Nikon 1 J4

The Nikon 1 J4 grows the range of portable Nikon 1 system cameras and adopts a new body style with an aluminum housing. The speedy Nikon 1 J4 compact camera is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Nikon 1 J3, and features a CX-format 18.4 MP CMOS sensor (as used in the big brother Nikon 1 V3, minus a low-pass filter) and an Expeed 4A image processor. The sensor and image processor work together to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video recording with notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800.

The Nikon 1 J4 comes also with an improved Hybrid AF System, which has 171 contrast detect and 105 phase-detect points ant that is fast, precise and controllable. The advanced hybrid system oscillates between contrast- and phase-detection focusing focusing methods depending on the detected scene type. The phase-detection focusing method and the processing power allow a continuous shooting up to an impressive 60 fps.

A large 3.0″ 1,037k-dot touchscreen is available for intuitive navigation in the menu as well as for employing touch focus and shutter release controls. A built-in Wi-Fi connectivity system is also present on the J4 and enables to instantly share images from the digital camera to iOS or Android mobile device.

The Nikon 1 J4 is available in silver, white, black and metallic orange.

Nikon 1 J4 black with lens

Nikon 1 J4


Nikon 1 J4 specs:

  • Sensor: 18.4 MP; CX-format CMOS sensor; 13.2mm x 8.8mm
  • Lens mount: Nikon 1 mount
  • Storage: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory card
  • File format: still images – JPEG, RAW + JPEG; movies – MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Codec)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 160 – 12800
  • Shutter: electronic; 1/16,000 to 30 s
  • Monitor: 3.0 in. diagonal; 1,037,000 dots TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
  • Interface: Hi-speed USB; HDMI Type D mini-pin connector


Nikon 1 J4 digital camera

Nikon 1 J4 silver

Nikon 1 J4 controls

Nikon 1 J4 silver

Nikon 1 J4 orange

Nikon 1 J4 orange

The LCD monitor of the Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4 body

Nikon 1 J4 body


Fujifilm FinePix S1

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is the first weather-resistant bridge camera of the world and comes with an impressive 50x optical zoom. The FinePix S1 has a DSLR-styled body and it is an all-new model (doesn’t replace an existing model).

The FinePix S1 comes with a 16.4 MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that is able to deliver high-resolution stills and full HD 1080p movies with notable low-light performance to ISO 12800. A 5-axis image stabilization system is present on this camera and consists of the 2-axis optical image stabilization system (that counters pitch and yaw movements) and a 3-axis electronic image stabilization (that compensate for roll, vertical shift and horizontal shift movement types).

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 has a super-long built-in Fujinon 50x optical zoom lens, that has a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6 and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-1200 mm. Aspherical and ED lens elements are incorporated into the lens construction to reduce aberration and color fringing throughout the zoom range.

The FinePix S1 features also a 3.0″ LCD monitor with a vari-angle design and an eye-level 0.2″ electronic viewfinder. The S1 is equipped also with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that allows for instant sharing of images directly to an Android or iOS device.

With approximately 70 dust and weatherproof seals, the S1 can be used in harsh and inclement conditions. The inclusion of a slide-lever zoom control, one-touch movie record button, and ergonomic camera grip give this camera an immense amount of efficiency through physical design.

the TFT LCD monitor of the Finepix S1

Finepix S1 display


Fujifilm FinePix S1 specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with primary color filter; 16.4 MP
  • Lens: Fujinon lens; 13 elements in 11 groups (includes 2 aspherical and 4 extra low dispersion elements)
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: still image – JPEG, RAW; movie – MOV (.H264 with Linear PCM stereo)
  • Zoom: 50x optical zoom; 2.0x intelligent digital zoom
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 12800
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch, 920k-dot vari-angle type TFT color LCD monitor; 97% coverage
  • EVF: 0.2-inch, 920k-dot color LCD viewfinder
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 (High-Speed) micro USB terminal; HDMI mini connector (type C)
Fujifilm FinePix S1 with 50x optical zoom lens

Fujifilm FinePix S1


Fujifilm FinePix S1 reviews

You can read a great FinePix S1 expert review on Photography Blog, that concludes:

The S1 really is an all-in-one camera that will cope with virtually everything that you can throw at it, from macro photography to sports and wildlife, safe in the knowledge that its weather-resistant construction should withstand most things that you subject it to.


