Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Firmware Update 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has announced the upcoming release of a significant firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 3.0 increases the maximum continuous shooting speed from 6.5fps to 9fps with auto focus maintained. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using C-AF Sequential H mode. The firmware update will become available on 24 February 2015.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sony A7S Captures UK Night Shift Workers

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To bring to light the efforts of workers who keep the British economy going 24 hours a day, news photographer David Hedges used the Sony A7S to capture a series of low-light documentary-style images showcasing this ‘hidden’ UK workforce. The images depict a range of night workers spanning the length and breadth of the country; including railway engineers in Bristol, guards at Hampton Court Palace and a fruit-and-vegetable seller at Borough Market. “Being a news photographer, you have to be able to capture scenes and moments quickly – and generally the set up and lighting is completely beyond your control," Hedges said. “Having a camera which can perform well in low light such as the Sony A7S opens up so many more creative options for the photographer."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Samsung NX1 Firmware Update 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has issued a function-enhancing firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.2, which was pre-announced two weeks ago, incorporates a variety of movie mode refinements, several interface upgrades and expanded connectivity options. Other updates include Trap Shot, an addition to the Samsung Auto Shot mode. Users can now adjust the settings so that when a moving object hits this line, the camera will automatically take a picture. PC tethering via USB is now a reality for those using Samsung Remote Studio software and developers can take advantage of Samsung’s Software Development Kit for Windows PC, meaning they have remote access and control software for the Samsung NX1. The firmware update will be available later this month. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of feature improvements.

Website: Samsung

Friday, January 23, 2015

Olympus Teases New OM-D Model for February

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has released a teaser video entitled The Future of Award Winning Photography. Evoking the most important milestones in the history of the OM-D line, such as the launch of the E-M5 in 2012, the release of the E-M1 in 2013 and the addition of the E-M10 in 2014 - as well as some of the best photographs taken with these cameras -, the video closes with the mysterious promise: "The Future of Award Winning Photography - Coming February 2015." Click through / scroll down to watch the video.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Panasonic Lumix GF7 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 camera.

Panasonic Lumix GF7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic GF7 is a lightweight and compact Micro Four Thirds camera featuring a tiltable 3" 1040k-dot touchscreen, a 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor, Full HD / 50p video recording capabilities and built-in Wi-Fi. The camera also sports a wide variety of automatic and rapid AF functionalities including a Low Light AF mode that sets focus on your subject more precisely in darker conditions without the need for an AF assist lamp. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the Lumix GF7 also incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF, which automatically set the focus right on your subject’s eyes. The camera’s advanced Intelligent D-range Control also gives you greater control over the final image so that every part - from the dark sections to bright – is faithfully reproduced. The on-board Wi-Fi module enables you to shoot both photo and video using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the shutter, zoom, focus, aperture and more. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 also features a new Jump Snap function, where you can achieve great shots of you and your friends jumping in the air. The remote control smartphone automatically detects the highest point of your jump, and releases the GF7’s shutter while you’re mid-air. The camera will be available from March, priced at £429. In the U.S.A. the Panasonic Lumix GF7 will be sold in a bundle with the 12-32mm collapsible zoom lens, for a kit price of $599.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Official Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji have published seven full-resolution sample images captured with the just-announced Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera and new Fujinon XC16-50mm II & Fujinon XC50-230mm lenses. Shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200 to ISO 800, these Fujifilm X-A2 samples span a variety of genres including wildlife, landscape, portraiture, street and architectural photography.

Website: Fujifilm X-A2 Samples

Fujifilm X-A2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The new Fujifilm X-A2 is an ultralight, "selfie-ready" compact system camera featuringo a 175° tilting LCD, a 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor and newly-developed Eye auto focus (AF), Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF technologies. Other highlights include on-board Wi-Fi, in-camera raw processing, a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – ISO 25600, a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, new Classic Chrome and other film simulation modes, Full HD videos, and a multiple exposure mode. The Fujifilm X-A2 ships with the newly-developed Fujinon XC16-50mm II (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, for a kit price of £449.99 / $549.95. Availability is slated for February in the USA and March in the UK.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Samsung NX1 Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has announced a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. The new release incorporates a variety of Movie mode refinements, several interface upgrades and expanded connectivity options. Other updates include Trap Shot, an addition to the Samsung Auto Shot mode. Users can now adjust the settings so that when a moving object hits this line, the camera will automatically take a picture. PC tethering via USB is now a reality for those using Samsung Remote Studio software and developers can take advantage of Samsung’s Software Development Kit for Windows PC, meaning they have remote access and control software for the Samsung NX1. The firmware update will be available later this month. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of feature improvements.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Camera of the Year 2014

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2014.

Our sixth and final award is for Camera of the Year 2014, which goes to the Fujifilm X-T1.

