Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [More]
Here’s a couple looks at the revolutionary Sony RX1 – The world’s smallest full frame digital camera. No kidding… this sucker is TINY! It fits in the palm of your hand, but it’s loaded up with a superb, 35mm full frame Sony Sensor and has a top notch Carl Zeiss Lens attached to the front. The Zeiss lens is also 35mm, but can switch between macro and standard modes. The first review is from DigitalCameraWorld (in the video above). The second comes from LumiousLandscape, who conclude >>  I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony [More]
Pro Photographer Frank Doorhof of StudioFD posted a great in depth review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s smaller and lighter followup to the highly acclaimed X-Pro1. Here are Frank’s conclusions:  What’s not to like about the FujiFilm cameras… well maybe if you like the brick look of some of the competition, or if you really want something big and heavy in your hands. But when I look at the camera, the results, the focus speed, etc. etc. I just think that the X-E1 is the perfect companion for the travel/street photographer and will really make you think twice about taking [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]
SoundImagePlus have now posted their full, 3-Part Review of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and once again, this new camera has not failed to impress. SIP writes:  Its pretty obvious that there has been some serious input into this by photographers, something that hasn’t always been in evidence with some previous Panasonic m4/3 cameras. Those dark days of the GF2 and my fears that cameras like that were going to be the future of m4/3 are long gone now and Panasonic have shown themselves capable of responding to what people who are serious about photography want. Its also gratifying to see [More]
When the Sony RX1 was unveiled a few months ago at Photokina, we found the camera to be quite an enigma. After all, Sony wouldn’t even let photographers on the scene handle the camera. They just displayed it in a glass cube. Sony call it the World’s First Full Frame Compact Camera as it sports the same 35mm CMOS sensor as the new Sony A99 DSLT Camera, and it’s packed into a tiny tiny frame, but with a hefty hefty price tag. There’s no doubt that this is a top quality camera, and that 35mm Sony Sensor is absolutely killer! [More]
The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 is making the rounds.  This time, it lands squarely in the hands of The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls, who put’s the camera through it’s paces in a hands on review. Here’s what The Camera Store says:  The Panasonic GH2 was enormously popular for its great still abilities, combined with astonishing video quality for the price. The new GH3 ups the stakes again, but with so many very capable competitors, can it still stand out? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at how the latest Micro 4/3 camera holds up. Our take:  On the [More]
Andrew Reid of EOSHD.com posted his Real World Test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3. It’s a very in depth hands on review, but keep in mind that the camera he was using was a pre-production model (without the latest firmware), so any issues of moire and aliasing that are mentioned should be measured with a grain of salt until the final production model is tested. Here is Andrew’s summary: The Panasonic GH3 is a 90% successful update to the Panasonic GH2. Here’s a provisional list of significant pros and cons relative to the GH2. Better stills Better colour and dynamic range [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) dives into the action…  action-CAM that is…  as he puts the new Sony Action Cam through it’s paces (and he puts this little sucker through a beating).  How will the camera stand up to Blunty’s abuse, and more importantly, how will it stand up to the stiff competition from GoPro?  Watch and see… Blunty writes:  Sony Action Cam review, Blunty style. The new Action Cam from Sony a point-of-view wide angle, Sports HD Video Camera with built in Wi-Fi, 1080p & 720P/60FPS/120FPS super slow-mo. Tour the hardware, see lots and lots of test shots and [More]
(Video above shot entirely with the Sony RX 100 Compact Digital Camera – courtesy of EOSHD) The quality of compact cameras is progressing by leaps and bounds, and 2012 marked the launch of several exciting achievements in the compact division.  Witness the Panasonic Lumix LX7 and the Sony RX 100, which was just named as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com recently posted a review of the RX 100 and compared it to 2 of it’s contemporary rivals, one of which is the Panasonic Lumix LX7 – a breakout compact camera that was released [More]
(Video above from Daniel K – shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and the 20mm F1.7 Pancake Lens) (Hat Tip to 43Rumors) Looks like Amazon has a discount going on right now for one of the lenses that we at MC consider an “Essential Micro 4/3 Lens” – the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 Pancake Lens. The Panasonic 20 1.7 lens is bright and fast, especially for a pancake lens.  It will allow you to achieve shallow depth of field (so you can get those creamy blurred backgrounds that everyone loves) and because of it’s small size, it’s GREAT for street photography/videography [More]
(Test footage above shot by John @ Workstation with the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Note – The camera used for this footage was using firmware version 0.5 and is not a final production model.  Hat Tip to 43Rumors for posting the video) PhotographyBlog posted their review of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3, and it seems they’re in agreement with everything else we’ve heard so far – The GH3 is on par with the finest cameras in terms of still image quality and blows everyone else out of the water where video is concerned. Looks like Panasonic have one serious imaging machine [More]
