A new year is upon us, so it’s time to look back at the year that was and compile our list of the Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2013. Make no mistake, 2013 was a spectacular year in the mirrorless camera world, with Sony releasing the world’s first full frame interchangeable lens cameras in the Sony A7 and Sony A7R, as well as the follow up to the RX100 fixed lens compact (Sony RX100M II) and updated Sony NEX 5T.  Olympus started the year with it’s newest PEN model, the all new Olympus PEN E-P5, and later in the year, they [More]
We’ve often affirmed in this space that, in our opinion, the top mirrorless camera makers around today are (in no particular order) Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus – but we’ve also stated that Samsung have been rapidly closing the gap and may be poised to crack the top 4.  Samsung have had some impressive camera releases of late, including the camera featured in this post, the NX300 – which is a mid range interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.  Armed with an impressive touch screen, new hybrid autofocus system and what is arguably the most advanced wifi system of any camera manufacturer [More]
(Via AndroidCentral) – Here’s a demonstration of Samsung’s Smart Camera 2.0 App from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) in Las Vegas. Smart Camera 2.0 allows users of Samsung’s Galaxy devices to wirelessly connect to their Samsung Smart Cameras and control the camera’s functions as well as sharing images directly to the internet or smart devices. Samsung are one of the first companies to incorporate “smart” technology into their cameras.  Of course, Samsung has a leg up on the competition as they’re also manufacturers of smartphones and tablets, so using the Android Jellybean OS on their Galaxy Camera was a [More]
From PetaPixel:  One of Samsung’s big reveals at CES 2013 is its new 2D/3D lens, which can be paired with the new NX300 to capture true 3D photographs and video using a single lens and a single sensor. When you’re feeling like switching back to 2D, a convenient switch on the side of the lens turns it into an ordinary camera lens. The technology is actually pretty interesting. The lens contains two shutters on the left and right sides. When in 3D mode, these shutters flap one at a time at a rate of 60 times per second, allowing the [More]
UberGizmoDotCom posted this short video overview of the soon to be released Samsung NX300 20mp Compact System Camera (scheduled to be shipping in March, 2013 and will be bundled with Adobe Lightroom). Samsung will also be releasing a new 45mm f/1.8 lens that will have the capability of shooting 3-D images. Camera Specs are as follows:  NX300 Product Specifications (courtesy of Samsung) Image Sensor 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS IS OIS mode is only provided on 2D shooting mode Display 84.0mm (3.31”) AMOLED with a Tilt Touch PanelWVGA (800×400) 768k dots ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, [More]
The video above features actor James Franco showing off all the cool wireless features and capabilities of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera, which has Wi-Fi and is powered by the Android Jellybean Operating System. Watching all the cool things that Franco does in the video gives you glimpse at the shape of things to come.  Because in the not too distant future, I believe that ALL cameras will be “connected” wirelessly to the internet and other devices; and we’ll see an endless stream of innovative apps that will give your camera nearly limitless capabilities. Witness the way that Wi-Fi and [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]
(From PetaPixel)  Sony is continuing its campaign against the mindless use of DSLRs. After releasing a series of viral videos poking fun at inept DSLR users, Sony is now turning to facts and hard evidence (in addition to humor). The company recently did a survey of 1012 non-professional DSLR users, and the results are pretty interesting. The company found that roughly 2/3 of casual DSLR users never (or rarely) take their camera out of full-auto mode. 72% purchased their camera simply for fun and for family snapshots, and 65% of those aged 18-29 considered their glorified point-and-shoots DSLRs a status [More]
PetaPixel posted about the new Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100, one of the first of what is sure to be a tidal wave of “Smart” cameras.  The EK-GC100 runs on the Android Jellybean Operating System, and Samsung have now released the code for this camera, which has hackers licking their chops over what they can add to it’s functionality, including voice calling. Here’s what PetaPixel says:  Samsung released the open source kernel files for its new Galaxy Camera late last week, something commonly done in the smartphone world — at least with certain platforms — but a foreign concept in the [More]
DigitalCameraReview posted a first look review of the new Samsung NX1000 interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, which they say “is turning out to be a respectable little camera.” Here’s some highlights of their review: I called Samsung’s latest ILC, or interchangeable lens camera, effort a ‘Swiss Army knife’ on the front page. And it is – it packs a number of features into a pretty petite frame – and with the dazzlingly white finish, it looks good at the same time. It’s also available in black, and I think that in terms of future resale value, the black might be a [More]
In the latest edition of the Hybrid Hangout, MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) hosts a panel of Nine photo and video pros (and some not so pros) to share the reasons why they switched to mirrorless, or why they are still waiting, and what they are looking for in order to make an intelligent decision when or if to shed the big bulky but powerful DSLRs. Joining will in the conversation are MC Creator Scott Giorgini, MC Contributos Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) and Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) along with Paula Thomas, Carol Schlintz, special guest Dave Curlee from GeekBeatTV and others as [More]
