I’ve recently reviewed Olympus TG-3, the more expensive waterproof Olympus camera and it turned out to be a solid although far from perfect performer. Now, it’s time for the cheaper one – the TG-850. The differences at least in theory, are not that big: both cameras seem to share the identical image sensor and features, but the TG-850 has 60p video (TG-3 does 30p) and tilt-LCD what is unheard of in waterproof cameras. It also has a bit wider lens (21-105mm vs. 25-100mm on TG-3) but TG-3 offers much brighter lens (F/2 on wide angle), can withstand diving to 15m vs. 10m on TG-850, has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and can accept fisheye and telephoto converters. Keep reading to find out how it performs in real life situations.
Compact camera market is in decline for a few years already, and as a result Olympus stopped producing compact cameras some time ago. Luckily, they are still into ultra zoom market and the SP-100 is the latest top model. It sports 50x optical zoom (24-1200 mm), 16 megapixels sensor and full HD video recording. Beside all that it has a unique “Dot-sight” finder that will help you to locate your subject with the lens zoomed all the way to telephoto.
Samsung is in a way similar to Sony. They like to experiment with digital cameras. If it shows to be a flop – no problem, something else will come next year that would sell well. Samsung already has a mirrorless system based around the NX lens mount and APS-C sized sensor, several cameras and a fistful of lenses. Therefore, the next logical (?) step was to introduce another mirrorless system, based around the smaller 13 x 9 mm sensor. So there it is: the NX mini. It is obvious who are the main target group – people who want small stylish camera with network connectivity and capable of somewhat better image quality compared to theirs iPhone. But is it more than that? That’s what I wanted to find out during my time with the NX mini.
Nikon Coolpix P340 is the latest model in the line of advanced compact cameras. As expected it has a full range of manual controls and customizations including the ability to shoot in RAW file format and was developed with image quality as it main selling point. Of course, you can use it in full AUTO mode what makes it ideal for amateur users in search of a small camera with higher than usual image quality. Since most of the compact camera market share was eaten away by smartphones, advanced cameras like P340 have become very affordable, but most of them untill recently were not capable of producing image quality that could compete with larger DSLR and mirrorless cameras with significantly bigger image sensors. Well, times change and P340 turned out to be good enough to rival some of the older DSLR’s. Keep reading to find out what is so good about this camera even got me thinking into buying one!
Olympus has quite a good reputation when it comes to waterproof cameras. Theirs Tough line models have proven numerous times in real life being able to survive really harsh conditions. TG-3 is the latest top of the range model, and beside the usual specifications like back illuminated 16 megapixels sensor or full HD video offers impressive resistance to abuse: this little fellow can survive diving up to 15m (50ft), is shockproof when dropped from the height of 2m (7ft), can survive being crushed by a force of 100kg, and will happily keep shooting at -10°C.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200D in Europe) is an entry level DSLR. It is built around a familiar 18 MP APS-sized sensor and brings two major upgrades over the old Rebel T3 (1100D); better 18 MP sensor and the ability to record videos. On a market flooded with smaller mirrorless cameras with large sensors, Canon seems not to care and instead keeps offering traditional big DSLR cameras, so I was interested to see what it can offer that would make someone choose it over a smaller yet similarly featured mirrorless competitors.
Nikon P600 belongs to what is called ultra-zoom camera category. It is the successor to the well received P520 model and promises even more: optical zoom is now ramped up to 60x (24-1440mm), it has 16 megapixel back illuminated sensor, Full HD video, articulated LCD and EVF and a bunch of advanced features. I reviewed P520 10 months ago and on a generally well performing camera found some aspects that should be a bit better, like auto focus speed and inability to manually choose between LCD and EVF. Please read on to find out how I liked the Nikon Coolpix P600.
Olympus Stylus 1 is a camera from a so called prosumer class which was very popular around 10 years ago but neglected since because of cheap DLSR cameras. Lately, many manufactures started to produce them once again as there is a demand for small cameras with high image quality and manual controls. Stylus 1 has all the bells and whistles that should make it popular: 12 megapixel CMOS sensor with RAW file format compatibility, 28-300mm zoom lens with F/2.8 constant aperture, Full HD video, WiFi, EVF, tilt and touch sensitive LCD and many others. I was quite indifferent to this camera at the time of the announcement. Big zoom, small sensor, probably bad electronic viewfinder (most EVF’s on compact cameras were garbage until now so why expect better?) and surely average image quality… Boy I was wrong! It is not revolutionary but almost all aspects of Stylus 1 were way better than I expected. Keep reading to find out what0s so good about it.
I have been and still am the strong supporter of mirrorless camera concept and systems from its very first days, yet recently I’ve made a transition that contradicts my own opinions. I’ve sold my Sony NEX mirrorless camera with a few lenses and got a traditional full frame DSLR. So what’s the catch?
Some time ago, Canon stated 2014 will be the year of the lenses and today they finally announced a pair of new lenses. The first one is an 16-35mm F/4 L IS full frame wide angle lens, and the second one EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM made for use on cameras with APS-C sensor. Canon has also announced pricing and availability for the new lenses: both should be in stores by the end of June with 16-35mm priced at $1199 and 10-18mm priced at only $300.