Category: Compact System Camera

Monday, December 14, 2015

Leica SL Firmware Version 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica today issued a new firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 1.2 optimises image quality at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 50/18° to ISO 400/27°, provides a greater degree of flexibility when entering WLAN passwords, and improves the quality of the live view feed when using the EVF. Additionally, the firmware update enables users to activate a loupe (magnifying) function with a press of the AE lock button when using Leica M and R lenses to facilitate manual focusing.Finally, the firmware update offers an improvement in the Leica Log Gamma curve (L-Log) for video, enabling its use for in-camera 8-bit recording. The use of L-Log enables greater leeway for post-production color grading of videos recorded on the Leica SL, the company says. To access the firmware update, registered camera users can log into the Leica owner’s area of the Leica website.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Deal - 46% Off the Sony A5100 Camera!

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Today only - get 46% Off the Sony A5100 camera!

The Sony A5100 scored an impressive 5/5 when we reviewed it a year ago, commenting "Looking and feeling very much like a compact camera, thanks to the combination of the finger-tip zoom lever and the 16-50mm power-zoom kit lens, the small and lightweight Sony A5100 is a great introduction to interchangeable lens cameras."

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Samsung End Camera Sales in UK

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have confirmed today that they are ending camera and camcorder sales in the United Kingdom, including their flagship NX1 mirroorless camera (pictured). Here's the official statement from Samsung:

“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In the UK, we have seen a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras and camcorders and related accessories. For this reason, we have taken the decision to phase out the sales and marketing of these products. This is a local decision, based on local market conditions.”

This follows a similar statement for the German market made last week.

Daily Deal - 67% Off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera!

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Today only - get 67% off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera! 

The Olympus PEN E-P5 scored 5/5 Essential! when we reviewed it, concluding "the Olympus E-P5 is a compelling mix of old and new, fusing together a gorgeous retro design with the latest 21st-century technology to create the most stylish and advanced PEN yet."

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Latest Olympus OM-D Firmware Updates Available Soon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus are set to issue the latest function-enhancing firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II compact system cameras on Wednesday, 26th November. Firmware version 4.0 for the E-M1 (pictured) will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode, synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also releasing a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. Both of these firmware updates will be available for download from 26th November 02.00 GMT.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Panasonic Announce ‘Post Focus’ Firmware Update

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Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the feature, compose and take your picture. Then, while reviewing the images simply touch the area you want the focus to be and a new image with the selected focus area will be produced as a separate photo. Post Focus has been made possible by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and Panasonic’s 4K technology (burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while detecting up to 49 areas of a frame for focus points at different depths of field). The Post Focus firmware update will be available at 01:00 GMT on 25th November, 2015 on the LUMIX Global website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Double Christmas Cashback on Panasonic 4K Imaging Products

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Panasonic UK are offering a double cashback on the latest 4K cameras and camcorders. If you purchase an eligible product from a participating retailer between Wednesday 18th November and Sunday 6th December you will be able to claim cashback up to £300 (€400). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete an online registration form 28 days after product purchase. The last date for registration will be 7th March 2016. Click through / scroll down for a list of eligible products.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sony Adds Uncompressed Raw Option to Sony A7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony will release a firmware update for their A7 II cameras on 18th November, adding uncompressed 14-bit raw image capture and activating the 117-point focal-plane phase-detection autofocus sensor on the camera for A-mount and third-party AF lenses. In addition to these feature upgrades, the MOVIE button can now be assigned to a custom button. The new firmware, version 2.0, will be available for download through Sony’s e-support website.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Leica T Firmware Version 1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica has issued a firmware update for the Leica T (Typ 701) compact system camera. Version 1.4 significantly improves the responsiveness of the camera, particularly in Live View mode, which now starts up in a fraction of a second. The Leica T’s AF speed has been doubled, and the camera's touchscreen-based functions now boast significantly shorter response times. The upgrade also adds compatiblity with the manufacturer's new full-frme SL lenses.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 lens look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 lens.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Panasonic Announce Christmas Cashback

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Panasonic UK are offering a range of promotions in time for the festive season. Those who purchase a qualifying Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer before Monday 25 January 2016 will be eligible to claim up to £150 (€210) cashback. To take advantage of this offer, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at the website below 28 days after product purchase.

