Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Firmware Version 1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has released a firmware update for its GX7 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.3 incorporates the following improvements/fixes:

"Connection problem with Apple iOS devices via Wi-Fi is fixed."
"Improved stability of startup process in the use of UHS-I compliant SD memory card."

Joint update service for FourThirds

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has posted a firmware update for its OM-D E-M10 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  • Image stabilisation compensation while shooting videos has been stabilised.
  • A 0-second setting has been added to Anti-Shock mode.

You can update your camera's firmware via the free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Firmware Update 1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has issued a firmware update for the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 1.4 incorporates the following improvements:

  • AF response when using FourThirds lenses has been improved.
  • Stabilisation of shooting in C-AF has been improved.
  • Shooting images when using the remote control function of the smart phone application "OLYMPUS Image Share" now supports Art Filters, custom self timer, zoom operation when using the electric zoom, Digital Tele-converter, and Release mode.

You can update your camera's firmware via the free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sony A7S Now Available to Pre-Order in the US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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B&H has started taking pre-orders for the Sony Alpha A7S full-frame compact system camera. Available from July, the 4K-capable Sony A7S sells for $2498 in a body-only configuration, which is only $200 dearer than the Sony A7R. The Sony A7S is a new 12.2-megapixel compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, 4K movie recording, a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 102,400 (extendable to ISO 409,600)  and an improved auto focus system that remains operational down to light levels as low as -4EV. Using data read-out from every single pixel of the 35mm full-frame sensor, the Sony A7S records 4K movies (24p and 25p) that are free from aliasing and jaggies. The camera's professional video functions include XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs.

Website: B&H

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nikon 1 S2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Nikon 1 S2 is a new compact system camera featuring a 14-megapixel CX sensor and the world's fastest continuous shooting frame rates. Designed without an optical low-pass filter, and offering a wide 200–12800 ISO range, the Nikon 1 S2 shoots ten raw-format images at up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus, and at up to 60 fps with focus fixed at the first frame. Other highlights include a hybrid AF system with 135 focus points including 73 on-chip PDAF sensors, a 3" display with a resolution of 460,000 dots, 1080/60p movies, high-speed video recording for slow-motion playback, and microSD memory card compatibility. The Nikon 1 S2 will be available for around £380 / $450 for a single-lens kit. A double-lens kit including the camera, 11-27.5mm standard zoom and 30-110mm telezoom will also be available, priced at around £530 / $700.

Nikon Brings J4 CSC to the US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Nikon has announced US availability and pricing information for the Nikon 1 J4 compact system camera. Announced in April, the Nikon 1 J4 is a new, WiFi-enabled compact system camera with an 18-megapixel CX sensor with no low-pass filter, a 1-million-dot 3" touchscreen, improved hybrid AF system and an aluminium housing. The auto focus system offers 105 focus points with phase-detection AF and 171 focus points with contrast-detect AF. The Nikon 1 J4 supports high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 20fps with AF tracking, and up to 60fps when focus is locked. Other highlights include a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800, Full HD 60p movies, improved Motion Snapshots and manual exposure modes. Available in May 2014 the Nikon 1 J4, kitted with the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, will be sold at $649.95, while a kit with the 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens will also be available for $849.95. Additionally, a double lens kit including the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens will be available for $1,049.95.

Olympus E-P5 Firmware Update 1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has issued a firmware update for the Olympus E-P5 compact system camera. Version 1.4 adds a zero-second option to the Anti Shock menu setting, and improves remote control functionality when using the "Olympus Image Share" app. You can update the camera firmware with the help of the Digital Camera Updater software.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ricoh Lowers Prices of Key Products

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Ricoh UK has announced the repositioning of a number of its key products. The compact, lightweight and fully weather-resistant PentaxK-3 is now available at £949.99, the K-50 can now be had for £499.99, the weather-resistant DFA 100/2,8 MACRO WR lens has a new RRP of £549.99, the Pentax Q7 (pictured) has a new price tag of £339.99 - and the list goes on. Click through / read on for the details.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Samsung NX3000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung today announced the Samsung NX3000, the latest edition to Samsung’s award winning NX series of compact system cameras. Key features include an APS-C sized 20.3-megapixel CMOS imager, 3" flip-up display,  5fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and a top shutter speed of 1/4000s. The NX3000 will be available in White, Black and Brown, and will feature Samsung’s new compact 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens. Availability is slated for June, with pricing to be communicated.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Becoming a Storyteller with the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro1

