From the monthly archives: "October 2012"

Panasonic Lumix GH3There are two new reviews of the Panasonic Lumix GH3, and currently the only full reviews of the new premium camera from Panasonic. You can find the reviews at ePHOTOzine, and Photography BLOG. The Panasonic Lumix GH3 is a weather sealed Micro Four Thirds camera with Digital SLR styling (Panasonic call it a DSLM), and it features Full HD video at up to 50 and 72mbps, with stereo sound. There is a tilting 3 inch touch screen on the back as well as a 1.744million dot EVF.

Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about the camera:

“Where the GH3 really excels in video recording… with all the options under the sun, with AVCHD, MOV or MP4 recording up to 50 and 72mbps full HD, with stereo sound, mic and headphone sockets as well as HDMI out for continuous recording on an external device.”

Here’s what Photography BLOG had to say:

“The GH3’s still image quality is much improved, especially the high ISO performance. Images shot at ISO 125-1600 are clean, with a little noise appearing at 3200 and more at the still very usable setting of 6400.”

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR

EXR, ISO100, f/3.5, 1/850sec, 5mm, Landscape, Shooting into the sun.

Sample photos from the Fujifilm FinePix F800 EXR – the F800EXR is a compact travel zoom with a 20x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel EXR sensor, built in Wi-Fi and 3 inch screen. It’s got pretty saturated colour and can take some very nice images. Here are a number of sample photos. Read Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR reviews: ePHOTOzine, PhotographyBLOG, Pocket-Lint. Click below to see more sample photos.
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 BlackYou can view full size sample photos (and RAW images) from the Panasonic Lumix GH3 on ePHOTOzine here, and you can compare them to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 on ePHOTOzine here. Both cameras feature a weather sealed body, 16 megapixel sensor, micro four thirds lens mount, and full HD video recording. Another comparison of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Panasonic Lumix GH3 can be viewed here, with low-light video samples as well.

Canon Powershot SX50 HSThe Canon Powershot SX50 HS features a rediculous 50x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 1200mm at the telephoto end (24mm wide angle). Not only that, but you can use up to 100x digital zoom for photos, and up to 200x digital zoom in videos! MADNESS!! ePHOTOzine has reviewed the camera, it features a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation, Full HD video with stereo sound, a swivelling screen and electronic viewfinder, RAW, manual modes, HDR, 0cm macro, and more. It’s available for pre-order for £449 from Amazon UK. You can view a video of the zoom in use if you click more…
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Fujifilm FinePix JV300 WhiteBoots are selling the Fujifilm FinePix JV300 for £59. Alternatively it’s available for £44 from Amazon UK. It’s your bog standard entry level camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 2.7 inch screen, built in flash, etc but it’s available in lots of colours: blue, pink, red, white, black and purple. It’s also got motion panorama, and 720p video, a lithium ion battery and a 5cm macro mode which is pretty good for a budget camera. You can even buy it from Sainsburys for £39 (offer expires on the 23rd of October). Also check out our guide to memory cards – it’s just been updated!

Nokia PureView 808 CroppedWe’ve published sample photos from the new Nokia PureView 808 – it features a large 41 megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss f/2.4 lens. It uses a method of “pixel oversampling” to enable higher quality 5 and 8 megapixel images, as well as “optical zoom” without any image quality loss, without having to have a large zoom lens in the camera phone. You can read a full review of the Nokia PureView 808 (at ePHOTOzine), or view our Nokia PureView 808 sample photos here.

Canon EOS 650D
The Canon EOS 650D DSLR has been reviewed at ePHOTOzine as an in-depth 650D review, as well as a 650D user review, the Canon EOS 650D is the latest “entry” to “mid-level” Digital SLR from Canon, and features Full HD video, a swivelling touch screen, hybrid AF designed for better video AF and an 18megapixel sensor. The Canon EOS 650D is available for £613 with kit lens from Amazon UK, and while the auto focus (AF) during videos isn’t as good as it should be, at least it’s a start, perhaps they’ll make it much better on the new model, which no doubt will be called the Canon EOS 700D.

More reviews can be found at: TechDigit (3.5 out of 5 – warning fly close up), Gizmodo AU (says video AF is poor), Photography BLOG (mostly positive), Pocket-Lint (a few blips).

Sigma SD1 DSLRAh the enigma that is the Foveon X3 sensor, the APS-C sized sensor unites these three cameras… The Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill is the Digital SLR version with Sigma lens mount, while the DP1 and DP2 Merrill are the same compact camera, where you get to choose which one you want based on what lens you want on the front of the sensor, a 19mm f/2.8 (28mm equivalent) or 30mm f/2.8 (45mm equivalent). The sensor delivers extremely detailed 15megapixel images that are far beyond what you would normally get from a normal 15/16 megapixel sensor, but you do need to shoot and process RAW files to get the best colour from them, as the JPEG output is just not up to scratch. The SD1 doesn’t feature live view or video modes unlike other DSLRs these days, although the DP1 and DP2 do feature a VGA, 30fps video mode. Anyway, here’s some links:

Sigma SD1 Merrill Review, Sample Photos
Sigma DP1 Merrill Review (first at ePHOTOzine), Sample Photos (Sigma)
Sigma DP2 Merrill Review, Sample Photos