Camera, DSLR and lens reviews
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!
20th January 2015: Panasonic Lumix GF7 preview!
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 out more in my Panasonic Lumix GF7 preview!
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!
6th January 2015: Nikon D5500 - preview!
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, although the GPS has been removed. Find out more in my Nikon D5500 preview!
5th January 2015: Panasonic Lumix TZ70 ZS50 - preview!
The Panasonic 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 more in my Panasonic Lumix TZ70 ZS50 preview.
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!
1st December 2014: Best cameras for the holidays!
Hi everyone, we've entered one of the busiest times for shopping and you'll be bombarded with deals, some good, some not so good. When it comes to choosing cameras and lenses though, I've got you covered with my guides that list the best models available right now from entry-level all the way to high-end pro gear. PS - if you're buying anything from Amazon, B&H or other online stores, please do click through to them via my links first. The prices are the same, but they pay me a small commission, and that's what funds my work and keeps it free to view. Thanks!
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!
22nd September 2014: Panasonic GM5 preview - hands-on!
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. I spent some time with the GM5 at Photokina to bright you my hands-on Panasonic Lumix GM5 preview!
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!
20th August 2014: Mirrorless Sports Photography!
Mirrorless cameras have a lot going for them, but sports photography is an area where they've traditionally struggled. They could shoot quick bursts but their continuous AF was rarely convincing, leaving DSLRs as the best bet for people who wanted to shoot moving subjects. But when I tested Sony's A6000 I found it delivered the best continuous AF I'd seen from a mirrorless camera so far - the only question was whether it was up to a pro sports event. To find out I followed the 2014 Tour de France over five days across mountain passes, through rural villages and culminating with the time trial with the A6000 and Sony's new FE 70-200mm f4G OSS lens. The results may surprise you, they certainly surprised me: not only was mirrorless up to the job, it out-performed DSLRs costing twice the price. Find out why in my mirrorless sports photography article!
11th August 2014: Panasonic Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 review!
The Lumix TZ60 / ZS40 is Panasonic's flagship pocket super-zoom camera. Replacing the best-selling TZ40 / ZS30, the new TZ60 / ZS40 sports a 30x range equivalent to 24-720mm, and becomes the first pocket super-zoom with a built-in electronic viewfinder and support for RAW files. The TZ60 / ZS40 also packs 18 Megapixel resolution, 1080p video, built-in Wifi with NFC, and GPS with a database of landmarks. Find out which is the best super-zoom for you in my TZ60 / ZS40 review, where I'll compare it against key rivals from Sony, Canon and even within Panasonic's own range!
29th January 2014: Olympus OMD EM10 preview!
The Olympus OMD EM10 is a mid-range mirrorless camera, based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. The third OMD camera, it's positioned below the existing EM5 and EM1 although shares a number of specifications from both. It looks most like the EM5 and shares the same viewfinder, 3in tilting screen and 16 Megapixel sensor, while inheriting the Wifi and image processor from the flagship EM1, and sporting a popup flash that's not been included on an OMD before. It lacks the weather-sealing of the EM5 and EM1 and its built-in IS is not as sophisticated, but it remains a solid specification for anyone who'd otherwise go shopping for an entry-level DSLR. Find out more in my Olympus OMD EM10 preview!