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Canon EOS M gets hacked, on its way to receive a Magic Lantern treatment and finally become a very exciting camera.

Magic landtern firmware hack update for the canon EOS M

"With a little guesswork, we were lucky to notice that on the inside, the little EOS-M is very similar to the 5D Mark III. So, with a few tricks we were able to dump the firmware and print the familiar "Hello World" message – the proof that Magic Lantern will work on the EOS-M. In his review, Roger Cicala said the EOS-M is "a firmware update and a price drop away from being a great camera". We, the developers of ML, will try to address the first issue. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Iso test at Focus Numerique: Whip out the Translator, coz this is interesting, does it beat the Olympus E-M5?

Panasonic GH3 black with articulated lcd screen

"Conventionally GH3 shows images at 125, 200 and 400 ISO fine grain bills with a perfectly controlled, a good dynamic and dense colors. On flat colors, noise is visible from 800 ISO with a characteristic treatment of Panasonic: smoothing rather coarse. It will be possible to mount ISO 1600 without problem with a chromatic noise well contained. Treatment is logically pushed to ISO 3200. Mottling occurs easily in dark areas and flat colors are stitched pixel outliers and

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Panasonic G5 Review at NeoCamera: If you're looking for a small capable and affordable m4/3 camera, this should be near the top of your list.

Panasonic DMC G5 Black with lens.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 delivers nice image quality in a mid-size mirrorless camera with an integrated EVF and customizable interface. This makes is suitable for intermediate photographers who prefer to shoot with the camera at eye-level and use certain controls often. The G5 turns in a balanced performance. It excels at autofocus speed while being average in terms of image quality and performance when compared to other mirrorless cameras. There are a few usability issues which make certain mistakes more likely but this digital camera does not do anything poorly.

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Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at CameraLabs: In an all too crowded top segment, this camera is equipped to stay at the top.

Olympus Pen E-PL5 black, front, with lens

"The mirrorless compact system camera market now offers more choice than ever before and, with the addition of Canon's EOS M it promises to become even more crowded. By giving the E-PL5, and presumably any upcoming PEN models, the same sensor as the Flagship OM-D E-M5, adding features that improve usability, like the touch screen, and expanding the choice of lenses and accessories Olympus is doing exactly what it needs to, to maintain its position as a leader in the CSC . . . read more

Sony 10 – 18mm f/4 E OSS Lens Review at Luminous-Landscape: Very good, but for 900 bucks it should not be made of plastics.

Sony SEL1018 10-18mm F/4.0 OSS Nex mount lens

"The right side is not 100% of the crispness of the center, but this is normal for the kind of lens, distance and subject matter at hand; for this class of lens the result is nonetheless very good and can be further improved with output sharpening. The results at f/8 and f/11 were ever so slightly sharper, but the difference would be hardly noticeable converted to JPEG for screen viewing. I show below the result for 10mm f/16, to illustrate the slight onset of diffraction's impact on resolution - if you can see it by comparison of center snippets just above and below. The image is still OK, and amenable to further improvement with output sharpening, but just not quite as good as its f/5.6~f/11 comparators." . . . read more

Canon EOS M Hands-On Field Test at TheCameraStore.com: So late to the party, the other cameras make fun of it.

Canon EOS M Black, with kit lens and Speedlite attached.

"Chris and I were discussing how the EOS M seemed ‘really late to the mirrorless party’ when he realized we could convey that idea in a little more interesting way. So we decided to shoot our first stop motion film.  The script came together very quickly, and we grabbed a bunch of mirrorless cameras to stage our little skit.  The setup was simple, we had extra tile for a floor and some dollhouse props.  We lit the scene with a single Lumahawk 3K daylight balanced LED, which let us keep from moving lights around as much as possible." . . . read more

Pentax Q10 review at Ephotozine: As good as a compact camera, for the price of an entry level Dslr, but stylish.

Pentax q10 silver, front side, with lens.

"The Pentax Q10 has a good set of features and has extremely solid, well-built body. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into its design and it's one of the best looking Pentax cameras you're likely to find, particularly in red! Unfortunately image quality isn't fantastic, about as good as you'll find on an average compact camera, but colour reproduction is good. If you are interested in a mirrorless camera with improved image quality you'd be better looking at those with larger sensors. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Kitty video iso 1600 to 6400 test by Fillipo Chiesa: Meow!

Panasonic Lumix GH3 black with 12-35mm lens.

"I filmed this very short preliminary high ISO test at my house putting the GH3 on my sofa with one of my cats.
No professional lights added (only the artificial light sources of my living room).
New and accurate test in the next days.  Recording mode: ALL-I 25p No color"
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Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens Hands-On Review at The Fat Bears: The lens must be stopped down quite severely in order to produce excellent results.

