2014 is barely 5 weeks old, yet we’ve already seen a flood of Pro level mirrorless camera systems hit the market over the last few months.  For instance, the full frame Sony A7, Sony A7R, Panasonic Lumix GX7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  Now, Fujifilm are stepping up to the plate with their latest and possibly best X-series offering to date, the Fujifilm X-T1.  But have Fuji hit a home run with the newest X-cam?  Judging by the schlew of 5-Star reviews that have been steadily popping up across the photoverse, the answer seems to be an emphatic yes!  (video [More]
OK…  Let me say this right out of the gate.  The Sony A7 and Sony A7R are FANTASTIC Cameras!  If you’re a pro or advanced enthusiast photographer who demands the very best in image quality, and you have advanced photography/videography skills, then these full frame darlings may be just what you’re looking for.  They offer great value for the money and match up very well when compared to their DSLR counterparts (and we’re talking the very top end DSLRs), and if you pick one up, I’m very confident that you’re going to love it (if you want to know more [More]
When Sony released the RX1 Fixed Lens Full Frame System a year ago, we wondered out loud how long it would be before there was an interchangeable lens mirrorless system to go along with it.  Our query has now been answered, as Sony have now released their all new interchangeable lens system cameras, the Sony A7 and Sony A7R. But just what is the difference between these two cameras, and do they live up to the standards that most people associate with the term “Full Frame?” Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from The Camera Store got their hands on both [More]
‘Tis the season folks.  We’re barely into our Thanksgiving leftovers and Christmas is looming large.  The shopping season is in full swing, and as luck would have it, there are some PHENOMENAL DEALS to be had on some equally phenomenal cameras – even some of the newest releases.  Some of the things that factored into our picks were Image Quality, Video Quality, Build Quality, Handling, Ease of Use and whether or not the camera is equipped with Wi-Fi, which we believe is becoming a “must have” feature on the Hybrid Camera of today.  With that in mind… Here are Our [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
One of the most frequently asked questions from our MC readers over the last year has been about the successor to Panasonic’s popular, albeit underrated compact Micro 4/3 camera, the Lumix GX1.  The GX1 is a dynamite little camera, performance wise, and it’s small size, pocketability (especially with a lens such a Panasonic’s stellar 20mm 1.7 pancake) and high quality images made it a favorite for M43 shooters.  But the GX1 came out years ago and let’s face it…  it was getting long in the tooth.  It also seems that there have been rumors about it’s successor, which everyone assumed [More]
Youtube User DIGIFOTO Pro posted the video quality comparison above between the Panasonic Lumix G6 and Panasonic’s former flagship, the Lumix GH2 (you can see Part I of our video quality comparison here). Just to recap, the Lumix G6 and GH2 share the same sensor.  But the G6’s processing engine is now several generations beyond that of the GH2 and allows the G6 to tap into much more of the sensor’s brilliant image capturing capacity in still photos mode.  But does the Lumix G6 match up well with the legendary GH2 in video mode? Watch the video above, which shows both graded [More]
43Rumors reports that the latest tests published by DxOmark reveal that a $5,500 Leica M Full Frame Sensor Camera could not match the image quality of top tier micro 4/3 cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (see above). This is no slight against the Leica, which is a phenomenal camera.  It’s just more proof that the gap in image quality between micro 4/3 sensors and their “full frame” cousins has been closed.    M43 for the Win! (video above is a side by side shootout between the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a Nikon D800, courtesy of [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]
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]
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]
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]
I’ve been enjoying following the story of David Taylor-Hughes of SoundImagePlus who, due to some strong suggestions from his accountant, is carefully weighing his options as he pares his camera collection down from 4 cameras to two.  Of late, he seems to be leaning towards selling off his Nikon D-800E and Sigma DP Merrills in favor of keeping his micro 4/3 systems (a Panasonic Lumix GH3 and an Olympus OM-D E-M5). I can relate to David’s dilemma, because if it weren’t for some strong suggestions from my own accountant, I would probably own a GH3 today.  Of course, I’m personally [More]
“Full Frame”…  It’s a term that you hear bandied about a lot on most of the more prominent photography blogs and forums.  There almost seems to be an air of aristocracy to those who purport that a camera just won’t deliver quality results unless it’s “full frame.”  Whether or not a camera with a smaller sensor can deliver top tier image quality is one of the most common arguments in the photoverse, and it’s one into which we’ve delved several times in this space.  After all, I’m of the opinion that the term “full frame” is a misnomer, and that [More]
