Category: Compact System Camera

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Leica T Hands-on Photos

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

Check out our massive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Leica T compact system camera, including the 18-56mm and 23mm lenses.

Leica T

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Leica T is a new mirrorless compact system camera. The Leica T–System combines pure design, handcrafted excellence, with an entirely new operating system. The Leica T features a large, APS-C-format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP). At the heart of the concept of the Leica T is the clear design of the touchscreen display. The Leica T is also the first system camera from Leica to feature an integrated Wi-Fi module.

Two lenses will initially be available for the market launch of the Leica T-System - the Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and the Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH. The Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. wide-angle zoom and the Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. telephoto zoom are scheduled to appear in time for presentation at Photokina 2014 in September.

The Leica T is available May 26th, 2014, priced as follows:

Leica T-System £1350.00 RRP
Leica Vario Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASP £1250.00 RRP
Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH £1350.00 RRP

Panasonic Receives Two TIPA Awards

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Panasonic has received two awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Lumix GH4 compact system camera (pictured) has been awarded ‘Best Hybrid Photo/Video Camera’ and the Panasonic TZ60 (also known as the ZS40) ranked first as 2014's ‘Best Superzoom Camera.’ 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Wins TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 has been voted 2014's best compact system camera (CSC) in the entry-level category by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). As the) jury noted, “The nicely designed and extremely compact and metal-bodied OM-D E-M10 convinces with great image quality and operation thanks to the TruePic VII processor (inherited from the E-M1), a 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor, built-in WiFi with QR code scanning technology, a large, 1.4-million RGB dot electronic viewfinder and a tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD with high 1,039,000-dot resolution. The camera incorporates 3-axis image stabilisation and FAST AF, making this the fastest ever Olympus AF system with 81 target areas covering the entire image. With 8 fps shooting speed, burst rates can deliver up to 16 RAW images and an unlimited number of JPEGs. With continuous AF, the camera delivers up to 3.5 fps.”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fujifilm X-A1 Camera Winner!

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We've teamed up with CameraWorld to give away a fantastic Fujifilm X-A1 camera!

The lucky winner is Angela Smith. Congratulations!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Sony A7S Now Available to Pre-Order

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Warehouse Express has started taking pre-orders for the brand new Sony A7S, a 35mm full-frame compact system camera that shoots 4K video without pixel binning. The camera's professional video functions include XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs. The new α7S full-frame digital camera from Sony will be available in Summer 2014, priced at £2499 without a lens. For comparison, Warehouse Express sells the Sony A7 for £1235 and the A7R for £1669.

Website: Warehouse Express

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nikon 1 J4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Nikon 1 J4 is a new, WiFi-enabled compact system camera with an 18-megapixel CX sensor with no low-pass filter, improved hybrid AF system, touch-sensitive LCD screen and an aluminium housing. The auto focus system offers 105 focus points with phase-detection AF and 171 focus points with contrast-detect AF. The Nikon 1 J4 supports high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 20fps with AF tracking, and up to 60fps when focus is locked. Other highlights include a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800, a 1-million-dot 3" touchscreen, Full HD 60p movies, improved Motion Snapshots and manual exposure modes. Availability is slated for June, with pricing to be confirmed.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Official Sony A7S Sample Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has posted a 4K sample movie shot entirely on the brand new Sony A7S compact system camera. The Sony A7S is an E-mount interchangeable-lens camera with a 12-megapixel full-frame imager capable of full-pixel read-out - without pixel binning - for 4K videos and QFHD video output through HDMI. Click through / scroll down to view the official Sony A7S sample video.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sony A7S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A7S is a new 12.2-megapixel compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, 4K movie recording, a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 102,400 (extendable to ISO 409,600)  and an improved auto focus system that remains operational down to light levels as low as -4EV. Using data read-out from every single pixel of the 35mm full-frame sensor, the Sony A7S records 4K movies (24p and 25p) that are free from aliasing and jaggies. The camera's professional video functions include XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs. The new α7S full-frame digital camera from Sony will be available in Summer 2014, with pricing to be confirmed..

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Panasonic UK Launches Lumix G Promotions

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Panasonic UK has launched a number of Lumix G promotions to offer consumers some considerable savings and free products. The company is offering a free battery and battery grip worth £300 when you purchase a DMC-GH4. Those who opt for the GH3 instead can redeem a free battery grip, battery and Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. If you are interested in the rangefinder-styled GX7 (pictured), you can either buy it with the 20mm "pancake" lens and pick up a 12-32mm zoom, or purchase the camera in a kit with the 14-42mm zoom and redeem a 20mm lens. Finally, for those looking to purchase the tiny GM1, Panasonic is offering consumers £80/€100 cashback. The free products and cashback are all claimed via consumer redemption to Panasonic UK until 2nd June.

