Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm announces its third compact, light and stylish lens for X Series - the FUJINON XF 50mmF2 R WR. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers high speed AF and weighs just 200g. The Fujifilm FUJINON XF 50mm F2 R WR will be available in black and silver from 23rd February 2017 with an RRP of £449.00.

Fujifilm announces its third compact, light and stylish lens for X Series - the FUJINON XF 50mmF2 R WR. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers...

Fujifilm Professional Service in Europe Starts on March 1st 2017

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Fujifilm has announced a new camera service dedicated to the needs of professional photographers, called ‘Fujifilm Professional Service’. This will commence on March 1st 2017 in the biggest markets, like the UK and Germany, and will be gradually expanded during 2017 to service all major markets in Europe, including Turkey and Russia. The new service will cost €300 (£260) per year, but will be offered free to those who qualify, for the first two years. Qualification is offered to all working photographers and also to those who own a GFX system or at least 2 professional camera bodies and three XF lenses.

Fujifilm has announced a new camera service dedicated to the needs of professional photographers, called ‘Fujifilm Professional Service’. This will commence on March 1st 2017 in the biggest markets, like the UK and Germany, and will be gradually expanded during 2017 to service all major markets in Europe,...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Photography Blog Compact System Camera of the Year 2016

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T2.

“It may look outwardly very similar to its 2-year-old predecessor, but the X-T2 takes several steps forward in some important areas...it's clear that the new Fujifilm X-T2 offers a lot more improvements than a cursory glance might suggest.”

Read our Fujifilm X-T2 Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. The Compact System Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T2. “It may look outwardly very similar to its 2-year-old predecessor, but the...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Graphite Edition and X-T2 Graphite Silver Edition

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has launched Graphite Silver and Graphite Editions of the X-T2 and X-Pro2 flagship interchangeable lens cameras. The elegant FUJIFILM X-T2 Graphite Silver Edition is supplied with stylish tailor-made accessories whilst the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 Graphite Edition includes the compact, fast and lightweight interchangeable lens of the same colour, the FUJINON XF23mm F2 R WR.

The Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 Graphite Silver and Graphite Editions will be available from the 23rd January 2017 with a Suggested Retail price as follows:

X-Pro2 Graphite Special Edition – £2149

X-T2 Graphite Silver - £1649

Fujifilm has launched Graphite Silver and Graphite Editions of the X-T2 and X-Pro2 flagship interchangeable lens cameras. The elegant FUJIFILM X-T2 Graphite Silver Edition is supplied with stylish tailor-made accessories whilst the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 Graphite Edition includes the compact, fast and lightweight interchangeable lens of the same colour,...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses look like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses.

Panasonic GX800 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GX800 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GX800 compact system camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GX800 compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GX800 compact system camera.

Panasonic GH5 Hands-on Photos (Final Production Version)

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH5 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the only Panasonic GH5 compact system camera in the World!

The Panasonic GH5 will ship on March 20th 2017, price to be announced.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH5 compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the only Panasonic GH5 compact system camera in the World! The Panasonic GH5 will ship on March 20th 2017, price to be announced.

Panasonic LUMIX GH5

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 camera features the World’s First 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p 4:2:2 10- bit video recording function. The Panasonic GH5 is the latest flagship model of LUMIX G CSC cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new camera delivers a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p / 50p video and 6K PHOTO.

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 will be available from March 2017 and will RRP at;

£1699 Body only

£1899 Body & 12-60mm Lens (M Kit)

£2199 Body & Leica 12-60mm Lens (L Kit)

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 camera features the World’s First 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p 4:2:2 10- bit video recording function. The Panasonic GH5 is the latest flagship model of LUMIX G CSC cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new...

Panasonic LUMIX GX800

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic LUMIX GX800 is the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera, offering newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video all in a sleek, stylish compact body. The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, impressive colour reproduction and maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity. The LUMIX GX800 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 resolution at 30p/25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4.

The Panasonic LUMIX GX800 will be available from March 2017 in Silver, Black, Tan and Orange and will RRP at £499.99.

The Panasonic LUMIX GX800 is the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera, offering newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video all in a sleek, stylish compact body. The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution...

Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic has announced the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 lens, the renewal of four LUMIX G lenses and a firmware update for its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 lens.

