Do you find your Sony RX1 unbearable to use without an EVF? Sony makes one (FDA-EV1MK in the lingo) and Tim Ashley has posted a review of it.

"The EVF both could and should have been better. Not enough thought has gone into the way in which it or its case have been designed, nor into the way that it works as part of the system: the firmware tweak I suggest above is one example of this but another is the fact that neither the thumb-grip nor the flash  can be used in conjunction with the finder.

Those gripes aside, the finder does its job very well. It fulfills all of the major requirements a user will have of it and it unlocks . . . read more

First images of the Fujifilm X20 leaked online at, more specs (Hybrid AF) revealed.

From the low-res images we can see that the Fujifilm X20 closely matches the X10. Not much is known of its feature set, besides the Hybrid AF and the added body color option of course. Rumors include an updated sensor(x-trans), a higher resolution rear screen, AF speed improvements and a focus peaking feature.

Panasonic Lumix Fx200 review by Paul Nuttall at Trusted Reviews: Indeed, the overall optical capabilities of the FZ200 left us impressed, with the camera able to produce some excellent images with very few flaws.

"The headline feature of the Lumix FZ200 is undoubtedly its 'world's first' constant f/2.8 aperture that runs throughout the entire focal range from 25mm to 600mm, allowing you to use faster shutter speeds and lower ISO settings even when shooting at the furthest reaches of the 24x zoom. Indeed, the overall optical capabilities of the FZ200 left us impressed, with the camera able to produce some excellent images with very few flaws. Performance is also pretty solid across the board, with quick start-up and shot-to-shot processing times. The vari-angle LCD screen is another welcome feature that . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Amy Davies at Digital Camera World:With its high asking price, and its fixed lens limitations, it’s a camera that shows off exactly what Sony can do, and isn’t necessarily aimed squarely at the consumer market.

"Speaking of the screen, the 3 inch, 1.2 million dot TFT features Sony’s White Magic technology, which is designed to boost contrast. It’s a good performer, not suffering from reflection or glare in all but the very brightest of sunlight. There’s no viewfinder included as standard, but, unlike with the Sony RX100, either an optical or electronic viewfinder can be slotted into this port here. . . . read more

Sony DSC-RX1 review at Camera Hoarders: Image quality is in the same league with Nikon D600, D800 or Canon 5D MkIII used with similar high quality lens, but none of them is so small.

"Overall, Sony RX1 is a definite winner. It might not be perfect, but never before could we buy a camera this small with such superb sensor and lens combination. Silent shutter makes it ideal for street or photojournalist work, and if someone finds the time (Sony are you reading this?) to develop hyperfocal on-screen distance scale in a form of firmware update, RX1 might become digital street camera unlike any before.

Image quality is in the same league with Nikon D600, D800 or Canon 5D MkIII used with similar high quality lens… in plain words there are only 5-6 cameras on the market today capable of competing with RX1 (excluding medium format) and 

. . . read more

Panasonic Lumix LX7: Or how I learned to give up my Canon 7D and love the compact, by Geoff Richards at It Pro Portal

"Could I sell all my dSLR gear and replace it with a single Lumix LX7? Based on this experience, very possibly. Panasonic has produced an extremely capable compact camera. For low-light party photos, it's unbeatable. For running around, its compact dimensions and light weight make it a good choice. The wide-angle 24mm lens is great for landscapes and city photography so the only real weakness is the relatively short 90mm telephoto. But how often do I need more zoom than that?

The best way to figure that out is to use software to analyse the EXIF data from your photos and summarise your most common settings. Freeware package Exposure Plot does just that, scanning a single folder or your entire collection and returning photo counts for focal length, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It even accounts for the 1.6 crop factor on the 7D, equalising focal lengths to their 35mm equivalents. . . . read more

Nikon Coolpix P7700 review by Andy Stanton at Digital Camera Review: With all the Coolpix P7700 has to offer it's hard not to recommend it, but potential buyers ought to be aware of its flaws.

'What flaws', you ask? Flaws of the laggy kind are what annoyed the DCR crew most: 3 seconds for the camera to shut down, 2 seconds video shooting start lag, and having to toggle the on-off switch twice in order for the camera to wake up:

"The Coolpix P7700 for the most part produced sharp, high quality images with punchy colors.  The camera did well indoors, principally due to two factors.  One is that its low light image quality is very good for a non-DSLR, even through . . . read more

Canon SX50 vs Panasonic Fz200: Battle of the bridge-cameras by Franck Mée at Digital Versus.

