Retro. The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the successor to the popular E-P3. It merges the cool retro design of the compact PEN F rangefinder camera with the high-end qualities of a [mirrorless] DSLR. New is the requisite Wi-Fi social sharing features (with easy set-up using QR code) we see cropping up in all new cameras. This allows Wireless Touch AF Shutter (view the image on your smartphone and use touch AF on smartphone to trigger the shutter on the camera) and Geo-tagging.
The distinctive styling of the PEN F rangefinder camera is carried over quite attractively. The use of high-quality textured metal for the top plate, shutter button, lens release button and arrow pad cover lends a premium look and feel to the camera. Olympus claims countless mock-up prototypes were used to finalize the design and placement of controls and dials. The PEN E-P5 will be available in an all-black, silver top and black, or white body.
The PEN E-P5 probably comes closest to match the high-end features of a DSLR: 1/8000 sec. max. mechanical shutter speed, Continuous Shooting at 9fps, 5 axis image stabilization, 1/320 sec. sync speed with the built-in pop-up flash, up to 1/4000 sec. sync speed with Super FP external flash, a high-speed AF (30% faster than E-P3), short release time lag mode, 3.0-in. 1.04 million pixels tiltable LCD, 0.5 sec. start-up, Focus Peaking function with use of manual focus lenses, optional external VF-4 EVF (2.36 million dot and 1.48x viewfinder magnification) with eye-sensor.
A new feature for those who travel a lot is the Photo Story theme that allows you to include multiple photos (or views of the scene) in a single one. Other features include Time Lapse and Art Filters. Continue Reading »
THE ONLY THING RETRO ABOUT IT IS THE WAY IT LOOKS: NEW OLYMPUS FLAGSHIP PEN E-P5® TAKES COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS TO A NEW LEVEL
Advanced Performance in a Classic Design: 1/8000th of a Second Shutter, Built-in Wi-Fi, Custom Control, Creative Functions, Optional VF-4 Viewfinder and More
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 10, 2013 – Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus® PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.
The new flagship in the Olympus PEN series exudes detailed craftsmanship, from a seamless design to an all-metal casing that houses many of the same award-winning technologies found inside Olympus’s premier Micro Four Thirds® camera, the OM-D E-M5®: 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor, FAST AF, 5-Axis Image Stabilization and more. Continue Reading »
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is the flagship mirrorless from Panasonic and currently their only weather-proof one. This high-end digital camera is aimed at advanced photographers and videographers with a wealth of professional features for both images and videos. The weatherproof body features no less than 3 control-dials and 1.7 megapixel EVF with Eye-Start sensor.
At the core of the GH3 is a low-noise 16 MP LiveMOS sensor with expanded sensitivity range from ISO 125 to 25600, 6 FPS continuous drive and full 1080p HD video at 60 progressive frames-per-second. Stereo recording and input are supported as well as headset-out and 1080p HDMI out.
Read the detailed Panasonic GH3 review to find-out how it performs. Be sure to check out the sample gallery of images to see what it is capable in real-world shooting.
FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE COMPACT X-E1 INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DIGITAL CAMERA AND TWO XF LENSES TO THEIR AWARD-WINNING X SERIES
The Compact X-E1 Delivers Astonishing Image Quality and Operability Thanks to the 16 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, FUJIFILM Original X-Mount and 2.36 Million Dot Organic LED (OLED) Viewfinder
Mississauga, ON,September 6, 2012 – FUJIFILM Canada is proud to introduce its second compact system camera of this year – the FUJIFILM X-E1. This premium interchangeable lens camera system truly exemplifies the high quality and extraordinary image resolution that the X-Series is known for among professional photographers.
The FUJIFILM X-E1 follows in the tradition of the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and features the same proprietary 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM and X-Mount for use with FUJINON XF lenses, all in a body that is 30% smaller than the X-Pro1.
With its compact, travel-friendly size, the X-E1 promises to be an exciting addition to the FUJIFILM X Series. It will be available in two classic designs: two-tone black and silver, and solid black.
“It’s an exciting day for Fujifilm as we launch our second premium interchangeable lens digital camera this year, the FUJIFILM X-E1, and two extraordinary new XF lenses” says Greg Poole, VP Imaging and Recording Media Products, FUJIFILM Canada. “The X Series has thrilled photographers around the world with its exceptional image quality and stunning design, and the new X-E1 promises to continue that tradition with a slightly smaller body and all of the attention to detail that is the hallmark of FUJIFILM X-Series digital cameras.”
FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE ALL NEW X-E1 INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DIGITAL CAMERA AND TWO XF LENSES TO THE X-SERIES SYSTEM
X-E1 Features 16 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, FUJIFILM Original X-Mount and a 2.36 Million Dot Organic LED (OLED) Viewfinder to Deliver Astonishing Image Quality and Operability
Valhalla, N.Y., September 6, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is proud to introduce its second compact system camera of this year – the FUJIFILM X-E1 – a premium interchangeable lens camera system that truly exemplifies the high quality and extraordinary image resolution that the X-Series is known for among professional photographers.
