Category: Compact System Camera

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Sony Alpha 1 that went on sale in March 2021 and the brand new Canon EOS R3 that was unveiled today have similar key specifications, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Sony A1.

The brand new Canon EOS R3 that was announced today and the Nikon Z9 that was revealed last month have similar key specifications, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor mirrorless cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Nikon Z9.

Canon have revealed their answer to the Sony Alpha 1 and the Nikon Z9 in the shape of the new EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera.

The Canon R3 will feature a new Canon-developed back illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, DIGIC X imaging processor, 30fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking, an integrated grip design with professional levels of weather-proofing, Canon's most advanced autofocusing system ever, an innovative new autofocus Eye Control Function, and compatibility with Canon’s Mobile File Transfer smartphone app.

The full specifications, price and availability of the Canon EOS R3 have yet to be announced.

Canon have revealed their answer to the Sony Alpha 1 and the Nikon Z9 in the shape of the new EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera. The Canon R3 will feature a new Canon-developed back illuminated stacked CMOS sensor, DIGIC X imaging processor, 30fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking, an integrated…

The Canon EOS R3 that was launched today and the EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR look very similar, so which of these flagship 35mm full-frame sensor cameras is right for you? We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Canon R3 versus the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Sigma fp L is a new, ultra-compact 61 megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera.

As well as the increased 61MP resolution, the fp L also improves on the original fp model by featuring hybrid autofocus (AF) that combines contrast- and phase- detection, two new Color Modes, and digital crop functionality.

The new fp L camera will run alongside the current 24 megapixel Sigma fp model. These two cameras are the smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless models on the market, each weighing less than 430g with a battery and card fitted.

Also being announced is a new optional 3.68m-dot external EVF for both models in the fp range, called the EVF-11, which uses an OLED panel, has a magnification of 0.83x, tilts up 90 degrees and has USB-C and headphone ports.

Both products will be available from 16th April 2021. The Sigma fp L will cost $2499 / £1999 and the EVF-11 Viewfinder is priced at $699 / £599,or you can buy both together for $2999 / £2449.

The Sigma fp L is a new, ultra-compact 61 megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera. As well as the increased 61MP resolution, the fp L also improves on the original fp model by featuring hybrid autofocus (AF) that combines contrast- and phase- detection, two new Color Modes, and digital crop functionality. The…

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Panasonic has just announced new firmware updates for the S1, S1H, S1R, S5 and BGH1 mirrorless cameras. The 24 megapixel S1 gets the biggest update, with 5.9K/C4K and 4K60/50p 4:2:0 10bit internal video recording all added, while the S1H gains 5.9K Blackmagic RAW recording capabilities.

Panasonic has just announced new firmware updates for the S1, S1H, S1R, S5 and BGH1 mirrorless cameras. The 24 megapixel S1 gets the biggest update, with 5.9K/C4K and 4K60/50p 4:2:0 10bit internal video recording all added, while the S1H gains 5.9K Blackmagic RAW recording capabilities.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Sony have released firmware update version 4.00 for the A7 III, which adds FTP transfer and improves the overall stability of the camera.

Sony have released firmware update version 4.00 for the A7 III, which adds FTP transfer and improves the overall stability of the camera.

Sony have released firmware update version 3.00 for the A9 II, which principally allows you to crop a still image in-camera.

Sony have released firmware update version 3.00 for the A9 II, which principally allows you to crop a still image in-camera.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Nikon Z9 has just been unveiled, a new flagship 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera that will sit above the Z7 II and Z6 II in Nikon's Z-series range.

The professional level Z9 will feature the Z-mount and have a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and a new image-processing engine, although there's no word yet on either the number of megapixels or the burst shooting rates that it will offer.

It will also feature 8K video recording, the first time that any Nikon camera has done so, which allows the Z9 to challenge the likes of the Canon EOS R5 and the Sony Alpha 1, the only other mirrorless cameras that currently provide 8K recording.

The use of a stacked sensor design and inclusion of 8K video strongly suggests that the Z9 will use the same sensor found in the Sony Alpha 1 (as Sony supplies Nikon's image sensors).

In a design move that will likely split opinion, the Z9 features a built-in vertical grip with an array of replicated controls, much like the Nikon D6 DSLR. It will therefore be significantly larger than both the Z7 II and Z6 II, which share the same size and control layout and which instead use an optional battery grip.

Indeed, from the front at least, the two cameras look pretty similar, so the Z9 looks set to replicate the D6 as the best camera that Nikon can possibly make, just this time without a mirror.

It might even exceed the performance of the D6, as Nikon have publicly stated that the Z9 will "deliver the best still and video performance in Nikon history" and that it offers an "unprecedented experience in terms of outstanding performance and operability, and exceeds that of previous digital-SLR and mirrorless cameras." We can't wait to try it out!

But wait we must, as although the Nikon Z9 is scheduled for release in 2021, it's still currently in development and the exact timing will only be announced at a later date - so probably best to expect mid-late 2021 then, maybe even in time for the Tokyo Olympics in July...

