Legendary lens maker Carl Zeiss is now hopping on board the Mirrorless Express with the introduction of their new “Touit” lenses for Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series camera systems.  This is especially good news for Sony NEX users, who until now have been hampered with a very limited supply of high quality native lenses, or with the prospect of using adapters to mount their large legacy lenses onto tiny NEX camera bodies (can you say awkward?). Zeiss are launching the line with two lenses, a 12mm f/2.8 and a 32mm f/1.8, and the folks at CameraLabs got their hands on [More]
When Panasonic Launched the Lumix G5 last year, it was touted by many as the GH2.5, but even though the G5 is built around the same sensor that powers the highly celebrated Lumix GH2 and it’s updated Venus Image Processor considerably upped the sensor’s image capturing capabilities in still photos mode, the G5 lacked the manual controls, mic input and full array of video modes packed into the GH2.  Enter the new Lumix G6, which is still loaded up with the same GH2 sensor, but it’s packing an even more advanced Venus Image Processor for faster autofocus and better low [More]
Blunty’s back, and this time he’s continuing his series of videos on the new Olympus PEN E-P5 with performance tests of the new camera’s still photo and video capabilities. Still Photos (see video above)  No surprises here…  and that’s a good thing!  The PEN E-P5 lives up to the expectations you would have for a camera that’s loaded up with the top caliber sensor and image processor from Olympus’ former flagship OM-D E-M5.  The camera takes it’s place as Olympus’ new flagship by building on the absolutely stellar image quality that made the OM-D a worldwide sensation and adds enhanced low [More]
The Olympus PEN E-P5 is about to be launched, and Nate “Blunty” Burr is back to put it through it’s paces, Blunty style.  In this video (above), Blunty gives an excellent overview of the E-P5 Hardware as well as taking it’s new WiFi and App system out for a spin. The PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ classic PEN F SLR camera. The PEN E-P5 boasts in impressive array of specs… Inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5. Also shares an updated version of the OM-D’s breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In [More]
Back on Valentine’s Day, we posted an article about a couple of films shot with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 that were making waves at the Sundance and Slamdance Fim Festivals.  Now one of those films, a sci-fi thriller by director Shane Carruth called Upstream Color (see trailer at the top) is starting to pull some big numbers at US Box Offices, amassing over $300,000 USD in receipts (and counting).  This is great news for indie filmmakers, especially considering that it’s now possible to capture cinema quality HD footage with a camera that costs less than $1,000 USD, and there are [More]
After weeks of leaks and rumors, Olympus are finally poised to release their new flagship micro 4/3 camera, the PEN E-P5.  The new camera brings an impressive spec list to the table and the E-P5 inherits a lot of tech from Olympus’ former flagship, the OM-D E-M5, including it’s superb sensor and image processor, lightning quick autofocus and breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization).  But does the E-P5 represent an upgrade over the O-MD and just what are the main differences between these two camera systems? Two photography websites, ePhotozine and thePhoblographer, have posted side by side comparisons [More]
Over the last few weeks there have been numerous rumors and leaks (including pictures) regarding Olympus’ new flagship PEN series micro 4/3 camera the E-P5.  After all the teasing, Olympus have finally made it official, and the new camera should be shipping soon. On the outside, the PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ 50 year old classic PEN F SLR camera, but on the inside, the camera boasts in impressive array of specs and inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5.  Other tech borrowed from the OM-D include the breakthrough 5 [More]
We’ve often affirmed in this space that, in our opinion, the top mirrorless camera makers around today are (in no particular order) Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus – but we’ve also stated that Samsung have been rapidly closing the gap and may be poised to crack the top 4.  Samsung have had some impressive camera releases of late, including the camera featured in this post, the NX300 – which is a mid range interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.  Armed with an impressive touch screen, new hybrid autofocus system and what is arguably the most advanced wifi system of any camera manufacturer [More]
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 has just won a TIPA award in the Entry-Level Compact System Camera category. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) judges praised the E-PL5 for it’s in-body image stabilization, tiltable 3-inch touchscreen, 8fps burst mode, full range of manual controls, Full HD movie recording abilities and lightning quick autofocus system. The E-PL5’s predecessor, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3, won the same category last year. My 2 Cents It’s hard to argue with the TIPA judges here.  The PEN Lite E-PL5 is one of the best entry level compacts around due in large part to the fact [More]
Throughout history, there have been those with the ability to recognize adapt to the changing times, and it has been these individuals who have brought forth innovations that have literally changed the world. Think of people like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and more recently, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Today…  right now, we find ourselves at the beginning of a shift in the world of photography. As more and more mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) are getting into the hands of consumers – and let’s face it, folks… these things are ubiquitous as it is – photographers [More]
The new Lumix GF6 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 it’s predecessor, including a 16mp sensor (the same as the one found in the GX1) tiltable touch screen, wifi and NFC (Near Field Communication – a bump to share feature).  The GF6 also gains style points over the previous model, with a more substantial build, sleek metal top plate and mode dial. ePhotozine just posted their hands on review of the GF6 and are highly impressed with the new camera. EPZ’s Review [More]
The mirrorless camera world will soon see the arrival of four new lenses, 2 from Carl Zeiss under the Touit Brand, and 1 each from Sigma and SLRMagic. Zeiss unveiled their “Touit” lenses back at Photokina in the fall of 2012, and the 12mm 2.8 and 32mm 1.8 lenses are expected to hit the market soon.  There are versions of each being made that will be compatible with Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series Cameras.  Zeiss explained the reasoning behind the Touit name on the Zeiss Lens blog, where the company explained that “Touit stands for good visibility, agility, mobility and [More]
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]
Summer is fast approaching, new camera releases are coming with greater frequency, and two of the most celebrated cameras of the last year are scheduled for an update.  Consequently, you can now save yourself a few bucks on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Sony NEX 7, both of which are now listed for less than $950 USD (Body Only) on Amazon. The updated versions are sure to incorporate a number of tasty new features, but those who are looking for for a great deal on an outstanding camera should keep their eyes on these two. Buy the Olympus OM-D [More]
“The Best Camera is the one you have with you…” Say it with me now, folks.  I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but it bears repeating because the best (or at least, the most popular) camera in the world is in fact, the one you have with you. Case in point, Apple’s iPhone is now the most used camera in the world.  Just go to any concert or public event and you’ll be sure to see hundreds of people with their iPhones held high above their heads snapping pictures or rolling video (note:  if you’re rolling video, [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]
Hybrid Photography is a quickly emerging art form that combines still photos, video, audio and graphics and pushes the boundaries of creative vision.  As more and more photographers realize the importance of integrating Hybrid into their workflow, the need for cameras that can capture high quality photos, videos and audio equally well becomes increasingly important. The gold standard for Hybrid Cameras at present is the Panasonic Lumix GH3, followed closely by the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX 6.  Each of these cameras are exceptional, and will set you back $1,000+ USD, plus whatever you spend on lenses.  Not too [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]
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]