Pentax Q7 Limited-Edition Premium Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Ricoh Imaging has revealed a new Pentax Q7 premium kit. Limited to 1000 units worldwide, the boxed kit includes a Pentax Q7 camera body, a standard prime, a wide zoom, standard zoom and telephoto zoom lenses with hoods, a camera bag and a polarising filter. The standard prime and standard zoom lenses (as well as the metal lens hood designed for the former) have been treated with a black coating identical to that used on the camera body, to enhance visual harmony. The limited-edition Pentax Q7 premium kit will be available later this month for a suggested retail price of $1,199.95.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Samsung Trade-up Promotion

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Samsung UK has today announced a major trade-up promotion across selected models of its Smart camera and NX lens range. Running until 31 at participating retailers both in-store and online, the promotion enables anyone that purchases a new Samsung camera or lens included within the offer and trades in their old digital camera (in working condition) to claim up to £200/€240. To claim the reward, all people need to do is buy a qualifying Samsung camera or lens from an eligible retailer, either in-store or online, and fill out an online claim form on Samsung.com within 14 days of making the purchase. They will then receive a pre-paid postage label within two days via email. Customers in the Republic of Ireland will be emailed the freepost address to send back their camera. Once this has arrived, they must simply pack and return their old digital camera within 30 days of purchase. Qualifying claims will then be fulfilled via direct bank transfer.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Men Damage £1,759 Worth of Gadgets in Their Lifetime

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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New research from Nikon has found that when it comes to their technology men cause £1,759 worth of damage to their gadgets during their lifetime. Of those men who have damaged their technology in the last five years, four in ten male respondentssent it crashing to the floor, while the second most common scenario was submerging it in a drink or splashing drink on it (12%). Nikon is using these figures to highlight the ruggedness of its 1 series AW1 compact system camera (pictured)  Thuan Bui, Junior Product Manager, Nikon 1, Nikon UK, comments “Being waterproof, shock proof and freeze proof the Nikon 1 AW1 is perfect for keeping up with the most active lifestyles. And with so many of us causing some sort of damage to our prized possessions this is one less gadget you need to worry about. What’s more, whether it falls into a drink on a night out, it’s left outside in the rain or dropped on the floor, you’ll still get great quality photos of all your adventures."

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Firmware Update 1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has issued a firmware update for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 1.3 brings improved microphone functionality when an external microphone is used. Audio levels can now be adjusted in 21 steps, resulting in expanded dynamic range for sound. In addition the possibility to switch the volume limiter on and off  has been added. Additionally, a new Anti-Shock mode with a 0-second delay has been added. For information on how to update the firmware on your Olympus OM-D E-M1 visit the website below.

Website: Olympus UK: Firmware Update Instructions

Monday, March 24, 2014

Two Hasselblad Lunar Cameras Go Under Hammer in Florida

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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A duo of Hasselblad Lunar cameras with a joint retail value of around $14,000 were sold for $54,500 at a charity auction in Florida. The deal also included a unique set of classic motorsport photographs shot over decades with a Hasselblad camera by Concours Show founder and chairman, Bill Warner. Michael Hejtmanek, President of Hasselblad Bron said: "We knew our new, retro-look Lunar range was compelling - especially the rich-veined olive wood edition with its advanced technology and supreme ergonomics - but for a pair of them to raise $54,500 for Spina Bifida Jacksonville at this auction is just outstanding."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: The Sony A7/A7R and the Metabones Canon EF Adapter

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In our second Saturday Spotlight feature, we take a look at using Canon EF lenses on the Sony A7 / A7R compact system cameras - yes, it really is possible...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nikon 1 V3 Gets DxOMarked

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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DxO Labs have posted their findings on the new CX-format sensor found in the Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera. The overall DxOMark Sensor Score is 52, which does not differ significantly from the results of the Nikon 1 V1 (54) and V2 (50). It's also very close to the Nikon 1 AW1 (51), although its "Sports (Low-light ISO)" score is decidedly lower. The Nikon 1 V3 comes with a new 18-megapixel sensor, but the real improvements the camera offers have more to do with features than image quality: the camera boasts a new and significantly enhanced AF system, faster continuous shooting while maintaining autofocus, and expanded video functionality.

Website: DxOMark

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kodak S-1 Micro Four Thirds Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak S-1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak S-1 compact system camera, including the black and white versions and the three new lenses (12-45mm, 42.5-160mm and 400mm fieldscope).

Kodak SL25, SL10 and SL5 Smart Lens Camera Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro SL25, SL10 and SL5 smart lens cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro SL25, SL10 and SL5 smart lens cameras.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Samsung NX mini

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Samsung NX mini is billed as "the world's slimmest interchangeable-lens camera." Featuring NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, the Samsung NX mini has a 1"-type 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 6fps continuous shooting mode and a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000 second. The 3-inch touchscreen that flips 180-degrees allows users to take self-portraits effortlessly. Unlike other Samsung NX models, the NX mini has a brand new NX-M lens mount, with two lenses available at launch: a 9mm f/3.5 and a stabilised 9-27mm f/3.5-5.6. A stabilised 17mm f/1.8 will be available at a later date (multiply the focal lengths by 2.7 for the 35mm equivalents). The Samsung NX mini will retail for $449, paired with the new 9mm NX-M lens, or $549 when paired with the 9-27mm lens and SEF-7A flash. The 9mm and 9-27mm NX-M lenses will retail for $179 and $279, respectively. In the UK, the camera will be available for £399.99 in a kit with the 9mm f/3.5 lens. Availability is slated for early April in both markets.