FinePix S1 super-zoom digital camera

FinePix S1

Fujifilm S1 rear view

Fujifilm S1

Fujifilm FinePix S1 weather-proof bridge camera

Fujifilm FinePix S1

FinePix S1 from Fujifilm

Fujifilm S1

Fujifilm FinePix S1

Fujifilm S1


Samsung WB50F

Completing the impressive heritage of Samsung’s WB family of camera, the WB50F is a sleek and stylish point-and-shoot digital camera that was announced in January this year, and will be on sale after February 22, 2014.

The Samsung WB50F is a compact zoom camera that comes with a 16.2 MP 1/2.3″ CCD sensor and offers a sensitivity range of ISO 80 to 3200 equivalents. A soft flash is present on this camera, for natural images. The CCD sensor stands behind a 12x optical zoom Samsung lens with a 24mm-equivalent wide angle and maximum aperture starting from f/3.1 and stops at f/6.3 by telephoto. An optical image stabilization system is included and allows to obtain sharp images, even when they are taken at the longest zoom lengths.

The Samsunh WB50F also features a 3″ 460k-dot LCD monitor and can capture 720p video at 30 fps. The images and movies can be saved to microSD(SDHC/SDXC) card up to 64GB size. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi wireless networking with NFC for easy sharing images.

The Smart Mode is standard on the WB50F and allows for a number of different customization and personalization settings to be used by photographers. Smart Auto mode is also present and automatically selects these settings based on an analysis of the shooting situation.

The Samsung WB50F is offered in black, red or white.

Samsung WB50F zoom digital camera



Samsung WB50F specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ (7.76mm) CCD sensor; 16.2 mega pixels
  • Monitor: 3.0″, 460K dots TFT LCD
  • Lens: 24mm Wide Angle lens; F3.1(W) – F6.3(T)
  • Zoom: 12x optical zoom; 24x digital zoom
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80-3200
  • Image Stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, GIF movie; Clip – MP4
  • Storage: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory card
  • connectivity: USB 2.0; AV out (NTSC/PAL)


Reviews of Samsung WB50F are not available yet, but certainly they will appears after WB50F will be on sale.

The new WB50F from Samsung


Samsung WB50F red with 12x optical zoom

Samsung WB 50F red

Samsung WB 50F display

Samsung WB 50F display



The JVC Everio GZ-EX555 camcorder is a compact, light and comfortable to hold camcorder that can capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 video and up to 8.3 MP still images. The GZ-EX555 features 16 GB of internal flash memory, enough for almost of 5 hour of HD recording in AVCHD Progressive video mode. An SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot is present to increase the storage space up to 64GB.

The GZ-EX555 comes with a back-illuminated 1/5.8″ 2.5 MP CMOS image sensor and with a Falconbrid engine, that allow the camcorder to capture more detail with a decent low-light performance. The recording can be played quickly via a 3″ touch panel LCD. The GZ-EX555 also has a JVC HD wide angle lens that supports 38x optical zoom and that is equipped with an Optical Image Stabilizer with Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.) system.

The JVC GZ-EX555 features Intelligent Auto, Auto REC and ultra-slow motion video as well as Face Recognition technology and Smile Meter/Smile Shot. A mic input, a headphone output, a built-in video light and an integrated zoom microphone are all present on this videocamera.

The GZ-EX555 is equipped with Wi-Fi and has several wireless function, such as Live Streaming by Ustream, Live Monitoring, Data Transfer to tablet/smartphone/PC, One Touch Auto Backup to PC, etc.

JVC Everio GZ-EX555 full HD camcorder


JVC GZ-EX555 specifications

  • 1/5.8″ 2.5MP Back Illuminated CMOS sensor
  • AVCHD Progressive Recording – 1080/60p @ 28 Mbps
  • LED video light
  • 38x Optical/ 65x Dynamic zoom
  • JVC HD lens with F1.8 maximum aperture and 29.3mm (equivalent) Wide Angle
  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB, AV Out
  • 3-inch 230k pixel Touch Screen LCD monitor
  • Storage: 16 GB Built-in Memory; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

You can find more about Everio GZ-EX555 on JVC webpage or you can read a short GZ-EX555 review.


