Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Preview

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Preview

 The Olympus OM-D series of Micro Four Thirds ILCs has a new entry-level model for 2015. The E-M10 Mark II shares only a few specifications from its predecessor — a 16MP image sensor, 1/4000-60 shutter speed range, and 3.0-inch tilting display — while overall promising to be smaller, lighter, faster, and more feature-laden than ever before. Heck, it even includes a couple modes not found on its pricier siblings, the E-M5 Mark II & E-M1.One look at any OM-D, and you can’t help but see a classic camera design wrapped around innovative technologies. The E-M10ii has been designed to fit comfortably in your hands, while allowing for one-handed operation, and boasts a rugged metal body wrapped in a leatherette finish. Premium metal dials with unique knurled finishes allow users to make adjustments without having to take his or her eye off the photo subject. Speaking of eyes on the subject, the E-M10 Mark II offers an improved built-in OLED EVF (electronic viewfinder) with a 100% field of view and an impressive 2.36M dot resolution. The new EVF will work wonders in darker situations where traditional (optical) viewfinders can seem dark. If you’re more accustomed to optical viewfinders, no worries, Olympus designed a Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF) mode with a higher dynamic range to meet your needs. And, while many ILCs disable the rear touchscreen display during EVF usage, this camera includes an AF Targeting Pad feature, which allows users to track a subject by sliding their thumb across on the Read More…

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This post was written by Sadie on August 25, 2015

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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Camera Review

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Camera Review

The camera for black-and-white photos only Read More…

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This post was written by Sadie on August 17, 2015

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Leica Q (Typ 116) Camera Review

Leica Q (Typ 116) Camera Review

A £2,900 compact camera. Read More…

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This post was written by Gabriel on August 13, 2015

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Samsung NX500 Camera Review

Samsung NX500 Camera Review

Some of the sharpest images you can get from a CSC Read More…

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This post was written by Lydia on August 7, 2015

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Pentax K-S2 Camera Review

Pentax K-S2 Camera Review

The smallest weatherproof DSLR around Read More…

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This post was written by Sophia on August 5, 2015

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Fujifilm X-T1 IR (Infrared) Preview

Fujifilm X-T1 IR (Infrared) Preview

When Fujifilm released the original X-T1 in 2014, we were very impressed with its classic combination of dials and buttons, outstanding feature set, great image quality, and one of the best electronic viewfinders available on the market. The price was a little high, but understandable for a powerful mirrorless ILC.For 2015 Fujifilm has taken the X-T1 and added infrared capabilities. Dubbed the X-T1 IR, this upgraded model offers all of the same great features as the original model (more on this below), but adds a new sensor cable of detecting light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible, and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum. That’s 380nm – 1,000nm for those who paid attention in various high school science courses.In other words, the Fujifilm X-T1 IR was designed with professionals in mind. Crime Scene Investigators. Fine art photographers. Healthcare diagnosticians. Basically, if it’s your job to uncover hidden details invisible to the human eye, you might want to consider this mirrorless ILC.Aside from the new advanced infrared technology, the X-T1 IR is otherwise the same as the original X-T1. Here’s a revised version of what we said for that model:Fujifilm has announced an ILC that might be the perfect fit for imperfect weather conditions. Sure, the X-T1 IR boasts a 16.3-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS II image sensor and works with a ton of X-series lenses, but it also has 75 points of weather sealing to make the camera dust and water resistant, and also freezeproof down to -14°F. Not to mention Read More…

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This post was written by William on August 3, 2015

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Preview

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Preview

Panasonic has announced its 2015 flagship DLSM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) model: the LUMIX DMC-GX8. Picking where the last gen GX7 left off two summers ago, the GX8 promises more megapixels, enhanced image stabilization, a faster image processor, improved noise reduction, integrated Wi-Fi & NFC, and 4K Ultra High Definition video recording.Let’s dive in.The LUMIX GX8 body is both splash-proof and dustproof. It boasts a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS image sensor mated to a quad core Venus Engine image processor to allow for enhanced speed and low light level performance. The ISO sensitivity goes all the way up to 25,600, while the GX8 is able to capture full resolution still images at up to 8 frames-per-second, or 8MP stills at up to 30fps as part of the cameras various 4K Photo modes.Image Stabilization consists of a Dual I.S. system where Body I.S. and Les I.S. work in tandem to help achieve crisp photos at extended telephoto ranges or when shooting hand held in lower lighting conditions. If you’re recording video, the GX8 can record up to QFHD 4K Video (3840×2160) @ 30p or 24p, or Full 1080p HD video at up to 60p. In video mode, the camera utilizes the 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) to remove as much camera shake as possible.The GX8 also boasts a Contrast AutoFocus (AF) system with “DFD” (Depth From Defocus) technology to ensure accurate and speedy focus across various modes like Face/Eye Detection AF, Low Light AF, Starlight AF, Pinpoint AF, One-Shot Read More…

