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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The New Wave Of Mirrorless

Today’s mirrorless cameras offer the nature photographer DSLR image quality in much smaller packages

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Fujifilm brings its legacy in color film to digital with film simulation modes, including Provia (neutral colors), Velvia (dramatic rich colors) and Astia (beautiful skin tones). The X-M1 can shoot at up to 5.6 fps, and you can do multiple exposures, using the first image as a guide to position the second on the LCD monitor. Contrast-based AF includes face detection and subject tracking.

Video capabilities include 1080p and 720p at 30 fps in MOV format with H.264 compression and stereo sound via a built-in microphone. Seven Fujinon X-series lenses are available, from a 14mm through a 55-200mm zoom, providing 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths from 21mm through 300mm. Several of the lenses incorporate OIS optical image stabilization.

>> Olympus PEN E-P5. Inspired, like all Olympus PEN mirrorless models, by the legendary Olympus 35mm PEN film cameras, the new flagship E-P5 features the same highly rated 16.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor and TruePic VI processor as the popular OM-D E-M5 in a rugged and classic-looking all-metal body. It offers the 5-axis image-stabilization system introduced in the OM-D E-M5, but now with automatic detection of panning, for both still photos and movies—and the ability to view the effect on-monitor.

In keeping with its "flat" compact digicam styling, the E-P5 doesn't have a built-in eye-level viewfinder, but the accessory shoe accepts electronic viewfinders, including the excellent new VF-4. The 3.0-inch, 1.04M-dot LCD monitor tilts and provides touch-screen operation when you want it. (If you want a built-in eye-level viewfinder, the OM-D E-M5 provides one, along with the same sensor, at the same price, but lacks the E-P5's focus peaking and Wi-Fi capabilities.)

The first Olympus mirrorless camera to incorporate Wi-Fi, the E-P5 makes it easy to transfer images wirelessly to your smart device, or even operate the camera remotely from the smart device. The camera can also use your smartphone's built-in GPS to geotag your images.

Besides being able to shoot 1920x1080 full HD, 1280x720 HD and 640x480 video at 30 fps, the E-P5 can do time-lapse movies via its built-in intervalometer. There are also 12 built-in Art Filters that can be applied to individual images or videos. Photo Story mode combines multiple images into a single-image collage; you can also combine several images into one via multiple exposure.

Smaller-Sensor Interchangeable-Lens Cameras
Nikon and Pentax offer mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with smaller-than-DSLR sensors, resulting in even smaller packages, albeit at some cost in image quality. The Nikon 1 series (currently the Nikon 1 J3, V2 and S1) features a one-inch sensor (13.2x8.8mm), while the Pentax Q series offers the smallest package size by using compact-size sensors: 1/2.3 inches (6.2x4.6mm) for the Q and Q10, 1/1.7 inches (7.4x5.6mm) for the Q7. These are very good cameras with excellent features (the Nikons have an excellent hybrid AF system that works at incredibly high frame rates), but don't quite reach state-of-the-art DSLR image quality due to their smaller image sensors. Note that Pentax did offer an APS-C mirrorless camera, the K-01, but it has been discontinued.


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