Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

May
20
2015

New Kid in Town Samsung NX1 Puts Pressure on Sony a7, Panasonic GH4. Again.

With a Gold Award win from dpreview, the Samsung NX1 [B&H | Amazon] is the best reason yet for accelerated release dates from Sony for an a7s Mark II and from Panasonic for a GH5 You’ve read about the NX1 at planet5D before – or if not,…
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Apr
30
2015

Tony Northrup Compares Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1 4K Cameras in Excellent 4K Video

Tony Northrup of popular YouTube channel 'Learn the Art & Science of Photography with Chelsea & Tony' has put the Samsung NX1, Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s to a side-by-side test shooting the same subject – Tony Northrup – at the same time. Walking or…
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Mar
16
2015

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Walks All Over Panasonic GH4 in Image Stabilization Test

planet5D readers, we need your help. In a Peter Hurley “sha-BANG” kind of moment, footage taken with the in-lens image stabilization of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 appears to be trounced by the 5-axis, in-body image stabilization of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. It makes…
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Feb
23
2015

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is More — and Less — Than You Think It Is

Credit where credit’s due: Canon’s STM lenses focus quickly and silently at incredibly reasonable price points, and their EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM does that while also being exceptionally compact and having a very close focusing distance. Down-under planet5D reader Chris Winter gives us a quick…
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Feb
11
2015

Olympus comes in from the filmmaking wilderness…

John Brawley seems to be the underdog of the lesser known brands and micro 4/3 cameras. His latest post is about the just announced Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, [adrotate group="6"] and I feel like this long post he has created for it is like…
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Jan
23
2015

Aputure VS-2: Great Value in a 7” Field Monitor

In another installment of our just-made-up “80/20” series, Aputure scores a win with their VS-2. I got religion (of the larger on-camera field monitor kind) a few months ago when I tested smallHD’s AC7. I learned that a minimum 7” diagonal is the ticket: it’s…
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Jan
20
2015

CAME-TV 7800 Takes On The MoVI M5: A Gimbal for the Rest of Us?

If Freefly’s MoVI M5 is the BMW of 3-axis gimbals, CAME-TV’s 7800 is the Hyundai: an ambitious, low-priced alternative inspired by the original that offers a legitimate set of trade-offs, and can definitely get you from points A to B. After many months of MoVI…
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Jan
15
2015

Reader Review: Crazy-Fast RAID System from Accusys

This is ridiculous but it’s definitely NOT crazy: I actually got excited looking at the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test results for this monster 25 lb., incredibly fast and equally poorly-named Accusys ExaSAN A08S3-PS RAID system. I’ve never seen every box check-marked green.[adrotate group="6"] There’s nothing sexy…
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Jan
14
2015

“I Want That One:” DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Earns PC Mag Editor’s Choice

There are so many ways to create incredible footage these days that sometimes it’s overwhelming. The folks over at PC Magazine make it a little less overwhelming with their thumbs-up review of this incarnation of the DJI Phantom 2 drone.[adrotate group="6"] Do you ever remind…
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Dec
23
2014

2014: A Great Year for Gear – Is there a perfect camera yet?

What an amazing year for gear porn. The Year of Mirrorless and 4K 2014 was truly the year of mirrorless – and 4K (selling it, anyway). At one end, it was all about the Panasonic GH4 with its internal 4K recording and the first amazing…
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