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This post was written by Dylan on July 16, 2015

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300 Preview

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300 Preview

Panasonic has announced its successor to the FZ200. Dubbed the LUMIX DMC-FZ300, this new all-in-one offers a 24x optical zoom range. That’s 25-600mm in 35mm equivalence. The remarkable thing, though, is the constant f/2.8 maximum aperture allowing for low light performance as well as extremely shallow depth of field image composition. The FZ300 also boasts a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS image sensor mated to the Venus Engine image processor. According to Panasonic, the “Venus Engine in the LUMIX FZ300 excels in diffraction compensation to make the resulting image crisp and clear even when shot with a small aperture. In addition, the Venus Engine also improves color reproduction with accurate evaluation of each color even if it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity.”In non-PR speak, that should translate into fast image capture (up to 12fps in full resolution, or up to 30fps in the 8MP 4K Photo Mode), enhanced noise reduction, quick AutoFocus (0.09 sec to find focus in multiple AF modes), and accurate colors (which can be altered in any one of the 22 Creative Filters).Budding filmmakers have the option in recording video multiple resolutions and frame rates — 4K @ 30p or 24p, Full HD 1080p @ 60p, 720p HD @ 120fps, and VGA @ 240fps. In video mode, the FZ300s Optical Image Stabilization system engages 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) for Steadi-cam-esque hand-held shots.The rugged, splash-proof, dustproof FZ300 also offers Wi-Fi integration for connecting the digicam to your iOS Read More…

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This post was written by Gavin on July 16, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix GX8 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Camera Review

Hands-on: Panasonic ups its game with a serious update to its flagship stills camera Read More…

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This post was written by Gabriel on July 16, 2015

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FujiFilm X-T10 Camera Review

FujiFilm X-T10 Camera Review

The X-T1’s baby brother is a winner Read More…

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This post was written by Carter on July 7, 2015

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GoPro Hero 4 Session Camera Review

GoPro Hero 4 Session Camera Review

Hands on with the smallest and lightest GoPro ever Read More…

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This post was written by Emma on July 6, 2015

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Canon 5DS R Camera Review

Canon 5DS R Camera Review

For the most detailed photos of any consumer camera… Read More…

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This post was written by Michael on June 26, 2015

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Sony RX10 II Camera Review

Sony RX10 II Camera Review

Preview: Is this the ultimate superzoom? Read More…

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This post was written by Logan on June 23, 2015

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Sony RX100 IV Camera Review

Sony RX100 IV Camera Review

Preview: The best compact just gets better Read More…

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This post was written by Isabella on June 23, 2015

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Sony A7R II Camera Review

Sony A7R II Camera Review

Preview: Sony’s flagship CSC sets new standards Read More…

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This post was written by Stella on June 22, 2015

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Canon G3 X Preview

Canon G3 X Preview

Aimed at advanced amateurs looking for a second camera or a point-and-shoot alternative to an entry-level DSLR or Micro Four Thirds ILC, Canon has announced the G3 X for 2015. It sits next to the G1 X Mark II as this series’ co-flagship model, and slightly above the G7 X. The G3 X has been constructed with a weather sealed — dust and water resistant — magnesium alloy body equivalent to the EOS 70D DSLR. The camera boasts a 20.2-megapixel image sensor (as seen in the G7 X) as well as the DIGIC 6 image processor and a 24-600mm f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens. To handle such a long zoom range, Canon has added a 5-axis intelligent image stabilization system as well as digital image stabilization. This camera offers numerous shooting modes, including Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Bulb. Still images can be captured in either the JPEG or RAW image format.The G3 X also features Full 1080p HD movie recording in the 24p, 30p, and 60p frame rates. HD video recording length is limited to 29 minutes. 720p HD and VGA video recording is also available at 30p. To aid with professional video production, Canon has built in a headphone jack to monitor audio, a stereo input to record from an external microphone, HDMI Live Feed to output to a monitor, and a three-stop ND filter for bright shooting conditions.Images (and videos) are composed via the 3.2-inch tilting touch screen LCD with a 1.62-million dot resolution. This Read More…

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This post was written by Violet on June 18, 2015

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Canon PowerShot G3 X Camera Review

