Announced at IFA 2012, Sony’s NEX-5R (2938) is the third version of its very popular NEX-5 (1358) camera. This new model features a 16-megapixel APS-C EXMOR sensor composed of photosites that provide autofocusing by phase detection. Has Sony improved the image quality of its latest mid-range compact hybrid? Our tests reveal the answer.
Canon’s Powershot S110 in an update on its previous Powershot S100, there are some improvements in the styling and user interface and an increase in the maximum ISO, which should be welcome for users working in low light. However the DxO Mark overall score fails to live up to its predecessor, so are the changes purely cosmetic?
With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus updates its range of micro 4:3 compact hybrids with redesigned ergonomics, upgraded electronics, and especially with the integration of the same 16Mpix LiveMos sensor found in the OM-D E-M5. Will it show the same advances in image quality as the flagship camera of its line? Our tests provide the answer.
Introduced in mid September, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 is the second generation of Olympus’ entry-level Micro Four Thirds hybrid camera. It sports a newly updated design with a useful, fixed grip and a touch-screen interface among other updates, but the big news is that it has inherited the sensor of the much-admired Olympus OM-D E-M5, the current top-of-the-line Micro Four Thirds camera.
Pentax’s new version of their very accomplished K-5 model manages to retain the top position in the Semi-Pro DSLR category against some very tough competition. Should we be disappointed that it fails to score higher than the K-5? Not really, the K-5 II incorporates a number of technology updates without damaging what was, in the K-5, a very good formula.
Announced in September 2012, the Sony NEX-6 creates a new range in the Sony line-up. It sits between the flagship Sony NEX-7 and the mid-range Sony NEX-5R offering features and performance benefits to beginner and advanced photographers alike. Providing a simplified user-interface than the NEX-7, the NEX-6 is none-the-less fully featured with a high-resolution OLED viewfinder, Full HD video recording and a tilt-adjustable screen for ease of use.
Canon’s PowerShot G15 is the latest iteration of the popular G-series compacts aimed at enthusiasts. It packs a number of refinements over its predecessor, not the least being a new f/1.8-2.8 high-speed zoom, larger, high-resolution screen and a smaller, more compact body. It also marks the move from CCD to a Canon made CMOS with a fourfold increase in maximum sensitivity and full HD (1080p) video capture. Will the new Canon show any advance in image quality over the earlier G12? Read on to find out.
Committed to retaining its sales lead in numerous countries, Canon views its new EOS 650D as a strategically important product. What improvements can we see with respect to its sensor, which Canon claims is new? How does this latest camera in the EOS line compare with its predecessor, the EOS 600D, and with its rivals, the Nikon D3200 and the Sony SLT-A65? The answers lie in our sensor test results for the 650D.
The PENTAX DA Star 200mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM is the fastest telephoto lens in Pentax’s high-end product range. For example, on an APS-C like the Pentax K5, its focal length is equivalent to a 300mm on a full-frame camera. With its weather- and dust-resistant construction and fast ultrasonic autofocus, it could prove a great companion for wildlife and sports photographers.
Only weeks after the D800 debut, Canon announced, on its 75th birthday, the release of the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark III.
As you probably saw, at DxOMark, we have determined a clear winner - at least in regards to RAW image quality - after putting both cameras sensors under the scrutiny of our laboratory tests. But, here is our detailed analysis of this clash of the Titans.
The launch of the 1D X is approaching. And, before we can test it, we wanted to share with you a detailed comparison of Canon's new flagship professional camera with its predecessors and competitors. Overall, this looks like an interesting evolution.
We’ve put the Sony SLT-A57, a digital SLR with electronic viewfinder that incorporates a well-known 16Mpix CMOS ASP-C sensor, through its paces at DxOMark. What progress can we expect? How does it compare with its competitors, both reflex and hybrids? Here are our results.
Last year Nikon endowed the D5100 with a 16Mpix CMOS sensor and an articulated screen. This year Nikon has grafted a 24Mpix high-resolution APS-C sensor onto its D3100 amateur camera to create a new version, the D3200. What kind of image quality can we expect from this entry-level camera’s very high-resolution sensor? The answer can be found in our tests.
The new lightweight smc Pentax-DA 40mm f/2.8 XS strives to be a versatile weapon in a photographer’s arsenal of lenses. But the dainty lens, weighing only 51 grams and measuring a slim 9mm in thickness, needs a little more beef – at least that’s what DxOMark determined after putting the lens’ optics through our rigorous tests.
