Category: Compact System Camera

Friday, March 27, 2015

Panasonic Launches Three Spring Promotions

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Panasonic UK has launched three promotions on its imaging products. Running until 2nd June, the deals include a cashback offer and two value-added promotions. You can claim upto £200 (€250) cashback on Panasonic’s 4K imaging products including the HC-X1000, HC-WX970, HC-VX87 and HX-A500 camcorders as well as the LX100, GH4 (pictured) and FZ1000 cameras. Additionally, the company is extending warranty on selected camera and camcorder models up to 5 years. Thirdly, you can claim a free selfie stick with the purchase of selected Lumix cameras including the Lumix GF7, TZ57 and SZ10.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sony Release Firmware Updates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has released a firmware update for a number of its compact system cameras including the A7, A7R (pictured), A7S, A7 II and A6000. The new upgrade adds support for theSEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL35F14Z and SEL90M28G lenses. You can download the update for your camera from the website below.

Website: Sony UK

Canon Celebrates 12th Year as Number One in ILC Market

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Canon is celebrating a 12th year as the global number one within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market. Canon’s run as market leader began in 2003 owing to the launch of the company’s first truly affordable dSLR, the EOS 300D. Since then, Canon has launched a host of interchangeable-lens cameras, including the EOS-1D series for professional users, and the EOS 5D series. More recently, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which boasts the world’s highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera plus the EOS 760D and EOS 750Do entry-level digital SLRs.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sony FE 28mm F2, FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Sony are showcasing the new FE 28mm F2, FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA at this year's Photography Show. We grabbed some hands-on shots of the three new lenses (there wasn't a 90mm sample) and the two convertor lenses for the 28mm lens that were also recently announced.

Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic are showing samples of the brand new Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro lenses to the press at The Photography Show. The Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 in particular has to be seen to be believed - it really is a tiny prime lens that's perfectly matched to the GM-series of cameras.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Olympus E-M1 Firmware Update 3.0 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have issued a firware upgrade for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Preannounced at the beginning of February, Firmware Version 3.0  increases the maximum continuous shooting speed from 6.5fps to 9fps with auto focus maintained. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using C-AF Sequential H mode. Additionally, the new firmware adds support for Version 2.5 of the OI Share smartphone app You can update your camera's firmware using the free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Fujifilm XF Lenses at CP+

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The FUJIFILM Xseries Japan Facebook page has published a photo of all the new XF lenses. Shown in the image are the XF 16mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2, 90mm f/2, 120mm f/2.8 Macro, 100-400m (apertures tbc), and the 1.4x tele-convertor. The photo confirms that the 16mm, 35mm and 120mm lenses will all be weather-resistant (but not the 90mm).

Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The upcoming Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R lens will be weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X World Facebook page has published an image of the Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens with "WR" included, which denotes "weather resistant" on other Fujifilm lenses.

They also comment "And in 2015 there will a be a new addition, XF16mmF1.4 R. It is wide angle large diameter lens, and yet compact in size. It takes the full advantage of X-mount being a mirrorless system, and it will certainly be optimized for the X-Trans CMOS sensor. The lens will be a favorite for many."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Preview

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We take a look at the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera in our detailed hands-on preview...

Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR ASPH

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The upcoming Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R lens will be weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X World Facebook page has published an image of the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR ASPH lens with "WR" included, which denotes "weather resistant" on other Fujifilm lenses.

They also comment "And, today we are happy to make an announcement on the development of a new lens; XF35mmF2 R, that would definitely be another killer lens for such use. Whether you prefer to shoot wide angle or standard angle of view, this lens is definitely to look out for. Stay tuned for its size, performance, and image quality, soon to come in 2015."

