Two Olympus Cameras, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and the Olympus Stylus TG-2 “Tough” Camera have each been honored with a prestigious Red Dot design award (international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany – The team from Porsche are honored in the video above) in the “Entertainment Technology and Cameras” category. The Olympus E-PL5 was recognized for its “cutting-edge technology in a compact design matched with exceptional user-friendliness,”  while the shock, frost, crush and waterproof Stylus TG-2 convinced the jury with its “combination of brawn and brains.” A third Red Dot design award [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]
The best Hybrid Camera on the planet just got better… New firmware updates are now available for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a pair of Lumix Lenses.  It seems that Panasonic have now simplified Wi-Fi connections between the GH3 and both PC and MAC computers, as well as adding a new high res MP4 option for video.  (video above features cool shots of Hong Kong taken with a GH3, courtesy of MergeProductions) Details of the firmware update are as follows… Connecting to PC via Wi-Fi by inputting the computer name (the NetBIOS name for Apple Mac computers) is enabled. 1920 [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Rock Star Will Crockett answers a reader question from our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com, and debunks one of the biggest myths there is about shooting video. Will Writes… One of our readers named Mike asked about one of the common “rules” you hear floating around the interwebs.  You know, the one that says that when you’re shooting video you need to use a shutter speed that’s 2 times the framerate.  (“Need”…  Ouch – I hate that word!) Is that true?  Not so fast…  Watch the video above and read my response below to find out just [More]
In the video above, Pro-tog Mike Browne does an excellent job explaining the Rule of Thirds.  The ROT is one of the most basic rules (ouch…  I really hate using that word since no rule is absolute.  But I guess it rolls off the tongue better than “the Guideline of Thirds” ~_^) of composition and it’s so simple that a child could easily master it in a matter of moments.  Yet it’s surprising how many aspiring photo-videographers are either oblivious to the ROT or choose not to apply it, but by using this one simple rule technique, you can easily [More]
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]
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]
If you’re a little confused about what the differences are between mirrorless cameras and standard, DSLR type film and digital cameras, then this is the post for you.  Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a highly talented photographer and educator who is often approached by students who just want to know “What is a Mirrorless Camera?” – and in the video above, Marlene does an excellent job explaining what makes up a mirrorless cameras vs a DSLR. Marlene writes… This video blog post explains the basics of mirrorless cameras, and it’s meant for beginners and [More]
The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the best cameras to be released in the last year, and it would easily be the flagship model in many company’s product lines.  Had it not been for the subsequent release of the Lumix GH3, it more than likely would’ve garnered a lot more attention.  Consequently, the G5 is probably one of the most overlooked cameras of the last year as well, and according to the folks over at 43Rumors, although the G5 was only released a scant 9 months ago it appears that Panasonic are on the verge of announcing the release [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]
A little while ago Carlos, a reader here on MirrorlessCentral, submitted a question about using Pocket Wizards with Mirrorless Cameras.  So to get the best possible answer that I could for Carlos, I went straight to the big dig himself – MC Contributor and Photo Innovator Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com), and Will whipped up a video response complete with some exciting news. Here’s what Will has to say… “As photographers, we often need to wirelessly trigger studio flash and battery powered portable flash from our mirrorless cameras.  When we need only manual exposure flash, like studio strobes, basic Pocket Wizards work [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]
They’re HEEEeeeeere. Those new Canon Cameras about which we’ve been hearing so many rumbles lately are here.  Meet the new Canon T5i (700 D) and the new EOS Rebel SLR1 (or 100D), which is basically the Mini Me to the T5i’s Dr. Evil.  So far, we remain unimpressed. Move along, there’s nothing to see here… The T5i represents a very hasty replacement for the T4i, which only went on sale last fall – and it doesn’t seem that there are many new things about the camera at all. Now let’s see… There’s a firmware update that allows you to preview [More]
An interview with Lorry from Quantum, who shows off the new Quantum Omicron LED Ringlight. The Quantum Omicron is one of our favorite pieces of equipment for Hybrid Photography.  It provides a “chromatically correct” LED light array by incorporating a mix of high quality white and colored LEDs to deliver true color rendition. Both the flash and continuous light produce a 60° beam angle with 5000K temperature. For more on the Quantum Omicron, check out this post by MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett. Buy the Quantum Omicron LED Ringlight on Amazon Here
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]