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26th September 2016: Leica 100-400mm review!
The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4-6.3 is a powerful telephoto zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers an equivalent range of 200-800mm, giving it the longest reach of any native lens in the system. This makes it ideal for wildlife photographers, especially those who prefer to travel light, and it also sports weather-sealing, a zoom-lock and a built-in tripod foot. But is it worth paying the premium over the ageing but still pretty respectable Lumix 100-300mm? Find out in my Leica 100-400mm review!
23rd September 2016: Fujifilm GFX 50S preview - hands-on!
The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a medium format mirrorless camera with a 51.4 Megapixel sensor that's 1.7 times larger than the full-frame 35mm format. It's the first model in Fujifilm's new GFX system, aimed at photographers who want the ultimate in image quality. The body also features a focal plane shutter, a removeable electronic viewfinder, Wifi, 1080p video, and the same tilting screen mechanism of the XT2, not to mention a number of similar controls. It's an exciting development for Fujifilm and a sensible complement to the X-series. I got to handle the camera at Photokina and quiz the engineers for my Fujifilm GFX 50S preview!
19th September 2016: Olympus OMD EM1 II preview - hands-on!
The Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II is the company's new flagship mirrorless camera. Successor to the three year-old EM1, it boosts the sensor resolution to 20 Megapixels, greatly improves the embedded phase-detect AF system, captures faster bursts at 18fps with continuous AF or 60fps with Single AF, films 4k video in UHD and Cinema4k formats, features a fully-articulated touch-screen, a viewfinder with faster refresh, and a weather-proof body with twin memory card slots. It's a big upgrade across the board and I got the chance to try out a pre-production sample! Check out my Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II preview!
19th September 2016: Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 preview - hands-on!
The Panasonic Lumix G80, or G85 as it's known in North America, is a mid-range mirrorless camera that's based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. It replaces the Lumix G7 and is positioned at a slightly higher level to the GX80/ GX85. The G80 / G85 shares the same 16 Megapixel sensor of the GX80 / GX85 which lacks a low pass filter and supports both 1080 and 4k video, the latter exploited in several photo-extraction modes. The built-in IS has been upgraded to five stops, the body is now weather-sealed, the viewfinder enlarged, while a new electronic first curtain shutter option minimises shutter shock. Find out more in my hands-on Lumix G80 / G85 preview!
19th September 2016: Panasonic Lumix LX15 preview - hands-on!
The Panasonic Lumix LX15 is a premium compact with a 1in / 20 Megapixel sensor, a bright 3x / 24-72mm zoom, 4k video and a tilting touchscreen. It jointly replaces the earlier LX7 and LF1, although the LX100 continues as a higher-end option with a viewfinder. The LX15 boasts the brightest lens in its class with a 24-72mm equivalent range and f1.4-2.8 aperture. It can capture 4k at 24 to 30p or 1080 at up to 120p for slow motion, and like other Panasonic cameras, the LX15 exploits 4k in a wealth of photo modes adjusted using the 3in touchscreen which also tilts by 180 degrees to face the subject for selfies, but there's no built-in viewfinder. Find out more in my hands-on Lumix LX15 preview!
19th September 2016: Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 preview - hands-on!
The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 is a high-end DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a 20x / 24-480mm range, 1in / 20 Megapixel sensor, large EVF, fully-articulated touchscreen and a wealth of pro movie options including unlimited 4k recording in UHD or Cinema 4k. The lens is the major upgrade over the earlier FZ1000, boosting the previous 16x / 25-400mm f2.8-4 range to 20x / 24-480mm f2.8-4.5, and importantly for balance and minimizing image shift, the zooming now takes place internally. The FZ2000 is particularly geared-up for video with unlimited 4k recording, 10-bit HDMI output and an optional upgrade to V-Log. Find out more in my hands-on Lumix FZ2000 preview!
15th September 2016: Canon EOS M5 preview - hands-on!
Canon's EOS M5 is a mid-range mirrorless camera featuring a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder and a tilting 3.2in touchscreen. It'll shoot at 7fps with continuous AF, film 1080 video up to 60p, and features an always-on low-power Bluetooth link to make Wifi connections easier - in fact you can copy images using the phone app without even touching the camera. It's Canon's most serious mirrorless camera to date, but is it competitive against rivals? Find out in my Canon EOS M5 preview where I went hands-on with a pre-production model!
14th September 2016: Nikon 105mm f1.4E review - complete!
The Nikon 105mm f1.4E is a unique telephoto lens boasting the brightest aperture in its class. Previously the longest commonly available lenses with an f1.4 focal ratio stopped at 85mm, and while a 135mm f1.4 has been announced by Mitakon, it's limited to 100 units and not yet available. So right now, Nikon can boast the longest f1.4 lens and it also sports an electromagnetic diaphragm (hence the E label) and fluorine coatings for easier cleaning. As you might expect, the lens isn't exactly cheap, so the question is whether the quality - and in particular the bokeh rendering - is worth it. Find out in our Nikon 105mm f1.4E review!
12th September 2016: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV samples and quality
Canon's EOS 5D Mark IV is the long-awaited successor to the 5D Mark III, boosting the resolution to 30.4 Megapixels with a new full-frame sensor that supports Dual Pixel CMOS AF. It accelerates continuous shooting to 7fps, inherits the 3.2in touchscreen and 61-point AF system of the EOS 1Dx Mark II and can film 4k movies (in the DCI Cinema format) up to 30p, along with 1080p up to 60p and 720p up to 120p. The body features improved weather-proofing along with a built-in GPS receiver and Wifi with NFC. Find out much more in my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review-in-progress which now includes a wide selection of sample images and movies!
5th September 2016: Leica 12mm f1.4 review - complete!
The Leica Summilux 12mm f1.4 is a wide-angle prime lens for the Micro Four Third system. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers 24mm equivalent coverage, while the f1.4 focal ratio is the brightest for this focal length in the MFT catalogue. It isn't however the first 12mm prime for the system and there are also plenty of zooms which include the 12mm focal length, so the big question is how does it measure-up? To find out I made side-by-side comparisons with the Olympus 12mm f2 and 7-14mm f2.8 PRO zoom. Find out how the Summilux performs in my Leica 12mm f1.4 review!
22nd August 2016: Mirrorless pro sports photography!
Can mirrorless cameras shoot professional sporting events with the same success as a high-end DSLR? Yes, at least with the right model! For the last three years I've shot the World's greatest cycling race, the Tour de France, exclusively with mirrorless cameras and returned with as high a hit-rate as I would with a traditional DSLR. For the 2016 Tour I took Sony's latest Alpha A6300 camera to see if its enhanced AF could out-perform the original A6000 I'd used on previous years. In some respects it certainly took the lead but in others they remained closer than you might expect, and there was also an unwelcome surprise. Whether you're into shooting sports or watching the cycling, there's something for you in my Mirrorless Tour de France article!
17th August 2016: Nikon D3400 preview!
The Nikon D3400 is the company's latest entry-level DSLR, aimed at beginners or those looking for a step-up in quality and control over a point-and-shoot camera without breaking the bank. The D3400 shares a great deal with the earlier D3300, including the 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, 11-point AF system, 5fps shooting and 1080 video up to 60p, but the big new feature is SnapBridge, Nikon's wireless technology which exploits Bluetooth to maintain a low-power wireless link with smartphones for easy unattended image transfer. Nikon's also claiming an increased battery life up to 1200 shots per charge. Find out more in my Nikon D3400 preview!
15th August 2016: Ricoh GR II review!
The Ricoh GR II is a compact aimed at enthusiasts with a large APSC sensor and a fixed 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens. It's the successor to the original GR, adding Wifi and NFC, along with a larger buffer for RAW shooting, a faster shutter speed at the maximum aperture and some tweaks to the white balance and video AF options. The GR II may now be celebrating its first birthday, but the more recent launch of Fujifilm's X70 with a similar specification has many wondering which would be best for them. Doug Kaye and I filmed a video to help you choose between them. Check out our Ricoh GR II review!
8th August 2016: Samyang 135mm f2 review!
Samyang's 135mm f2 is a large aperture telephoto prime lens at an affordable price. Like most previous Samyang lenses, it's manual focus only and also lacks image stabilisation, but these allow it to hit a low price compared to rivals and with impressive image quality to boot. Thomas compared it against the Zeiss and Nikkor 135mm f2 teles, both older options costing considerably more. We think you'll be impressed by the results in his Samyang 135mm f2 review!
1st August 2016: Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f2 review!
The Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f2.0 is a medium telephoto lens with a large aperture for full-frame bodies and is available in Canon or Nikon mounts. The price tag may not be up there with the company's Otus range, but it's still a lot of money for a lens that's manual focus only with no image stabilization. To find out if it's worth it, Thomas compared the Apo Sonnar 135mm f2 against the ageing Nikkor 135mm f2 and the much more affordable Samyang 135mm f2. Find out which manual-focus telephoto is best for you in his Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135mm f2 review!
25th July 2016: Canon G7X Mark II review - complete!
Canon's PowerShot G7X Mark II is a compact aimed at enthusiasts based around a 1in sensor and a 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 lens. On the Mark II, Canon's fitted a screen that can now tilt down as well as up, allows you to de-click the front control ring for smooth adjustments if preferred, and upgraded the image processor to DIGIC 7, equipping the G7X II with timelapse movies along with improved tracking and subject detection. Find out if its the compact for you in my Canon G7X Mark II review where I'll detail the pros and cons, and compare it to its biggest rivals from Sony and Panasonic.
18th July 2016: Canon SX720 HS review!
The PowerShot SX720 HS is Canon's flagship pocket super-zoom camera. It shares the same 20 Megapixel images and 1080 / 60p movies as its predecessor, the SX710 HS, but extends the optical zoom range from 30x to 40x while maintaining virtually the same body size. Boasting a range equivalent to 24-960mm, the SX720 HS out-guns the 30x / 24-720mm of its arch rival, the Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 and is a little cheaper too, but the Lumix fights back with an electronic viewfinder, 4k video and touch-screen. Biggest zoom vs greater features? Find out which pocket super-zoom will be best for you in our Canon SX720 HS review!
7th July 2016: Fujifilm XT2 preview - sample movies / images!
Fujfilm's XT2 is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at demanding enthusiasts. Successor to the original XT1, the new XT2 joins the X-Pro2 as a joint flagship with a number of features shared between them; the same 24 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans III sensor with its broader array of embedded PDAF points, twin SD slots, AF joystick, 1/8000 shutter, and the ACROS mono film simulation. The XT2 adds to these with 4k video, a screen that angles sideways as well as vertically, customizable CAF, USB charging and a new portrait grip. I spent some quality time with the camera to bring you my in-depth Fujifilm XT2 preview which includes my thoughts as an XT1 and X-Pro2 shooter and a half hour video tour around the new features!
27th June 2016: Canon EOS 80D review - complete!
Canon's EOS 80D is an upper mid-range DSLR featuring 24 Megapixels, a 45-point AF system, 7fps burst shooting and Full HD video up to 1080 / 60p. The successor to the popular EOS 70D, the 80D sits in the middle of Canon's DSLR range, offering a step-up in speed, build, control and features over the triple-digit EOS / Rebel DSLRs, but without the cost and heft of semi-pro bodies like the 7D series. Yet with a fully-articulated touch-screen, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and built-in Wifi with NFC, it could end up being the best-featured body for you. Find out more in my in-depth Canon 80D review which includes two video reviews and comparisons against Nikon's D7200!
20th June 2016: Olympus TG Tracker review!
The Olympus TG Tracker is an action-camera, designed to handle tough conditions and return not just with stills and movies, but also detailed logs of the action. Sporting a multitude of sensors, the TG Tracker can detect acceleration, altitude or depth, temperature and direction of movement, and log them all for later analysis. It's waterproof to 30m, can handle a fall from 2.1m, temperatures down to -10c and survive pressures of 100Kg. The 8 Megapixel sensor is optimised for 4k video and the camera also features a built-in LED light for illuminating dim conditions - great for underwater shooting. Find out how it measures-up compared to other action cameras including the GoPro Hero4 and Sony X1000V in our Olympus TG Tracker review!
13th June 2016: Nikon D500 review - complete!
The Nikon D500 is a pro DSLR with a 20 Megapixel APSC sensor. Announced alongside the full-frame D5, it brings features from the flagship to a smaller, lighter and more affordable body. Headlines include 10fps continuous shooting, a new 153-point AF system inherited from the D5, a large viewfinder, weather sealing, a 3.2in tilting touch-screen, dual memory card slots, 4k movies and built-in Wifi, NFC and Bluetooth, the latter exploited by Nikon's new SnapBridge technology. I spent several weeks testing the D500 for my in-depth review - find out if it's the sports and wildlife DSLR you've been waiting for in my Nikon D500 review!
6th June 2016: Canon EOS 1300D / Rebel T6 review!
The EOS 1300D, or Rebel T6 as it's known in North America, is Canon's latest entry-level DSLR. It represents a minor update to the earlier 1200D / T5, sharing its body, viewfinder, 9-point AF system, 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p movies and 3fps continuous shooting. New to the 1300D / T6 are the long overdue inclusion of Wifi - here with NFC for touch-initiation on compatible phones - a slightly faster image processor with a new food preset and better-handling of Tungsten white balance, and a higher resolution panel for the screen. Find out if it's the best bet for an entry-level buyer in my Canon 1300D / T6 review!
23rd May 2016: Panasonic Lumix GX80 / GX85 review!
Panasonic's Lumix GX80, or GX85 as it's known in North America, is a mid-range mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. It sports a 16 Megapixel sensor (now without a low-pass filter for crisper results), improved built-in stabilisation, a viewfinder and tilting touchscreen, 8fps shooting (or 6fps with CAF) and 4k video with Panasonic's cunning options for extracting still photos or refocusing a composition after the event. With effective upgrades on the stabilisation, autofocus and image quality, Panasonic has delivered a highly compelling camera, especially at the mid-range price-point. Check out my in-depth Lumix GX80 / GX85 review to find out if it's for you!
25th April 2016: Fujifilm X-Pro2 review - complete!
Fujifilm's X-Pro2 is the new flagship body in the mirrorless X-series, featuring a hybrid viewfinder, dual SD slots, weather-sealing and a new 24 Megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor with a broader array of embedded Phase Detect AF. It's coupled with a faster 1/8000 shutter, new 'ACROS' mono film simulation and built-in Wifi. There's a few notable omissions, such as no 4k video nor a tilting a touch-sensitive screen, but from the X-Pro1 owner's perspective it's a dream come true. I spent two months testing the X-Pro2 - find out if it's the pro mirrorless body you've been waiting for in my Fujifilm X-Pro2 review!
20th April 2016: Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 review - complete!
The Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD is a stabilized full-frame short telephoto lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony A mounts. Announced in February 2016, it complements Tamron's series of f1.8 full-frame primes, and is also compatible with Tamron's new TAP-in Console USB dock. The optical stabilisation is fairly unique for a prime lens of this length and in our tests the optical quality is up there with lenses costing a great deal more. Thomas has now completed his tests and if you're in the market for a high quality short telephoto lens, I'd advise you read his Tamron SP 85mm f1.8 review!
19th April 2016: Travel Photography Gear!
Taking the best photos you can while travelling is about more than just having the right camera and lenses. The right accessories play a critical role, so for a special episode of All About The Gear for the TWIP network, Doug Kaye and I sat down to discuss our go-to accessories when we hit the road. In our video discussion you'll learn about the tripods, bags, straps, filters, cleaning, power and backup solutions we use when travelling and much more besides! See our Travel Photography Gear report!
4th April 2016: Fujifilm X70 review!
The Fujifilm X70 is a compact camera which couples the large APS-C / 16 Megapixel sensor of the XT1 and X100T with a fixed 28mm equivalent f2.8 lens. It's aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality of Fujifilm's interchangeable lens cameras but in an even smaller and lighter body than the X100T. To save space, weight and cost, there's no built-in viewfinder, but you can slot an optional rangefinder onto the hotshoe and the X70 becomes the first model in the X-series to feature a screen that not only tilts all the way up to face the subject for selfies, but with a touch-sensitive panel too. Find out if it's the compact you've been waiting for in my Fujifilm X70 review!
29th March 2016: Panasonic Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 review!
The Lumix TZ80, or ZS60 as it's known in North America, is a pocket super-zoom camera which updates last year's popular TZ70 / ZS50. It shares the same pocketable body, the same 30x / 24-720mm zoom range and the same built-in viewfinder, but this year's upgrades add a touch-sensitive screen, 4k video and a boost in resolution to 18 Megapixels. It makes an already compelling camera even better and you can find out if it's right for you in my Panasonic Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 review!
22nd March 2016: Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 II review - complete!
The Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di Macro VC USD is a stabilized full-frame macro lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony A mounts. Announced in February 2016, it's an update to a 2012 model, now claiming better stabilisation; Tamron refers to the old model as the F004 and the new model as the F017. Is it the right lens for you? Check out Thomas's Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 review where he compares it against the classic Nikon AF-S 105mm f2.8 Macro.
15th March 2016: Sony Alpha A6300 review - complete!
Sony's Alpha A6300 is the long-awaited successor to the best-selling A6000, employing a new 24 Megapixel APSC sensor with 425 embedded phase-detect AF points covering 99% of the area - both broader and denser than the A6000. It'll shoot with CAF at 11fps, or at 8fps with minimal blackout and a live view. It also has 4k video at 30p and 1080 at 120p, along with an improved viewfinder. It all adds up to one of the most confident cameras around for shooting sports and action, whether DSLR or mirrorless, and the movie capabilities are very impressive too. Find out if it's the right camera for you in my Sony A6300 review!
7th March 2016: Canon G5X review - complete!
The Canon PowerShot G5X is a compact DSLR-styled camera with a 1in sensor, built-in viewfinder, fully-articulated screen and 24-100mm / 4.2x zoom. The sensor, lens and image processor are inherited from the best-selling PowerShot G7X, but rehoused here in a body with a bigger grip, extra control dial, USB-charging, flip-out screen and importantly a viewfinder - indeed it's the first in the current G series to have one built-in. As such it could be the ideal compact for enthusiasts. Find out if it's for you in my Canon G5X review!
29th February 2016: Panasonic Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 review!
The Lumix TZ100, or ZS100 as it's known in North America, is Panasonic's new top-end travel-zoom camera. After a decade of steadily increasing zoom ranges, the TZ100 / ZS100 breaks the mould by becoming the first in the series to employ a much larger 1in sensor with roughly four times the area of the previous sensor. Impressively Panasonic has still managed to squeeze-in a 10x / 25-250mm zoom range into a body that remains pocketable, along with a viewfinder, touch-screen, Wifi and 4k video. Find out if it's the pocket super-zoom for you in Ken's Panasonic Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 review!
23rd February 2016: Nikon DL preview - first impressions!
Nikon has announced its entry into the popular 1in sensor / fixed-lens market with three new cameras: the DL 18-50 f1.8-2.8, DL 24-85 f1.8-2.8 and DL 24-500 f2.8-5.6. All refer to equivalent focal lengths, so the first model zooms wider than any rival. They also sport OLED touchscreens, 4k, Wifi with NFC and SnapBridge, hotshoes and in the case of the DL 24-500, a built-in EVF; the others can use an optional EVF accessory. Uniquely the DL series employ the CX-format sensor of the Nikon 1 so they inherit 20fps burst shooting with continuous AF. Check out my first impressions in my Nikon DL 18-50 preview!
16th February 2016: Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 review - complete!
The Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 is no ordinary wide angle lens. For starters it has an f1.4 focal ratio which makes it unique amongst 28mm lenses, but more importantly it's the third model in the highly acclaimed and spectacularly expensive Otus series. With typical modesty, Zeiss describes the Otus 28mm f1.4 as being the 'World's best wide-angle lens' and if it follows the performance of the earlier 55mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 it wouldn't be a shallow claim. Find out if it lives up to expectations in Thomas's Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4 review!
12th February 2016: Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM review - samples!
Sony's FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM is a new standard zoom lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The wide to short telephoto range and bright f2.8 focal ratio make it ideal for portraits and wedding photography, along with general-purpose use. The FE 24-70mm f2.8 also becomes one of Sony's first G-Master, or GM, lenses, boasting the company's best optical quality to date. Ahead of my review, I've posted a selection of Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 sample images with the lens mounted on an Alpha A7r Mark II!
8th February 2016: Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM review - samples!
Sony's FE 85mm f1.4 GM is a new prime lens for its mirrorless cameras. The short telephoto focal length and bright f1.4 focal ratio make it ideal for portraits and the de-clickable aperture ring also makes it great for video work. The FE 85mm f1.4 also becomes one of Sony's first G-Master, or GM, lenses, boasting the company's best optical quality to date. Ahead of my review, I've posted a selection of Sony FE 85mm f1.4 sample images with the lens mounted on an Alpha A7r Mark II!
2nd February 2016: Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II preview!
The EOS 1Dx Mark II is Canon's new flagship DSLR, aimed at the demands of professional sports and wildlife photographers, and photo journalists. It features a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame sensor, shoots up to 170 RAW frames at 14fps with AF, employs a 61-point AF system and can film Cinema 4k video at up to 60p or 1080 at up to 120p. The sensor is Canon's first full-framer with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the 1Dx II to confidently refocus during movies and Live View and you can even pull-focus using the new touch-screen. Yes, a touch-screen, and there's a built-in GPS receiver too, although the construction still rules out internal Wifi. Find out more in my hands-on Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II preview which includes a brief video demo!
1st February 2016: Sony Alpha A7s Mark II review!
Sony's Alpha A7s Mark II is a full-frame mirrorless camera that specializes in 4k video and low light shooting. The A7s II takes the 12 Megapixel full-frame sensor of the original A7s and fits it into the updated body of the A7r Mark II. So it inherits the improved viewfinder, built-in stabilisation, chunkier grip and repositioned controls, and, most importantly, internal 4k recording. The big question is whether to go for the A7s II or the A7r II, so I've made a number of photo, 4k video, burst shooting and autofocus comparisons to help you choose the right model! It's all in my in-depth Sony A7s II review!
27th January 2016: Olympus PEN F preview!
The Olympus PEN F is a rangefinder-styled mirrorless camera with a stabilized 20 Megapixel sensor and a built-in EVF. Sharing design cues from the original Olympus PEN film camera from the 1960s, it's the first digital PEN to feature a built-in EVF. The flat-topped body inherits much of the earlier OMD EM5 II including its built-in stabilisation, 3in fully-articulated touch-screen, 1/8000 shutter and composite mode which generates 50 Megapixel JPEGs thanks to the higher resolution sensor. But beyond the design, how much is truly new and does it justify its premium price tag? Find out in my Olympus PEN F preview!
25th January 2016: Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 review!
Fujifilm's XF 90mm f2 is a bright telephoto lens for X-series bodies. It's the longest prime in the X-series, delivering classic telephoto coverage of 135mm that's ideal for shooting portraits at a comfortable distance, along with capturing close-range sporting action. The f2 focal ratio easily achieves a shallow depth-of-field, the quad-linear motor claims fast and quiet autofocus, and like most recent Fujifilm lenses, it's also sealed against dust and moisture. In my Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 review I'll put it through its paces, with in-depth comparisons against the 56mm f1.2!
18th January 2016: Sigma 24-35mm f2 review!
The Sigma 24-35mm f2.0 DG HSM Art is a unique lens offering the popular wide-angle focal lengths with a constant and unusually bright aperture for a zoom. It becomes the second zoom in the ART series, following the 24-105mm and is available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts with the chance to swap the mount should you change systems in the future; it's also compatible with Sigma's USB dock for fine-tuning or firmware updates. It's fairly large, heavy and expensive, but essentially does the job of three fixed wide-angle primes, and as Thomas discovered, the quality is a lot better than you might expect. Find out why this could be the ultimate wide-zoom in his Sigma 24-35mm f2 review!
11th January 2016: Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 review!
Fujifilm's XF 35mm f2 is a fairly bright prime lens, delivering standard coverage on X-series bodies. It becomes the second 35mm lens in Fujifilm's X catalogue, joining the original XF 35mm f1.4, but while at first glance it may come across as a budget alternative for smaller bodies, I ended up preferring it in many respects. I compared both lenses side-by-side and found the new one not only features weather-resistsnace along with faster and quitter focusing, but also out-performed the old lens in many optical respects. Find out why it could be the prime lens for your X-body in my Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 review!
7th January 2016: Samyang 24mm f1.4 review!
Samyang's 24mm f1.4 is a wide angle prime lens with a bright aperture that's corrected for use on full-frame cameras. It's available in Nikon, Canon, Sony E, Fuji X and Micro Four Thirds mounts. Like other Samyang lenses, it's manual focus only, and only the Nikon version will relay any information to the body, but this lack of sophistication allows it to come in at a lower price point than rivals with AF and full communications. The question then is whether the optics hold-up, so to find out Thomas tested it against the Sigma ART 24mm f1.4 and the Nikon AF-S 24mm f1.4G. See which works out best overall in his Samyang 24mm f1.4 review!
29th December 2015: Nikon 24mm f1.4G review!