WhatDigitalCamera takes an in depth look at the latest addition to Olympus’ popular mid-range micro 4/3 compact system camera lineup, the PEN Lite E-PL5. Though the E-PL5 is technically a mid level camera, it inherits the same superb sensor and image processor at Olympus’ Flagship micro 4/3 camera, the OM-D E-M5. Here’s WhatDigitalCamera’s Conclusion At first glance, the E-PL5 seems nothing more than a tweak to the E-PL3, but while it may look similar, the E-PL5 feels like a completely different camera underneath. This is in no small part due to the rather impressive 16.1MP sensor borrowed from the OM-D. [More]
(Via 43Rumors)  DxOmark are have tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras (selected as one of our favorite lenses of 2012) and call it the best m43 ever. 43Rumors Reports:DxOmark tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens and writes that it is “thebest lens DxOMark have tested for the Micro Four Thirds hybrid camera system.“. At $899 USD, the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lens represents an excellent vale when compared to other lenses of it’s quality. But DxOmark also states that  “If the cost of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 is out of reach, then Micro [More]
Announced in July of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5 quickly became one of our favorite cameras of 2012 due to it’s high IQ and great performance.  Although it’s technically a mid level camera, the G5 is a well made, feature rich camera that performs so well in both still photos and video that it rivals front line cameras that are much more expensive; and because it’s a micro 4/3 camera, it can utilize an extensive array of high quality lenses.  Yet this camera inexplicably became one of the the most overlooked cameras of 2012 (and the MirrorlessCentral Sleeper Camera of [More]
Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews compares the Fuji X-E1 to it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro 1. X-E1 is like the X Pro 1 at fighting weight – trimmed of a few features to reduce the price. But how does it compare?  These cameras represent the first generation of Fuji’s X-Series Cameras, and are a monumental achievement in the area of image quality, where they are at the top of the class.  Where the X-E1 and X-Pro1 are lacking however, is in autofocus performance and overall speed, especially in low light.  That being said though, the X-Series cams are favorites among the [More]
As part of their in depth review of the Sony NEX 6, CameraLabs compared it to another of our favorite cameras of 2012, the Panasonic Lumix G5.  This comparison is not as cut and dry as some others might be, simply because there really a lot of “Apples to Oranges” features between these two cameras.  Each is well equipped, but each is equipped somewhat differently than the other. Here’s how CameraLabs breaks it down… CameraLabs Compares the Sony NEX 6 with the Panasonic Lumix G5 The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the more affordable compact system cameras on the [More]
CameraLabs posted their review of the Sony NEX 6, which was released in the autumn of 2012 and has received wide critical acclaim.  In fact, the NEX 6 was one of our favorite cameras of the year.  But how will it meet with CameraLabs’ standards? Here’s CameraLabs’ Final Verdict on the Sony NEX-6 The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn’t the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won’t do and [More]
Chris Niccolls and the gang from The Camera Store are back!  This time, it’s an in depth, hands on look at the Sony RX1 – The “World’s Smallest Full Frame Compact Digital Camera” that we picked as the top compact camera of 2012. Chris and crew do an excellent job breaking down the good points as well as the not so good points of Sony’s compact powerhouse, putting it through it’s paces to see “if it’s worth the premium that Sony is charging.”  Then, they bring out the cats…   Oh God…  not Cats!  Ahhhhhhh-CHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! ; ) My 2 Cents The [More]
Billy from the FujiGuys gives a hands on preview of the new Fuji X-100S and highlights the changes from the previous model, the X-100. The X-100S features an all new X-Trans CMOS Sensor with a Phase Detection Pixel built in.  Does this mean that Fuji have now closed the gap in Autofocus speed with other top line mirrorless and DSLR systems?  The demonstrations that Billy gives in the video look promising, but we’ll reserve final judgement until a final production version is released (and we can get our hands on one).  If Fuji have succeeded in producing the lightning fast [More]
Is the Sony NEX 6 any good?  How does it stack up to the NEX 7?  Is it worth it to get the NEX 6 or should I just get an NEX 5R?  Does the Hybrid Autofocus system make a big difference?  Does the NEX 6 overheat in video mode like other NEX models? The Sony NEX 6 is an exciting addition to the NEX lineup, and yes…  there are a lot of questions out there about this new compact system camera, and Ed from theDigitalDigest has created numerous videos that should answer most, if not all, of your questions.  [More]
When I did my Review of the Best Cameras of 2012 a few days ago, I only included video cameras that were less than $3000 USD in price, and I deliberately didn’t include high end video shooters like the RED Epic or Arri Alexa since most of us aren’t large Hoillywood movie producers with multi-million dollar budgets to play with.  But one thing that I’ve noticed recently is that, since last years Zacuto Shootout, where the Panasonic Lumix GH2 was one of the top rated cameras, and since the launch of high quality video cameras (under $3k) like the BlackMagic [More]