Category: Compact System Camera

Monday, February 10, 2014

Panasonic G6 / GF6 Firmware Version 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has issued firmware updates for its Lumix DMC-G6 and GF6 compact system camera. Version 1.2 (for both models) improves manual focusing with the new 12-32mm lens and resolves an issue related to wireless communication with iOS devices. For details on how to install the firmware upgrade, visit the website below.

Website: Joint Update Service for Four Thirds Lenses

Friday, February 7, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GH4

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the world's first compact system camera to feature 4K video shooting. The GH4 can record in multiple high quality video file outputs - including MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD - with 4K video recording in MOV/MP4, and Full HD video with ultra-high bitrate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB). Boasting an improved 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor, along with an enhanced fast and accurate Auto Focus (AF) system (approximately 0.07 seconds), the Panasonic GH4 also has a splashproof and dustproof magnesium alloy full die cast body, 12fps burst shooting, 1/8000th top shutter speed,and Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology. Pricing and availability of the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 have yet to be announced.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Four New PlayMemories Camera Apps from Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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For the first time ever, Sony is releasing Beta versions of four brand-new PlayMemories Camera Apps that are available for free. Snapshot Me ensures better pictures when you hand the camera over to someone else to take your picture, Stop Motion helps budding animators create fun time-lapse movies, ID Photo enables you to produceg valid identity photos for your ID card, driving licence or passport, while Catch Light adds extra sparkle to portraits of friends and family with a bright, white highlight that looks like the reflection of daylight or a flash in your subject’s pupils.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Pro Lens Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Olympus Japan has announced a special OM-D E-M5 Black Elite Pro Lens Kit. Comprising an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera body and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens, this Japan-only special edition features a leather-like finish on the outside of the body including the right-hand grip, plus redesigned main and sub command dials. This Black Elite edition comes with Firmware Version 2.0 as standard. Availability is slated for March.

Source: Olympus Japan

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Official Olympus OM-D E-M10 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has posted five high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera. Shot at sensitivity settings of ISO 200/24° and ISO 3200/36° using the new M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 standard prime and the critically acclaimed M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 wide-angle lens, these OM-D E-M10 samples can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Official M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Sample Photos

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera combines the image quality, classic styling and focusing speed of the E-M5 with the sheer power of the flagship E-M1 in an extremely compact all-metal casing. The Olympus EM10 features a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder, 1.440.000-dot, 3-inch tiltable LCD, 3-axis image stabilisation, ultrafast autofocus FAST AF, and a pop-up flash.

The E-M10 is available with two lens kits from early February, 2014. The E-M10 body without a lens will cost £529.99, and with the new, super-slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic zoom lens for £699.99. The ECG-1 matching ergonomic grip for keeping a stable hold on the camera will retail for £54.99. The new BCL-0980 9mm Fish-Eye Body Cap lens will cost £89.99.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Firmware Update 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has issued a firmware update for the OM-D E-M5 compact system camera. Version 2.0 introduces an ISO 100/21° equivalent "Low" sensitivity option and adds a small AF target to the AF target settings. You can update the firmware of your camera using the Digital Camera Updater utility from Olympus.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Official Fujifilm X-T1 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has published 15 sample images captured with the new Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera. Shot using an array of Fujinon XF lenses including the XF14mmF2.8 R, XF35mmF1.4 R, XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS and XF60mmF2.4 R Macro; these Fujifilm X-T1 samples were taken at a variety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200/24°to ISO 6,400/39°.

Website: Official Fujifilm X-T1 Sample Images

Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-on Review

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See exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh, and read our first hands-on impressions of this exciting new camera.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera with the XF 18-55mm and 56mm f/1.2 lenses, and including the new battery grip and flash accessories.

Fujifilm X-T1

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-T1 is a new interchangeable lens camera with SLR-style handling. The X-T1 features a 2.36m dot resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with the world’s highest magnification and a lag-time of just 0.005 sec, phase detection AF with a world-beating response of just 0.08sec, five mechanical dials, dust and water resistance, and the world’s first compatibility with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SDXC memory cards.

The X-T1 and dedicated accessories will be available from mid-end February 2014. In the UK, the Fujifilm X-T1 will cost £1099.99 body-only, or £1449.99 with the XF18-55mm lens. The optional Vertical Battery Grip costs £199.99, the all-Leather Half Case £99.99, and the Metal Hand Grip £129.99.

