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Panasonic Announces New GM5 and LX100



Two new cameras announced by Panasonic today, one an entry into their G line of mirrorless compacts based on the 4/3 system, and the other a rather thinly veiled competitor to Sony's RX100 line of large sensor compacts called the, er, LX100. Yeah... So, there's that.

The GM5 will be a new entry in their "fashion" conscious line of mirrorless bodies, and will slot in above it's older and lesser sibling the GM1. Most notable in the differences is the sprouting of an EVF on the GM5, as well as a hotshoe (using the same ISO-standard mount and pin configuration of all Olympus and Panasonic flashes.) Also of curious note is a maximum shutter sped of 1/16,000. Which is not something I read every day. It's a pretty solid shooter in other regards too, with a 16 megapixel sensor, ISO up to 25,600, a much improved AF system, built-in WiFi, and a continuous drive of almost 6fps. Release is Novemberish and it'll run $899 with a 24-64mm equivalent lens.

Lumix DMC-GM5 with 12-32mm



The other camera, the LX100, is part of a quickly growing market of compacts with 1" sensors and fast lenses. The Panasonic entry is a step-up from its already tried-and-true LX series including the LX7, and will sport a 12 megapixel sensor behind a newly Leica-designed 24-75mm f1.8-2.8 equivalent lens. It has a high resolution EVF for still shooting, and on the video side does the regular HD twins of 720 and 1080, but is also ready to do 4K at 30fps. It'll turn in focus times as fast as .014 second, with the depth from defocus feature inherited from the bigger G series to help cheat a bit more subject/background separation from the still ultimately smaller sensor. It'll go as fast as 1/4000 second with the mechanical shutter and up to 1/16,000 with the electronic. Wifi, NFC, yadda yadda. And an $899 price tag this fall.

Lumix LX100


Olympus Intros New E-PL7 with "Selfie"-Oriented Features


I was kinda hoping all the buzz I was seeing about the new Pen Lite being a "selfie" camera was just the internet being its usual cynical self, but apparently no, Olympus really has built the new E-PL7 with everybody's favorite portrait style (if just to hate) in mind:

The 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot high-definition touch LCD monitor automatically turns into a mirror display and activates into its “Selfie Mode” when tilted downward in the 180-degree position, perfect for one-touch selfies. The shutter-release button appears on the screen so subjects can frame the image appropriately, shooting one second after the button is touched, and capturing beautiful selfies that could not have been captured with a smart phone alone. Selfie interval shooting provides a fun way to capture images with a custom self-timer switching button that defaults to deliver three shots at one second intervals, giving subjects time to strike different poses. When an electronic zoom lens is attached, the zoom automatically adjusts to the wide-angle position so that the user can quickly take their shot, incorporating the background as well.

The E-PL7’s bundled flash helps users take beautiful selfies against nighttime backgrounds, and e-Portrait can be activated with a single touch for more beautiful skin textures. iAuto has also been enhanced with selfies in mind: Portrait settings have been added to common scene modes to automatically detect 42 types of scenes to match the subject and optimize for the ideal image.

Well. OK then. So, that's a thing. But, don't worry, if you're into other styles of photography the E-PL7 still has you covered, and inherits a lot of trickle-down goodness from the OM-D E-M10 above it in the line-up. There's a 16.05 megapixel LiveMOS sensor being piped through a TruePic VII processor, the FAST AF system that has made the OM-D line sparkle shows up here with 87 points across the frame as well as Small AF Target and Super Spot AF for precision focusing, 8fps continuous shooting (up to 20 raws or unlimited JPG) or 3.5fps continuous with full-time continuous AF tracking, and 3-axis sensor-based IS form a solid core. The LCD hasn't just been tricked out for selfies, the aspect ratio has been changed away from the 16:9 video-ready aspect to a more image-friendly 3:2 letting you see more of the picture when using the camera as, well, a camera. There's no optical viewfinder in keeping with the Pen/OM-D differentiation, but there's still that nice optional one you can pick up if you're into viewfinders. All of the other usuals are here, like the creative filters and HD video and yadda yadda. ISO is 200-25600 natively. There's wi-fi built in and you can control it via apps for iOS and Android for easier sharing. And so on.

