Hands On With the New Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1 with XF 56mm f/1.2
Fujifilm X-T1 with XF 56mm f/1.2

For a long time, I didn’t think I’d be tempted with a new camera. Most of the cameras released were cool and all, but it lacked the “X Factor” to tempt me. Full frame, more megapixels, faster AF, Wifi, etc weren’t enough to get me to buy one. I am quite happy shooting my Nikon D7000.

That is, until I attended the Fujifilm hands-on session organised by a few Fujifilm dealers in Singapore to let potential buyers check out the newly released XT-1 camera. Like the Sony A7/A7R, the Fujifilm XT-1 is a highly anticipated camera and many were keen to check it out. Following the trend of retro-inspired designs started by the legendary X100, the XT-1 continue to have the knobs and dials that many will like (and surely some will hate it as well). Continue reading Hands On With the New Fujifilm X-T1

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Sony Introduces the a6000 – Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony a6000
Sony a6000

Sony has released a replacement to the NEX 6, in the form of the a6000. It features 24 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, Sony’s latest Bionz image processor and an AF system which is touted to be the world’s fastest (not sure if they’re faster than the Fuji X-T1, which is also claiming the “world’s fastest AF” title.)

YS: You need to read the fine print. There are always a certain set of conditions for being the “fastest”.

CK: The hybrid AF system features a focal-plane phase-detect AF sensor 179 focal points, combined with a high-precision contrast-detection AF. This lets the camera accurately track and respond to subject movement  through nearly the entire frame at up to 11fps.

The a6000 will be available from April 2014 in black or silver as a kit with a 16-50mm motorized zoom lens for about US$800. The body alone will cost around US$650.

YS: While Sony still has issues with lenses for the NEX line, the NEX 6 was a nice camera. The new and now slightly confusing naming scheme aside, the one disappointment here is the downgrading of the EVF. Guess EVFs just do not make the headlines like 11 FPS shooting and 24 megapixel sensors.

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Panasonic Releases the Small and Cute Lumix DMC-GM1 Micro Four Thirds Camera and 12-32mm Lens

Panasonic DMC-GM1 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
Panasonic DMC-GM1 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

More camera announcements! Panasonic has released what’s possibly the smallest Micro Four Thirds cameras ever – the Lumix DMC-GM1. The tiny camera which can literally fit into the palm of your hand, packs the same 16 megapixel sensor used on the GX7, shutter speeds as high as 1/16,000s (yes, that’s one sixteen-thousandth of a second), WiFi and 1080/60i video. It ships with an equally small and compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens giving an 35mm equivalent of a 24-64mm lens. The lens can be collapsed down to the size of a pancake lens when it’s not in use.

The camera will go for US$749.99 with the 12-32mm lens, and if you think it’s too small for you, Panasonic will also sell you a metal grip for US$99. The cute little lens is also available separately for US$349.99.

Wow, at the size of 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.20″), it’s just a hair larger than the RX100 II, which measures 102 x 58 x 38mm (4.00 x 2.29 x 1.51″)! It’s really amazing that Panasonic managed to make a interchangeable lens camera this small. Of course, the lens also adds to the thickness but it’s still amazing how Panasonic managed to pull this off. Looks like the mirrorless camera market is getting exciting.

YS: I really like this, despite the lack of a viewfinder or articulating screen. Maybe because I do want something that is really compact without sacrificing image quality. A little disappointing that there is no kit option with a pancake lens, or Panasonic redoing the 14/2.5 like they did with the 20/1.7.

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