The FUJIFILM X-E1 follows in the tradition of the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and utilizes the same proprietary 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM and the same X-Mount for use with FUJINON XF lenses, all in a body that is 30% smaller than the FUJIFILM X-Pro1. Continue Reading »
DigitalCameraInfo has published their review of the Samsung NX20, a mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) with 20.3MP on an APS-C CMOS (23.5 x 15.7 mm) image sensor, 3.0-in. AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display screen (614k-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene modes, Smart Filters, Live Panorama, RAW file, Continuous Shooting 8fps, built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity, and HD movie 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps with stereo sound.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 updates the G3 with some significant improvements that keeps it as one of the best mirrorless DSLRs available.
The Lumix G5 features 16.05MP resolution on a Four Thirds Live MOS sensor. It is compact and light, with all smooth curves. The body feels solidly constructed. The molded handgrip is larger than on the G3 for a more comfortable hold, and the Shutter Release Button is now in a more natural angled position. This is easily one of the most beautiful DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless).
There is a new Function Lever that functions like a top dial. It can be customized a number of ways: to act as a Zoom Lever when using Power Zoom lenses, thus allowing one handed operation of the G5; to control exposure or aperture in Manual mode; to magnify images in Playback mode; and, to page flip in Menu mode.
A large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) integrates an eye sensor to automatically switch the image from the LCD to the LVF when you bring the camera to your eye. Additionally, Eye Sensor AF (Auto Focus) automatically starts focusing when the photographer looks into the LVF. A Diopter Adjustment Dial on the left side of the LVF is easy to set.
The Panasonic G5 has a large 3.0-inch LCD screen with a high 920k-dot resolution for a bright, clear and impressively sharp display. The LCD is of the rotating type so that you can protect it when not in use or turn it all the way to face the front. Touch-control shooting lets photographers focus on the subject by simply touching it on the screen. Pinpoint AF allows extremely precise near–pixel-level focus point setting at the touch of a finger. For those who prefer it, there is also manual focus.
An innovation here allows the touch AF feature to still work even when you are looking through the LVF. Even when there is no image displayed on the LCD (since the eye sensor has switched it to the LVF), you can move your thumb on the LCD (of course, the LCD would be opened wide as in the picture above) to set the AF point.
A practical addition is the new Electronic Level Gauge that is one of the easier implementations I’ve used.
Image quality is preserved at high ISOs: selective noise reduction creates a more naturally-balanced curve without deterioration of the image.
Those upgrading from a point-and-shoot digital camera will love the iA (Intelligent AUTO) and scene modes; the more advanced users has PASM shooting modes for complete control.
The Panasonic G5 uses the SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a compact, elegant and powerful DSLM for those serious about their photography but do not want the bulk and weight of a traditional mirrored DSLR.
Editor’s Note: We have a Hands-on preview of the Lumix G5. Only the Handling & Feel and Photo Gallery sections are currently available. We will complete it with more detail when we get a camera for review.
SD, SDHC, SDXC (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35 mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
1/4000 – 60 sec., Bulb (up to approx. 120 sec.)
SH: 20 frames/sec (4M), H: 6.0 frames/sec (with AFS), M: 3.7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)
9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Dust Reduction System
Supersonic wave filter
Contrast AF system
Focus mode: AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode : Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
AF Assist Lamp
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
7.5 cm / 3.0 in. Free-angle Touch Panel LCD, 920k-dot
Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format
MP4: 1,920 x 1,080, 1,280 x 720, and 640 x 480, all at 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL)
Cabled remote control with bulb function DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
119.9 x 83.2 x 70.8mm / 4.72 x 3.28 x 2.79 in. (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only)
346g / 12.21 oz.
body only: US $699.99 / CAD $ / UK £599 / €
with 14-42mm lens: US $799.99 / CAD $ / UK £699 / €
with 14-42mm Power Zoom lens: US $ / CAD $ / UK £829 / €
with 45-150mm lens: US $ / CAD $ / UK £879 / €
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PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX DMC-G5, THE NEWEST DIGITAL SINGLE LENS MIRRORLESS CAMERA FROM LUMIX G LINE
The New Ultra-Mobile LUMIX G5 Offers High Image Quality with High Speed Response Time
July 18, 2012 (Mississauga, ON) – Panasonic today announced a new addition to the popular line of LUMIX G series cameras, the LUMIX DMC-G5. The newest Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera offering from Panasonic, the G5, features a newly integrated 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine to render clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording. Featuring a compact, lightweight body with built-in flash, the G5 boasts ultra-high mobility while offering users powerful camera performance which achieves spectacular image quality, realizing true-to-life photo details through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour production. Continue Reading »
TrustedReviews has published their review of the Samsung NX20, a mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) with 20.3MP on an APS-C CMOS (23.5 x 15.7 mm) image sensor, 3.0-in. AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display screen (614k-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene modes, Smart Filters, Live Panorama, RAW file, Continuous Shooting 8fps, built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity, and HD movie 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps with stereo sound.