among the [More]
Looks like our favorite Aussie, Nate “Blunty” Burr, has landed a new gig with Australian Camera Retailer DigiDIRECT TV as host of their online TV series (Congrats, Blunty!!!). In this episode, Blunty puts the Fuji X-E1 through it’s paces.  The X-E1 is one of our favorite cameras of 2012, especially for still photo shooters who have a little more experience under their belt and want the very best in image quality.  But will the X-E1 earn the coveted Blunty Seal of Approval? Blunty writes:  The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second X series interchangeable lens camera from the fine folks at [More]
On Christmas Eve, 2012, we posted the Teaser Video for a video project called “The End of the World Shootout” by Shian Storm, which is a head to head camera shootout pitting the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2 ($1,298 and $679 respectively) against the Canon 5D Mark III and the new Black Magic Cinema Cam – both priced around the $3,000 range.  Here’s Parts I (above), II and III of the shootout (Below).  Watch the videos and see if you can pick out which camera is which.  Cameras will be revealed in part II and the guys [More]
Here’s another cool piece of gear that was unveiled at CES 2013 – this time, in the form of a 2 piece wearable camera. With the HX-A100, Panasonic now jump in to the lucrative POV (Point Of View) Action Camera Market currently occupied by the likes of GoPro, Sony and a few others. What separates the HX-A100 from it’s competitors though, is that it comes in 2 pieces. The camera unit, which is now a lightweight housing for the lens and image capturing unit that can be easily clipped on to say, a headband or helmet. The control unit, which [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]
As part of their in depth review of the Sony NEX 6, CameraLabs compared it to another of our favorite cameras of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5.  This comparison is not as cut and dry as some others might be, simply because there really a lot of “Apples to Oranges” features between these two cameras.  Each is well equipped, but each is equipped somewhat differently than the other. Here’s how CameraLabs breaks it down… CameraLabs Compares the Sony NEX 6 with the Panasonic Lumix G5 The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the more affordable compact system cameras on the [More]
CameraLabs posted their review of the Sony NEX 6, which was released in the autumn of 2012 and has received wide critical acclaim.  In fact, the NEX 6 was one of our favorite cameras of the year.  But how will it meet with CameraLabs’ standards? Here’s CameraLabs’ Final Verdict on the Sony NEX-6 The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn’t the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won’t do and [More]