The Nikon Z9 has just been unveiled, a new flagship 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera that will sit above the Z7 II and Z6 II in Nikon's Z-series range. The professional level Z9 will feature the Z-mount and have a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and a new image-processing engine…

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sony have today announced a new firmware update for the Alpha 7S III camera which adds S-Cinetone and Active Mode.

Sony have today announced a new firmware update for the Alpha 7S III camera which adds S-Cinetone and Active Mode.

First announced in the USA over 5 months ago, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera has now been launched in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Don't get too excited though - it seems to be exactly the same camera in terms of hardware as the original EOS M50 that we reviewed in 2018, just with different firmware that improves the autofocusing, enables the capture of vertical video, adds some new touchscreen controls, and allows wireless live streaming to YouTube.

We're not quite sure why Canon couldn't have added these new software features to the original M50 via a firmware update - but if you're still interested, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II will be available from the end of March 2021 priced at £589.99 / €659.99 body only.

First announced in the USA over 5 months ago, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera has now been launched in the UK, Europe and Australia. Don't get too excited though - it seems to be exactly the same camera in terms of hardware as the original EOS…

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Nikon have just announced a new firmware version (1.10) for the Nikon Z7 II and Z6 II full-frame mirrorless cameras which will improve Eye-Detection AF and enable 4K UHD/60p and RAW video output, including the Blackmagic RAW format.

Firmware 1.10 will be made available to download on February 25th 2021.

Nikon have just announced a new firmware version (1.10) for the Nikon Z7 II and Z6 II full-frame mirrorless cameras which will improve Eye-Detection AF and enable 4K UHD/60p and RAW video output, including the Blackmagic RAW format. Firmware 1.10 will be made available to download on February 25th 2021.

Nikon have just launched the ultimate essential kit for the independent filmmaker that's designed to take your video content to the next level.

It features the Nikon Z 6II full-frame mirrorless camera, the FTZ Mount Adapter, Atomos Ninja V, a SmallRig quick-release camera cage, and various accessories such as batteries. Take your video content to the next level.

This filmmaker’s kit includes the Nikon Z 6II full-frame mirrorless camera with the RAW video output function already enabled.

The new Nikon Z6 II Essential Movie Kit will be available from the end of February priced at £2,909 in the UK.

Nikon have just launched the ultimate essential kit for the independent filmmaker that's designed to take your video content to the next level. It features the Nikon Z 6II full-frame mirrorless camera, the FTZ Mount Adapter, Atomos Ninja V, a SmallRig quick-release camera cage, and various accessories such as batteries…

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Yet another new Sony camera, the cinema line FX3, has broken cover thanks to serial rumour-mongers Nokishita. Hot on the heels of last month’s Alpha 1 comes the more video-specific FX3 (ILME-FX3), which looks a lot like Sony’s Alpha 7C full-frame mirrorless camera on steroids.

Yet another new Sony camera, the cinema line FX3, has broken cover thanks to serial rumour-mongers Nokishita. Hot on the heels of last month’s Alpha 1 comes the more video-specific FX3 (ILME-FX3), which looks a lot like Sony’s Alpha 7C full-frame mirrorless camera on steroids.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Would you trade-in a 35mm full-frame camera for a medium-format camera? No? Not even if you were paid an extra £450 on top of the trade-in price that the retailer offered for your old 35mm camera? Interested now?

Would you trade-in a 35mm full-frame camera for a medium-format camera? No? Not even if you were paid an extra £450 on top of the trade-in price that the retailer offered for your old 35mm camera? Interested now?

Monday, February 8, 2021

Could the Sony Alpha 1 really be the elusive perfect camera? It certainly comes close, according to enthusiastic early reviews...

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Sony USA embargo has just ended for Sony Alpha 1 reviews over on YouTube, so you can now watch a number of real-life hands-on videos about this exciting new flagship camera.

We've rounded them all up in one handy post - so grab our popcorn and enjoy!

If you prefer stills to video, then Sony Ambassador Mark Galer has posted a gallery of full-size JPEG sample images on Flickr to accompany his YouTube video.

The Sony USA embargo has just ended for Sony Alpha 1 reviews over on YouTube, so you can now watch a number of real-life hands-on videos about this exciting new flagship camera. We've rounded them all up in one handy post - so grab our popcorn and enjoy! If you…

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

That’s the question that Sony Alpha shooters everywhere are asking themselves this week, as they wrestle with the tricky decision of whether or not to take the financial plunge and upgrade to the new Sony A1.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The very first review of the new Sony Alpha 1 has just arrived, and the overall verdict isn't particularly promising...

Friday, January 29, 2021

The all-singing, all-dancing Sony A1, also known as the Sony Alpha 1, that was announced this week is billed as "one camera without compromise", the pinnacle of Sony's extensive full-frame camera range and potentially able to be the only camera that you'll ever need. We take a closer look in our detailed head-to-head comparison of the Sony A1 versus the A7R IV, A9 II and the A7S III to find out if it really can out-perform them all...