Category: Compact System Camera
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7 compact system camera, which has a 35mm full-frame sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE compact system camera lenses and A7/A7R battery grip look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of four of the new lenses - the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS, and the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS - and the battery grip.
We've directly compared the new Sony A7 full-frame compact system camera with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
As you'll see in the gallery, the Sony A7 is much smaller than Canon's full-frame DSLR, as you'd expect, but it's actually about the same size as Olympus' new mirrorless offering, which uses a comparatively tiny Micro Four Thirds sensor!
Obviously you then have to factor in the lenses, which are bigger on Sony's new FE full-frame system, but it's clear to see that Sony have put a lot of effort into making their new A7/A7R bodies as petitie as possible
According to the user's manual, the maximum synchronisation speed of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 1/320th of a second when using the clip-on flash, and 1/250 sec when using a separately sold external ﬂash unit. As we now have a review unit in hand, we can confirm that the latter is indeed true with an Olympus FL-36 flash attached - in TTL, Auto and Manual modes alike. (Of course, in "FP TTL" and "FP Manual" modes, the flash can be synced at any speed right up to the camera's top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second - with the usual loss of working range this "trick" mode entails.) We do not have the entire Olympus flash line-up at our disposal to test if the 1/250s top sync speed holds true for all of them - but we have found something really interesting about using the camera with a third-party flash attached to the camera via the PC sync terminal or the hot-shoe*. Apparently, the E-M1's X-sync speed is faster than advertised! Click through / read on to find out more.
Sony have announced that a new mid to high-end Alpha mount camera body is currently under development. Due to be released in 2014, the new body confirms that Sony are still committed to the A-mount system. No further details about the new body have been released at today's London press briefing.
Meanwhile, it seems that the company's NEX branding is to be officially ended, as Sony focuses on promoting the Alpha naming convention for all of its mirrorless cameras. So expect to see future E-Mount cameras without that familiar NEX nomenclature...
Sony have unveiled the roadmap for their new range of FE branded, 35mm full-frame E-Mount lenses. Having announced 5 new lenses today, Sony have promised to release 5 more in 2014, with 15 lenses in total due to be available by the end of 2015. These will include an f/4 ultra-wide-angle zoom, large aperture prime, and macro lens.
The new LA-EA4 A-mount Adapter has also been announced today, which will provide compatibility with 54 lenses in total from day one (including A/E Mount and the new lenses).
Carl Zeiss will release a new 50mm f/2.8 Touit lens at the beginning of 2014. The Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 will have a magnification ration of 1:1. Expect to see Sony E-Mount and Fujifilm versions, as with the previous two Touit lenses.
A spokesman for Carl Zeiss also revealed that one more Touit lens will be released in 2014, although no more details were forthcoming.
The Sony A7R (α7R) is a compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor offering 36.4 effective megapixels and no optical low-pass filter. The sensor emplys a new ‘gapless’ on-chip microlens design which eliminates gaps between adjacent pixels. These advances increase light collection efficiency, achieving outstanding resolution, sensitivity and low noise while circumventing the challenge of decreased pixel size due to the extremely high pixel count. Other highlights include a Sony E bayonet mount (designed to be used primarily with the company's new full-frame E-mount lenses), a dust/moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body, newly-developed fast intelligent auto focus, an improved XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, Full HD movie recording and 4K photo output for viewing on Ultra HD displays and TVs. Priced at £1600 / $2299 and available for pre-order, the Sony α7R will go on general sale in UK from mid-late November.
The new Sony A7 (α7) is a compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor. Headline specifications include a 24x36mm CMOS imager with a resolution of 24.3 megapixels, a Sony E lens mount (to be used primarily with the company's new full-frame E-mount lenses), an improved XGA OLED "Tru-Finder," tiltable LCD screen, enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus, a dust/moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body, Full HD video recording and 4K Ultra HD photo output. With both Wi-Fi with NFC, the Sony α7 offers effortless one-touch wireless connections with your NFC-compliant Android smartphone or tablet. PlayMemories Camera Apps further enhance your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid apps. In addition to E-mount lenses, the Sony A7 can also take A-mount optics via a new-generation mount adapter. Now available to pre-order for £1300 / $1699 - or £1500 / $1999 with a 28-70mm lens -, the Sony A7 will go on general sale in UK from mid-late November.
