Plain Milk in a Chocolate Milk Bottle. Nikon Z5 Review

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You’re probably wondering why all these camera reviews sound the same. Well, quite frankly, we’re wondering why all these cameras are the same! For as good as the Nikon Z5 is, it should’ve been released years ago. This is what the Nikon Z6 should have been. And the Nikon Z6 II should’ve gotten some insane boosts. In some ways, Nikon is still the company we’ve known for over a decade. They’re still pretty much the best at high ISO output in some ways. Additionally, their cameras can still take good pictures. There’s also the really fun Nikon color profiles that irritatingly can’t be applied to your RAW files. Make no mistake, the Nikon Z5 is a good camera. In fact, it’s my favorite that Nikon has made in a long time. But Nikon isn’t innovating. They’re struggling to keep up, and there’s nothing that’s compelling us to buy from them unless you’re probably a YouTuber. Ultimately, it’s mostly the same internals as everything else with a better exterior.

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The Leica Q2 Monochrom is One of their Best Cameras Yet

The Leica Q2 Monochrome has to be the most liberating camera currently on the market.

When I first used the Leica Q2, I was disappointed by the autofocus performance and a few other quirks. But that all improved over time–for the most part at least. And with the new Leica Q2 Monochrome, Leica has created the most liberating camera on the market. It takes the high ISO wars and slaps them in the face. It doesn’t bother too much with quibbles about the dynamic range. And it sure as heck doesn’t care about color depth. Instead, you’re getting pure sharpness, beauty, and freedom to shoot. At the heart of this camera is a Monochrome sensor. As I realized too late when testing the Leica M10 Monochrom, you don’t need to worry about high ISO noise. In this case, you’re embracing it. It can put out images that look like film developed with Rodinal. But beyond that, autofocus has also come a long way. Is it perfect? No, but this has to be the most refreshing camera that Leica has produced in 2020. And more importantly, it has to be my favorite camera of the year.

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Their Best Camera Yet! But a Ways to Go! Panasonic S5 Review

The Panasonic S5 is everything I wanted in a camera from Panasonic.

The truth about the photography market is that no one is making a bad camera. But bad decisions are surely made. And the Panasonic s5 is one of the best decisions the company ever made at the worst time. Released and announced during the pandemic, it’s a way to get people into their system pretty cheaply. However, I think if the Panasonic S5 were released ahead of the S1 and S1r, the system would have a ton more converts. The Panasonic S5 is seriously the first camera that’s made me consider the L mount with any seriousness. Not only is the camera the best thing currently in Panasonic’s lineup, but it’s probably the best L mount camera aside from the Leica SL2. With a 24MP full-frame sensor, great image quality, and good enough autofocus, I think photographers will really like it.

Editor’s Note: This review has been updated on November 29th 2020.

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Meet Fujifilm’s New Midrange Camera: Fujifilm XS10 First Impressions

The Fujifilm XS10 is a cross between Fujifilm’s flagship XT4 and their tough XH1. There are a few caveats, though.

All the speculation was correct. Yes, the Fujifilm XS10 is real, and we’ve had a short time with it. This cross between a Fujifilm X-H1 and the X-T4 is the company’s new mid-range model. While the X-S line is not a new one for Fujifilm, this is the first camera in the series that will turn some heads. Opting for a simpler design, Fujifilm hopes that the XS10 will attract an entirely new type of customer. Sporting the same sensor as the X-T4, a redesigned IBIS system that’s 30% smaller, and a fully articulating screen, the Fujifilm XS10 sounds delightful on paper. Is it really any good, though? Come and read about our first impressions after the break.

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The Exciting Return of Spy Tech! Canon Powershot Zoom Review

The Canon Powershot Zoom harkens to the return of the spy camera in 2020, and I’m so excited!

