PhotographyBlog have posted their review of the new Nikon V2, the 14mp mirrorless offering from the DSLR Giant. PB Concludes:  Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they’ve succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1’s stylish and slimline appearance. We’re also pleased to see the high image [More]
He loves it, he loves it not.  He loves it, he loves it not. Kai W from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the new Sony NEX 6 from two extreme points of view, as only DigitalRevTV can.  (Language Warning:  Kai can get a little saucy at times.  So if that kind of thing offends you, please be warned that Kai’s S bombs and phallic references may or may not be offset by Alamby’s sweetness.) Our Take:  The Sony NEX 6 is one of the best new mirrorless cameras around.  With it’s 16 mp CMOS sensor that produces such delicious images [More]
(Video above is an Olympus PEN E-PL5 sample movie: tripod pan shot by CameraLabs) CameraLabs just posted their full review of the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and they are impressed with the new addition to Olympus’ PEN Lineup. Here’s CameraLabs’ Verdict: The PEN E-PL5 is a third-generation Micro Four Thirds mirror-less compact system camera and its maturity shows – in a good way. As the middle choice in a range of three PENs, in many ways it combines the best of the enthusiast PEN E-P3 and the entry-level PEN ‘Mini’ E-PM2 with a great balance between size, ease of use [More]
DigitalCameraInfo.com posted their review of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3. Here’s Some Highlights: The Panasonic GH3 is the Micro Four Thirds system all grown up, and it’s hard to argue that it’s not the best mirrorless system camera to date. While we’ve seen impressive performance from other bodies like the Sony NEX-7, and incredible styling and control in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic GH3 brings all of that together with some exceptional video quality to boot. The GH3 is smaller than a traditional entry-level DSLR, but only by a few millimeters here and there. In our opinion, though, it’s [More]
PetaPixel posted their review of the new Canon EOS M – Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera realm.  Canon’s new mirrorless camera has some impressive specs – it’s basically a Canon T4i (650-D) wrapped in a smaller package.  On the upside is Canon’s 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a wonderful capacitive touch screen (a-la Smart Phone) that’s one of the best around, and the ability to use your existing Canon Lenses (by using a $199 USD lens adapter).  The one glaring weakness however…  and it’s a biggie – abysmal autofocus performance (see video above). Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   The Canon EOS [More]
The new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 is continuing to turn heads.  It’s the smaller sibling of Olympus’ highly coveted OM-D E-M5, but even though it’s in a smaller package, it’s equipped with the same 16mp sensor and processor as the flagship OM-D.  Do good things come from this small package? Here’s ePhotozine’s verdict:  The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 features an improved design, with better handling and controls than the previous Mini E-PM1, as well as a great 3 inch touch screen. The camera doesn’t feature a panoramic mode, but does include a built in HDR bracketing mode, although unfortunately this doesn’t [More]
The reviews of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 keep rolling in.  The latest one is pretty in depth and comes from TJ Donegan at DigitalCameraInfo.com. Here’s TJ’s conclusion: The Panasonic GH3 is the Micro Four Thirds system all grown up, and it’s hard to argue that it’s not the best mirrorless system camera to date. While we’ve seen impressive performance from other bodies like the Sony NEX-7, and incredible styling and control in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic GH3 brings all of that together with some exceptional video quality to boot. Mirrorless system cameras are typically quite compact, but [More]
PhotographyBlog just published their full review of the new Fuji X-E1, the smaller brother to the highly popular (among MC contributors) Fuji X-Pro1. Here’s PhographyBlog’s Conclusion: Smaller, lighter and significantly cheaper than the X-Pro1, whilst offering the same outstanding and image quality and impeccable handling, there’s certainly an awful lot to like about the new Fujifilm X-E1. The main sacrifice is the removal of the innovative Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, replaced instead by one of the highest resolution and best electronic viewfinders currently available – indeed the X-E1’s viewfinder is so good that we hardly missed using the X-Pro1’s optical finder. [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]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) takes a quick look at the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 2.0 and the Street Walker.  Think Tank is one of our favorite camera bag manufacturers, and we love the quality of their work and all the little details that are out into each bag.(View Post on SCBP) Get the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 2.0 and the Think Tank Street Walker Here
(Video above is a field test of the Canon EOS M, courtesy of CNET Asia) More reviews of the new Canon EOS M are pouring in, the latest two from CNET Asia and LensRentals, and the first mirrorless offering from Canon is selling like hotcakes in Japan (assuming they even eat hotcakes over there ~_^), but is this a good option for the first-time mirrorless buyer (or is it worth moving over from another mirrorless system)? Here’s what CNET and LensRentals have to say… CNET Asia Concludes: The EOS M should appeal to beginners looking for dSLR-like quality minus the bulk, [More]
The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is one intriguing little camera. It’s not often that a small, midrange camera will offer the same image quality as the flagship of the line, but by incorporating the same sensor and image processor as the OM-D E-M5, that’s exactly what Olympus are offering in the easy to use PEN Lite. PhotographyBlog have posted their full review of the E-PL5 and they are impressed with what the PEN Lite has to offer, giving it 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars and thier ‘Highly Recommended’ designation. Here are their conclusions: The E-PL5 essentially offers the [More]
SoundImagePlusBlog posted an excellent review of the Panasonic G5. It looks like they concur with our assessment that the G5 is an excellent camera that might be getting lost in the shuffle with all the fanfare surrounding the new camera launches at Photokina in September and PhotoPlus just this past weekend. Here’s SoundImagePlusBlog’s conclusion: I have no hesitation in recommending the G5 and would suggest that, if possible, you give it a try before thinking about one of the “sexier” m4/3 cameras like the OM-D and the upcoming GH3. I would suggest also that you might just find it surprisingly [More]
If you’ve been thinking about moving over to a Micro 4/3 camera system but you’ve been putting it off because you have a large collection of Canon lenses, then we just might have the solution for you. Mike Kobal shows off the Bower Canon EOS to Micro 4/3 lens adapter. As Mike states in the video, Micro 4/3 cameras seem to be the most adaptable of any camera category and can accept a wide range of lenses by using adapters. But be forewarned… any time you’re using an adapter, you may risk losing some of the lens’ functionality. That being [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]
Here’s an updated and more in depth review of the new Sony NEX 5R from The Digital Digest. TDD plops it side by side with an NEX 7 to compare it’s features and value. While the NEX 5R does represent a leap forward from a technology standpoint, it would probably be more accurate to do a side by side between the NEX 7 and NEX 6 – which combines the best features of both cameras and fit’s nicely in between them in the Sony lineup. Here’s some bullet points on what you’ll be getting with the NEX 5R: Wi-Fi – [More]
With all the fanfare surrounding the numerous camera launches a Photokina 2012 about a month ago, we thought it would be a good time to revisit one of our favorite cameras of the year, The Panasonic G5. No doubt, there were several impressive cameras that debuted in the last few weeks, including the Panasonic GH3, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2), the Sony NEX 5R, NEX 6 and RX1, the Fuji X-E1, etc. Yep… there are a lot of shiny new toys to distract you, but the G5 is a great little image making machine that still [More]
OK…  So the video above has nothing to do with this post, other than that they’re both about the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, but the BesteProduct girl is cute.  Too bad we don’t speak her language…  Oh well, ; ) On to more important news.  43Rumors just put up a post about Dynamic Range testing on the E-PL5, and surprise surprise, it actually did better than Olympus’ flagship Micro 4/3 Camera, the much celebrated OM-D E-M5. Here’s what 43Rumors had to say: Our polish friends at M43.eu are the first to compare the image quality of the new E-PL5 [More]