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.
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).
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.
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.