Nikon UK is launching a bumper Christmas promotion, offering cashback on a huge amount of products including selected digital SLR cameras, selected lenses and speedlights and selected Nikon 1 cameras. The promotion is limited to one claim per person per product and will run from today until 26th January 2014 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by 28th February 2014. Click through / read on for the details.
Friday, October 11, 2013
We've just got the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in for testing, and thought it would be a Fun Friday thing to do to compare its size directly alongside the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III.
The Canon EOS 5D Mk III is fitted with the excellent Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, and the Olympus OM-D has the original version of the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 mounted, so they offer a similar angle of view - the Olympus/Panasonic pairing actually provides a slightly longer focal length of 40mm, in 35mm full-frame terms.
David and Goliath, eat your heart out...
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Samsung NX300M is a modified version of the Samsung NX300, featuring a rear screen that tilts upwards by 180 degrees. In all other respects, the NX300M is identical to the NX300, with features like a 20-megapixel imager with on-sensor phase detection AF sensors, an articulated OLED touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity. As of this writing, the Samsung NX300M is available in South Korea only.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, and including the new water/shock/freeze-proof 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 and 10mm f/2.8 lenses.
The Nikon 1 AW1 is a water-, freeze-, dust- and shockproof compact system camera with a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor. Waterproof to 15 metres, freezeproof to -10°C and shockproof from heights of up to 2m, the Nikon 1 AW1 features rubber seals at all critical points on the camera as well as an O-ring for the lens mount. The advanced hybrid AF system boasts fast phase-detection AF for high-speed movement, and contrast-detect AF for precision focusing. The Nikon 1 AW1 also offers continuous shooting speeds of up to 15fps with AF and 60fps with fixed focus, while the sensitivity range goes up to ISO 6400/39°. A dual altimeter/depth gauge tracks altitude or depth underwater with data recorded in 1 m increments and an electronic compass confirms orientation and can record the direction the camera is pointing when you take the shot. In addition to capturing high-resolution stills, the Nikon 1 AW1 is also capable of recording Full HD movies with manual exposure settings. The Nikon 1 AW1 will be available in a single-lens kit with the new all-weather 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lens for £749.99 / €899.00 / $799.95 and a double-lens kit that includes the camera body plus new 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 and 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lenses for £949.99 / €1149.00 / $999.95.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-A1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-A1, which includes all three colours (red, black and blue).
The Fujifilm X-A1 is an entry-level compact system camera with a 16-megapixel APS-C imager. Key features include a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter lag of 50 milliseconds, a continuous shooting speed of 5.6fps for a maximum of 30 frames, a control layout facilitating one-handed operation, dual command dials, a tiltable screen with a resolution of 920,000 dots, a built-in flash with a guide number of 7 (in metres at iSO 200/24°), Full HD video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi image transfer and a hotshoe for external flash units. The Fujifilm X-A1 will be available from October in a variety of colours, bundled with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens, at a kit price of £529.99/$599.95. You can also buy the lens separately for £399.99. The Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS telephoto lens will also be available from October, priced at £429.99/$399.95.
Panasonic has issued a firmware update for its Lumix GX7 compact system camera. Version 1.1, which improves operational stability, can be downloaded from the website below.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Want to literally see inside the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera? Now you can, thanks to this exploded view of every single component that goes into making the E-M1.
Claimed to be Olympus' most reliable camera ever, the E-M1 has a rigid magnesium body with 60 gasket rings, as well as being dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof, and is guaranteed to work perfectly in temperatures as low as -10°C.
To demonstrate its ruggedness, Olympus demonstrated the E-M1 positioned in a lake with fast-moving horses running past, splashing water over the camera. We're told that it survived the test! An optional underwater case will also be available should you require waterproofness down to 45 meters.
One of the big selling points of the new OM-D E-M1 camera, at least according to Olympus, is its size in comparison with an equivalent DSLR. To illustrate this point, Olympus literally weighed the E-M1 and the Nikon D7100 on the same set of scales, together with three lenses each. The D7100 with the 24-70mm, 10-24mm and the 105mm lenses weighed in at 2765g, whilst the E-M1 and the 12-40mm, 9-18mm and the 75mm lenses came in at a mere 1348g, half the weight of its Nikon rival.
Food for thought if you're thinking of building a camera system, especially for street and travel photographers - but would the size difference be enough to tempt you to choose the OM-D E-M1 (or compact system cameras in general) with their smaller sensors, instead of a DSLR?
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens, a professional telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.
Note that this is a prototype version of the Olympus 40-150mm, apparently one of only two in the world.