The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Photojournalists

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony a7 Mk II product photos (1 of 8)ISO 1001-50 sec at f - 5.0

While Canon and Nikon keep on trucking with their powerhouse cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus have viable and noticeably smaller alternatives. In photojournalism, particularly in breaking news situations, you have to be able to react to split-second changes, and the size and amount of gear you have can help or hinder you. As mirrorless cameras have become more robust, there’s been a gradual shift away from bigger rigs in photojournalism. If a smaller camera can do the job just as well, if not better than a bigger one, why not go for the smaller one? There’s less strain on your neck! With that in mind, here are our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists.

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First Impressions: Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II (Micro Four Thirds)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II product images first impressions (4 of 5)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 3.5

Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 was a lens that created legends and made jaws drop everywhere. Released around the initial start of the Micro Four Thirds launches, the lens was a sharp pancake offering that also had a wide aperture and image quality overall to boot. Fast forward a couple of years and the lens is on its second iteration. DxOMark has stated that this lens isn’t as sharp as its predecessor, but we all know that a little bit of post-production work can fix that.

We’ve been spending some quality time getting to know the lens, and so far we’re pretty impressed by what we see. But of course, it isn’t all sugar and sweets. And at $427.99, it may be a bit too much to stomach.

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Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC Adds Panasonic GH4 and Olympus EM10 support

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Panasonic GH4 owners foaming at the mouth to finally edit raw images in Photoshop will be glad to hear that Adobe has just added support for the camera in its latest Camera Raw 8.5 Release Candidate update. Joining the GH4 are also the Olympus OM-D E-M10, Canon G1 X Mark II, Fujifilm FinePix S1, and Nikon’s two new mirrorless cameras, the 1 V3 and 1 J4.

Although the update is still an early release candidate it will allow users to edit their images in Photoshop CS6  and Photoshop CC. Sadly, we’ll all have to wait a little bit longer for the update to come to Lightroom

Photoshop CC users specifically are also getting a few extra perks including the ability to apply graduated and radial filter masks with a brush. Additionally, mask visualization is now available for graduated and radial Filters, as well as a newly added per-panel preview default toggle.

There’s also a host of lens profiles that have slipped in with Camera Raw 8.5 RC. Check past the break for more. Continue reading…