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Mirrorless Cameras

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G7 feels like it's as much a little brother to the 4K-toting GH4, as a follow-up to the G6. It's being billed as the mirrorless camera to bring the full benefits of 4K video to the rest of us, thanks to its ability to shoot 4K footage at 30 fps, and then extract 8-megapixel stills from it. While we've seen those features before, the G7 is arguably the first time they've been built into a mirrorless camera which is simultaneously powerful and accessible to the masses.

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The Fujifilm X-T10 is the latest addition to the X-series line-up, and a little sibling to the high-end Fujifilm X-T1. As such the new mirrorless camera has a lot in common with its bigger brother, including a 16.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and the recently announced new autofocus modes. However, to reduce the intimidation factor for less experienced photographers, the camera is smaller and more accessible, with an Auto Mode Switch lever for accessing the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode.

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Fujifilm has announced a new firmware update for its X-T1 mirrorless camera which offers significant enhancements, particularly when it comes to autofocus. New Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, which now use 77 points across a wider area, should make moving subjects easier to capture, while the camera also gains Eye Detection AF, a new Auto Marco mode and a number of other enhancements.

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Leica has announced the latest iteration of its undeniably niche but strangely compelling Leica M Monochrom, a US$7500 camera which only shoots in black-and-white. The new version (Typ 246) is said to significantly improve on the image quality of its predecessor by using a newly developed 24-megapixel black-and-white CMOS sensor, and the camera now also features Live View and Full HD video recording. Read More
Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras have, arguably and perhaps unfairly, not been given the respect they deserve, thanks to their smaller 1-inch-type sensors and all-too-often plastic compact-like appearance. However, that could change with the release of the new Nikon 1 J5 which combines high-end features including 4K video recording and continuous still shooting at 20 frames per second with stylish retro looks. Read More
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 was a game-changing camera which made many photographers sit up and take notice of mirrorless cameras for the first time. But can its successor, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, have the same sort of impact? Gizmag recently spent a bit of time with the new camera at the UK Photography Show to see what it can do. Read More
While Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras like the A7 II and A7S have impressed us with what they are capable of, there's no disputing the lack of lenses designed for the system has been a major draw-back. Sony is now addressing this with the launch of four new FE full frame E-mount lenses including two wide angles, a telephoto macro, and a travel-focused zoom. Read More
US start-up Konost has announced plans to launch a full frame digital rangefinder which it thinks could rival the likes of Leica. The Konost FF will be an M-mount camera which achieves digital rangefinder focusing by using a secondary image sensor rather than a traditional rangefinder mechanism. Other features of the aluminum-bodied camera include a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 4-inch LCD rear monitor. Read More
Canon has announced it will be updating its entry-level interchangeable lens offerings with a pair of new DSLRs and (in some territories) a new mirrorless camera. The EOS 750D and 760D (or Rebel T6i and T6s if you're in the US) are a pair of Wi-Fi enabled 24-megapixel DSLRs, while the EOS M3, with its hybrid autofocus system, looks to be Canon's best attempt yet at getting into the mirrorless market. Read More
Samsung has revealed its upcoming NX500 mirrorless camera, which packs a number of high-end features into a compact mid-range device. The new camera borrows heavily from the specification sheet of the flagship NX1, and features a 28-megapixel APS-C backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, and the NX AF System III for speedy autofocus. Read More
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