• March 20, 2017

Canon EOS M10 vs. M3 vs. M5 – Comparing the Mirrorless Cameras with EF-M Lens Mount

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, Canon has long been in the race with one foot constantly on the brake. There was no flagship model, a very limited selection of lenses, and probably a lack of motivation on Canon’s side to really make an impression on the mirrorless-market.

Since the introduction of the EOS M5 however, these notions seemed to have been overcome. The camera is a worthy opponent to the it’s rivals by Sony, Fuji, and co.

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  • March 16, 2017

Fujifilm X-T20 vs. XT2, what’s the difference?

First announced in January 2017, and available since March, the Fuji X-T20 is Fujifilm’s latest APS-C hybrid. It completes the X line of products which also includes the X-T2 and the X-Pro2 and it replaces the Fuji X-T10 which was released in June 2015.

This new release serves as a good opportunity for us to revisit the strategy behind Fujifilm’s line of products. What is the difference between the X-T20 and the X-T2 – from which it has borrowed many of its technical characteristics?

The X-T20, a mini X-T2?

Without yet having been able to test the X-T20, we can already say that its case makes it seem like a small version of its larger brother – the X-T2, just as the X-T10 was to the X-T1. It reuses the same sensor: the APS-C X-Trans III with a 24,3 Mpx resolution – with no low-pass filter, accompanied by the latest image processor – the X Pro. Moreover, this is the processor used in the X-Pro2 and the new X100F.

X-T20

Fuji has harmonized its whole X product line by using the same image processor in all of its models: the X100F, the Xpro2, the X-T20 and the X-T2. By doing so, a photographer, going from one model to another, will always end up with the same image. This might seem like an insignificant detail, but for a photographer who uses several devices, knowing that the image will always be the same is a real advantage.

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  • March 15, 2017

Canon G7X vs. G7X Mark II vs. Sony RX100 III vs. RX100 IV vs. RX100 V vs. Panasonic LX15: The Professional Compact Cameras Comparison

Should I get the Canon G7X Mark I or Mark II, or a Sony RX100 III? Or maybe even a camera that supports 4k video shooting? If so, the Panasonic Lumix LX15 or Sony’s RX100 IV?

Are you asking yourself these questions? Me too. That’s why I have tested all of them.

I personally owned a Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 III and loved it. The only drawback being that I managed to break it. I replaced it with a Panasonic Lumix LX15.

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  • December 5, 2016

Best travel Compact cameras 2017 Recommendation

Compacts, are cameras with a non-interchangeable objective. Usually it’s a zoom objective, but there are some exceptions represented by compact cameras with fixed focal length. As their own name says, they have some pretty small dimensions and weight (even if there’s some exception), are easy to transport, even if, actually, the size can be pretty variable and there are very small ones and, at the same time, ones that are not really pocket-sized at all.

Until recently, it was easy to define compacts as cheap cameras, with small sensors and, consequently, with a low image quality, especially with poor light, but today it’s not like that anymore. Market has deeply changed and most of the people take pictures through smartphones they have in their pocket or bag, even those who never thought about taking pictures before. Nobody wants to buy a compact camera to take pictures anymore. This, made these cameras, that some brands don’t even have available anymore, actually disappear from the market.

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  • November 30, 2016

Best Bridge Camera recommendation 2017

Some cameras with a SLR appearance are, maybe improperly, classified in this way, even if in some cases they have a slightly smaller size, and use some non-interchangeable zoom lenses. They also offer an electronic viewfinder and the opportunity to work in Shutter or aperture priority mode or manual mode, along with an automatic program.

Until recently, bridges had some very wide range zoom lenses, used same electronics as the basic compact cameras, and small sensors, whose size was usually 1/2,3”. This was the only possible way to build some lenses that offered up to 80x focal ranges, without having enormous dimensions and not really affordable costs. The image quality of these bridge cameras is not different from the basic compact cameras’ one with small sensors, but low when there’s not much light. Moreover, the use of a lens with such a wide focal length is very arduous, due to its low luminosity, which often constrains to shoot with pretty long intervals, getting blurred pictures, or to increase the sensitivity pretty much and getting pictures with a high amount of noise. The quality of these lenses is usually low, especially setting the max focal length value. Even the operating speed isn’t that high, so this results in shoot delay, not really quick and sensitive autofocus, slowness when saving pictures, difficulty when following the subject with the viewfinder for multiple shoots.

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  • November 25, 2016

Canon 80D vs Nikon D7200, What’s the difference? Which is better?

Canon 80D vs Nikon D7200

Like in football, the photo has its classico, in this case, the confrontation of the two famous DSLR brands, Canon and Nikon. The recent release of the Canon 80D of Canon is the perfect opportunity to organize a duel with the latest Nikon D7200 (released almost a year ago…).