JVC GZ-EX555 videocamera

GZ-EX555 camcorder

GZ-EX555 Full HD compact camcorder from JVC

JVC GZ-EX555 camcorder




Panasonic Lumix XS3

The Panasonic Lumix XS3 is a budget ultra-slim digital compact camera that is just 14 mm thick. The Lumix XS3 is an update to the XS1 and sports a distinctive design that is combined with superb performance.

The Panasonic Lumix XS3 comes with a 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and with an advanced image processor Venus Engine that, together, realize clear and crisp images even in low-light conditions, and also allow high speed consecutive shooting and full-HD video recording. The 1920×1080 video starts recording very easy and a max. 4x digital zoom is available throughout the recording. HD videos are saved in MP4 format.

The XS3 also has an wide-angle Lumix DC vario lens that features a 5x optical zoom and F2.8 max. aperture, and comprises 6 elements in 5 groups with 3 aspherical lenses. A Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilizer system is also present.

Also present in this slim body is the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that can be set with one-touch for the reduction of misshots. Other extremely useful features are Intelligent ISO control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and Face Detection, that work for users to get the best result.

The Panasonic Lumix XS3 is on sale only in Europe and it is available in black or red.

Panasonic XS3 ultra-slim compact camera

Panasonic XS3


Panasonic Lumix XS3 specs:

  • Sensor: 1/2.33-type High Sensitivity MOS sensor; 14.1 Megapixels
  • Zoom: 5.0x optical/ 4x digital zoom/ 10x Intelligent Zoom
  • Lens: DC Vario; F2.8-6.9
  • Monitor: 2.7″ TFT LCD display, 230k dots
  • Storage: microSD/micro SDHC memory card; built-in memory (approx. 200 MB)
  • Interface: AV Output (PAL/NTSC), USB
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200
  • File format: still image – JPEG; movie – MP4
Panasonic XS3 with DC Vario lens

Panasonic XS3


Panasonic Lumix XS3 reviews:

You can find more about usability, performance and image quality of this compact digital camera on Panasonic XS3 review from website.

Lumix XS3 display

Lumix XS3 monitor


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is a compact superzoom digital camera that offers a long zoom in a compact camera body at an affordable price. With a metal body and a small hand grip, the SX170 is small enough to carry in a pocket. The SX170 IS replaces the SX160 IS which was very popular unit with casual shooters and generalist photographers thanks to its compact body.

The Canon PowerShot SX170 comes with a 16 megapixel 1/2.3″ CCD sensor and with DIGIC4 image processor that work together to produce high-resolution, well detailed images and HD 720p video recording (with stereo sound). The image processor also provides reduced noise level. The SX170 IS also features a built-in Canon 16x optical zoom lens that provides a 35 mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-448 mm. This lens covers wide-angle to telephoto lengths for shooting  in a wide variety of conditions. An Intelligent IS image stabilization is also available and offers six uniques stabilization modes.

A large 3.0″ 230k-dot LCD monitor is also present on this compact camera. This display has a wide viewing and it is bright enough to support use in bright conditions. An Intelligent Smart Auto mode is also present on this camera and it allows selecting one of the 32 pre-defined shooting situations.

The Canon PowerShot SX170 is available in black or red.

Canon SX170 with pop-up buit-in flash

Canon SX170 IS


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CCD, 16.0 Megapixels
  • Image Processor: Digic4 with iSPAPS technology
  • Lens: built-in Canon lens; 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Zoom: 16x optical, 4.0x digital zoom
  • Monitor: 3.0″ TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle; 230000 dots; 100% coverage
  • File Types: still image – JPEG; movies – MOV (H.264+Linear PCM Stereo)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 1000
  • Storage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Interface: USB Hi-Speed; NTSC/PAL dedicated connector
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-6LH
Canon SX170 front view

Canon SX170


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS reviews:

There’s no doubt that the SX170 is an easy camera to use. All the buttons are well placed and the on-screen menu tips are helpful. Settings are clearly labelled and allow users to spend minimal time fiddling with settings and maximum time shooting. You can find more on Canon SX170 review by Tech Radar website, that concludes:

For a point and shoot, the PowerShot SX170 certainly offers a fair amount for your money. The full manual shooting will definitely appeal to users who are frustrated with not being able to tweak their shooting settings, while the auto mode with its ability to select from 32 different scenes will help to put novice users at ease that whatever situation they’re shooting in, the SX170 can probably handle it.