It'll run $599 body only, or $699 with the M.ZUIKO 14-42mm II kit lens. Both choices will come in black or silver, keeping it retro and classy. Preorders are of course waiting for you on our site, or read the press release after the jump.

E-PL7 Body Only

E-PL7 with 14-42mm II

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NEX Is Dead, Long Live Alpha! And, Here's the A5100


Do you remember the NEX-5T? Of course you do, because you clearly remember each of the several hundred engineer-named cameras that come out every year, right? Who doesn't? In the unlikely case that you don't remember every hard-to-remember camera model we talk about, the NEX-5T was the last mid-level model NEX camera Sony made, and is now the last of the NEX branding to be dropped in favor of the more liked Alpha brand. It's replacement is the Alpha A5100. Nothing else has changed, we're still talking about a mirrorless compact system with the Sony E mount, compact body, 1.5x crop sensor. There are specs bumps, of course, with the A5100. Resolution is up to 24 megapixels, ISO range is up to 100-25,600, there's a touchscreen, on sensor phase detect AF, a higher resolution display, and more. Actually, it's easier to think of the A5100 as a cheaper A6000 with a slower frame rate. "Cheaper?" you ask. Yep. The A5100 will run about $550 for body only, or $700 with a 16-50mm, an easy $100 less all around than its bigger bro. If a cheaper camera with the A6000's quality and only a few catches sounds good to you, hit up our preorder links below:

A5100 Body Only

A5100 with 16-50mm Kit


Sony Announces Pricing For Their A7s

Remember Sony's A7s? The new full-frame mirrorless with a focus on video and low-light? No? Come on, surely you do. OK, so, it looked like this:



And it does awesome low-light video like this:

And previously it didn't have a price, but it does now. The A7s will run $2,499.99 body only. And, if you want to read more about it or get on our list, you can do that right here.


Nikon 1 Lines Increases By 2: J4 and S2




For those of you into this sorta thing, Nikon has finally brought the 1 system J4 model to the US, and added an S2 to boot. These models are the original low-end-now-mid-end 1 (J series), and the entry-level 1 (S series). They've both seen updates to include the 20 frames-per-second shooting seen first on the V3 model. The two models are pretty similar (so much so that the press release mostly talks about both models at the same time), with the main differences being the J4 has a higher 18 megapixel sensor over the S2's 14 megapixel one, and the J4 now (finally) has built-in WiFi, while the S2 still requires everyone's favorite WU-1a adapter. They also differ in colors and kits, with the J4 coming in black, white, silver, and orange with a 10-30mm, 10-100mm, or both a 10-30mm and a 30-110mm, while the S2 comes in black, white, red, or yellow in a one lens kit with the 11-27.5mm or a two lens kit that adds a 30-110mm as well.

If you're interested in any of that, check out the links below for more information and to preorder:

Nikon 1 J4 Kits:

Nikon 1 S2 Kits:

1 Lens

2 Lens


Leica Goes Mirrorless, Intros The "T"

Leica T_23_18-56_M-Lenses

Lookit! It's a Leica, surrounded by lenses! Hold on, let's narrow our focus a bit:

Leica T_black_emo_01

Ah. There we go. Say hello to the Leica T (yes, another camera with just a letter for a model number, be prepared in the future to look back on this model as the "Typ 701," it's more unique identifier.) It's a mirrorless camera! Which is to say, it's actually a pretty stylish mirrorless camera with a solid aluminum unibody (hewn from a single block of aluminum, with no joints to creak or flex) wrapped around a 16mp APS-C sensor.



