Kai from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the lens that has recently been rated as the worst lens in the world by DXOmark – but the Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens really that bad, or as Kai puts it, is the DXOmark rating just “utter tripe.” My 2 Cents OK…  So this lens will never be mistaken for the Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens or any other member of the “M.Zuiko” lineup, but does that mean that there’s no room in your camera bag for the 15mm Body Cap Lens?  While it’s true that you’ll never win any awards for HD [More]
WhatDigitalCamera interviews Pro Photographer Jim Marks about the new Fuji Fixed Lens Compact Cameras, the X-20 and X-100s.  (Part 1 of the interview is above, Part 2 is below) Marks got his hands on a pre-production X100s and X20 and discusses what he likes about each as well as the advantages of mirrorless camera systems in general and why he chose to use Fuji X-Series cameras instead of his DSLR system. Enjoy! Part II My 2 Cents For those of you who are regular readers here on MirrorlessCentral, you know that that he’s not exactly covering any ground that we [More]
WhatDigitalCamera takes a look at the new Fuji X-20 fixed lens compact digital camera. The X20 is the successor to Fuji’s popular X-10 compact camera.  Although the new camera is loaded up with Fuji’s all new X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR II processing technology, the sensor maintains the same 2/3in dimensions and 12MP pixel count of the X10. As part of their new autofocus system, the sensor now has phase-detection pixels built into its array, which are said to help the camera to achieve autofocus speeds of up to 0.06sec – a major improvement over previous versions. The camera [More]
In the video above, WhatDigitalCamera takes a first look at the Sony NEX 3n, the new entry level addition to the Sony NEX camera lineup.  Chris Gampat of thePhoblographer also got his hands on the new camera and shares his first impressions. Product Features… Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity with advanced noise reduction With a new Exmor sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the NEX-3N easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 16000. Newly designed anti-slip grip Perfect for self-portraits or casual snaps, the natural form ensures quick, [More]
Pro Photographer Dave Dugdale tells the story of traveling from Sea Level to 10,000 feet to capture the perfect shot for his website.  Great story, great tune and great images…  (the first 8 seconds have me considering a move to Maui ~_^). Enjoy! Here’s how Dave tells the story… “On my vacation to Maui I wanted to capture one awesome photograph that I could use on my about page on my site. I had found an awesome shot on 500px by Eric Kraus http://www.facebook.com/erickrausphot… http://www.500px.com/photo/4504335 that inspired me to make the journey to the summit of Haleakala (thanks to Eric [More]
Fuji’s X-Series Cameras are among the top choices of any camera when it comes to pure image quality, and it’s no accident.  Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors and EXR processing technology are so good that they’ll rival any full frame DSLR out there, but it’s not just the sensors that make cameras like the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X-E1 shine. Like Sony’s NEX lineup, the Fuji X-Series currently have few native ‘XF’ mount lenses from which to choose, but unlike the NEX line where high quality lenses are few and far between, the Fuji XF Lens lineup is stacked with gems. PhotographyBlog got their [More]
In this episode of of DigiDIRECT TV, Blunty tests the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera.  The Sony RX1 is the world’s first fixed-lens digital camera offering a full-frame sensor. This large 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor enables DSLR-quality imaging in a compact digital camera! – Techie Gobbledygook and Specs Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor JPEG, 14-bit RAW Image Capture 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display Full HD 1080p Video at 25 or 50fps High Speed AF as Fast as 0.13 Seconds Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings Hot Shoe for External Flash, [More]
One of the things we like best about micro 4/3 camera systems is that there’s an abundance of high quality, yet relatively inexpensive lenses from which to choose.  Panasonic and Olympus have led the charge by producing some stellar quality glass like Panasonic’s new Pro Spec Zoom Lenses (12-35 2.8 and 35-100 2.8) and Olympus’ M.Zuiko Lenses (the 45mm 1.8 and 75mm 1.8 are “must have” primes), and now more and more 3rd party manufacturers are jumping into the M43 fray. One such manufacturer is Chinese lens maker Jackar, who recently released a 34mm 1.8 Prime Lens for both MFT and [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) Takes an in depth look at the Pentax MX-1.  This is Pentax’s new entry into the fixed lens compact arena, and it’s introductory price of $479 USD has it sliding in quite nicely between the Panasonic Lumix LX7 (currently a steal at $399 USD) and the Sony RX100 ($648 USD), which are two of our favorite compact cameras of the last year, and both are exceptional.  But can the new MX-1 compete with the likes of Sony and Panasonic? Pentax MX-1 Key Features 12MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens 3.0″ [More]
David Thorpe offers up this outstanding in depth review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, up to and including a features and set up walkthrough. The Lumix GH3 is the most professional micro 4/3 camera to date.  When paired with the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses, it easily rivals and even surpasses cameras that cost 3 times it’s price (Both Consumer Reports and German Institute Stiftung Warentest rated the Panasonic Lumix GH3 as the top camera in their respective tests). Though the GH3 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 are definitely cut from different molds, the emerging trend are that there are [More]
In this episode of SGNL by Sony, Anthony and Kenta pull back the curtain back and take a look at the two new Sony Alpha cameras, the α58 and the α NEX-3N. The NEX-3N is Sony’s new entry level camera in the NEX lineup.  It has a 16 mp Exmor CMOS Sensor and boast lots of new capabilities and physical features like a zoom level and tiltable touch screen that flips a full 180 degrees – great for self portraits, although it is a bit disappointing that the screen’s resolution has been reduced by half from the previous generation, the [More]
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]
(Video above is endgadget’s review of the original EOS M mirrorless camera from Canon – It’s here to server as a reminder of the numerous reasons why we consider the EOS M to be a very forgettable camera). Looks like Canon may have an update their first entry into the mirrorless camera market.  Canon Rumors is reporting that a new EOS M could be in the works. Rumored Specs Include… 24mp APS-C Sensor New generation AF system DIGIC V Removable Electronic Viewfinder (Very high resolution) Optional grip attachment 5fps Slightly larger than the current EOS M Introduced with 3 more lenses [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]
As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is. Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a [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]
Since the release of the GoPro Hero3 Cameras last fall, one of the biggest questions that fans of the GoPro action camera lineup has been this… Just what is the difference between the GoPro Hero3 Black, Silver and White Editions, and are they any better than the Hero2? The video above from eyeofmineGoProHDHero showcases the differences between the 3 Hero3 Editions and just what separates them from the previous generation, the Hero2. Hero3 vs Hero2, in a nutshell… Starting off with the advancements between to last 2 generations of GoPro cameras, the first thing you’ll notice is that the GoPro [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]
(via MirrorlessRumors)  Sony have now officially announced the release of the new NEX 3n interchangeable lens mirrorless camera (expected for march, 2013).  The NEX 3n is touted as “the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C sized sensor“, and will join an already crowded NEX lineup as an entry level camera aimed at those moving up from fixed lens point and shoot cameras. Included in the NEX 3n’s remarkably compact body is a large APS-C image sensor and Sony Bionz processor that should produce superb image quality. The NEX 3n also features a convenient built-in flash, a 180° tiltable [More]
Here’s a nifty little device we’ve come across that may be a perfect fit for shooting video with a mirrorless camera system, such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Sony NEX 6. Meet the dougmon.  Invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – the dougmon is touted as the swiss utility knife of hand held camera support systems. Doug Monroe is a cameraman who specializes in reality television and documentary shooting and the video tutorial above illustrates how to use this smart simple camera support system. Doug has spent nine years perfecting the dougmon and [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]