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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Don’t Trade in Your Sony A7III Just Yet, the Nikon Z5 Looks Pretty Gimped

The newly announced Z5 is Nikon’s take on the “basic camera,” but have they stripped it of too many features to make it affordable?

Today, Nikon is officially announcing the Nikon Z5. Part of the company’s Z-mount Full Frame mirrorless camera line, the Nikon Z5 is the company’s take on the “basic camera.” With that said, it’s competing in some ways with the Sony A7 III. Between its attractive $2,000 price point and its advanced feature set, the A7 III was very well regarded and sold like hotcakes. Nikon is going after the same crown with the Nikon Z5.

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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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They’ve Cranked the XT3 up to 11! Fujifilm XT4 Review

Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades! With the Fujifilm XT4, we’re getting everything we loved about its predecessor along with a whole lot more.

Following in the footsteps of a runaway hit will always be challenging. That’s precisely the shoes Fujifilm has to fill with the XT4. The XT3 was released nearly a year and a half ago with significant upgrades to the X-T camera series. Although the XT3 garnered near-universal praise, there was still room for improvement. That’s precisely what Fujifilm is betting on with the XT4. By incorporating features like a fully articulating touchscreen, in-body image stabilization, and a larger battery (features that were absent in the well-received X-T3), Fujifilm is hoping to repeat the same level of success with the XT4. Does the Fujifilm X-T4 deliver? Let’s find out.

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The Closest They’ve Come to a Perfect Camera: Fujifilm X100V Review

The Fujifilm X100V is a fantastic camera in so many ways, but it’s got a few minor setbacks.

Testing the Fujifilm X100V during the COVID 19 scare has been a pleasing challenge. Of the cameras that I’ve tested this year so far, this one has to be my favorite. The Fujifilm X100V has a whole lot going for it too. Besides the same 26.1MP APS-C sensor that’s in the X-T4 and the X Pro 3, this camera has a revamped 23mm f2 lens attached. This lens takes full advantage of the sensor. Plus it has revamps to the autofocus, decent battery life (though it could be better) and weather sealing. The sealing needs to be completed with a lens filter. But either way, it means that you have a product that’s super durable now. And how could you go wrong. The Fuji X100V is a fantastic package. And though it’s a camera that a photographer can surely dream about, it still has its setbacks. But the price is just right at $1,349.

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The Camera No One Asked For: Sigma FP Review

The Sigma FP is yet another reason why Sigma should stop making cameras.

The title for this piece came from a conversation with Reviews Editor Paul Ip. It started over a game of Diablo III and my telling him that I’m going to shoot the sunset one night. “Are people buying that camera to do stuff like that?” he asked. My response was as confused as his. We met with Sigma twice about this product, and each time it was evident that they have no direction or idea of how they’re marketing their own products. At least the Sigma FP seemed pretty interesting to me on paper when it was announced. But getting it in my hands for a prolonged time made me angrier and angrier. One could say that this camera is aimed at the video shooter. But when I asked videographers if they’d use it, they said no–instead leaning towards Sony, Panasonic, Alexa, and RED. And for photography, there’s so much about this camera that’s pretty backward. Its design hearkens back to the old Argus C3–do you remember or even know about those? It was a brick. And this camera is more or less a brick.

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The Camera I Almost Threw in the Ocean: Sony RX100 VII Review

Sony’s own ideals and thoughts about serious cameras are starting to stifle the potential of cameras like the Sony RX100 VII, and it shows.

Yes, I’m not kidding about the title. There was a point during this review where the Sony RX100 VII felt so incredibly awkward in my hands that I really wanted to throw it in the ocean. I have modest hands at best, and there is just so much that makes me believe that this camera was designed for people with the smallest hands possible. But this camera lineup has always been about being pocketable and portable, though at great sacrifice. As a matter of fact, if I were being told to pick this camera up while coming from just shooting with a phone, I’d have the most bitter outlook on cameras overall. And there’s a lot wrong with the Sony RX100 VII that seriously made my sigh and wonder if Sony even thought about this camera before it came out.

