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]
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]
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]
The Phoblographer has posted their review of the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Fixed Lens Compact Camera, the successor to their XZ-1, which is a great alternative for the photographer who wants to travel while leaving all their interchangeable lenses at home.  But between the time that the XZ-1 and XZ-2 were released, a lot more competition has joined the field, including the likes of the Panasonic Lumix LX-7, the Fuji XF-1 and the Sony RX 100 (recently named as one of Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012”). So how does the XZ-2 hold up against such stiff competition? Here’s the [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com takes a look at the Sony NEX 5R and NEX 6, the newest additions to the NEX Lineup, and while he stops short of calling them “revolutionary”, he does call them “evolutionary” – even stating that he believes the NEX 6 to be a better camera (that offers better image quality) than the flagship of the line, the NEX 7. Some of the strong points of the evolution… Wi-Fi New Hybrid Autofocus System (Blends Contrast Detection and Phase Detection) Great High ISO Performance Here’s some highlights from Steve’s Review: Are the new NEX’s worth an upgrade [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]
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]
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]
PetaPixel have posted their full review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s latest addition to the X-Series and little (and less expensive) brother to the X-Pro 1.  Like us, PetaPixel love the retro styling of this camera as well as the incredible quality of the images it produces. Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   In our opinion, the Fujifilm X-E1 is one of the most — if not the most — beautiful digital cameras on the market today, on par with the X-Pro1 and the X100. Someone clearly forgot to tell Fujifilm that digital cameras aren’t supposed to look this good. The X-E1 is [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]
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]
(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]