The Nikon 1 J2 retains many of the same characteristics of its older brother, the J1, including its 1", 10-Mpix CMOS sensor. Other than its new 3", 921,000-point screen, the new version of Nikon’s compact hybrid puts particular emphasis on creative modes. How does the Nikon 1 J2’s sensor perform with respect to its predecessor, to its direct competitors, and to expert-level hybrids and compacts? Some answers from DxOMark.
Finally, a Sony full-frame DSLR: the last one was the Alpha 850. But though the new full-format 24Mpix camera shines with all of its new technology and features, it now belongs to the family of cameras with electronic viewfinders instead of with the Alpha 900 and its traditional DSLR viewfinder. With this new positioning, Sony stands out from among the leading lights in this market segment.
In response to the announcement of the Canon EOS 1D X, Nikon just unveiled its new flagship camera, the Nikon D4, which replaces the D3s at the top of the Nikon DSLR line-up. This new model features impressive specs: a new 16-Mpix FX sensor with sensitivity up to 200,000 ISO, uncompressed Full HD video recording with autofocus, 11 fps burst mode, improved 51-point autofocus module, face detection, wireless control...
Let's have a closer look at these promising specs.
Sony unveils its new expert compact digital large-sensor model, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, which offers a unique mix of sensor array size and camera body compactness. Can this “premium” compact become the benchmark for this market segment?
Last Friday we had the chance to attend the Nikon press conference introducing the Nikon D4 and lay our hands on a pre-production model used for filming and broadcasting the conference live on the web.
By replacing two predecessors with the Canon EOS-1D X, its new flagship professional DSLR, Canon hopes to deliver both the top-notch image quality of the studio-oriented Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and the superfast performance of the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV sports shooter. A compromise of sorts between speed and image quality, the 1D X manages to deliver enough improvements to satisfy both markets.
Today Cannon announced its new amateur D-SLR with the Canon EOS-650D. Despite some nice new features, this new model is not a revolution in term of sensor with a 18 MPix APS-C sensor. Before we can test how good it performs, here are our first impressions in this preview.
The Nikon D5200 refurbishes the D5100 and moves upmarket by adopting a 24Mpix APS-C sensor and some of the elements that have been the joy of photographers equipped with a D7000: a 39-point autofocus and an exposure meter that incorporates a 2016Mpix RGB sensor and scene recognition.
With more than 1,700 combination measurements published, DxOMark is now the largest image quality measurement database available on the web.
On June 24, 2011, DxO Labs has announced the launch of the latest version of DxOMark (www.dxomark.com), its online, freely-accessible resource for image quality data and analysis of digital cameras and lenses.
Announced at the same time as the Canon EOS 650D, will the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM establish itself as the trans-standard lens of reference for APS-C reflex owners? Learn more in our preview.
A wide-angle lens is good, but a stabilized wide-angle is so much better! Such a thing wasn’t customary just a little while ago, but this is something we’re seeing more and more, and Canon is not the last in line in this regard. So the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM will be the first 35mm lens to benefit from optical image stabilization.
When Fujifilm launched the X100, they certainly didn't expect it to raise so much interest among photography enthusiasts. Earlier this week, they announced the Fujifilm XPro1, which more specifically targets this demanding market.
Sigma’s new 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM II Nikon made some gains over its predecessor, including a dramatic improvement with tapping down chromatic aberration. But the lens also stumbled, regressing in our lens distortion category.
Tokina announces a new version of its wide-angle 11-16mm lens for APS-C cameras, featuring an aspherical element, an improved surface coating ,and an autofocus motor (AF-S equivalent) called SD-M (Silent Drive-Module).
The Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM would make a great companion for wildlife photographers – it is Canon’s longest lens in its macro category. And as an added selling point, the lens performed above average in four out five DxOMark evaluation categories.
The new Nikon D800E ditches the low-pass optical filter found in the D800. The result is a camera that produces images with sharper image quality and a stronger preservation of details. But does this absence of an anti-aliasing filter impact the camera’s sensor in other areas?
The Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) Macro 1:1 Canon would make an ideal lens companion for nature and wildlife photographers who are on a budget. Affordable and lightweight, the lens excels in many of DxOMark’s image quality tests, but it is also tripped up in one important category.
As you well know, DxOMark, the world leader in image quality analysis conducts scientific and independent testing on the latest camera sensor technology available. This time around we have Fujifilm's latest creation; the FinePix X100 an APS-C camera with an impressive array of features, and one of the most awaited products in its category. Find out Fujifilm FinePix X100's review results...
Bridge cameras often suffer from so-so image quality and cheap finishing touches. How does this premium bridge from Fuji compare to such expert compact cameras as the Canon Powershot S100 or G12? Does it use the same sensor as the Fujifilm X10? What differences in performance can we expect when pitting it against an APS-C hybrid? Here are the DxOMark.com test results for the Fujifilm FinePix X-S1.