It has built-in GPS, built-in 16GB memory plus support for SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, ISO 100-12,500 (12,500? Really?), and will shoot at 5 frames per second. It has two dials up top, but everything else is done via a big 3.7" touchscreen.

Leica T_black_back


Simple, yeah? There's no in-body IS (which is worth bringing up because the lenses for it will also lack IS, so, might cut back on the java use before you invest in a T there bucko), and it's only got contrast-AF. But hey, it does at least have both a built-in flash and a hotshoe. And all the accessories were designed in cooperation with AUDI design. So, there's that, right? It uses a new mount (the T mount, duh), and at first there will only be two lenses, but Leica's promising to show off two more later this year. The first two will be the LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and the LEICA SUMMICRON-T 23mm f/2 ASPH.

They're not even going to be available to us dealers until later next month, and the prices are preeeeetty much exactly what you'd expect from the infamous red dot, but if you were sold at "aluminum unibody" I have some links for you and your preorder desires right here:

Leica T (Typ 701)

Leica T 18-56mm

Leica T 23mm


Sony's Upcoming A7s Has Awesome Lowlight Video

So, earlier this week Sony announced a new A7s counterpart to its other two full-frame mirrorless bodies (the A7 and A7r). Unlike them, the A7s has a constrained 12 megapixels so it can focus on low-light and video performance. It boasts a D4s-rivaling 409,600 ISO  and 4k video (though, it can only pipe it to a separate recording device over HDMI, it cannot actually record 4k video to its own memory). Basically, it sounds like the bees' knees and kicks the competition in the mirrorless 4k space up a notch.

Anyway, today Sony has released their own official video based off an idea Den Lennie used to show off the high ISO capabilites for an F Stop Academy write-up on the camera. And it is awesome. That is all. Here it is. Enjoy.


Nikon Expands 1 System: New V3 Body, 2 New Lenses

Nikon 1 V3 With 10-30mm and Viewfinder


Check it. The Nikon 1 system (you know, the weird Nikon mirrorless line with the so-called "CX" mount built around a weird 1" sensor with a 2.7x crop factor) has grown by three today with a new V3 enthusiast body and 2 less enthusiastic lenses.

The V3, while still suffering from a little bit of an identity complex (at the end of the day, there are still only two CX lenses with apertures you can pretend are enthusiast-oriented, and the price still pits it against the incredibly well-reviewed D3300 and D5300 DSLRs), the V3 does offer some interesting bullet points. Finally the V series has picked up dual command dials (although, as DPReview is quick to point out, you still have to use the 4-way for EV comp), and boy, it's kinda fast. In addition to even snappier AF, the V3 will trundle along at 20 frames per second with continuous AF. Yeah. That. Sure, it's not quite as high as the Casio, so, maybe less appealing for analyzing that golf swing, but probably pretty helpful for pray-and-spray approaches to amateur sports. At a full 18MP resolution, to boot. And, since we do Nikon USA, you get the electronic viewfinder and additional optional camera grip in the box. So, hey, there's that?


And, there're two new lenses to go with it: a new 10-30mm (yes, another one), and a 70-300. The 10-30mm is still a 3.5-5.6 VR, just like the last one, but this one is a "PD" model with power zoom. With that CX crop factor you get an effective 27-81mm lens with smooth power zoom for video use. But no filter thread. Sure. But, it's pretty tiny, at only 1.1" as shown there.


The 70-300 model is a bit slower still, coming in at f4.5-5.6. It's also a VR model, which you would probably expect by now out of something that's an 189-810mm monster of a telephoto. And by "monster" I mean a whole 4" long closed, and under 20 ounces. Hey, there are advantages to a 1" sensor, right? A 4" 800mm f5.6 is one of them.

Also, it has filter rings like a proper god-fearing lens, and takes a 62mm one specifically. So, make that A 4" 800MM F5.6 with filters you can even afford. Neato.

Preorders for all three below. Availability says April for the V3, but doesn't actually say that's the case for the lenses too, so, er, maybe?