Nikon's AF-S 24mm f1.4G is a bright wide prime lens designed for its series of cropped and full-frame DSLRs. It's the widest of Nikon's four f1.4 primes, joining the 35mm, 50mm and 85mm options. All are brighter and pricier than their f1.8 counterparts, but how do the widest models compare? To find out, Thomas tested the Nikkor AF-S 24mm f1.4G against Nikon's own AF-S 24mm f1.8G, along with the Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art, and Samyang's 24mm f1.4. See how they compare in his Nikon 24mm f1.4G review!
24th December 2015: Gear of the year show!
The past 12 months have been wonderful for photography gear with a wealth of new cameras, lenses and accessories offering better quality and more features than ever before! In our Gear of the Year show, Doug Kaye and I discuss the ten products that have most impressed us this year and there's plenty of surprises in store! So forget the festive telly and check out our 45 minute Gear of the year show!
16th December 2015: Sigma 20mm f1.4 ART review!
The Sigma 20mm f1.4 DG HSM Art is an ultra-wide-angle prime lens for Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLRs. It's the widest prime lens in Sigma's highly acclaimed Art series which includes 50mm, 35mm, and 24mm f1.4 models. All the Art lenses to date have performed well in our tests, so to see if the 20mm would continue this run, Thomas compared it against the Nikon 20mm f1.8 and for good measure, Tamron's 15-30mm f2.8 zoom. See which delivers the best ultra-wide results in his Sigma 20mm f1.4 Art review!
14th December 2015: Sony RX10 II review!
Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 II is a high-end bridge camera with an 8.3x / 24-200mm zoom, constant f2.8 aperture and a 1in / 20 Megapixel sensor. The RX10 II inherits the body, lens and tilting screen of its predecessor, but upgrades the viewfinder to a higher resolution XGA OLED and claims faster AF. The major upgrade is the sensor, five times faster than before and supporting 4k video, stills at 14fps, and high frame rate video at up to 960 / 1000fps for a 40x slow-down. Find out why it's the ideal bridge camera for videographers in my Sony RX10 II review!
11th December 2015: Sigma 24mm f1.4 ART review!
The Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art is a wide-angle prime lens for Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLRs. It's the second widest prime lens in Sigma's highly acclaimed Art series which includes 50mm, 35mm, and 20mm f1.4 models. Expectations are high since the 50mm and 35mm lenses earned our Highly Recommended award, so to find out if the 24mm will continue this run of success, Thomas tested it against Nikon's 24mm f1.4G and Samyang's 24mm f1.4 to see how it measures-up under a variety of conditions. So if you're shopping for a 24mm f1.4 lens, check out his Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art review!
7th December 2015: Panasonic Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 review!
Panasonic's Lumix FZ330, or FZ300 as it's known in North America, is a high-end super-zoom camera with a 24x / 25-600mm range and constant f2.8 focal ratio. Successor to the FZ200, it shares the same zoom and 12 Megapixel 1/2.3in sensor, but upgrades the image processor to support 4k video, 4k photo and Post Focus capture. The body's now weatherproof, the viewfinder and screen improved, and there is of course Wifi for wireless communications. Find out if it's the super-zoom for you in my Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 review!
1st December 2015: Sony RX100 IV review - complete!
Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the fourth generation of its hugely popular series of compacts for enthusiasts. The Mark IV inherits the body, lens and tilting screen of its predecessor, but upgrades the popup viewfinder with a higher resolution XGA OLED panel and sports faster AF too. The major upgrade is the sensor, five times faster than before and supporting 4k video, stills at 16fps, and high frame rate video at up to 960 / 1000fps for a 40x slow-down. Find out why it's one of the best compacts around in my Sony RX100 IV review!
23rd November 2015: Tamron 45mm f1.8 review - complete!
Tamron's SP 45mm f1.8 VC USD is a full-frame standard lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. Launched alongside its shorter sibling, the SP 35mm f1.8 VC USD, they join an exclusive club of short prime lenses with optical stabilisation. As body resolutions steadily increase, the presence of stabilisation even at shorter focal lengths becomes more important. The Tamron 45mm scores in that department, but what about quality? The company is aiming high, so Thomas tested it against the Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4G and our favourite standard lens with autofocus, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART. Find out how their quality compares in his Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 review!
18th November 2015: Canon G9X review - complete!
Canon's PowerShot G9X is a slim compact squeezing-in a 1in / 20 Megapixel sensor that's around four times larger than the sensors in most phones and point-and-shoot cameras. It packs a 3x / 28-84mm f2-4.9 zoom, touch-screen interface, Wifi with NFC, 5cm macro, lens control ring, 1080p video at up to 60p, built-in ND filter and the option of in-camera USB charging (while also being supplied with a 'proper' AC charger). The G9X becomes Canon's fourth compact to feature the 1in sensor and as I discovered, one of the most compelling. Find out why in my Canon G9X review!
17th November 2015: Nikon 24mm f1.8G review - complete!
Nikon's AF-S 24mm f1.8G is a wide prime designed for its series of cropped and full-frame DSLRs. It becomes the fourth Nikkor wide prime with an f1.8 focal ratio, joining the existing 20mm, 28mm and 35mm, completing this range of focal lengths. All are smaller, lighter and cheaper than their f1.4 counterparts, but which are right for you? To find out, Thomas tested the Nikkor AF-S 24mm f1.8G against Nikon's own AF-S 24mm f1.4G, the Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art, and Tamron's 15-30mm f2.8 VC. See how they compare in his Nikon 24mm f1.8G review!
16th November 2015: Nikon L840 review!
Nikon's COOLPIX L840 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a surprisingly powerful feature-set for the money. You get 16 Megapixels, 1080p video, a tilting 3in screen and a 38x optical range equivalent to 22.5-855mm. The extension from 34x to 38x is one of the new features over its predecessor, but the major upgrade is the presence of Wifi with NFC which was about the only thing missing from the L830. As such the L840 becomes one of the best-featured super-zoom cameras at an entry-level price. Find out if it's for you in our Nikon L840 review!
13th November 2015: Tamron 35mm f1.8 review!
Tamron's SP 35mm f1.8 VC USD is a full-frame semi-wide lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. Launched alongside its longer sibling, the SP 45mm f1.8 VC USD, they join an exclusive club of short prime lenses with optical stabilisation. As body resolutions steadily increase, the presence of stabilisation even at shorter focal lengths becomes more important. The Tamron 35mm scores in that department, but what about quality? Thomas tested it against the Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.8G and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART. Find out how their quality compares in his Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 review!
9th November 2015: Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 review!
The Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 is a bright wide-angle prime lens for the X-series of mirrorless cameras. It delivers 24mm equivalent coverage, giving it wider views than 28mm without the distortion of shorter ultra-wides. The bright f1.4 focal ratio is useful in low light, while also allowing shallow depth-of-field effects, especially at the minimum focusing distance of 15cm. Completing the impressive specification is a manual aperture ring and weather sealing. Check out my in-depth Fujifilm XF 16mm f1.4 review which includes a detailed comparison with the XF 10-24mm!
5th November 2015: Fujifilm XT10 review - complete!
Fujifilm's XT10 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality and flexibility of the X-system, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable package than the flagship XT1. It features the same 16 Megapixel X-Trans sensor and X-mount as the XT1, supporting phase-detect AF in the middle of the frame. There's also a 2340k dot OLED viewfinder, tilting screen, 8fps shooting, 1080p video at up to 60p and built-in Wifi. Find out why it's the best mid-range camera for aspirational photographers in my Fujifilm XT10 review!
2nd November 2015: Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E VR review - complete!
The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR is a professional-grade standard zoom and the successor to one of Nikon's best-selling full-frame DSLR lenses. Launched in October 2015, it comes eight years after the earlier AF-S 24-70mm f2.8G and shares the same coverage and focal ratio beloved by portrait and wedding photographers. The new f2.8E version adds image stabilisation, an electromagnetic diaphragm (hence the "E" moniker), and fluorine coating on the front and rear elements of the lens to make it easier to clean. In his Nikon 24-70mm f2.8E VR review, Thomas compares the new 24-70mm against its predecessor and Tamron's stabilised 24-70mm to find out which delivers the best quality. The results may surprise you.
19th October 2015: Canon PowerShot SX530 HS review!
Canon's PowerShot SX530 HS is a mini-DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a 50x optical range - that takes you from 24mm wide-angle to 1200mm super telephoto to cover pretty much any situation or subject you can think of. Inside there's a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture Full HD movies, along with Wifi and NFC for easy sharing and remote control with iOS and Android handsets. As Ken discovered, there may be even longer zooms out there or smaller models which don't reach as far, but the SX530 HS hits a sweet-spot of value and performance. Find out more in his Canon SX530 HS review!