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  • October 26, 2016

Guide To Buying the Best External Flash 2017 For Your Nikon/Canon DSLR camera

If you already bought your ideal SLR camera, you practiced with it, you dared to leave behind the manual mode, and you made your first steps in portrait, you’ve probably passed from the “The flash fires on it’s own and does what it wants but it’s ok” phase to the “the flash fires on it’s own and does what it wants and I hate it” phase, or eventually to the “i just block it and forget it exists” phase. Well, I wrote this article because I’ve gone through those phases. Through all of them, but the truth is that not all flashes are created equal, built in flashes do their function the best they can but luckily there are other alternatives that will make you believe in them again.

Flash

Now if you’re already in the second chance phase, you have probably gone to the internet in search of the best brands, options, user comments, etc and you probably were overwhelmed by all that nomenclature and names worthy of physics nobel prizes (Can’t they really find simpler names?) and you have no idea where to start. Well, do not despair, we’ve all been through it. The trick is to simplify (like when we compose a photograph) and focus on knowing what you want, what acronyms have been devoted to name the thing you want, and not paying attention to what you don’t need.

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  • October 24, 2016

Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners 2017

If you are about to purchase your next digital reflex camera, then keep reading. In it I will present which, for me, are the best digital reflex cameras for beginners and hobbyists. This is a very important purchase decision, because it will determine if you’re going to have a satisfactory and loving relationship with photography or if you’re going to have one of hate, frustration and incomprehension.

While making this list, I took into account my own personal experience and opinions, after many years of being a photographer and after almost 7 years working at Blog del Fotógrafo, helping and giving recommendations about digital reflex cameras to readers of different levels, as well as several sources and comparison sites.

Before choosing a DSLR camera

Before choosing a reflex camera I need you to keep three very simple but important things in mind if you want to be successful:

  • First: There is no best camera. Each brand and each model offers different features. There are recommendable cameras and today I am going to mention the most recommended cameras from people who have used them, but it’s important for you to know that the best camera doesn’t exist.
  • Second: What do you want? What are you looking for? It’s important to know very well which features are important to you. Are you interested in a camera with a rotating screen? Must it have good video quality? Will you be taking many pictures at night? These questions will help you rule out certain models and keep the one that best suits your needs.
  • Third: Don’t be intimidated by the terminology and the technicalities. I recommend you keep this document open while you keep reading, since in it I explain, in a simplified way, all the terms and specifications about cameras that could possibly scare you.

The best digital reflex cameras for beginners

And I add the “for beginners” part because we could include more cameras, much more powerful ones, but a good reflex for beginners is a camera that must be simple and easy to use, easy to learn, without hassles. You need a simple camera which will make the task of taking amazing pictures easy, and not a complicated and cumbersome one which will you make you want to stop taking pictures. Also, it must be very affordable.

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  • October 15, 2016

The Sony A6500 is out, with features never seen on a compact camera

Never before have we seen a compact camera capable of technology and features of such a high level as the Sony A6500 which was officially launched today unannounced. 4K video, 5-axis stabilization, new image processor and a incredibly fast focus system. All of this in a surprising and extremely small camera.

Sony A6500

Earlier this year Sony introduced the A6300, a camera that arrived as part of the A6000 family, improving on the latter, though not simply as a successor, but as a different higher level camera. In the same vein comes the Sony A6500. A better camera than the Sony A6300 capable of getting better results, with very similar design. In fact, it seems that the objective of the Japanese company was to integrate better technologies into a camera with the same size and concept.

Sony A6500

Sony A6500 comes with a handful of features that make it impossible for us to remain indifferent. Its design is similar, it’s a camera with electronic viewfinder and E-mount, but the new features included are striking.

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  • September 21, 2016

Canon EOS M5: Like a SLR, without being SLR

You don’t need much imagination to assume today’s not a great day in the offices of Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm or Olympus. “What we feared finally happened”, they must say while drinking the third cup of coffee of the morning. And it’s only 9:00.

That dramatization may be a little excessive, among other things because most of them are probably already thinking about Photokina and their own innovations, with no time to be gossiping about others. But exaggerations aside, the truth is that the new Canon EOS M5 is the thing that many expected while others feared for a long time. No more nonsense: Canon is serious about mirrorless cameras.

"Like an EOS 80D, but 55% its size", commented Canon spokesman a few days ago when it was first shown to the press. Very unlike the EOS M and M2 that no one took very seriously and the EOS M3, that barely began to distinguish itself. Sure enough, the 1,000 dollars that this new model costs leave little room for laughter.

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