"Photography is all about light. And when it comes to lens speed, the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 clearly leads the SX50. With its constant aperture, Panasonic's "faster" lens lets in more light, which in turn makes for a better autofocus and allows the camera to stay at reasonable shutter speeds and low ISO settings in all conditions. On the whole, it's a more reliable camera for shooting far-off subjects. On top of that, build quality is a cut above. There's no doubt about which model we'd choose. Even though it doesn't zoom as much, we think the FZ200 is worth that extra £100." . . . read more

Fujifilm XF1 review at Digital Versus: Like its competitors, it's no match for the Sony RX100 in the expert compact market, but it's an original camera with plenty of character to help it stand out.

"The most original thing about the XF1 is its mechanical zoom, as this isn't something you see often in a compact camera. Back at the beginning of 2012, the Fuji X10 was the only one on the market! But a mechanical zoom has several advantages. First of all, you can change focal length as quickly or as slowly as you like. Plus, you can line up shots in the frame with greater precision, as you can stop zooming exactly where you want to (not where the electronic motor thinks you want to). A mechanical zoom can also help save battery life. It's pretty hard to imagine a mechanical zoom on an ultra-compact camera, as the control ring needs to be pretty chunky to make it easy enough to use. This in turn pushes up a . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Ron Martinsen: If you are someone who only uses 35mm and think that the only thing that matters is a combination of size and image quality, then this is the perfect camera for you.

"Overall I’d have to say this is a great beginning, but not something I’m interested in at this time. I loved the image quality and I commend Sony for using such a great lens. However, I need a zoom lens on a form factor like this and this is one camera that I’d actually consider buying if it had interchangeable lenses.

It’s just lame being stuck at 35mm only at this day and age, so at this price point it’s more of a proof of concept camera than something I desire to own. Hopefully Sony will respond to feedback like this and come up with an . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at Imaging Resource: It's taken three tries but Nikon has finally produced a flagship Coolpix camera that stacks up well against its main competitor's class-leading cameras.

"No, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 isn't perfect and it still only uses a 1/1.7-inch sensor compared to the 1.5-inch chip in the Canon PowerShot G1 X and the 1-inch sensor in the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, but those are both considerably more expensive cameras.

But we genuinely liked the new, more original design of the Nikon P7700, which makes it more portable and more handsome looking. It's small and light, but boasts a solid magnesium body with several nice ergonomic touches, . . . read more

Canon PowerShot G15 review at Expert Reviews: As and when the G15's price comes down, we'd still choose the LX7 for its superior image quality in low light, more capable video mode and faster performance.

"Our photo tests gave much less cause for concern. Canon cameras rarely falter when it comes to automatic exposures and colour processing, and with the help of the relatively large sensor and bright lens, it delivered excellent results throughout our tests. However, while brightly lit shots were a cut above cheaper compact cameras' output, they didn't quite have the clarity in fine textures as CSCs and SLRs that use significantly larger sensors. . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Michael Reichman at the Luminous Landscape: the Sony RX1 has captured my attention and admiration. Indeed I bought one as soon as I could because it's just the ticket for the kind of travel and documentary shooting that I so much enjoy

"I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony RX1 presses all the right buttons for me – no pun intended. Built quality is exemplary, haptics are mostly excellent, as are control placement and customizability. The Zeiss lens is truly excellent, and having a full-frame 24MP camera that can fit in a coat pocket and go almost anywhere without being an encumbrance makes this camera greatly appealing. One can always find quibbles in any piece of equipment, but the RX1 is more operationally all-of-a-piece and desirable than just about any recent camera in my experience. . . . read more

Olympus issues new firmware for the Stylus XZ-2

Firmware version 1.1 adresses just one thing: "Image processing while shooting with ISO bracketing was adjusted" . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Nikon P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 at Camera Hoarders: Very similar in image quality, but everything else is from two different worlds.

