Which capable compact, with plenty of control, should I buy?
With the increasing affordability of digital full frame cameras, there's been speculation about the future of APS-C as an enthusiast format. But with the launch of the 7D Mark II, Canon has made it pretty clear it believes there's still a high-end market for crop-sensor formats. We spoke to Bettina Hansen, a photographer who regularly shoots Canon and has experience working with the original EOS 7D to see what she made of the new camera
One swallow does not a summer make, said Aristotle, suggesting the dangers of looking for trends based on single examples. Even with this in mind, I'm pleased to see two manufacturers introduce 70-200mm equivalent zooms for APS-C cameras at this year's Photokina. First Fujifilm introduced its 50-140mm F2.8 R, and then Samsung followed suit with its 50-150mm F2.8 S. I think these lenses make more sense than actual 70-200mms; let me explain why...
The death of the point-and-shoot compact has been disastrous for all the major camera manufacturers, but it's not all bad news. Manufacturers are clambering over themselves to offer the most attractive features to the last group of people willing to pay for a good camera, spurring the kind of innovation we've not seen in a long time. Find out why we think photographers are reaping the greatest benefits from the decline of the point-and-shoot. Read more
Equivalence, at its most simple, is a way of comparing different formats (sensor sizes) on a common basis. Sounds straightforward enough, but the concept is still somewhat controversial and not always clearly understood. We thought it was about time we explained - and demonstrated - what equivalence means and what it doesn't. Learn more
Up until now, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 was the only game in town for those seeking a big zoom camera with a larger-than-average sensor. Panasonic has thrown its hat into the ring with the Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which offers a 1"-type, 20.1MP CMOS sensor, plus a longer (but slightly slower) zoom lens. The FZ1000 is also the first compact camera to support 4K video recording. Perhaps the biggest story is the price: $899. We've gotten our mitts on a product model and have some initial thoughts to share. Find out more
As soon as it arrived we wasted no time getting out with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, and in the past few days we've also added a lot to our first-impressions review, including a movie page, shooting experience and studio comparison images. This weekend presented an opportunity to update our gallery of real-world sample images too, bringing our gallery to 87 images, including a handful of raw conversions. See more.
As soon as it emerged from our studio we went straight out shooting with the RX100 III, to give an idea of the results it gives. We'll be adding video and more samples over the coming days but this initial gallery aims to show a range of the camera's capabilities. We set the camera's ND filter to Auto, so we could shoot at wide aperture in good light, and include a real-world shot from the wide and long en of the lens, shot this way. Click through to see more.