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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.
28th October 2015: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV review-in-progress!
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. Check out my Sony RX100 IV review-in-progress where I've added a broad selection of sample images; check back soon for movie samples and more!
21st October 2015: Sony Alpha A7s Mark II review-in-progress!
Sony's Alpha A7s Mark II is a full-frame mirrorless camera that specializes in low light. The A7s II takes the 12 Megapixel full-frame sensor of the A7s and fits it into the updated body of the Mark II Alpha A7 series. So it inherits the upgraded viewfinder, built-in stabilisation, chunkier grip and repositioned controls last seen on the A7r Mark II. New to the A7s II is the ability to record 4k video in-camera and the addition of S-Log 3 for flat footage. Ahead of my full review I've compared the resolution and noise of the A7s II against the A7r II, along with putting together a bunch of sample images! Check out these results in my Sony A7s II review-in-progress!
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!
Panasonic's Lumix FZ330 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 and 4k photos. The body's now weatherproof, the viewfinder and screen improved, and there is of course Wifi for wireless communications. Find out more in my Lumix FZ330 preview!
16th July 2015: Panasonic Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 preview!
15th July 2015: Sony HX90V review - complete!
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!
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: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II preview!
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. Check out my Sony RX10 II preview for more details.
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!