"Olympus XZ-2 focuses a bit faster, and benefits from touch screen. Manual focus implementation is excellent; at the click of the front switch front control ring starts to rotate freely and operates MF. Macro focus is not perfect though – XZ-2 sometimes struggled to focus and gave me false positives.

Nikon is a bit slower to focus with more traditional manual focus implementation – it has to be selected via dedicated button amongst several focus options and then use rotating wheel surrounding multi-way controller at the back. It . . . read more

Canon SX50 HS review at Camera Labs: The '50' part of the name stands for the zoom ratio, and that's a huge number. Everything else is nitpicking when you consider this kind of camera.

"With the PowerShot SX50 HS Canon clearly had one aim in sight - to outdo every other super-zoom manufacturer in the market with a longer zoom range. It has succeeded and then some. To put it in context the SX50 HS's 24-1200mm equivalent range gives it more scope in terms of available focal lengths than most DSLR owners have in their bulky and heavy camera bags. There's virtually no situation it doesn't equip you for.

The addition of RAW shooting is a smart, if belated move, Canon having finally woken up to the fact that its absence . . . read more

Sony Cybershot RX1 review by Ken Rockwell: It looks good, built good, but the user interface is awkward, and compared to a Leica that satisfies for decades, this seems like a toy to play with-for a few months, until the next model comes out.

"Color rendition, as covered at the Introduction, isn't great. It tends towards yellow-green, and the colors just don't render as well as they do on my other brand cameras. For instance, most would be happy with the snap above, but if I had shot it on my Canon, Nikon or iPhone 5, the colors would be much more as I want them.

All brands are different, and tend to be similar within a brand. Sony's still cameras lack the chops of other makers. Look . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at the Phoblographer: Not really bad, but being in the same category as the Sony RX100, it will have difficulties making it to the top of one's list.

"It’s not all roses though. AF can be very sluggish in less than ideal light and the shutter lag may cause you to miss important moment. And, while customization is good, I found myself wishing the function buttons could perform tasks that were not an option in the menu. But, I think the XZ-2′s biggest challenges are it’s size and it’s price. This camera is coat pocketable but so are many of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) bodies. If there really is no major difference in size between the two, I think most advanced users would prefer the larger sensor of a MFT camera over the small point and shoot sized . . . read more

Backscatter's holiday shopping guide for 2012: Did you know there's a 'Lightroom 4 for underwater photographers' book out there?

"Lightroom 4 for the Underwater Photographer features over 10 hours of in-depth video tutorials, covering Lightroom's entire workflow from downloading images, to editing and showcasing them. Geared specifically toward the underwater photographer, the movies offer a complete workflow solution to help you efficiently manage your ever-growing photo library and handle your post production work too. This year's tutorials will be delivered on a USB thumb drive, so you can resuse it as storage media." . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at Neocamera: The fantastic optical qualities are more important than the minor niggles encountered, excellent second camera to your Dslr.

"The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is an impressive camera with an unmatched feature set. Already its stabilized 7X wide-angle optical zoom lens is unique among premium compacts, making it the only one in its class with telephoto reach. It is also the only one with three control-dials other than its predecessor. Add to that a digital level, a mini-jack for an external stereo sound source and a rare hot-shoe, and it becomes easy to understand the unprecedented versatility of this digital camera. The P7700 introduces a redesigned lens with a bright F/2 maximum aperture which only stops down to F/4 at the long end. . . . read more

Fujifilm XF1 review at DPS: How do you turn this thing on? (A.K.A: how do you write a proper review?)

"After a swag of complex, interesting and somewhat challenging digicams passed over my review desk, I felt I deserved a holiday. So I fell upon this new, aluminium-bodied Fujifilm model as an example of what you can find out there: small, pocketable, easy to use, yet with a smallish zoom range … but with a very fast lens.

It’s easy to get blasé in this business and sometimes I don’t immerse myself deeply enough in the press guff that . . . read more

Sony Cybershot RX1 review at Pocket-Lint: It has its shortcomings, of which the steep price is the most serious one, but does other things so brilliantly it is enough for many people to fall in love with.

"Rating the world's most expensive fixed-lens compact camera is no easy task. For some it won't ever make it on to so much as a wish list, while for others it'll be what they've been waiting years for. But it's not without some bumps and blips.

