Category: Compact System Camera
Friday, June 14, 2013
Olympus has issued firmware updates fora range of cameras that adds support for the new, high-resolution VF-4 electronic viewfinder. Affected models include the Olympus XZ-2, OM-D E-M5, E-P2, E-P3, E-PL1, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PL5, E-PM1 and E-PM2. If you own one of these cameras, you can update its firmware using the free Digital Camera Updater utility.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax Q7 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax Q7 compact camera.
The Pentax Q7 is one of the world's smallest & lightest digital interchangeable-lens cameras. The Q7 has a larger 1/1.7 image sensor than the existing Q10 model, 1/2000th shutter speed, improved in-camera Shake Reduction, and faster operating response.
The Pentax Q7 is a small, 12-megapixel compact system camera with a new 1/1.7"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved low-light auto focus and an upgraded Shake Reduction mechanism. Compared to the existing Pentax Q and Pentax Q10 models, the new Pentax Q7 offers a larger sensor promising "the finest image quality in the Q series." Because of its larger sensor, the angle of view of any given lens is wider on the Pentax Q7 than on its sister models - for example, the Pentax-02 Standard Zoom Lens now covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 23-69mm instead of 28-83mm as on the Pentax Q or Q10. Other highlights include Full HD movie recording, DR II dust removal system, in-camera HDR exposure blending, digital level function, Eye-Fi card compatibility, a multi-exposure mode and a 3-inch, 460,000-dot rear screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2. A colour-to-order service allows customers to choose from 120 camera colour combinations (including three standard models). The Pentax Q7 will be available from August for $499.95. UK pricing tis still to be confirmed.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Hasselblad has announced availability and pricing details for the Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera in the United Kingdom. The Lunar - which is essentially a more ergonomic, Hasselblad branded version of the Sony NEX-7 - was first announced at the Photokina trade show held last September in Cologne, Germany. In the UK, the Hasselblad Lunar will be available from Harrods, Selfridges, Richard Caplan London and the Peter Jones shop in Sloane Square, the latter of which will host a launch event on Wednesday 12th June. The camera, which is compatible with all Sony E mount lenses, comes bundled with an 18-55mm standard zoom. The kit is available for £5280.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Canon has announced the upcoming release of a new firmware update for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Version 2 promises to boost the AF speed, making One Shot AF up to 2.3x faster when using FlexiZone Multi AF and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. "The new firmware delivers improved performance as a result of a reworked AF Drive Control System and Canon encourages all existing users of the EOS M to download the new firmware version 2 once it becomes available at the end of June," the company says. The firmware upgrade also corrects a rare phenomenon that causes the EOS M controls to become unresponsive when the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is used.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Nikon UK today launched its summer cashback promotion offering up to £80 cashback on certain CSC models. The offer is valid from 30th May 2013 – 4th September 2013 and includes the Nikon 1 S1, J3 and V2 cameras. All claims must be received by 4th October 2013 in order to qualify. Click through / scroll down for the details.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Samsung has released the source codes for its NX2000 (pictured) and NX300 compact system cameras. Available as free downloads, the codes are provided "without representation or warranty of any kind," under the GNU General Public License and GNU Lesser General Public License. The legal agreement that you must accept when downloading the source codes allows you to specify your intentions, which may include reasons like "Enhance my product," "Apply it to another product or project" and "Study the source code."
Website: Samsung Open Source Release Centre
Fujifilm has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 2.04 improves auto focus speed with the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Fuji X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver.2.04
Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-E1 compact system camera. Version 1.05 improves auto focus speed with the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Fuji X-E1 Firmware Update Ver.1.05
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens, a high-quality standard prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.
Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens, a high-quality ultra-wide-angle prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Olympus has posted six high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6 Micro Four Thirds camera. Shot at a variety of sensitivity settings between ISO 100/24° and ISO 400/27°,these Olympus E-PL6 samples were captured using an array of lenses including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6, ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 and ED 12mm f/2. Successor to the PEN Lite E-PL5, the new Olympus E-PL6 is a mid-range model that borrows a few features from the range-topping (and also new) PEN E-P5.