Fujifilm is also launching three weather-resistant zoom lenses to complement the X-T1 camera, all available during 2014, with the XF 18-135mm launching in June. The three lenses are the XF 18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF 16-55mmF2.8 R OIS WR and the XF 50-140mmF2.8 R OIS WR.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sony Focuses on Speed for 2014

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Sony are set to unveil more new compact, bridge and mirrorless cameras at next month's CP+ show.

In a briefing held by Sony UK today, company representatives stated that a new ultra-zoom bridge camera will be announced in February with a faster processor than previous generations. The mystery product was demoed live with no annoying "Processing..." messages while images were saved, and burst shooting continuing indefinitely until the memory card is filled, albeit at a reduced frame-rate. The new super-zoom bridge model is just a small part of Sony's emphasis on faster speed for their 2014 cameras, which will also encompass faster auto-focusing speeds.

In addition to the bridge camera, new compact cameras will be announced in February, along with new compact system camera models at both the CP+ show and Photokina later in the year.

Meanwhile, the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 smartphone module apparently sold out in the UK during the Christmad period. Aided by strong sales of the more expensive QX100 model, the Sony QX series will definitely continue into the second generation.

Sony A5000 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A5000 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 30 photos of the Sony A5000 compact system camera.

Camera of the Year 2013

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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 2013.

Our eight and final award is for Camera of the Year 2013, which goes to the Sony A7R.

“The Sony A7R is the most revolutionary camera of 2013, bringing 35mm full-frame, interchangeable lens shooting to the masses both in terms of cost and size. Importantly the A7R is also well-built, a pleasure to use and delivers outstanding image quality.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sony and the A7R!

Fujifilm Teases New X-Mount CSC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has launched an online teaser campaign for a new X-mount compact system camera (CSC), which bears a striking resemblance to the classically styled manual SLRs of yore. With a centrally positioned viewfinder hump, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation dials; the new Fujifilm X-mount camera certainly looks like an attractive and intriguing addition to the company's critically acclaimed line-up of interchangeable-lens cameras. As indicated by the image above, the camera will be announced on 28th January.

Website: Fujifilm

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Compact System Camera of the Year 2013

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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 2013.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

“The combination of great image quality, an abundance of features, excellent auto focus, insane customisability and a robust dust-, drip- and freeze-proof body with a well-thought-out user interface do go a long way in justifying the cost...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M1!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kodak Pixpro S-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Wi-Fi enabled Kodak Pixpro S-1 - whose first mock-up was unveiled almost a year ago - is a Micro Four Thirds camera boasting a sixteen-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0" 920,000-dot articulated LCD, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Kodak Pixpro S-1 is priced at $499 for the entry-level single lens kit and $599 for a double lens kit. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sony A5000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A5000 is billed as "the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital Wi-Fi camera" with an APS-C sized sensor and built-in flash. Headline specifications include a 20.1-megapixel imager, 180° tiltable LCD screen, NFC and Wi-Fi for one-touch sharing and remote control, and support for PlayMemories Camera Apps. Weighing in at 210 grams, the Sony A5000 features a redesigned hand-grip and a Sony E bayonet mount. An upgraded Time-lapse Ver.2.0 can now smoothly track changes to ambient brightness in a scene. The brand-new Sync to Smartphone function automatically transfers shots to a pre-registered smartphone or tablet each time the camera’s switched off. The transferred photos can then be automatically relayed to your PlayMemories Online account if the mobile device has the PlayMemories Online app installed and the All Sync feature enabled.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Panasonic TZ60, TZ55, LZ40, SZ8, 42.5mm f/1.2 Preview

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Panasonic has taken the wraps off four new Lumix cameras to coincide with this year’s CES. The new models are: the TZ60, a 30x travel zoom with Leica lens and promised March 2014 availability in the UK; the TZ55, a 20x zoom compact appearing the same month; the LZ40, a whopping 42x zoom surfacing in April 2014; plus the SZ8, a 12x zoom model, also available from March.

Fujifilm Updates X Mount Lens Roadmap

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm have updated their X mount lens roadmap for 2014 and early 2015.

1. A high speed wide angle prime lens (Focal length and Aperture TBC)
2. A bright XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS tele-photo zoom
3. A bright XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS standard zoom lens
4. A super telephoto zoom lens (Focal length and Aperture TBC)
5. A high magnification XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS zoom lens

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a new fast portrait lens for X-series cameras. It features a fast maximum aperture of f/1.2, a focal length of 85mm and delivers beautiful bokeh, making it particularly suitable for high quality portraits. The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R will be on sale from February 2014 for £999.99.