Nikon 1 V3 with 10-30mm

1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 


Sony's A6000 Is a Beast. Possibly Two Beasts.



Remember Sony's A5000, aka the camera that killed the NEX brand? Sure you do, because you are clearly a royal reader of this blog, as I knew you would be. So, through the sheer power of your recollection and certainly not by clicking that link back there to see our previous post on the matter, you'll recall that the A5000 is the inheritance of the NEX line mirrorless system with the 1.5x APS-C sensors and the E-mount lens system. And that it was pretty hot.

Except, it looks a little blander now that we finally get to meet its older sibling. The A6000, just announced, is on paper a gem.

It has a 24 megapixel sensor being processed with a new generation of Bionz X processor. It has 179 phase detect AF points covering 92% of the sensor, not even counting the contrast-detect AF system helping out, giving it AF times as fast as 0.06 seconds. Which is fast. And speak of fast, it'll pop out those 24mp images at 11 frames per second, and it doesn't even have to lock the focus to do it. That's right, 11 fps and you can still use focus tracking during. Hot. No, sorry. Hawt.

The back is a 3" LCD, the viewfinder is a slightly smaller OLED unit than was featured in the NEX-6, being probably the biggest gripe to level at Sony's newest mirrorless. The price points of $800 with a 16-50mm zoom or $650 without it are also pretty solid for those specs, continuing Sony's long run of super-solid mirrorless systems, especially if you don't quite need the pro-focus Oly has been pumping into their line lately.


Panasonic Announces New GH4, Freaking Awesome 4K Video Adapter Grip

DMC-GH4 4K mirrorless camera from Panasonic


So, that camera there is Panasonic's newest mirrorless system camera, the GH4. If you're new to the game, Panasonic's GH lines is a fork of the original Micro-Four Thirds line (like, on the market, actually) with a DSLR-style body and a focus on video usage. To that end, the GH4 doesn't disappoint its lineage, and becomes the first mirrorless sporting 4k video intentions. Powered by a 16mp sensor, it has all sorts of kooky features like variable frame rate Full-HD video (and stop motion animation), selectable system frequency (59.94hz, 50hz, 24hz), autofocus speeds as fast as 0.07 seconds, an electronic shutter with silent mode, a physical shutter with a 200,000 exposure life rating and shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000, a dust and splash-sealed magnesium body, built-in wi-fi, and even more specific video features like time stamp, colorbars and a 1KHz test zone, center marker, synchro scan, two "cinema-like" gamma curves, the ability to tweak the brightness over 15 steps, a zebra pattern for testing over-exposure (can be output to external monitor, too), 4096x2160 4K at 24fps or 3840x2160 4K at 30fps, focus peaking, and built-in jacks for a mic (via 3.5mm phono), monitor via HDMI mini, AV, 2.5mm remote port, and flash sync port. Whew.

But because that's not really enough to make this the last word in the burgeoning 4K video market, they've also announced the world's silliest looking and worst named grip as an optional accessory for the GH4. Behold, the AG-YAGHG Professional 4K Video Interface Unit:

Panasonic DMC-GH4 with 4K Video Unit Front



And from the back:

Panasonic DMC-GH4 with 4K Video Unit Back


Why so monstrous, you ask? What's in there? Well, two start with, 2 XLR inputs (each with their own channel volume adjustment on the back there), and Full HD (4:2:2 / 10 bit) 4-parallel output or 4K output with time-code.  Looks like this opened up:

DMC-YAGH Interface Unit Open

There's no word yet on pricing or availability, so, this is One Of Those Things, but if your 4K sense is all tingly now you can get your name down on our list to get one whenever they do become real. And by one I mean either the camera or the grip, once we know exactly how that'll work. For now, I'll leave you with the links to do that, and hit the jump for the press release:

UPDATE: February 10. Sorry folks, apparently we have been expressly told no preorders at this time, so, had to take the links down.

Panasonic GH4

YAGH 4K Interface Unit


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