Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fujifilm EF-X500

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The Fujifilm EF-X500 is a high-end multi-function external flash. The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of 50.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting. The Fujifilm EF-X500 will be avilable in September 2016 for £449.99 in the UK.

The Fujifilm EF-X500 is a high-end multi-function external flash. The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of 50.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash...

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Firmware 2.0

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm have announced a firmware update for the X-Pro2 camera to further enhance its performance. Firmware 2.0 for the X-Pro2 will add the new autofocus algorithm that is implemented on the new X-T2, incorporate compatibility with the new hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500, improve the parallax correction function, and add more Auto Power Off settings. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 Firmware 2.0 will be available for download in October 2016.

Fujifilm have announced a firmware update for the X-Pro2 camera to further enhance its performance. Firmware 2.0 for the X-Pro2 will add the new autofocus algorithm that is implemented on the new X-T2, incorporate compatibility with the new hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500, improve the parallax correction function, and add more Auto...

Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm have announced the development of three new lenses for the X series of digital cameras. The latest Fujifilm lens roadmap adds three new lenses - the XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, and the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.

Fujifilm have announced the development of three new lenses for the X series of digital cameras. The latest Fujifilm lens roadmap adds three new lenses - the XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, and the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8

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The Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is a new ultra wide angle lens for 35mm full-frame cameras. Available in Canon ,Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts, the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion. This manual focus lens offers a field of view of 121.96°, 7 aperture blades, minimum focusing distance of 18cm, and an aperture range of f/2.8 - f/22. The lens is so new that we don't have an official picture yet (we've shown you the Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro lens instead), and the scheduled release date is "more likely to be August rather than July", according to distributor UK Optics Ltd.

The Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is a new ultra wide angle lens for 35mm full-frame cameras. Available in Canon ,Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts, the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Panasonic at the Farnborough International Airshow

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Panasonic will be exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow public weekend, taking place in Hampshire on 16th and 17th July. With an array of products suited to enthusiasts and families alike, Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Lumix G & Lumix cameras and HD camcorders on their stand. Having only just been announced, this will be one of the first chances for consumers to see the new ultra wide-angle Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens (read review) that has been created to satisfy professional needs for shooting landscapes. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 and a selection of Panasonic’s 4K camcorders will also be on the stand. For those interested in purchasing a product, Panasonic has teamed up with London Camera Exchange to give visitors the chance to secure exclusive show offers on the Lumix G, Lumix and camcorder range.

Panasonic will be exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow public weekend, taking place in Hampshire on 16th and 17th July. With an array of products suited to enthusiasts and families alike, Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Lumix G & Lumix cameras and HD camcorders on their stand....

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sigma sd Quattro Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sigma have revealed availability and pricing for the new Sigma sd Quattro compact system camera. Building on the concept of the SD1 Merrill, the sd Quattro features a Sigma SA lens mount, making it compatible with all of the Sigma Global Vision lenses in the Contemporary, Art and Sports lines. Equipped with a 19.6-megapixel APS-C size sensor, the camera offers a combination of contrast-detect and phase-detect auto focus, plus a focus peaking function for manual focus enthusiasts. The high-resolution 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder features near-100% viewfinder coverage and a 1.09 magnification ratio. O-rings and environmental seals around buttons and seams prevent the intrusion of dust and water, making the camera suitable for use in adverse weather conditions. The Sigma sd Quattro will be available in early July with a suggested retail price of £799.99 including VAT and a new lens kit of the Sigma sd Quattro plus 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art lens will be available in early July with a suggested retail price of £999.99 including VAT.

Sigma have revealed availability and pricing for the new Sigma sd Quattro compact system camera. Building on the concept of the SD1 Merrill, the sd Quattro features a Sigma SA lens mount, making it compatible with all of the Sigma Global Vision lenses in the Contemporary, Art and Sports...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hasselblad X1D Preview - Bringing Medium Format to the Masses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Photography Blog attended yesterday's global launch of the Hasselblad X1D at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. As one of the first people outside of Hasselblad to actually get their hands on the X1D, here are my initial thoughts...

