Category: Compact System Camera

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Panasonic Lumix GH4R

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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At IFA 2015, Panasonic are showcasing the Lumix GH4R, an advanced version of the existing GH4 compact system camera. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) and V-Log L video capability. Taking full advantage of the Panasonic GH4R’s Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts log characteristics with 12 stops, allowing videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid ‘bleaching out’ details in very bright environments. V-Log L is also available to existing GH4 users, via a paid software upgrade. By purchasing the DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key and updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.3, users of the original GH4 can also enjoy the benefits of V-Log L functionality for a one off cost of £79. The new Panasonic Lumix GH4R will be available from 7th September 2015 and will retail at £1199.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fujifilm Adds Windows 10 Support to Seven X-Series Cameras

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Having issued a Windows 10 compatibility announcement at the beginning of this month, Fujifilm now released firmware updates for seven X-series compacts and CSCs. These include the Fujifilm X100S, X100T (pictured), X20, X30, X-Pro1, XQ2 and X-E2 models. Similar firmware upgrades for other Fuji cameras are planned to be released later this year.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Canon UK Announce New Promotion

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As Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving customers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when they buy a selected Canon product. The offer runs until 31st October 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or ROI retailers. Eligible products include the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), EOS 750D and EOS 760D digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera, the PowerShot G7 X, SX60 and SX710 compacts, and the PIXMA MG7550, PIXMA MG6650 and SELPHY CP910 printers. Customers purchasing one of these products will also receive a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Replica Ball.

Canon EOS M3 Goes to America

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon have announced the upcoming US launch of their EOS M3 compact system camera. The company's third CSC has an 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, a touch-screen interface, Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, Full 1080p HD Movie mode, ISO 100-12800, a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot LCD monitor that tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, 4.2fps burst shooting, 14-bit RAW support, built-in pop-up flash and a flash hot-shoe. The Canon EOS M3 will go on sale in the US in early October for an estimated retail price of $679.99. An EOS M3 EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens kit will be available in the customer’s choice of black or white for an estimated retail price of $799.99. Additionally, a two-lens kit featuring the EOS M3 digital camera with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens will be on sale for an estimated retail price of $1,049.00.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Official Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus Japan has posted seven full-resolution sample images captured with the new OM-D E-M10 II compact system camera. Taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO1,600/33°, these photos were shot with a variety of Micro Four Thirds lenses including the M.Zuikod Digital 25mm F/1.8, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 45mm f/1.8, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ. You can download these Olympus OM-D E-M10 II samples from the website below.

Website: Olympus Japan

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a new compact system camera with a 5-axis image stabilisation system, a brand new 4K time-lapse movie mode, and a large real-time EVF featuring a resolution of 2.36 million dots and 100% frame coverage. It also boasts an electronic shutter with a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec, plus a new AF Targeting Pad function that works similarly to Panasonic's venerable Touch Pad AF. This feature enables you to select and modify the position of the AF frame by touch even when using the eye-level viewfinder. The retro-styled chassis, tiltable touchscreen, Micro Four Thirds lens mount and 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor have been carried over from the original E-M10. The recommended kit includes the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5-6 EZ pancake lens and will cost £649.99/€799.00/$799.00. The body-only configuration is available for £549.99/€599.00/$649.00.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Testing out the Sony A7R II with as many native lenses as possible…

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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This week we've been busy testing out the new Sony A7R II full-frame mirrorless camera with a variety of native lenses from Sony and Zeiss. We've published sample images from no less than 13 different lenses:

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 16-35mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 24-70mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 25mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 28mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 55mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 70-200mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 85mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 90mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 28-70mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Loxia 35mm Sample Images

Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Loxia 50mm Sample Images

Most of these lenses were supplied by our friends at Hireacamera - they're definitely worth checking out if you want to hire or rent camera kit in the UK.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sony A7R II Sample Videos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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We've shot some sample videos with the Sony A7R II at all of the available settings, from 4K, then AVCHD, through to MP4. All of the A7R II sample videos were shot hand-held using the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 lens with APS-C/Super 35mm set to On.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fujifilm X-T1 IR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-T1 IR is the first X-series camera to feature advanced infrared technology. Able to to see light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum (approximately 380nm – 1,000nm), the Fujifilm X-T1 IR is aimed at technical experts, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities. The Fujifilm X-T1 IR (Infrared) will be available in October 2015 for USD $1,699.95 USD \ CAD $2,099.99.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 compact system camera, which features a new 20.3-megapixel sensor, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous DMC-GX7 camera.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 compact system camera offers Panasonic’s first Dual I.S (Image Stabiliser), a 20.3-megapixel sensor, large tiltable LVF and 4K capability. The LUMIX DMC-GX8 integrates a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor to achieve superior image quality. With the combination of a Lens Optical Image Stabiliser and a Body Image Stabiliser, even severe hand shake can be corrected to provide consistently blur-free images. The Venus Engine image processor with a quad-core CPU also enables high speed signal processing at 8 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC).