12th October 2015: Olympus OMD EM10 II review!
The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II is a compact mirrorless camera, aimed at hobbyists who want a step-up in quality and flexibility without breaking the bank - or their backs. It may be small, but features a large and detailed viewfinder, along with the five-axis built-in stabilisation of the flagship EM1. There's a silent electronic shutter option, the control dials have been rearranged and the camera not only inherits many of the cunning modes of earlier OMDs but introduces a new one: focus bracketing. It all adds up to one of the best mid-range cameras around - find out more in my Olympus OMD EM10 II review!
7th October 2015: Nikon 200-500mm review!
The Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR is a super-telephoto zoom designed for Nikon DSLRs, offering a long reach at a comfortably lower price than the existing AF-S 80-400mm and especially the high-end AF-S 200-400mm f4G, while zooming longer than either of them. The real competition though comes from Sigma and Tamron with their 150-600mm zooms, so to find out which delivers the best quality, focusing and handling, Thomas tested them all head-to-head! Find out which model's best for you in his Nikon 200-500mm review!
5th October 2015: Canon PowerShot SX410 IS review!
Canon's PowerShot SX410 IS is a low-priced super-zoom camera with a 40x optical range. It's one of the smallest of the SLR-styled models and though it won't fit in most pockets it won't take up much space in a bag. The SX410 IS extends the optical range of its predecessor from 30x to 40x and increases the resolution from 16 to 20 Megapixels. The remaining feature-set matches the price point, so the question is whether the SX410 IS offers enough for you or if it's worth spending extra on the higher-end SX530 HS or Nikon's COOLPIX L840. Find out in Ken's Canon SX410 IS review where he's compared all three!
29th September 2015: Panasonic Lumix GX8 review!
Panasonic's Lumix GX8 is a high-end mirrorless camera aimed at enthusiasts. Successor to the two year old GX7, it shares the flat-topped style, but features a raft of upgrades including weatherproofing, 4k video, better built-in stabilisation, a superior viewfinder and screen, faster AF and continuous shooting, Wifi, and the highest resolution sensor yet for Micro Four Thirds at 20 Megapixels. I tested it against Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony rivals to help you find the best mirrorless camera. So sit back, releax and enjoy my Panasonic Lumix GX8 review!
22nd September 2015: Nikon COOLPIX S33 review!
The Nikon COOLPIX S33 is a low-cost waterproof camera that's ideal for children or the young at heart. It'll survive drops, sand, snow or total submersion in liquids, but importantly won't break the bank. As such it's perfect for active kids and parents, or simply anyone who wants to take an affordable camera to the beach, pool or snowfields without worry. Ken tested it alongside a number of higher-end waterproof cameras to see which will be the right model for your family trips and holidays! Check out his Nikon S33 review.
14th September 2015: Nikon COOLPIX AW130 review!
The Nikon COOLPIX AW130 is a rugged waterproof compact with a 16 Megapixel sensor and a 5x stabilised optical zoom. It's waterproof to a depth of 30 meters, shock proof to 2.1 meters, dust-proof and can operate in temperatures down to -10C. Yep, waterproof to 30m, deeper than most rivals at this price point, and the AW130 also sports built-in GPS and Wifi now with NFC, along with a detailed OLED screen. Find out how it compares to its biggest waterproof rivals from Olympus in Ken's Nikon AW130 review!
7th September 2015: Olympus TOUGH TG860 review!
The Olympus TOUGH TG860 is a mid-range waterproof camera that can dive to 15m, survive drops from 2.1m, operate at temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius and even shrug-off crushing weights up to 100Kg. While its rugged credentials are deserving of the TOUGH badge, the TG860 is also a versatile camera with the widest lens of most waterproof compacts: a 5x range starting at 21mm equivalent. The screen also tilts up to face the subject, there's Wifi and GPS built-in and 1080p video. Find out why it's one of the best overall rugged compacts in Ken's Olympus TOUGH TG860 review!
31st August 2015: Sony A7r Mark II review - complete!
Sony's Alpha A7r Mark II is justifiably one of the most exciting and talked-about cameras right now, packing pretty much everything but the kitchen sink into a compact mirrorless body. 42 Megapixel full-frame sensor, 4k video, huge viewfinder, Wifi, built-in stabilisation, downloadable apps and an embedded phase-detect AF system are just the headlines of a camera that can roughly match Canon's EOS 5DS(r) on resolution and noise, but thrashes its feature-set and comes in at a lower price point. Find out why it's a true game-changer in my Sony A7r Mark II review!
24th August 2015: Canon PowerShot D30 review!
Canon's PowerShot D30 is the company's third waterproof compact, following the D20 and D10. It's shock-proof, dust-proof and waterproof down to 25m, sports a 12 Megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom equivalent to 28-140mm, and built-in GPS to tag your images with your location if desired. In his Canon D30 review, Ken compared this new PowerShot against other waterproof compacts above and below the water. Find out which tough, underwater camera is right for you!
17th August 2015: Olympus TOUGH TG4 review!
Olympus has a strong reputation for rugged cameras that can only get stronger with its 2015 flagship, the TOUGH TG4. It takes the 4x zoom of the earlier TG3 with its unusually bright f2-4.8 aperture, keeps the Wifi and GPS, and now adds extra shooting modes, AF selection and support for RAW files. Meanwhile the tough credentials of being water-proof down to 15m, shock-proof to 2.1m, freeze-proof to -10 Celsius and crush-proof to 100Kg ensure it'll survive almost anything you throw at it. Find out if it's the waterproof camera for you in our Olympus TOUGH TG4 review.
14th August 2015: Canon EOS 5DSr sample images!
Canon's EOS 5DS is the highest resolution DSLR to date with a whopping 50.6 Megapixels - more than double the EOS 5D Mark III, not to mention a leapfrog over the Nikon D810 and Sony A7r II. It's also available in two versions, with the 5DSr adding a filter to cancel the effect of the optical low pass filter for potentially crisper results. As promised, I've begun to supplement my original review of the EOS 5DS with new results for the EOS 5DSr. I have a comparison with the Sony A7r Mark II coming soon, but in the meantime, check out my page of Canon EOS 5DSr sample images, shot with the Sigma ART 50mm f1.4 lens!
10th August 2015: Canon G3X review!
The PowerShot G3X is Canon's long-awaited entry into the big zoom / big sensor category, currently driven by Sony's RX10 and Panasonic's FZ1000. Like those models it employs a 1in sensor that's roughly four times the area of most super-zooms, but it outguns them with a longer 25x optical range, equivalent to 24-600mm. Its 3.2in tilting screen is the only one of its rivals to be touch-sensitive and unusually there's also microphone and headphone jacks. In our Canon G3X review we've compared it against the Lumix FZ1000 and Sony RX10 to help you choose the right high-end super-zoom!
Over the past three years I've photographed the Mountain stages of the Tour de France with mirrorless cameras. On the one hand the Tour is easy to access as it's open and un-ticketed. You can literally stand a couple of feet away from the World's greatest cyclists with nothing between you, completely free of charge. On the other hand it can be logistically complex to view thanks to remote regions and road closures. In my article I'll share my experience of visiting and shooting three tours, including researching the routes, planning locations, choosing the best angles and what kind of gear and settings work well at these kind of events.
Most importantly you'll see how well a $550 consumer camera can capture pro sports action. Find out How to shoot the Tour de France1
28th July 2015: How to shoot the Tour de France!
Nikon's COOLPIX S9900 is a pocket super-zoom with a 30x optical range and a couple of features you won't find on many or even any rivals. First is a built-in GPS receiver which is becoming a rarity in this market. Secondly is a full-articulated side-hinged screen, which is unique amongst the competition. As a modern camera, it also sports Wifi with NFC, 1080p video and a raft of shooting modes. Impressively it's one of the cheapest of its peer group, so check out our Nikon S9900 review to see how it compares against Panasonic's TZ70 / ZS50 and Sony's HX90V!
21st July 2015: Nikon S9900 review!
Sony's Cyber-shot HX90V is the World's smallest compact camera with a 30x optical zoom. The newly designed Zeiss optics deliver a 25-750mm equivalent range in a body that's smaller than the earlier HX60V, or indeed its current rival the Lumix TZ70 / ZS50. Like the Lumix, the HX90V also features a built-in electronic viewfinder, but unlike that model also sports an articulated screen along with a GPS receiver. Find out how it measures-up against the competition in my Sony HX90V review!