Photography Blog attended yesterday's global launch of the Hasselblad X1D at the Gothenburg Museum of Art. As one of the first people outside of Hasselblad to actually get their hands on the X1D, here are my initial thoughts...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hasselblad X1D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Hasselblad X1D is the World's first CSC with a 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager. Weighing in at 725 grams, the Hasselblad X1D is lighter and more portable than a lot of 35mm full-frame DSLRs, while delivering superior image quality courtesy of its considerably larger sensor. Hand-made in Sweden, the new X1D offers 14 stops of dynamic range; Full HD video recording; integrated Wi-Fi and GPS; a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600; dual SD card slots; an XGA electronic viewfinder and a large 3" multi-touch display with a graphical user interface similar to that of the Hasselblad H6D. The new camera uses an entirely new line of XCD lenses, which feature auto focus and built-in leaf shutters; but is also compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad H System, via an adapter. Available in late August / early September, the Hasselblad X1D carries an MSRP of £5,990/€7,900/$8,995 (+VAT where applicable).

The Hasselblad X1D is the World's first CSC with a 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager. Weighing in at 725 grams, the Hasselblad X1D is lighter and more portable than a lot of 35mm full-frame DSLRs, while delivering superior image quality courtesy of its considerably larger sensor. Hand-made in Sweden,...

Sony Cautions Against Firmware Hacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer; and a hack that gets rid of the 30-minute video recording limit imposed on certain Sony camera models. The company calls attention to the fact that by installing any third-party firmware or uncertified apps, users risk voiding their warranty.

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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer;...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits

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Canon will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 23-25 June 2016. The EOS 80D Video Creator Kit ($2,049.00, available from August 2016) includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card. This kit also includes the Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which allows creators to smoothly control their zoom at the push of a button or right from their compatible smartphone by using the Canon Camera Connect app. The EOS M3 Video Creator Kit ($899.99, available later this month) includes an EOS M3 compact system camera and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, an external microphone and a 32GB SD card. The new bundles join a family of Video Creator Kits that include the EOS Rebel T6i, Rebel T5i and EOS 70D.

Canon will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 23-25 June 2016. The EOS 80D Video Creator Kit ($2,049.00, available from August 2016) includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hasselblad Teases New Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Hasselblad is set to launch a new camera on Wednesday, 22nd June, at 1pm BST. Promising to be "a game changer in the world of photography," the new product is surrounded by an air of mystery but is widely believed to be a premium mirrorless camera with a medium-format CCD sensor. According to a teaser video (embedded below), the camera will be announced at a live streaming event broadcast via Hasselblad's YouTube channel.

Hasselblad is set to launch a new camera on Wednesday, 22nd June, at 1pm BST. Promising to be "a game changer in the world of photography," the new product is surrounded by an air of mystery but is widely believed to be a premium mirrorless camera with a medium-format CCD...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Panasonic Launch New Campaign

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Panasonic have launched a new advertising campaign for their range of Lumix cameras. Set in a classy beachside resort, the new campaign showcases the 4K Photo function available on selected Lumix models.Centred on a cool young boy, the advert follows how he confidently and cheekily springs off a diving board, and for a split second adopts a leisure dive. Highlighting the 4K photo feature, his Mum is filming the action on her Panasonic Lumix GX80 and is able to flick through the video footage and select the best frame. The ad then shows how the image has become a masterpiece in the family home, holding pride of place in the centre of the wall. The advertising campaign will run for four weeks in the United Kingdom. Click through / scroll down to see the advert.

Panasonic have launched a new advertising campaign for their range of Lumix cameras. Set in a classy beachside resort, the new campaign showcases the 4K Photo function available on selected Lumix models.Centred on a cool young boy, the advert follows how he confidently and cheekily springs...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH is a new ultra wide-angle lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4. It also boasts 15 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, a rugged splash/dustproof design, an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control, 9 aperture blades, and smooth, silent operation. The Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH lens is priced at £1199.99 in the UK.

The Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH is a new ultra wide-angle lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4. It also boasts 15 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, a rugged splash/dustproof design, ...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback Offer

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Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS M3 & M10), digital compact cameras, camcorders, printers, lenses and the Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash. The offer runs to 31 August 2016.

Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Samsung NX1 Firmware Version 1.41

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.41 resolves a Bluetooth connection issue with smartphones running on Android 6.0. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung NX1 Support

Samsung have issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.41 resolves a Bluetooth connection issue with smartphones running on Android 6.0. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Samsung NX1 Support

Samsung NX500 Firmware Version 1.12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX500 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.12 fixes a Bluetooth connection problem with smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung NX500 Support Page

Samsung have posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX500 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.12 fixes a Bluetooth connection problem with smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Samsung NX500 Support Page

Friday, May 6, 2016

Leica SL Voted Best Premium Camera at 2016 TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Leica SL mirrorless camera system has been honoured as ‘Best Premium Camera’ in the 2016 TIPA Awards. Featuring a full-frame, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and matching system components, ranging from lenses to an electronic viewfinder, the Leica SL can capture full-resolution stills at rates of up to 11fps and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The presentation of the 2016 TIPA Awards, now in their 26th year, will take place on 20 September during the Photokina exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

The Leica SL mirrorless camera system has been honoured as ‘Best Premium Camera’ in the 2016 TIPA Awards. Featuring a full-frame, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and matching system components, ranging from lenses to an electronic viewfinder, the Leica SL can capture full-resolution stills at rates of up to 11fps...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DJI Launches Osmo RAW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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DJI has announced it will offer its Micro Four-Thirds Zenmuse X5R camera for use with the Osmo image stabilisation system. “When we launched the Osmo, we reimagined motion,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “With the DJI Osmo RAW, we’ve gone even further. Now, creators and filmmakers will no longer have to choose between image quality and image stability, no matter from what perspective they’re shooting.” Gimbal motors will ensure image stability on three axes, with pan and tilt functions accessible either by using the Osmo’s thumb stick or through the DJI GO app. Users can also control the X5R’s focus and aperture from within the iOS or Android app or via an optional DJI Focus unit. Also available for the Osmo system is the Micro Four-Thirds X5 camera and gimbal, called the Osmo Pro. Pricing and availability of the Osmo Pro and Osmo RAW will be announced shortly, the company says.

DJI has announced it will offer its Micro Four-Thirds Zenmuse X5R camera for use with the Osmo image stabilisation system. “When we launched the Osmo, we reimagined motion,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “With the DJI Osmo RAW, we’ve gone even further. Now,...

Friday, April 15, 2016

Leica SL Firmware Update 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica have released the newest firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 2.0 includes numerous new features and improvements: the autofocus system has been revised and optimised, offering even faster focusing, higher precision and optimized subject tracking. A further improvement increases the number of AF focusing points available for the single point AF setting to 529. The update also features direct exposure compensation controlled by the top dial and the click wheel on the back of the camera in the three automatic exposure modes: P, T and A, as well as an extended range of shutter speeds. Further improvements include updates to the JPG quality, white balance, the video menu, Auto ISO options and the focus peaking function, while images in DNG format can now be magnified for better evaluation. The camera is also compatible with all Leica flash units and an update to the app allows the use of the optimized functions. Registered camera users can log in to the Leica Owner’s Area to download the new firmware.

Leica have released the newest firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 2.0 includes numerous new features and improvements: the autofocus system has been revised and optimised, offering even faster focusing, higher precision and optimized subject tracking. A further improvement increases the number of AF focusing points available...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX80 Preview

Amy Davies | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has introduced a new compact system camera which sits in between the GX(single digit) and the GF ranges in terms of who it is aimed at.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 features a 16 million pixel sensor and a Venus Engine was has been tweaked to work specifically in this camera. For the first time in a G series camera, the optical low pass filter has been removed which boosts the sensor’s capability to record fine detail.

As with several other Lumix cameras recently released, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 features the ability to record 4K video which also facilitates 4K photo modes.

Panasonic has introduced a new compact system camera which sits in between the GX(single digit) and the GF ranges in terms of who it is aimed at. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 features a 16 million pixel sensor and a Venus Engine was has been tweaked to work specifically in this...