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Sony A7 II Field-tested: A pro-friendly upgrade to the full-frame A7

With its high-performance hybrid focusing system (combining both phase detection and contrast detection in a mirrorless camera) Sony has been breaking down one of the final barriers for mirrorless to take over a bigger chunk of the DSLR market.

Nikon bolsters DSLR line with D5200, ups its game in Mirrorless with Nikon 1 S1 and Nikon 1 J3 models

Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black)This being CES week, there is no shortage of new camera announcements. Nikon finally released its long-anticipated Nikon D5200, a 24MP update to the D5100 that (in typical fashion for camera makers these days) jumps over the imaging performance of the Nikon D7000, but at a lower cost and with a couple bells and whistles missing. Nikon has also refreshed its initial mirrorless camera offering with two new models, the J3 and the S1, along with an appealing new 10-100mm lens for its compact sensor format… Read more »

Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 Now Available

Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30 mm / 30-110 mm Lens (White)The most talked about new Nikons this year, the mirrorless “Nikon 1” family, have finally started to ship. B&H has the Nikon 1 J1 in stock for $649 as a kit with a 10-30mm lens. Or you can get it with both the 10-30mm and a longer 30-110mm lens for $899. So if you’re a Nikon shooter and have been jealous of the amazing mirrorless cameras from Olympus and Sony, now is your chance to get one that’ll be familiar to you! Mine shipped yesterday, so I’ll be writing more about it over the coming weeks, but if you want to be the first on your block to have this exciting new camera, now is the time.

UPDATE: As of this morning, the J1’s big brother, the V1, is also avaiable! It is $1149 for a kit with both lenses. (The V1 adds an Electronic Viewfinder and supports an external flash, as well as an upgraded chassis, and a stereo microphone input)

Back To The Future With The Olympus E-P3 PEN Camera (“Olympus PEN 3”)

805173In a market with literally hundreds of models of cameras to chose from the Olympus PEN cameras have made a name for themselves with a unique blend of old and new. The Olympus E-P3 (PEN 3) is no exception—pushing the envelope of retro metal design in one direction while beefing up its speed to the fastest in its class. There is a lot to love about the PEN 3 as a compact camera, especially street photographers, so I was delighted to take one for an extended field test covering a wide variety of shooting situations…

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