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]
Following on from our review of the Sony NEX-6, Angela Nicholson of DigitalCameraWorld takes a quick look at its video and app functionality. The Sony NEX-6 is one of our favorite cameras of 2012 and it’s one of the first of what will surely be many Wi-Fi capable cameras.  Look for Wi-Fi and Apps to become the norm on cameras in the next two years, as I predict wireless “Smart Cameras” will transform the industry in much the same way as they did mobile phones. At $998 USD (with 16-50mm power zoom lens), this camera is aimed squarely at enthusiasts [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]
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]
Ever since Sony launched the RX1 (featured in the video above), touted as “the worlds first full frame compact camera”, we’ve been wondering out loud how long it would be until they made an interchangeable lens version.  The RX1 is an impressive little beastie and the Carl Zeiss lens that’s attached to it is first rate, but with a price tag approaching $3,000 USD, this camera serves a very specialized niche – and you had to know that it was only a matter of time before Sony would incorporate the RX1’s impressive sensor technology into a camera that could use [More]
endgadget posted their review of the Sony NEX 5R (above). Here’s what endgadget says:  By some accounts, Sony botched the NEX-F3. Positioned as the successor to the fantastic C3, it replaced that camera’s slim profile with a bulkier build, but sacrificed basic display tilt functionality in favor of a front-facing model. Image quality was fine, but focusing speeds fell short.  Fortunately, the company has redeemed itself with the $700 NEX-5R. The mirrorless camera you’ll read about today represents everything a successful update should: performance has been improved all around, the touchscreen tilts in every which way and the design has [More]
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]
iPhonePhotography posted a video by Photographer Jack Hollingsworth, who claims that the gap between the iPhone and his expensive DSLR gear has essentially been erased, and he can’t tell the difference between shots taken with his DSLR and his iPhone. iPP reports:  Photographer Jack Hollingsworth spent months shooting his iPhone and DSLR side-by-side on photo shoots around the world and claims the gap between the two devices is miniscule. In fact, using the iPhone made him fall in love with photography all over again. He also believes that the iPhone may go down as the most influential device in 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]
Photographer Eduardo Merille posted a fun comparison of the Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony RX-100. While I don’t think that the video is meant to imply that the RX-100 is better than the 5D-II in any way shape or form, I can’t help but noticing how well Sony’s little fixed lens wonder holds it’s own against it’s giant interchangeable lens cousin. Hello, David…  meet Goliath.  ; ) What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below. In the meantime, you can check out the Sony RX-100 Here
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]
From CNET:  An OS X update lets iPhoto, Aperture, and other software handle images from several of the latest mirrorless cameras and high-end compacts. Apple released an update yesterday to let Mac software handle raw photos from eight new cameras, most of them high-end compact models. The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.02 lets Aperture 3, iPhoto 11, and other software handle raw photos from the following cameras: • Nikon Coolpix P7700 • Olympus Pen E-PL5 • Olympus Pen E-PM2 • Olympus Stylus XZ-2 • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 • Sony Alpha NEX-5R • Sony Alpha NEX-6 • Sony Alpha SLT-A99 [More]
Henry’s TV Looks at the Sony RX1 – The world’s First Full Frame Fixed Lens Camera (whew… say THAT 5 times really fast ~_^). Here’s what Henry’s say: Once considered merely a dream is now a reality that can sit in the palm of your hand. Introducing the revolutionary RX1: The world’s first fixed lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor. Take it wherever you go and explore full manual control photography that knows no bounds. This is huge. A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 35mm full-frame 24.3MP sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO [More]
The Camera Store‘s Chris Niccolls and Dave Paul put the Fuji X-E1 and the Sony NEX 6 to the test in a head to head shootout! The Camera Store writes:  If you’re looking for a small mirrorless camera with a viewfinder, the Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6 are two of the best options out there. But which is the better choice for your style of shooting? Editor’s note:  Looks like the Camera Store guys came to the same conclusion that we did.  The X-E1 is a better stills camera while the NEX 6 is better for video and all around [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]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]
EOSHD conducted a mini camera shootout and pitted some of today’s big names mono a mono a mono, and the video above features all the cameras listed below over the soundtrack of “True Faith” by New Order (Get it HERE from iTunes).  Can’t go wrong! Here’s the skinny from EOSHD: In a joint shootout with Slashcam in Berlin, EOSHD put the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a bear pit against all rivalling cameras between $500 and $4000. It was a clear day and the results are just as stark. Download the full 2.5K shootout video. Here’s my verdict on which camera you should [More]
When the Sony RX1 was unveiled a few months ago at Photokina, we found the camera to be quite an enigma. After all, Sony wouldn’t even let photographers on the scene handle the camera. They just displayed it in a glass cube. Sony call it the World’s First Full Frame Compact Camera as it sports the same 35mm CMOS sensor as the new Sony A99 DSLT Camera, and it’s packed into a tiny tiny frame, but with a hefty hefty price tag. There’s no doubt that this is a top quality camera, and that 35mm Sony Sensor is absolutely killer! [More]
(Video above from SGNL shows the Sony NEX 6 and new e-mount lenses, including the 35mm f/1.8, which can be seen towards the end of the video) For the last several years, Sony have been making some of the best mirrorless camera systems around, and their NEX lineup has been gathering more and more acclaim.  Yet the achilles heel of the lineup has been the lack of quality native lenses.  Now it seems that Sony are striving to address that issue and have released some new high quality e-mount lenses for the line, including the new 35mm f/1.8. ePhotozine wrote [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]