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CSCs vs DSLRs: Who’s Winning?

Mon February 24, 2014

An Amateur Photographer article raises interesting points concerning the future of Compact System Cameras (CSCs). Based on UK data only, the CSCs sold 46,000 units less this year than last year, 100,000 vs 146,000 units. However, the conclusion seems to be that more education is needed to help North American and European consumers understand the advantages of the CSC over a traditional-mirrored DSLR.

This reminds me of the early days of the Apple Mac, which business people then considered a “toy.” When I recommended one to a new university student, he got back to me a couple of months later a bit miffed that he could not download all the popular software that his friends could on their IBM and clone PCs. Today, too, there are more accessories for the traditional-mirrored DSLR than the mirrorless DSLRs.

Oh, how times have changed! Today, Apple products rule while the PCs are retreating. The CSCs are also approaching that tipping point when one product will have such compelling technology in it that traditional-mirrored DSLR just can’t have, and then the moat will be breached.

As our latest Fujifilm X-T1 review shows, the CSC (aka mirrorless DSLR) has come a long way to challenge the traditional-mirrored DSLR.

There is no doubt in my mind that CSCs, in its current form or another form, will win. As camera technology moves forward, there is simply no compelling reason — or room — for a mirror anymore, so new cameras won’t have a mirror.


Press Releases

Sony a5000 Is World’s Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera With Wi-Fi Connectivity

Tue January 7, 2014

SONY INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA WITH WI-FI® CONNECTIVITY

by Communications 01/06/2014

New α5000 Model offers DSLR Power in Compact Body

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The versatile new Sony α5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1 Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size.

“Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new α5000 is the ultimate ‘everyday shooter’ that will appeal to a wide range of customers,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony.   “Its sleek, user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the performance, flexibility and results they crave.”

The new camera features a large 20.1 MP APS-C sized sensor that is paired with a new-generation BIONZ® X processor – the same processor in the award winning Sony α7 and α7R full-frame cameras.  These key devices work together to deliver crisp, high-quality still images and full HD videos in all types of shooting conditions.


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Mirrorless Camera Market Prediction

Tue December 31, 2013

The New York Times published a REUTERS article on the future of mid-tier camera makers, namely Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm.

The mirrorless cameras have been a hit in Japan but have yet to catch on in the United States and Europe. The problem seems to be that they insist on competing with smartphones where consumers prize connectivity over picture quality. Consumers also don’t really want to connect cameras to phones, prefering a single interface that can instantly upload photographs to social networking sites.

Even though mirrorless cameras have improved to the point where they’re equivalent, if not superior, to traditional-mirrored DSLRs, North American consumers apparently still tend to equate image quality with size and heft, though that is changing.

A surprising data is that Sony’s QX has sold well with demand outstripping production, though Sony did not set any targets.

Read the article at: NYTimes.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review @ Neocamera

Sat November 16, 2013 | by Itai Danan

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an advanced mirrorless offering a number of firsts for Panasonic. Using the latest-generation 16 megapixels CMOS sensor, this camera adds built-in stabilization to benefit all lenses. It also offers highly flexible framing with both a tilting EVF and tiling LCD. The EVF is unrivaled with an unprecedented 2.8 megapixels and nearly 100% coverage of AdobeRGB colors.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

 

The GX7 offers both mechanical and electronic shutters. Both can sustain 5 FPS at full-resolution and the latter is used to capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. A maximum speed of 1/8000 lets it capture ultra-fast action. As the most feature-rich Panasonic to date, the GX7 bristles with functionality which includes bracketing, multiple exposure, built-in HDR, an interval timer and much more.

A review of the Panasonic GX7 was just published. Read it to find out everything there is to know about the GX7 and how it compares to the competition. Be sure to check out the gallery of full-resolution images and sample video.

