Kai, Alamby and Lok C of DigitalRevTV are back (sort of).  In this episode, the gang take a break from their between season break to produce a low budget action trailer using nothing but the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, and along the way, they discover the camera’s ups, downs, good points and not so good points. Can the GoPro remain the King of the POV Mountain? This looks like a job for Wong…  James Wong. The GoPro Hero3 is an impressive little camera.  GoPro have upped the ante in this camera’s performance while lowering it’s size and weight.  But although [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]
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]
Lexy Savvides of CNET Australia  takes a look at the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, including a nice walkthrough of the Wi-Fi Functionality of the camera (made possible by the inclusion of a Toshiba Flash Air Card, which is bundled with the E-PL5).  Lexy’s walkthrough is made all the more cool by her Aussie accent… Lexy writes:  Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or smartphone. My 2 Cents The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is packed with the [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]
CameraLabs posted their review of the Panasonic FZ200 Superzoom Camera.  For those not familiar with the term “Superzoom”, it generally refers to cameras that have a small DSLR-like form factor, but with a fixed lens that cam zoom in to extreme magnifications, and it seems to me that CamerLabs are impressed by one of the same things that has grabbed my attention from the most recent Panasonic fixed lens cameras.  They’re putting some great glass on their cameras.  Like it’s sibling, the smaller compact style LX7, the Panasonic FZ200 is fixed with a lens that has a constant, bright aperture.  [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]
Here’s a decent review of the Sony NEX-F3 with 18-55mm Kit lens by gmodertom that we gleaned off of YouTube. The F3 is the entry level camera in Sony’s NEX Series, and it features the same 16mp CMOS Sensor as the higher ups in the line, such as the NEX 5N, NEX 5R and NEX 6.  There are a lot less frills on this camera and you’ll have to do more menu diving than you would on say, the NEX 6 – but of course, it also comes in a half the price – around $498 USD at the time [More]
In this Real Life Review, “Coach” Will Crockett, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Ninja takes a look at rechargeable batteries.  Is there finally a solution that will actually work?! Here’s what Coach Crockett has to say:  Save REAL money, save the planet, and get more performance out of your battery-powered photo tools using better batteries. I have completed a long test on loads of different rechargeable batteries, and I’ve finally found a simple system that WORKS for the smarter photographer…  Hallelujah!!! SEE CURRENT MODELS AND PRICING FROM A TRUSTED RESOURCE HERE.
WhatDigitalCamera have posted their Sony NEX-5R Review, and are impressed with what the new camera has to offer. The NEX 5R is the replacement to the NEX 5N (which we love) and fits into the NEX lineup between the NEX F3 and the new NEX 6 (which was released at the same time as the 5R). It has a 16mp CMOS APSC sized sensor, run by Sony’s Bionz Processor, and it brings everything we loved about the 5N (namely, great image quality in stills and video) and adds Wi-Fi and Sony’s all new Hybrid Autofocus system (a combination of Contrast [More]
Blunty’s Back… and this time, he’s got his hands on an Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens to put it through the Blunty Review Machine.  Olympus have been churning out some great M43 glass of late, but will this new Macro Lens stand up to the test? Blunty writes: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens review Olympus has done some stunningly good stuff lately, the OM-D E-M5, their 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses for the Micro four thirds system are stunningly good… but can their new prime lens, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro live up to them? Let’s find [More]
Here’s a look at the Fujifilm X-E1 from a couple of different reviewers. First up is WhatDigitalCamera (video above), whose verdict on the X-E1 is as follows:  While it may appear to be simply a stripped down, more affordable X-Pro1 to tempt more people into Fujifilm’s CSC family, that would be doing the X-E1 a great disservice. Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm’s retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather [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]
SoundImagePlus have just posted one of the most entertaining camera reviews I’ve read in quite a while, chock full of one liners that gave me a serious chuckle.  But the camera to which these one liners refer to is no laughing matter whatsoever.  The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a bad mutha (SHUT YO MOUTH!) of a camera – and all the members of our team who have gotten their hands on it have raved about it’s performance and capabilities. Well, it seems like SoundImagePlus are equally impressed. Here’s some highlights and one liners from their review:  Lets get one thing [More]
