Recently, I published two videos regarding my photography equipment choices. First one is about Canon 6D which has been my main camera for the past four years and will stay that way for some time more. I talked about all the things that make it so good but also a few of them that make it a bit obsolete compared to newer cameras.
Second video covers my reasons to stay with DSLR cameras. I will buy a mirrorless camera for sure at one point, but that moment hasn’t arrived yet.
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.
Recently, DP review published an article which made quite an impact in online photo community and it regards Samsung NX1 being discontinued in Germany. Since this is their flagship mirrorless camera and got superb reviews all over the internet’s, the news was quite a surprise (some say it was expected). Soon, more countries announced this model will no longer be available and so it became clear something is happening.
To me, this was not such a big surprise. I live in a small mid-europe country called Croatia, and at one point during the spring when I asked new cameras for review, local Samsung office replied digital cameras will no longer be sold in Croatia. We are a really tiny market and if they are leaving it, there must be problems even on bigger ones. It is now obvious NX system did not meet sales figures Samsung was expecting and many suspect they might even shut down entire camera business.
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.
Please allow me a spoiler from the very start. Every few months I get a camera for a review which I would rather not return afterwards and Panasonic GH4 is one of those. If you owned at least several cameras, you probably know the feeling when you take new camera for the first time and simply fall in love with it from the very start. That’s how I felt about the GH4. Pretty much everything on GH4 feels and works just the way I like. GH4′s key features include 16 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder and 12 fps burst rate inside a light weather sealed magnesium alloy body.
Samsung NX3000 is a new entry level mirrorless camera utilizing big APS-C sensor with 20 megapixels. Full HD video is also available; you get a swivel LCD, 5 fps continuous drive, RAW file format and free Adobe Lightroom software included. Now, if you follow my blog or Youtube channel from time to time, you probably know I never ranked Samsung cameras very good. It is because they perform excellent in one area and then disappoint in a whole line of others. Keep reading to find out whether NX3000 can change anything in my opinion about this brand or is it the same old story.
Sony has very short life cycle for many of its products lately. We’ve seen four flagship Xperia Z phones during two year period and digital cameras multiply like rabbits. This is especially the case with NEX cameras… Sorry, they are called ILCE now. Whatever the name I’ll always regard them as NEX, after all, I’ve owned one for three years and made great shots with it. Anyway, the latest newcomer is the A5100. I’ve reviewed A5000 earlier this year: it was announced in January and now in September came the new A5100. Main differences include resolution bump to 24 megapixels, more focus points, higher resolution LCD, faster burst rate and better video. Continue reading to find out if it is of any significance or Sony just makes cameras for the sake of new cameras.
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.