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As the first female Fuji X-Photographer in the UK, Kerry Hendry has teamed up with Fujifilm and Aspire Photography Training to host three seminars in May, August and November. The first one-day event, entitled Becoming a Storyteller with the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro1, is scheduled for 29th May and has a Midsummer's Night theme. "Woodland, fairies, amazing styling, a little bit of creative magic and Aspire fairy dust - it should be a really fun and creative training day." Kerry says. "The Fuji team will also be joining us - and the new X-T1, X-Pro1 & range of lenses will be available to try." Click through / read on for the details.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Samsung NX Mini Preview

Jack Baker | Compact System Camera
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At a recent event held by Samsung at Sandown Racecourse in the UK, we got our hands on the company’s new NX Mini system camera. Read all about this tiny new mirrorless camera in our Samsung NX Mini preview...

Quadruple Success for Sony at 2014 TIPA Awards

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The Technical Image Press Association has recognised four Sony products with TIPA 2014 awards. The Sony a7R (pictured) has been named this year's Best Professional Compact System Camera, the FDR-AX100 has been chosen as 2014's Best Camcorder, the HDR-AS100V has won the title Best ActionCam, whilst the Sony QX series has emerged as the winner of the Mobile Imaging Device category. 

Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Version 2.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has released a firmware update for its Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera. Version 2.00 reduces the display lag of the electronic viewfinder to 5 milliseconds, which is less than 1/10 compared tothe current firmware.  Furthermore, the update adds new colour options to the focus peak highlight function, allows face detection and EVF/LCD toggling to be mapped onto the Fn button, adds a 'Suppressed Flash' option to the flash settings, and fixes a bug related to film simulation bracketing.

Website: Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Update Ver.2.00

Monday, April 28, 2014

Double Honours for Fujifilm at 2014 TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has honoured the dust- and water-resistant Fujifilm X-T1(read review)  with its Best Expert Compact System Camera Award. The Fujinon XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens (read review) has been named 2014's Best Expert CSC Lens. This 15-36mm equivalent lens incorporates optical image stabilisation and has a newly designed optical system using 4 aspheric lenses and 3 extra low dispersion glass lenses.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has released a firmware update for its Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera. Version 1.1 fixes a bug related to communicating with Apple iOS devices over Wi-Fi. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Panasonic Japan - Update Contents for DMC-GM1

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Leica T Hands-on Photos

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

Check out our massive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Leica T compact system camera, including the 18-56mm and 23mm lenses.

Leica T

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Leica T is a new mirrorless compact system camera. The Leica T–System combines pure design, handcrafted excellence, with an entirely new operating system. The Leica T features a large, APS-C-format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP). At the heart of the concept of the Leica T is the clear design of the touchscreen display. The Leica T is also the first system camera from Leica to feature an integrated Wi-Fi module.

Two lenses will initially be available for the market launch of the Leica T-System - the Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and the Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH. The Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. wide-angle zoom and the Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. telephoto zoom are scheduled to appear in time for presentation at Photokina 2014 in September.

The Leica T is available May 26th, 2014, priced as follows:

Leica T-System £1350.00 RRP
Leica Vario Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASP £1250.00 RRP
Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH £1350.00 RRP

Panasonic Receives Two TIPA Awards

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Panasonic has received two awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Lumix GH4 compact system camera (pictured) has been awarded ‘Best Hybrid Photo/Video Camera’ and the Panasonic TZ60 (also known as the ZS40) ranked first as 2014's ‘Best Superzoom Camera.’ 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 has been voted 2014's best compact system camera (CSC) in the entry-level category by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). As the) jury noted, “The nicely designed and extremely compact and metal-bodied OM-D E-M10 convinces with great image quality and operation thanks to the TruePic VII processor (inherited from the E-M1), a 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor, built-in WiFi with QR code scanning technology, a large, 1.4-million RGB dot electronic viewfinder and a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD with high 1,039,000-dot resolution. The camera incorporates 3-axis image stabilisation and FAST AF, making this the fastest ever Olympus AF system with 81 target areas covering the entire image. With 8 fps shooting speed, burst rates can deliver up to 16 RAW images and an unlimited number of JPEGs. With continuous AF, the camera delivers up to 3.5 fps.”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fujifilm X-A1 Camera Winner!

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We've teamed up with CameraWorld to give away a fantastic Fujifilm X-A1 camera!

The lucky winner is Angela Smith. Congratulations!

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