Our boy G is back, and this time he’s talking cameras. Photo/Video/Hybrid Rock Star Giulio Sciorio (smallcamerabigpicture.com) answers a reader question about the viability of micro 4/3 cameras (in this case, an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1) for semi-pro applications. Is a mirrorless camera system good enough to use on a Pro Shoot? Giulio discusses your options for shooting on a budget, and the importance of integrating a hybrid camera into the mix. My 2 Cents G is a pioneer in the migration to mirrorless and it’s people like he, Will Crockett and Suzette Allen (DiscoverMirrorless.com) who are leading the charge [More]
A few days ago, we reported that the Panasonic Lumix GH3 had outscored all comers in Consumer Reports testing.  Now it seems that the GH3 is coming out on top of yet another test, this one from Germany. 43Rumors posted an announcement from Panasonic Germany (Here’s the Press Release) that German Institute Stiftung Warentest gave the Panasonic Lumix GH3 the best rating of all DSLR or DSLM (mirrorless) cameras – beating out other highly acclaimed cameras like the Canon 6D and Nikon D-800! 43Rumors Reports “I speak German and know Stiftung Warentest very well, so I know that we can 100% trust [More]
Jordan Steele over at AdmiringLight.com currently has his hands on three of the top mirrorless cameras systems and took the opportunity to pit them against each other for a head to head to head comparison. In corner #1, it’s the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  In corner #2, it’s the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  And in corner #3, it’s the Fuji X-E1.  Are you ready to RUMMMMMMMMBBBBLLLLLEEEE?! Here’s Jordan’s preliminary conclusion… “Well, the X-E1 is a camera with fantastic image quality, that much is certain.  Not surprisingly, it produces cleaner images throughout the ISO range and retains great detail.  Is the Fuji the [More]
One of the undeniable factors that is accelerating the advent of Hybrid Photography are the new ways that consumers require their photos and videos to be delivered. As Social Media Sharing sites like Facebook and Pinterest, and Smart Devices like iPhones, iPads and Androids become more popular, we have seen a move away from traditional methods of delivery – for example, printed photos and DVDs – and towards e-Products that can be delivered directly to the internet and those smart devices.  But are the formats of those new delivery points changing the way the photographers capture their images? At a [More]
Consumer Reports recently tested a large group of SLR and “SLR-Like” cameras (in other words…  mirrorless) and were surprised to find that one camera, the Panasonic Lumix GH3, “scored higher than all the SLRs tested in this group.” The reasons behind the results… CR states the following – “…part of the story revolves around how the Lumix DMC-GH3 and other SLR-likes have built in many of the features consumers want. For example, the GH3 is one of the few advanced cameras with a swiveling touch-screen LCD. And you can set focus and shoot by touching the display. You can find [More]
(via 43Rumors)  “Nippon Camera” published their camera roadmap for 2013, which is based on a combination of existing rumors and their own speculations.  If they’re right, then 2013 will mark the release of successors to some of the most popular cameras of the last few years – truly some exciting releases  for fans of micro 4/3 and 4/3 cameras.  It gives me the same feeling I had when I first saw the video above (for the release of the Panasonic Lumix GH3). Nippon’s Guesses for Panasonic and Olympus: Olympus: E-P5 in April E-M7 and E-7 in August Panasonic: GF7 in [More]
(Video above is a slow motion test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 by HawaiiRocksOn and displays the GH3’s extrordinary performance in video mode) CameraLabs just posted an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and as part of their verdict they wrote up a head to head comparison between the GH3 and it’s closest micro 4/3 rival, the highly celebrated Olympus OM-D E-M5. Each of these cameras is the flagship of their respective lineup, and each have garnered a lion’s share of praise and attention since their release.  It’s rumored that each is equipped with essentially the same Sony [More]
IndyMogul’s Griffin Hammond returns with another production tutorial, this time focusing on Real Estate Films. The meat of the content begins at about the 1:35 mark in the video, and Griffin covers many aspects of Freelance Videography, including the equipment he uses, shooting techniques, editing, music and how much to charge. This is an excellent resource for those aspiring to become a freelance videographer (You can also watch Griffin’s Tutorial on shooting Wedding Films Here) Within the body of this video, Griffin hits on one of the main reasons why I personally chose to use Panasonic cameras to produce my [More]
