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It’s been rumored for a while now, and Panasonic is announcing the brand new GH4 just in time for CP+. The new camera is the company’s flagship and is said to live above the GH3, but is not a direct replacement to it. On that note, the GH3 will continue to be sold. During our short briefing time with Panasonic, we learned about the heavy emphasis that the company is putting on video output with the latest offering. But overall, it so far seems like only minor improvements were added to the already pretty darned good GH3. And by minor, we’re talking about a brand new sensor and a couple of features that should have been included in the first place.

Think of this almost as the upgrade from the Canon 5D Mk II to the Mk III, but with less ergonomic changes. Except that with this one, they’re targeting it at Pros and enthusiasts.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When Sigma launched their 50mm f1.4, it was heavily praised over the likes of Canon’s offerings. But with the company’s new Global Vision ideology, it was only a matter of time before the company decided to refresh the lens. Indeed, Sigma’s new vision of how a 50mm should be is quite different from how they previously thought.

And we mean that in many different ways.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung Galaxy Cam 2 first impressions (7 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Samsung’s Galaxy Camera was an interesting concept when it was first introduced last year. For the first time, the company tried a fusion between a phone and a dedicated camera to try to solve a fundamental consumer problem. Now, they’re announcing the brand new Galaxy Cam 2.

And once again, it has a massive emphasis on connectivity.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax K3 first impressions product photos (3 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 3.2

Pentax recently announced their K3 DSLR that is the new flagship of their APS-C lineup of cameras. As with nearly every Pentax product, it is incredibly rugged as it sports a magnesium alloy body with full weather sealing. The K3 also has a 23.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor at its heart with a user-selectable anti-aliasing filter. Essentially, the processor can mimic the look of having an AA filter on the sensor, but do note that the sensor doesn’t have one in order to get the best sharpness possible.

We’ve been spending a bit of time with the camera so far, and we have to say that it has a lot going for it, but there are some things that are irking us a bit.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Photo Plus Expo 2013 Fujifilm XE2 XQ1 Mini90 Instax product images (13 of 18)ISO 16001-50 sec at f - 2.0

Fujifilm recently updated their prosumer targeted X-E1 camera to the X-E2. The new update is overall a minor upgrade to the one of the company’s previous best sellers. With a still modest 16.3MP APS-C sized sensor (though a new one inside) the camera mostly enjoys a couple of spec bumps with some other features like real exposure preview and some improved autofocusing.

At Photo Plus Expo 2013, we had some personal fondling time with the camera. Though we handled pre-production models, so the image quality wasn’t final.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer Leica X Vario Review Top Right Front ViewWhen Leica announced the X Vario and boldly touted it as a “Mini M”, even the die-hard Leica fanboys weren’t amused. Voices ranged from, “Blasphemy!” over, “Where is that entry-level M-mount mirroless APS-C camera we’ve been asking for?” to a more reasonable, “What the heck? This is not an M!” And while it would have the notorious Leica-haters outraged over another ‘overpriced’ and ‘utterly useless’ fixed-lens APS-C compact that would ‘never be able to hold a candle to the [popular camera model X]‘, it had even those that were generally Leica-friendly confused at least. Why did the company decide to put a slow zoom lens on their latest X-series camera? Read our first impressions with this controversial camera to find out.

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