The Nikon D4 is a cheetah reincarnated into a camera body, capable of shooting a speedy 9 to 11 frames per second. But what kind of lenses would make the best companions for this high octane camera? DxOMark has some recommendations.
The Nikon D5100 replaces the D5000 in Nikon’s lineup; it finds its place right below the Nikon D7000, according to Nikon’s marketing the D90 is still positioned between the D5100 and the D7000, however the spec sheet and the performances of the D5100 make this hard to believe.
This is because the D5100 shares the same Sony 16 megapixels sensor as the D7000. The major difference between the two bodies being the AF: 11 points with 3D tracking for the D5100 (presumably the “old” MultiCam 1000 already used on the D90) versus the 39 points with 3D tracking now used on the D7000. Find out Nikon D5100's review results...
Pentax’s smc DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited is a versatile lens that allows photographers to capture detail shots, portraits, and medium-sized candid pictures. How does this prime lens stackup compared to similar lenses made by Pentax and other similar lenses?
Samyang’s 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC for Canon would make a quality lens for photographers who have a knack for manually focusing their images. The lens excludes an autofocus system, which helps bring down its price by hundreds of dollars.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM is the ultimate wide-angle lens. It allows photographers to take pictures with unusual angles and in tight spaces. But the lens was tripped up in DxOMark testing in one important category.
The new entry level Canon kit lens has been tested by DxOMark and the results are now available. You will also find the complete measurements for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II and in conjunction with cameras such as: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 50D or the older Canon EOS 20D.
Canon’s 18-megapixel EOS M is sure to turn heads, as it combines some of Canon’s famous DSLR and video technology and stuffs it into a point-and-shoot like camera body. Here’s the scoop on Canon’s first mirrorless model and some of its accessories.
After an intense year spent testing digital cameras — taking one photo every 10 seconds! — the DxOMark teams are working even more, despite the shining sun, to offer you new features. DxOMark will return in September with even better ways to help users compare products, along with new sensor and lens reviews of all the latest and greatest camera gear. In the meantime, DxOMark asks all its loyal button pushers to keep their camera shutters clicking!
Affordable. Light. Compact. And a classic. The two-decade-old Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM is a popular lens known for producing high quality images. Its wide aperture and medium focal length make this Canon product ideal for newbie photographers looking to enhance their portfolio with a portrait lens.
DxOMark continues its study of Nikon’s vintage AF-D Nikkor series, this time focusing on the 35mm f/2.
Photographers enjoy shooting with this lens because of its versatility and its very light weight. Mounted on a full-frame camera, this wide-angle’s field of view is the equivalent of a 53mm lens mounted on a Nikon APS-C (such as the D7000).
Are you a Canon or Nikon photographer looking for a versatile prime standard lens? The Tokina’s AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro might be the lens for you. It gives users myriad shooting options: you can take portraits, photograph detail oriented macro pictures, or snap landscape images. DxOMark takes a look at how the lens performs on select Canon and Nikon cameras, and how it stacks up against rivals.
DxOMark continues with its series of reviews of micro 4/3 lenses.
Following our review of Panasonic’s very good kit lens, we present here the results for a bright wide-angle lens — the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0, announced in June 2011 and on the market now for several months. This 12mm wide-angle lens is the equivalent of a 24mm 24x36; its design is upscale, all-metal and with a very pleasant grip. This lens has another nice feature in terms of handling — users can quickly activate the manual control simply by sliding the focus ring toward the camera.
Since the launch of the DxOMark website, many debates have arisen about ISO sensitivity: Some manufacturers were accused of cheating, the ISO sensitivity measured by DxOMark was claimed to be meaningless for photographers. The DxOMark team would like to clarify certain points.
The Pentax smc DA Star 55mm f/1.4 SDM is a prime standard lens that allows users to dream up pictures with incredible artistic aesthetics thanks largely to its medium focal length and extra wide aperture of f/1.4. The latter also gives it a leg up in dark conditions. But how does the lens compare to similar Pentax lenses, or similar pieces of glass made by its rivals?
The Nikon D800 was finally announced and we are looking forward to publishing some great image quality test results soon. But while we wait for a production sample to measure, here are 3 very interesting comparisons.
Sony’s latest expert compact camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, incorporates a 1-inch sensor that is larger than the 1/1.7" and 2/3" sensors of its competitors. Sony has already surprised us over the past few years with its highly efficient CMOS sensors. Will this be the case for the RX100? Our DxOMark tests reveal the answer.
