Tuesday, February 7, 2012
All About Mirrorless
What to know about the hottest category of digital cameras
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
Panasonic's Lumix G mirrorless system boasts the largest selection of lenses developed specifically for the Micro Four Thirds format, with 14 lenses covering focal lengths from a very wide 14mm to a 600mm supertele (35mm equivalent).
The new Lumix DMC-GX1 is the top "flat" model from Panasonic, featuring a very compact body, touch-screen operation and a 16-megapixel sensor with new noise-reduction technology.
The 12.3-megapixel GF3 is the smallest member of Panasonic's G family, with a "flat" design, and actually will fit into a pocket with one of the smaller lenses attached. It offers fast performance and simple operation, including touch-screen AF for still and video shooting.
Panasonic currently offers 14 lenses for its mirrorless cameras, including several with power zooming and near-silent motors designed for video use (but also great for stills). More than half of the lenses have built-in optical stabilizers. The 8mm ƒ/3.5 full-frame fisheye is unique among mirrorless systems.
Accessories include three flash units, a remote shutter, an AC adapter, filters, cases, bags, straps and SD cards. Video accessories include the DMW-MS1 Stereo Microphone and DMW-ZL1 Zoom Lever.
The body features durable, scratch-resistant magnesium-alloy covers. The camera can shoot 12-bit DNG RAW, as well as JPEG still images and 1920x1080 HD video at 30p. Sensor-shift shake reduction provides stabilization with all lenses.
Pentax offers five lenses for the Q. Each lens contains a shutter, with speeds from 30 to 1⁄2000 sec., and flash sync at all speeds; there's also an electronic shutter that goes to 1⁄8000 sec. There are currently no lens adapters for the Q.
The optional accessory Viewfinder O-VF1 provides eye-level viewing (it's a glass optical device, not electronic).
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