Category: Compact System Camera

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sony A7R II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has today introduced their new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the A7R II. Featuring the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with a resolution of 42.4 megapixels, the new Sony A7R II boasts high-speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original A7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points. The 42.4 MP sensor combines gapless on-chip lens design and anti-reflective coating on the surface of the sensor’s glass seal to improve light collection efficiency, resulting in high sensitivity with low-noise performance and a wide dynamic range. This allows the camera to shoot at an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 that is expandable to ISO50-102,400. The new flagship A7R II model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity. Additionally, the 5-axis stabilisation works synergistically with Sony α lenses with OSS to provide maximum stabilisation and clarity. The Sony A7R II full-frame interchangeable lens camera will be available in August for about $3,200.

Camera Grand Prix 2015 Winners Unveiled

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The winners of the Camera Grand Prix 2015, hosted by the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan (CJPC), received their awards in Tokyo on Monday, 1 June 2015. The Camera Grand Prix, held since 1984, is a prestigious award whose winners are selected by a judging committee made up of the members of the CJPC, top editorial staff of the member publications, academic experts, technical writers, professional photographers and TIPA (Technical Image Press Association). The winning products for the Camera GP 2015 include theCanon EOS 7D Mark II ("Camera of the Year" and "Readers' Award"), theCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens ("Lens of the Year"), the Lytro Illum, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 ("Editors' Award").

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sony Boasts Record Growth in CSC Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony is reporting a record growth in compact camera sales. According to The NPD Group, overall mirrorless camera revenue has grown 16.5%  over the past 12 months, with DSLR sales declining approximately 15% over the same period.  During this time, Sony has experienced a 66% boost in their company's CSC sales, strengthening their dominant position as the number one overall mirrorless brand, a position they have held for 4 consecutive years. "Growth in the mirrorless segment shows this new technology and form factor are resonating with consumers," said Ben Arnold, executive director, The NPD Group. "Going forward, mirrorless will continue to command a greater share of the interchangeable lens camera category."

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Olympus Announce “Test & Wow” Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Olympus have announced a free new opportunity for photographers to test their cameras and lenses. They can choose from the OM-D or PEN series including the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II (pictured), in combination with one or more M.Zuiko Digital lenses. The Olympus’ ‘Test & Wow’ programme lets photographers trial the cameras for three days, in their own time, away from the retailer with no strings attached. For more information, visit the website below.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fujifilm Summer Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji have announced a new summer promotion. The Fujifilm X-T1 (pictured) is now available to buy with £75 cashback. Those that purchase the X-T1 in a kit with the Fujinon XF18-135mm will also receive a free vertical battery grip worth £179.99. Photographers wishing to expand their range of XF lenses can also get £75 cashback when purchasing a lens. Those who buy two XF lenses are entitled to a cashback of £225. Three lenses will give you £375 cashback and if you decide to buy 4 XF lenses you’ll get £525 back. For 5 or more lenses you’ll get an additional £150 cashback, per lens. For terms and conditions, visit the website below.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback

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Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Samsung NX1 Firmware Update 1.30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have posted a firmware update for the professional grade Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.30 incorporates no less than 19 new features, enhancements and bug fixes. These include major improvements to AF operation in low light, spot light and backlight, a brand new Zone AF mode, various movie mode enhancements, and much more. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 compact system camera integrates 4K video recording capability and a variety of 4K Photo functions. The LUMIX DMC-G7 records  QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 25p (50Hz) or 24p in MP4 with full-time auto-focusing. The 4K Photo function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel still, and three 4K Photo functions are newly integrated into the LUMIX DMC-G7: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst.

Other key features include a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO 25600, ultra-high speed AF of just 0.07 sec, Wi-Fi connectivity, high-speed dual OLED Live View Finder, and a 3-inch 1040K-dot Free-Angle touch screen display.

The LUMIX G7 will be available from mid-June in the UK.

DMC-G7HEB-K in black - £849
DMC-G7KEB-K in black - £679
DMC-G7EB-K in black - £599
DMC-G7WEB-S in silver sold at Jessops - £779
DMC-G7KEB-S in silver sold at Jessops - £679

Official Fujifilm X-T10 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have released six full-resolution sample photographs taken with the new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera. Captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO800/30°, these Fujifilm X-T10 samples were shot using a variety of Fujinon lenses including the XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, the XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, the XF35mm F1.4 R and the XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS.

Official Fujinon XF90mm F2 R LM WR Lens Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have posted half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the brand new Fujinon XF90mm F2 R LM WR lens. Taken by Bert Stephani, Niko Villegas and Kevin Mullins, these sample photographs demonstrate how well the XF90mm F2 R LM WR can be used in portraiture, fashion and wedding photography. The photos were all taken on a Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera.

Fujifilm X-T10 Preview

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We take a look at some of the key features of the new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera.

Fujifilm X-T10 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the X-T1 camera.

Fujifilm X-T10

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera combines a compact and lightweight body with a new AF system that excels at capturing moving subjects. The X-T10 features an APS-C X-TransTM CMOS II sensor with built-in phase detection AF. In addition to Fujifilm’s conventional 49-point AF mode for high speed and precision focusing, the X-T10 features new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that track subject movement across a larger 77-point area.

The Fujifilm X-T10 will be on sale in the UK from mid-late June 2015. It will be available in both Black and Silver versions. All kit lenses will be Black.

The suggested retail prices are as follows:

X-T10 Body Only - £499.00
X-T10 XC16-50mm Kit - £599.00
X-T10 XF18-55mm Kit - £799.00

Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is a short fast-aperture telephoto lens that is ideal for portrait and sports photography. Offering a focal length equivalent to 137mm and a maximum aperture of F2.0, the Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR delivers ultra-sharp images with rich bokeh even at the maximum aperture setting. The XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is both compact and, at 540g, lightweight while the minimum working distance of 60cm delivers a wide shooting range. A newly-developed Quad Linear Motor delivers fast, accurate autofocus, plus the lens also features a weather- and dust-resistant structure that can work in temperatures down to -10°C.

The Fujifilm XF 90mm lens will be on sale in the UK from late July 2015. The suggested retail price will be £699.00.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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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

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Version 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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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

Hasselblad Lunar Price Drops to $1,495

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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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.)

Via MLZphoto

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sony 16-35 and 24-70mm f/2.8 Lenses Announced

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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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 OM-D E-M5 Mark II Firmware Update 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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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 DMC-GH4 Firmware Update 2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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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.