Why Do You Think Camera Manufacturers Aren’t Truly Innovating?

Camera manufacturers aren’t innovating at the pace they should be.

Camera manufacturers have lost the tech game. They’re not really considered big tech anymore, and they’re not doing anything truly exciting. It’s evident in many ways, but the most evident way is with consumer spending. Most folks have no reason to buy a new camera. Even more folks don’t have reasons to buy an actual camera at all. So why have one? Well, we’re wondering the same thing, and we discussed it on our latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Don’t Be Afraid! Cleaning Your Camera Sensor the Right Way

Cleaning your camera is something every photographer needs to do at least once.

On last week’s episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we showed viewers how to clean their camera sensor. The audience loved it. And lots of folks have never done it before. It’s amazingly simple to do as long as you’re not afraid. You should also exercise a bit of common sensor. Both Brett and Chris use different methods. And we showed two of the biggest ones on the show.

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One Camera Brand Has Issues in Our Weather Sealing Simulation

We saw people try to test 4k 60p video for a half hour; so we figured we’d do something equally stupid with weather sealing.

Go ahead! Tell us how stupid the test we did on Pro Camera Reviews was. But also keep in mind that some folks try to record video at 60p 4k for a half hour. Our test involved pouring water on cameras from a thermos. It simulates the weather sealing tests we do in real life, but in a little bit of time. Best of all: pretty much everything kept working! So if you’re going for the top line mirrorless cameras, know that they’ll be fine in most rain.

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The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Has a Most Unusual Problem

No one would have suspected that the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN would have had this problem.

If I told you that the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN had distortion, you wouldn’t believe me. Sigma has always struck homeruns for image quality, but their latest lens is an exception. In fact, Sigma told us that we need to turn on peripheral correction in the camera. And even after that, we’re still very shocked. It’s got a beautiful bokeh, and when shooting portraits, it still does a solid job. But if you’re shooting portraits in a scene with lots of straight lines, you’ll probably suffer a distortion issue. In our latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we dove into this.

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Are Sales Proving That Full Frame Is Beating Small Sensor Cameras?

What do all these full frame cameras entering the market mean for small sensor cameras?

Everyone can say that full frame cameras are good, and that smaller sensors don’t make much of a difference, but it seems like manufacturers have a different idea. They’re flooding the market with full frame cameras while there haven’t been many APS-C launches. With so many full frame cameras in the market, why would anyone necessarily go APS-C at the prices they’re at right now? Fujifilm is a welcome exception with the rendering of the X Trans sensor and its stunning lenses. But manufacturers probably see something different. Possibly, more and more people want full frame, so to make more money, why not put more out there? Indeed, there’s a lot of full frame cameras. And in our last episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we broke it all down.

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The New Sigma 100-400mm for Sony FE Makes Us Really Wonder

The new Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a lot more affordable than the Sony G Master option.

We’ve been testing the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM on the Sony a7r IV for a little while now. It’s making us wonder whether it’s worth it over the G Master option. It’s a lot more affordable for sure, but you’re sacrificing a few things. So, we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Are There Really Three Years of Improvements in the Olympus E-M10 IV?

The Olympus E-M10 IV is the successor to a camera that came out a few years ago, and it feels great in the hand.

The Olympus E-M10 IV is the company’s latest entry-level mirrorless camera. It incorporates some of the features of its higher-end siblings and most of all boasts a nice grip. But, we’re not sure if there have been enough improvement to make you upgrade or spring for it at the price point. So, we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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With No Fujifilm Full Frame Camera, Will They End Up Like Pentax?

Without a Fujifilm Full Frame camera, they’re almost in a position that Pentax was a few years ago.

Fujifilm is #4 when it comes to cameras right now. They do a fantastic job and we adore them here at the Phoblographer. But we’re also concerned about the camera industry as a whole. Ideally, we don’t want Fujifilm to go the way of Pentax. And we wonder if there’s a need for a Fujifilm Full Frame camera to ensure that this doesn’t happen. So, we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Video: The Canon 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM Is Crazy Sharp

The Canon 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM has sharpness that’s seriously impressing us for a kit lens.

It used to be that kit lenses were absolutely awful. But things have changed. The new Canon 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM not only has great bokeh, but it also image stabilization, and it is very sharp. We’ve been using it with the Canon EOS R6 and we’re super surprised by the image quality results we’ve been getting. We decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Video: These Things About Cameras and Lenses Really Suck

What annoys you about cameras and lenses on the market today?

Cameras and lenses have their respective issues based on the manufacturer. But with our team of three reviewers, there are lots of things that we’ve seen and hate. We’ve seen everything across all the camera manufacturers, and there are things they just refuse to get right. So, we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews. And we really decided to dig in with this episode–though quite honestly, we held back.

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Video: The Canon EOS R5 Is Awesome for Still Photography

The Canon EOS R5 is a fantastic camera if you care about are still images.

We’ve been using the Canon EOS R5 for stills photography primarily so far. It’s fantastic! And you can catch up on all our coverage so far. We’ve even used it for short video clips and have talked to a few video professionals about using it. So we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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Video: How to Shoot Handheld without Image Stabilization

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Video: What’s Your Dream Camera (Combining the Best of It All)

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Fujifilm 16-80mm F4 R WR OIS Video Review: (We Love it!)

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Video: What We Want to See In the Sony a7s III

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Video: Stop Shooting for Instagram and Start Shooting for Yourself

Too many photographers just shoot for Instagram and not enough for themselves.

Fact: Instagram isn’t the end all be all in photography. But lots of photographers just shoot to feed the algorithm. It breeds a lack of originality, and instead, everyone is just doing the same thing. It gets bland, and it’s overall not good for the art world. Gear Editor Brett Day went through a recent bout of this happening, and he wanted to talk about it with the rest of the Reviews Team in a recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews. For background: both Reviews Editor Paul Ip and Editor in Chief Chris Gampat are on a many months-long break from Instagram.

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Video: SuperSense One Instant Packfilm Is a Major Disappointment

The SuperSense One Instant packfilm is disappointing in so many ways.

Years ago, Fujifilm discontinued their peel-apart film–otherwise known as packfilm. It was instant and for years had been used by professionals shooting film to get a preview of their exposures. But, it experienced a bit of a revival when people started to get back into Instant film. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep it alive. And Fujifilm instead does Instax. But, the folks over at SuperSense decided to recreate it themselves. They’re a small team mostly working on a passion project–and it shows. I personally backed their Kickstarter a while back and received my film last year. But we were super busy, and it was frigid out, so summer 2020 just seemed like the best time to test is. So how did it do? Well, I’m pretty sad.

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Video: What We Want in the Sony a5 (If It’s Real and Not Fake)

On a recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews, the Reviews Team at the Phoblographer discussed the possible Sony a5.

Is it real? We honestly don’t know. But if the Sony a5 is real, then we’ve got a ton of questions. Like, what’s the pricing going to be? Will it still really be over $1,000? What sensor will be inside? Will Sony remove a whole lot of their more innovative features? And if Sony does that, then why would someone buy the camera? Will it still have a DSLR style camera body? If Sony were to make one of these come out, then it would probably be very soon. A Sony a5 camera would be a very entry-level option for the market. It would most likely be targeted at the hobbyist. Heck, they may even take away a control dial and make it more like the Sony a6000 series of cameras.

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