Category: Compact System Camera

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Kowa Prominar lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Panasonic GH4 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH4 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera, including the YAGH interface grip,the metal chassis and an exploded view of the inside of the camera.

Panasonic were also exhibiting early samples of the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and a non-working protototype of an intriguing super-compact 35-100mm lens.

Fujifilm X Signature Service

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Fuji now allows owners of select X series compacts (the Fujifilm X10, X20 and X100) and CSCs (X-Pro1 and X-E1) to personalise thir cameras by choosing from one of the customised Signature colours and textures. "Whether you already own a camera or are looking to purchase one today, simply select a style to suit your personality and we’ll get your tailor-made camera to you in a flash," the company promises. The service is available on the dedicated Fujifilm X Signature microsite.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: The Fujifilm X100S Black Edition

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We're trying something new today. Saturday Spotlight is an irregular look at products that don't quite warrant a full Photography Blog in-depth review, but are very interesting none-the-less. This week we take a look at the drool-worthy new Fujifilm X100S Black Edition...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Olympus Sensor Cleaning Booth at The Photography Show

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In addition to their main stand, Olympus UK will have a separate booth at The Photography Show offering free sensor cleaning to Olympus users. "We all know that the [SSWF] anti-dust system is so good you do not really need it, but time has its effect with our polluted world, and this is a lovely free service we are happy to offer," says Mark Thackara, National Marketing Manager, Consumer Products, Olympus UK. Interested photographers should go to the main Olympus stand to book their kit in. The Photography Show will be held from 1-4 March 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham - PhotographyBLOG readers have until tomorrow to buy their tickets online at a discounted price using our special promotion code.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fujifilm Issues Firmware Updates for its CSCs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has issued firmware updates for a number of its compact system cameras. Available for the Fujifilm X-A1, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1 and X-Pro1 models, the latest upgrade improves auto exposure (and, with the X-E2, auto focus) accuracy with the XF56mm f1.2 R lens.

Website: Fujifilm X-A1 Firmware Version 1.10
Website: Fujifilm X-E1 Firmware Version 2.20
Website: Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Version 1.20
Website: Fujilfilm X-Pro1 Firmware Version 3.20
Website: Fujifilm X-M1 Firmware Version 1.10

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Samsung Announces US Pricing for NX30 Smart Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Following a similar announcement made by its UK sister company, Samsung Electronics America today revealed availability and pricing details for the Samsung NX30 compact system camera.  The traditionally-styled NX30 features a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder, 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. In the United States, the NX30 will be available from mid-March, at an MSRP of $999.99.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Panasonic GH4 to Make its UK Debut at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic will be exhibiting its newly announced GH4 compact system camera for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show, taking place from 1st-4th March at the Birmingham NEC. The most advanced camera yet in Panasonic’s series of Lumix G cameras, the Lumix DMC-GH4 boasts a Four Thirds sized image sensor and 4K video capability in a compact and durable chassis .In addition to the much-anticipated GH4, Panasonic’s 4K themed stands (G50 and G60) will also showcase its Lumix G series CSCs, Lumix compacts and HD camcorders. Click through / read on for the stands' detailed programme.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware Version A 1.01, B 1.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Nikon has posted a firmware update for its Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera. Version A 1.01 fixes an issue that prevented updating of the camera’s A-GPS file with the latest A-GPS file. The firmware upgrade can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware Update A 1.01, B1.00

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Samsung UK Announces NX300 Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Photographers who buy a Samsung NX300 will receive £30/€35 cashback and a free camera case. The offer is available by redemption on purchases made until 31 March 2014 at participating retailers. The promotion can be activated online at the website below.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sony A6000 Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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See exactly what the new Sony A6000 compact system camera looks like in the flesh.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 58 photos of the Sony A6000 compact system camera, including both the silver and black versions.

Sony A6000

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A6000 compact system camera features the world’s fastest autofocus amongst interchangeable lens cameras. The A6000's Fast Hybrid AF system produces an autofocus performance of just 0.06 sec with high precision accuracy and an extremely wide autofocus coverage area with 179 focal points. The Sony A6000 also features a 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor, built-in flash, OLED Tru-Finder, two control dials, NFC and Wi-Fi and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps.

Available in black or silver, the Sony A6000 will be available in mid-April priced at £550 body only, £670 with the 16-50mm kit lens, £800 in a double telephoto lens kit, and £1400 with the 16-70mm Carl Zeiss lens.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dutch Website Reveals Pricing for Panasonic GH4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Dutch e-tailer CameraNu has started taking pre-orders for the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 compact system camera. The company quotes a price of €1,499 for the body only, including 21% VAT. Panasonic itself has not yet announced the MSRP of the camera.

Special thanks to our reader Jan Tengbergen for calling our attention to this piece of news.

Website: CameraNu

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.