Panasonic 12-60mm F/2.8-4 OIS is the premium grade micro four thirds lens. At around $1000 it is not exactly affordable but promises (and delivers!) high image and build quality together with weather sealing and optical stabilization. It is also rather light at only 320g what is impressive considering Olympus had a lens of identical focal range and aperture at 575g back in the days when they produced DSLR cameras. Anyway, you can see my entire review on YouTube and just below there are crops at various focal legths and aperurtures to judge sharpness.
X-T2 is the latest mirrorless flagship from Fuji, in price and features very similar to X-PRO 2.
It has impressive specifications some of which are 24MP sensor, advanced auto focus paired with very fast continuous shooting up to 14fps, high resolution LCD and EVF, 4K video recording, dual SD card slots and many more. All of that and more was the subject of my review which you can see on Youtube.
I got to try the brand new Panasonic GH5 – a mirrorless camera that doesn’t hide it’s created for video users in mind. At the time of release it is one of only two “photo” cameras that can record 4k at 60fps (the other one being Canon EOS 1DX Mark II at around three times higher price point). Still, it is also supposed to appeal to photographers with its 20 megapixel stabilized sensor, 9fps burst with AF, proper DSLR- like ergonomics and battery life higher than other mirrorless cameras. Anyway, find out what I think about it in the next videos.
Canon 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS STM is the latest entry level telephoto for crop cameras. It features image stabilization and latest STM focusing system. It is an affordable lens, but it turned out to perform rather good. In fact, even more than that.
At the beginning of January, I was among the first journalists to bring you quick preview of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100. The camera looked very promising and finally I got a production sample for a week to play with. I was very anxious to check if the camera lived to its expectations and to find out if this might be the best travel camera of 2016.
It’s the time of year when a lot of people get new gear, so it’s time for a shopping guide. What makes this article different from most of similar ones is that I will recommend gear I have reviewed personally and liked it enough that I would consider buying it myself. That means I will skip a lot of good cameras because they have something that would bother me if I had them; it doesn’t mean cameras not listed here suck: they are just not to my personal taste. If for some camera category I think there are no good cameras I will simply recommend avoiding purchase and saving the money towards something better.
I will focus down to what is available on the market right now and at current price points. That means some good but currently in my opinion overpriced cameras might not be recommended at all. Sorry but for most of us money dictates what we can afford.
Panasonic GX8 is the latest and beside GH4 the most advanced Panasonic mirrorless to date. With the current price of around 1200 USD without the lens it is not what one might call affordable, but in return offers a rather unique set of features some of which are not found anywhere else. It is still the only camera with tilting electronic viewfinder what turned out be a great feature I used all the time. Build qulity is superb and includes weather sealed magnesium body with a wide range of manual controls most of which are fully customizable. Fully articulated LCD has touch control and uses OLED technology just like EVF. GX8 offer 4k video straigh out of the camera as well as full range of manual video controls. A detail that might be most interesting is the fact it has on sensor stabilization which can work together with in lens stabilization. If you allready have Olympus micro 4/3 lenses (which are not stabilized – Olympus uses only on-sensor stabilization) or a huge set of old manual legacy lenses, GX8 can stabilize all of them. The camera is extremely fast in operation – both in terms of auto focus and overall response and can operate in full silent mode – essential for street photography. Anyway, take a look at my detailed video review:
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is the latest pretender for ultra zoom throne. While not having insane optical zoom range – only 24x when competitors have 50x-83x, it makes it up with other specifications most of which are way above those found in competing cameras like Nikon P900, Canon SX60HS or Sony HX400. Panasonic FZ300 is the only one with constant F/2.8 aperture through the entire zoom range, 4K video recording and weather sealed body. It also offers RAW file format, articulated touch LCD and OLED electronic viewfinder, 1/16000 shutter speed, 12fps burst mode, 4k photo mode (30fps in 8MP resolution), microphone input, full manual controls both for video and photo, built-in flash with wireless flash control, hot-shoe and most advanced control configuration options in the class.
Well, there’s no point keeping you in suspense; for me this is the best ultra zoom ever made. It has more options and better image and video results than any other similar camera. Yes, it is the most expensive one and 24x does not sound as much, but in reality it is enough for all typical usage scenarious. Take a look at my (longest yet) video review.
Fuji is a company that love to makes different products. X-T1 is theirs current top of the line model – mirrorless camera made primarily for advanced users. It doesn’t have a mode dial and no “green” Auto shooting mode – if you fo not understand what all the dials on this camera do, it is definetly not for you. Aperture is controled on the lens, shutter has its dial on the top – just like on Leica rangefinders. Advanced users will enjoy this camera a lot – once glance on the dials and you know what your settings are. Beside that, X-T1 features one of the best electronic viewfinders on the market – 2,36 million dot monster finder that appears to be even bigger than optical finders on full frame cameras. At the heart there is a 16 megapixels image sensor. In my video review of this camera you can find out many other details and check image quality.
Canon EOS 7D mark II is the new flagship DSLR from Canon with APS-C sized sensor. It is aimed mainly to sports, wildlife or professional photo journalists. Its main selling points are the advanced 65 point AF system and 10 fps burst with insanely big buffer (around 1000 shots in JPEG). Previous 7D was on the market since 2009; that’s 5 years. There are few digital cameras that survived that long and this alone tells you 7D was a sucess. Creating the Mark II was no easy task since some things were allready really great. On paper, maybe it doesn’t look that different form 7D mark I, but the new stuff that was added or improved on Mark II is really usefull and you can feel it in use. Check out the video review and full resolution samples below to see what I thought of the new 7D mark II.