Amazon is running some HUGE DEALS right now on 2 of our favorite cameras. First up, the Panasonic Lumix LX7 is on sale for only $298 USD.  The LX7 is equipped with a great 10mp sensor, but where the LX7 really shines is the bright, fast Leica branded lens attached to the front.  This is one of, if not THE best lens ever attached to a compact camera.  It’s f/1.4 at it’s widest and it’s macro capabilities are so good that some of my colleagues are actually purchasing LX7s instead of getting an actual macro lens, which costs several hundred [More]
CameraLabs have posted the latest in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, which takes the place of the highly popular Lumix GH2 as the flagship of Panasonic’s micro 4/3 camera lineup. The GH2 has achieved a loyal following and an almost cult like status, mostly because of it’s superior abilities as a video recording device.  But can the GH3 live up to the lofty expectations set by it’s predecessor in the video department while surpassing the GH2’s performance as a stills camera? Here is CameraLabs Final Verdict… “The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a worthy successor to the GH2. The [More]
Here’s a couple of great videos that are chock full of outstanding information about lens types and how to use them. The first video (above) is from pentaxian1 on YouTube, professional travel photographer, Kerrick James talks about virtually every kind of camera lens, what they do, and how to pick a lens that is right for your photography and vision.   Although the video is technically about Pentax Lenses only, the information James conveys can apply to lenses from all manufacturers. In the video below, from photographer Mike Browne on YouTube, Mike explains that “the best ‘zoom’ lens is your [More]
Once upon a time, those who aspired to create big screen, Hollywood caliber productions had to raise enough funding to allow them to lease behemoth, Panavision film cameras (or the like) to record their movies.  These cameras were expensive to lease and expensive to operate since their size required all matter of specialized equipment in order to get the shots envisioned by the film’s director. In the digital age, cameras became somewhat smaller and somewhat easier to operate, but they were still very expensive.  Indeed, may of the upper echelon video cameras like the RED Epic, Arri Alexa, etc., still [More]
Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul discusses the basics of wedding videography, from how to get your first gig, through what equipment you’ll need, how to set up your shots and how to tell a story with your video. This is an excellent peek behind the curtain for any filmmaker, but especially for those aspiring to get into the lucrative wedding industry. Griffin’s camera and gear set up is excellent.  You can’t go wrong with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Panasonic Lumix GH2 for shooting video.  Griffin also uses a GoPro Hero2 in the video.  This is an excellent choice for [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sits down with master portrait photographer Marc Hauser as he looks for a better way to shoot his famous sepia toned images. Will and Marc work to make-over over Marc’s Chicago studio to see if using a mirrorless camera might be the still photo solution he’s looking for… which as Will put’s it, is to “capture the still photos that Marc is famous for, but with the secret sauce done in the camera, then having the added bonus of shooting high quality video that will match Marc’s [More]
David Thorpe posted a great video walk-through demonstrating how to tether the Panasonic Lumix GH3 to an iOS or Android device via Wi-Fi and the Free Panasonic Lumix Link App. We have not tried out the Lumix Link App with Android Devices as of yet, but in our testing the wireless connection has worked extremely between the GH3 and an iPad or iPhone, allowing you to control several of the the camera’s functions using that device.  The Lumix Link App does so much (and so well) that you can sometimes find yourself forgetting that this is first generation technology.  I [More]
There’s some Smoking Hot Deals on 3 of our favorite Panasonic Lumix Cameras on amazon right now!  There have been rumors that a new GX model will be launched soon, but I’ve heard that before and there’s nothing definite on that as of yet.  There should also be a new G series camera (G6) launched later this year, but the prices listed below are incredible and all three cameras are excellent, highly recommended, and rank on our list of top 10 mirrorless camera systems.  If you’re interested, I would pull the trigger soon because as always, there’s no telling how [More]