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A Camera For JPEG Lovers Everywhere: Fujifilm X-T200 Review

The Fujifilm X-T200 is a fun camera that will appeal to newbies more than anyone else. But if you love shooting for the JPEG, you might want to take a look at it too.

Camera companies are doing all they can to stem the onslaught of smartphones and their cameras, and up until recently, they haven’t been doing a great job. Times are changing, though, and recent entry-level cameras from Sony (the a6100) and Olympus (the E-PL10) are starting to pull mobile photographers away from their phones. The original X-T100 from Fujifilm was a swing and a miss, but Fujifilm has been hard at work to make sure the X-T200 doesn’t fall short like its first entry-level camera did. We’ve been putting the Fujifilm X-T200 through its paces over a few weeks, and now it’s time to share our findings. Is the camera good enough to pry photographers from their phones? Find out in our full review.

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A Great Step up From a Smartphone: Olympus Pen E-PL10 Review

The Olympus Pen E-PL10 is a fun camera that gives a great ILC camera foundation to build upon.

As we all know, smartphones have taken a massive chunk of the entry-level camera market away from manufacturers, but the big boys still try to claw back customers who have maybe outgrown their smart devices when it comes to photography. One of those companies is, Olympus, and their latest roll of the dice into the entry-level camera market is the Olympus Pen E-PL10. This review turned out to be interesting as I was only allowed to leave my home for a limited amount of time to test the camera, so I had to get creative. Despite this, I was still able to put this small, compact camera through its paces. Is this camera good enough to make new photographers step away from their smartphone cameras? Let’s find out in our full review.

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The One Reason the Fujifilm X100V Ups the Game for Me

Fujifilm’s latest X100 camera opens the door to a new feature for affordable compact cameras.

Compact cameras have seen a lot of improvements in the past few years. Faster autofocus, better ISO resolution, filters, IBIS, megapickles: the list of advancements is deep. Fujifilm has been at the forefront of innovation with its x100 series of cameras. For almost a decade, these cameras have made photography fun for both budding photographers and more experienced shooters who wanted a pocketable camera for easy, quick use. While it offers some upgrades over its previous iteration, the X100V has also incorporated something almost no other compact point and shoot has yet: weather resistance. While full weather resistance comes when you add a filter to the front lens, this move raises the bar and will either catapult Fujifilm further into a league of its own or spur compact camera manufacturers to step their game up.

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Review: Sony A9 II (It Has Everything the Modern Pro Could Ever Need)

The Sony a9 II is every bit of a flagship camera, and honestly, it makes any type of photography easy.

Sony, as usual, made huge waves when they first introduced the a9 in 2017. They entered the sports market that had been dominated by both Canon and Nikon for decades, and they staked their claim as a serious player in this field. Fast forward a few years as we now have the Sony a9 II. Sony’s a9 II is a huge camera for them. Not only will it be the camera they want to push on professional sports photographers during the Olympics, which will be in their own back yard in 2020, but it’s also the camera that will need to go up alongside the new Canon 1DX III and the Nikon D6. Does the Sony a9 II have enough about it to take the gold medal? Let’s find out in our review.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm X-T4 (A Ton of Updates You’ll Want to See!)

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The rumored Fujifilm X-T4 is real folks, and it’s packing quite a number of improvements over its well-regarded predecessor.

In what is perhaps one of the worst-kept industry secrets in recent memory, we can finally confirm that the Fujifilm X-T4 is indeed real. While the XT4 sports the same 26 Megapixel X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 Sensor and X-Processor 4 Quad-Core Imaging Engine as its roughly year and a half old predecessor, there are plenty of upgrades that make it a worthwhile upgrade. Chief amongst these are the 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization, the inclusion of a fully articulating touchscreen, and a brand new, higher capacity battery. We got to spend some time with the Fujifilm X-T4 recently during a private media briefing. You can read all about our first impressions after the jump.

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Lomography Simple Use Film Camera Now Comes with LomoChrome Metropolis

Need a quick LomoChrome Metropolis fix? The Lomography Simple Use Camera now comes loaded with this popular film, ready for you to grab and shoot.

