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The New Wave Of Mirrorless


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

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Like all Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-P5 can use all MFT lenses, and just about any lens for which an adapter can be found. Current Olympus MFT lenses range from a 9-18mm zoom through a 75-300mm zoom, providing 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths from 18mm through 600mm (thanks to the MFT sensor's 2.0X crop factor).

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7. Panasonic's new premium "flat"-style Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera features a solid magnesium-alloy frame, a 3.0-inch, 1040K-dot tilting LCD monitor and a built-in, tilting, 2764K-dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder for easy eye-level operation for stills and video.

A new 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS image sensor combines with the latest Venus Engine to improve image quality and raise the maximum ISO to 25600. Where previous Panasonic mirrorless cameras relied on Mega or Power O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) in specific lenses, the GX7 offers sensor-shift stabilization that works with any lens. As an MFT camera, the GX7 can use any MFT lens and pretty much any lens for which an adapter is available. Panasonic currently offers 22 lenses, from a 7-14mm to a 100-300mm, providing 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths from 14mm through 600mm, including a fisheye and a 3D lens.

Contrast-based Light Speed works in light levels as dim as EV -4, while three-level focus peaking is available to aid manual focusing for both stills and video. Video capabilities include 1080/60p in both AVCHD Progressive and MP4 formats, along with 1080/24p and 720/60p in AVCHD and 1080, 720 and 640x480 at 30 fps in MP4. Built-in microphones provide stereo sound. Many of the camera's built-in effects can be applied to videos as well as still images. The GX7 can also do time-lapse, stop-motion animations and in-camera HDR. You can shoot full-resolution still images at 4.3 fps with continuous AF and at up to 40 fps using the electronic shutter with focus locked and live view off.

Using Panasonic's Image App, you can operate the GX7 remotely via Wi-Fi and your smartphone or tablet. NFC lets you make a connection just by tapping the camera and NFC-compatible phone or tablet.

The GX7 features a large, comfortable grip, and has many features that make shooting easier for both the novice and advanced photographer, including front and rear dials, customizable buttons and touch-screen operation on the LCD monitor.

>> Samsung NX300. Samsung's top "flat"-style mirrorless camera, the NX300 features a 3.3-inch, 768K-dot AMOLED touch-screen monitor that tilts for easy odd-angle shooting, and a latest-generation 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DRIMe IV imaging engine. These result in high-quality images with reduced noise and improved color, as well as quicker performance. The NX300 provides ISO settings from 100-25,600, and can shoot at up to 8.6 fps (with focus locked at first exposure). If you prefer an eye-level viewfinder, the older NX20 has one, along with a 20.3-megapixel sensor and a lower price.

The NX300 is also the world's first single-lens 3D system. When the optional new 45mm ƒ/1.8 2D/3D lens is attached, you can shoot 3D stills and video that can be viewed on 3D-capable TVs and compatible devices. (The NX300 can also use all NX-mount lenses, which currently number 12, ranging from a 12-24mm to an 18-200mm and a 55-200mm, providing the user with 35mm-camera-equivalent focal lengths of 18mm through 300mm.) Samsung's i-Function lets you access a number of functions via the focusing ring on i-Function lenses.

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