The Canon SX170 IS handles chromatic aberration fairly well, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations. Noise starts to intrude from ISO 400 in shadow areas. More about image quality you can read on Photography Blog, that concludes:

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS’ build and performance is acceptable given its asking price, so those who have little to spend will find equally little to complain about. Though picture quality is a little so-so for our tastes, at least the camera looks good and feels good in the palm, which at this currently contracting budget end of the market actually counts for quite a lot.

Another short Canon SX170 review comes from website. On this website you can see also a lot of sample photos made with different settings in various conditions.

The 3.0" LCD display of the Canon SX170

Canon SX 170 IS display


The SX170 superzoom camera from Canon

Canon SX170


Canon SX 170IS buttons

Canon SX 170IS


Sony Alpha a7

The Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera is one of the most advanced mirrorless camera that Sony has ever produced. The a7 is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera and comes in two varieties: the a7 (with a 24.3 MP sensor) and the a7R (with a 36.4 million pixel sensor and no optical low-pass filter).

The Sony a7 (also named ILCE-7 in Europe) is the world’s first 35 mm full-frame compact system camera and incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount magnesium-alloy body. The 24.3 MP full frame 35.8 x 23.9 sensor captures low-noise, high-resolution images with rich tonal gradation. The new BIONZ X image processor is also present on this camera, and offers the reproducing of textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. The front-end LSI (large scale integration) accelerates the earliest processing stages and enables more natural details and more realistic images.

The Sony a7 comes with an enhanced Hybrid Autofocus system that combines an 117-point phase-detection AF system with a 25-point contrast-detection system. The a7 can record Full HD 1080 video with 24p/60i/60p frame rates in AVCHD or MP4 codecs.

The Sony a7 also features a 3.0″ tiltable XtraFine LCD with 1.23 M-dot resolution and a high-contrast 2.4 M OLED electronic viewfinder that provides 100% coverage and that has the same 3-lens optical system used at Sony a99 DSLR.

Sony a7 ILCE-7

Sony a7


Sony a7 specs:

  • Sensor: 35mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor, 24.3 Megapixels
  • Lens compatibility: Sony E-mount lenses
  • Recording format: Still image – JPEG, RAW; Movie – AVCHD, MP4
  • Storage media: Memory Stick PRO DUO/PRO-HG DUO/XCX-HG DUO; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-25600
  • Viewfinder: XGA OLED 0.5 type electronic viewfinder, 100% coverage
  • Microphone: Built-in, monaural
  • Interface: HDMI Type D micro connector, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, headphone jack, microphone input.
Sony Alpha a7 mirrorless full frame digital camera

Sony a7 body


Sony Alpha a7 reviews:

The a7 uses a hybrid AF system that allows the camera to ascertain not only the direction to move the lens to achieve focus, but also how far. More about these things you can read on website, that concludes:

The Alpha 7 is a nice step-up for current NEX owners, and will certainly tempt those who want something smaller than conventional full-frame cameras.

Another Sony Alpha a7 review comes from The Verge.

Also, you can find a lot of technical details about Sony a7 and tests results on Camera Labs website, that concludes:

The Sony Alpha A7 is a remarkable camera that delivers the full-frame DSLR quality of the Canon EOS 6D or Nikon D610, but from a body that’s considerably smaller and lighter, packed with more gadgetry and cheaper too, especially if bought with a kit zoom.

The Sony a7 produces images of outstanding quality with a very usable ISO range of 50-25600. ISO 50-1600 is noise-free, ISO 3200 and 6400 produce more than acceptable results, and ISO 12800 or 25600 are OK for emergency use. More about that you can read on Sony A7 review from Photography Blog, that concludes:

This camera really does deliver DSLR-like performance and image quality in a pocketable format, music to the ears of most enthusiasts, while the hybrid AF system, although not able to rival the best DSLRs and CSCs, is at least marginally faster than the more sluggish A7R.

You can also read the opinion of an expert photographer about Sony a7 on the website.


Sony Alpha a7 with lens

Alpha a7

Sony Alpha a7 display image

Sony a7

Sony a7 top view

Sony a7

Sony Alpha a7

Sony Alpha a7

Sony a7 with tiltable LCD

a7 display

Sony ILCE-7 with tiltable display

Sony ILCE-7


Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 is an update to the Nikon D5200. This entry-level DSLR camera comes with a DX-format 24.2 megapixel sensor with no optical low-pass filter and with the EXPEED4 image processor, that work together to produce high-resolution still imagery with notable color accuracy and details. The omission of the optical low-pass filter allow to gain the utmost sharpness and resolution. The sensor and image processor also allow D5300 to obtain a notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800 and to record full HD 1920x1080p movies at 60, 30, 25 or 24 fps frame rates in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format.

