Combine the controls of a compact with the guts of a T4i, to make a camera that is too dumbed down for enthusiasts and too expensive for casual snappers or your mum.
Unless your mum has Canon shares, then she’ll be doing well. You see Canon can do no wrong. They have an army of celebrity filmmakers doing their marketing, an army of pros using their bodies as the default choice for serious photography, a well established EOS lens range and a logo that has people buying even the most boring update they put out there.
Be it the 7D with a low price (550D) or the 7D with a swivel screen (600D) or the 7D with slightly less slow AF in live view (650D) or a 7D dumbed down to such an extent it turns into an EOS-M, Canon fans will always keep buying.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Panasonic's Lumix digital camera brand which makes it an appropriate year for launching some exciting new products. One of those is the Panasonic Lumix G5, the ninth model in the G-series which introduced the world to the Micro Four Thirds standard and mirrorless system cameras in the shape of the DMC-G1, in 2008.
With its electronic viewfinder and SLR-like form factor the G5 is arguably the most direct competitor to 'traditional' entry-level SLRs in the current Lumix lineup. It sits above the simpler GF5 and below the top-of-the-line and enthusiast models GH2 and GX1.
A medio camino entre la avanzada Lumix DMC-GX1 y las diminutas Lumix GF, Panasonic mantiene vivos los orígenes de su familia Micro Cuatro Tercios con una Lumix DMC-G5 que llega con tímidas novedades respecto a la G3. Unas novedades que, en cualquier caso, afectan más al manejo y la ergonomía que a los resultados que es capaz de ofrecer este modelo de 16 megapíxeles.
The compact Leica X2 makes each moment something truly special - and captures them in brilliant picture quality. This is guaranteed by its new image sensor and the truly classical focal length of its high-performance Leica lens.
The Revenge of the Great Zacuto Shootout has concluded and the winner is … going to shock you¡¡¡¡¡ the PANASONIC GH2
With such heavy hitters as the Sony F3 & FS100, the RED Epic, the Arri Alexa and the Canon C300, you’d expect these three to slug it out for the top honors amongst some of Hollywood’s cinema elite. But while these professional grade (and professionally priced) camera rigs were busy squaring off against each other, a sub $1,000 camera snuck in and took the top prize. For those who use it, that wasn’t a surprise. But the big surprise was who it actually impressed. FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
The Fujifilm X10 is the company's first entry into what is becoming an increasingly crowded enthusiast compact camera segment. The proliferation of smartphone camera use - coming at the expense of traditional compact camera sales - sees manufacturers showing a welcome interest in catering to the needs of enthusiasts. These users often desire a second 'carry-anywhere' camera but still value direct access to photographic controls and demand image quality significantly higher than that of entry-level point and shoot models. As such, the selection of high-end compact cameras like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Olympus XZ-1 has grown to include large-sensor fixed lens models like the Canon PowerShot G1 X and most recently, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.
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The team around Vitaly Kiselev now released the new version 3,66D of the PTool hacking software (Click here). It supports the Panasonic GX1 and G3 cameras. Our reader Nils posted some G3 test results and video samples on the Personal view forum. I guess sooner or later also the just announced G5 will be supported. As usual it’s nice to know our cameras can get better in time without to have to buy a new one!
New EF-M lens mount (optimized for APS-C sensor size) 18MP APS-C 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking 14-bit DIGIC5 processor ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded 4.3 fps continuous shooting, 3 fps with autofocus tracking 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound (with 25p or 24p options) External microphone socket and adjustable sound recording level 1040k dot 3:2 touch-sensitive ClearView II LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support) Standard EOS hot-shoe for external flash (no built-in flash) 'Creative Filters' image-processing controls, previewed live on-screen
HDSLM Panasonic Lumix G5 HD DIGITAL SINGLE LENS MIRRORLESS
The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a mirror-less compact system camera with 16 Megapixel resolution and a lens mount which conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard. Announced in July 2012, it's the successor to the Lumix G3, one of the best value mirror-less cameras around; note there was no G4 as the number four is considered unlucky in Japan. I was invited to a press preview where I got interview key staff and shoot with the G5 overnight. This is my hands-on preview and interview.
The headline upgrades on the Lumix G5 include a new 16 Megapixel sensor, 1080p video, faster continuous shooting at up to 6fps at the full resolution, silent shooting with an electronic shutter option, a new three-frame HDR mode, a selection of art effects and the ability to touch-focus with the screen while composing with the viewfinder. The body also enjoys a redesign with a deeper grip, an eye sensor which automatically switches between the viewfinder and screen, and a new finger lever which can be used to adjust optional power-zoom lenses.
Panasonic also chose the G5 launch to rename this product category from Compact System Camera (CSC) to Digital Single Lens Mirror-less, or DSLM for short. I think this is one of the most sensible descriptions so far and have decided to use it from now on in my reviews at Camera Labs.
LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) lineup - LUMIX G-initiated DSLM market sees year-on-year sales growth, increasing popularity.
What is DSLM?
Launched by Panasonic in 2008, Digital Single Lens Mirrorless, or DSLM, is the first major advancement in photography following the introduction of consumer-grade digital cameras in the 1990s. This revolutionary structure, developed on the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system, eliminates the bulky mirror box and pentaprism found in conventional DSLRs, while still maintaining the use of high-quality, interchangeable optical lenses to optimize image rendering and color reproduction.
Among the many benefits provided by DSLM technology, mobility remains one of the major factors in its growing popularity. DSLR owners, in particular, are especially surprised to experience firsthand how light and compact DSLM bodies and lenses really are. With such superior optical performance in a compact format, it’s easier for photographers to keep a camera with them at all times, and more importantly, it keeps photography fun - DSLM makes it much easier to carry a multitude of lenses and quickly change them to capture the perfect shot.
Disputándose el protagonismo de la jornada contra dos de las novedades más mediáticas de la firma (las Lumix DMC-LX7 y FZ200), la Lumix DMC-G5 también se ha hecho un hueco entre los titulares del día....
"The RX100 is a camera that fits in your jeans pocket. Would I consider intercutting RX100 footage with 1080p from a pro Super 35mm cinema camera? Yes I would.
This should give you an idea of what a monumental achievement the technology of the RX100 is.
The RX100 bares a striking piece of text on the base. ‘Made in Japan’. This speaks volume about Sony’s approach to this camera. Advanced propriety technology fresh from the lab which is too complicated and delicate to have manufactured outside the lab itself.
Last year I found the Sony HX9v was a great leap forward for a compact as well. An innovative model. 1080/60p for the first time on a compact, an impressive stabiliser on a way above average Sony G lens. Resolution in video mode was bettered only by the Panasonic GH2 of the current crop of affordable digital cinema cameras, with significantly less ‘nasties’ like moire than on a Canon Rebel – the HX9v punched well above its weight.
Now Sony have stepped the HX9v up a level. Actually not a level, but a league."
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