Category: Compact System Camera
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition is a new compact system camera that pays homage to the titanium-clad Olympus OM-3Ti film SLR released in 1994. The beautifully redesigned E-M5 Mark II will be available in a distinctively retro, titanium-tinted body that evokes the golden age of the original Olympus OM series, a period that laid the foundations for the flagship Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras of today. In addition to the titanium colour, the Limited Edition differs from the regular model with a special OM-D-branded leather strap, an owner’s card bearing a quote from the legendary OM designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, and a premium-stitched leather case for the card. A number between one and 7,000 will appear on the other side of the card, as only 7,000 of these cameras are due to be made. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition will be available from June 2015 priced at £999.99. A kit with the all-round zoom M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens will also be available for £1349.99.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Fuji has announced that it will release a free firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pictured). Version 4.00 introduces a new AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects, improved focus accuracy and Eye Detection AF. Additionally, the firmware update adds an Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode while maintaining the conventional AF speed. The optimised algorithm also delivers a more natural and smooth AF action during movie recording. The new firmware will be available from the end of June.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Back in 2012, Hasselblad caused quite a stir with the introduction of the Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera. Dismissed by many as nothing but a Sony NEX-7 in drag, the 24-megapixel Hasselblad Lunar was arguably the most talked-about product at Photokina 2012. The intense interest that surrounded the announcement had as much to do with the camera's uniquely ergonomic handgrip and eye-catching, designed-in-Italy body shell as with its astronomical price tag of $6,995. While this actually made the Lunar the cheapest Hasselblad digital camera by a (very) wide margin, it was still a lot more expensive than the NEX-7 with which it shared almost every component - including the sensor, lens mount, AF system, viewfinder and TriNavi control system. If you've always wanted to own one, we've got good news for you - B&H has reduced the price to a much more affordable $1,495. (Meanwhile, the Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens can be yours for $498.)
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sony have unveiled two new A-mount lenses at a press event in London - the Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and the Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II.
Both the SAL1635Z2 and the SAL2470Z2 are updated versions of current lenses, offering significant improvements in image quality, ghost reduction and AF performance, together with a new dust and moisture- resistant design.
Pricing and availability are still to be announced.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Olympus have issued a firmware update for their OM-D E-M5 Mark II compact system camera. According to the company, Version 1.1 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:
- Audio can be faded out of movie files created with My Clips editing.
- Speed at which information is displayed when the camera is turned on has been improved.
- The issue of noise appearing in images captured while shooting with High Res Shot has been corrected.
You can install the firmware upgrade via the Digital Camera Updater utility.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Panasonic is planning to release a new firmware update for the Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera. Version 2.2 adds a new [Anamorphic(4:3)] mode which enables video recording in 3328 x 2496 pixel resolution with an anamorphic lens at a frame rate of either 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97 fps. Anamorphic lenses are used to create a cinemascope aspect such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1. Panasonic discovered that cinematographers had been experimenting with the 4K PHOTO mode 4:3 aspect ratio in the LUMIX GH4 and vintage anamorphic cine lenses to achieve the classic Hollywood look of anamorphic film capture. Thanks in part to its Micro Four Thirds format and 4K recording ability, firmware Ver.2.2 for the LUMIX GH4 enables videographers to capture and un-squeeze a 3356x2496 image in post-production. In addition, 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output is also available. A further enhancement of the new firmware is the addition of a very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. when using the GH4's electronic shutter. The new firmware is scheduled to be released in late April.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. Among the winners are the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Best Digital SLR Expert), the Fujifilm X100T (Best Premium Camera), the Fujifilm X30 (Best Expert Compact Camera), the Leica T (Best Design), the Lytro Illum (Best Imaging Innovation), the Nikon Coolpix P610 (Best Superzoom Camera), the Nikon D5500 (Best Digital SLR Entry Level), the Nikon D810 (Best Digital SLR Professional), the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll (Best CSC Expert), the Panasonic LX100 (Best Photo/Video Camera Expert), the Panasonic FT6 (Best Rugged Camera), the Panasonic GM5 (Best CSC Advanced), the Pentax 645Z (Best Medium Format Camera), the Pentax K-2 (Best Digital SLR Advanced), the Ricoh WG-M1 (Best ActionCam, pictured), the Samsung NX1 (Best CSC Professional), the Sony A5100 (Best CSC Entry Level) and the Sony A7S (Best Photo/Video Camera Professional).