Panasonic Lumix G  X Vario 12-35mm  F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S

As an aside, whilst the 12-35 comes with built in Panasonic Power OIS, I haven’t tried it out – I’ve been relying on Oly’s excellent 5-axis stablisation in the OM-D, although at some point I reckon I’ll give it a go.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the results which this lens is capable of. I intend to test it out a great deal more, especially in low-light situations. I picked it up with the intention of using it as a low-light lens for events, and that’s what I’ll post about more when once I’ve given it a good go. In the meantime, here are a couple more sample images… Let me know what you think. . . . read more

Canon EOS M review at Sans Mirror: Well built with excellent photo and video qualities, but really, really slow.

Canon EOS M Black, with kit lens.

"Okay, maybe the Canon marketers can help me out. This is straight from the main copy on their site: "Canon introduced the market to Full HD video capture with smooth, quiet continuous autofocus made possible by Movie Servo AF and STM lenses, advanced CMOS sensor technology, and the processing power of DIGIC 5. The EOS M Digital Camera leverages these key technologies to deliver high-quality moving and still images with creativity provided by Canon's extensive family of interchangeable lenses." Wait, what, it's a video camera that takes stills? Sure enough, in the feature list, the first . . . read more

Sony Nex-6 Video review by DigitalRev TV: We're both kiss ass and too harsh, and this is the way this review will be done in.

Sony NEx-6 black, with lens.

Is it just me, or do the Digital Rev TV reviews have a sort of Ken Rockwell aurism all over them, married to some rude attempts to being funny?  Anyway, here's the official title of the review:

"In this video, we take a look at Sony's latest NEX camera - the NEX 6 - and take a look at it from two extremes: in a nice way and a not so nice way." . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at Ephotozine: Styling from the past with a modern feature set, but lenses are few and overpriced.

Fujifilm X-E1 black, front, no lens with visible sensor.

"The Fujifilm X-E1 is more compact than the X-Pro1, and also 100g lighter, but it is still quite a large camera, and feels extremely well built. Focus speed and responsiveness is good, and the camera takes excellent photos with extremely impressive noise performance, with a good 18-55mm kit lens with built in optical image stabilisation. Although the price is still quite high compared to the competitors with many of them available for less money with kit lens. The X-E1 is available for £729 body only, which is good value for money, however, each Fujinon lens available is around £425+ so the . . . read more

Fujifilm finepix X-E1 review at What Digital Camera UK: "Α camera that looks the part, handles well and delivers images beyond what its price may suggest."

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 black/silver front, no lens.

"Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm's retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather chunky X-Pro1. And while it forgoes the smart Hybrid viewfinder of the X-Pro1, the payback is the sharper, crisper EVF in the X-E1 that more than makes up for this, though you could feel a little short-changed with the fairly underwhelming rear screen. . . . read more

Olympus E-PM2 review at PhotographyBlog: The best image quality Olympus has to offer, at the smallest size, for the smallest price.

"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the E-PM2 carries on where the OM-D E-M5 left off by equalling the results from other leading cameras. Noise doesn't rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-PM2 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the noisier raw images. We never longed for a . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Trusted Reviews: Really big, really good, very few negative aspects.

"As Panasonic’s flagship digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera (more commonly referred to as a compact system camera) the Lumix GH3 has come on a long way from the two-year-old GH2 and brings with it a generous range of improvements. Indeed, with its larger hand grip, bigger battery, superb touchscreen and integrated Wi-Fi connectivity we don’t have any hesitation in saying the GH3 is one of the most intuitive CSCs we’ve used" . . . read more

Olympus M.zuiko 17mm f/1.8 review at LensTip.com: Nothing to be proud of, Olympus needs to rethink.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8

"This lens is not exactly a successful construction and it should have been thought out better – I write it without scruple. I could even call it ill-considered. Why? Because it repeats some features you can already find in the Micro 4/3 system. When Panasonic and Olympus companies announced the launch of a new system I thought they were going to support each other, filling in their respective gaps. Meanwhile the Olympus 1.8/17 occupies a place already taken by the Panasonic . . . read more

The Online Photographer: Impressions of the Olympus OM-D, Part II, by Ctein.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 black with 12-50mm lens and vertical horizontal grips.

"The technical noise measurements do not hint at how much better the OM-D is. As I explained in the aforementioned column, it's not just about the quantity but quality of noise. The OM-D noise is extremely uniform and fine-grained. Up to ISO 800, it's essentially ignorable. When it becomes bothersome, the faintest whiff of noise reduction will take care of it."

Olympus Pen E-PM2 review at NeoCamera: Entry level price with high-end photographic qualities, but lackluster video.

"The Olympus PEN E-PM2 shows very good image quality with clean results up to ISO 800. Noise becomes barely noticeable at ISO 1600 with little adverse effect. ISO 3200 makes noise clearly visible but details remain quite sharp and moderately large prints are completely usable. Only by ISO 6400 that we start seeing softness and fine details be eaten away. At this point it would be best to limit to medium-sized prints. ISO 12800 is more restrictive but remains usable for . . . read more

The Olympus E-PM2 goes to the DXO Mark Store: This mini's sensor is just as good as the one in the OM-D/E-PL5, goes straight to the top of the m43 category.