The Nikon D5300 benefits from a versatile AF autofocus system with a 39 distinct AF points and nine cross-type sensors, to quickly acquire focus in a range of lighting conditions. The Dynamic-area AF mode is present on this camera and allows to choose from 9, 21 or 39-point arrays. 3D-tracking, Auto-area AF and Single-point AF modes are also available on the Nikon D5300. Among other feathures, the D5300 adds to its predecessor integrated Wi-Fi and GPS modules to enable geotagging functionality and continuous transferring of imagery to an Android or iOS device, via Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app.

The Nikon D5300 has a compact and durable body, that integrates a 3.2″ 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor and a built-in pop-up flash, which supports Nikon’s i-TTL flash metering system.

The Nikon D5300 is available in three colours: black, grey and red.

The buttons and controls of the Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 top controls


Nikon D5300 specifications:

  • Sensor: 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm (DX-format) CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP
  • Lens: Nikon F bayonet lens
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, RAW; movie – MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex viewfinder
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 12800 (25600 extended)
  • Movie: HD 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound via built-in microphone
  • Monitor: 3.2″ 1037000 dots TFT-LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Interface: USB Hi-speed; Type C mini-pin HDMI connector


The TFT LCD of the Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300


Nikon D5300 reviews:

The general level of D5300’s performance is impressive. The focus system offers a good range of coverage across the frame with impressive focusing speeds. More details you can find on Nikon D5300 review from website.

The Nikon D5300 produces images of excellent quality, with noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-1600 and ISO 3200 also looking pretty good. A little noise appears at ISO 6400. More about image quality of Nikon D5300 you can read on website, that concludes:

 The combination of a free-angle screen, great video mode, high-quality stills and new connectivity options mean that the Nikon D5300 is a worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.

The Nikon D5300 is a solid and well-constructed camera that offers an ample array of connectors and an ergonomic design. More technical details you can read on website.

Another D5300 review comes from website, that says:

The Nikon D5200 impressed us last time around, but Nikon have managed to go one-better with the D5300. While its new features don’t make it a groundbreaking release, they add up to make it a better specified product for the entry-level and advanced amateur photographers it’s out to target.


Nikon D5300 DSLR camera


 D5300 body

D5300 body

Nikon D5300 with lens

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 with pop-up flash

D5300 red


Sony A3000

The Sony A3000 is an entry-level mirrorless E-mount model of Sony that looks like a DSLR (except dimensions). The A3000 comes with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor and a Bionz image processor, that together produce high-resolution, well-detailed images with minimal noise and low-light quality. This camera has the same adaptive noise reduction technology like the Sony’s flagship DSLR.

The Sony A3000 (also named ILCE 3000K in UK) has a large and ergonomic grip integrated into the body, and also has a smaller and lighter weight design, reminescent of mirrorless camera. The A3000 is very similar in weight and size with the SLT-A37 camera.

The Sony A3000 digital camera comes with the TRU-Finder QVGA 0.5″ electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage. Of course, there is also a 3.0″ 230k-dot rear LCD monitor that is dedicated to menu navigation and image composition. Due to its sensor and image processor, the A3000 can record Full HD 1080i/p video at 60 fps or 24 fps in high-quality AVCHD codec with stereo sound (via built-in stereo microphone). The internet-friendly MP4 format is also suported.

This camera comes also with a pop-up flash and with a Multi Interface Shoe, that allows you to attach various accessories, like an external microphone, a more powerful system flash and a video IR light.

Sony A3000 body



Sony A300 key features:

  • Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor; 23.2 x 15.4 mm; 20.1 megapixels.
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 16.000
  • AF: Contrast Autofocus System; 25 points sensor
  • Shutter: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse focal-plane type
  • Screen: 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor, 230400 dot
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, RAW; Movie – AVCHD/MP4
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card; Memory Stick PRO Duo/ PRO-HG DUO/ XC-HG Duo
Sony A3000 TFT LCD monitor



Sony A3000 reviews:

The Sony A3000 produces photos of excellent quality with noise absent from ISO 100-3200. Colours are vibrant and the Dynamic Range Optimizer and High Dynamic Range modes work really well. More detail you can find on Photpgraphy Blog, that concludes:

While the excellent image quality and keen price are definite plus points, the Sony A3000 lags behind when it comes to handling and performance, especially when compared against the DSLR rivals that it’s trying to emulate. It’s not especially speedy to start-up, and shot-to-shot times and auto-focusing speed, while respectable enough, aren’t anything to write home about, and neither is the lackluster continuous shooting speed.