Panasonic has announced the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 lens, the renewal of four LUMIX G lenses and a firmware update for its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 lens.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SIGMA sd Quattro H Price and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sigma today revealed the recommended retail price and availability of the new Sigma sd Quattro H digital camera. The SIGMA sd Quattro H is the first camera to feature the newly developed APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor with a resolution of 25.5 megapixels, which Sigma claims to be equivalent to a 51-megapixel Bayer imager. Building on the concept of the SD1 Merrill, the Sigma sd Quattro H features a Sigma SA lens mount, making them compatible with all of the Sigma GLOBAL VISION lenses in the Contemporary, Art and Sports lines. The camera offers a combination of contrast-detect and phase-detect auto focus, plus a focus peaking function for manual focus enthusiasts. The high-resolution 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder features near-100% viewfinder coverage and a 1.09 magnification ratio. O-rings and environmental seals around buttons and seams prevent the intrusion of dust and water, making the camera suitable for use in adverse weather conditions. The RRP of the SIGMA sd Quattro H is £1,499.99 and availability is slated for January 2017.

Sigma today revealed the recommended retail price and availability of the new Sigma sd Quattro H digital camera. The SIGMA sd Quattro H is the first camera to feature the newly developed APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor with a resolution of 25.5 megapixels, which Sigma claims to be...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fujifilm X-A10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-A10 is a new entry-level compact system camera with an APS-sized 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Fujifilm X lens mount and a 180-degree slide-and-tilt type LCD for facilitating selfies. The camera's grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking a selfie, you can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial found directly below your index finger to minimise camera shake. Rotating the tilting LCD upward by 180 degrees activates the Eye Detection AF to automatically adjust the focus on the subject’s eyes.  The slide-and-tilt mechanism enables the screen to be fully visible even when it is tilted by 180°. The use of two Command Dials means you only need a thumb to quickly adjust aperture, shutter speed and exposure settings. Frequently used functions such as white balance, continuous shooting and the self-timer can be assigned to standalone function buttons, eliminating the need to dive into the camera's menu. The dedicated Video Recording button on the rear plate enables users to easily record Full HD movies. The X-A10 offers a total of six Film Simulation modes, namely the true-to-life colours of PROVIA (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colours of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of ASTIA (soft), the documentary-style deep colours and soft shades of CLASSIC CHROME, as well as Monochrome and Sepia. Battery life is rated at approx. 410 frames on a single charge. The Fujifilm X-A10 with XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II kit will be available from January 2017 with a Suggested Retail Price of £499.

The Fujifilm X-A10 is a new entry-level compact system camera with an APS-sized 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Fujifilm X lens mount and a 180-degree slide-and-tilt type LCD for facilitating selfies. The camera's grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking a selfie, you can focus and...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Canon EOS M5 Hits Stores Across the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon’s new flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, is now available in the United Kingdom. This camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The EOS M5 also has a DIGIC 7 processor, DSLR-level AF speed and accuracy, 9fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 60p movies. The Canon EOS M5 (RRP £1,049.99/€1,299.99) is available body only or paired with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens (RRP £1,149.99/€1,499.99). From December, the camera will also be available with the new all-purpose EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens (RRP £1,399.99/ €1,799.99).

Canon’s new flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, is now available in the United Kingdom. This camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The EOS M5 also has a DIGIC 7 processor, DSLR-level AF speed and accuracy, 9fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 60p...

Fujifilm UK Double their Cashback for Black Friday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji UK have announced they are doubling the cashback on their winter promotion for the Black Friday weekend. This means they are offering up to £250 cashback on selected X Series cameras and lenses. These include the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF56mm APD (pictured), XF16-55mm and XF50-140mm lenses, and more. For the full list of qualifying products, visit the website below.

