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]
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]
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]
The Olympus PEN E-P5 is about to be launched, and Nate “Blunty” Burr is back to put it through it’s paces, Blunty style.  In this video (above), Blunty gives an excellent overview of the E-P5 Hardware as well as taking it’s new WiFi and App system out for a spin. The PEN E-P5’s retro styling is inspired by Olympus’ classic PEN F SLR camera. The PEN E-P5 boasts in impressive array of specs… Inherits the impeccable 16mp sensor and image processor from the highly celebrated OM-D E-M5. Also shares an updated version of the OM-D’s breakthrough 5 point IBIS (In [More]
The Lumix G5 was released less than a year ago, but Panasonic are already poised to release it’s successor, the Lumix G6, in just a few weeks.  But will the new model warrant an upgrade from the G5, which is an exceptional camera in it’s own right? The folks over at ePhotozine have just released their initial hands on review of the new Panasonic Lumix G6, and they are impressed with what the new camera has to offer. Panasonic Lumix G6 Features The Panasonic Lumix G6 has a number of improvements and updates over the Panasonic Lumix G5, including a new [More]
The Panasonic Lumix ZS30 (aka TZ40) is the latest Panasonic pocket superzoom camera to hit the market.  The compact superzoom was invented by Panasonic a few years back, and since then it appears that they, as well as their competitors, release new versions on an annual basis.  Does the new ZS30 represent enough of an improvement over last years model to warrant an upgrade? The video above gives a good overview of the new ZS30, and CameraLabs have now published an in depth review of this years pocket superzoom from Panasonic, and they’re impressed with many of the ZS30’s new [More]
The Leica X2 Premium Compact Camera has been out for a while now (the review above from DRTV came out last July), but nonetheless, PhotographyBlog have just released their review of this fixed lens mirrorless offering from Leica. On the plus side, well…  it’s a Leica, but does it pack the quality that the name implies, and can it stand up to the new kids on the block like the Fuji X100s? PB’s Leica X2 Conclusions… Don’t have the need to zoom, swap lenses or shoot video clips, but do have enough cash for a holiday somewhere exotic – or [More]
World renowned SLR and Mirrorless video shooter Philip Bloom reviews the new micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and says that M43 is the way to go for the BMC. According to Bloom… “Micro Four Thirds always made more sense to me as the BMD (BlackMagic Digital) sensor is just a bit smaller than the Gh2/ 3, so they would be a great match. Blackmagic thought so too, so just after I put out my epic review on the first day of IBC last year, they announced an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) version.”  Bloom continues by saying “the flange distance [More]
One of the latest reviews on the Fuji X100s Premium Fixed Lens Compact Camera come courtesy of thePhoblographer, and it looks like yet another reputable source is impressed with the newest offering from Fuji.  With it’s phenomenal X-Trans II sensor, EXR II processing technology, a fast and bright Fujinon Lens, Hybrid Viewfinder, lightning fast autofocus and cool retro styling, the Fuji X100s is winning admirers throughout the industry.  So lets take a look at the new Premium Compact on the block… Fuji X100s Specs 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor EXR Processor II Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus (with AF speed up [More]
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]
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]
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]
TheCameraStore‘s Chris Niccolls recently had a chance to test two of this year’s most anticipated cameras: The Fuji X100s and Fuji X20. What’s new? The X100s and X20 are the follow up cameras to Fuji’s popular X100 and X10 cameras, and on the outside you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between these new cameras and their predecessors.  But as Chris puts it, the X100s and X20 are “evolutionary cameras” that keep the best features of their predecessors while fixing a lot of the things that shooters didn’t like.  One of the biggest improvements is that both cameras are equipped [More]
DigitalCameraWorld take a look at the new Sony NEX 3N, which comes as the direct replacement to Sony’s entry level compact system camera, the NEX F3.  As with the F3, the NEX 3n is aimed squarely at those looking to make the jump from a point and shoot digital compact to a camera with interchangeable lenses. My 2 Cents In terms of build quality and image quality, the Sony NEX 3n is indeed impressive when compared to other entry level interchangeable lens cameras.  It’s loaded up with the same 16mp sensor that powers it’s bigger brothers, the NEX 5r and [More]
Blunty takes the Glide Gear DNA 1000 Video Stabilizer out for a spin.  The DNA 1000 is Glide Gear’s medium sized stabilizer offering and is a perfect fit for smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Systems like a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Lumix G5, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-Series Camera or Sony NEX Series Camera. DNA-1000 Features: The most advanced stabilisation system on the market for its camera weight range Super lightweight, only 1.6lbs without counterweights Easy adjustment controls with easy release camera plate Three-axis gimbal joint with 360° rotation and adjustable convergence Quick adjust sliding telescoping center post Dynamic balance [More]
Update…  Amazon have now lowered the price even more and the LX7 is now only $298 USD! Amazon now has the Panasonic Lumix LX7 on special for $329 $298USD.  This is an incredible deal on one of the best compact cameras around.  This little guy is packed with performance and features that let it easy trade shots with more expensive cameras like the Sony RX100, and it’s 24-90mm 1.7-2.3 Leica Summilux lens is the best, fastest and brightest that you’ll find on any compact in it’s class, hands down.  In fact, this lens performs so well in macro mode that [More]
In the video above, Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews shows you the basic concept behind the Rogue Flashbender, a great attachment that will help you add versatility to and enhance the performance of your flash units. Now ExpoImaging (the makers of the Rogue Flashbender) are upping their game by offering the all new Rogue Flashbender XL Pro Lighting Kit. What’s in the Kit? (via thePhoblographer)  This kit includes the new XL Pro FlashBender–which is larger than the previous large version. As it stands, we believe that the large reflector is one of the best upgrades for modern wedding photographers, but the [More]
Our good friend, Photo-Phenom and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com Suzette Allen demonstrates the dougmon handheld camera stabilizer. The dougmon was invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – hence the name – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – Doung touts the dougmon as the swiss army knife of hand held camera support systems. My 2 Cents Anytime someone comes up with a solution to make life easier for us video shooters, I’m all for it. Thanks Suzette for a great demo!  I’ll try mine with a slingmon sling system. What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below… If you’re interested [More]
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]
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]