Camera 2.0

In an era of automated homes and smartphones, why are our cameras so dumb?

When my iPhone wakes me with a gentle alarm in the morning, it also sends a signal to my thermostat to turn up the temperature downstairs and instructs my coffee pot to start brewing some hot, black coffee. The LED light bulbs in the room slowly brighten and change hue as I adjust to the morning. When I leave for work, my iPhone, sensing me leaving... Read more

Hands-On Review: Fujifilm X70

High-end optical quality in a compact package

The diminutive X70 is a camera that Fujifilm is very proud of, and rightly so. When I sat down to talk to the company about the new members of the X-Series cameras, which include this new shooter and the X-Pro2, the PR team was especially excited about the X70 because it brings so much of the higher-end Fujifilm cameras into a truly portable body with... Read more

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1R II

From travel portraits to low-light street photography, this full-frame, 42+-megapixel camera delivers excellent image quality in a compact package

The high-end compact digital camera has always lived an uneasy existence. Nestled awkwardly between affordable, entry-level point-and-shoots and expensive “pro” cameras, the high-end compact camera has tried to be a little bit of both—light enough to go anywhere, good enough image quality not to regret leaving the SLR gear at home. In the triad... Read more
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

This capable, palm-sized camera brings high-quality images at a lower-end price point

The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is the latest camera from Olympus, and while the name designates it as an update to the OM-D E-M10, in actuality, the camera is more of a reboot. The original E-M10 was a scaled-back E-M5, and while the E-M10 Mark II is mostly a scaled-back E-M5 Mark II, there are some features in the new E-M10 Mark II that didn’t make it to... Read more

Ben Moon Made The Switch

Adventurous lifestyle photographer Ben Moon calls the Sony a7R II his “everything camera.”

Ben Moon has crossover appeal. He’s not just an outdoor adventure photographer with a portfolio full of tremendous climbing and surfing photos—though he is most definitely that. He’s also a skilled portraitist with a love of music and a number of prominent performers as clients and even several album covers under his belt. And he’s a filmmaker... Read more

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

Pentax K-S2

Despite its compact size, the K-S2 features a glass pentaprism finder

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $799 (with weather-resistant, retractable 18-50mm kit zoom) INTRODUCED 2/2015 Just six months after the introduction of the K-S1, Pentax introduced an even fuller-featured mid-range DSLR. The K-S2 offers many of the K-S1’s assets and adds the first articulated LCD panel in a Pentax DSLR, along with the first built-in WiFi... 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

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

New Cameras

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $749 (body only); $899 (with 18-55mm STM kit zoom); or $1,099 (with 18-135mm STM kit zoom) INTRODUCED 2/2015 The EOS Rebel T6s’ "kid brother," the Rebel T6i features the same new 24.2-megapixel Canon CMOS APS-C sensor and DIGIC 6 processor, built-in WiFi with NFC, and even compact 5.2×4.0x3.1-inch external... 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
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