The camera's 35mm fixed focal length may be a touch wide for some, though, who knows, perhaps there'll be a future version with a 50mm lens. Still, what the RX1's 35mm Carl Zeiss lens does get right it does so staggeringly well. The build . . . read more

Steve Huff goes Tom Cruise at Oprah's Couch over the Sony RX1, declares it the best camera of 2012, uses the same defence strategy as Tom did: 'But i AM in love!'

"To be totally honest, there has not been any camera that I have tested or owned  in recent times that has given me the visual rewards like the RX1 has. What I mean by this can be explained with a few reasons..1st one is ease of use. The ease in which it gives you beautiful quality and rich images huge in Dynamic Range is pretty sweet to have.

I also say this due to the size of the camera. No camera of this size can give you results like this. Period. You can get it with a Nikon D800 and Zeiss 35 f/2 but that combo would be much much larger, much much heavier and much much more expensive! After shooting with the RX1 for a few weeks I have grown to appreciate what it does and I seriously do not want to be without it! With most cameras, after I review them I am fine with sending them back to the manufacturer but not this time!" . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at CameraLabs: Worthy of a recommendation, not least for the excellent handling and 28-200mm lens, despite missing EVF and Wi-Fi.

"As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it's increasingly important for manufacturers to understand what their customers want and to provide it. It's interesting to note where Canon, with the PowerShot G15 and Nikon with the Coolpix P7700 take the same or differening views on this. Both upgraded the sensor from a 10 Megapixel CCD to a 12 Megapixel CMOS and provided 1080p HD video along with a brighter lens. Where they differ is on the composition, Canon still . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review at Photoxels: Highly recommended, despite some minor complaints.

"his pocketable camera boasts a clean design yet provides enough controls for the important functions. A Mode dial, 2 command dials and a manual zoom ring add to the tactile pleasure of using the XF1. There are lots of customizable buttons for setting up the camera to the way you like to shoot. The manual 4x FUJINON optical zoom (25-100mm equivalent 35mm format) lens has a bright F1.8 aperture at the wide-angle focal length and geatures optical image stabilization to reduce camera shake. . . . read more

Canon Powershot G12 vs G15 head to head review at Get the G15 if you're a real man, the G12 is more pleasing to the ladies.

Nphoto is a Chinese site, so maybe Google transgarbler didn't get it right this one time. It is a well laid out review with many side-by-side images and for any owner of the G12 pondering on upgrading to the latest, and maybe bestest Powershot:

"G15 greatest characteristic is in terms of the wide-angle end, or the telephoto end has a larger aperture can be used, for shooting indoor, night scene with low light conditions are quite favorable, especially shooting restaurant food photos, as long as the sensitivity slightly improve some will be able to significantly improve the success rate of the shooting. G12 with G15 . . . read more

Sony Cybershot RX1 review at What Digital Camera: One of the finest digital cameras ever.

"The RX1 is, for many reasons, a remarkable camera, and one which has been very difficult to score on account of it not having any obvious immediate rivals. While it's certainly true that it's expensive, it'd be difficult to find a full-frame DSLR and optic of equivalent performance for less. Its compact size and reasonably discrete styling means it also presents a very real advantage over full-frame DSLRs with similar lenses; for the reportage photographer in particular, there are many reasons why it should be the most desirable option currently available. . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review at TrustedReviews:

"While it might be tempting to think of the X-E1 as a stripped back X-Pro1, that does it something of a disservice in that the X-E1 is a great camera in its own right. Gifted with the same premium grade construction and finish, the X-E1 feels more refined and balanced than it’s more expensive sibling. While some may lament the removal of the hybrid viewfinder found in the X-Pro1, the truth is that the X-E1’s sharper, crisper EVF more than makes up for this, though the rear screen remains, at 2.8in and 460k-dots, somewhat underpowered for a camera of this price. Our only other issue is the . . . read more

Olympus XZ-2 review at DigitalVersus: However good it is, it has the misfortune of competing in the same class as the Sony RX100.

"The XZ-2 is a success for Olympus. The controls and general handling are particularly nice in this camera, plus image quality is good and there are plenty of advanced functions. However, the Sony RX100 is still one giant leap ahead of all expert compacts with small-format sensors. To compete, the Olympus XZ-2 can flaunt its lower price and its tilt screen, but will that be enough?"

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