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Canon PowerShot G5X II review

21 Aug 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II is a high-end compact with a 1in sensor, 5x / 24-120mm zoom, popup viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, fast bursts and 4k video. Canon’s redesigned the body to become more pocketable while squeezing-in a longer zoom range. Find out if it's your ideal compact in my full review!

Sony FE 50mm f1.8 review

20 Aug 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 50mm f1.8 is the most affordable standard prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras with a bright f1.8 focal ratio that's ideal for delivering shallow depth-of-field effects. There's lots of 50mm options for Sony's cameras, but the FE 50mm f1.8 is by far the most affordable with autofocus. Heres's Thomas's in-depth review!

Canon PowerShot G7X III review

19 Aug 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon G7X Mark III is a compact aimed at enthusiasts and vloggers. It keeps the 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 lens and much the same body of the G7X II but updates the sensor for faster shooting and uncropped 4k video, and becomes the first 1in compact with a mic input and live streaming straight to YouTube. Check out my in-depth review!

Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA review

13 Aug 2019 Thomas

Sony's FE 55mm f1.8 ZA is a prime lens for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras that delivers close to standard coverage. It was one of the first lenses available for the FE mount, and has since been joined by a selection of alternatives, but it remains a popular option due to its compact size and decent quality. In his review Thomas…

Nikon COOLPIX W150 review

12 Aug 2019 Ken McMahon

The Nikon COOLPIX W150 is an affordable rugged waterproof compact designed for active kids and families. It'll survive falls of 1.8m, temperatures of -10 Celsius and work up to 10m underwater. Take it to the beach, on the piste, by the pool or in the sea without worrying. Find out why every family needs a rugged camera in Ken's COOLPIX…

Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM review

08 Aug 2019 Thomas

Sony's FE 16-35mm f2.8 G Master is a wide zoom for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The fifth G Master lens, it completes a 'trinity' of f2.8 models, joining the FE 24-70mm f2.8 and FE 70-200mm f2.8. It aims for high resolution and attractive bokeh, while maintaining quality at all distances. Find out how it measures-up in our full review!

Sony RX100 VII compact pride

07 Aug 2019 Gordon Laing

Sony’s RX100 VII is arguably the most powerful compact camera around. In this post I’ll share a bunch of images I took at the UK’s biggest Pride event in Brighton, where I found it effortlessly tracked subjects, captured wide views and tight portraits, while remaining discreet and convenient throughout!

Cameralabs Cafe Podcast episode 002

06 Aug 2019 Gordon Laing

The Cameralabs Cafe podcast returns with Gordon and Doug discussing the Canon G7X III, G5X II and Sony RX100 VII, before moving onto Sony's latest high resolution mirrorless, the A7r IV, then wrapping up with some lens news. So grab a drink and join us in the Cameralabs Cafe for a catch-up of all the recent news and reviews!

Fujifilm XP140 review

05 Aug 2019 Ken McMahon

The Fujifilm FinePix XP140 is a mid-priced waterproof camera with 16 Megapixels, a 5x / 28-140mm zoom and rugged credentials including an impressive 25m depth rating, the ability to operate down to -10 c and survive falls from 1.8m. Ken compared it to pricier and cheaper options to help you make the right choice!

Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S review - preview

31 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S is a short telephoto lens designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z mirrorless system. It becomes the first native prime lens in the system aimed at portrait photographers who desire classic head-and-shoulders compositions with shallow depth-of-field effects. See my preview.

Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III review

31 Jul 2019 Thomas

The Tamron 17-28mm f2.8 Di III RXD is a small and light wide-angle zoom with a fast f2.8 focal ratio that's designed for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. It nicely complements Tamron’s earlier 28-75mm f2.8 and comes in at a lower price than Sony’s FE 16-35mm f2.8. See how they compare in Thomas's review!

