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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.