Years ago, I never believed that Canon would ever build at least a serious attempt at mirrorless cameras. But now, we’ve got one in the form of the Canon M5–and the company has created a really impressive camera overall. Essentially: think of it as being the 80D; except, well, it’s not. It’s significantly smaller, more lightweight, has an EVF, and uses the EF-M mount vs the EF mount.
Sony’s new A7s shocked quite a few folks when it was announced. No one would have thought that Sony would have announced a new full frame E-mount camera that soon let alone one that shoots at 4K and housed a 12MP full frame CMOS sensor. Being pretty much the same exact camera body as its brothers the A7 and A7r, this camera differs in that it is targeted at the video crowd and those that want to shoot in extremely low light situations.
We got a chance to play with a pre-production version of the new A7s at Sony’s headquarters in NYC. And for the most part, we can say that you can expect more of the same.
Update 7/2/2014: Image samples and autofocus performance thoughts are below.
We didn’t think that this would ever happen, but it was really just bound to. Sony is announcing their brand new A3000 DSLR–except that it isn’t a DSLR at all. Instead, this is the first Alpha camera that is meant to take NEX lenses. And as a result, the A3000 doesn’t have a mirror–but there is an electronic viewfinder. This camera is being targeted at the entry level consumer who is looking to step up to an SLR style camera. And as a result, they’re retailing this camera for a $399 price point when it drops in September.
We spent some personal time with it recently; and judging from our 10 minutes with the camera, we’re not sure anyone would ever want to put it in manual mode.
The Nikon J series of cameras, believe it or not, sell very well here in the US. They’re small, portable, simple to use, and they’re stylish. Our News Editor Peter Walkowiak owns one, and playing with the new J3 and S1 was an experience that was really quite intriguing. This is a fast refresh to the J series with some minor updates; and the new S1 is positioned as a brand new entry level J series camera.
At CES 2013, we were able to play with the new cameras at Nikon’s booth. From what we’ve seen so far, we’re actually extremely impressed.
I’ve seen, held and played with the Fujifilm X Pro 1 before; but never long enough to really make any substantial judgements about it. Recently though, that changed and I was treated to a good hour or so of playtime with the camera. Not only the camera though: but the entire system of lenses in the form of the 18mm f2.0, 35mm f1.4 and 60mm f2.4.
What’s different about this hands-on review from all the rest though is that I was able to put an SD card in the camera. However, I must warn you all that I handled a pre-production model and that the image quality is perhaps not the final version. If the image quality isn’t the final version, I may just cry. Why? To be honest, I haven’t been this excited about a mirrorless camera since the Olympus EP3 was announced.
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.
It’s been a long time since I’ve spent this long with an Olympus product: around two years! My first DSLR was the Olympus E-510 and I loved it to death, but had to move to Canon for the features they provided me. With that said, the Olympus E-5 is a camera that I had hands-on time with and knew that I just had to test it out. Enough about me though: let’s get this thing started!