Three of Our Favorite Pocket Friendly Compact Cameras That Pack a Mighty Punch

Compact cameras pack a ton of features into small bodies which makes them perfect for those who need, or like, to travel light.

If you like to travel light, or just prefer to use cameras small enough to fit in your coat or pant pockets, compact cameras are for you. These little powerhouses are lightweight, easy to use, offer great image quality, and are packed to the rafters with features and tech. Don’t be fooled though: while they might be small in size, compact cameras have big personalities and punch well above their weight. They pack as much power as their larger brothers and sisters do, yet they are small enough for you to be able to roam the streets to get incredibly candid shots, and are tough enough to be thrown in your vacation bag.

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Fujifilm Camera Guide: Our Five Favorite Fujifilm Cameras for Beginners to Pros and Beyond

There are Fujifilm cameras for everyone; from beginners and enthusiasts, to professional photographers and videographers.

Fujifilm’s lineup of cameras is incredibly exciting, and the company is carving out a nice slice of the Mirrorless market for themselves. There are some quite remarkable Fujifilm cameras on the market right now and the current line up will appeal to many different people. From the fixed lens X100F to the medium format monster the GFX 50S, photographers of all types and skill sets can find something for themselves in the Fujifilm ecosystem.

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Fujifilm X100F Looking Gorgeous in Brown Will Make You Want One

Whether you already have a Fujifilm X100F or it’s still on your wishlist, you’ll surely want it in this gorgeous brown leather version

The Fujifilm X100F certainly is a gorgeous camera to begin with. But with a simple outer update, it becomes an even more covetable camera. Everyone, say hello to the brown leather version which has been getting some “oohs” and “ahhs” as of late.

Editor’s Note: Our understanding was that these images were official campaign photos. Instead, they’re from Ivan Joshua Loh

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Fujifilm Firmware Updates Incoming, Including Major Update to X-Pro2

Some of the other big news announced by Fujifilm today beyond the new X-E3 and the lenses was the announcement of some major firmware updates coming down the pipe for the X-Series cameras as well as the GFX50S.

Among those, probably the camera getting the biggest boost to its performance and capabilities is the X-Pro2. According to Fujifilm’s announcement, the X-Pro2 will be getting 4K video as well as the improved AF algorithm included in the X-E3. This is huge for the X-Pro2, which until the time this firmware is released was the only X-Trans III based camera without 4K video capabilities despite being the most expensive camera in the system.

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Fujifilm’s Earnings Reports Are Looking Good Bolstered By Strong GFX, X100F, And Instax Sales

Fujifilm has released their first quarter results for this year and things are looking particularly well for the company’s imaging solutions division – the one we all care about. The report showed a significant increase in sales for the imaging division, especially compared to the 4th quarter of last year. Fuji is crediting strong sales in both Europe and the US of their [amazon_textlink asin=’B06Y66DM52′ text=’Instax Square’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’66db71cb-82ad-11e7-ae30-0d136f672b1f’] product. Which should honestly be no surprise, Instax has long been a cash cow for the company, and so of people came out bought the new square format version – which launched during Q1 of this year. But the Instax launch was not the only photo product doing well. Continue reading…

5 Best Cameras With WiFi For Instagrammers

As much as some of us in the industry would like to forget, many people these days are getting into photography specifically to get better at posting images to their Instagram and social media accounts. One step these people can take is by ditching their phone camera all together and upgrading to a dedicated camera kit. But it should be one with great WiFi or connectivity to make transferring from the camera to phone (to post to IG) as easy and painless as possible.

Today we wanted to list a few of the best cameras on the market right now in terms of connectivity, to make posting to social media that much easier for you. But beyond that, since we are looking at this specifically from the angle of an amateur or semi-pro who is using this camera mainly for Instagram and social media projects we will base our recommendations around the needs of that sort of user.  Continue reading…

Which One: Fujifilm X100F or Fujifilm X-Pro2 with Fujifilm 23mm F2?

Looking at specs one couldn’t help but notice that [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MUC97VK’ text=’Fujifilm’s X100F’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’37b45670-3648-11e7-9d78-dbcdbb9f27e4′] and X-Pro2 feature a lot in common. Both have Fuji’s new 24mp sensor, both are rangefinder inspired, both have hybrid optical and electronic viewfinders, and both have (or can have in the case of the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01A8DUR74′ text=’X-Pro2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’48c2a387-3648-11e7-96f3-c7eff5194d39′]) a [amazon_textlink asin=’B01KNXOCO8′ text=’23mm F2 lens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’527ae3e2-3648-11e7-ac08-f761c87933ad’]. So with all of this in mind one would not be that out of line to wonder which setup is the better option, and today we are here to answer that question.

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Image Gallery: Fujifilm X100F Samples

Today, I’m really happy to say we’ve got Fujifilm X100F samples in our first impressions post. I’ve been super busy as of late, but I’m pretty glad to finally have the Fujifilm X100F in for review. On paper at least, the camera has a whole lot going for it. And it’s also fair to say that after a really long time, many users are going to be very happy with the camera and the progression it’s taken. Indeed, photographers like Rinzi Ruiz are doing some fantastic work with it. Overall, it’s pretty difficult to take a really awful photo with the camera.

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Five New Cameras That the Documentary Photographer Will Appreciate

Documentary photography could be called the purest form of photography in today’s world. It is not about fancy and expensive lighting setups, nor hours of photoshop wizardry – no, documentary photography and the photographers who capture that are all about the basics. Capturing a scene, a moment, an emotion and sharing that with their viewers.

