In this fun video, the Camera Store TV’s Chris Niccolls goes out in the field with Luminous Landscapes shooter Nick Devlin to put the Sigma DP Merrill Cameras through their paces. It’s obvious that Chris has no love for these cameras, but will their innovative sensors change Chris’ mind about Sigmas?  Watch and see… Our Take:  The Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrill Edition are great cameras…   for a very specialized niche.  If you’re a landscape photographer who really likes messing around with RAW files and you don’t mind working around the camera’s quirks, then you might be interested in [More]
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video/Hybrid “Coach” Will Crockett peels back the curtain to show you some of the tools and techniques that he uses to create Hybrid eProducts for his commercial clients. Will Writes:  Product photography is moving hybrid too.  We are making a cool hybrid eProduct for a commercial client to use in their trade show booth and for their website to grab some attention for their new product. To create the video and still images, we’ve chosen the Fuji X Pro because of it’s luxurious blacks at high ISO and it’s wicked sharp lenses for product photography.  Here’s [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]
Here’s a decent review of the Sony NEX-F3 with 18-55mm Kit lens by gmodertom that we gleaned off of YouTube. The F3 is the entry level camera in Sony’s NEX Series, and it features the same 16mp CMOS Sensor as the higher ups in the line, such as the NEX 5N, NEX 5R and NEX 6.  There are a lot less frills on this camera and you’ll have to do more menu diving than you would on say, the NEX 6 – but of course, it also comes in a half the price – around $498 USD at the time [More]
Looks like Nikon is ready to throw more toys into the mirrorless pool. Petapixel just posted an article about 2 new mirrorless cameras that Nikon are planning to launch at CES in 2013. PetaPixel Reports:  Nikon is going to add not one, but two new mirrorless cameras to its Nikon 1 line at CES 2013.  Earlier this year we reported that Nikon was ranked fourth of the five major companies currently duking it out in the mirrorless ring, barely besting Canon who has only one mirrorless offering to begin with. Perhaps the two new cameras — a J3 replacement for [More]
Ever since Sony launched the RX1 (featured in the video above), touted as “the worlds first full frame compact camera”, we’ve been wondering out loud how long it would be until they made an interchangeable lens version.  The RX1 is an impressive little beastie and the Carl Zeiss lens that’s attached to it is first rate, but with a price tag approaching $3,000 USD, this camera serves a very specialized niche – and you had to know that it was only a matter of time before Sony would incorporate the RX1’s impressive sensor technology into a camera that could use [More]
Amazon is running some GREAT LIGHTNING DEALS today on Panasonic Cameras! There’s a new deal every hour, and right now the Panasonic G5 is selling for only $399! (but only for the next 3 hours, so if you want one, you’d better move fast) I’m personally shooting with a G5 now and highly recommend it. Check out the deals NOW! posted a great article that gives a super-detailed behind the scenes look at how Epochs – the awesome Stop Motion Film above, was shot. DIYPhoto Reports:  Hawaii based photographer Sean Goebel shot Epochs, a spectacular time lapse piece over 11 months and 4 states. Interestingly enough, a lot of the tracking gear he used was home made and lots of the “pro” gear borrowed. Just goes to show that talent and dedication trumps budget anytime. Sean was king enough to share the complete super-detailed making of Epochs, including gear lists, locations, challanges and a lost-in-a-desert with a dying flash [More]
SoundImagePlus continue their evaluation of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, this time pairing it with the fantastic new f/2.8 Zoom Lenses, the 12-35 and the 35-100. Is this powerful camera and lens combo ready to tagle with the big boys of the DSLR world? Here’s what SoundImagePlus have to say:  The two f/2.8 “pro” spec.lenses are presumably intended as a set to go with the GH3 to give a versatile high quality outfit which can be seen as Panasonics attempt at a scaled down version of the standard DSLR “workhorse pro zoom” pairing, which in 35mm terms is 24-70mm f/2.8 [More]
The video above features actor James Franco showing off all the cool wireless features and capabilities of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, which has Wi-Fi and is powered by the Android Jellybean Operating System. Watching all the cool things that Franco does in the video gives you glimpse at the shape of things to come.  Because in the not too distant future, I believe that ALL cameras will be “connected” wirelessly to the internet and other devices; and we’ll see an endless stream of innovative apps that will give your camera nearly limitless capabilities. Witness the way that Wi-Fi and [More]
If you ever want to record yourself, or broadcast live to your web audience, but you can’t afford a cameraman to follow your motions as you move around your office or set, then we just might have the solutions you’ve been looking for. Meet the new Swivl, a multipurpose motion and tracking platform for imaging, teleconferencing and more. The new Swivl works iPads, iPhones, DSLRs, Mirrorless Camera Systems and Android devices.  It has a smooth, highly adjustable 360 degree pan and 20 degree tilt motion system in one sleek form.  It will automatically follow you around your office or set [More]
EOSHD posted a video by Ryan Mancuso the compares the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s Ryan’s notes on the video comparison:  This is a non scientific test of how these two camera’s perform. Aperture, Shutter, ISO, White Balance, and Focal Length (converted for crop) were matched numerically on both cameras. Focus points were also matched. GH3 Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 5D Mark III Canon 24-70mm 2.8 (Version I) Standard Profile, ALL-I 0,0,0,0 No color-correction or post sharpening applied. Tried to keep flares under control as much as possible. A few shots have [More]
