Informative (and entertaining) reviews of photo and video gear from the last year
The annual Best & Worst show has become a TCSTV tradition, and is always among our most popular shows. 2017 was a fascinating, often confusing year for the photo and video industries, so Chris Niccolls and I debated our list (especially best stills camera of the year) constantly, leading up to the shoot. We decided there was no way for us to cover...
With the Sony a7R III, the promise of a mirrorless camera that outperforms DSLRs in every key area has arrived
Text & Photography by David Schloss
The Sony a7R III operates as fast as top-end pro DSLRs of just a few years ago.
By the time the original full-frame Sony a7 arrived in 2013, the mirrorless revolution was well underway, and mirrorless cameras were already starting to really show the potential of the technology. While mirrorless cameras were rapidly improving, they weren’t used by...
For creatives who require top-notch photo quality and high-end video capability in the same body, this is the best option out there
When it was first released, I was so impressed by the photo and video quality of the Sony a7R II that I was willing to look past an enormous list of inconveniences in order to shoot with it. Battery life was terrible, the single card slot was slow, the menu, impenetrable, and the controls were imprecise. Despite that, the a7R II was a clear sign to...
It has been an exciting year for photographers, with the major manufacturers releasing excellent new cameras, from DSLRs to mirrorless to premium compacts
The Editors Of Digital Photo Magazine
It has been an exciting year for photographers, with the major manufacturers releasing excellent new cameras, from DSLRs to mirrorless to premium compacts.
1. Sony a9
The Sony a9 is a groundbreaking camera, as it’s the first full-frame mirrorless to surpass the performance (at least in terms of frame rate and AF speed) of the top-end DSLRs. Read...
With a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, this feature-rich, mirrorless compact has a number of advanced shooting modes in addition to 4K video capability
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Hands-On Review
This review is presented by our friend Gordon Laing of CameraLabs.com
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a compact, friendly, affordable and feature-packed camera that manages to satisfy both beginners and more advanced photographers alike. It may at first glance appear to be a fairly minor refresh over its...
With the release of firmware update 2.1, it seems like the right time for a detailed report on the 20.3-megapixel mirrorless camera that shoots 4K video
I’ve been a huge fan of the Panasonic GH mirrorless camera series almost as long as I’ve been producing TCSTV. As someone who regularly jumps between stills and video capture, yet focuses on video professionally, the concept of a capable stills camera that is optimized for high-end video production has always appealed me. I’ve used the GH3 and...
The incredible image quality and small size of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has made it the perfect choice for wedding photographers
Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-40mm F2.8 PRO, 1/25 sec., ISO 400 at F/2.8, 40mm focal length
With nearly two decades of experience, commercial wedding and portrait photographer and Olympus Visionary Laura Hicks knows great technology when she sees it. “I used a DSLR system for 15 years; I shot full frame,” she explains about her decision...
Understanding the strengths—and weaknesses—of the hottest technology can help you make better choices and take better photos
By David Schloss / Photography By Justin Jung
The high dynamic range and ISO range of the Sony a7S II make it one of the most versatile cameras on the market today. Photo by Justin Jung
Editor’s Note: This piece first appeared in our Spring issue and reflects the products available at the time of publication. To see our coverage of new mirrorless cameras, visit our Camera and News sections.
Fujifilm’s mirrorless medium-format camera aims to leapfrog the competition
Of the dozens of cameras I’ve owned and the hundreds of cameras I’ve tested, there’s a special place in my heart for my first medium-format camera, a Mamiya 645. Like most photographers, I’d gotten my start in the 35mm format (in my case, in the film era), and during art school I’d borrowed several of the lab’s medium-format systems, but...
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to beat Canon and Nikon in a single bound?
When Sony’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the a7 and a7R, shipped at the end of 2013, the company had a market share in the full-frame space that one company exec said was around 1 percent. While those two mirrorless cameras broke ground by placing high-resolution full-frame sensors into a body that was around the same small size as many mirrorless...
In this test review, we see if the a9 lives up to the hype.
The new Sony a9 camera arrived in a flurry of promises of image quality, autofocus speed and performance. When we tested the Sony a9 at the company’s media event, we found that the camera largely lived up to those promises. In my first testing of the camera, at two different sporting locations, we found that the AF was generally spot on, with the...
An in-depth look at the design, image quality and performance of the new X100F, a member of what we like to call the “ultra-travel” category
The Fujifilm X100F is the fourth camera in the company’s legendary compact-professional APS-C lineup that helped launch what would eventually become the pro mirrorless market. While the X100F and its predecessors aren’t interchangeable-lens cameras, the design of the original X100, released in 2010, was a radical departure for Fujifilm, which had...