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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II is the successor to what I believe in many ways was the closest thing to the perfect digital mirrorless camera ever made. When the Olympus OMD EM5 was announced, it was pitched as a weather sealed camera with fast autofocusing, a new sensor, great retro DSLR ergonomics, and a viewfinder that kicked some serious butt. Indeed, after Olympus was messing around a bit too much with their older Pen line, that was the camera that finally got it right.

It’s been years since that camera was announced and released; and we’ve now got its successor. With it comes the addition of WiFi integration, time lapse shooting, a 40MP high res shot mode, better weather sealing, improved (but more complicated ergonomics) faster shooting performance, the ability to make your AF points truly tiny, a different type of LCD screen, and a couple of other ergonomic changes. More than anything though, it moves away from the extra simplicity that the EM5 Mk I offered via controls. The Mk II has more buttons and in many ways looks like a more serious camera that is trying to have a retro look.

Overall, the Mk II is an excellent camera; but for an OMD EM5 user like me, I don’t believe that it’s at home is in my hands.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Nikon D5500 clearly shows off the company’s continued evolution of their more entry level offerings–to the point where it pretty much seems to be targeting the mirrorless camera market. It’s small; in fact during our initial meeting with Nikon we found it to be comparable to the full frame mirrorless Sony A7 camera. And while it’s small, Nikon is still trying to do things that don’t sacrifice on build quality, feel, and features.

The Nikon D5500 sports a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with no OLPF at the heart. Other specs include a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD touch screen (yes, touch screen), the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, ISOs ranging from 100-25,600, 5 fps shooting, and similar video capabilities to the D750.

Yes, these are all very cool features for an entry level DSLR (or a step above it.) But they’re still not our favorite thing about this camera.

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A 0.3MP camera is all the rage in the latest DigitalRev TV video, where they quite literally review a Barbie Doll.

No, we’re not kidding.

Kai introduces a Barbie Doll with a little DigitalRev TV shirt on and shows us how to push her buttons in just the right way. When you lift its shirt up, you see an LCD screen and the camera is on the upper portion of her back.

So how does it perform? Kai recommends buying it over a Leica M because of the quick focusing, stealth and the fact that folks may just think you’re plain crazy. But it sucks for selfies. Check out the video after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (2 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

Hey folks,

We just updated our Sony A7 Mk II review to include tests from the RAW image files. Overall, the results aren’t that much better than the original A7–so if you own the older camera you can still be happy about spooning with it when you go to sleep.

And if you’re still looking at making a purchase of the A7, there are currently deals in place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When Olympus first showed us their 14-150mm f4-5.6 II, we weren’t incredibly impressed. Wide zoom range, weather sealing, minimal change of an aperture: okay, it’s got a lot going for it. But we’re always skeptical until we get the unit in our hands.

Olympus chose to recreate the 14-150mm f4-5.6 II, and they did so with the incorporation of weather sealing, sharper optics, and a new body overall. Yes, it’s sharp–but if you’re spoiled by the higher end offerings from the Micro Four Thirds world like we are, there is absolutely no looking back.

But if you’re someone that needs an all in one option, then this lens will probably become your best friend.

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If you’re looking for a laugh, you should look no further than Amazon’s Reviews of the Sigma 200-500mm f2.8 lens. Yes it’s expensive, but the reviews and questions are rather hysterical. For example, did you know that there isn’t an iPhone adapter? Unfortunately, the adapter is only made for Palm Pilots.

More of the answers are right after the jump.

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