Category: Compact System Camera
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Samsung have posted a major firmware update for their NX500 compact system camera. Version 1.10 brings an array of auto focus improvements for still photography (including better AF performance in low-light and backlit conditions, enhanced Face Detection, a new Zone AF mode, and much more), adds a Pro video recording mode, increases the maximum video bitrate to 70Mb/s, gives users more precise frame capture from 4K movies, adds a new MF responsiveness mode, and increases the maximum movie recording time to 25 minutes. Click through / scroll down for a complete list of improvements.
Friday, June 19, 2015
At a recent event held at Pinewood studios near London, we were able to sample Sony’s upcoming Alpha 7R II. The original α7R was a compelling camera that proved you didn’t need to cart around something size of a Nikon D810 to get super high resolution images. Its successor improves on the original in several key areas. It packs an even higher resolution sensor, but is also now capable of 4K video recording. Autofocus performance has been boosted as well, with Sony claiming the new camera to be up to 40% faster to focus than the original α7R. The α7R II also incorporates an advance in-body image stabilisation system, plus an improved OLED viewfinder.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Sony have issued firmware upgrades for their A6000 (pictured), A7S, A7R and A7 compact system camera models. Available now as free download from the Sony website, firmware version 2.00 reduces the time between switching on the camera to viewing a picture on the LCD screen or OLED viewfinder by 30%, and enables high bit-rate movie recording at 50p/25p in PAL and 60p/30p/24p in NTSC in XAVC S format. You can download the updates from the website below.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R II, RX10 II and RX100 IV cameras look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R II, RX10 II and RX100 IV cameras.
Eyefi announced today that its Mobi Pro photography solution now integrates both GoPro and Olympus Wi-Fi cameras. With Eyefi, photos from these cameras are instantly transferred and automatically organised alongside the ones from their smartphones. “No one uses just one device for taking pictures anymore,” said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. “We understand that photographers want to choose any camera... and still have instant access to all their photos all together in a single collection without having to go home, upload them into a computer and manually merge each one. We’re giving photographers the flexibility and convenience to share images from all their cameras and the insight to discover more about their photos.” Eyefi apps and cloud service automatically organise these images and make it easier than ever to find and discover more about them. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera solution is available to all Eyefi Cloud members as part of their £3.49/$4.99/monthly subscription service. Non-Eyefi Cloud customers can purchase it through the Eyefi Mobi app on their phone or tablet for £3.49/$4.99. This feature is currently available for Android devices and is planned for iOS devices later this year. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera connectivity is available for use with GoPro Hero+ LCD, Hero 3, GoPro Hero 4 and Olympus Stylus 1, Olympus PEN E-P5, Olympus Stylus TG- 860, and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.
Monday, June 15, 2015
The Hasselblad Lusso is a new full-frame, E-mount compact system camera based on Sony's A7R model. While the headline specifications are the same - including the 36.4-megapixel sensor, the 2,359,296-dot EVF, and the 3-inch 921,600-dot tiltable rear display, among others -, the Hasselblad version boasts an ergonomically sculpted wooden hand-grip and redesigned, "Lunar-style" controls. The Chinese edition of the Hasselblad website has an entire section dedicated to the Hasselblad Lusso, and you can also download the camera's English-language instruction manual as a PDF. The Lusso will be available in a bundle with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, delivered in a luxurious box. The kit is already available in Hong Kong at a price of HK$40,000 (~US$5,160).
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Sony has today introduced their new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the A7R II. Featuring the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with a resolution of 42.4 megapixels, the new Sony A7R II boasts high-speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original A7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points. The 42.4 MP sensor combines gapless on-chip lens design and anti-reflective coating on the surface of the sensor’s glass seal to improve light collection efficiency, resulting in high sensitivity with low-noise performance and a wide dynamic range. This allows the camera to shoot at an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 that is expandable to ISO50-102,400. The new flagship A7R II model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity. Additionally, the 5-axis stabilisation works synergistically with Sony α lenses with OSS to provide maximum stabilisation and clarity. The Sony A7R II full-frame interchangeable lens camera will be available in August for about $3,200.
The winners of the Camera Grand Prix 2015, hosted by the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan (CJPC), received their awards in Tokyo on Monday, 1 June 2015. The Camera Grand Prix, held since 1984, is a prestigious award whose winners are selected by a judging committee made up of the members of the CJPC, top editorial staff of the member publications, academic experts, technical writers, professional photographers and TIPA (Technical Image Press Association). The winning products for the Camera GP 2015 include theCanon EOS 7D Mark II ("Camera of the Year" and "Readers' Award"), theCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens ("Lens of the Year"), the Lytro Illum, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 ("Editors' Award").