"It comes as no surprise that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 scores virtually identically to Olympus’ top-of-the-line OM-D E-M5 since they share the same sensor (as does the midrange Olympus PEN E-PL5). The E-PM2 actually comes in at one point higher than the E-M5 on the Overall Score, though that difference is negligible. The two cameras essentially have the same performance in color depth and dynamic range, and the E-PM2 scores less than 1/4 stop better in low-light ISO. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at DigitalVersus.com: Excellent all around, despite some rather severe limitations.

"While the autofocus works like a dream with the 14-140 mm lens, we do think it's a shame that Panasonic's engineers didn't think to include a peaking function to highlight sharp parts of the image when focusing with manual lenses. A zebra function could also have been handy to make sure subjects are properly exposed. Finally, a picture profile like Technicolor CineStyle could have made a nice addition to help optimise the dynamic range."

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at Pocket-Lint: Despite the size, this camera is a real heavyweight when it comes to features and image quality.

"Image quality is a leap forward for Micro Four Thirds at this price point, which is a huge selling point. Add a decent build, fast autofocus system and, of course, wide selection of Micro Four Thirds lenses and there's not much to dislike.

Our limited moans are that the plastic front grip looks cheap, there's no built-in flash and that continuous autofocus still . . . read more

Sony NEX-6 Review at the Tech Radar: In many ways fantastic, but, as this is a Sony, we want more toys included.

"Sony has produced a very likable, capable camera that is complemented well by the new powerzoom lens. Its controls can be customised to suit the photographer, it has helpful technology borrowed from a smartphone and it delivers images of impressively high quality.

For many photographers that is more than enough, but some like us may look at the likes of the Panasonic G5 and ask . . . read more

Canon EOS M review at Camera Labs: Logical path for Canon owners, but slow AF, no EVF and limited choice of native lenses makes it a really hard choice.

Eos M front without lens

"From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size - the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor in the EOS M is a little larger than the PEN E-PL5's 16 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor - in quality terms there's actually little to choose between them.

In terms of native lenses, the PEN E-PL5 is an easy winner, with access to over 30 options from the mature Micro Four . . . read more

Canon EOS M review at PetaPixel: Nice first try at mirrorless, but the AF is so slow it becomes a deal breaker.

"The Canon EOS M is a camera that falls one big step short of being a fantastic mirrorless camera. If only it had an autofocus system as solid as its other specs and attributes, it’d be a camera that we’d recommend in a heartbeat to both serious photographers and casual consumers.

Unfortunately, its major flaw lies in a feature that’s absolutely critical for most photographers, so unless you know for a 

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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 X OIS review at AdmiringLight: Very, very good, but not flawless.

Panasonic Lumix G  X Vario 12-35mm  F/2.8 ASPH O.I.S

"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only . . . read more

Olympus E-PL5 review at gizmodo: Beautiful inside, disastrous on the outside.

"The optional 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens hinders the PL5's usability. The lens barrel must be manually unlocked from its closed position, severely slowing down the shooting experience. Then, it remains extended at every focal length. It's unsightly, and it's hard to intuitively know if your lens is zoomed in or out."

Olympus M.zuiko 17mm f/1.8 VS 17mm f2.8 VS Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ASPH review by Ming Thein: We're not there yet, but it is a good start.

Olympus  M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8

"That leaves us with the three native AF options. I would not buy the 17/2.8 unless size is a critical priority, or you know that you’re going to be shooting only static objects stopped down; otherwise the slow AF speed will drive you crazy. The Panasonic 20/1.7 is in a similar boat; it’s faster to focus than the 17/2.8 and optically better, but nowhere near as fast as the 17/1.8. The 20/1.7 and 17/1.8 deliver similar resolution in the center, but they render quite differently – the 20/1.7 is . . . read more

Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH lens review by Jordan Steele at Admiring Light: This lens finally brings a top tier telephoto zoom to the Micro 4/3 system, and I can definitely recommend this lens for the serious Micro 4/3 shooter. A great lens.

As micro 4/3 zoom lenses go, the 35-100mm f/2.8 is among the sharpest,

The Lens was tested with Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-M5 bodies.

"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only cater to those who know they need an f/2.8 telephoto zoom in this range. . . . read more

Canon EOS M review at the Tech Radar: Good only with dead, or otherwise inanimate subjects.

"Canon's Hybrid AF system isn't as fast as Panasonic or Olympus's contrast detection systems - or Sony's Hybrid AF system - and the M isn't suited to shooting anything other than stationary subjects. We'd also like a less reflective screen to provide a better view in bright sunlight. As yet Canon only has one CSC and two compatible lenses (plus and adapter), . . . read more

Olympus Pen mini E-PM2 Review at Ephotozine: 5-Star quality with very good value for money.

"The camera's image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, image quality is excellent with the 14-42mm MK II lens delivering sharp photos and excellent Olympus colour. Noise performance is the best it's ever been from a Micro Four Thirds camera, with usable ISO up to and including ISO6400." . . . read more

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