Leica SL vs Canon EOS 5DS R Side-by-Side Comparison

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If you're interested in how the new Leica SL mirrorless camera compares in size to the Canon EOS 5DS R full-frame DSLR, then look no further, as we've compiled a gallery of side-by side product shots of the two cameras.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Leica SL vs Sony A7R II Side-by-Side Comparison

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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If you're interested in how much bigger the new Leica SL mirrorless camera is than the Sony A7R II, then look no further, as we've compiled a gallery of side-by side product shots of the two cameras.

As you can see, the Leica SL body isn't that much bigger than the Sony A7R II - it's the Leica SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens that was launched alongside the SL camera which really skews the comprison between the two systems.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Official Leica SL Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica have released 7 full-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new Leica SL compact system camera. Available to download in raw Adobe DNG format, these Leica SL samples were captured by professional photographer Callo Albanese at a varety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 400/27° to ISO 6,400/39°.

Website: Official Leica SL Sample Pictures

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new mirrorless system camera that marks "the beginning of a new era in professional photography". The Leica SL features the fastest auto-focusing of any full-frame system camera, a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second, 4.4million pixel electronic viewfinder, 2.95” back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170°, Maestro II Series processor, 11fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and a highest ISO setting of 50,000.

Three new lenses have also been unveiled alongside the Leica SL - the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. standard zoom, Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4, and the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4. In addition, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter as they share the same mount. In addition, appropriate adapters allow almost all Leica S, M, and R system lenses ever made to be mounted on the Leica SL, as well as lenses from other manufacturers.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) body is scheduled to be available in the UK from authorised Leica stockists from 16 November 2015, at a suggested retail price of £5,050 including VAT.
The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. zoom lens is scheduled to be available at the same time, at a suggested retail price of £3,150 including VAT. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8–4 will be available in Q2 2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. will be available in Q4 2016, pricing for both to be confirmed at a later date.

In the USA the Leica SL (Type 601) body (SRP: $7,450) and Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH zoom lens (SRP: $4,950) will be available beginning November 16 at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sony A7R II Firmware Version 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has unveiled the release date of the previously announced firmware update that will add uncompressed 14-bit raw image capture to the A7R II compact system camera. Version 2.0 will be available for download through Sony's e-support site from 19th October. In addition to uncompressed raw capture, which will become a selectable feature within the menu system for updated cameras, the firmware also adds the ability for the A7R II to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software, which enables remote capture from a connected computer.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Official Canon EOS M10 Sample Images and Videos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon have posted 8 full-resolution sample photos and 2 reduced-resolution sample videos captured with the new Canon EOS M10 compact system camera. Taken with a variety of lenses including the EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, EF-M11-22mm f/4.0-5.6 IS STM and EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM; these Canon EOS M10 samples were captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO100/21° to ISO400/27°. You can download the sample images and videos from the website below.

Website: Official Canon EOS M10 Samples

Canon EOS M10 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M10 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M10 compact system camera.

Canon EOS M10

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Canon EOS M10 is a brand new Compact System Camera that distils the best of DSLR photography into a compact body. The EOS M10 combines Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, an 18 Megapixel sensor, and Hybrid CMOS AF II to deliver responsive handling and stunning image quality in both stills and Full HD Movies.  Also launched today is the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, a new collapsible standard zoom lens for the EOS M10.

The EOS M10 will be available from November 2015 with the following RRPs:

EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM  - £399.99/€589.99.
The EOS M10 body only £309.99/€449.99

Monday, October 12, 2015

ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 is a super wide angle lens for compact full-frame cameras with E-mount. With a new optical design based on the ZEISS Distagon, the Zeiss Loxia 21mm lens has an angular field exceeding 91 degrees (diagonal) on a full-frame camera and a minimum object distance of just 0.25 meters (9.84”).

The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 will be available worldwide starting December 2015. The lens shade is included with delivery. The recommended retail price is USD 1,499 (excl. VAT) or EUR 1,259.66 (excl. VAT).*