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.
Comparing the APS-C sensor from the Fuji X-T1 versus the full frame Nikon DF may seem like a losing battle. A camera twice as heavy and expensive should beat the X-T1 in all sections except in portability and the damage to the pocketbook. However, the editor of the blog Soundimageplus David Taylor-Hugues has not hesitated to compare both cameras in a of high ISO battle.
Nikon DF vs Fuji X-T1: ISO 3200
Nikon DF vs Fuji X-T1: ISO 6400
Above is one of the clips detailing 100% of the comparison, a total of three: A ISO 3200, ISO 6400 and ISO 25600, JPEGs direct from the camera. With the Nikon DF they used a Nikon AF-S 24-85mm, 3.5-4G ED VR versus a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f / 2.8-4 R LM OIS from the Fuji X-T1. Both lenses had a fixed aperture set to f/4. You can see the rest of the examples on the Soundimageplus webpage.
Nikon DF vs Fuji X-T1: ISO 25600
The author of the test is clear: the Nikon DF has more detail in each of the examples but the excellent results of the X-T1 are surprising. To the extent that they claim to be "the best high quality ISO images" he has seen in a APS-C format camera.
Even then, they note the different "interpretation" of the ISO values of Fuji vs. Nikon: approximately half past exposure for the latter something that can quite distort some tests if not taken into account.
In conclusion, consider the Fuji X-T1 can be used perfectly for as a "workhorse" professional for any task. In his opinion, you would have to look very carefully to "see significant differences" in prints images at high ISO from Nikon DF and Fuji X DF-T1.
Even though for marketing reasons NEX brand has stayed on the middle of the road, the main character of our analysis is the spiritual heir of the Sony NEX-6, one of the best surprises of last year in the CSC sector. With the A6000, the Japanese brand wants to consolidate itself in the market of the users that search for the newest generation of technology and high quality pictures without having to carry a reflex.
“If it Works, don’t touch it” says the technology maxim that Sony appears to have put in practice while developing its new camera. The chassis is practically identical to that of the NEX-6, although the handle is bigger to improve ergonomy, the assembly is improved and on an aesthetic level, the bets are on the straight lines that already characterize Sony’s new series and that give them an elegant touch that suits them very well.
What is the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom? A camera? A smartphone? A plane? Superman? We had the same question when we reviewed this phone’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and we’ll see at the end of this review if we can arrive at an answer. Because it’s hard to say.
It was especially hard to answer that question for the S4 Zoom, which was a good attempt by Samsung to get the public used to these kinds of phone-camera hybrids. However, its design was far from making it an attractive, easy-to-use day-to-day device, at least as a mobile telephone.
You might understand the public’s joy upon hearing that the Korean company has made an effort to change its design in the Galaxy K Zoom, which is much easier to use and infinitely more comfortable in your pocket than the previous model.
The reviews received for the first PowerShot G1 X left a tough outlook for its successor. It was not an easy task, but Canon made note of all the comments received and, with this new revision G1 X Mark II, has blown the rest. We must talk about our experience with it and its features.
A few weeks ago, we had the exclusive opportunity to unbox the new G1 Mark II, the new Canon trademark vessel in the PowerShot range. Now, we must put to the test its final version, a model that promises to give a lot to talk about in the next few months. These were our impressions on it.
Two years of work and a lot to improve on
The PowerShot G1 X, introduced in 2012 as the first of the G kind with a CMOS sensor, measured an inch and a half, only 20% smaller than an APS-C that low-end reflex cameras have.
That model consisted of a 28-112 mm optic (equivalent 35 mm) with a brightness of 1:2,5-5,8. However, price-wise, it competed with the mid-range reflex cameras and with interchangeable-objective compact models. Its zoom range and brightness were modest for a model of its category, its AF precision needed improvement, and its flash performance was limited to 6 pictures at 4.5 fps. There was a lot of criticism about this camera, but it seems that Canon was listening to the consumers.
During this month of May we have been lucky enough to try out one of the most interesting models of the latest batch of Sony: the Sony A5000. We are before the entry model of spectrum of the popular CSC of the brand, with a very competitive price. We have also to highlight that it is presented as the smallest and lightest camera with APS-C sensor and interchangeable optics of the market.
We have to be honest, the Sony A5000 surprises because of its small size and its lightness. The sensation as we grab it is that what we have in our hands is a prototype model. It is however a camera with a CMOS sensor size APS-C, like many Reflex, with a Bionz X processor, which is the same as the one from the last A7 or A7r, one of the most powerful of the market.
It is very well designed, and even if it is small, one has no trouble using it even with big hands. The buttons are where they need to be in order to avoid weird contortionisms with the hands. The trick is that it breathes from its four flanks the essence of the old NEX, whose culmination point was model NEX7. Now, the NEX denomination has disappeared in favor of ALPHA. Everything stays the same, with the image quality that has been its main source of success.
The section in which smartphone manufacturers are mostly focusing efforts is to improve their cameras. Especially in the high end models, because that is the feature that marks the difference between high end and low end phones.
It is perhaps because of this, Samsung faced with the S5, the challenge to overcome the quality and performance of the camera from its previous version, the Galaxy S4, one of the most balanced we’ve seen on a mobile device. We must also overcome, or at least match, the photographic abilities of the top rivals: iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), the high end Nokia Lumias, the Sony Xperia Z2 and some Chinese devices.
We were invited to try the new camera of Leica at the company’s site in Los Angeles, U.S.A. We have been privileged to have in our hands this valuable camera that has been in the make in the last two years. This German manufacturer has incorporated the trendy “touch screens”, without leaving behind all the other important factors that set this camera among the high ones. The design, elegance and quality are all present in this new Leica T.