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2015.01.20

Earlier today Panasonic made a surprise-announcement for their latest compact mirrorless digital camera. The all-new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is a complete redesign of its predecessor, the Panasonic GF6 launched in 2013 and reviewed here. The new arrival slots itself as upper entry-level, above the diminutive GM-series and below the extremely capable GX-series.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is built around a state-of-the-art 16 megapixels Four-Thirds LiveMOS sensor with matching Micro Four-Thirds lens-mount. It has an ISO 100 to 25600 sensitivity range and an impressive 1/16000 to 60s shutter-speed range, thanks to a hybrid mechanical and electronic shutter. It can sustain up to 5.8 FPS continuous shooting with the mechanical-shutter and up to 40 FPS at 4 MP with the electronic one.

Its new design includes the most radical change from the GF6, a large 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 megapixel of resolution which also tilts up 180°, allowing for easily-framed selfies. On the rear, there is also a single control-dial, which is standard for this level of camera. A traditional mode-dial sits on the top-plate, which also hides a built-in popup flash, something which does not fit in the smaller GM-series.

There is no doubt the GF7 can deliver high image-quality from a compact package, as Panasonic proved well with the GM1 reviewed here. The inclusion of the popup flash and tilting LCD are key to grabbing different potential buyers.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is expected to arrive this April for a suggested price of $599 USD or $699 CDN. Amazon.com is already accepting pre-orders. Buyers pretty-much anywhere can also order from Adorama and B&H Photo.

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2014.12.02

Nikon surprised the world by announced the first video-optimized full-frame DSLR in the form of their D750 in September. This new camera is built around a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with anti-alias filter and an EXPEED 4 processor. It has a sensitivity range of 100 – 12800, expandable to 50 – 51200, and shares the same image processing pipeline introduced by the high-end D810 in June. Neocamera already reviewed the Nikon D810 here and now published an express review of the D750 right here.

Nikon D750

The review covers everything which is different between the D750 and its siblings which were already covered in details. As always, Nikon uses an very consistent and intuitive interface on their professional DSLRs, making usability nearly identical between such models. This leaves the image-quality and performance discussion as the core the the Nikon D750 review.

Interestingly, while Nikon sells the D750 in nearly every market, each place offers it at a similar but distinct price-point. Nikon Index has an article to break this down for you here.

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2014.11.27

Today, Sony announced their newest and most ambitious mirrorless digital camera yet. When Sony launched their NEX system, they originally said that image-stabilization could not be implemented in-body due to size constraints. At the time, the system was restricted to APS-C (1.5X FLM) sensors. They later introduced Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless models, also without stabilization.

Now, after a collaboration with Olympus which took sensor-shift stabilization to 5-axis for use in their OM-D E-M5 reviewed here, Sony did it. The new Sony Alpha A7 II is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless digital camera with built-in 5-axis image-stabilization, yet it is not much larger than the original A7. This alone is an incredible technological achievement which unleashed a huge potential for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Sony Alpha A7 II

The A7 II features a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with 5-axis in-body image-stabilization and on-sensor 117-point Phase-Detect AF. Although not confirmed by Sony, the A7 II most likely uses an anti-alias filter, just like the original A7. Dare we expect an A7R II soon? And even A7S II? Both are highly likely. The Sony A7S, being one of the most capable low-light cameras on the market, would take an incredible leap forward with 5-axis stabilization.

A refined body which includes triple control-dials, a deeper hang-grip and 5 customizable buttons takes the A7-series to a new level. As its siblings, the A7 II features an incredibly sharp 2.8 megapixels EVF with 100% coverage and 0.71X magnification. The EVF has an Eye-Start sensor and is Exposure-Priority which Sony calls Tru-Finder, making it much more usable than most electronic viewfinders on the market.

This new mirrorless retains the main features of its predecessor, including an ISO 100 – 25600 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50 – 51200. The shutter-speed remains at 1/8000s – 30s using a front-curtain electronic-shutter to achieve an extremely short shutter-lag. There is a multi-interface hot-shoe with a flash-sync speed of 1/250s.

Sony Alpha A7 II

The Alpha A7 II is aimed at professional photographers with its large full-frame sensor in a weather-sealed body with a huge number of direct controls, not counting the triple control-dials already mentioned. A traditional mode-dial and dedicated EC dial, marked in 1/3 EV increments, leave all major camera controls within easy reach.

The Sony Alpha A7 II is scheduled to ship next month for a retail price of $1700 USD. This is an impressively low-price for any full-frame digital camera, even more so when considering its 5-axis stabilization which is unique in its class. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Get yours quickly as we expect this model to fly off the shelves!

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2014.11.11

Neocamera just published an express review of the Nikon 1 J4 mirrorless. This is Nikon’s latest entry-level mirrorless featuring an 18 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor with built-in Phase-Detect AF at 105 points and Contrast-Detect AF at 171 points.  The high-speed sensor with electronic-shutter gives the J4 ultra-fast capabilities such as 1/16000s maximum shutter-speed, 60 FPS continuous drive at full resolution and high-speed video up to 1200 FPS, albeit at reduced resolution, compared to the full 1080p HD at 60 FPS which it can also do.

Nikon 1 J4

Along with the J4, Nikon introduced a Nikkor 10-30mm F/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM VR lens which collapses and is self-capping. It features a smooth fly-by-wire focus ring. Together this keeps the J4 incredibly compact while providing a relatively large 1″ (2.7X crop) sensor, which is much larger than the majority of compacts yet smaller than most mirrorless.

Read on the review to found out how the Nikon 1 J4 balances the compromises of image-quality, speed and size.

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2014.10.27

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest mirrorless digital camera with a Four-Thirds or larger sensor. This incredible camera packs a 16 megapixels  LiveMOS sensor and remains smaller than most premium compacts while providing a similar feature-set. Full manual-controls, including custom white-balance, spot metering, bracketing and manual focus are all there. When paired with Panasonic’s Lumix G 12-32mm F/3.5-5.6 OIS collapsible lens, it makes for a versatile and highly compact package.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

 

This small digital camera offers a 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 MP to complement its single control-dial body. Still, it manages to pack a reasonable number of buttons and both a traditional mode-dial and focus-dial. Plus, it includes built-in WiFi. The GM1 is in fact surprisingly powerful. Find out why and how much in Neocamera’s full Panasonic GM1 review.

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