Category: Compact System Camera

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Behind the Scenes: How the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is Made

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Ever wanted to find out exactly how your camera was made? Well, now you can, as we take a behind-the-scenes look at how the brand new Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system cameras is put together.

Photography Blog was granted priveleged access to Fujifilm Optics Co Ltd's Taiwa factory in Sendai, Japan, where the X-Pro2 production line is located (along with the other X-series cameras and lenses).

The X-Pro2 is painstakingly assembled largely by hand by a surprisingly small team of skilled workers, with the main component parts shipped in from other factories first.

There are 8 different steps in the entire process, from the main board assembly, final aseembly of outer parts, firmware installation, image quality check, button control check, inspection of the hybrid viewfinder, a performance test, resolution and dust check, and finally the leather covering assembly and final inspection of the finish. A couple of the stages are semi-automated, but most of it truly is hand-made in Japan.

Each X-Pro2 camera is then packed-up,  laser engraved with a serial number and "Made in Japan", and then spot-checked for no less than 76 different items.

Ever wanted to find out exactly how your camera was made? Well, now you can, as we take a behind-the-scenes look at how the brand new Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system cameras is put together. Photography Blog was granted priveleged access to Fujifilm Optics Co Ltd's Taiwa factory in Sendai,...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Fujifilm XF-500 Flash Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF-500 flash looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF-500 flash, which is looking surprisingly complete given that it's not due for release until May 2016.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF-500 flash looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF-500 flash, which is looking surprisingly complete given that it's not due for release until May 2016.

Fujifilm X-E2S Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Official Fuji X-Pro2 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have posted five high-resolution sample images captured with the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system camera. Shot using a variety of X-mount lenses including the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR, XF14mmF2.8 R, XF56mmF1.2 R and XF27mmF2.8; these Fujifilm X-Pro2 samples were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200/24° to ISO 6,400/39°. You can download the images in JPEG format from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Sample Images

Fuji have posted five high-resolution sample images captured with the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system camera. Shot using a variety of X-mount lenses including the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR, XF14mmF2.8 R, XF56mmF1.2 R and XF27mmF2.8; these Fujifilm X-Pro2 samples were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from...

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Unveils in UK at The Societies’ Convention Trade Show

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The newly announced Fujifilm X-Pro2, along with the premium compact X70 and XF100-400mm lens, will be on display - for the first time in the United Kingdom - at the The Societies’ Convention held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London, from January 22nd-24th. This unique opportunity to get a first look at the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be exclusive to visitors to the Convention. In addition, the Fujifilm stand will also have a full range of Fujifilm X-series cameras on display, including the X-T1, X-T10 and X100T. Fujinon lenses will be on show, offering the opportunity for visitors to ‘touch and try’ the cameras and lenses.

The newly announced Fujifilm X-Pro2, along with the premium compact X70 and XF100-400mm lens, will be on display - for the first time in the United Kingdom - at the The Societies’ Convention held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London, from January 22nd-24th. This unique...

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system camera features the world's only Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and a brand new 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor. The X-Pro2 delivers the best ever results from an X-series camera thanks to an updated image sensor and processor. The X-Pro2 also offer a robust, weather resistant body, new focal plane shutter with a top speed of 1/8000 sec. and flash sync up to 1/250 sec, 77 AF points, and support for dual SD memory cards. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 for £1349.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system camera features the world's only Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and a brand new 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor. The X-Pro2 delivers the best ever results from an X-series camera thanks to an updated image sensor and processor. The X-Pro2 also offer a robust, weather resistant body,...

Fujifilm X-E2S

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera inherits the functionality and rangefinder-style design of the original X-E2, and adds new features including an improved grip, an electronic shutter and a more intuitive GUI to enhance the user experience. The Fujifilm X-E2S will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 in both Black and Silver versions for £549.00 body only or £749 with the XF18-55mm lens.

The Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera inherits the functionality and rangefinder-style design of the original X-E2, and adds new features including an improved grip, an electronic shutter and a more intuitive GUI to enhance the user experience. The Fujifilm X-E2S will be on sale in the UK from...

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a super telephoto zoom lens that covers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 152-609mm. The high performance optical construction of 21 elements in 14 groups includes five ED lenses and one Super ED lens to help reduce chromatic aberration that often occurs in telephoto lenses. The lens has been designed for handheld shooting with a 5.0-stop* image stabilisation system and weighs less than 1.4kg. The Fujifilm XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 for £1399 or £1499 with the XF1.4X TC WR.

The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a super telephoto zoom lens that covers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 152-609mm. The high performance optical construction of 21 elements in 14 groups includes five ED lenses and one Super ED lens to help reduce...

Monday, January 11, 2016

Compact System Camera of the Year 2015

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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 2015.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T10.

“The Fujifilm X-T10 successfully repackages most of the core features of the flagship X-T1 camera into a smaller, lighter and cheaper body...”

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Congratulations to Fujifilm and the X-T10!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015. The Compact System Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T10. “The Fujifilm X-T10 successfully repackages most of the core features of...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 lens.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fuji Finds Malfunction in Latest X-T1 Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has issued a notice for X-T1 customers who have downloaded Firmware Version 4.20. The company has found a malfunction that can, in rare cases, cause the camera to freeze when shooting in AF-C mode. Those X-T1 users who have already installed Firmware Version 4.20 can download Version 4.21 whose functions are same as the previous version of 4.10.