15th July 2015: Sony HX90V review - complete!
2nd July 2015: Canon EOS 760D Rebel T6s review!
Canon's EOS 760D, or Rebel T6s as it's known in North America, is the company's latest upper entry-level DSLR. It features Successor to the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i, it boosts the resolution from 18 to 24 Megapixels, features an improved hybrid AF system for movies, better metering, a 19-point viewfinder AF system, and becomes the first Rebel / xxxD to feature built-in Wifi with NFC. Like its predecessor, it's also fitted with a 3in fully-articulated touch-screen. I compared it against Nikon's D5500, Panasonic's G7, Sony's A6000 and of course Canon's own cheaper 750D / T6i in my Canon EOS 760D T6s review!
23rd June 2015: Panasonic Lumix G7 review - complete!
Panasonic's Lumix G7 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, employing a 16 Megapixel sensor with 8fps shooting (6fps with AF). The G7 becomes the company's latest camera to support 4k video in addition to 1080p at up to 60p. As with earlier 4k Lumix cameras, you can grab 8 Megapixel still photos from video. The new angular body features a dedicated drive mode dial, a 2360k dot OLED viewfinder and 3in fully-articulated touch-screen, along with focus peaking, silent shooting, built-in Wifi and timelapse capabilities. It's one of the best-featured mid-range cameras around, but is it the best in practice? Find out in my in-depth Lumix G7 review!
10th June 2015: Olympus 8mm Fisheye review - complete!
The Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye is a new lens for the Micro Four Thirds format, capturing a 180 degree field of view across the diagonal when mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body. It becomes the third fisheye for the system, but what makes it unique is the f1.8 aperture, two stops brighter than its Lumix and Samsung rivals and in fact the World's fastest fisheye for any format. As a member of the Olympus Pro series, it's also weather-proof. Find out if it's the Fisheye for you in my Olympus 8mm fisheye review!
8th June 2015: Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 review - complete!
The Olympus M Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f2.8 Pro is an ultra wide angle zoom for the Micro Four Thirds format. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic mirrorless body, it offers an equivalent range of 14-28mm, and as a member of the Olympus Pro line-up, it's also weather-sealed. The Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 isn’t however the only ultra-wide zoom available for the Micro Four Thirds format. Most notably, there's the Lumix G 7-14mm f4, a lens which shares the same coverage albeit with an aperture one stop slower. Find out how they compare and which is the best ultra-wide for you in my Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 review!
3rd June 2015: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM review-in-progress!
Canon's EF 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS range of DSLRs. It's the long-awaited replacement for the EF 50mm f1.8 II, the most successful lens in the EF catalogue, yet one that's actually 24 years old. The new version promises smoother out-of-focus effects, and a closer focusing distance of 35cm compared to 45cm. The plastic lens mount of its predecessor has been replaced with a metal one, and a gear-type STM system boasts smoother focusing for movies. I've started testing a final production sample, so ahead of my review, check out my Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM sample images!
Tamron's SP 15-30mm f2.8 VC is an ultra-wide zoom that works with full-frame bodies and is available in Canon, Nikon and Sony A mounts. It gores up against Nikon's legendary 14-24mm f2.8, matching the f2.8 constant focal ratio and zooming longer, while only losing 1mm from the wide-end. Uniquely it also boasts optical stabilization, and the price also comes-in comfortably below the Nikon and especially the upcoming Canon 11-24mm. Can it really compete on quality? Find out in Thomas's Tamron 15-30mm review!
1st June 2015: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 review - complete!
Panasonic's Lumix G 30mm f2.8 is an affordable Macro lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers a 60mm field-of-view that makes it an ideal general-purpose prime lens, but the key selling point is its ability to focus close-enough to deliver 1:1 magnification. Impressively the Micro Four Thirds system already has two existing macro options, each employing longer focal lengths, so in my Lumix 30mm Macro review I've taken an in-depth look at this latest option to see if it's the model for you!
11th May 2015: Panasonic Lumix 30mm Macro review!
4th May 2015: Panasonic Lumix SZ8 review!
The Lumix SZ8 is Panasonic's entry-level super-zoom compact, offering a 12x optical zoom, 16 Megapixel sensor, 3in screen and Wifi, making it a step-up from the cheapest models at little extra cost. The Lumix SZ10 may be newer, but offers little more than a selfie-screen over the earlier SZ8, which has subsequently found itself discounted to tempting price points. Ken checks it out in his Lumix SZ8 review!
30th April 2015: Canon EOS M3 review - complete!
Canon's EOS M3 is the company's third mirrorless camera. It employs a brand new 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor with Hybrid CMOS III AF for more faster and more confident continuous AF. The 3in touchscreen angles down by 45 degrees or all the way up to face the subject for selfies or filming pieces to camera. There's no built-in viewfinder, but you can slide an optional EVF accessory onto the hotshoe, or exploit Canon's Speedlite flashguns. There's also a popup flash, 1080p video at 24, 25 or 30p with manual control over exposures, a microphone input and Wifi with NFC. Has Canon cracked the mirrorless market? Find out in my Canon EOS M3 review!
27th April 2015: Olympus EPL7 review!
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at those who want a step-up in quality and control over a point-and-shoot or smartphone. It has 16 Megapixels, built-in stabilization that works with any lens you attach, Wifi, and a screen which folds down by 180 degrees for selfies or filming pieces to camera. With its decent specification and retro styling the E-PL7 is undoubtedly an attractive camera, but is it your best bet at this end of the market? Ken compared it against the Lumix GF7 and Samsung NX3000 in his Olympus E-PL7 review!
22nd April 2015: Panasonic Lumix 42.5mm f1.7 review!
Panasonic's Lumix G 42.5mm f1.7 is a short telephoto lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers an 85mm field-of-view that's ideal for portraits, but a close focusing distance also lets it double-up for surprisingly good macro work. Find out how it compares to the popular Olympus 45mm f1.8 for sharpness, bokeh, starbursts in my Lumix G 42.5mm f1.7 review!
14th April 2015: Samsung NX3000 review!
Samsung's NX3000 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that offers a 21.6 Megapixel APSC sensor, a 3in flip-up screen that's ideal for selfies, 1080p video, Wifi with NFC and the chance to trigger the shutter with a smile or a wink. Compatible with the growing range of NX mount lenses, the NX3000 currently represents very good value, but is up against tough rivals. In Ken's Samsung NX3000 review, he's compared it against models from Olympus and Panasonic which are also aimed at entry-level buyers who take their fare share of selfies. Find out which will suit you best!
7th April 2015: Panasonic GM5 review!
Panasonic's Lumix GM5 is a tiny mirrorless system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard - so while it's roughly the same size as a Sony RX100, it actually supports interchangeable lenses. The GM5 builds on the existing GM1 by packing in a small but detailed electronic viewfinder, a hotshoe and a new control dial on the rear that greatly improves ergonomics over the original. As before there's also a touch-screen, Wifi (but no NFC) and 1080p video up to 60p. Find out if this is the small camera for you in my Panasonic Lumix GM5 review!
30th March 2015: Nikon D5500 review!
The Nikon D5500 is an upper entry-level DSLR aimed at photographers looking for a step-up from a budget model without the expense or complication of a higher-end camera. Successor to the D5300, it shares the same 24 Megapixel sensor, 39-point AF, 5fps continuous shooting, 1080/ 50p / 60p video and built-in Wifi. New to the D5500 is a touch-screen (that remains fully articulated), a slightly smaller body and a flat video profile. Is it the right DSLR for you, or is a mid-range mirrorless the answer? Find out in my Nikon D5500 review!
25th March 2015: Panasonic Lumix GF7 review!
The Lumix GF7 is Panasonic's latest entry-level mirrorless camera, and like other Lumix G models, employs the established Micro Four Thirds standard and a 16 Megapixel sensor. Like its predecessor, the highlight is a tilting screen which can fold back to face the subject for selfies. Panasonic's had fun thinking of new ways to enhance the selfie experience with a selection of filters, a buddy mode that recognizes when two faces are close, and Jump Snap which cleverly exploits the accelerometer in your smartphone to trigger the shutter as you leap into the air. Find if this is the best entry-level mirrorless for you in my Panasonic Lumix GF7 review!
18th March 2015: Olympus OMD EM5 II review - complete!
The Olympus EM5 Mark II is the latest in the company's popular OMD series. You get the viewfinder, Wifi and PC Sync port of the EM1 along with improved controls in a compact, weather and freeze-proof body. There's also a fully-articulated screen, silent shooting, greatly enhanced movies and improved stabilisation which works with any lens you attach. Oh, and not forgetting a cunning new mode which stitches eight images into a large 40 Megapixel file. Find out why it's become arguably the best all-round camera I've tested in my Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II review!