Olympus TOUGH TG6 review

29 Jul 2019 Ken McMahon

The Olympus TOUGH TG-6 is the latest model in the company's massively popular rugged series. It’s waterproof to 15 metres, freezeproof to -10C, can withstand a crushing force of 100Kg and a drop from 2.1m. It keeps the 25-100mm zoom of its predecessor with its bright aperture and unsurpassed macro, but upgrades the screen and underwater modes. Find out if…

Sony RX100 VII review

25 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony RX100 VII is a high-end compact designed for travel, action, video and vlogging, with a 20 Megapixel 1in sensor, 24-200mm zoom, flip screen, popup viewfinder, fast burst shooting, 4k video and mic input. Find out if it’s the compact for you in my review-so-far!

Fujifilm GFX 100 review

23 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm GFX 100 is a medium-format mirrorless camera with 100 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, phase-detect autofocus, a large and very detailed viewfinder and 4k video. The third model in Fujifilm’s GFX series combines industry-leading resolution with the faster handling and video capabilities of smaller cameras. Check out my final in-depth review!

Sony A7r IV review

17 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony A7r Mark IV is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 61 Megapixels, 10fps shooting, 4k video up to 30p, built-in stabilisation and a Pixel Shift Composite mode that generates images with up to 240 Megapixels. I went hands-on for my first-looks video!

Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA review

15 Jul 2019 Thomas

The Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA is a standard prime lens designed for Sony's E-mount mirrorless cameras and corrected for full-frame bodies. It’s Sony’s top-end option with Zeiss optics and a fast f1.4 focal ratio. Find out how it compares to the other options in Thomas’s full review!

Sigma 35mm f1.2 Art review - preview

11 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sigma 35mm f1.2 DG DN Art is a mild 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. Find out more in my preview.

Sony FE 35mm f1.8 review - preview

09 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Sony FE 35mm f1.8 is a mild wide-angle prime lens for its Alpha mirrorless cameras. It’s Sony’s third native 35mm lens that’s corrected for full-frame bodies, but pitched at a more affordable price and similar in build and quality to the FE 85mm f1.8. Find out more in my preview.

Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM review - preview

09 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM is the first super-zoom lens for Canon’s full-frame EOS R mirrorless system. It sports the longest zoom range in the system so far while also becoming one of the more affordable models to date. Both make it an ideal ‘kit-zoom’ for the lower cost bodies like the EOS RP. Find out more in…

Leica DG 10-25mm f1.7 review

08 Jul 2019 Gordon Laing

The Leica DG 10-25mm f1.7 is a high-end zoom with a fast f1.7 focal ratio for Micro Four Thirds. Mounted on a Panasonic or Olympus M43 body, it delivers equivalent coverage of 20-50mm, providing a flexible general-purpose range from wide to standard. Highly compelling for photographers and especially videographers, check out my in-depth review!

How to photograph fireworks

04 Jul 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!

Canon Zoemini S IVY Cliq+ review

27 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Canon Zoemini S, or IVY CLIQ+, is a pocketable instant camera that captures 8 Megapixel images and outputs them as 2x3in instant prints one minute after taking the shot. You can also save images onto an SD card or print from your phone via Bluetooth. Find out how Canon’s debut instant camera measures-up in my review!

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f1.4 review so far

24 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Lumix S PRO 50mm f1.4 is a high-end prime lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras using the L-mount. 50mm is an ideal general-purpose length while the fast f1.4 focal ratio allows shallow depth-of-field effects. Leica’s optical design delivers excellent results, albeit at a correspondingly ambitious price. Check out my sample images and bokeh tests in my Lumix S PRO 50mm…

Cameralabs Cafe Podcast episode 001

21 Jun 2019 Gordon Laing

The Cameralabs podcast returns in a new format where Gordon and Doug discuss not just one camera but all the gear we’ve tested over the last few months. Episode One includes the Lumix S, G90 / G95, Fujifilm GFX100 and Sony FE 200-600mm! Join us in the Cameralabs Cafe!

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