On the surface, the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera bears a striking resemblance to it’s predecessor, the highly popular X10.  Heck, who am I kidding, they’re virtually identical, but don’t judge a book, or in this case a camera, by it’s cover.  To paraphrase our favorite intergalactic smuggler Han Solo, “she may not look any different, but she’s got it where it counts.”  Indeed, Fuji have packed a whole lotta goodies inside the new model, but is it enough to warrant your attention? The reviews are beginning to come in on the Fuji X20, and we’re featuring two [More]
The new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera enters a crowded field in the mid-level price range with offerings like the Sony RX100, Panasonic Lumix LX7 and Pentax MX1.  But with it’s cool retro styling, vastly improved autofocus performance and stellar image quality provided by it’s 12mp X-Trans Sensor, the X20 should be a strong contender in this group. One of the latest reviews to come in on the X20 comes from the folks over at TechRadar, who draw the following conclusions on the new camera from Fuji. TechRadar’s Fuji X20 Verdict… With the X20, Fuji continues its dominance in [More]
Here’s a great comparison video from Nate “Blunty3000” Burr pitting the undisputed King of the Action Cam Mountain – The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition – against the tough as nails upstart – The Ion Air Pro HD.  It’s Apollo Creed vs Rocky Balboa in a head to head POV matchup. From a cursory viewing, GoPro get’s the edge with it’s feature rich menu and stabilization technology, but the Ion Air Pro counter punches with it’s rock solid build quality and punchy color reproduction. Which one is the winner?…  That’s up for you to decide.  Let us know which one you [More]
If you’re a little confused about what the differences are between mirrorless cameras and standard, DSLR type film and digital cameras, then this is the post for you.  Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a highly talented photographer and educator who is often approached by students who just want to know “What is a Mirrorless Camera?” – and in the video above, Marlene does an excellent job explaining what makes up a mirrorless cameras vs a DSLR. Marlene writes… This video blog post explains the basics of mirrorless cameras, and it’s meant for beginners and [More]
The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the best cameras to be released in the last year, and it would easily be the flagship model in many company’s product lines.  Had it not been for the subsequent release of the Lumix GH3, it more than likely would’ve garnered a lot more attention.  Consequently, the G5 is probably one of the most overlooked cameras of the last year as well, and according to the folks over at 43Rumors, although the G5 was only released a scant 9 months ago it appears that Panasonic are on the verge of announcing the release [More]
With all the positive buzz about the current hot properties from Fuji – namely their newly released fixed lens compact cameras, the X20 and X100s – it can sometimes be hard to remember that their former star players were released less than a year ago, and in the case of the Fuji X-E1, that figure comes down to about 6 months.  But the interchangeable lens X-Series cameras from Fuji are still A-List cameras, and Ken McMahon of CameraLabs took the X-E1 out for a proper shakedown while compiling a full review on one of our favorite cameras of the last [More]
One of the things we like best about GoPro’s Hero Action Cameras is that there seems to be no end to their applications and to the truly unique and extraordinary shots that you can capture with them.  All you need is a little imagination. The video above, Marc Donahue of Perma Grin Films shows off some of the coolest uses of a GoPro Hero (or I should say – GoPro Heroes) that we’ve seen in quite some time. For the first effect, Marc uses an array of GoPro Hero cameras mounted on (at least) two DIY rigs – a small rig [More]
In the video above, David Thorpe talks about the new Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm 2.8 Pro Zoom Lens, one of two new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom lenses that were launched simultaneously with the Panasonic Lumix GH3 towards the end of 2012. These lenses are among the more expensive in the micro 4/3 standard, but they are professional quality through and through and are made to take the place of the “go to” lenses that most DSLR shooters are used to.  With a constant aperture of f/2.8, they’re bright and fast, and the quality of the images they produce is absolutely superb. [More]
A little while ago Carlos, a reader here on MirrorlessCentral, submitted a question about using Pocket Wizards with Mirrorless Cameras.  So to get the best possible answer that I could for Carlos, I went straight to the big dig himself – MC Contributor and Photo Innovator Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com), and Will whipped up a video response complete with some exciting news. Here’s what Will has to say… “As photographers, we often need to wirelessly trigger studio flash and battery powered portable flash from our mirrorless cameras.  When we need only manual exposure flash, like studio strobes, basic Pocket Wizards work [More]
Kai Wong, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew take a peek at the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras.  Not to be confused with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens, this lens bares a much closer resemblance to other lenses from the M.Zuiko lineup than it’s pancake shaped counterpart, but does it have it where it counts?  Kai plays hard to get at first, but watch the video to find out if the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8 lens can win him over in the end… The long and the short of it… This is an excellent lens [More]
The reviews are beginning to come in on the new Nikon Coolpix A, Nikon’s entry into the premium fixed lens compact camera arena.  The Coolpix A incorporates a proven 16.1 mp APS-C sensor (the same one found in the D7000) and a good Nikkor 18mm (28mm equivalent) lens, although at f/2.8 it’s a little slower than the lens on it’s chief competition, the Fuji X-100s (see full comparison here). One of the latest reviews to be posted comes from the folks at PhotographyBlog, who come to the following conclusions about the Nikon Coolpix A. The Nikon Coolpix A… “…is an assured [More]
Pro Photo Phenom David Hobby just put the following post up on Google + … “After just a few weeks with the new FujiFIlm X100s, it is already my favorite camera I have ever owned.” That’s high praise indeed from someone as renowned as David, who has no doubt handled hundreds of cameras over the years, and now he’s posted his in depth review on theStobist. Strobist FujiFilm X100s Review Highlights… “Reader’s Digest Version: It’s a remarkable, sync-at-any-speed camera with a no-apologies 16mp chip. I’ll probably make more pictures with this camera over the next year than all of my [More]