Documentary photographers don’t need the fanciest cameras with the most cutting-edge new features. But what they do need, is easy access to essential camera features, being able to change settings quickly and without hassle as a moment develops in front of them. Not all cameras fit that criterion, and so today we will be taking a look at five recently released cameras that we feel the documentary photographer could not only use but enjoy and maybe even love.

Fujifilm GFX-50s

Since the dawn of the digital age, medium format has not been the best friend to the documentary photographer with most cameras being big, bulky pieces of gear that are much more suited to a studio environment than an ‘out in the world’ documentary one. While some photographers have used medium format, that has now all changed with the introduction of Fujifilm’s mirrorless GFX 50s.

Not only is this camera medium format, but it is still roughly the same size as a full frame DSLR, meaning documentary photographers can now carry a medium format system around with them. This will allow documentary shooters to get higher quality imagery that every before while they are out documenting the happenings of the world. This is not a feature of this camera that should be ignored, it is one of its most important aspects.

Beyond its size and weight, the GFX 50s continues in Fujifilm’s fine tradition of making essential camera features quickly to access through physical dials and controls that are reminiscent of vintage film cameras. There will be no digging through menus on the GFX 50s while the moment unfolds and then dissipates in front of you, instead you can easily turn one of the many dials on the camera to quickly change the camera’s shutter speed, aperture, or ISO.

This is a medium format camera that will not get in your way as a documentary shooter, and that is why we have included it on this list.

Canon 5D Mark IV

Mirrorless and Medium Format are not for everyone, nor are they within every budget. If you are still a fan of the classic full frame DSLR than there is no better option for documentary style work than the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The 5D series has been a staple for professional wedding, portrait, and documentary photographers since its inception. The latest member of the family, the 5D Mark IV does not change this at all, and in fact, restores the 5D series to its proper place as one of the best workhorse camera series on the market.

The 5D has quick access to changing essential camera features like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO through its control wheels. Its high ISO performance is great, and its dynamic range means you have the latitude you need in post to show the image as you intended.

This camera can also take a beating, which can be a hazard of the documentary photographers job, so having a camera in hand that you know can survive through hell and back can give a documentary shooter some peace of mind.

Panasonic GH5

There are many reasons that micro four thirds cameras have started to become more common in documentary circles that in years past, and a big part of that has been the introduction of video into the repertoire of many documentary shooters. Panasonic, more so than Olympus, has been at the forefront of these hybrid stills/video cameras and their latest offering, the GH5 doesn’t disappoint.

Offering an interchangeable lens camera, with quality Leica-branded lenses, and the ability to record very high-quality 4K video makes this camera a serious choice for anyone who shoots video or is looking to add more video work to their portfolio.

But let’s not act as if the stills capability on the GH5 take a back seat at all either. Though it is true that at higher ISO levels the smaller micro four thirds sensor will give more noise than some of these other options, overall the still image quality out of these cameras is still more than good enough for most documentary shooters.

Ricoh GR II

Image by Eric Kim

Compact cameras are a favorite weapon of choice for documentary photographers as it gives them the ability to capture an image of anything, anywhere, anytime. One of the very popular model choices for photographers of this genre has been the Ricoh GR series of cameras and the Ricoh GR II is no exception.

It features a 16MP sensor, with a 28mm full frame equivalent field of view. The camera is built like a tank with its magnesium alloy body and when powered off can easily fit into a pocket – making it very easy to be ready to capture an image at a moments notice.

The addition of WiFi to the GR series in the GR II means that now images can be shared through your mobile phone to social media or wire services moments after being taken. This is a great tool for documentary photographers who enjoy sharing their images without hassle.

Fujifilm X100F

Along with the GR series noted above, a very popular choice for documentary photographers looking for a compact travel solution has been the Fujifilm X100 series. These camera are small, compact, and offer an incredible range of features, including that analog look and feel that Fujifilm has become known for. Thair latest offering, the X100F is no exception.

The fixed 23mm lens on the X100F offers a standard 35mm full frame equivalent field of view, making it ideal for environmental imagery and is a favorite tool of documentary street photographers. Additionally, the solid build quality and compact size makes this ideal for a coat pocket or backpack compartment.

Fujifilm’s X100F also features the company’s latest 24MP X-Trans III sensor with its incredible image quality and the amazing Acros film simulation that fans of black and white have been dreaming about since it was introduced on the X-Pro2. The X100F is also easily converted with some lens adapters that Fujifilm sells to expand the imaging capability of the camera even more.

So there you have it, five incredible brand new options for documentary photographers to consider when they are looking at upgrading their kits. Any of the above cameras would make a tremendous tool for any documentary photographer.

The Long Awaited Fujifilm X100F Has the 24.3MP Sensor, Acros Simulation

Fujifilm has made a metric ton of announcements today, and along with the others, we have ourselves the long awaited X100 update, the newly minted Fujifilm X100F. Beyond the X-T line of cameras, probably the most popular line of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is the X100 series, and since Fujifilm unveiled their latest X-Trans sensor technology last year photographers have been clamoring for an updated X100 with the new tech. Continue reading…

Are These Two Fujifilm Registrations The X100F and X-T20?

We are seeing reports now of a couple Fujifilm camera registrations with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology which are thought to possibly be the X100F and X-T20. 2017 will be a big year for the downline Fujifilm users now that the flagship models have been updated to the next generation, this has led to the reports of cameras like the X100F and X-T20 coming soon. Continue reading…