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Panasonic Announces New DMC-GM1: Ultra Compact DSLM Camera for Enthusiast Photographers

Thu October 17, 2013

Panasonic’s LUMIX GM1 (DMC-GM1) is the new ultra compact DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera as well as the most compact and fashion forward looking LUMIX G camera to date. “Combining a balance of style and photographic hybrid performance, the GM1 provides outstanding picture quality.” With ground-breaking micro technology, the GM1 easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into day-to-day activities for any style-conscious enthusiast.

NEWS RELEASE

Stay in Style with an Ultra Compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera

New Stylish LUMIX GM Series Raises its Cool Factor

Mississauga, ON (October 17, 2013) – Panasonic is proud to announce the new, fashionable, compact GM series to its line of LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. The DMC-GM1 boasts an iconic and stylish compact profile plus highly functional performance with a large Digital Live MOS Sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The LUMIX GM1 offers the perfect balance of style and photographic performance on-the-go with outstanding image quality.

True-to-life detail
Whether it’s an artistic shot that encapsulates a city or an expression of personality and style, this camera will capture your vision with absolute clarity and precision. The LUMIX GM1’s 16 megapixel sensor delivers a modern approach to image capture with both high quality HD movies and dynamic photos, and all with the simple press of a button.

dmc-gm1 front compact

A fashionable compact for your lifestyle
The LUMIX GM1 represents the most compact and fashion-forward LUMIX G camera to date. Ground-breaking micro technology design has enabled Panasonic to pack the very latest imaging technology into the camera’s compact metallic alloy frame. Not only does this give the LUMIX GM1 an elegant look and feel, but the camera easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into the day-to-day activities of any style-conscious photo enthusiast. Plus, with many interchangeable lenses to choose from, creative options are nearly limitless.

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Fujifilm X-M1 Review with XC16-50mm Kit Lens

Tue September 3, 2013

Fujifilm X-M1

Just Posted! Fujifilm X-M1 Review

The Fujifilm X-M1 targets the beginner photographer desiring to upgrade to a traditional-mirrored DSLR and makes a convincing proposition to switch to a mirrorless DSLR instead. It retains the APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor that garnered high praises from professional photographers who judged its image quality as equivalent to, and even surpassing, that obtained with top-end DSLRs. A Mode Dial gives ready access to AUTO and Scene Modes to beginners while PASM modes and RAW modes are available to advanced users.

[ Read more in our Fujifilm X-M1 Review… ]

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Sony Canada Announces New, Ultra-Portable NEX-5T with Wi-Fi and NFC

Wed August 28, 2013

Sony α NEX-5T

Sony α NEX-5T

Sony Canada announces the new Sony α NEX-5T compact system camera with the convenience of NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch and Wi-Fi capabilities.

The NEX-5R compact system camera will be available this month in silver, black and white for about $700 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650).

  • The new camera and all compatible accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (store.sony.ca) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

This video presents “EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: New Sony α3000, αNEX-5T cameras (DSLR capabilities).”

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Sony Introduces Ultra-Portable NEX-5T Compact System Camera with Wi-Fi, NFC and Fast Hybrid AutoFocus

27 Aug, 2013 06:00 CET

TORONTO, August 27, 2013 – The versatile new Sony α NEX-5T compact system camera combines a stylish, ultra-compact design and the creative capabilities of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy Auto Focus (AF) and the convenience of NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Inside the new camera is a high-resolution 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor – identical in size to the sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras. The large sensor takes in more light during image capture, allowing for richly detailed DSLR-quality still images and full HD videos.

“This new camera carries on the NEX-5 series’ strong tradition of compactness and high performance,” said Masayuki Yao, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Canada. “Available in a convenient, travel-friendly package with the compact SELP1650 power zoom kit lens, it’s the ideal choice for step-up point-and-shoot users, smartphone photographers who want higher quality images and even photo enthusiasts who are looking for a more portable alternative to replace their DSLR without sacrificing quality.”

Sony α NEX-5T camera features NFC one-touch wireless connectivity with compatible Android smartphones and tablets.

Sony α NEX-5T camera features NFC one-touch wireless connectivity with compatible Android smartphones and tablets.