The Fuji X100s is an updated version of Fuji’s highly popular X100 premium fixed lens compact camera.  With the X100s, Fuji have done a masterful job in addressing the issues that most shooters had with the previous version.  It has an all new Hybrid viewfinder, a blazing fast autofocus system and it’s loaded up with Fuji’s new X-Trans II sensor and EXR II processing technology which produces breathtakingly beautiful images.  But just how will Fuji’s new premium compact stand up against the big daddy (speaking figuratively of course, as the RX1 is actually quite small) of all compacts, the full [More]
They’re HEEEeeeeere. Those new Canon Cameras about which we’ve been hearing so many rumbles lately are here.  Meet the new Canon T5i (700 D) and the new EOS Rebel SLR1 (or 100D), which is basically the Mini Me to the T5i’s Dr. Evil.  So far, we remain unimpressed. Move along, there’s nothing to see here… The T5i represents a very hasty replacement for the T4i, which only went on sale last fall – and it doesn’t seem that there are many new things about the camera at all. Now let’s see… There’s a firmware update that allows you to preview [More]
An interview with Lorry from Quantum, who shows off the new Quantum Omicron LED Ringlight. The Quantum Omicron is one of our favorite pieces of equipment for Hybrid Photography.  It provides a “chromatically correct” LED light array by incorporating a mix of high quality white and colored LEDs to deliver true color rendition. Both the flash and continuous light produce a 60° beam angle with 5000K temperature. For more on the Quantum Omicron, check out this post by MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett. Buy the Quantum Omicron LED Ringlight on Amazon Here
Chris Niccolls and the Camera Store Crew brave the cruel Canadian winter to look at the new Leica M Type 240 digital rangefinder. This is Leica’s first M rangefinder with Live View and video capture. Will these new additions help create the greatest M of all, or take away some of what made rangefinder photography so appealing?  Featuring the street photography of Chris Tait. My 2 Cents Leica is one of the premier names in imaging and have been since 1913.  They’re known for superior quality optics and incredible, high end, expensive cameras – so does the new Leica M [More]
Lenses…  They’re arguably the most important component of the image making formula. Indeed, a great lens can make a mediocre camera sing in much the same way that a mediocre lens can stifle a great camera.  But should we be quick to evaluate whether or not a lens is a gem or a dud?  Recently, two image making masters sat down and had such a discussion. While attending the WPPI show in Las Vegas, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Trail Blazer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sat down for coffee and conversation with wildlife photography legend Scott Bourne (PhotoFocus.com), and the two [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett tackles another reader question from Dave on DiscoverMirrorless.com, who requests advice about which wide angle lenses are best for micro 4/3 cameras. Here’s the Question as submitted by reader Dave… I’m shooting interiors for real estate listings. I’ve been using a DX with a 12-24 and since the fall an FX with a 24 and hopefully soon a 16-35, but I’m looking forward to getting a 4/3 camera – most likely a Lumix G,GH…. mainly for video at this point. In my searching I don’t seem to see much choice in the [More]
Nigel Atherton of WhatDigitalCamera takes a crack at explaining the basic differences between the various types of Compact System Cameras, aka ILCs or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Cameras. In part 1 (above), Nigel discusses the smaller sensored Pentax Q and Nikon 1 systems.  In part 2 (below), Nigel tackles micro 4/3 and APS-C sensored cameras. My 2 Cents Nigel does a good job explaining the basic differences between the systems and gets extra points for his effective use of Legos 😉 – But it’s important to remember to not get caught up in the sensor size marketing hype (for more on [More]
There was lots of fanfare at the end of 2012, with large imaging trade shows such as Photokina in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC providing the perfect setting for camera companies to launch their latest and greatest – Like the Panasonic Lumix GH3, Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX 6.  Consequently, 2013 came in with a wimper, and first quarter tech and trade shows like CES in Las Vegas were unusually devoid of any earth shattering camera unveilings.  But one of the most pleasant surprises so far this year has come from one of the most unlikely sources…  Pentax [More]
Pro Fashion Photog Jonathan Posner lists 10 reasons why he’s trading in his gi-normous and cumbersome Canon 5D mk II and opting to go with on Olympus OM-D E-M5 instead.  Posner’s is just one of the latest names on a growing list of pros who are figuring out that the newest generation of mirrorless camera systems have come a loooooong way from the early releases of a few years ago, and the newest kids on the block can now easily hang with the big boys when it comes to Image Quality, and they pack a vast array of advanced features [More]
In the 4th and final installment of his series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) peels back the curtain to reveal how he gets the most out of the GH3’s custom settings. Giulio writes… “I’ll show you how I can quickly build custom settings such as Retro, Color and Monochrome looks and store them in the GH3′s C1-3 buttons…like a BOSS. Now that you’ve got your function buttons set, quick menu customized and JPEG settings hooked up, you’re almost ready to shoot [More]
Join yours truly along with Will Crockett, Suzette Allen, Giulio Sciorio and all the Hybrid Heroes from DiscoverMirrorless.com on the new Hybrid Photography Facebook Page. Be sure to stop on by and give us a ‘Like’, as we’ll be starting a new Live Hybrid Photo Web Show that you can access right from Facebook Soon!
It’s broken record time, as any regular visitor this website has no doubt read that we wholeheartedly believe that the Image Quality gap that once existed (and not very long ago) between full frame cameras and their smaller and lighter mirrorless cousins has been significantly narrowed…  heck – it’s been closed!  Now it seems like more and more former full frame shooters are beginning to realize this as well, and many are making the switch to mirrorless cameras and seeing numerous additional advantages besides the smaller size and weight of mirrorless systems (advanced autofocus tracking and video performance that runs [More]