Website: Olympus E-PL6 Samples
Olympus has announced a successor to the E-PL5 PEN Lite via the Olympus Global website. Logically named the Olympus E-PL6, the new model inherits the core functionality and feature set of its immediate predecessor but gains a so-called Short Release Time Lag mode with a shutter lag of just 44 milliseconds, an ISO 100/21° equivalent "ISO LOW" setting, a new interval shooting function, a dual-axis electronic level gauge, a "small AF target" mode and the ability to create time-lapse movie clips in-camera. Availability is slated for the end of June. Do note that unlike the also-new PEN E-P5, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6 has not been announced by Olympus America, Olympus UK or Olympus Europe - which suggests that it might be intended for Asian markets only, at least for the time being.
Olympus Japan has released half a dozen high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus PEN E-P5 Micro Four Thirds camera. Shot at a variety of sensitivity settings between ISO 200/24° and ISO 1600/33°, and shutter speeds ranging from 1/8000th of a second to 4 seconds, these Olympus E-P5 samples were captured using an array of lenses including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6, ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, ED 12mm f/2 and 17mm f/1.8.
Website: Olympus E-P5 Samples
Want to see exactly what the new Olympus E-P5 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus E-P5 compact camera. We've included all three colours of the EP5, the new black versions of the 17mm, 45mm and 75mm lenses, and the E-P5 with the optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder fitted.
Want to see exactly how the new Olympus E-P5 compact system camera compares to the flagship OM-D EM-5?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus E-P5 compact camera alongside the popular OM-D EM-5. We've included the E-P5 with the optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder fitted, which actually makes it larger than the EM5.
For the history buffs, there's also some side-by-side shots with the PEN F film camera, which was clearly a big inspiration for the design of the EP5.
The Olympus PEN E-P5 is a new compact system camera with a top shutter speed of 1/8000th second, 5-axis image stabiliser and built-in Wi-Fi; encased in an all-metal body reminiscent of the 50-year-old PEN F half-frame film camera. Other highlights include a Four Thirds sized, 16-megapixel "Live MOS" sensor lifted from the critically acclaimed OM-D E-M5, a tiltable 1.04-million-dot touchscreen, fast contrast detect auto focus with Touch AF functionality and a new Super Spot AF feature, a Focus Peaking option for manual focus enthusiasts, a 9fps continuous shooting mode, 1/320th second flash sync, and a remarkable 2x2 Dial Control system. The body is available for £899.99/$999.99 from the end of June 2013, or with a choice of interchangeable lenses and accessories. Kits start at £999.99 for the 14-42mm lens and £1349.99/$1449.99 for a bundle including a 17mm f/1.8 prime lens and new VF-4 high resolution, 2.360.000-dot viewfinder, which comes with the option to fit a distinctive real-wood grip at the time of ordering.
Although the new Olympus PEN E-P5 will not be available in stores till late June, Olympus UK will be holding exclusive preview events at selected stores throughout May, where you can see the camera, try it out and pre-order. Click through / scroll down for the exact dates and locations.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Fujifilm has received three awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Best Expert Compact System Camera award went to the Fujifilm X-E1, the Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R was named "Best Compact System Camera Prime Lens," while the Fujifilm X20 (pictured) received TIPA's Best Expert Compact Camera award.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Samsung has joined forces with David Bailey to create an online exhibition and auction whose proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The auction will feature twenty photographs, one taken by the David Bailey and the others taken by 19 of his namesakes who were recruited by Samsung back in October. Live from today, the charity auction will be open for one week until 8pm on Tuesday 14th March and will feature a range of images taken by the David Baileys on a Samsung NX300 (pictured). Each print will be available to bid on for the duration of the week-long auction, with bidders invited to identify the real David Bailey from his namesakes to be in with the chance of getting their hands on an original David Bailey print. Anyone wanting to take part in the auction should visit the website below.