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...
The mirrorless compact packs a ton of features into a camera not much bigger than a deck of playing cards
We’ve been working with the new Sony RX100 V for weeks now, and we’re quite impressed with it. The mirrorless compact packs a ton of features into a camera that’s not much bigger than a deck of playing cards—it has professional-quality autofocus, a 20-megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS with on-sensor AF and 315 focus points. It shoots 24 fps, 150...
A look at 2017’s hottest new gear, courtesy of the biannual photographic mega-show
By David Schloss
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is being targeted to the professional who’s looking for a small, rugged body with great image quality.
Behold Photokina, a sprawling, massive and exhausting collection of nearly every piece of photographic equipment on the market today. Held every other year in Cologne, Germany, Photokina is an incredible spectacle.
Sony updates their APS-C camera for the second time in a year, bringing features and buyer’s remorse for a6300 users
By David Schloss
The Sony a6500 APS-C camera is a direct descendent of the company’s consumer-oriented NEX line, sharing ergonomics and a design sensibility that were developed to serve the needs of the advanced amateur, despite recent models being jam-packed full of pro-level features. The company’s emphasis on making the a6000 series (which has included the a6000,...
The new camera from Olympus was designed with pro features galore
The Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II is the latest flagship camera from the company that pioneered mirrorless photography. Faster to focus, faster to capture and more capable in challenging lighting situations, the Mark II raises the bar.
The Micro Four Thirds market has always been designed to appeal to the photographer looking for an ideal combination of...
The Sony RX10 III is, as the name denotes, the third in the line of RX cameras
Text & Photography By David Schloss
Forbes Island, the incorrectly-named, cramped and awkwardly bobbing manmade structure in San Francisco’s harbor would seem like an odd place to test the new Sony RX10 III. The structure, built in the 1980’s, resembles an island (complete with lighthouse) but is, in fact, a barge of sorts, powered by a tugboat-strong engine and featuring a below-deck...