NX300 is the latest mirrorless offering from Samsung. Behind the very nice retro design, NX300 has a full range of features which should appeal to prospective buyers: 20 MP APS-C sensor, full HD video, 3.3″ LCD with tilt and touch capability and Wi-Fi connection just to name a few. This is theory, but in practice NX300 is a classic example how a good product can be ruined by rushing it out on market without thoroughly testing it before release.
Sony became a serious contender in mirrorless market after only two and a half years since the introduction of the first NEX model. At this time there are 4 active body models and 11 native lenses. NEX-5R shares many specifications with other NEX models like 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, confusing menu system and 180° tilt-LCD, but brings some new features like Wi-Fi connectivity, application support and a second control dial.
Yes, it’s true. Canon has a mirrorless camera – the EOS M and the world is still standing. Many were wondering what took so long for the world’s largest camera maker to enter the brave new mirrorless niche, but it probably comes down to not wanting to have a in-house competition to best selling 1100D (EOS Rebel T3) and 600/650D (Rebel T3i/T4i) models. The problem with such strategy became pretty obvious lately – mirrorless offering from Sony and micro 4/3 systems became worthy competitors and started to eat away market share from Canon. And while Sony, Olympus and Panasonic have several years of experience and a whole range of native mirrorless lenses, Canon is at the very beginning. One camera and two lenses. Is it good enough to sell? Let’s find out.
Pen Lite E-PL5 is one of the latest mirrorless offerings from Olympus. It can be regarded as an intermediate level camera – full of various features yet very small and portable. It was announced alongside its more affordable brother – the Pen Mini E-PM2. These two cameras share so much that it’s very hard to distinguish them… in fact there are only three differences between the two models. Since I published detailed review of E-PM2 a few months ago, I’m not going to review E-PL5 from the ground up. If you are interested in the details, please read my E-PM2 review. Instead, this article will cover only the differences and provide some image samples.
SLR type cameras have firmly dominated the second part of the 20th century. They proved to be the best camera design for widest range of applications.
The ability to see what the lens sees in the viewfinder was the closest thing to final result (image) at the time. You could preview focus, DOF and exactly see what fits the frame (no parallax error like rangefinder style cameras). Yet, everything else remained a mystery. Is the exposition just right, how the scene will look like on black and white film and what if I missed the focus just a little bit but enough to ruin shallow DOF portrait…
Fuji has announced its second mirrorless camera – the X-E1. The camera closely resembles X-Pro 1, with some design and specifications differences. In essence, X-E1 is the slightly smaller X-Pro 1 without the hybrid optical/EVF viewfinder and with higher resolution EVF. Both of them use the same 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor with its unique color filter array, which helps to minimize moiré and false colors without the need for an optical low pass filter, and maximize its resolution.
Sony announced a new member of its growing NEX digital camera family. The model is called NEX-5R, and is replacing NEX-5N model. Basic design remains the same; all the new features are under the hood. Sensor used is a completely new unit, but it has kept the same resolution as previous model; 16MP is a sweet spot for APS-C size. New exciting feature is phase detection via 99 focus points on imaging sensor, which is supposed to work in conjunction with contrast auto focus to deliver fast and precise focusing. From launch, Hybrid AF is supported with four lenses: 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS; 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and 24mm F1.8ZA. Firmware upgrades will expand the range of lenses supporting Fast Hybrid AF.
Sony had announced first NEX series cameras exactly two years ago, introducing their vision of mirrorless digital imaging solution built around new E-mount lenses. First two models, NEX-3 and NEX-5 were basically the same camera with slight variations in design and features, required to justify the price difference. They both suffered a criticism of bad user interface, but survived and actually sold very well due to compact size and high image quality. A big surprise were no less than five firmware updates, which granted these cameras better control customization, some new options and functionalities and a small but important feature that made NEX cameras desirable in the eyes of photo enthusiasts – focus peaking.
So far, Sony produced three generations of cameras, almost all of them basically a variation of the same product. Notable exception is last year’s appraised NEX-7 model, aimed at professionals or any type of advanced and demanding users.
This time, I reviewed the new basic model – a NEX-F3 with kit lens. Its design resembles that of NEX-7 but with simplified interface, has an excellent 16 MP sensor, and a brand new 180°tilt LCD screen.
Current retail price is around 600 USD or 550 EUR.