If you’ve read our Declassified series, you’ll know how much I geek out about spy-tech. The Canon Powershot Zoom probably wasn’t meant to be that kind of tech. In fact, Canon specifically referenced to that as a viewer in our meeting. It takes photos (rather bland ones at that), but it’s a camera that isn’t much larger than a stick of lip balm. You can stuff it in your pocket and shoot photos to your heart’s content. And when you’re ready, just connect it to your phone and beam the images over. All that aside, the fun behind the Canon Powershot Zoom is the innocent spy-type feel you can get with it. Boasting a 100-400mm zoom lens in front of a super small sensor, it’s incredibly fun!

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A Big Misstep for Micro Four Thirds: Panasonic G100 Review

The removal of a key Micro Four Thirds feature in the Panasonic G100 has left me scratching my head.

Until the release of the Panasonic G100 earlier this year, all had been quiet on the Panasonic M4/3 front. The Panasonic G100 has been aimed at modern hybrid content creators. Hybrid shooters want the best of both worlds when it comes to stills and video. There are many cameras on the market that cater to this segment, and they all fall into the same price bracket as the G100. Does the Panasonic G100 have what it takes to compete with offerings from Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, and others when it comes to stills? Let’s find out in our full review.

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The Panasonic G100 Is an Oddity of a Camera and Missing a Big Thing

In Pro Camera Reviews, we recently discussed the new Panasonic G100.

In some ways, the new Panasonic G100 feels like the odd man out. There’s a whole lot going for it, but they missed the ball in some ways. This camera is designed mostly for the vlogger, and it features some innovative things for that audience. But for photographers, we’re scratching our heads a bit. For example, they got rid of the in-body image stabilization: a difficult thing to justify. We discuss more in our latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Excellent for Documentarians and Photojournalists: Sony a7s III Review

Photojournalists and documentarians who need to shoot stills and video are going to love the Sony a7s III.

Fans of the Sony a7s series of cameras have been waiting a long time for the a7s III. Thanks to these cameras’ ability to virtually see in the dark, they are favorites of videographers and photographers who shoot in extremely low light. However, detractors out there will tell you that, due to the 12MP sensor, the Sony a7s III is not good enough for stills photography. Upon its release, I suggested that the Sony a7s III could be great for modern photojournalists and documentarians. Those who specialize in these fields need to shoot both video and stills in any lighting conditions. I’ve been testing the camera for the past week in various situations. Find out what the Sony a7s III is like for stills photography in our full review.

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The Most Fun I’ve Had. Hasselblad 907X 50C Review

The Hasselblad 907X is a positively fantastic, retro feeling JPEG camera that can shoot RAW, but shouldn’t.

How many of you would believe me if I told you that the Hasselblad 907X 50C is an excellent JPEG camera? Many would probably clamor for my head on a stake. Others wouldn’t believe me. And yet some would agree with me. Of course, a medium format camera is bound to deliver great JPEG photos, but I’m shocked at how good they can be. Granted, the Hasselblad 907X is an over $6,000 medium format camera. It boasts retro looks and feels. And best of all, it’s pretty petite. And if you’ve got the extra dough, you’ll be pretty pleased with it.

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The Sony a7c is the Best Sony Camera for Leica M Mount Lenses

The Sony a7c is the affordable camera you’ve been waiting for if you own Leica M Mount Lenses.

Pick it up, and the Sony a7c will trigger a feeling. It’s bound to feel like a Mamiya 6 or Mamiya 7 rangefinder camera. You’ll be pleasantly surprised if you’re a rangefinder-style camera lover the way I am. The nostalgia will hit experienced photographers hard. The Sony a7c is the company’s latest full-frame offering. What makes it so unique is a super small camera body. But there’s a big full-frame sensor at heart. Better yet, it pairs so well with Leica M mount lenses. M shooters are bound to be the ones who pick this camera up. Thankfully, it seems Sony improved the manual focus peaking function a bit. That means you’re going to get sharper images when you go about shooting.

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They Finally Did It! Full Frame Rangefinder Style! Sony a7c Review

The Sony a7c is the company’s first rangefinder-style camera with a full-frame sensor at heart.