Friday, April 3, 2015
Nikon has announced that three of its products have been awarded the prestigious "red dot award: product design 2015." The Nikon 1 J4 and Nikon 1 S2 (pictured) compact system cameras and the Nikon Coolpix S6900 compact digital camera all won accolades for their quality and design. Red Dot award winners will be on display at a special exhibition to be held from 30th June - 26th July at the Red Dot Design Museum on the premises of the Zeche Zollverein World Cultural Heritage Site in Essen, Germany.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Nikon 1 J5 (£349.99 / €439.00) is a Wi-Fi and NFC-enabled 20.8-megapixel compact system camera with a 1"-type CX sensor, advanced hybrid auto-focus and a tiltable 3in touch-screen. Other highlights include 4K video recording (at 15fps), Full HD movie capture at 60fps and high-speed filming in HD resolution at 120fps. For manual photography enthusiasts, the Nikon 1 J5 offers a full manual mode, raw image capture and a new control wheel. The 1 J5 is available in three colour combinations: all-black, silver-white and silver-black. The J5 alongside the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens will be available for a suggested retail price of $499.95 / £429.99 / €539.00, while a kit with both the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 will be available for $749.95 / £559.99 / €709.00. Additionally, the Nikon 1 J5 will also be kitted with the 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens for $1,049.95.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Panasonic UK has launched three promotions on its imaging products. Running until 2nd June, the deals include a cashback offer and two value-added promotions. You can claim upto £200 (€250) cashback on Panasonic’s 4K imaging products including the HC-X1000, HC-WX970, HC-VX87 and HX-A500 camcorders as well as the LX100, GH4 (pictured) and FZ1000 cameras. Additionally, the company is extending warranty on selected camera and camcorder models up to 5 years. Thirdly, you can claim a free selfie stick with the purchase of selected Lumix cameras including the Lumix GF7, TZ57 and SZ10.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sony has released a firmware update for a number of its compact system cameras including the A7, A7R (pictured), A7S, A7 II and A6000. The new upgrade adds support for theSEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL35F14Z and SEL90M28G lenses. You can download the update for your camera from the website below.
Website: Sony UK
Canon is celebrating a 12th year as the global number one within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market. Canon’s run as market leader began in 2003 owing to the launch of the company’s first truly affordable dSLR, the EOS 300D. Since then, Canon has launched a host of interchangeable-lens cameras, including the EOS-1D series for professional users, and the EOS 5D series. More recently, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which boasts the world’s highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera plus the EOS 760D and EOS 750Do entry-level digital SLRs.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sony are showcasing the new FE 28mm F2, FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA at this year's Photography Show. We grabbed some hands-on shots of the three new lenses (there wasn't a 90mm sample) and the two convertor lenses for the 28mm lens that were also recently announced.
Panasonic are showing samples of the brand new Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro lenses to the press at The Photography Show. The Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 in particular has to be seen to be believed - it really is a tiny prime lens that's perfectly matched to the GM-series of cameras.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Olympus have issued a firware upgrade for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Preannounced at the beginning of February, Firmware Version 3.0 increases the maximum continuous shooting speed from 6.5fps to 9fps with auto focus maintained. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using C-AF Sequential H mode. Additionally, the new firmware adds support for Version 2.5 of the OI Share smartphone app You can update your camera's firmware using the free Digital Camera Updater utility.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
The FUJIFILM Xseries Japan Facebook page has published a photo of all the new XF lenses. Shown in the image are the XF 16mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2, 90mm f/2, 120mm f/2.8 Macro, 100-400m (apertures tbc), and the 1.4x tele-convertor. The photo confirms that the 16mm, 35mm and 120mm lenses will all be weather-resistant (but not the 90mm).
The upcoming Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R lens will be weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X World Facebook page has published an image of the Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens with "WR" included, which denotes "weather resistant" on other Fujifilm lenses.
They also comment "And in 2015 there will a be a new addition, XF16mmF1.4 R. It is wide angle large diameter lens, and yet compact in size. It takes the full advantage of X-mount being a mirrorless system, and it will certainly be optimized for the X-Trans CMOS sensor. The lens will be a favorite for many."
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
We take a look at the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera in our detailed hands-on preview...
The upcoming Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R lens will be weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X World Facebook page has published an image of the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR ASPH lens with "WR" included, which denotes "weather resistant" on other Fujifilm lenses.
They also comment "And, today we are happy to make an announcement on the development of a new lens; XF35mmF2 R, that would definitely be another killer lens for such use. Whether you prefer to shoot wide angle or standard angle of view, this lens is definitely to look out for. Stay tuned for its size, performance, and image quality, soon to come in 2015."
Fujifilm has released an updated road map for its X mount interchangeable lenses. The new lenses that have been added to the Fuji X Mount Lens Roadmap are:
XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro 1:1 Macro, telephoto lens
XF 35mm F2 R compact and lightweight standard focal length lens
1.4x Teleconverter for XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro, XF 100-400mm
Fujifilm have also confirmed that the "Super Telephoto Zoom" lens that was announced on its previous roadmap update will have a focal range equivalent to 150-600mm.