A relatively recent arrival on the photography market, Panasonic has rather limited experience in the field and does not yet have the same name recognition and reputation as its principal rivals and partners (starting with Olympus).
To add some gravitas to its line of high-end lenses, Panasonic had the very good idea to team up with one of the most experienced and reputable lens manufacturers in the field (in terms of image quality), Leica. This arrangement is similar to the one for Sony cameras and their high-end Carl Zeiss-signed lenses.
Continuing with our tests on micro 4/3 lenses, today we take another look at an older (2009) pancake lens, the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/2.8. Very compact and light-weight, the 17mm f/2.8 was one of the very first lenses specifically designed for micro 4/3 cameras.
Three-and-a-half years after the release of the full-frame reflex EOS 5D Mark II, Canon finally unveils its successor, the EOS 5D Mark III, a reflex camera that takes several significant qualitative and functional leaps forward by borrowing the latest must-haves in photo technology from the EOS 7D and the EOS-1Dx.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ is the kit zoom launched by Olympus for the OM-D E-M5. We can’t test the lens on an E-M5 for the moment, since as of this writing the camera is not yet commercially available. But while we wait, let’s take a look at how this lens performs on other micro 4/3 cameras.
Today, Sony announced the SLT Alpha 57. This new model replaces the one and a half years old SLT A55 translucent mirror DSLR. comes with some interesting improvements in particular for its continuous shooting and auto focus.
Today we take a look at a versatile old lens, the low-price trans-standard Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, which first appeared in 1996. Despite its age, this full-field lens is still very useful and will allow you to take many different kinds of shots, from landscape to portrait.
Much like the K-5 from whom it borrowed all the technical essentials, the Pentax K-30 comes equipped with a 16-Mpix APS-C CMOS-technology sensor that one assumes is of Sony origin. (This is the same sensor used in the Nikon D7000 and D5100 as well as in the Sony NEX-5R / NEX-5N and SLT-A57.)
With the SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited, we begin a new series featuring the results of Pentax prime lenses. Launched in 2009, this pancake lens offers a focal equivalent of 24mm on a full-frame camera… so it isn’t a very wide-angle compact lens which will certainly adapt very well to the upcoming Pentax K01.
The EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) replaces the EOS 1000 as Canon’s entry-level body. It combines a 12-megapixel sensor, Canon’s 9-point AF engine coupled to the 63-zone metering system introduced by the EOS7D, and of course the now-standard Digic 4 image processor.
The EOS 600D looks much like the EOS 550D, which, however, it does not replace. Both bodies will remain in Canon’s lineup. The 600D utilizes most of the 550D’s hardware features, including its 18-megapixel sensor; it adds an articulated screen, along with the “beginners” functions and creative filters first seen on the EOS 60D.
The study of this group of 14 Zeiss lenses is interesting in many aspects. One of the questions arising after such an analysis is more than obvious: is high-end always the best choice? Zeiss is an interesting case since the company only produces high-end, expensive lenses. This positioning is completely justified by a superb build quality.
Panasonic has added a new member to its highly esteemed Lumix G-line. The 16-megapixel Lumix DMC G5 adopts the Japanese brand’s mirrorless and Micro Four Thirds technology, and it replaces the one-year-old G3. But did Panasonic’s renovation of features and design for the G5 extend to the camera’s image quality? DxOMark has some answers.
Fuji announces a second premium camera in its FinePix X series: the X10. This new compact camera is expected this autumn with a 12-megapixel sensor and a zoom lens equivalent to a 28-112mm lens at f/2-2.8.
End of last week Sony announced the SLT Alpha 57, the successor of the SLT A55. This translucent mirror DSLR comes with some interesting improvements in particular for its continuous shooting and auto focus.
The compactness, flexibility for interchange lenses, and touchscreen focus and interface makes Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF5 an attractive companion for amateur photographers who want the usability of a point-and-shoot, but the versatility of a DSLR. But with a number of similar hybrid cameras entering the market, is the GF5 right for you?
Carl Zeiss is one of those almost mythical lens makers. Focusing on quality, its lenses almost always rely on complex optical formulas. Their price reflects this involvement in quality, and logically Zeiss lenses are on the same shelves as the very high-end Canon or Nikon models. We have tested 14 of them so far, ranging from the ultra-wide-angle Distagon T18mm f/3.5 to the much heavier Makro Planar T100mm f/2.
Canon updates the high-end two-year-old PowerShot G12 with the PowerShot G15. The latest addition to the PowerShot G-series slims down in size, but increases in performance: including faster and brighter optics and higher Full HD video resolution. Check out the highlights of the PowerShot G15 in DxOMark’s preview.
