along comes the new year and with it comes new cameras

February 05, 2015  •  1 Comment

Hi Everyone,

 

The holidays are over and the new working year has started with almost a rush to get going.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. And I hope this a great year for you all.

So there is a camera show in Japan that starts next week called CP+ http://www.cpplus.jp/en/

There are new cameras from Olympus EM-5 mk2 and lenses from Sony for their new FE full frame mirrorless system, and when it opens there will be other announcements.

The big news is that, Canon are bring out a new 50 megapixel camera the EOS 5Ds http://www.canonrumors.com this is a monster of a camera, sure it will be heavy like most DSLRs are, but it will be a monster of detail imagine 50 mp per image.  It will be the highest megapixel count on any DSLR camera to date. (Until next week when Nikon or Sony bring out a 55mp camera).  

So do we need 50 mps?........... well not really, its just a marketing ploy to say we are the best exactly the same as car manufacturers do, actually every company does.  For the every day photographer who wants to snap photos of their kids and then post to social media 8-10mp is heaps you can print an A4 print from 8-10mps, iPhones are only 8mps and we seem to be happy with them.  For professional work we need about 18-30 megapixels, most of our images are either in webpages or in annual reports or an A5 brochure, so 20 is heaps.

The changes in the camera market place, is that phones have taken over the happy snap market, camera companies either don't make happy snap cameras or they only make a few just to offer something.  We all use our iPhones to take pictures and post them to social media.  So the camera companies have introduced cameras that make it easy for you to take a photo and send it to your iPhone by WiFi and then post it to social media. The new cameras have WiFi, NFC, the screens swivel so you can take a selfie, once you have your selfie and posted it to instagram you can then print it on an A4 or A3 canvas print to go above the mantel in the lounge room :)  So they are the perfect weekend and travel cameras, post to social media and print holiday photos of Bali beaches for your hallway walls.  :)  I don't know if you have ever tried to print from an iPhone image but they are crap, technical term for not good. They look great on your iPhone but the sensors are to small, no detail, sure you can get a 6x4 print for Nanna to hang on the fridge but thats about it.

So what are these new cameras, they are whats called mirrorless cameras, they have no mirrors, therefore making them small.  Don't be fooled they have large sensors and are as good or better images quality than your average DSLR. I could shoot a job on a Sony A6000 its that good. 

Below are some images from our holidays, I used WiFi to zoom them up to my iPhone i played with them in either Snapseed or the instagram editor and off they went to instagram.  If you would like to follow me on instagram I will be posting regularly from now on. 

http://instagram.com/markfarrellyphotography/  @markfarrellyphotography

So a couple of cameras to look out for:

The Sony A6000 you can not find a bad review of this camera, this is my pic of the bunch. Rumour is that Sony is bringing out a A7000 but that is a rumour and may never happen.

Canon are about to bring out the Eos m3, the m1 & m2 did not do well and had bad reviews, but Canon have said they want to be top of the mirrorless market in two years, so this could be their first serious attempt, need to see the reviews. Of course fuji cameras would be another one to look into but they don't seem to have bought out any new cameras of late, and the same with Olympus although they are bringing out the EM-5 m2 and they have some great cameras so also worth a look. But my pic of the bunch today is the Sony A6000, next week there could be other new cameras but today this is the one.

Some great sites to follow if you are interested in a new camera:

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com

http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com

http://www.canonrumors.com

http://photorumors.com

http://www.dpreview.com  the is the website for reviews, the best one.

 

So i hope the new year has started well for you all, happy shooting.

Feel free to send me any questions you may have and if you are an Instagram user follow me on Instagram. 

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Karen Roddy(non-registered)
Thanks Mark, great review and given me options to consider for my next camera. Cheers, Karen
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