Friday, June 5, 2015
Sony is reporting a record growth in compact camera sales. According to The NPD Group, overall mirrorless camera revenue has grown 16.5% over the past 12 months, with DSLR sales declining approximately 15% over the same period. During this time, Sony has experienced a 66% boost in their company's CSC sales, strengthening their dominant position as the number one overall mirrorless brand, a position they have held for 4 consecutive years. "Growth in the mirrorless segment shows this new technology and form factor are resonating with consumers," said Ben Arnold, executive director, The NPD Group. "Going forward, mirrorless will continue to command a greater share of the interchangeable lens camera category."
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Olympus have announced a free new opportunity for photographers to test their cameras and lenses. They can choose from the OM-D or PEN series including the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II (pictured), in combination with one or more M.Zuiko Digital lenses. The Olympus’ ‘Test & Wow’ programme lets photographers trial the cameras for three days, in their own time, away from the retailer with no strings attached. For more information, visit the website below.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Fuji have announced a new summer promotion. The Fujifilm X-T1 (pictured) is now available to buy with £75 cashback. Those that purchase the X-T1 in a kit with the Fujinon XF18-135mm will also receive a free vertical battery grip worth £179.99. Photographers wishing to expand their range of XF lenses can also get £75 cashback when purchasing a lens. Those who buy two XF lenses are entitled to a cashback of £225. Three lenses will give you £375 cashback and if you decide to buy 4 XF lenses you’ll get £525 back. For 5 or more lenses you’ll get an additional £150 cashback, per lens. For terms and conditions, visit the website below.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Samsung have posted a firmware update for the professional grade Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.30 incorporates no less than 19 new features, enhancements and bug fixes. These include major improvements to AF operation in low light, spot light and backlight, a brand new Zone AF mode, various movie mode enhancements, and much more. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Monday, May 18, 2015
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 compact system camera integrates 4K video recording capability and a variety of 4K Photo functions. The LUMIX DMC-G7 records QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 25p (50Hz) or 24p in MP4 with full-time auto-focusing. The 4K Photo function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel still, and three 4K Photo functions are newly integrated into the LUMIX DMC-G7: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst.
Other key features include a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO 25600, ultra-high speed AF of just 0.07 sec, Wi-Fi connectivity, high-speed dual OLED Live View Finder, and a 3-inch 1040K-dot Free-Angle touch screen display.
The LUMIX G7 will be available from mid-June in the UK.
DMC-G7HEB-K in black - £849
DMC-G7KEB-K in black - £679
DMC-G7EB-K in black - £599
DMC-G7WEB-S in silver sold at Jessops - £779
DMC-G7KEB-S in silver sold at Jessops - £679
Fuji have released six full-resolution sample photographs taken with the new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera. Captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO800/30°, these Fujifilm X-T10 samples were shot using a variety of Fujinon lenses including the XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, the XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, the XF35mm F1.4 R and the XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS.
Fuji have posted half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the brand new Fujinon XF90mm F2 R LM WR lens. Taken by Bert Stephani, Niko Villegas and Kevin Mullins, these sample photographs demonstrate how well the XF90mm F2 R LM WR can be used in portraiture, fashion and wedding photography. The photos were all taken on a Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera.
We take a look at some of the key features of the new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera.
Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the X-T1 camera.
The Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera combines a compact and lightweight body with a new AF system that excels at capturing moving subjects. The X-T10 features an APS-C X-TransTM CMOS II sensor with built-in phase detection AF. In addition to Fujifilm’s conventional 49-point AF mode for high speed and precision focusing, the X-T10 features new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that track subject movement across a larger 77-point area.
The Fujifilm X-T10 will be on sale in the UK from mid-late June 2015. It will be available in both Black and Silver versions. All kit lenses will be Black.
The suggested retail prices are as follows:
X-T10 Body Only - £499.00
X-T10 XC16-50mm Kit - £599.00
X-T10 XF18-55mm Kit - £799.00
The Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is a short fast-aperture telephoto lens that is ideal for portrait and sports photography. Offering a focal length equivalent to 137mm and a maximum aperture of F2.0, the Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR delivers ultra-sharp images with rich bokeh even at the maximum aperture setting. The XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is both compact and, at 540g, lightweight while the minimum working distance of 60cm delivers a wide shooting range. A newly-developed Quad Linear Motor delivers fast, accurate autofocus, plus the lens also features a weather- and dust-resistant structure that can work in temperatures down to -10°C.
The Fujifilm XF 90mm lens will be on sale in the UK from late July 2015. The suggested retail price will be £699.00.