4th March 2015: Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 review!
Fujifilm's XF 16-55mm f2.8 is a high quality general-purpose zoom for the company's series of X-mount bodies. It delivers a useful walkaround range equivalent to 24-83mm and a constant f2.8 focal ratio, not to mention weather-sealing. It's an unashamedly high-end lens aimed at pros who'll love to couple it with the XF 40-150mm, but does it deliver the goods in practice? Find out in my Fujifilm XF 16-55mm review!
2nd March 2015: Nikon D7200 preview!
Nikon's D7200 is the company's latest upper mid-range DSLR. Successor to the popular D7100 it keeps the same 24 Megapixel resolution and 6fps continuous shooting, along with sharing the same body, viewfinder, screen and ports, but improves the low light capability of the AF system, deepens the buffer and adds Wifi with NFC. Other enhancements include the faster EXPEED 4 processor, 9-frame AEB, 50p / 60p video (in the 1.3x crop mode) and timelapse shooting with exposure smoothing. Find out more and how it compares to rivals in my Nikon D7200 preview!
24th February 2015: Nikon S9700 review!
Nikon's COOLPIX S9700 is a pocket super-zoom with a 30x optical range, taking you from 25mm wide angle to 750mm super-telephoto. This 16 Megapixel camera also offers 1080p video, full manual control, and uniquely among its latest rivals, both Wifi and GPS built-in. The recently-launched S9900 has also seen prices on this already competitive model fall even further. So is the S9700 the best value 30x super-zoom around? Find out in Ken's Nikon S9700 review!
23rd February 2015: Nikon AF-S 300mm f4E review - complete!
Nikon's AF-S 300mm f4E is the long-awaited successor to the 14-year old 300mm f4D. It shares the same 300mm telephoto focal length and f4 aperture as its predecessor, but employs a completely different physical and optical design, with a considerably smaller and lighter body and the inclusion of Vibration reduction to counteract the wobbles. In his in-depth review, Thomas has thoroughly tested every aspect of the new lens, including making multiple comparisons with its well-respected predecessor. Find out if it lives up to expectations in his Nikon AF-S 300mm f4E review!
18th February 2015: Canon SX710 HS review!
Canon's PowerShot SX710 HS is the company's flagship pocket super-zoom. Like the SX700 HS before it, the SX710 HS packs a 30x optical zoom into a pocketable body with a 3in screen, 1080p video and built-in Wifi with NFC. New to the SX710 HS is a boost to 20 Megapixels, improved control from the smartphone app, and support for Canon's Connect Station. In my Canon SX710 HS review I've compared it closely against its arch rival, Panasonic's Lumix TZ70 / ZS50 to help you choose the best 30x super-zoom!
2nd February 2015: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 ZS50 review!
Panasonic's Lumix TZ70, or ZS50 as it's known in North America, is the latest version of the company's hugely popular travel zoom camera. Successor to the TZ60 / ZS40, the new model shares the same 30x / 24-720mm optical zoom, packed into much the same body. Panasonic has however reduced the resolution from 18 to 12 Megapixels in an attempt to improve noise, and the built-in EVF - which remains unique in this category - now delivers a much more detailed view. Find out if it's the best 30x travel-zoom in my Panasonic Lumix TZ70 ZS50 review!
27th January 2015: Sony A7 II review - complete!
Sony's Alpha A7 Mark II is the successor to the original A7 and becomes the fourth full-frame mirrorless camera in the series. It keeps the same 24 Megapixel resolution as the A7, adds a deeper grip, improves the AF tracking, supports XAVCS movie encoding, and most importantly becomes the first mirrorless camera from Sony with built-in image stabilisation that works with any lens you attach. I've spent a month testing the A7 Mark II, alongside rival mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, paying particular attention to the stabilisation. Find out how well it performs and whether it's the camera for you in my Sony A7 II review!
15th January 2015: Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 review!
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f2.8 is a high-end telephoto zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. When mounted on an Olympus or Panasonic body, it delivers an equivalent range of 80-300mm while offering a constant f2.8 focal ratio across the range. As a pro-grade lens it's also dust and weather-sealed. It's ideal for portraits, weddings, and close range action or wildlife photography, so find out how it performs in practice in my Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 review which I've significantly updated since our initial report!
12th January 2015: Canon EOS 7D Mark II review - complete!
Canon's EOS 7D Mark II is a semi-pro DSLR, launched five years after its enormously successful predecessor, the original EOS 7D. The Mark II brings pro-level AF, build and speed to a more affordable form factor and even sports the movie AF of the 70D and built-in GPS. But five years is a long time in this game and at this price you may be disappointed not to find 4k video, built-in Wifi or a tilting touch-screen. So can it compete in today's fast-developing camera world? Find out in my Canon EOS 7D Mark II review!
18th December 2014: Fujifilm X100T review!
Fujifilm's X100T is an advanced compact aimed at the demands of enthusiasts and professionals. Like its predecessors, the X100T couples one of the company's 16 Megapixel X-Trans sensors with a fixed 35mm equivalent f2 lens. The X100T adds a unique hybrid viewfinder with the choice of optical, electronic or a new combined view, built-in Wifi, exposure control for video, a built-in ND filter, mic input and the latest Classic Chrome Film Simulation. Is this the best advanced compact or will an interchangeable lens camera be a better bet? Find out in my Fujifilm X100T review!
16th December 2014: Nikon S3600 review!
Nikon's COOLPIX S3600 is a point-and-shoot camera with an 8x (25-200mm equivalent) optical zoom and 20 Megapixel CCD sensor. It offers a longer range and a little more sophistication than the cheapest compacts, but is still priced comfortably below 100 dollars or pounds. In our review we've compared it with Sony's Cyber-shot W830, another model that offers an above average zoom at a low price. Read on to discover which of these two models offers the best value for money one short flight up from the bargain basement! Nikon S3600 review.
10th December 2014: Sony A5100 review!
The Alpha A5100 is Sony's entry-level mirrorless camera, but by coupling the powerful autofocus system from the higher-end A6000 with 6fps burst shooting, it could well be your best bet for capturing action on a budget. Kids or pets running around? Sports fanatic? The A5100 will track them as they cross the frame and deliver a higher percentage of focused shots than any camera at this price. Find out more in my Sony A5100 review!
8th December 2014: Sigma 150-600mm Sport review!
The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport is a super-telephoto zoom lens, available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and corrected for full-frame use. It replaces the earlier 150-500mm f5-6.3, extending its reach while also offering higher performance and tougher build with weather-sealing. Sigma offers two versions of the 150-600mm, the cheaper Contemporary model and the higher-end Sport version. Find out how the latter measures-up for sports, wildlife, solar, lunar and even macro photography in my Sigma 150-600mm Sport review!
24th November 2014: Sigma DP1 Quattro review!
Sigma's DP1 Quattro is a fixed lens camera aimed at enthusiasts who demand the best image quality from a fairly compact body. It's a unique camera in many respects, with an unusually-shaped body, a fixed wide angle lens and a sensor which captures colour unlike any outside of Sigma's range. It also eschews modern features we take for granted on other new cameras such as Wifi or even a movie mode. The DP1 Quattro is all about still photo quality, but how good is it in practice? Find out if this is the ideal 'compact' camera for landscape and architectural photographers in my Sigma DP1 Quattro review!
21st November 2014: Nikon 20mm f1.8G review - complete!
Nikon's AF-S 20mm f1.8G is a new prime lens for the company's range of DSLRs. It's compatible with FX-format full-frame bodies on which it'll deliver ultra wide coverage, along with cropped-frame DX-format bodies, where the field id reduced to 30mm equivalent. The Nikon system is of course well-served for ultra-wide coverage with the superb 14-24mm f2.8 zoom, so the big question is how the new 20mm prime compares, slotting in the middle of the range and offering a brighter aperture, not to mention being smaller, lighter and cheaper. Find out in our Nikon 20mm f1.8G review!
19th November 2014: Sony W830 review
Sony's Cyber-shot W830 is a point-and-shoot compact with an 8x optical zoom, 20 Megapixel resolution and 720p video packed into a slim and light body. It offers a step-up from the cheapest compacts on the market while maintaining a double-digit price tag. For this kind of money you won't get Wifi or 1080p video, but the basics are there along with a useful zoom range, panorama mode and in-camera charging. Find out if it's the best budget compact in our Sony W830 review!
