Holiday 2012: The Best Bang For Your Buck Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Mirrorless cameras have grown tremendously in popularity. Not everyone has jumped on board yet though; but luckily enough for you there are tons of them that excel in features and image quality and are now really affordable.

Here’s a quick rundown for you for Sony NEX and Micro Four Thirds cameras: the two most developed camera systems. But if you’re already locked in, consider this post on essential upgrades for M 4/3. Want even more? Check out our reviews index.


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Traveling Around With the Olympus EP3

The E-P3’s target buyer is the prosumer that wants to upgrade from their point and shoot or wants something with a DSLR’s power but is much smaller. That applies to an increasingly larger market segment each year. Since I don’t own a point and shoot, I’m not included in that market hence there’s nothing for me to upgrade from. If Olympus expects me to leave my DSLR at home for a PEN series option, then the camera has to perform all the same basic functions, compete with image quality, be just as rugged and provide a satisfying shooting experience.

I travel a lot, so I decided to leave the DSLR at home for a little while and see how the little camera did.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest posting by Joshua Wright.

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Testing the SLR Magic Noktor 12mm f1.6 on the Olympus EP3

We had a hands-on experience with the SLR Magic 12mm f1.6 Noktor lens and we also reviewed it. During that review, we tested the lens on the Olympus EP2 and EPM1. Recently, I got my hands on the EP3 while at lunch with a co-worker. So how does the new lens perform when in front of the new and internally developed sensor?

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Combined Review: Olympus E-PM1

The Olympus EPM1 (or E-PM1 and EPM-1) is a camera that is seemingly targeted towards those that don’t know much about the technical aspects about photography or in some cases, not much about it at all. With this statement said, this isn’t a camera for myself or anyone on my staff—we’re all very experienced. When this camera ended up at my doorstep, I was challenged on how I could do it justice. And then…it hit me.

Today I am publishing a very special review. As many veteran photogs know, there are those of us who lean more towards the technical side of things and those that sway more towards the creative side. To do this review, I called up my friend Belinda Heiman to assist in this. She’s a growing photographer that leans more towards the creative side of things and has just restarted her business with the creation of her Facebook and Twitter pages. As a result, this review will be done from two different points of views: mine and hers. It will focus mostly on using the camera as this audience will be very happy with the image quality in general.

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Review Update: Olympus EP3 (Raw File Test)

When we reviewed the Olympus EP3 (or EP-3 and E-P3), the raw files weren’t editable in Adobe Lightroom 3. With the release of the latest update, they are. We’ve already seen that the camera does a great job so far and it truly one of our favorites, but has Olympus really learned their lesson with the Micro Four Thirds sensor output?

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Which One? Sony NEX C3 vs Olympus EP3

The Sony NEX C3 (or NEX-C3 and NEXC3) is a hot new camera; but so is the Olympus EP3 (or E-P3, E P3, EP 3, and EP-3). In the world of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, these two are currently amongst the choices of many users. Whether you want a DSLR alternative, a smaller camera with more power, or a camera for street photography, you may be confused as to which one to purchase. This post will hopefully clear things up.

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Which One: Olympus VF-3 or VF-2?

With today’s announcement of the Olympus VF-3, photographers already invested into the Micro Four Thirds camera system may be wondering why they may need another viewfinder when they have the very good VF-2. So what exactly is the difference between the two?

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Shooting Portraits With the Panasonic GH2

We’ve finally got our hands on the Panasonic GH2 but only for a short amount of time. With a SLR-style body and considered by many to be the best Micro Four Thirds camera currently out there on the market, the GH2 is a feature packed little beast. As soon as I got my hands on it, I decided to shoot a couple of portraits with it and my Zeiss Biotar 58mm f2 lens. Unfortunately, the Gary Fong Puffer didn’t want to play nice with the pop-up flash, so that was a no-go and so, we went right into some natural diffused light.

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