Category: Compact System Camera

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fujifilm Updates Lens Roadmap - XF 35mm F2 R, XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro, 1.4x Teleconverter

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm has released an updated road map for its X mount interchangeable lenses. The new lenses that have been added to the Fuji X Mount Lens Roadmap are:

XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro 1:1 Macro, telephoto lens
XF 35mm F2 R compact and lightweight standard focal length lens
1.4x Teleconverter for XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro, XF 100-400mm

Fujifilm have also confirmed that the "Super Telephoto Zoom" lens that was announced on its previous roadmap update will have a focal range equivalent to 150-600mm.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Olympus 8mm Fish-Eye, 7-14mm Pro, EE-1 Dot Sight Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fish-Eye lens, 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens, and the EE-1 Dot Sight look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus 8mm f:1.8 Fish-Eye lens, 7-14mm f/2.8 lens, and the EE-1 Dot Sight.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II camera.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Canon EOS M3 Preview - Canon Strikes Back…

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We take a look at the brand new Canon EOS M3 camera in our detailed hands-on preview...

Canon EOS M3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M3 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M3 camera.

Canon EOS M3

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Canon EOS M3 is a powerful Compact System Camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. At the heart of the EOS M3 is Canon’s first 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD Movies. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, this camera gives you the freedom to capture the beauty of movement.

The Canon EOS M3 will be available from April 2015 with a RSP of £599.99 / €769.99.

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS, IXUS 275 HS, PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S

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Canon has unveiled a collection of new models in its acclaimed PowerShot, IXUS and PIXMA PRO product ranges - the PowerShot SX410 IS, IXUS 275 HS (also known as the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS), PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S.

The compact PowerShot SX410 IS combines an incredible 40x optical zoom and 80x ZoomPlus technology in a small-scale body. The PowerShot SX410 IS will be available from March 2015 with an RSP of £249.99 / €299.99. In the USA the PowerShot SX410 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March 2015 in red or black for an estimated retail price of $279.99.

The Canon IXUS 275 HS' 12x optical zoom is teamed with Canon’s HS System and 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The IXUS 275 HS will be available from May 2015 with an RSP of £189.99 / €299.99. In the USA the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera is scheduled to be available in April 2015 in black and silver for an estimated retail price of $209.99.

The new PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S replace Canon’s existing PRO-100 and PRO-10 printers respectively. The PIXMA Pro-100S will be available from February 2015 with an RSP of £499.99/€599.99. The PIXMA Pro-10S will be available from February 2015 with an RSP of £699.99/€829.99.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Samsung NX500

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Samsung NX500 is a new compact system camera offering 28 megapixel still photos and 4K video recording. The NX500 has the core functionality of the flagship NX1, engineered into a portable and convenient size. Updated connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi provides an advanced wireless experience, as well as the ability to seamlessly shoot and share captured experiences.

The Samsung NX500 will come in three colours, Black, White and Brown, and will be available globally from March 2015.

Official Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus Japan has posted four high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II compact system camera. Shot at sensitivity settings of ISO 200/24° and ISO 800/30° using the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro and M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lenses, these Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II samples include three 16-megapixel photos and one 40-megapixel composite image.

Website: Official Olympus OM-D E-M5 Samples

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a new 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera that boasts the World’s most powerful 5-axis image stabilisation system to date. The improved IS promises blur-free photographs at shutter speeds up to 5 full stops slower than usual, and works with movies as well as stills. New OM-D Movie Mode offers multiple video frame rates and Full HD video at bit rates of up to 77 Mbps, and focusing during video capture is child's play via the 3-inch touch-sensitive, vari-angle LCD screen. A special advantage of Olympus’ ultra-precise 5-axis stabilisation system is the potential to capture extremely high-resolution still images that exceed the normal capacity of its sensor. By moving the imager between each shot and merging eight single exposures into one, the E-M5 Mark II delivers a 40-Megapixel photo whose resolution rivals that of the highest-resolution full-frame dSLRs. Other interesting new features include on-demand in-camera keystone compensation that allows for correcting converging verticals in Live View without the need for a shift lens or post-processing; and slightly redesigned controls that make it easier to operate the camera at high speed. Built-in WiFi means you can remote control the camwea from a smartphone, then share and geotag the images on social media using Olympus OI.Share. The latest addition to Olympus’ OM-D line-up goes on sale in late February 2015 and costs £899.99/$1,099.99 for the body only. UK and Ireland customers who order the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II before March 1st can benefit from a five-and-half year warranty worth £100 plus a messenger bag worth £130.

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!