Samsung NX system – is this the end?

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.

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Christmas 2015 digital camera shopping guide

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.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review

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.

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Samsung NX3000 review

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.

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Sony A5100 review

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‚Ķ 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.

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Samsung NX mini review

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.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review

Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, especially when used with collapsible 12-32mm kit lens or with Panasonic and Olympus pancake prime lenses. Despite that, it is a full featured interchangeable lens camera stuffed with loads of features and some of them are really unique like 1/16000 shutter speed, completely silent operation, time-lapse and stop-motion video and many more. It uses micro 4/3 lens mount what means it accept around 40 lenses from Panasonic and Olympus with full auto-focus support.

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Sony A5000 review

A5000 is the latest mirrorless camera from Sony. Don’t be confused by the new naming scheme, this is just ¬†another ordinary NEX camera. Sony said they implemented the new naming scheme in order not to confuse customers, but the generally accepted opinion is that the confusion is now even worse. NEX name was well accepted and it was easy to distinguish cameras, but now you have one name – ALPHA for all Sony interchangeable lens cameras and some of them are E-mount, some are A-mount. For a novice or a non-gear head this is a nightmare. A5000 is actually the successor to NEX-3N which replaced the NEX-F3 which replaced the NEX-C3 which came after the original NEX-3 in 2010. Five models in three and a half years. What for? God only knows (and maybe someone from Sony).

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 review

Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the latest mirrorless offering from Olympus. It is not a E-M5 successor but a higher-end model aimed especially at classic 4/3 users with 4/3 lenses. It has a sophisticated AF system with on-sensor phase detection pixels which should provide fast AF with 4/3 lenses. With native micro 4/3 E-M1 will use contrast detection focus which already proved to be very fast and reliable. There is also a range of other improvements over E-M5; 1/8000 shutter speed, 2.3M EVF, 10fps burst mode, bigger grip and a wide range of customization options. I had the privilege to be the first to try the new E-M1 in Croatia (yeah, we get new gear with a delay compared to the USA and most of EU) what came at the price: camera was with me only three days but this was enough to get a general feel of the new E-M1. As soon as I get an opportunity, I will test it in detail.

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