Category: Compact System Camera

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new mirrorless system camera that marks "the beginning of a new era in professional photography". The Leica SL features the fastest auto-focusing of any full-frame system camera, a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second, 4.4million pixel electronic viewfinder, 2.95” back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170°, Maestro II Series processor, 11fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and a highest ISO setting of 50,000.

Three new lenses have also been unveiled alongside the Leica SL - the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. standard zoom, Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4, and the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4. In addition, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter as they share the same mount. In addition, appropriate adapters allow almost all Leica S, M, and R system lenses ever made to be mounted on the Leica SL, as well as lenses from other manufacturers.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) body is scheduled to be available in the UK from authorised Leica stockists from 16 November 2015, at a suggested retail price of £5,050 including VAT.
The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. zoom lens is scheduled to be available at the same time, at a suggested retail price of £3,150 including VAT. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8–4 will be available in Q2 2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. will be available in Q4 2016, pricing for both to be confirmed at a later date.

In the USA the Leica SL (Type 601) body (SRP: $7,450) and Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH zoom lens (SRP: $4,950) will be available beginning November 16 at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sony A7R II Firmware Version 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has unveiled the release date of the previously announced firmware update that will add uncompressed 14-bit raw image capture to the A7R II compact system camera. Version 2.0 will be available for download through Sony's e-support site from 19th October. In addition to uncompressed raw capture, which will become a selectable feature within the menu system for updated cameras, the firmware also adds the ability for the A7R II to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software, which enables remote capture from a connected computer.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Official Canon EOS M10 Sample Images and Videos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon have posted 8 full-resolution sample photos and 2 reduced-resolution sample videos captured with the new Canon EOS M10 compact system camera. Taken with a variety of lenses including the EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, EF-M11-22mm f/4.0-5.6 IS STM and EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM; these Canon EOS M10 samples were captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO100/21° to ISO400/27°. You can download the sample images and videos from the website below.

Website: Official Canon EOS M10 Samples

Canon EOS M10 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M10 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M10 compact system camera.

Canon EOS M10

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Canon EOS M10 is a brand new Compact System Camera that distils the best of DSLR photography into a compact body. The EOS M10 combines Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, an 18 Megapixel sensor, and Hybrid CMOS AF II to deliver responsive handling and stunning image quality in both stills and Full HD Movies.  Also launched today is the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, a new collapsible standard zoom lens for the EOS M10.

The EOS M10 will be available from November 2015 with the following RRPs:

EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM  - £399.99/€589.99.
The EOS M10 body only £309.99/€449.99

Monday, October 12, 2015

ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 is a super wide angle lens for compact full-frame cameras with E-mount. With a new optical design based on the ZEISS Distagon, the Zeiss Loxia 21mm lens has an angular field exceeding 91 degrees (diagonal) on a full-frame camera and a minimum object distance of just 0.25 meters (9.84”).

The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 will be available worldwide starting December 2015. The lens shade is included with delivery. The recommended retail price is USD 1,499 (excl. VAT) or EUR 1,259.66 (excl. VAT).*

Monday, September 21, 2015

Metabones Add PDAF Support for Olympus OM-D E-M1 & Sony Alpha 7R II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Metabones have released a firmware update for their EF-mount Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters. Version 1.8 adds support for the on-sensor phase-detect auto-focus (PDAF) function of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Sony Alpha 7R II compact system cameras. In addition, this firmware upgrade provides support for the fast contrast-detect auto-focus (CDAF) feature of the Olympus E-M5II, E-M5, E-M10 and E-P5 models. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Olympus have announced an upcoming firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 4.0 will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also planning to release a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. At the same time, Version 1.1 of Olympus Capture will be released to "meet demands from professionals," and the latest firmware update for M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be issued to provide improved aprture drive for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies in situations with sudden changes in brightness. These firmware and software updates will all be released in late November.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sony to Add Uncompressed 14-bit Raw Capture to Select CSCs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony today announced that user selectable compressed and uncompressed 14-bit-per-channel raw image capture will be featured in the new A7S II full-frame compact system camera. Additionally, they have announced plans to add this feature via firmware update to additional cameras, beginning with the recently introduced A7R II. Until now, Sony camera users have had to make do with raw files compressed using a lossy algorithm, leading to sub-optimal results (as compared with other manufacturers' cameras equipped with similar Sony sensors).

Friday, September 11, 2015

Panasonic GH4 Firmware Update 2.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic have released a firmware upgrade for their Lumix GH4 compact system camera. Version 2.3 brings the following improvements to the camera.

  1. "Activation function" is added in the menu which enables the camera to comply with "V-Log L" function by using Upgrade Software Key "DMW-SFU1".
    * Follow the Installation Guide bundled in the Upgrade Software key "DMW-SFU1".
    About extended function of V-Log L for DMC-GH4.
  2. Recording can be paused or stopped with a press of Fn1 button in [Time Lapse Shot] despite the length of shooting interval.