Canon PowerShot G3 X Camera Review

Hands-on: A higher class of superzoom Read More…

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This post was written by Benjamin on June 18, 2015

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Sony Alpha 7R II Preview

Sony Alpha 7R II Preview

Sony’s Alpha series of Interchangeable Lens Cameras has a new flagship model for 2015. The Alpha 7R II (model ILCE-7RM2) boasts the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS image sensor, with 42.4 megapixels. It also features the BIONZ X image processor as well as a Fast Hybrid AF system and 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking engaged.Filmmakers and/or low light photographers are going to love the in-camera 5-axis image stabilization system (requires Sony Optical SteadyShot Alpha lenses) which allows the camera to produce a 4.5 steps faster shutter speed equivalent for stills, as well as acting  as a Steadicam during movie recording. Speaking of movies, the Alpha 7R II can shoot 4K quality (QFHD 3840×2160) @ 100Mbps in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode, making it the world’s first digital camera to offer in-camera full-frame format 4K recording capacity. Other professional video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2 Gamma, S-Gamut, 120fps high frame rate movie shooting in HD (720p), time code, and clean HDMI output. Lastly, the Alpha 7R II is Wi-Fi & NFC capable. Designed to work with the free PlayMemories Camera Apps for iOS and Android devices, these wireless technologies allow you to remotely control your camera, use your tablet or smartphone as a remote display, or transfer images to your smart-device in order to share images and videos across various social media platforms.Sony Alpha 7R II Features42.4 MP Back-illuminated CMOS image sensorBIONZ X image processor5-axis image stabilization systemFast Hybrid AF system 5fps continuous shooting with AF trackingSilent Shooting Read More…

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This post was written by Lydia on June 13, 2015

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Preview

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Preview

Sony has announced two new high-end RX-series point-and-shoot cameras for 2015. Meaning, these digicams may not have interchangeable lenses, but their performance specifications best many entry-to-mid-level DSLRs and Mirrorless ILCs.Let’s explore the RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2), which boasts a 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) ZEISS®  Vario-Sonnar T F2.8 lens zoom lens inside a DSLR-esque body and equipped with Fast Intelligent AF capable of finding focus in 0.09 seconds. 
The twin hearts of the RX10 II are a 20.2MP 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and DRAM memory chip. Paired together, this sensor and chip are able to produce rapid fire still images (up to 16fps at full resolution) as well as record 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movies @ 100Mbps for up to 29 minutes — Full 1080p HD is captured at 50Mbps. There’s also an option to shoot 16.8MP still images during 4K movie recording.If that’s not impressive enough, the RX10 II can shoot 40x slow motion at up to 960fps at a reduced resolution. How fast is that? It takes 80 seconds for 2 seconds of 960fps footage to play back at 24p. Also included is an “Anti-Distortion Shutter” (up to 1/32000 second), designed to minimize  “rolling shutter” in fast movie objects.Lastly, the WiFi & NFC are built in for easy image / video back up and sharing, not to mention the ability to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote display or control for the camera. The RX10 II’s 2015 sibling camera is the RX100 IV (model DSC-RX100M4), which costs about Read More…

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This post was written by Olivia on June 13, 2015

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV Preview

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV Preview

Sony has announced two new high-end RX-series point-and-shoot cameras for 2015. Meaning, these digicams might not have interchangeable lenses, but their performance specifications best many entry-to-mid-level DSLRs and Mirrorless ILCs.Let’s explore the RX100 IV (model DSC-RX100M4), which offers a 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) ZEISS®  Vario-Sonnar T F1.8-F2.8 zoom lens inside a compact body and equipped with Fast Intelligent AF capable of finding focus in 0.09 seconds. 
The twin hearts of the RX100 IV are a 20.1MP 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and DRAM memory chip. Paired together, this sensor and chip are able to produce rapid fire still images (up to 16fps at full resolution) as well as record 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movies @ 100Mbps for up to five minutes — Full 1080p HD is captured at 50Mbps. There’s also an option to shoot 16.8MP still images during 4K movie recording.If that’s not impressive enough, the RX100 IV can shoot 40x slow motion at up to 960fps at a reduced resolution. How fast is that? It takes 80 seconds for 2 seconds of 960fps footage to play back at 24p. Also included is an “Anti-Distortion Shutter” (up to 1/32000 second), designed to minimize  “rolling shutter” in fast movie objects.Lastly, the WiFi & NFC are built in for easy image / video back up and sharing, not to mention the ability to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote display or control for the camera. The RX100 IV’s 2015 sibling camera is the RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2), which costs about $300 Read More…

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This post was written by Emma on June 13, 2015