Website: Fuji Promotions

Fuji UK have announced they are doubling the cashback on their winter promotion for the Black Friday weekend. This means they are offering up to £250 cashback on selected X Series cameras and lenses. These include the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF56mm APD (pictured), XF16-5...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jessps Black Friday Deals

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Jessops will offer a number of deals this Black Friday on more than 200 products, including cashback offers and savings of up to £235 across cameras, drones, lenses, photographic courses, accessories and photo gifts. The Jessops Black Friday event will start online at 8pm on Thursday 24th November and will take place across 54 nationwide stores and online until midnight on Monday 28th November. Some of the deals include a free ‘create your own’ photobook with every camera, lens or camcorder purchased this weekend; a Canon EOS 1300D Twin lens kit for £299; DJI Phantom 3 Standard for £399; GoPro Hero Session Gift bundle for £149; a 30% discount on selected lenses; a free Nikon accessory kit worth £49.99 with selected Nikon DSLRs; and much more. Pete Duncombe, Commercial Director at Jessops says: “We are delighted to reveal some of our best Black Friday deals before they even launch to help our customers plan their purchases this weekend. We are pleased to be able to offer excellent savings coupled with our Price Match Promise, outstanding customer service, and expert impartial advice.”

Jessops will offer a number of deals this Black Friday on more than 200 products, including cashback offers and savings of up to £235 across cameras, drones, lenses, photographic courses, accessories and photo gifts. The Jessops Black Friday event will start online at 8pm on Thursday 24th November and will take...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sony A7 II Firmware Version 3.30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony have released a firmware update for the Alpha A7 II compact system camera. According to the company, version 3.30 "improves a condition that occurs with system software version 3.20 where, when using the Flash, the amount of light at the edge of the image is insufficient." The firmware upgrade can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Sony A7 II Firmware Version 3.30

Sony have released a firmware update for the Alpha A7 II compact system camera. According to the company, version 3.30 "improves a condition that occurs with system software version 3.20 where, when using the Flash, the amount of light at the edge of the image is insufficient." The firmware upgrade can be...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Canon Kicks Off #TagYoureIt Instagram Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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 In celebration of the release of the new Canon EOS M5 compact system camera (pictured), Canon have announced the launch of the #TagYoureIt collaborative Instagram campaign. Actress and blogger Jamie Chung and 12 participating photographers will be faced with completing spontaneous photo challenges from now through the end of the year. Throughout the campaign, Jamie and each participating photographer will be tagged and challenged by another influencer in the #TagYoureIt programme to complete their photo challenge within 24-hours. The game of #TagYoureIt continues when the previous individual tags the next participant on Instagram. The campaign will extend through December and can be tracked on Instagram using #TagYoureIt. Participating influencers will be challenging their fans to answer a challenge of their own for a chance to get reposted or get a special shout out.

 In celebration of the release of the new Canon EOS M5 compact system camera (pictured), Canon have announced the launch of the #TagYoureIt collaborative Instagram campaign. Actress and blogger Jamie Chung and 12 participating photographers will be faced with completing spontaneous photo challenges from now through the end of the...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fujifilm Release Firmware Updates for X-T1 and X-Pro2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have issued firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro2 compact system cameras. Firmware version 5.00 for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver models (pictured) adds support for the new EF-X500 electronic flash and a few new Function and Quick Menu items. Firmware update 2.01 for the X-Pro2 brings a number of bug fixes related to the XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, the Nissin i40 flash and the PC Auto Save setting.

Fuji have issued firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro2 compact system cameras. Firmware version 5.00 for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver models (pictured) adds support for the new EF-X500 electronic flash and a few new Function and Quick Menu items. Firmware update 2.01 for the X-Pro2 brings a...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II - Continuous Auto-focusing

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera can shoot at up to 18fps with continuous autofocusing and metering.

To test this out, I hand-held the E-M1 Mark II and the 12-100mm f/4 lens, and then recorded an eagle that was flying towards me. Nothing else was used to support the camera, and the weather was frankly terrible (raining and overcast), yet the E-M1 II managed to nail the focus on the majority of frames.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera can shoot at up to 18fps with continuous autofocusing and metering. To test this out, I hand-held the E-M1 Mark II and the 12-100mm f/4 lens, and then recorded an eagle that was flying towards me. Nothing else was used to support...

Leica TL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Leica TL is a new compact system camera with a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and an upgraded AF system. Key highlights include a 3.7" LCD screen with a resolution of 1,230k dots, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12500, a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps, 32GB of internal storage, and Full HD movie recording capabilities. The camera will be available later this month in black, silver and titanium anodised finish, priced at £1,450/$1,695.

The Leica TL is a new compact system camera with a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and an upgraded AF system. Key highlights include a 3.7" LCD screen with a resolution of 1,230k dots, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12500, a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps, 32GB of internal storage, and Full...