Another Sony A3000 review comes from Digital Photography School. There you can see a lot of sample images with different settings.

On Sony A3000 review from website, you can find details about the design, controls and features of the A3000.

The website reviews the Sony A3000 and concludes:

As an entry-level model the A3000 is bettered by all of its rivals in terms of features, performance and value for money, including cameras from Sony itself.  It must be noted that it’s a simple easy-to-use camera that produces good results, and as long as you’re not in a hurry it works very well.


Sony A3000 buttons

Alpha A3000

Sony ILCE 3000k

ILCE 3000k

Sony A3000 with lens

Sony A3000 with lens


Panasonic GX7

The Panasonic Lumix GX7 is a premium mirrorless Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens digital camera from Panasonic, that comes with a new 16 MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor. This new sensor works together with the Venus Engine image processor to produce high-resolution imagery with very good details, clarity and overall impressive image quality.

The GX7 has a tilting electronic viewfinder and a tilting touchscreen LCD monitor that both are integrated into the camera’s design. The EVF (also named LVF – Live View Finder) has 2,764k-dot resolution, a 90° upward tilting mechanism and features 100% color reproduction using the field sequential system. The 3.0″ LCD monitor has 1,040k-dot resolution and can be tilted 45° upward and 80° downward for working from low and high angles.

The sensor allows GX7 to record full HD 1080p video in both 60 and 24 fps at a maximum bit rate of 24 Mbps. Videos can be saved in the high-quality AVCHD format or in the internet-friendly MP4 format. Also present on the GX7 is the Mega O.I.S. in-camera image stabilization system that helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake. Wireless connectivity is integrated into the Panasonic GX7, and the NFC (Near Fiels Communication) technology allows connecting the camera to a mobile device.

With a magnesium alloy body and a well shaped rubberized grip, the Panasonic GX7 offers a good weight but also rigidity, durability and greater stability.

Panasonic Lumix GX7 mirrorless camera

Panasonic Lumix GX7


Panasonic GX7 specifications:

  • Sensor: 16.00 MP, 17.3×13.0 mm Live MOS sensor
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, RAW, MPO; Motion image – AVCHD, MP4
  • Viewfinder: LCD Live View Finder 100% field of view, with eye sensor
  • Focus: Contrast AF system
  • Monitor: 3.0″ Tilt Static LCD with Touch Monitor, 1040k dots, 100% field of view
  • Interface: USB 2.0 High Speed Multi; MiniHDMI Type C; Monaural audio video output
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 25600
Panasonic GX7 with tiltable EVF and built-in flash

Panasonic GX7


Panasonic GX7 reviews:

With its body made of a magnesium alloy, the GX7 looks like a $1000 camera. The GX7 is an enthusiast mirrorless camera and it is a lot smaller that any of its DSL rivals. You can read more about these things on website, that concludes:

 We like the photo and video quality, performance, customizable controls, and silent shooting mode. That said, the limitations on the in-body IS system, the tendency to close down the aperture in Program mode, and lack of in-camera Raw processing keep the GX7 from earning our highest recommendation.

The Panasonic Lumix GX7 produces noise-free images at ISO 100 to 1600 with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 3200. The night photograph is excellent with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light. You can find more on the Panasonic GX7 review from, that concludes:

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is the best Panasonic compact system camera to date, and one of the best interchangeable lens cameras that we’ve ever reviewed. Offering a winning combination of outstanding image quality, excellent performance, deep feature-set and great design, the new GX7 deserves to be a run-away success.

Also, you can find a lot of sample images and results of various tests on website.

Another GX7 review comes from, where you can find more details about Panasonic GX7.

Panasonic GX7 with tilting touchscreen LCD monitor

Panasonic GX7

Lumix GX7 from Panasonic


The buttons of the Panasonic GX7

Panasonic DMC-GX7

Panasonic GX7 body

Panasonic GX7 body

Panasonic GX7 with lens photo

Lumix GX7


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