Consumer Reports talks about the new and innovative cameras they expect to see launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) next week. We can’t wait to see all the cool new cameras and gadgets that’ll be launched at the show, and we’re sure that YOU can’t wait either, so be sure to keep coming back to MirrorlessCentral for all the latest news, reviews and updates from the CES! Until then, we’ll wet your appetite, here’s a list of all the compact cameras that will be introduced by Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony (via PhotoRumors.com). Fujifilm: HS35EXR: 16MP, 30x [More]
Lexy Savvides of CNET Australia  takes a look at the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, including a nice walkthrough of the Wi-Fi Functionality of the camera (made possible by the inclusion of a Toshiba Flash Air Card, which is bundled with the E-PL5).  Lexy’s walkthrough is made all the more cool by her Aussie accent… Lexy writes:  Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or smartphone. My 2 Cents The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is packed with the [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [More]
Olympus’ Micro 4/3 breakthrough camera, the OM-D E-M5 has been chosen by the readers of DPReview as the Best Camera of 2012, edging out DSLR favs – the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII. This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system.  The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike.  Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened [More]
SoundImagePlus muses on whether or not there’s any point to micro 4/3 “Pro Spec” Lenses, paticularly the Lumix 12-35mm Lens f/2.8 and the Lumix 35-100mm Lens f/2.8 X Zoom Lenses from Panasonic, released in conjunction with the new micro 4/3 flagship camera, the Lumix GH3. In the beginning of his article, SIP bemoans the fact that DSLRs, in attempting to integrate more technology, faster sutofocus, Image Stbilization, etc., have gotten larger and larger (and heavier and heavier).  He goes on to state that “As far as I was concerned, we lost something.  But now, it seems to me, we have that [More]
(Video review of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 above from FrugalFilmmakers – In the interest of equal time, we’ve also posted a video review of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 below this article, courtesy of Blunty3000) SoundImagePlus have posted a great comparison between the new Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X-Zoom Lens and the relatively new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime. These lenses are among the pricier of the vast micro 4/3 lens lineup, but does their performance justify the price? …and which one is the better lens? Here’s some highlights of SoundImagePlus’ conclusion:  First of all, I have to say how good both lenses [More]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
43Rumors is reporting that there could be a new Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera Launching by the end of January.  Also (and maybe by no coincidence), the popular Olympus PEN E-P3 (which has only been out for about a year and a half) is now listed as “Discontinued” on B&H Photo’s Website. According to 43Rumors:  Trusted sources could confirm that one single new Micro Four Thirds cameras will be announced “soon”. They didn’t unveil any specs or other details, but It’s easy to guess that the camera will be announced in late January for the CP+ show in Japan. The only [More]
Petapixel posted a cool article about a project to freeze time and space using a camera rig with 100 cameras for extremely smooth 360-degree views of subjects that freeze time and space, thereby creating some really impressive “Matrix-like” effects. PetaPixel Reports:  Earlier this year, Theodoros Tziatzios of Real Creations and photographer George Hatzakis built one of the rigs for a 360° Timefreeze Project at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens. Passersby could create their own “timefreezed” video for free and share it with friends. The team used nearly 100 Olympus digital still cameras arranged in a giant circular rig 9 meters [More]
The Phoblographer posted a review on the Nanoha X5 Macro Lens, which is available for both micro 4/3 cameras and Sony Alpha E-Mounts cameras (in other words, the NEX Lineup). This lens looks pretty interesting… Kind of like a microscope complete with a built in light. Here’s the Phoblographer’s Conclusion: The Yasuhara Nanohax5 5x Macro Lens is extremely fun to use. The image quality from it is really quite good, and it represents something that other Micro Four Thirds lens makers should take note of. The build quality is excellent, but if anything, what I really wish the company had [More]
Our good friend and Pro Photo Guru Chuck Jones of theCameraForum has just made the switch to mirrorless.  Chuck is a highly talented veteran photographer who has seen paradigm shifts in the photography industry before, most notably the shift from film to digital about a decade ago.  He sees the writing on the wall for large, bulky and heavy DSLR systems, so he’s trading in his DSLR Gear in favor of a Panasonic Lumix GH3…  and he’s not alone. In this video, Chuck and 3 other photo/video colleagues (Paul Gero, Marc Weisberg and Pham Minh Son, PhD) discuss the Lumix [More]
Blunty’s Back… and this time, he’s got his hands on an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens to put it through the Blunty Review Machine.  Olympus have been churning out some great M43 glass of late, but will this new Macro Lens stand up to the test? Blunty writes: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens review Olympus has done some stunningly good stuff lately, the OM-D E-M5, their 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses for the Micro four thirds system are stunningly good… but can their new prime lens, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro live up to them? Let’s find [More]