Here’s a great video from Kenny Lee (via 43Rumors) comparing the Jackar 34mm 1.8 lens and what should be it’s closest competitors, the SLR Magic 35mm 1.7 and a 35mm 1.7 Closed Circuit TV lens.  These are all manual focus lenses that will work with micro 4/3 and Sony NEX Cameras (although you’ll need an adapter to use the CCTV lens with either). The Jackar Snapshooter is the new lens in town.  It has solid metal construction and it definitely wins the packaging award as it comes in a cool, tricked out package, complete with a leather case and lens [More]
Paul Gero is a good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com.  He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer who’s been shooting professionally since 1983.  As such, he’s seen a lot of technology come and go in the world of photography, and he’s used just about every photographic tool that you can imagine.  Paul has photographed weddings, portraits, sports, famous people and regular people alike.  Heck, he’s even photographed Princesses and Presidents (No kidding – Check out his archives >>Here<<!).  So he won’t use just any camera equipment. Lately, Paul has been trying out the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses on [More]
Panasonic are incorporating some exciting innovations into their newest cameras, like the Lumix ZS30 (TZ40) fixed lens compact camera, which now includes Panasonic’s new Hybrid O.I.S. +.  This looks to be very comparable to the highly impressive 5 Point IBIS on the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which delivers steadycam quality stabilization in video mode. About Hybrid OIS + The POWER O.I.S. is upgraded with the inclusion of HYBRID O.I.S. + (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) for video recording with new 5-axis correction that detects and effectively compensates for the camera’s 5 types of movement – horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical [More]
Reporting from CP+ 2013 in Yokohama, Japan, Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews gets his hands on the new Panasonic DMC TZ40 fixed lens compact camera, and even takes it for a little spin to get some test shots. The TZ40 comes equipped with a Leica branded lens and it seems to perform just as I would expect, but what really impresses me the most about this new camera is it’s wireless features, including NFC (Near Field Communication), which allows you to touch devices together to establish a connection. I expect that there will be many more wi-fi enabled cameras released this [More]
DPReview conducted an interview with Panasonic’s Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group, and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group.  The following is some highlights from that interview. The GH3 has been well received… In reference to Panasonic’s new flagship micro 4/3 camera, Mr. Uematsu said the following… ‘the GH3 has been well received, especially for motion pictures. As you know we interviewed many people in the industry in Europe and North America, so it would offer what they needed – broadcasters needed bitrates above 50Mbps so we offer 50 and 72Mbps. In Europe they needed 25p, [More]
A couple days ago in an article entitled “Full Frame vs APS-C and Micro 4/3 – Does Size Really Matter?,” I laid out the argument that what matters most is not the size of the sensor, but how well it performs (and the technology that goes into it).  To illustrate my point, I used the analogy of the “Fast and the Furious” movies where, like in the video above (courtesy of MovieClips), you see the main characters racing in little 4 cylinder cars against big, 8 cylinder “muscle” cars.  The little cars should be completely outclassed.  But then Paul Walker [More]
Joe Fotosiamo over at  SLRLounge has posted part I of an in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and he also compares it with it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH2. Joe begins the article by saying… Recently, I had a chance to test the highly anticipated Panasonic GH3, and despite only having the GH3 for around 5 days, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is a very worthy successor of the Panasonic GH2. There are enough improvements in the still image quality, video quality, operational quality, and extra features to warrant the difference in price, as well. [More]
Rumors were swirling at the end of last year that the launch of the next generation Panasonic GX series camera was imminent (early reports had targeted November).  But November came, and no GX2.  Then December.  Then CES, PMA, CP+ – and still, no GX2. Now 43Rumors is reporting that, according to their reader Zetton who was at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, we may not have to wait much longer as he told 43Rumors the following… “While talking with the Panasonic staff, I have been told that  Panasonic will release the next GX1 soon” The GX1 is one of our [More]