Fujifilm has issued a notice for X-T1 customers who have downloaded Firmware Version 4.20. The company has found a malfunction that can, in rare cases, cause the camera to freeze when shooting in AF-C mode. Those X-T1 users who have already installed Firmware Version 4.20 can download Version 4.21 whose functions are same...

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Update 4.20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. Version 4.20 incorporates half a dozen improvements and fixes. Click through / scroll down for the complete list.

Fuji have issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. Version 4.20 incorporates half a dozen improvements and fixes. Click through / scroll down for the complete list.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Leica SL Firmware Version 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica today issued a new firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 1.2 optimises image quality at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 50/18° to ISO 400/27°, provides a greater degree of flexibility when entering WLAN passwords, and improves the quality of the live view feed when using the EVF. Additionally, the firmware update enables users to activate a loupe (magnifying) function with a press of the AE lock button when using Leica M and R lenses to facilitate manual focusing.Finally, the firmware update offers an improvement in the Leica Log Gamma curve (L-Log) for video, enabling its use for in-camera 8-bit recording. The use of L-Log enables greater leeway for post-production color grading of videos recorded on the Leica SL, the company says. To access the firmware update, registered camera users can log into the Leica owner’s area of the Leica website.

Leica today issued a new firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 1.2 optimises image quality at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 50/18° to ISO 400/27°, provides a greater degree of flexibility when entering WLAN passwords, and improves the quality of the live view feed when using the...

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Deal - 46% Off the Sony A5100 Camera!

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Today only - get 46% Off the Sony A5100 camera!

The Sony A5100 scored an impressive 5/5 when we reviewed it a year ago, commenting "Looking and feeling very much like a compact camera, thanks to the combination of the finger-tip zoom lever and the 16-50mm power-zoom kit lens, the small and lightweight Sony A5100 is a great introduction to interchangeable lens cameras."

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Today only - get 46% Off the Sony A5100 camera! The Sony A5100 scored an impressive 5/5 when we reviewed it a year ago, commenting "Looking and feeling very much like a compact camera, thanks to the combination of the finger-tip zoom lever and the 16-50mm power-zoom kit lens, the small...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Samsung End Camera Sales in UK

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have confirmed today that they are ending camera and camcorder sales in the United Kingdom, including their flagship NX1 mirroorless camera (pictured). Here's the official statement from Samsung:

“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In the UK, we have seen a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras and camcorders and related accessories. For this reason, we have taken the decision to phase out the sales and marketing of these products. This is a local decision, based on local market conditions.”

This follows a similar statement for the German market made last week.

Samsung have confirmed today that they are ending camera and camcorder sales in the United Kingdom, including their flagship NX1 mirroorless camera (pictured). Here's the official statement from Samsung: “We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In the UK, we have seen a gradual and sustained decline...

Daily Deal - 67% Off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera!

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Today only - get 67% off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera! 

The Olympus PEN E-P5 scored 5/5 Essential! when we reviewed it, concluding "the Olympus E-P5 is a compelling mix of old and new, fusing together a gorgeous retro design with the latest 21st-century technology to create the most stylish and advanced PEN yet."

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Today only - get 67% off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera!  The Olympus PEN E-P5 scored 5/5 Essential! when we reviewed it, concluding "the Olympus E-P5 is a compelling mix of old and new, fusing together a gorgeous retro design with the latest 21st-century technology to create the most...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Latest Olympus OM-D Firmware Updates Available Soon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus are set to issue the latest function-enhancing firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II compact system cameras on Wednesday, 26th November. Firmware version 4.0 for the E-M1 (pictured) will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode, synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also releasing a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. Both of these firmware updates will be available for download from 26th November 02.00 GMT.

Olympus are set to issue the latest function-enhancing firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II compact system cameras on Wednesday, 26th November. Firmware version 4.0 for the E-M1 (pictured) will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode, synchronised PCM audio recording with...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Panasonic Announce ‘Post Focus’ Firmware Update

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Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the feature, compose and take your picture. Then, while reviewing the images simply touch the area you want the focus to be and a new image with the selected focus area will be produced as a separate photo. Post Focus has been made possible by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and Panasonic’s 4K technology (burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while detecting up to 49 areas of a frame for focus points at different depths of field). The Post Focus firmware update will be available at 01:00 GMT on 25th November, 2015 on the LUMIX Global website.

Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Double Christmas Cashback on Panasonic 4K Imaging Products

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Panasonic UK are offering a double cashback on the latest 4K cameras and camcorders. If you purchase an eligible product from a participating retailer between Wednesday 18th November and Sunday 6th December you will be able to claim cashback up to £300 (€400). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete an online registration form 28 days after product purchase. The last date for registration will be 7th March 2016. Click through / scroll down for a list of eligible products.

Panasonic UK are offering a double cashback on the latest 4K cameras and camcorders. If you purchase an eligible product from a participating retailer between Wednesday 18th November and Sunday 6th December you will be able to claim cashback up to £300 (€400). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix,...