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Sony HX90V Camera Review

Sony HX90V Camera Review

A smart, small, superzoom compact Read More…

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This post was written by Isabella on May 24, 2015

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Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Review

Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Review

Quick Take Pros Comfortable and easy to operate, for a whilef/2.8 and VC provide great low-light and handheld performanceControls aberrations and distortions very wellSharp images, even when shooting wide openMoisture resistant construction allows you to use the lens in most climates ConsLarge and heavy, will wear you out after some timeLens shape prohibits the use of protective and creative filters Bottom Line The Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ultra-wide zoom lens provides great low-light performance with the their vibration correction optical image stabilization to give a great ultra-wide zoom lens. Although large, it is easy to handle while shooting. With a MSRP of US $1,199 it is more affordable than similar options from Canon, Nikon and Sony. Read more in our Full Conclusion. The new Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD ultra-wide zoom lens was designed for professional photographers looking for a sharp lens that performs very well in low-light. One of the first ultra-wide lenses from Tamron to feature optical image stabilization, it works well with the f/2.8 maximum aperture to provide overall outstanding handheld and low-light shooting experiences. 18 lens elements in 13 groups and specialized lens coatings are used to control the distortions and aberrations that are commonly seen with ultra-wide lenses. This lens was designed specifically for full-frame image sensors to provide outstanding quality from edge to edge. It also works well with APS-C sensors with an approx. focal length of 24-48mm.A fantastic lens for landscape photography, the new SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Read More…

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This post was written by Logan on May 19, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix G7 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix G7 Camera Review

Hands-on: 4K video in a CSC without smashing your bank balance Read More…

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This post was written by Gavin on May 19, 2015

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Preview

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Preview

Meet Panasonic’s newest Micro Four Thirds (mirrorless) digicam: the LUMIX DMC-G7. A 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor has been paired with the Venus Engine, which combined boast improved image quality and performance over past models, thanks to features like Mulit-process Noise Reduction feature as well as a “Random Filter” that reduces chromatic noise, producing more consistently natural imagery. The added benefit here is an extended ISO range all the way up to ISO 25,600.The G7 also boasts a speedy Contrast AF (AutoFocus) system that uses DFD (Depth from Defocus) Technology to accurately adjust focal distances in up to 0.07-seconds. But wait, there’s more! The G7’s AutoFocus system also includes Low Light and Starlight AF allowing your camera to still find focus under moonlight or of actual stars. Face Recognition AF automatically sets focus to a human eye, while Pinpoint AF allows you to “magnify a target area” to set your focus. Lastly, AF Tracking locks onto subjects so that even if they move (or you move the camera), they stay sharp and clear.Let’s talk 4K. 4K is the newest standard for cinema projectors as well as next gen Ultra High Definition TVs. The DMC-G7 shoots video in high-resolution QFHD 4K video (3840×2160) at 30p or 24p in MP4 in addition to the Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p video in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264). Shooting 1080p in 60fps allows you to create slow-motion videos when played back at 30p or 24p. But when Panasonic says the G7 is a Read More…

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This post was written by Henry on May 18, 2015

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Fujifilm X-T10 Preview

Fujifilm X-T10 Preview

Fujifilm’s latest ILC has been christened the X-T10. With a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II image sensor, EXR Processor II, and 77-point AutoFocus System capable of 8fps High Speed Burst shooting and Full 1080p HD video capture at up 60 fps, the X-T10 seems ready to take on (and best) many entry-level DSLRS.Diving into the advanced AF system… New Zone and Wide/Tracking modes have been added to compliment that already-proficient single-point AutoFocus. Zone mode offers users the choices of a 3×3, 3×5 or 5×5 focal zones within the 77 AF points, which are enhanced by phase detection pixels in the 3×3 and 3×5 center zones as well as the optional AF-C, or AutoFocus Continuous, which tracks objects. Similarly, Wide/Tracking mode tracks moving subjects horizontally, vertically, and back n’ forth through the entire 77-point AF area.The X-T10’s native ISO range is ISO200 – 6400, but can be extended to ISO100 – 51200. Fujifilm claims a noise-free image at 51200 with strong black levels, but we’ll have to see when we test it ourselves. It’s possible, giving the larger APS-C image sensor, but our experience says to expect some noise.Full HD Video is a must for ILC cameras, but it’s nice to be able to select multiple frame rates, including 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60fps. This helps out not only in matching cinematic as well as US and international TV frame rates, but also gives you the option to do in-camera slow motion video.For those nostalgic about shooting on film, the Read More…

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This post was written by Samuel on May 18, 2015

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