• June 1, 2017

Best Compact cameras for Travel 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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  • 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 24, 2016

Sony launches Cyber-shot HX350

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 superzoom covers all scenes, from expansive landscapes to exotic wildlife and family portraits. It combines ease of use with a style inspired by SLR features. It fits comfortably in your hand and offers the performance of cameras much larger in a compact body and a lens fixed with endless creative possibilities.

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

It features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * lens and a 50x optical zoom range – equivalent in 35mm to 24-1,200mm format. The digital zoom makes the maximum magnification of 100x.

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

The SteadyShot optical stabilization system reduces blur without when pictures are taken without a tripod, while Active Smart Mode keeps Full HD videos equally sharp and free of blur using Sony’s unique frame analysis technology.

The Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers effective 20.4 megapixel resolution and the camera also features the BIONZ X image processor. This makes it possible to get clear, low-noise images as well as impeccable Full HD video streams With the camera in hand and indoors.

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

The Cyber-shot HX350 is easy to use and full of serious capture options. It has a manual ring for evenly adjusting the zoom / focus, plus a very accessible mode dial and a customizable button to quickly change preferred settings. It also has full P / A / S / M controls and a 24p capture mode that offers sequences with a truly cinematic style.

When it comes to framing, the choice is the user. It’s possible to look through the high-contrast electronic viewfinder of the camera or switch to the 7.5 cm articulated LCD (type 3.0) with 921,000 resolution points.

Another extra is Motion Shot Video, which maps your golf swing as a series of superimposed images of a fraction of a second.

  • October 15, 2016

Sony RX100 V, the fastest compact in the world

It is clear that the wheel cannot stop spinning. We haven’t even finished digesting the new products presented at Photokina and manufacturers are back already with a new set of releases. Soon there won’t be any gaps in the calendar to avoid overlapping each other’s releases. Not content with just announcing the new and impressive Sony A6500, the Japanese giant renews its range of Cyber-Shot compacts with the new Sony RX100 V.

Sony RX100 V: speed above all

One of the biggest differences when using a compact camera compared to higher performance equipment, was the sluggishness of its AF system and shutter… until now. Sony announces its new Sony RX100 V as the fastest compact in the world. It is true that in recent years there have been many good steps in improving this critical part of compact cameras but the figures we handle according to official information released by Sony are certainly outstanding.

Sony RX100 V

New hybrid AF system

For the first time a camera from the RX series carries a fast hybrid AF system. It combines phase detection and contrast systems and achieves, thanks to its 315 AF points in its sensor (the highest AF points count in a sensor in a compact in the world), the greatest speed of AF achieved to date in a compact: 0.05 seconds (under equipment test conditions). The 315 AF points cover 65% of the frame which allows excellent tracking of moving objects, making this camera stand out in areas so far banned for compacts, such as sports or wildlife photography.

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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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  • January 17, 2016

Best Compact Camera 2016 that will make you forget your DSLR

It is undeniable that the business of compact cameras is in decline. After the arrival of smartphones, these camera types began to be worthless, since their functions could be perfectly fulfilled with another gadget that you can always carry in your pocket.

Thus, camera sales began to plummet. It doesn’t make sense to buy a 100 dollars device for taking photos, as our smartphone could fulfill this very same function in a way that is even more satisfying. Besides being more convenient, in some cases it offers more quality.

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  • January 11, 2016

New Canon compact cameras, printer and video cameras.

Canon starts 2016 with new products and today has announced the launch of the new range of PowerShot and IXUS compact cameras, video cameras from LEGRIA series and SELPHY printer.

The new compact cameras from the PowerShot series are the PowerShot SX540 HS and SX420 IS. The first model is characterized by its good performance in low light. It features an 24mm ultra-wide angle lens with 50x optical zoom, DIGIC 6 processor and a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is designed to frame and shoot with ease, so its use is very simple. Also, it lets you record full HD video in MP4 and integrates a 5-axis dynamic image stabilization (IS) system to ensure a quality image while moving.

The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS, meanwhile, integrates a 42x zoom lens, DIGIC 4+ processor and a 20-megapixel sensor. To facilitate handling, it provides the user a series of automatic functions and creative filters, including miniature effect or fisheye, among others.

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

It has a 7.5-cm LCD screen for viewing images you’ve captured, as well as Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC to share content quickly and conveniently.

New IXUS compact cameras series

Another innovation the brand has introduced are three new models of Canon IXUS compact cameras series: IXUS 285 HS, IXUS 180 and IXUS 175. These devices are designed to go with you everywhere so you can capture the most important moments in a simple and fast way and with good quality.

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  • November 12, 2015

First Contact: Canon PowerShot G5 X

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.

Canon PowerShot G5 X

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.

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  • July 17, 2015

Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV comparison, what’s the different?

Sony is the “go-to” brand for cameras. If you are out on the market for a high-performance, budgeted, portable compact camera, the RX 100 series fits the bill. It garnered attention for the large sensor it packs in a small housing. And, it just gets better with every installment.

RX100 IV

The recently unveiled Sony RX 100 IV brings in a significant performance boost making it hard to choose between it and the RX100 III. Here we compare the two models for their features so that photographers can make the best pick.

Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV comparison

The Design

Sony hasn’t changed anything in the looks department. The design of the RX 100 IV is identical to its predecessors RX100 III. It has a compact size and sleek lines with a manual control ring around the lens. We cannot give the smooth matte finish a miss. The only difference is that it is heavier by 8 grams.

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