I’m incredibly elated that Sony made a camera like the Sony a7c. The entire industry is lacking rangefinder-style cameras. Putting a full-frame sensor into one is the icing on the cake. Maybe it will mean other brands follow suit. Sony made a few sacrifices to create the Sony a7c. This is a real innovation that was proven long ago with the RX1 series. But this camera is different; you can swap the lenses out. The image stabilization isn’t up to par with the other Sony a7 camera bodies. And in some ways, I feel the autofocus isn’t either. You’re also missing a joystick. But otherwise, the Sony a7c has a whole lot going for it.

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Quit Your Hate! This Is Great! Canon EOS R5 Review

The Canon EOS R5 is the company’s first major professional mirrorless camera, and it’s wonderful!

There was a time when I was angry at Canon. But when the Canon EOS R launched, that anger subsided. It was a nice entry into the serious mirrorless camera world. But the Canon EOS R5 is arguably the camera they should have launched at the start. This camera can easily become the bread and butter of any professional photographer using it. It can also be a great tool for a multimedia shooter. Better yet, the hobbyist photographer who is passionate about the craft will enjoy what this camera can do. There has been a lot of wrongful bashing of the Canon EOS R5 on the web. And in this review, we’re going to talk to the practicality of it all. Note that before you go on, we’re not sensationalizing things just for clicks. If you’re a shooter that left Canon for another system, we’re probably going to tell you a few things you don’t want to hear. So, please keep your superiority complexes in check.

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It’s Not Groundbreaking, But It’s Fun: Olympus EM10 IV Review

The Olympus EM10 IV is similar to its predecessor, but much more fun to use.

The Olympus EM10 line has always offered a fun way to get started with photography. With gorgeous retro looks and good all-around performance, this line of cameras has always excelled. Now, three years after the EM10 III, we are graced with the presence of the Olympus EM10 IV. Olympus claims to have tinkered with a lot under the hood of this small, vintage-styled camera, but do the upgrades make it worthwhile to buy? Find out in our full review.

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Why Timelapse Photographers Will Love the Canon EOS R5

You’ll be glad to know that the Canon EOS R5 doesn’t overheat when shooting timelapse video.

The other night, we put the Canon EOS R5 on a balcony in near 90 degree NYC weather. Then we shot a timelapse with it to test if the camera would overheat. There have been lots of reports on YouTube and on websites about the Canon EOS R5 overheating when shooting video. When shooting my own, the camera started to get warm closer to the 30-minute mark. But it only stopped recording because of the natural recording time limit. I was shooting at 4K 24p–which is arguably the standard across the industry. 60p video is for slow-motion stuff, and 30p is for sports, soap operas, and live events. Much of the testing I’ve seen have been torture tests shooting 60p video for over 10 minutes. And I really wonder why folks are doing this? Why would you slow down 10 minutes of video? What’s the point? And more importantly, because the Canon EOS R5 is shooting a timelapse for five hours, will it overheat?

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Canon’s New Workhorse Camera: The Canon EOS R6 Review

The Canon EOS R6 attempts to reclaim the workhorse camera throne from Sony, and it has more than a fighting chance of winning.

The Canon EOS R6 has been living in the shadow of its bigger brother, the EOS R5, ever since the two cameras were announced earlier this year. Aimed at working professionals, the Canon EOS R6 seems to be slightly underweight compared to its main rivals. Still, this camera, which is powered by the same 20.1MP sensor and DIGIC X processor found in the 1DX III, has a lot of fight in it. Does the EOS R6 have enough about it to make the Sony a7 III, the Nikon Z6, and the Panasonic S1 throw in the towel? Find out in our full review.

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The Sony a7s III Has Epic Autofocus for Street Photography

Sony came to our new office in Queens, NY to show us the Sony a7s III and use it for street photography.

Much of the coverage already online around the Sony a7s III has been in use for video. Naturally, we’re a photography first website–and the photographers I’ve known who’ve used the predecessors to the Sony a7s III mostly did street photography, documentary work, and ambient light portraiture with neon colors. If you’ve never seen Daniel Schaefer’s Tumblr, know that a lot of it is with the Sony a7s original and vintage lenses. Indeed, there’s something magical about vintage glass and low-resolution full-frame sensors like the 12MP one in the Sony a7s III. But street photography requires either great zone focusing lenses or super-fast autofocus. And the Sony a7s III didn’t really disappoint us.