The long awaited and rumored mirrorless Nikon camera was finally announced today. And it’s not just one but a pair of new mirrorless compact “1 System” cameras that are coming to compete with the Sony NEX 7, the Pentax Q, the Olymps PEN EP3 or even the Fujifilm FinePix X10. These 2 first models in this new Nikon 1 series are the Nikon J1 and Nikon V1.
The Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM, which came out in March 2009, completes Sigma’s Pro (EX) line. This very-wide-angle lens, compatible with APS-C cameras, offers a constant aperture at f/3.5 across the entirety of its focal lengths. And with its HSM (hypersonic motor), it also offers fast focusing.
In March 2009, the Panasonic Lumix G-Vario 14-140mm F4-5.8 Mega OIS was the first Panasonic super-zoom produced expressly for micro 4/3 sensors. This zoom can come in very handy with its wide focal range (equivalent to 28–280mm for 24x36mm).
Today Panasonic unveiled the successor to the DMC-GF3. Contrary to what you might expect, it's not called the DMC-GF4, but the Lumix DMC-GF5. Indeed, in Japanese culture, the number four is thought to cause bad luck because it is pronounced the same as the word for death (shi).
The Canon 5D Mark III is certainly one of the most anticipated cameras of 2012. Announced a couple of months ago, we finally got a production sample and tested it. Without further ado, here are our results:
Nikon’s recently released consumer-oriented full-frame sensor DSLR, the D600, has just gone through DxOMark’s image quality evaluation tests. And the verdict is in: the D600 is an affordable camera that places a high premium on image quality, as it ranks just behind the top performing Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E. It is also a significant improvement over the high-end professional flagship DSLRs, the Nikon D3X and the Nikon D4. Here are the DxOMark test results for the D600.
Yesterday, Nikon announced a new entry level DSLR: the Nikon D3200. Even if this new model looks very similar to the Nikon D3100, don't be mistaken, the D3200 is a very different DSLR, as we describe in the following preview:
Sony adds a new lens for their proprietary NEX interchangeable lens format, a macro lens capable of 1:1 (life-size magnification ratio) that is being marketed by Sony as "currently the world’s lightest life-size macro lens (138g) for interchangeable-lens cameras".
Olympus caused a sensation when it revived the legendary OM line that had enjoyed its heyday in the silver halide era. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 successfully revisits the OM design in terms of its ergonomics and workmanship. Olympus has quite precisely taken advantage of this new family in its line of compact hybrid micro 4:3 cameras to introduce a new 16 Mpix Live MOS sensor. What is this new sensor all about? Does it represent an improvement over current Pen sensors? Does it help the micro 4:3 category to catch up with the APS-C hybrids (with the Sony NEX in the lead)? Our sensor review provides the answers.
World-leading photography website dpreview.com today announces that it is adopting DxOMark technology for its reviews, with the first lens reviews using DxOMark measurements to be available in the coming days. This partnership confirms DxOMark's unique position as an independent camera and lens testing laboratory for leading photography press publications and websites.
The NEX-F3 is one of three Sony mirrorless camera models released in 2012, and it’s the company’s eighth since the launch of the NEX line in 2010. The NEX-F3 borrows heavily from higher-end models, but also taps much of the technology found in its predecessor. So is there any big evolution in sensor quality for the NEX-F3? Or were most of the changes to the camera cosmetic? DxOMark has some answers.
After months of rumors swirling about, today Canon finally launched its new flagship DSLR: the Canon EOS 1D X. This new camera will replace not just the EOS 1Ds but also all EOS 1D current models... and will bring the APS-H sensor size to an end.
Even though it appeared in Canon’s lineup in 1995, the Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 is one of the most recent wide-angle prime lenses for full-frame cameras. Built around 10 elements in 9 groups with one aspherical element, this lens feels pretty solid in hand. Its ultrasonic motor (USM) makes it very silent and quick to focus. In terms of image quality, the Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 provides a really good value for money.
Measurements for Sigma 85mm F/1.4 EX DG HSM (Canon mount) and Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Nikon mount) lenses now available on DxOMark: • To view full test results and scores for the Sigma 85mm F/1.4 EX DG HSM click here ; • for the Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD click here ;
Our last DxOMark update of the year 2010 is a joint lens review prepared with Focus Numérique, a French website specializing in photography news, lens and camera reviews, and training. The review provides in-depth benchmarks for some 50mm prime lenses — of great interest to any photographer!
Six month after we started image quality data for lenses, we now have 105 lenses being measured on DxOMark. Each lens being evaluated for many compatible cameras that is more than 1,000 camera/lens combinaisons available!