endgadget posted their review of the Sony NEX 5R (above). Here’s what endgadget says:  By some accounts, Sony botched the NEX-F3. Positioned as the successor to the fantastic C3, it replaced that camera’s slim profile with a bulkier build, but sacrificed basic display tilt functionality in favor of a front-facing model. Image quality was fine, but focusing speeds fell short.  Fortunately, the company has redeemed itself with the $700 NEX-5R. The mirrorless camera you’ll read about today represents everything a successful update should: performance has been improved all around, the touchscreen tilts in every which way and the design has [More]
WhatDigitalCamera have posted their Sony NEX-5R Review, and are impressed with what the new camera has to offer. The NEX 5R is the replacement to the NEX 5N (which we love) and fits into the NEX lineup between the NEX F3 and the new NEX 6 (which was released at the same time as the 5R). It has a 16mp CMOS APSC sized sensor, run by Sony’s Bionz Processor, and it brings everything we loved about the 5N (namely, great image quality in stills and video) and adds Wi-Fi and Sony’s all new Hybrid Autofocus system (a combination of Contrast [More]
Here’s a great little gadget for those that want to show off all the cool pics and vids on their iPhone or iPod Touch to a large crowd.  It’s not always easy to get all your peeps around a 3.5 inch screen, but enter the iPico Projector for iPhone and iPod touch.  Just connect this little device to your iPhone or iPod and presto…  you’ll be able to project your images onto any surface, up to 50″ diagonal! Here’s some product features from the iPico Website:  Gone are the days of friends and family crowding around a small 3″ screen. [More]
Here’s a look at the Fujifilm X-E1 from a couple of different reviewers. First up is WhatDigitalCamera (video above), whose verdict on the X-E1 is as follows:  While it may appear to be simply a stripped down, more affordable X-Pro1 to tempt more people into Fujifilm’s CSC family, that would be doing the X-E1 a great disservice. Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm’s retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather [More]
Chosen by Business Insider as one of the best photo and video apps in the world! flayvr is a free app that acts as a beautiful, intuitive mobile gallery that automatically organizes photos and videos from your phone into albums you can keep private or share with others. Flayvr will automatically organize photos and videos from your phone, “instantly showcasing your life experiences as interactive and vivid collections.” It will also auto-title events straight from your iPhone Calendar. You can choose which photos and videos you want to focus on, then instantly share them side by side to your favorite [More]
The new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 is continuing to turn heads.  It’s the smaller sibling of Olympus’ highly coveted OM-D E-M5, but even though it’s in a smaller package, it’s equipped with the same 16mp sensor and processor as the flagship OM-D.  Do good things come from this small package? Here’s ePhotozine’s verdict:  The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 features an improved design, with better handling and controls than the previous Mini E-PM1, as well as a great 3 inch touch screen. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn’t [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett ( shares two of his favorite hybrid LED lights that work just as good for still as they do for video. Will writes:  Did you know that you can flash some LED lights for still photography?  Yep, you sure can AND the flash pulse is 4 to 6 times brighter than the LED can glow continuously. These are hybrid LED lights and are made to help us make the transition from shooting “still only” into shooting hybrid any time and anyplace we want to. They are easy to use, light, silent, easy on battery consumption and [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (, a pro photo and video ninja that we call “The Paul Revere of the Mirrorless Revolution”, and in this video, he shares a fantastic idea that illustrates just how the new era of Hybrid Photography is going to change the way photos…  and videos for that matter, are taken and delivered. Will writes:  Ready for a great idea on how to make a low cost, high perceived value hybrid eProduct that Moms will melt for? Suzette Allen and I have been cooking up ideas on how photographers can use hybrid imaging concepts with any camera [More]
MC Contributor and Photo/Video Ninja Will Crockett ( talks about “eProducts.”  This is the next generation of delivery for your photos and videos (and the fusion of the two), and as the digital age spreads farther and wider, you’ll see more and more people moving away from whipping out their old photo albums and whipping out their iPads, iPhones and facebook Pages instead. Will writes: As we all move into hybrid photography and add movement to our pictures, we will be creating eProducts more than we create printed products.  Well, jpegs cannot hold motion or sound so we’ll be using [More]
Cameras, lenses, lighting, software, gadgets… what 3 photo tools do our panel of pro photographers wish they started using sooner? In this hangout video, photo innovator Will Crockett from invites four of his picture pals to share their answers to this question. Hybrid imaging pros Giulio Sciorio (, Chuck Jones (, Carol Schlintz ( and Tom Curley ( chime in with great info (and a few laughs!) on how you can avoid the mistakes they made as they honed their photo skills. The smarter photographer makes better pictures, so hop onto this free video from There’s plenty more [More]
On a frigid Calgary day, Panasonic let us try out a pre-release GX1. The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls walks you through the features of the GX1, while attempting to stay warm and not get kicked out of the mall. Shot and Edited by Jordan Drake Shot on the Panasonic AF100 The GX1 is a great camera, period… but it’s especially great for someone who’s looking to capture high quality photos and video, but pack that ability into a body that’s easy to carry around – and the GX1 delivers on all counts. At the time of this posting, the GX1 [More]