In case you don’t have a Lomography Simple Use Film Camera yet, here’s a great chance to pick one up. The reloadable camera is now available with the popular LomoChrome Metropolis film, so you can give both a go for your next photo walk or epic adventure. Check out this camera and film combo if you’re looking for something lightweight, easy, and fun to shoot.

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Review: Sony a6100 (The Little Sony Camera That Could)

The Sony a6100 is what all other entry-level cameras should aspire to be.

The Sony a6000 was a revolutionary camera when it hit the scene in 2014. The enticing price point, great specs, and small size made it a camera many photographers and first-time camera owners flocked to. Here we are six years later with its true successor, the Sony a6100. The Sony a6100 features real-time human and animal eye-tracking, incredible burst rates, and Sony claims it has the world’s fastest autofocus system. But should first-time camera buyers and photographers on a budget flock to it like they did the a6000? Let’s find out in our review.

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Review: Olympus OMD EM1 III (A Travel Photographer’s Imperfect Gem)

The Olympus OMD EM1 III gives me very mixed feelings and promotes a particular lifestyle over the general appeal.

Though I’m hesitant to call the Olympus OMD EM1 III a specialized camera, it could be the best way to describe it. Travel, landscape, wildlife, and night photographers will adore its features. The small size combined with small lenses, deep depth of field at open apertures, and the build quality is all highly prized. When the aging sensor at the heart of the Olympus OMD EM1 III starts to rear its ugly head, Olympus can deliver beautiful images via the art filters. In my discussions with other journalists, I feel like the Art Filters are what truly makes Olympus unique. It’s synonymous with Fujifilm’s Film Simulations. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got one word for you: Acros. While traveling, the system is lightweight and one of the most manageable that I’ve used. And no matter where you’re traveling to, the Olympus OMD EM1 III has durability almost comparable to the EM1X. So why would you leave Sony, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica, Panasonic, or Fujifilm for an Olympus OMD EM1 III? Honestly, I’m still pondering who the photographer is that would do just that.

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Review: Canon EOS Ra (It Almost Shines as Bright as the Stars in the Sky)

The Canon EOS Ra is the industry’s first Mirrorless astrophotography camera, and it’s quite impressive.

Canon is no stranger to the world of astrophotography and making cameras that excell. The Canon 60Da was the last DSLR they made for astrophotography, which had a unique Ha (Hydrogen Alpha) filter on the sensor, and it won over the hearts of all astrophotographers who used it. The 60Da was capable of capturing the gorgeous red hues of nebulas in the night sky with ease, and it deserved its legendary DSLR status. We have now moved into the Mirrorless age, and there has been a huge gap in the market where an Ha filtered camera should have been sitting. Canon fixed this with the new Mirrorless Canon EOS Ra. This camera has some big shoes to fill, but does it have enough to make deep-sky DSLR shooters switch to the new RF platform? Let’s find out.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm X100V (This is Probably the Perfect X100)

The Fujifilm X100V is a camera that I’ve been waiting a long time for; and I’m not disappointed.

The Fujifilm X100V is finally the X100 series camera that I’ve always wanted. Is it weather sealed? Fujifilm says that if you put a UV filter on the front, it will be fully sealed. Does it have a rangefinder-style body? Yes. Does it focus quickly? Yes. Is it still small? Yes. Photographers will also love that it has the Classic Negative film simulation. Indeed, there’s a lot to love about the Fujifilm X100V. We got to spend an hour or so with the camera very recently. And with a few firmware updates, this camera will be a no-brainer purchase.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Settings for Photographing Sunsets

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Not satisfied with your sunset photos? Try shooting with the camera settings suggested in today’s featured photography cheat sheet!

Sunsets are among everyone’s favorites to photograph for the dramatic burst of color they add, especially for landscape snaps. But let’s face it; we don’t always get shots that do them justice. Sometimes, it’s actually the camera settings that are to blame. Today’s photography cheat sheet comes with settings and tips you can try for your next sunset shoot.

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