iPhonePhotography posted a video by Photographer Jack Hollingsworth, who claims that the gap between the iPhone and his expensive DSLR gear has essentially been erased, and he can’t tell the difference between shots taken with his DSLR and his iPhone. iPP reports:  Photographer Jack Hollingsworth spent months shooting his iPhone and DSLR side-by-side on photo shoots around the world and claims the gap between the two devices is miniscule. In fact, using the iPhone made him fall in love with photography all over again. He also believes that the iPhone may go down as the most influential device in the [More]
The Phoblographer has posted their review of the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Fixed Lens Compact Camera, the successor to their XZ-1, which is a great alternative for the photographer who wants to travel while leaving all their interchangeable lenses at home.  But between the time that the XZ-1 and XZ-2 were released, a lot more competition has joined the field, including the likes of the Panasonic Lumix LX-7, the Fuji XF-1 and the Sony RX 100 (recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012”). So how does the XZ-2 hold up against such stiff competition? Here’s the [More]
Just in time for Christmas!  Olympus has reduced the prices of some of their most popular micro 4/3 cameras.  You can now save $50.00 on the flagship OM-D E-M5 and $100 on the new PEN Lite E-PL5 and PEN Mini E-PM2.  The latter two cameras share the same sensor and image processor as the highly celebrated OM-D, so you can expect to get incredible quality stills photos and videos from these cameras. We don’t know how long this price drop will be in effect, but if you’re seriously considering any of these cameras, this is a phenomenal deal and we [More]
ePhotozine posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, the camera that sits squarely in the middle of the PEN series, but inherits the same sensor and image processor (and other features) from the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus flagship M43 camera that is a strong contender for 2012 camera of the year. Here’s ePhotozine’s Verdict on the Olympus E-PL5:  The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this [More]
The Phoblographer posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and added their voice to the chorus of those who are highly impressed with this new camera. Here are their conclusions:  The Olympus EPL5 is a really excellent camera and the company got a lot right in its creation. The excellent image quality combined with its awesome autofocusing abilities and the beautiful LCD screen make this a real winner in my book. However, the menus are still a bit too thick for my liking, as is the camera. The EPL5 is significantly thicker than previous pen cameras, and doesn’t even fit in [More]
CameraLabs recently posted a review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and in their verdict section, they compared it to the Canon EOS M. No surprises here. Although CameraLabs seem to like the EOS M a little bit more than we do, they share our conclusion when putting Canon’s first mirrorless against the Olympus. The PEN Lite smokes it in just about every way. Here’s CameraLabs’ comparison: From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size – the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor [More]
m43.eu posted a great side by side autofocus speed test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs the new Canon EOS M.  Canon have arrived late to the mirrorless party and the EOS M is a hot seller, but the camera itself is less than impressive in a lot of ways – particularly it’s pitiful autofocus performance – and has become a bit of a joke in mirrorless circles (witness the hilarious video below from The Camera Store in Calgary, Canada). The EOS M is a decent camera, and in some ways, it does show some promise.  But when you stack it [More]
From CNET:  An OS X update lets iPhoto, Aperture, and other software handle images from several of the latest mirrorless cameras and high-end compacts. Apple released an update yesterday to let Mac software handle raw photos from eight new cameras, most of them high-end compact models. The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.02 lets Aperture 3, iPhoto 11, and other software handle raw photos from the following cameras: • Nikon Coolpix P7700 • Olympus Pen E-PL5 • Olympus Pen E-PM2 • Olympus Stylus XZ-2 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 • Sony Alpha NEX-5R • Sony Alpha NEX-6 • Sony Alpha SLT-A99 [More]
(Video above is an Olympus PEN E-PL5 sample movie: tripod pan shot by CameraLabs) CameraLabs just posted their full review of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and they are impressed with the new addition to Olympus’ PEN Lineup. Here’s CameraLabs’ Verdict: The PEN E-PL5 is a third-generation Micro Four Thirds mirror-less compact system camera and its maturity shows – in a good way. As the middle choice in a range of three PENs, in many ways it combines the best of the enthusiast PEN E-P3 and the entry-level PEN ‘Mini’ E-PM2 with a great balance between size, ease of use [More]
(From PetaPixel)  Sony is continuing its campaign against the mindless use of DSLRs. After releasing a series of viral videos poking fun at inept DSLR users, Sony is now turning to facts and hard evidence (in addition to humor). The company recently did a survey of 1012 non-professional DSLR users, and the results are pretty interesting. The company found that roughly 2/3 of casual DSLR users never (or rarely) take their camera out of full-auto mode. 72% purchased their camera simply for fun and for family snapshots, and 65% of those aged 18-29 considered their glorified point-and-shoots DSLRs a status [More]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]