Sony A7S II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A7S II is a 12.2-megapixel full-frame compact system camera with 4K video recording, enhanced auto-focus and a silent image capture mode that can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting. Additionally, the Sony α7S II features the world’s highest viewfinder magnification (0.78x with a normal prime focused at infinity) among all full-frame digital cameras. The AF system now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy, down to light levels as low as EV -4. To combat motion blur resulting from shaky hands, the α7S II is equipped with the same 5-axis image stabilisation system as the Sony α7 II and α7R II cameras. The Sony A7S II will be available in Europe in November 2015.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Panasonic Launches Lumix Ambassador Programme

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Panasonic has launched its Lumix Ambassador programme. The first six ambassadors are Jonas Borg, Marco Crupi, Casey Gutteridge, Caroline Roxy, Ferdinand Wolf and Daimo Xanthopoulos. These photographers and cinematographers will host workshops across Europe and have their work, captured on Lumix cameras, displayed at the Panasonic Lumix Ambassador website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Panasonic Lumix GH4R

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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At IFA 2015, Panasonic are showcasing the Lumix GH4R, an advanced version of the existing GH4 compact system camera. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) and V-Log L video capability. Taking full advantage of the Panasonic GH4R’s Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts log characteristics with 12 stops, allowing videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid ‘bleaching out’ details in very bright environments. V-Log L is also available to existing GH4 users, via a paid software upgrade. By purchasing the DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key and updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.3, users of the original GH4 can also enjoy the benefits of V-Log L functionality for a one off cost of £79. The new Panasonic Lumix GH4R will be available from 7th September 2015 and will retail at £1199.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fujifilm Adds Windows 10 Support to Seven X-Series Cameras

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Having issued a Windows 10 compatibility announcement at the beginning of this month, Fujifilm now released firmware updates for seven X-series compacts and CSCs. These include the Fujifilm X100S, X100T (pictured), X20, X30, X-Pro1, XQ2 and X-E2 models. Similar firmware upgrades for other Fuji cameras are planned to be released later this year.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Canon UK Announce New Promotion

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As Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving customers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when they buy a selected Canon product. The offer runs until 31st October 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or ROI retailers. Eligible products include the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), EOS 750D and EOS 760D digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera, the PowerShot G7 X, SX60 and SX710 compacts, and the PIXMA MG7550, PIXMA MG6650 and SELPHY CP910 printers. Customers purchasing one of these products will also receive a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Replica Ball.

Canon EOS M3 Goes to America

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon have announced the upcoming US launch of their EOS M3 compact system camera. The company's third CSC has an 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, a touch-screen interface, Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, Full 1080p HD Movie mode, ISO 100-12800, a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot LCD monitor that tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, 4.2fps burst shooting, 14-bit RAW support, built-in pop-up flash and a flash hot-shoe. The Canon EOS M3 will go on sale in the US in early October for an estimated retail price of $679.99. An EOS M3 EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens kit will be available in the customer’s choice of black or white for an estimated retail price of $799.99. Additionally, a two-lens kit featuring the EOS M3 digital camera with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens will be on sale for an estimated retail price of $1,049.00.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Official Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus Japan has posted seven full-resolution sample images captured with the new OM-D E-M10 II compact system camera. Taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO1,600/33°, these photos were shot with a variety of Micro Four Thirds lenses including the M.Zuikod Digital 25mm F/1.8, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 45mm f/1.8, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ. You can download these Olympus OM-D E-M10 II samples from the website below.

Website: Olympus Japan

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a new compact system camera with a 5-axis image stabilisation system, a brand new 4K time-lapse movie mode, and a large real-time EVF featuring a resolution of 2.36 million dots and 100% frame coverage. It also boasts an electronic shutter with a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec, plus a new AF Targeting Pad function that works similarly to Panasonic's venerable Touch Pad AF. This feature enables you to select and modify the position of the AF frame by touch even when using the eye-level viewfinder. The retro-styled chassis, tiltable touchscreen, Micro Four Thirds lens mount and 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor have been carried over from the original E-M10. The recommended kit includes the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5-6 EZ pancake lens and will cost £649.99/€799.00/$799.00. The body-only configuration is available for £549.99/€599.00/$649.00.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Testing out the Sony A7R II with as many native lenses as possible…

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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This week we've been busy testing out the new Sony A7R II full-frame mirrorless camera with a variety of native lenses from Sony and Zeiss. We've published sample images from no less than 13 different lenses:

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 16-35mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 24-70mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 25mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 28mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 55mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 70-200mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 85mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 90mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 28-70mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Loxia 35mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Loxia 50mm Sample Images

Most of these lenses were supplied by our friends at Hireacamera - they're definitely worth checking out if you want to hire or rent camera kit in the UK.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sony A7R II Sample Videos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We've shot some sample videos with the Sony A7R II at all of the available settings, from 4K, then AVCHD, through to MP4. All of the A7R II sample videos were shot hand-held using the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 lens with APS-C/Super 35mm set to On.