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Sony Announces NEX-5T With Wi-Fi and NFC

Tue August 27, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

SONY INTRODUCES ULTRA-PORTABLE NEX 5-T COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA WITH WI-FI®, NFC AND FAST HYBRID AF

SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2013 – The versatile new Sony α NEX-5T compact system camera combines a stylish, ultra-compact design and the creative capabilities of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy Auto Focus (AF) and the convenience of NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch for easier Wi-Fi connectivity.

Inside the new camera is a large, high-resolution 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor – identical in size to the sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras. The large sensor takes in more light during image capture, allowing for richly detailed DSLR-quality still images and full HD videos.

The new NEX-5T camera will come in a kit with the sharp, compact SELP1650 motorized zoom lens, which measures only about 1.2 inches thick when fully retracted. The lens contains built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization for clearer handheld images and has a smooth power zoom dial that is particularly useful during video shooting.

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Panasonic GX7 Review @ Photoxels

Thu August 22, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Just Posted! Panasonic DMC-GX7 Review

The Panasonic GX7 is a premium compact interchangeable lens camera that ticks off almost all the features enthusiast photographers want. It delivers excellent image quality, features a tiltable high resolution EVF and LCD, and add in-body image stabilization. It is fully-featured and is customizable to the way you like to work.

Read more in our Panasonic DMC-GX7 Review

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Olympus PEN E-P5: European Advanced Compact System Camera 2013-2014 EISA Award Winner

Fri August 16, 2013

European Advanced Compact System Camera 2013-2014: Olympus PEN E-P5

The Olympus PEN E-P5 has won the European Advanced Compact System Camera 2013-2014 EISA Award. The E-P5 is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera housed in a beautiful retro design body and features fast AF, a 5-axis image stabilization, low noise images, a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec., and built-in Wi-Fi.


EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2013-2014 – Olympus PEN E-P5 from EISA on Vimeo.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 is a high-speed and technically very modern compact system camera with a retro Sixties design. The camera’s top shutter speed of 1/8000sec is one of the shortest for a compact system model, while the 5-axis image-stabilisation system is unique in this category. The camera offers a 16-million-pixel, four thirds sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, built-in Wi-Fi and many creative shooting modes and art filters. Suitable for using in all types of lighting conditions and photographic situations, the PEN E-P5 is a stylish but practical model that is compatible with a large range of special accessories and grips.


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Samsung NX300: European Compact System Camera 2013-2014 EISA Award Winner

Fri August 16, 2013

European Compact System Camera 2013-2014: Samsung NX300

The Samsung NX300 has won the European Compact System Camera 2013-2014 EISA Award. The NX300 ranks among the best compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras featuring hybrid AF, 8.6fps continuous shooting, a top shutter speed of 1/600 sec., a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.


EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2013-2014 – Samsung NX300 from EISA on Vimeo.

Compact, fast, innovative and with superb picture quality, the Samsung NX300 meets and beats the expectations of CSC users in many ways while opening the door for a new generation of connected cameras. It offers a high-resolution APS-C-sensor with 20.3 million pixels, a hybrid autofocus system and a crisp 3.3-inch AMOLED screen. The NX300 is impressively fast, with a top frame rate of 8.6fps and a maximum 1/6000sec shutter speed. With built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Near-Field-Communication (NFC) connectivity that is easy to use, the camera is ready for wireless connection to a mobile phone, tablet, PC or (smart) TV so images can be quickly shared with friends and family.


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Fujifilm X-E1 Review with XF55-200mm and XF27mm

Mon August 12, 2013

Fujifilm X-E1

Just Posted! Fujifilm X-E1 Review

The Fujifilm X-E1 inherits the DNA of the X-PRO1 with image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It swaps the Hybrid optical/electronic Multi Viewfinder for a very high resolution OLED EVF and adds a built-in flash. It accepts all the XF and XC lenses and, with the M Mount Adapter, can also use LEICA M lenses. If you like the X-PRO1 but can’t afford it, the X-E1 may just be the one for you.

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