UK Pricing:

DMC-GX8AEB-K  (Black kit with 12-35mm/F2.8 lens) - £1699.00
DMC-GX8AEB-S (Silver kit with 12-35mm/F2.8 lens) - £1699.00
DMC-GX8HEB-K (Black kit with 14-140mm lens) - £1399.99
DMC-GX8HEB-S (Silver kit with 14-140mm lens) - £1399.99
DMC-GX8KEB-K (Black kit with 14-42mm lens) - £1099.00
DMC-GX8KEB-S (Silver kit with 14-42mm lens) - £1099.00
DMC-GX8EB-K (Black, body only) - £999.99
DMC-GX8EB-S (Silver, body only) - £999.99

Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic is developing the LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens. Offering an effective focal range of 200-800mm in 35mm terms, this is the first LEICA DG zoom lens in the lineup. The LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 will have a splash/dust-proof design, POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), and excels in size and weight. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price of the LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 are yet to be advised.

Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F1.7

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic is developing a LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 single focal length lens. This lens is a 50mm (35 mm camera equivalent) single focal length lens with large diameter. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price of the Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 are yet to be advised.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canon Files Patent Hinting at Full-Frame CSC Offerings

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Canon have filed a patent that suggests the company may be working on a 35mm full-frame compact system camera. The patent, which was filed on 13 December 2013 and published a few days ago, describes an adapter which would allow Canon EF and EF-S lenses to be mounted on an as-yet-nonexistent full-frame Canon mirrorless camera. Of course, patented solutions do not always end up being implemented in a commercially available product (far from it); but still - this could mean that Canon are considering to launch an FF-CSC to compete with the likes of the Sony A7R II.

Source: Egami via CR

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Samsung NX500 Firmware Update 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have posted a major firmware update for their NX500 compact system camera. Version 1.10 brings an array of auto focus improvements for still photography (including better AF performance in low-light and backlit conditions, enhanced Face Detection, a new Zone AF mode, and much more), adds a Pro video recording mode, increases the maximum video bitrate to 70Mb/s, gives users more precise frame capture from 4K movies, adds a new MF responsiveness mode, and increases the maximum movie recording time to 25 minutes. Click through / scroll down for a complete list of improvements.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sony A7R II Preview

Jack Baker | Compact System Camera
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At a recent event held at Pinewood studios near London, we were able to sample Sony’s upcoming Alpha 7R II. The original α7R was a compelling camera that proved you didn’t need to cart around something size of a Nikon D810 to get super high resolution images. Its successor improves on the original in several key areas. It packs an even higher resolution sensor, but is also now capable of 4K video recording. Autofocus performance has been boosted as well, with Sony claiming the new camera to be up to 40% faster to focus than the original α7R. The α7R II also incorporates an advance in-body image stabilisation system, plus an improved OLED viewfinder.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sony Release Firmware Updates for Four E-Mount Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony have issued firmware upgrades for their A6000 (pictured), A7S, A7R and A7 compact system camera models. Available now as free download from the Sony website, firmware version 2.00 reduces the time between switching on the camera to viewing a picture on the LCD screen or OLED viewfinder by 30%, and enables high bit-rate movie recording at 50p/25p in PAL and 60p/30p/24p in NTSC in XAVC S format. You can download the updates from the website below.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R II, RX10 II and RX100 IV cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R II, RX10 II and RX100 IV cameras.

Eyefi Integrates GoPro and Olympus Cameras

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Eyefi announced today that its Mobi Pro photography solution now integrates both GoPro and Olympus Wi-Fi cameras. With Eyefi, photos from these cameras are instantly transferred and automatically organised alongside the ones from their smartphones. “No one uses just one device for taking pictures anymore,” said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. “We understand that photographers want to choose any camera... and still have instant access to all their photos all together in a single collection without having to go home, upload them into a computer and manually merge each one. We’re giving photographers the flexibility and convenience to share images from all their cameras and the insight to discover more about their photos.” Eyefi apps and cloud service automatically organise these images and make it easier than ever to find and discover more about them. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera solution is available to all Eyefi Cloud members as part of their £3.49/$4.99/monthly subscription service. Non-Eyefi Cloud customers can purchase it through the Eyefi Mobi app on their phone or tablet for £3.49/$4.99. This feature is currently available for Android devices and is planned for iOS devices later this year. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera connectivity is available for use with GoPro Hero+ LCD, Hero 3, GoPro Hero 4 and Olympus Stylus 1, Olympus PEN E-P5, Olympus Stylus TG- 860, and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hasselblad Lusso

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Hasselblad Lusso is a new full-frame, E-mount compact system camera based on Sony's A7R model. While the headline specifications are the same - including the 36.4-megapixel sensor, the 2,359,296-dot EVF, and the 3-inch 921,600-dot tiltable rear display, among others -, the Hasselblad version boasts an ergonomically sculpted wooden hand-grip and redesigned, "Lunar-style" controls. The Chinese edition of the Hasselblad website has an entire section dedicated to the Hasselblad Lusso, and you can also download the camera's English-language instruction manual as a PDF. The Lusso will be available in a bundle with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, delivered in a luxurious box. The kit is already available in Hong Kong at a price of HK$40,000 (~US$5,160).

Via PR