CES 2013 (aka, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV) is now history, and lots of cool new gadgets, toys and innovations were released (see the video montage above, courtesy of Blunty3000).  Unfortunately, not many groundbreaking releases came from the world of photo-videography. Since 2012 was an on year for the biennial Photokina Photo and Video Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany, as well as the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, which was also held in late autumn, it seems as though most of the Camera Companies chose last year to unveil their latest releases.  Indeed, we saw some amazing [More]
PetaPixel posted an article (and the video above) about the “blazing fast autofocus speed” of the new Fuji X-100s compact digital camera.  As we noted in an earlier post, Fuji’s focus in 2013 is on speed, and with their new X-Trans II sensor, Fuji appear to have succeeded in adding that speed to the top of class image quality of their sensors. PetaPixel Reports “When Fujifilm announced the X100s last week, it made the bold claim that the camera had the world’s fastest autofocus system among cameras of the same class. Sluggish autofocus was one of the big complaints owners [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]
In the video above, WhatDigitalCamera takes a look at the new Nikon 1 J3, the successor to the J2, which has a beefed up CX CMOS Sensor over it’s predecessor (up from 10.1 mp to 14.3 mp). The Nikon 1 J3 was just launched at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, NV along with a new entry level mirrorless system the Nikon S1.  But is there anything here that will warrant considering one of the new Nikon mirroless systems over say, an Olympus PEN Mini, a Panasonic GX1 or a Sony NEX 5n? PetaPixel are also at the CES and take [More]
The video above is a quick look at the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera (courtesy of DigitalCameraWorld), which features 50 improvements over it’s predecessor, the Fuji X10, and incoporates Fuji’s new X-Trans II CMOS Sensor and upgraded processing technology. DPReview has also posted a hands on preview based on a pre-production model they got their hands on for evaluation. Highlights of DPR’s hands on preview: At first glance, the X20 looks just like its predecessor the X10, although it’s now available in a very pretty silver-and-black finish, alongside the conventional all-black. But inside it offers a couple of [More]
Fuji have unveiled the the successors to the X-10 and X-100, namely the new X-100s and X-20, at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas, NV – and this year, Fuji plans to focus on speed. This is good news for fans of Fuji’s breakout X-Trans CMOS Sensor and EXR processing technology, which in my opinion produces some of the best still images that you’ll get from ANY camera.  But the knock on Fuji cameras, like the X-100, X-Pro1 and X-E1, was that their speed of operation and autofocus functionality were sluggish, especially when compared to the competition. Enter Fuji’s [More]
PetaPixel got some Hands On time with the new Fuji X-100S immediately after the company’s press conference, and they were impressed with the new camera’s autofocus speed, which they called “blazin’ fast”. PetaPixel also played around with 2 of the new manual focus features, including Fuji’s new “Split Image Manual Focus”, which is highlighted in the videos above and below (courtesy of PetaPixel). PetaPixel Reports:  One [new manual focusing feature] is something many photographers are already familiar with (and have been clamoring for): focus peaking. The second hasn’t been received with as much fanfare, but is actually quite fantastic. It’s [More]
Billy from the FujiGuys gives a hands on preview of the new Fuji X-100S and highlights the changes from the previous model, the X-100. The X-100S features an all new X-Trans CMOS Sensor with a Phase Detection Pixel built in.  Does this mean that Fuji have now closed the gap in Autofocus speed with other top line mirrorless and DSLR systems?  The demonstrations that Billy gives in the video look promising, but we’ll reserve final judgement until a final production version is released (and we can get our hands on one).  If Fuji have succeeded in producing the lightning fast [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]
Consumer Reports talks about the new and innovative cameras they expect to see launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) next week. We can’t wait to see all the cool new cameras and gadgets that’ll be launched at the show, and we’re sure that YOU can’t wait either, so be sure to keep coming back to MirrorlessCentral for all the latest news, reviews and updates from the CES! Until then, we’ll wet your appetite, here’s a list of all the compact cameras that will be introduced by Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony (via PhotoRumors.com). Fujifilm: HS35EXR: 16MP, 30x [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]
When I did my Review of the Best Cameras of 2012 a few days ago, I only included video cameras that were less than $3000 USD in price, and I deliberately didn’t include high end video shooters like the RED Epic or Arri Alexa since most of us aren’t large Hoillywood movie producers with multi-million dollar budgets to play with.  But one thing that I’ve noticed recently is that, since last years Zacuto Shootout, where the Panasonic Lumix GH2 was one of the top rated cameras, and since the launch of high quality video cameras (under $3k) like the BlackMagic [More]
