Category: Compact System Camera

Friday, November 28, 2014

Samsung NX Mini Firmware Version 01.08

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX Mini compact system camera. According to the company, version 01.08 brings "improved Wi-Fi connection." You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung

Sony Announces UK Pricing for Alpha 7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony UK has announced the recommended retail price of the new, full-frame Sony Alpha A7 II compact system camera. Billed as the world's first 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis image stabilisation, the Sony Alpha-7 II has a new front dial, an enlarged right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities than its predecessor, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. In the US, the Sony Alpha-7 II will be available for £1,500 (body only) and £1,700 with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sony Alpha-7 II Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony USA has announced the recommended retail price of the new, full-frame Alpha A7 II compact system camera. Billed as the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis image stabilisation, the Sony Alpha-7 II has a new front dial, an enlarged right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities than its predecessor, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. In the US, the Sony Alpha-7 II will go on sale on 9th December for $1700 in a body-only configuration and $2000 in a kit with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

Panasonic UK Launches Double Cashback Promotion

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As part of the ongoing Panasonic cashback promotion, if you purchase a Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer between 28th November and 1st December, you will be eligible to claim cashback up to £200 (€240). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models (Panasonic Lumix HC-X920, HC-W850, HC-V750, HC-V550, HC-V250, DMC-GH4, DMC-GH3, DMC-G6, DMC-GX7, DMC-GM1, DMC-LX7, DMC-LF1, DMC-FZ200, DMC-FZ72, DMC-TZ60), participants must complete the online registration form at the website below.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sony Alpha 7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony Alpha 7 II (ILCE-7M2) is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis image stabilisation. Moreover, Sony claims that this sensor-shift IS system can work in synergy with the company's optically stabilised OSS lenses for an even stronger effect. Other major improvements over the original Sony A7 include a new front dial, a bigger right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. The sensor's core specifications (35.8x23.9mm, 24.3 [effective] megapixels, ISO100-25,600) are the same as those of the previous model.The Sony Alpha A7 II will go on sale on 5th December, priced at 190,000 yen (£1025) in Japan. European availability is slated for January 2015.

Source: Sony Japan

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Version 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm will be releasing a major firmware update for its X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pictured) to enhance operability and functions. This upgrade brings no less than 21 functional enhancements including a fully silenceable electronic shutter, instant manual override in auto focus mode, Natural Live View, a new Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode, unlocked AE-L & AF-L buttons, direct AF area selection (bypassing the Fn key), direct selection of Macro mode, variable MF area, and much more. The firmware update will be available on 18th December.

Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 & X-E2 Firmware Updates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm will shortly be releasing firmware upgrades for its X-E2, X-Pro1 and X-E1 compact system cameras. New features and enhancements will include a Classic Chrome film simulation mode, interval timer shooting, enhanced wireless function for shooting from your smartphone or tablet, and full-time manual focus override during auto focus operation. The first three features are new to the X-E2 model only, while the fourth enhancement will be applicable to all three cameras. The firmware updates will be available on 18 December 2014.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Firmware Update 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Today Panasonic announced the new firmware update program for its Lumix GH4 compact system camera. Firmware version 2.1 will enable users to embed the time code and recording control signal in the HDMI output signal. Additionally both FHD at 30p/25p native or at 60p/50p will be selectable to output via HDMI while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p. The Interface Unit DMW-YAGH will also be updated to firmware version 1.1 to support these functional enhancements. The new firmware updates are scheduled to be released with more information in detail at the Panasonic Support Sites in December, 2014.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sony A7S Used to Capture Stunning Astrophotography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Photographer Andrew Whyte used the Sony A7S to capture a series of stunning images at some of the 92 Dark Sky Sites and parks across the United Kingdom. Andrew, who specialises in long-exposure photography, used the Sony A7S on a series of overnight shoots in Northumberland National Park and the Brecon Beacons (one of only five areas in the world granted International Dark Sky Reserve status). “As a long-exposure photographer, I’m always searching for equipment which renders great detail while allowing me the largest range of creative potential. I’ve been truly blown away by the image quality I can capture in low light using the Sony A7S," Whyte says. "The shots are incredibly low noise, and the camera’s sensitivity opens up so many possibilities for the photographer.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Panasonic Announces Christmas Cashback Promotion

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Panasonic UK has announced its Christmas 2014 cashback offer. Included in this promotion is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera (with a cashback amount of £100 / €120), the Lumix DMC-TZ60 travel compact, and the HC-V550 camcorder (each with a cashback amount of £30 / €35). This promotion will run to 12th January 2015. To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at the website below. The last date for registration will be 27th February 2015.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji UK have announced a new promotion: those who buy a Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera now can pick up a Fujinon XF18mm f/2R and XF27mm f/2.8 R for free. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: Fujifilm United Kingdom

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens.

The Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens is still a prototype, but it'ssheer size and bulk clearly shows that Samsung mean business. It offers a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8. opticalimage stabilisation, weather sealed magnesium alloy construction to match the NX1 camera, and rather incongruously has an i-Function button just like Samsung's more consumer-oriented lenses.

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the XF Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 lens.

Sigma LVF-01 Loupe Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma LVF-01 loupe looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma LVF-01 loupe.

Voitglander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens.

Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO Hands-on Photos

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Olympus are displaying a prototype verion of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO lens at Photokina. Displayed behind glass, the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO also looks like a finalised product, like its 7-14mm sibling. Olympus also provided us with a graphic showing the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO alongside a typical 600mm DSLR lens to highlight the massive size difference between the two.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition compact system camera.

Zeiss Loxia 2/50 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Loxia 2/50 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zeiss Loxia 2/50 lens.