Fujifilm Updates Lens Roadmap - XF 35mm F2 R, XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro, 1.4x Teleconverter

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm has released an updated road map for its X mount interchangeable lenses. The new lenses that have been added to the Fuji X Mount Lens Roadmap are:

XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro 1:1 Macro, telephoto lens
XF 35mm F2 R compact and lightweight standard focal length lens
1.4x Teleconverter for XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro, XF 100-400mm

Fujifilm have also confirmed that the "Super Telephoto Zoom" lens that was announced on its previous roadmap update will have a focal range equivalent to 150-600mm.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Olympus 8mm Fish-Eye, 7-14mm Pro, EE-1 Dot Sight Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fish-Eye lens, 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens, and the EE-1 Dot Sight look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus 8mm f:1.8 Fish-Eye lens, 7-14mm f/2.8 lens, and the EE-1 Dot Sight.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II camera.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Canon EOS M3 Preview - Canon Strikes Back…

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We take a look at the brand new Canon EOS M3 camera in our detailed hands-on preview...

Canon EOS M3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M3 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M3 camera.

Canon EOS M3

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Canon EOS M3 is a powerful Compact System Camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. At the heart of the EOS M3 is Canon’s first 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD Movies. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, this camera gives you the freedom to capture the beauty of movement.

The Canon EOS M3 will be available from April 2015 with a RSP of £599.99 / €769.99.

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS, IXUS 275 HS, PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S

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Canon has unveiled a collection of new models in its acclaimed PowerShot, IXUS and PIXMA PRO product ranges - the PowerShot SX410 IS, IXUS 275 HS (also known as the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS), PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S.

The compact PowerShot SX410 IS combines an incredible 40x optical zoom and 80x ZoomPlus technology in a small-scale body. The PowerShot SX410 IS will be available from March 2015 with an RSP of £249.99 / €299.99. In the USA the PowerShot SX410 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March 2015 in red or black for an estimated retail price of $279.99.

The Canon IXUS 275 HS' 12x optical zoom is teamed with Canon’s HS System and 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The IXUS 275 HS will be available from May 2015 with an RSP of £189.99 / €299.99. In the USA the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera is scheduled to be available in April 2015 in black and silver for an estimated retail price of $209.99.

The new PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S replace Canon’s existing PRO-100 and PRO-10 printers respectively. The PIXMA Pro-100S will be available from February 2015 with an RSP of £499.99/€599.99. The PIXMA Pro-10S will be available from February 2015 with an RSP of £699.99/€829.99.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Samsung NX500

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Samsung NX500 is a new compact system camera offering 28 megapixel still photos and 4K video recording. The NX500 has the core functionality of the flagship NX1, engineered into a portable and convenient size. Updated connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi provides an advanced wireless experience, as well as the ability to seamlessly shoot and share captured experiences.

The Samsung NX500 will come in three colours, Black, White and Brown, and will be available globally from March 2015.

Official Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus Japan has posted four high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II compact system camera. Shot at sensitivity settings of ISO 200/24° and ISO 800/30° using the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro and M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lenses, these Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II samples include three 16-megapixel photos and one 40-megapixel composite image.

Website: Official Olympus OM-D E-M5 Samples

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a new 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera that boasts the World’s most powerful 5-axis image stabilisation system to date. The improved IS promises blur-free photographs at shutter speeds up to 5 full stops slower than usual, and works with movies as well as stills. New OM-D Movie Mode offers multiple video frame rates and Full HD video at bit rates of up to 77 Mbps, and focusing during video capture is child's play via the 3-inch touch-sensitive, vari-angle LCD screen. A special advantage of Olympus’ ultra-precise 5-axis stabilisation system is the potential to capture extremely high-resolution still images that exceed the normal capacity of its sensor. By moving the imager between each shot and merging eight single exposures into one, the E-M5 Mark II delivers a 40-Megapixel photo whose resolution rivals that of the highest-resolution full-frame dSLRs. Other interesting new features include on-demand in-camera keystone compensation that allows for correcting converging verticals in Live View without the need for a shift lens or post-processing; and slightly redesigned controls that make it easier to operate the camera at high speed. Built-in WiFi means you can remote control the camwea from a smartphone, then share and geotag the images on social media using Olympus OI.Share. The latest addition to Olympus’ OM-D line-up goes on sale in late February 2015 and costs £899.99/$1,099.99 for the body only. UK and Ireland customers who order the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II before March 1st can benefit from a five-and-half year warranty worth £100 plus a messenger bag worth £130.