Video slider dollys are great for creating cinematic camera moves with everything from your iPhone to your DSLR… and their table-top roller clad cousins make it easy and affordable to improve the production value of of your videos by introducing movement; use side tracking, push or pull dolly shots, and 360 degree rotating shots using this table skater camera dolly. Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) puts one of these Skater Style Dollys to the test(with an iPhone, Canon 60D DLSR, Nikon 1, Pentax Q & Olympus PEN E-P3). Here’s Blunty’s Take:  From your Smart Phone, to Compact Point and [More]
Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com and one of our Hybrid Hero Colleagues on DiscoverMirrorless.com) reviews the SevenOak 47″ Video Slider. Sliders can add a highly professional look to your videos, and the best news is, they’re fairly easy to use. In this video, Marlene will show you: sideways panning slides a push in slide (you can also do a pull out slide) a slide from ground level and a portrait slide Tip – Attach a Ball Head to the Slider and you can add the follwing shots to your repertoire: vertical slides diagonal slides …all while keeping the camera in alignment with [More]
ePhotozine posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, the camera that sits squarely in the middle of the PEN series, but inherits the same sensor and image processor (and other features) from the OM-D E-M5, the Olympus flagship M43 camera that is a strong contender for 2012 camera of the year. Here’s ePhotozine’s Verdict on the Olympus E-PL5:  The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 features an updated tilting 3inch touch screen, with better handling than the previous Lite E-PL3. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this [More]
From MikeTheMentor:  The Canon Mirrorless M is touted as a baby T4i. It has the same 18MP sensor, the same processor, the same awesome touch screen monitor and it even costs about the same price as a Canon Rebel T4i. So what is different about the two? Which one is better for what kind of shooter? What are the M’s strengths and weaknesses? Are the focusing systems really that bad? All these questions are answer by Michael, who has been shooting with both cameras for a while now. Our take: The T4i, just like the T3i and T2i before it, [More]
The video clip above is a hand-held panning shot using the P7700 set to movie mode with auto exposure. Vibration reduction was enabled and Full-time (continuous) AF was set. This clip was shot in the P7700’s best quality 1080p30 mode. CameraLabs posted their review of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 Fixed Lens Compact Digital Camera. Ashton Kutcher aside, it looks like this camera need a little work. Here’s CameraLabs’ Final Verdict:  As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it’s increasingly important [More]
The Phoblographer posted their review of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, and added their voice to the chorus of those who are highly impressed with this new camera. Here are their conclusions:  The Olympus EPL5 is a really excellent camera and the company got a lot right in its creation. The excellent image quality combined with its awesome autofocusing abilities and the beautiful LCD screen make this a real winner in my book. However, the menus are still a bit too thick for my liking, as is the camera. The EPL5 is significantly thicker than previous pen cameras, and doesn’t even fit in [More]
The Verge posted an excellent review of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, Samsung’s Digital Camera/SmartPhone Mashup that’s powered by the Android Jellybean Operating System.  I really love the concept of a “Smart Camera” and wholeheartedly believe that the future of photography lies in devices like this, where you have connectivity, sharing features and photo/video editing applications loaded right on to your camera – but is this the camera that’s going to make that leap? The Verge sums it up with the following:   As a proof of concept, the Galaxy Camera is one of the most effective I’ve ever seen. Almost [More]
GoPro is the little camera company that could.  Witness their meteoric rise from obscurity to the undisputed Kings of the POV Camera World in just a few short years. It seems that there’s nothing that can hold these little cameras back, just like the people who use them.  Case in point – Joe Stone (featured in the video above – to lean more about Joe, you can visit his blog >> joesstone.blogspot.com). In August of 2010, Joe was in a speed flying accident that left him an incomplete c7 quadriplegic. Despite his devastating accident, Joe was determined to regain his [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com has just posted his 2-part review of the Sony RX1, and it is plain to see that he is mightily impressed with the revolutionary new Sony Compact, calling it his camera of the year for 2012.  Be sure to take a peek at Steve’s Review as it’s very thorough and there’s no doubt whatsoever that he has a passion for photography – but he never sacrifices when it comes to giving you the good, the bad and the ugly about any camera. Here’s Steve’s Pros and Cons of the RX1 Pros Small but built well Fast [More]