Point and Shoot Cameras are going the way of the dinosaur due in large part to the advent of newer and better smart phone cameras, with increasingly larger sensors. While it’s true that smart phone cameras have no where near the Image Quality of a camera, it’s also true that “the best camera is the one you have with you,” and there’s no denying that the quality of still images and video produced by today’s smart phones has drastically improved over the last few years… There are even websites and Facebook groups dedicated solely to smart phone photography. Now that [More]
(Video above is scenery of Mongolia, shot using Samsung NX 12-24mm Lens) (From dpreview) – Samsung has announced US pricing for the 12-24mm F4-5.6 ED wide-angle zoom and 45mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime for its NX system. The lenses – announced at Photokina – will cost around $600 for the wide-angle zoom and $300 for the 45mm F1.8. Oddly we’re told there are no samples of the 45mm F1.8 at the show where they’re being ‘unveiled’, so we can’t know if it’s any closer to the promised ‘ultra-professional look and feel’ than the inexpensive-feeling early examples we saw at Photokina. New [More]
(Test Video Above shot with the Panasonic Lumix LX7)  ePhotozine compared the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 and the Samsung EX2F in a head to head matchup. Who came out on top?  See their verdict below…   Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F Features In terms of megapixels, the Samsung EX2F offers slightly more at 12.4, whereas the LX7 has 10.1 megapixels. The LX7 has more optical zoom, it’s 3.8x offering is a 35mm equivalent of 24-90mm, the 3.3x optical zoom lens on the EX2F is an equivalent of 24-80mm, so they are both as wide, with the Panasonic reaching further at [More]
Vlad from The Verge discusses the Wi-Fi revolution in digital imaging. No doubt about it, digital imaging is not only trending towards smaller, less expensive but highly sophisticated mirrorless camera systems, it’s also moving towards wireless integration for your camera. This years Photokina Exposition in Cologne, Germany was flooded with new cameras featuring Wi-Fi capabilities from industry giants such SONY, Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, Canon and Nikon. In fact, the only company NOT to feature a Wi-Fi enabled camera was Leica. Imagine the ability to remotely control your camera using your smart phone or tablet, to instantly upload images to the [More]
Which? examines the Samsung NX1000, the entry level camera in the Samsung NX series. Here’s the NX1000 along with the other cameras in the NX series: While all three of the Samsung NX series are great cameras, we recommend that you also compare them to cameras like the Panasonic Lumix or Olympus PEN cameras below. You can save a few bucks, they produce high IQ in both stills and HD video are micro 43 cameras, so there’s a TON of available lenses for each one.
DigitalCameraWorld reviews Photokina 2012 and talks about the top cameras they found at the event, many of which are mirrorless – from entry level to high end offerings. DCW writes: With a mass of new cameras released this year, Ali Jennings takes a look at ten camera highlights from Photokina 2012. These include the Sony RX1, Fuji X-E1, Canon EOS 6D, Panasonic GH3, Pentax K-5 IIs, Olympus E-PL5, Nikon D600, Leica M, Samsung Galaxy and the Hasselblad Lunar. Here are some of the latest mirrorless cameras that were on display at Photokina 2012:
Matt from PhotoNewsReviews talks about the Samsung NX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Just what is the difference between the 3 models? Favorite quote from this video… “OOooo, distracted by a pretty girl!” ツ Here are the 3 cameras discussed in the video: While all three of the Samsung NX series are great cameras, we recommend that you also compare them to cameras like the Panasonic Lumix or Olympus PEN cameras below. You can save a few bucks, they produce high IQ in both stills and HD video are micro 43 cameras, so there’s a TON of available lenses [More]
Two of the photo industry’s most respected educators chat about how, when, why DSLRs will be replaced by mirrorless cameras in the near future.  When do you switch over? Why would you? Are these guys nuts? Frederick Van Johnson from thisweekinphoto.com and Will Crockett from discovermirrorless.com are both pro shooters and top photo educators… and they have recorded a recent conversation on the topic that you get to hop in on. Check below to see some of our favorite mirrorless cameras in varying price ranges… Amazon.com Widgets
Next week, CNET Asia heads off to Photokina 2012 (September 18-23), which is the world’s largest photography-related trade fair. Held in Cologne, Germany, at Koelnmesse (Cologne Trade Fair or Cologne Exhibition Centre), the biennial exhibition will play host to hundreds of digital and analog imaging companies, which includes all the major camera vendors. Over 180,000 guests are expected to attend from over 160 countries. This year may not be the most exciting in terms of camera technologies, but there are quite a few major trends we’re beginning to spot based on products that have already been announced and other products [More]
The Samsung NX210 sits in the middle of Samsung’s compact system camera. It features a 20.3 million pixel APS-C sensor, 3-inch AMOLED screen and full manual control. Amy Davies takes a look at what this latest camera has to offer over it’s predecessor the NX200.
Amy Davies gives a brief preview of what to expect from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji and Samsung at Photokina 2012 in Germany.