Last year, Fuji released the X-Pro 1 at the top end of their mirrorless camera lineup. The camera received high praise from pro photographers (and several MC Contributors) for the outstanding quality of the images it produced, which rivaled those of any DSLR system while creating a beautiful, organic feel with a film-like quality. This year, Fuji have launched the X-E1 Digital Camera – a mirrorless compact system camera just a notch below the X-Pro in the remarkable Fuji X-Series. The Fuji X-E1 features a built-in pop-up flash and includes the same, powerful 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Pro [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Olympus 75mm f 1.8 lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras. Steve writes: This is a gorgeous lens if you are looking for a fast portrait prime. Remember, a 75mm on micro 4/3 will equal 150mm equivalent so this is a long lens! This is a great portrait lens. It’s super sharp and produces creamy and gorgeous bokeh (blurred background). We’ve been very impressed with many of the Olympus M.Zuiko Micro 4/3 lenses and this one is definitely no exception. It produces high quality images in both photo and video (see Steve’s video [More]
The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is continuing to turn heads as it gets out into the hands of more and more photographers and videographers.  The new flagship Micro 4/3 offering from Panasonic is fitting right in with the top of the class cameras for still photo quality, while setting the standard for all cameras when it comes to video. (Video above features a GH3 menu walk through) ePhotozine has just published a full review of the GH3 and gave it 4 and a half out of 5 stars, putting it in their “Highly Recommended” category. Here’s their verdict:  The Panasonic Lumix [More]
ePhotozine got their hands on the final version of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and wasted no time putting it up against the Micro 4/3 Star of the last year, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. The GH3 is Panasonic’s new flagship Micro 4/3 camera, replacing the Lumix GH2, which is one of the most celebrated cameras of the last 2 years, especially for video makers. But just how will the new GH3 stand up against the vaunted OM-D? The video above is a low light test of the Panasonic GH3. Below is the low light test of the Olympus OM-D E-M5.   [More]
Above is a video test of a pre-production Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 captured at a London Zoo Press Event. Trusted Reviews previews the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 (watch their video preview here) and added to the chorus of positive reviews/previews/reports that we’ve been getting about this impressive new camera. In a nutshell, they say that the GH3 is on par with top cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for still photo quality, and it beats all comers for video. Here are some highlights of their preview: We’ve seen a steady improvement in the image quality provided by the micro four thirds [More]
(From DiscoverMirrorless.com) Ira Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher, and workshop leader who has produced over 30 stories for the National Geographic Magazine and its affiliates – N.G. Traveler and Adventure – and recently, Ira was tasked with testing the all new Panasonic GH3. So he headed out into the Utah desert to put the camera through it’s paces. Ira captured some stunning images during his time in the desert (see the video of Ira’s expedition here), and they all looked great when viewed on a computer screen. But would the images captured on a small micro 4/3 sensor [More]
Great test footage in the video above from TrustedReviews! And as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 is getting into the hands of more and more photo/video pros, we’re hearing more and more positive things about this new camera. Looks like Panasonic has a winner on their hands… Here’s a couple of the latest blurbs about the GH3: First Impressions from CNET UK >> The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is the most serious challenger yet to dSLRs in the large-body professional camera market. Its low-light performance has to be seen to be believed and the choice of lenses now covers all but the [More]
Kai and the gang from DigitalRevTV are back at it, this time with a hands-on review of the new Fujifilm X-E1.  Kai puts the camera through it’s paces while goofing around with a guy in a Super Mario suit.  The X-E1 looks to be an impressive offering from Fuji, incorporating many of the same features as the X-Pro1, but at a much lower price.  The X-E1 lacks it’s bigger brother’s hybrid viewfinder (an optical / electronic viewfinder combo), but it does pick up a mic input.  From what we’ve seen, the biggest weakness of the X-E1 is in autofocus speed, [More]
Here’s a short, but thorough hands-on look at the Sony NEX-6 from WorldMediaFull that we gleaned off of YouTube. The NEX 6 squeezes in between new NEX 5R (but adds an EVF and dedicated mode dial that the 5R does not have) and the highly celebrated NEX 7, and actually is a lot like the 7. In fact, it’s almost identical in size and configuration, but the main difference is that the NEX 7 has a 24 mp sensor while the NEX 6 has a 16 mp sensor (and also adds with WiFi). For 99% of the people, the sensor [More]
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the OM-D EM-5 is one killer camera… and now DxOMark is putting a thick underline beneath that statement! From 43Rumors DxOMark finally published the full Olympus E-M5 sensor test (Click here to read it). And the conclusion couldn’t be any better: “These Olympus high-end compact hybrids achieve scores that approximate those of their APS-C rivals (such as the Sony NEX). Simply put, the OM-D E-M5 is equipped with the best sensor we have ever analyzed for a micro 4:3, and to date the closest to that of the Sony NEX.” Cameras [More]
To launch the new Sony NEX-6, two photographers, Luca Rossini and Mike Palmieri, were recruited to participate in a photography assignment in the wilderness of Kodiak, Alaska. Their challenge was to capture the best photo of the trip, and they were asked to travel with only a single carry-on bag each for all their gear, clothing, etc. Along the way they fully tested the capabilities of the NEX-6, and the experience was documented in a short promotional film called “Into Alaska” (Watch it >>HEREHERE