“The new Fujifilm X-T1 is the best X-series camera to date, and one of the best interchangeable lens cameras, mirrorless or otherwise, that we've ever had the pleasure of reviewing.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the X-T1!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Eyefi to Collaborate with Olympus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Eyefi and Olympus are partnering to make Eyefi mobile apps and Eyefi Cloud available as a photo management and syncing solution for all Olympus Wi-Fi camera customers. “We’re extremely pleased to collaborate with industry leader Olympus Imaging Corporation to provide its customers a rich mobile experience for their photos taken with the latest Wi-Fi cameras that include Olympus OM-D, Olympus PEN and more,” said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. “This is a strong endorsement of Eyefi’s ability to deliver photo-centric apps and services designed to help photographers use the camera of choice to take photos without sacrificing convenience.” Photographers who use Olympus Wi-Fi cameras will now be able to take photos with their cameras, have those photos available on their mobile device to edit, organise and share and sync them through Eyefi Cloud so they are instantly available on all devices -- smartphones, tablets, desktops and even smart TVs. Additionally, Olympus customers who take photos with their smartphone will be able to enjoy those photos right alongside the ones they took with their Olympus camera in a single, organised unified library. Moreover, Olympus Wi-Fi camera customers will benefit from value pricing on Eyefi Cloud in which they receive both additional duration in the free trial and a discounted rate on an annual membership.

Compact System Camera of the Year 2014

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2014.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2014 award goes to the Samsung NX1.

“The Samsung NX1 majors in two key areas - features and image quality - and backs them up with excellent handling and customisability, solid build quality, and importantly a very reasonable price tag for everything that's on offer.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Samsung and the NX1!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is a weather-resistant zoom lens with a constant aperture of F2.8 across the focal lengths equivalent to 24mm at wide-angle through to 84mm at medium-telephoto.

The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens will be available in the UK from February 2015 with a Suggested Retail Price of £899.99.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1 Globe-Trotter Case and Day Bag

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To celebrate the release of the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver edition (read review), Fujifilm and Globe-Trotter have joined forces to create an exclusive mirrorless camera kit. Handcrafted at the Globe-Trotter workshop in Hertfordshire, England, each bespoke, 21’’ Trolley Case features a Fujifilm X-T1 camera body in Graphite Silver, a range of hand-picked Fujinon optics, dedicated accessories and an engraved Apple iPad Air 2 16GB. The set also includes a unique handmade Day Bag, featuring leather straps, plush internal dividers to protect the X-T1 and its accompanying lenses, beautifully embossed with the iconic Globe-Trotter logo. The limited edition run of 10 handmade travel cases is available exclusively at Harrods from Saturday 20th December 2014.

Friday, December 12, 2014

In A City

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has announced the premiere of a new short film created by renowned actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his open collaborative production company, hitRECord. ‘In a City’ was shot entirely on the Samsung NX1 compact system camera (pictured) in 4K resolution. “This emotive short film is testament to both Joseph’s exceptional talents as a director and the outstanding technology within the Samsung NX1,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “The NX1’s advanced features make it ideal for filmmakers in search of a camera with 4K UHD capabilities, to wow their audiences with exceptional beauty and clarity in every shot.” Click through / scroll down to watch the movie.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Samsung NX Mini Firmware Version 01.08

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX Mini compact system camera. According to the company, version 01.08 brings "improved Wi-Fi connection." You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung

Sony Announces UK Pricing for Alpha 7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony UK has announced the recommended retail price of the new, full-frame Sony Alpha A7 II compact system camera. Billed as the world's first 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis image stabilisation, the Sony Alpha-7 II has a new front dial, an enlarged right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities than its predecessor, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. In the US, the Sony Alpha-7 II will be available for £1,500 (body only) and £1,700 with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sony Alpha-7 II Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony USA has announced the recommended retail price of the new, full-frame Alpha A7 II compact system camera. Billed as the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis image stabilisation, the Sony Alpha-7 II has a new front dial, an enlarged right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities than its predecessor, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. In the US, the Sony Alpha-7 II will go on sale on 9th December for $1700 in a body-only configuration and $2000 in a kit with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

Panasonic UK Launches Double Cashback Promotion

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As part of the ongoing Panasonic cashback promotion, if you purchase a Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer between 28th November and 1st December, you will be eligible to claim cashback up to £200 (€240). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models (Panasonic Lumix HC-X920, HC-W850, HC-V750, HC-V550, HC-V250, DMC-GH4, DMC-GH3, DMC-G6, DMC-GX7, DMC-GM1, DMC-LX7, DMC-LF1, DMC-FZ200, DMC-FZ72, DMC-TZ60), participants must complete the online registration form at the website below.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sony Alpha 7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony Alpha 7 II (ILCE-7M2) is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis image stabilisation. Moreover, Sony claims that this sensor-shift IS system can work in synergy with the company's optically stabilised OSS lenses for an even stronger effect. Other major improvements over the original Sony A7 include a new front dial, a bigger right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. The sensor's core specifications (35.8x23.9mm, 24.3 [effective] megapixels, ISO100-25,600) are the same as those of the previous model.The Sony Alpha A7 II will go on sale on 5th December, priced at 190,000 yen (£1025) in Japan. European availability is slated for January 2015.

Source: Sony Japan