While certain segments of the camera market are struggling to keep their heads above water (single lens reflex, hybrids) and others have almost ceased to exist (compacts), there is one segment which has continued to grow to the point of reaching omnipresence: smartphones. If having a smartphone was considered being at the forefront of technology just a few years ago, these products have since been popularized to the point where even entry-level models already offer all the indispensable features.
This mass popularization has had a striking effect on the world of photography: the device which you always have on you, the one you take out of your pocket in all circumstances, is no longer a compact camera, but rather your telephone. Its always there, turned on, ready and connected. Nevertheless, all smartphones are not created equal where photographic capability is concerned, and the cheapest models are to be avoided if you are looking for a high-quality camera.
Are you one of those people who loves to dive into the water and swim among fish and corals? Or is skateboarding, snowboarding, kitesurfing or, any other sport where water or ice is nearby, your thing? Or your extreme sport is taking photos with children near the water? If you are an adventurous person, a sportsperson and besides that love photography, or at least, portraying your stunts, you have no other option than to take a look at these cameras (that is, if you don’t already have one).
1. Olympus TG-4
Replacing the Tough 3, in addition to the macro functions and the high quality of this, the Olympus TG-4 adds a very versatile and luminous lens. Lets look at it in more detail.
Among all the novelties presented by Panasonic on the occasion of the CES 2017 the one that couldn’t be missing was the Lumix GH5, announced at Photokina 2016. The GH5 is the new brand flagship and recently we had a brief opportunity to experience it during a press conference held in Madrid days before the official presentation.
Although according to the intentions stated by the manufacturer, that the product has been made having in mind wildlife & adventure photographers as well as videographers, by reviewing the list of innovations of this new Micro Four Thirds Camera, it’s clear that the latter will crave it more than the former. Especially those who are professionally involved in event recording, broadcasting and filmmaking will find in the GH5 features unique to large and expensive high-end equipment.
While cheaper cameras available to users are becoming more versatile devices, there are some manufacturers who are more traditional in recent releases. One of these examples is Leica, the conventional camera brand that despite the demands of the market, it always surprises us with excellence, but also with high prices. In this article we will be talking about its latest release: the Leica M-D Typ 262. Shall we delve more into the characteristics of this device?
The most significant aspects of the Leica M-D Typ 262
One of the most relevant aspects of the Leica M-D Typ 262 is that it embodies the entire concept of Leica on a single camera. Precisely because its main focus is doing photography, rather than giving the user edit or even review the photos it on a screen. It only allows the user to modify certain technical parameters such as openness, ISO sensitivity, and others. It is truly an almost blind experience, but always offering the best possible image quality.
We are accustomed to reviews of photographic devices of Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and others. However, we tend to forget other major brands which have been entering the cameras and lenses market. In this case, we have to talk about a camera of a giant: it is the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless, a camera without mirror of the Korean brand. We will study the most important features of this device. Come with me to explore what are their strengths and capabilities.
The most significant of the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless
Although this is a camera launched during the first quarter of this year (2015), the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless remains a high bet in the market for photographic devices, above all because it was the first to offer extensive Wi-Fi control function. In addition, it was responsible for incorporating the iconic brand operating system (Android) in camera handling. As always talking about Samsung, it is a fairly innovative device that led to other releases with similar functions.
Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Features
Sensor. The Samsung NX1 Mirrorless has an incredible square format CMOS sensor, that means, APS-C, offering 28.2 high resolution megapixels. Thus, the picture quality is evidenced through the ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 51.200, to portray any type of light and condition of it. Also, the shadows are drawn perfectly on each frame thanks to the same technology.
In this test you will see the M.Zuiko 45 / 1.8 MSC, a lens that Olympus, within its range, classifies it as Premium. With 90 mm of equivalent focal length and maximum aperture, as well as its optical design, makes it the ideal portrait lens. In this test you will see that in addition to these premises, it performs outstandingly in this field.
Small, light, well finished and with a fairly reasonable cost, this 45 mm lens within the Micro 4/3 system comes with a highly attractive approach.
Just when some said that Canon had started to lose ground to the competition…Well, after testing the new PowerShot G5X, we can assure you that the Japanese brand remains as one of the best when it comes to advanced compact cameras. This model is attractive, fits your hand perfectly and oozes quality on all four sides. And, according to the first tests, the picture quality does not disappoint as you can see in the sample photos that resulted from this first contact.
This small camera is notable for its impressive 20.2 megapixel Canon 24-100 mm optical lens, with f/1.8-2.9, 1 inch backlit CMOS sensor, a 5-axis stabilization system and a powerful DIGIC 6 processor. As if this were not enough, it is also provided with an excellent integrated OLED display of 2,360,000 pixels and 100% coverage with a refresh rate of 120 frames per second and a foldable LCD touchscreen of 3″ and 1,040,000 pixels.
Fujifilm has managed to concentrate all the goodness of a small compact camera on a rather conventional appearance. And, despite being a compact high-end, its appearance is no different than any other compact. Maybe it’s a camera too discreet to highlight on a shelf among the fierce competition in its niche.
Leaving aside those fears, the XQ2 is a tiny 12-megapixel compact camera with a big X-Trans CMOS II 2.3 sensor and a 6.4-25.6mm Fujinon optical lens (equivalent in 35mm to a 25-100mm) with a 4X optical zoom and excellent brightness of f/1.8-4.9. Given its size, these are important figures and, thanks to the EXR II processor, the overall performance is very good.
In the past, photos shot by the A7 have more serious glare problems, then has the new A7II improved in terms of avioding glare? Here is a group of actual tests, through which we can see its improvements.
The lens I used for the A7, A7R is FE16-35, and for A7II is FE24-70 , both using Manual (M) mode, aperture F11, Shutter speed of 1/20, auto ISO, and auto metering, with a slight difference between light and dark due to the slight differences in lens and position, but I don’t think it has effects on glare tests.