17th November 2014: Nikon L830 review!
Nikon's COOLPIX L830 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a surprisingly powerful feature-set for the money. You get 16 Megapixels, 1080p video, a tilting 3in screen and a 34x optical range equivalent to 22.5-765mm. At this price there's no Wifi, nor much manual control either, but there's no arguing with the core specification for the price and that's why it's understandably become one of the best-selling cameras around. To find out if it deserves the sales we compared it against Canon's newer PowerShot SX400 IS. Find out which takes the budget super-zoom crown in our Nikon L830 review!
12th November 2014: Nikon D750 review - complete!
Nikon's D750 is a 24 Megapixel full-frame DSLR with a new 51-point AF system, 6.5fps shooting, 1080 / 60p video and becomes the first FX-format DSLR from Nikon to sport built-in Wifi and an articulated screen! Equally impressive is how much the D750 inherits from the D810, including 9 frame AEB and the 91k dot RGB sensor, making it classier than the D610. And the real sweetener? It costs $1000 less than the D810. I shot with both side-by-side to help you make the right choice, so find out which full-frame DSLR will be best for you in my Nikon D750 review!
10th November 2014: Canon SX400 IS review!
Canon's PowerShot SX400 IS is an affordable compact super-zoom camera with a 30x optical range, 16 Megapixel resolution and a 3in screen. It's a new model that sits below the PowerShot SX520 HS in Canon's current lineup, offering an alternative form factor to other 30x models like the SX700 HS. It also goes up against Nikon's best-selling COOLPIX L830, so the obvious question is how they compare. Find out in our Canon SX400 IS review!
3rd November 2014: Sony H400 review!
Sony's Cyber-shot H400 is a bridge super-zoom camera with a huge 63.3x optical range. This ranks it only a fraction below the industry leader, Canon's SX60 HS, but at a much lower price point. As such you won't find an articulated screen, support for RAW, a big viewfinder nor video at 1080p, but the core specification remains good for the money: 20 Megapixels, a small but usable viewfinder, 3in screen, 720p movies and of course that massive zoom range. In our Sony H400 review, we compared it against Canon's SX520 HS and Nikon's P530 to see which will be the best budget super-zoom for you!
28th October 2014: Panasonic LX100 review - complete!
The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is one of the most powerful compact cameras to date. Forget 1in sensors, Panasonic's squeezed in the larger Four Thirds sensor from the Lumix GX7 along with its big and detailed viewfinder too. But rather than use interchangeable lenses, the LX100 sports a fixed 24-75mm f1.7-2.8 lens and manages to come in at a smaller size and lower weight than either Canon's G1 X Mark II or Fujifilm's X100 series. I've completed another epic review for you with multiple comparisons against the competition (especially the Sony RX100 III), and a close-look at the lens and 4k video performance! It's all in my Lumix LX100 review!
27th October 2014: Canon SX60 HS review!
Canon's PowerShot SX60 HS is the company's latest DSLR-styled super-zoom camera. Successor to the massively popular SX50 HS, it extends the optical range from 50x to a whopping 65x, taking you from 21 to 1365mm, or extreme wide angle to extreme telephoto. It also includes 1080 / 60p video, manual control, support for RAW, high resolution viewfinder and screen, Wifi with NFC, and a particularly neat Zoom Assist feature that automatically adjusts the lens zoom to always keep someone in the frame if they move too close, too far, or off the side. Find out how it compares against Nikon's P600 and Panasonic's FZ70 / FZ72 in our Canon SX60 HS review!
22nd October 2014: Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 review - samples!
The Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 is a short telephoto lens with an extremely high-end specification. It's the second Otus, following the original and highly regarded 55mm f1.4, and like that model adopts an uncompromised stance on optical quality. As before, it's available in Canon EF or Nikon F mounts, is manual focus only and carries an eye-wateringly high price tag. So the question is again how it compares and whether it's worth paying the extra. Ahead of his in-depth review, Thomas has provided a gallery of Otus 85mm f1.4 sample images.
20th October 2014: Canon ELPH 340 IXUS 265 review!
Canon's PowerShot IXUS 265, or ELPH 340 as it's known in North America, is a 16 Megapixel point-and-shoot compact with a 12x optical zoom, 1080p video and Wifi with NFC. The 25-300mm zoom range is what sets it apart from camera phones or more basic compacts, and the built-in Wifi makes it easy to transfer and share images. All this in a stylish and affordable body make the latest IXUS / ELPH a desirable buy, but to make sure we've compared it against Sony's WX350 and the Lumix SZ8. Find out which is the best budget compact for you in our Canon IXUS 265 ELPH 340 review!
13th October 2014: Canon G7X review - complete!
Canon's PowerShot G7X is a high-end compact with a 20 Megapixel 1in sensor and a 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 lens. It slots roughly between the G1 X Mark II and S120 in terms of sensor size, delivering a step-up in quality over the latter, but with a body that's crucially smaller than the former. It's a strategy that's worked well for Sony's RX100 series, the leader in this category. Canon is well-placed against it too with a longer zoom and touch-screen, albeit not with the EVF of the RX100 III. I've made a detailed comparison between these two models in my Canon G7X review - find out which will be best for you!
2nd October 2014: Nikon COOLPIX P530 review!
Nikon's COOLPIX P530 is a mid-range super-zoom camera with a 42x optical range - taking you from 24mm all the way to 1000mm. It has a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 3in screen, electronic viewfinder, PASM shooting modes and 1080p video at a keen price. It's up against models like Canon's PowerShot SX520 HS and Sony's Cyber-shot H400, so it's those two models we've compared it to in our Nikon P530 review! Find out which mid-range super-zoom will be best for you!
23rd September 2014: Canon SX520 HS review!
Canon's PowerShot SX520 HS is a compact DSLR-styled 'bridge' camera with a 42x optical zoom range equivalent to 24-1008mm. It features a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p movies, but lacks the Wifi of its predecessor, the SX510 HS. The key selling point here is packing a big zoom into a relatively compact body, but there's other options to consider including Sony's H400, Nikon's P530 and of course Canon's own SX510 HS from last year. We've compared them all in our Canon SX520 HS review to help you find the best superzoom!
11th September 2014: Canon G1 X Mark II review!
The Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II is a high-end compact aimed at those who desire DSLR quality in a smaller, fixed lens body. Successor to the original G1X, Canon has kept the 1.5in sensor, but coupled it with a broader and brighter 5x zoom, improved the macro, dropped the optical viewfinder but offers an optional electronic viewfinder, made the screen touch-sensitive, equipped it with two control rings and squeezed-in Wifi. It looks like Canon's learnt from the mistakes of the original and developed a truly compelling compact to rival Sony's RX100 III. Find out how they compare in my Canon G1 X Mark II review!
10th September 2014: Fujifilm XT1 Graphite Edition preview!
The Fujifilm XT1 Graphite Silver Edition is a new version of the popular XT1 mirrorless camera. Most obviously it gives the XT1 a new luxury multi-layered coating, but also debuts a new firmware edition with a number of key improvements. Enhancements include an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000, a new Classic Chrome Film simulation, and coming soon, the chance to more easily move the AF area, support for 24, 25 and 50fps movie frame rates, a customisable Q menu and the ability to lock spot metering to the AF area. I'm pleased to report these improvements will also be available to existing XT1 owners with a firmware update in December 2014. Find out more in my Fujfilm XT1 Graphite Silver Edition preview!
2nd September 2014: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 review!
The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a DSLR-styled superzoom with a 16x 24-400mm f2.8-4 lens, 1in sensor and 4k video recording capabilities. The zoom range may be shorter than the 24x of the FZ200 or 60x of the FZ70 / FZ72, but the FZ1000's sensor boasts four times the surface area for better quality. The FZ1000 also has an articulated screen, the same OLED viewfinder as the Lumix GH4, 12fps shooting, built-in Wifi with NFC and support for 1080p video at up to 120fps depending on region. Find out how it compares against Sony's RX10 in my Lumix FZ1000 review!
27th August 2014: Sony FE 70-200mm review - complete!
Sony's FE 70-200mm f4G OSS is the first telephoto zoom that's native to the company's full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras, allowing it to work without an adapter on the A7, NEX and Ax000 series. It sports a constant f4 focal ratio, optical stabilization and fast and quiet focusing. I tested it extensively for sports and urban landscapes with the A6000 and present the first part of my review here! I'll update this review with a report on the full-frame performance in the future, but in the meantime many of my results are applicable for both formats. Check out my Sony FE 70-200mm review!