SoundImagePlus have been taking the Sony NEX 6 out for a spin and have been compiling their findings.  They have now posted their final assessment and conclusion on the newest addition to Sony’s celebrated NEX lineup. SIP Concludes:   This seems to me to be an excellent upgrade from some of the earlier and smaller NEX cameras. Though I would suggest that if you have a 5n with the external EVF, you would need to be pretty keen about the virtues of the built-in viewfinder, because you aren’t getting that much more. I’ve written before that this isn’t a camera to [More]
Chase Jarvis Blog lists their favorite mirrorless cameras and muses that they could mean the end for the DSLR (at least in some respects).  Chase and his staff handle and use just about every camera you can imagine, and it looks like their picks are pretty much right in line with our picks for 2012. Here are the picks from Chase and Co. Olympus OM-D E-M5 The Good: Fast Autofocus, excellent low-light performance, fantastic in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The Bad: Not much. Continuous Autofocus tracking is a bit on the unreliable side sometimes. Who it’s Ideal For: Outdoor enthusiasts and [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [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]
Olympus’ Micro 4/3 breakthrough camera, the OM-D E-M5 has been chosen by the readers of DPReview as the Best Camera of 2012, edging out DSLR favs – the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MkIII. This only serves to underscore the maturity and acceptance of the micro 4/3 (and by extension, mirrorless) camera system.  The OMD also scored very highly in our year end ratings as well, and it is definitely the first non-DSLR camera to seriously catch the attention of pro and enthusiast shooters alike.  Many were first drawn to the OM-D E-M5 by it’s cool retro-styling that harkened [More]
SoundImagePlus muses on whether or not there’s any point to micro 4/3 “Pro Spec” Lenses, paticularly the Lumix 12-35mm Lens f/2.8 and the Lumix 35-100mm Lens f/2.8 X Zoom Lenses from Panasonic, released in conjunction with the new micro 4/3 flagship camera, the Lumix GH3. In the beginning of his article, SIP bemoans the fact that DSLRs, in attempting to integrate more technology, faster sutofocus, Image Stbilization, etc., have gotten larger and larger (and heavier and heavier).  He goes on to state that “As far as I was concerned, we lost something.  But now, it seems to me, we have that [More]
PetaPixel are citing numerous sources who say that there may be a mirrorless successor to the Olympus E-5, thereby ending the Olympus DSLR line.  The new camera is rumored to be larger than the OM-D E-M5, but smaller than the E-5.  This would put it right in the size range of the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  You don’t suppose?… Anywhoot…  PetaPixel Reports:  In a recent interview with Quesabesque, Miguel Angel Garcia, the CEO of Olympus Spain, dropped another “official” hint at what the camera company is cooking up to replace the E-5. The subsequent article, which initially said that the camera [More]
Just a quick heads up…  I just noticed that the Panasonic Lumix G5 WITH the kit lens is selling for $499 on Amazon.  The $499 USD price will show once you get it in your cart. Amazon is showing that there are only 4 left (at the time of this posting), so I don’t know how long this will last.  I personally have one of these and recommend it very highly. This is a phenomenal deal, so if you want one, I suggest moving fast. Get the Panasonic Lumix G5 Here
43Rumors posted a great collection of the latest videos shot by, and tests of, the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  Feast your eyes… Here are the links from 43Rumors: Video above is a Barcelona 2012 test Panasonic gh3 from The Windcharger on Vimeo. A GH3 Codec Test on Vimeo. A first GH3 audio test by FrugalFilmmakers on Vimeo. GH3 vs Hacked GH2 vs Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera vs 5DMKIII shootout on Vimeo. And you have to guess which camera is which! Another GH3 flies on an Cinestar 6 multirotor (Vimeo). A first GH3 test by Jon Bryant on Vimeo. Nice video of [More]
SoundImagePlus posted an intersting article, musing whether or not there is a modern day equivalent to the Leica Cameras of old, which at the time were regarded as little more than toys (to paraphrase). SIP writes:  Its easy to forget that what is now regarded as the height of expensive luxury and photographic excellence was probably regarded as a tool for a professional job in much the same way as turning up with a CSC these days. It was small, it was light, it was radical. Lots of people didn’t take it seriously. However as we all know, it did [More]
Frank from Neufeld Designs give us a first look at the Sony NEX VG30 and reviews the factors that lead him to choose this camera over DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 for travel film making. The NEX-VG30 is one of the latest entries (along with the NEX-VG900) in Sony’s line of pro-sumer handycam style interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.  It also takes Sony E-mount lenses, but can be adapted to fit other lenses as well. CNET wrote a VERY short review on the Sony NEX-VG30 >>  There really isn’t much to say about this replacement for [More]
Sony are no strangers to setting trends and taking chances.  Witness the Sony RX1, the “worlds first full frame compact digital camera” which, with it’s hefty price tag and fixed lens will only appeal to a limited market, and this shows some hutzpa on Sony’s part.. Launched earlier this year, the new Sony NEX VG900 is no less a bold move by Sony.  The VG900 basically incorporates all the Hybrid Image making power of a Mirrorless or Full Frame DSLR system and puts it into a handycam body that takes interchangeable lenses (the NEX E-Mount lineup is native to the [More]