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Fujifilm XT200 review - preview

23 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm X-T200 is an entry-level mirrorless camera, featuring a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, built-in viewfinder, fully-articulated 3.5in touchscreen, mic input and uncropped 4k video. Find out more in my preview!

JPEG vs HEIF: Canon commits to HIF

22 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

Time for JPEG to retire? With the 1Dx III, Canon becomes the first traditional camera company to back the more efficient HEIF format which delivers better quality in smaller files. Here's how Canon makes it work.

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art review

13 Jan 2020 Thomas

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art is a general-purpose zoom with a bright and constant f2.8 focal ratio, designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in the native Sony E and Leica L mounts. Find out if it's a viable alternative to Sony and Panasonic's own premium zooms in our full review!

Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S review - preview

08 Jan 2020 Thomas

The Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S is a professional telephoto zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. The ninth Z-mount lens becomes only the second zoom in the series with a fast f2.8 focal ratio and complements the Z 24-70mm f2.8 S standard zoom; and it is the first Z-Nikkor to have optical image stabilization. Find out more…

Nikon D780 review - preview

07 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

The Nikon D780 is a DSLR with a 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor, uncropped 4k video with autofocus, 7fps bursts and a tilting touchscreen. Essentially upgrading the best-selling D750 with the live view and movie benefits of the Z6 mirrorless, it looks set to be a tempting option for those who still prefer DSLR viewfinders and bodies. Check out my preview.…

Canon EOS 1Dx III review field test

07 Jan 2020 Gordon Laing

The EOS 1Dx Mark III is Canon's latest flagship DSLR aimed at professional sports and wildlife photographers. Officially announced in early 2020, I had a chance to try it out for motorsports and in my field test I'll show you everything I've learned so far!

Nikon COOLPIX A1000 review

30 Dec 2019 Ken McMahon

The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a pocket super-zoom camera with a 35x range that updates the earlier A900 with a decent electronic viewfinder, touch screen, some new controls, and RAW shooting, all at a price that’s very competitive. In his full review, Ken compares it against its major rival from Panasonic!

How to photograph fireworks

28 Dec 2019 Gordon Laing

Firework displays can be spectacular but present a number of challenges to capture on-camera. In my simple guide I'll share my tips and techniques for photographing fireworks whether you're shooting New Year, 4th July or any other celebration!

Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 III review

23 Dec 2019 Thomas

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 III is an exotic and unusual lens: one of only three f0.95 models available for full-frame bodies at the time of writing, and by far the cheapest too. Available in Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z-Mounts, we tested it against luxury f0.95 rivals in our full review!

Panasonic Lumix TZ95 ZS80 review

16 Dec 2019 Ken McMahon

The Panasonic Lumix TZ95 / ZS80 is a pocket super-zoom camera packing a 30x optical range, 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, flip-up touchscreen and built-in viewfinder. It updates its predecessor with a more detailed viewfinder and Bluetooth for easier wireless. In his full review, Ken compares it against the Nikon COOLPIX A1000 and other rivals!

Olympus OMD EM5 III review

09 Dec 2019 Gordon Laing

The Olympus OMD EM5 III is a mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at those who value portability and handheld use without compromising features and quality. It inherits the 20 Megapixel sensor from the EM1 II which finally brings it confident autofocus and 4k video, while also boasting improved built-in stabilisation in a slightly lighter but still weather-sealed body. Check out my…

DJI Mavic Mini review

03 Dec 2019 Adam Juniper

The DJI Mavic Mini is a compact and lightweight drone weighing just 249g, with a half hour maximum flight time and a 12 Megapixel camera with 2.7k video on a three-axis stabilised gimbal. It's DJI's smallest, lightest and cheapest drone to date, aimed at first-time pilots who want to explore aerial photo and videography. Find out why it could be…

Black Friday best camera deals 2019

25 Nov 2019 Gordon Laing

It's that time of year when we're bombarded by bargain offers, so I've sifted through the deals to find the best buys on camera gear. So if you're shopping for a new camera, lens or accessory, check out my guide to the best deals this Holiday Season! PS - check back for updates!

Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S review

25 Nov 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S is a wide-angle prime lens for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras. It’s the widest native prime in the series so far, delivering classic coverage with a bright aperture. Like other native Z lenses though, it’s up against adapted F-mount options, so in his complete review, Thomas publishes a series of in-depth comparisons!

Cameralabs Cafe Podcast episode 004

22 Nov 2019 Gordon Laing

The Cameralabs Cafe podcast returns! In Episode Four, Gordon and Doug talk about how to choose the best camera for vlogging - and video in general - before recommending a selection of models at various price points! So grab a drink and join us in the Cameralabs Cafe!

Fujifilm X-Pro 3 review

20 Nov 2019 Gordon Laing

Fujifilm’s X-Pro3 becomes the joint flagship in the mirrorless X-series, sharing the same 26 Megapixel APSC sensor as the X-T3, but adding the hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder of earlier models coupled with a cunning approach to displays and some neat processing extras. A different camera deserves a different review, so check out my hands-on field test from Florence, Italy!

Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 Noct review

18 Nov 2019 Thomas

The Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct is a prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras with standard coverage coupled with anything but a standard aperture. It features a unique f0.95 focal ratio gathering almost 4 times more light than f1.8 lenses, earning the "Noct" title. Find out why Thomas describes it as an extraordinary lens in his full…

Cameralabs Cafe Podcast episode 003

13 Nov 2019 Gordon Laing

The Cameralabs Cafe podcast returns where Gordon and Doug discuss the health and future of the Micro Four Thirds system, take a look at the new Olympus OMD EM5 III and revisit the Lumix G9 which keeps getting better! So grab a drink and join us in the Cameralabs Cafe for a catch-up of all the photography news and reviews!

Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE review

04 Nov 2019 Thomas

The Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE is a mild wide-angle prime lens for Sony's Alpha mirrorless cameras. It offers a bright aperture and autofocus, and is priced below the Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA, FE 35mm f1.8 and even the FE 35mm f2.8 ZA. Find out why it gives you a lot of bang for your buck in Thomas's full…

Sigma Art lenses transform Lumix S

28 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

Sigma's Art lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras transform the Leica-L mount system, bringing focal lengths, apertures and - crucially - prices that were previously unavailable. They're particularly appealing to Lumix S owners who, due to the high cost of Leica's own lenses, have been limited to Panasonic's initial three lenses so far. Find out why you'll want to invest in…

Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM review so far

24 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is a bright telephoto zoom for the full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. It’s shorter and lighter than the EF version and focuses closer too, although - spoiler alert - the barrel now extends as you zoom it. I went hands-on for my first-looks preview!

Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art review so far

21 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 DG DN Art is an ultra-wide-angle lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in the Sony E and Leica L mounts, the latter working on Leica, Panasonic and Sigma L-mount bodies. Ahead of our in-depth review, I tried the L-mount version on a Lumix S1R and Sigma fp to bring you a broad range of…

Sigma fp review - sample images

16 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sigma fp is a 24 Megapixel full-frame camera with 4k video, Cinema DNG and an L-mount. It's Sigma's first body to employ the L-mount and the company is steadily making all of its ART prime lenses as well as selected zooms available in native versions. Ahead of my review, check out my sample images and movies!

Canon EOS M200 review

14 Oct 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon EOS M200 is an entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, tilting touchscreen and cropped 4k video. Successor to the EOS M100, it becomes Canon’s smallest, lightest and cheapest mirrorless in the current range. Find out if it's the ideal budget camera in my full review!

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