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It’s Different, But Still the Same: Olympus EM10 IV First Impressions

The EM10 IV features some new technology to the product line, but old technology to Olympus in a familiar body.

The Olympus EM10 IV is the first camera to be launched since the announcement of Olympus’s impending sale to the Japanese investment firm, JIP. The OM-D EM10 line has always been the entry point into Olympus’s OM-D cameras, and because of this, the EM10 series has always been an affordable and cheerful camera that newcomers, and those who value size and weight savings, flock to. The Olympus EM10 IV, though, packs some performance upgrades over previous versions of this camera that some might get excited about. We haven’t had long enough with the camera to offer a full review (yet), but we have learned enough to form our first impressions. Join us after the break to see what we have discovered.

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You’ll Want to Come Back to Canon: Canon EOS R5 First Impressions

The Canon EOS R5 is fantastic and checks off so many boxes.

What’s going around the internet about the Canon EOS R5 is all about video issues and overheating in 8K video mode. But if you’re a photographer and don’t really care about that or you want to shoot in a different mode, then I’m sure you’re going to love the Canon EOS R5. This camera has most of Canon’s best technology packed into one body. New to it is image stabilization, and it can deliver up to 8 stops of IS with specific lenses. There’s also the token weather sealing and a brand new sensor from Canon. We all thought we’d get a 50+ MP sensor, but we’re getting a 45MP full frame sensor. For most photographers’ needs, that’s enough. Let’s dive into this camera!

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The R6 Could Be a Sleeper Camera: Canon EOS R6 First Impressions

A quick look at the new Canon EOS R6, the company’s latest entry-level Full Frame Mirrorless camera

There has been a lot of hype around two new Canon cameras, and as expected, the EOS R5 has stolen the spotlight, but many want to know more about its baby brother, the Canon EOS R6. The Full Frame Canon EOS R6 with its 20.1MP sensor, new IBIS and autofocus systems, and 4K recording options is aiming to take on the Sony a7 III, the Nikon Z6, and the Panasonic S1. On paper, the Canon EOS R6 will give them all a run for their money. I recently received our review unit from Canon and have started testing the camera, but before we wrap up our full review, we wanted to share our first impressions. Grab a chair, your favorite beverage, get comfy, check out what we have to say and look at plenty of our first sample images after the break.

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The True Successor to the Leica M9: Leica M10R Review

The Leica M10R is what I feel to be the true successor to the Leica M9, and I’m super happy about that.

If you were to tell me that the Leica M10R would have the same sensor as the Leica Q2 and the Leica SL2, I’d believe you. But it doesn’t. Instead of that hulking 47MP sensor, you’ve got what seems to be the 40MP sensor in the Monochrome but with a color filter. And that’s very exciting on paper! The Leica M10 series of cameras are frankly fantastic. I adore them. The Leica M10R is also an excellent camera, but there are a lot of things about it that make me scratch my head. Those concerns pertain to the image quality. And in some ways, I want to say that the Leica M10R is the truest successor to the Leica M9 there can be. But I don’t remember the Leica M9 rendering color like this. I absolutely remembered the lack of color depth at higher ISO settings. But it had its own color depth even at lower ISO settings.

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A Nice Camera with a Serious Identity Crisis: Nikon Z50 Review

The Nikon Z50 is a nice APS-C camera, but it’s for nobody in particular, and there’s a big elephant in its room.

Nikon decided to enter the already pretty crowded Mirrorless APS-C camera space with the Z50. Much was made of the Nikon Z50 when it was announced. Many touted it as a spiritual successor to the legendary D500: I can tell you it is not that. Nikon released this camera to target the vlogger crowd and those who want to blow up social media with pictures of coffee, sushi, and all manner of other stereotypical hipster things. Does the Z50 have what it takes to entice those crowds, and can it successfully enter a Mirrorless APS-C market dominated by Fujifilm and Sony? Let’s find out in our full review.

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