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Archive for 2015

2015.12.24

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season! Hope that you all enjoy time with your families and friends. There are great moments to be had and remembered. Photography may help look back at these moments years from now but also do not forget to put the camera down and interact without a lens from time to time. If you just got a new camera, it might be harder to do!

It has been an interesting year for digital cameras. More manufacturers have introduced premium models than previous years in an effort to jump ahead with image-quality and create a more compelling reason for people to upgrade. Mirrorless cameras have been maturing and their native lenses expanded to more complete lineups. CES 2016 is not far away, so be sure to come back in 2 weeks to get all the latest news from digital camera makers.

This year has been personally quite challenging and you may have noticed that we had fewer Digital Camera Reviews than other years. Health issues have taken a lot of my time over the last four months yet I am optimistic that it will not last into much of 2016. Expect more news and innovation in the world of digital cameras with 2016 being a Photokina year and the launch of the long awaited Pentax full-frame DSLR. Stay tuned, we are already working on the first review of 2016!

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2015.12.19

Digital cameras must keep evolving to continue selling. Long gone are the years where people were looking for their first digital camera. Everyone has a digital camera now and many own several, in addition to a cellphone equipped with yet-another-digital-camera. As manufacturers push hard to make profits, they attempt to produce significantly better cameras to justify users upgrading.

Neocamera just published The Best Digital Cameras of 2015 showing which cameras succeeded in taking the lead this year. Among those, new capabilities and performance levels were reached. One new digital camera really delivers a unique proposition:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic LX100 pairs a large 16 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with an exceptionally bright F/1.7-2.8 ultra-wide-angle 3X optical zoom lens. The imaging area of the sensor is cropped to 12 megapixels to preserve its angle-of-view across 3 aspect-ratios: 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9. This delivers unprecedented versatility for a large-sensor fixed-lens camera. Nearly every other large-sensor fixed-lens camera is fitted with a prime lens which is highly restrictive.

The LX100 does not take this compromise and truly delivers. In its in-depth review, this camera proved to quickly produce outstanding images in a compact and well-designed body. For this reason, Neocamera is awarding the title of Camera of the Year for 2015 to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

This camera makes a great choice for hassle-free travel photography and can easily complement a larger DSLR or mirrorless system. Actually launched at the end of 2014, the LX100 became widely available in 2015. Its price-point recently reached $699 USD or $869 CDN.

Adorama is currently including a $200 USD Gift Card with a limited number of LX100 purchases. For anyone in need of a premium compact, this is an outstanding offer.

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2015.11.30

Panasonic launched 3 mirrorless cameras this year (2015), with the entry-level GF7 starting off the year, followed by the prosumer G7 and finally their professional Panasonic GX8 flagship reviewed here last month. The prosumer model is very much aimed at enthusiasts with a very rich feature-set and efficient access to photographic controls, including dual control-dials and a traditional mode-dial. Its ergonomic body offers a deep hand-grip and large 0.5″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels and an Eye-Start sensor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review

Neocamera just published an in-depth review of the Panasonic G7. This Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless uses a similar 16 megapixels CMOS sensor than every other Panasonic mirrorless, with exception to the 20 megapixels GX8. This new sensor has been revised to record 4K Ultra-HD video and paired with a hybrid shutter mechanism with a top speed of 1/16000s and minimum timed exposures up to 60s, with Buln extending this to 2 minutes.

Read our detailed review of the Panasonic G7 to find out how it performs and compares to other modern mirrorless offerings.

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2015.11.21

Photocrowd is a new platform to streamline sponsored photo contests. Build around a photography community, Photocrowd offers a rolling set of challenges voted on by other Photocrowd members and judges. Unlike traditional photo contests, members of the community here can get crowd-sourced feedback which may help improve their skills.

Photocrowd Challenges

Challenges go through a life cycle of submissions, voting, judging and awarding. Prizes are sponsored by various vendors, many of them in the photography market for years. Those offer rewards which many photographers will appreciate after hard work involved in producing and selecting images.

Photocrowd Showcase

Intense competition produces outstanding works as photographers continuously provide their best shots. This makes the galleries at Photocrowd particularly pleasing with high quality content being the norm rather than exception as it often happen on simply image sharing sites.

Photocrowd participants create profiles to expose themselves to the world while showcasing some of their best work. This community provides many great opportunities to develop photography skills for enthusiasts to professional photographers. Registration is necessary to vote and participate but not to browse. Take a look at Photocrowd, just follow the link and click Explore Photocrowd at the top to see what the community has produced so far. Some of it is quite breathtaking!

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2015.11.15

AdoramaPix offers a printing service for photography books.Those are professional quality photo books with flexible designs, a wide variety of formats and sizes, plus several choices of paper types. We got the opportunity to try it out last month and wrote a review about the whole experience from design to finished product.

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