Don Smith Made The Switch

A sports shooter turned landscape photographer, Don Smith’s switch to Sony mirrorless cameras was, like his entire career, all about the light.

Don Smith has always been an early adopter of the best new technologies. In 2002, as a working sports photographer, he invested in the first widely available, reasonably affordable DSLR—the Canon EOS D30. In recent years, having traded sports for landscapes, Smith made another big switch—from a bulky DSLR to the next big thing: the Sony A7 line... Read more

Chris Burkard Made The Switch

This world-traveling photographer chose Sony because he was looking for something “pocketable but powerful.”

For nature and travel photographer Chris Burkard, surfing and climbing and kayaking are more than just the subjects he photographs. They’re integral to the life he lives. In fact, he says, it’s by incorporating the outdoors into his daily life he’s able to make photographs from the perspective of a participant rather than an outsider. His passion... Read more

Gabe Rogel Made The Switch

Adventure sports photographer Gabe Rogel loves his Sony mirrorless cameras because they’re light, they’re fast, and they shoot beautiful video.

Adventure sports photographer Gabe Rogel grew up loving mountain climbing and snow skiing. While studying photography in college, he sold a few photos and that led to a realization: “This is what I want to do.” He did it, too. And now he’s doing it with Sony mirrorless cameras. Finding equipment that’s both compact and light is important to... Read more

Colby Brown Made The Switch

The world traveler switched to Sony’s a7 line of mirrorless cameras because they were so much smaller. He’s stayed with them because they are so much better.

Colby Brown might best be described as a humanitarian photographer. He travels the world, camera in hand, looking to help those who are most in need. Along the way he’s built a beautiful portfolio of dramatic landscape and travel photos, but it’s making a difference with his camera that motivates him. Trained as a first responder, Brown... Read more

Fujifilm X-A2

New Cameras

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $549 (with XC16-50mm OIS II kit zoom) INTRODUCED 1/2015 Fujifilm’s new X-A2 replaces the X-A1 as the entry-level model in the company’s popular X-Series mirrorless camera lineup, sharing its diminutive dimensions and 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (with conventional Bayer RGB filter rather than the unique Fujifilm... Read more

Mirrorless For Travel?

Small and lightweight, mirrorless cameras may be the perfect travel companion

Today, there are mirrorless cameras and DSLRs for every budget and photographer, from beginner to pro. Distinctions between these camera types have narrowed: The latest mirrorless models are faster, with wider availability of lens options and a range of sensor sizes compared to early models, while several DSLRs have been introduced that are ultracompact,... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

There’s more to the GF7 than just selfies, of course.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (including 12-32mm kit zoom). INTRODUCED 1/2015 Even smaller than its tiny GF6 predecessor at 4.2×2.6×1.3 inches and 11.9 ounces (with memory card, battery and 12-32mm kit zoom attached), the new Lumix DMC-GF7 offers a host of features that makes it easy to take great selfies. The 3-inch, touch-screen LCD monitor... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

The new camera is still tiny, at 3.9×2.3×1.4 inches and 6.4 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $899 (with 12-32mm zoom) INTRODUCED 9/2014 Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GM1 was introduced about a year ago as the smallest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera. Now comes the GM5, barely bigger, but with a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder, a hot-shoe for external flash (one external flash unit is... Read more

Samsung NX1

Samsung’s new flagship mirrorless model features 4K video and innovative focus and exposure controls

Estimated Street Price: $1,499 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2014 Samsung’s new flagship mirrorless model, the NX1, has a lot going for it. The 28.2-megapixel, backside-illuminated APS-C CMOS sensor is complemented by 14-bit DRIMe V processing. Next, there are two options for 4K video: 3840×2160 UHD 4K at 30 fps is recorded directly to the SD... Read more

Samsung NX mini Smart Camera

Currently, the thinnest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera.

List Price: $449 (with 9mm lens); $549 (with 9-27mm zoom and SEF-7A flash) INTRODUCED 3/2014 While Samsung’s previous NX mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras feature 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensors, the new NX mini uses a 20.5-megapixel one-inch (13.2×8.8mm) BSI CMOS unit that allows for a very small camera size—it’s the thinnest... Read more

Samsung NX3000 Smart Camera

Innovative connectivity combined with high image quality.

List Price: $479 (with 20-50mm kit zoom and SEF-8 flash); $529 (with 16-50mm ED OIS power zoom and SEF-8 flash) INTRODUCED 5/2014 Samsung’s newest NX mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera is the NX3000, combining a very compact and stylish retro body design with high-tech features. A big-sensor brother to the new NX mini, the NX3000 is also... Read more

Sony Alpha a7S

A new wide-dynamic-range, high-sensitivity sensor for the smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable-lens camera series, plus 4K video.

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $2,499 (body only) INTRODUCED 4/2014 Sony’s tiny Alpha a7 and a7R brought full frame to the mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera—the a7, with a 24.3-megapixel Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, and the a7R, a 36.4-megapixel one with no OLPF (optical low-pass, or anti-aliasing, filter). Now comes the a7S, with a similar compact... Read more
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