Category: Compact System Camera

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fujifilm Cashback Offer

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Digital photography specialist Fujifilm, well known for its affordable yet powerful lenses, is currently offering brilliant deals on a number of products in its popular XF range.

Buyers of one XF lens can claim a cool £100 (or €120) cashback, while those who purchase a pair of lenses will get a bonus £100 cashback, making for a whopping total of £300 (€360) cashback.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fujifilm Vows to Fix X-T1 Light Leak Issue

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji Japan has issued a service notice to Fujifilm X-T1 users regarding a recently discovered light leak issue. According to the company, the phenomenon occurs when the door covering the USB/HDMI and microphone/remote ports is opened during long exposures or video recording, and affects units with serial numbers from 41002001 to 41006000. Fujifilm Japan is asking users to send their cameras to a Fujifilm repair centre, where they will be fixed free of charge.

Source: Fuji Japan via PR

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Official Nikon 1 V3 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Nikon France has published ten full-resolution sample images captured with the new Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera. Shot with a variety of 1 Nikkor and AF-S Nikkor lenses at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 160/23° to ISO 12,800/42°, these Nikon 1 V3 samples can be downloaded from Nikon France's Flickr pool.

Website: Nikon France | Flickr

Nikon 1 V3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Nikon 1 V3 is a WiFi-enabled compact system camera with an 18.4-megapixel CX-format sensor and no low-pass filter. Key features include a sensitivity range of ISO 160-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800), a 171-point AF system with 105 on-sensor phase-detect auto-focus points, a continuous shooting speed of 20fps with AF (and 60fps without), a 40-shot raw buffer, a tiltable touchscreen and 1080/60p Full HD movie recording. As opposed to the Nikon 1 V1 and V2, the new V3 lacks a body-integral electronic viewfinder, although an add-on EVF is available as an optional extra. The Nikon 1 V3 will be available for €849.00 for the body only and €949.00 /  £799.99 in a kit with the 1 Nikkor 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens. An all-encompassing kit including the V3 camera, 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens, DF-N1000 external EVF and GR-N1010 grip will be available for £1,049.99 / €1249.00 / $1,199.95 (for US customers, this appears to.be the only option).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Panasonic Announces Preview Campaign for GH4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has announced a preview campaign for the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera.  Three GH4 units will be in the UK and Ireland for this weekend only for the preview campaign to be held exclusively at three camera shops, for three days at each store. The preview campaign will start this Thursday at Conns Cameras, 54 Clarendon St, Dublin 2; continuing at Jessops, 129-131 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2HU and Park Cameras, Victoria Business Park, York Rd, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9T. Each store will have a working sample of the camera for users to try, as well as a dedicated Panasonic expert to talk through product features and answer any questions.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Pricing Unveiled

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has confirmed pricing and availability details for its flagship Lumix GH4 compact system camera. In the United Kingdom the camera will be available from 5 May 2014, priced at £1749.99 (single-lens kit with Panasonic's 14-140mm lens), £1299.99 (body-only) and £2499.99 (body only with the DMW-YAGHE interface unit). A pre-order offer will be available, with participating retailers. Those ordering the camera between 10th March until Monday 2nd June, will receive a free battery grip and battery with their purchase. In the U.S., the Pansonic Lumix DMC-GH4 will be available in late April / early May for $1,699.99 (body only) and $3,299.99 (body only with DMW-YAGHE interface unit).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pentax Issues Firmware Updates

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Ricoh has posted firmware updates for ten Pentax cameras. Applicable to the Pentax K-01, K-3, K-5, K-5II, K-5IIs, K-7, K-30, K-50, K-500 (pictured) and K-r; the upgrade adds compatibility with the new HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter. You can download the updates from the websites below.

Pentax K-01 | Pentax K-3 | Pentax K-5 |
Pentax K-5II/s | Pentax K-7 | Pentax K-30 |
Pentax K-50 | Pentax K-500 | Pentax K-r |