Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CSCs & DSLRs to Merge into Single Segment, InfoTrends Says

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Currently, compact system cameras and SLRs are divided into two segments but InfoTrends believes that they "will converge back into a single category." Until this happens, the research firm recommends that vendors and retailers continue to educate future camera buyers about the advantages and disadvantages of each "to create smart shoppers." InfoTrends’ new Consumer Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera study provides demographic information on different types of camera owners, examines owners’ and future owners’ attitudes, behaviours, and brand preferences, provides insight into photo activities, feature use, and future requirements, and analyses current and future market opportunities. This study also provides a market forecast from 2013 to 2018.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sakar Pulls Nikon 1 Lookalike from Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a Preliminary Injunction Order to stop the sales and advertising of the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera. Nikon had filed a lawsuit against Sakar - the worldwide licensee of the Polaroid brand for digital cameras - for design patent infringement and trade dress infringement on 11 October 2013, arguing that the Polaroid iM1836 looked conspicuously similar to the Nikon 1 J1 compact system camera. As part of the injunction, Sakar will no longer manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pentax Q, Q7 and Q10 Firmware Updates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Ricoh has issued firmware updates for the Pentax Q, Pentax Q7 and Pentax Q10 compact system cameras. This upgrade adds compatibility with the Pentax-08 Wide Zoom and improves overall stability. The Q7 (pictured) additionally benefits from a new feature that enables lens firmware to be displayed in the set-up menu, and enhanced green-button functionality in manual exposure mode.

Website: Pentax Q Firmware Update 1.14

Website: Pentax Q10 Firmware Update 1.03

Website: Pentax Q7 Firmware Update 1.01

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sony A7 vs A7R

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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After extensively reviewing both cameras at the same time, here's our real-world comparison of the exciting new Sony A7 and Sony A7R full-frame compact system cameras. We've outlined the main differences between the two models, both on paper and in reality - you might be rather surprised by our findings...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Canon EOS M2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon Japan has just announced the Canon EOS M2 compact system camera. Promising "greatly improved" auto focus performance courtesy of a new Hybrid AF II system, the Canon EOS M2 also boasts on-board Wi-Fi and an 8% smaller body by volume. Other highlights include an 18-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processing engine and a continuous shooting speed of 4.6 frames per second. Availability is slated for Mid-December, with pricing to be communicated. Canon Europe have confirmed that the EOS M2 will not be available in Europe.

Source: Canon Japan

Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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With Black Friday upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded-up all 7 Holiday Gift Guides that we've published in the last week. If you're looking to buy a camera, make sure to check out our expert guides first!

DSLR Cameras

Compact System Cameras

Premium Compact Cameras

Superzoom Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras

Smartphones

Accessories and Software

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Version 3.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has announced an upcoming firmware update for its X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 3.10 brings a number of improvements and enhancements, including improved accuracy and coverage of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder, a new file name editing function, more consistent file numbering for photos taken in continuous shooting mode, and improved in-camera raw conversion. Additionally, you will be able to see the exposure setting in live-view, adjust the aperture / shutter speed while maintaining the exposure value while AE lock is selected, and set the default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed when selecting AUTO in the ISO setting. This new firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 will be available on 5th December.

Firmware Updates for Fujifilm X-E1, X-E2 & X100S

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Fujifilm will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium X-E1, X100S and X-E2 models to enhance operability and functionality. The updates will bring new functionality allowing you to edit image filenames and improvements to in-camera raw file conversion, In addition, the X-E1 and X100S will benefit from a number of enhancements already incorporated into the X-E2, such as the ability to see the exposure setting in Live View, the cpability to change the aperture and shutter speed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button, and more consistent file numbering for photos taken in continuous shooting mode. In the X-E1, the maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can now be set when ISO AUTO is selected. Finally, the X100S also benefits from improved accuracy and coverage of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder. The updates will go live on 19th December.

Olympus Releases Three Firmware Updates

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Olympus has announced firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera (read review), the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens (read review) and the Stylus XZ-2 premium compact camera (read review). Firmware version 1.1 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 improves Live Bulb image quality while noise reduction is on, enhances AF operation including C-AF, improves image stabilisation in the Sports and Children scene modes, and corrects chromatic aberration caused by the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Firmware update 1.3 for the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 improves AF performance when you use a single target in a low-light situation. Finally, the firmware upgrade for the 12-50mm lens improves stability when using electronic zoom in combination with Panasonic cameras. As usual those updating their firmware should use the company's free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Firmware Update 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has posted a firmware update for its Lumix GX7 compact system camera. Version 1.2 improves manual focus operation with the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens, and allows the adjustment of flash output to be assigned to the Fn button. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Panasonic Japan ! Support

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - Compact System Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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In the second part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite Compact System Cameras, with something for every budget.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Olympus Accessory Cashback Offer with OM-D E-M1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Olympus UK are offering a £100 Accessory Cashback voucher to anyone purchasing an E-M1 body or kit from authorised dealers. The offer is valid on any Olympus accessory worth over £199.99, and runs until 15 January 2014. For details visit the website below.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Free VF-4 Finder with Olympus E-P5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Olympus has launched a new promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Offering a free VF-4 electronic viewfinder with every E-P5 14-42mm kit or E-P5 body purchased, the promotion runs from today until 5th January. Customers will have until 2 February 2014 to claim their free VF-4. To learn more, read the terms and conditions of the promotion.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Canon Winter Cashback

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Canon has launched a new cashback promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The offer gives you a chance to receive up to £70 cashback on your purchases, plus an extra £35 bonus if you ‘Mix and Match’ by buying two promotional products at the same time. The offer runs until 26.January 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers excluding grey/parallel imports. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of eligible products.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fujifilm X-E2 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-E2.

Fujifilm X-E2

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-E2 is a new compact system camera that boasts the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 seconds in its class. The X-E2 also delivers even more beautiful colour reproduction and higher definition image capture than the original X-E1 model. Available in solid Black or two-tone Black and Silver, the Fujifilm X-E2 will cost £749.00 body only.

Fujifilm X100 Firmware Version 2.00

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm are releasing a free, dedicated firmware update for the original X100 camera which will offer a number of significant improvements. The new firmware will drastically improve the performance of the autofocus and manual focus functions and offer additional convenience. The Fujifilm X100 Firmware Version 2.00 is available for download today.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera, including the black and orange versions, the new 12-32mm collapsible lens, and the optional hand grip.

Panasonic 15mm and 35-100mm GM Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic have today unveiled three lenses for their new GM-series mirrorless cameras.

In addition to the 12-32mm lens announced alongside the GM1 camera, Panasonic are also developing the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. and an as yet unnamed 35-100mm lens.

There are no details yet on pricing or availability of either the 15mm or 35-100mm lenses.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Panasonic GM1 is a tiny Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 1036K-dot touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other highlights include a completely silent electronic shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000s, focus peaking, pop-up flash and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Panasonic Lumix GM1 comes bundled with the new Lumix G VARIO12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 Asph. MEG O.I.S. pancake zoom lens. The kit will be available from December, priced at around £629 / $750. The lens will also be sold separately for $350. An auxiliary grip for the Panasonic GM1 will be available for £89 / $100.