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  • Posted on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Review

    Price in UK is now down to 725 (after cash back) so is now comparable to the new Panasonic FZ1000 in price. Overall I still prefer the Sony to the FZ1000 so will be placing an order now it is well below my magic figure!
    • 2 Jul 2014 3:19PM
  • Posted on: Olympus Stylus 1 Review

    The photo IQ is not better than the Panasonic LF1 and the video performance is lower than the LF1.

    The LF1 will fit in a small pocket or handbag but the Stylus 1 will really need a case. Therefore, this is only really of interest to those who don't video much and use a viewfinder more than the screen.

    Seems Olympus have missed the spot with this one, probably to protect their other offerings, real shame. If Panasonic update their FZ200 to use a similar sensor and better EVF then Olympus will be pushed out.
    • 16 Feb 2014 5:42PM
  • Posted on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Vs Sony Cyber-shot R1


    Quote:Great comparison review !!.......not a massive difference in the image quality, but the RX10
    does have more 'bite' from the 20mgp sensor.



    Sorry but there is a massive difference in IQ and given the 8 years difference I would expect one! The RX10 cooers are far more natural and the images do not have that over-blown video look to them. More detail and less noise are clearly evident.

    I think the choice of lens is good for most users who want to carry just one camera without multiple lenses and the EVF is again good enough for most. The only issue is the current rather high price. Now when Sony can get it to the 750 mark I'm in!
    • 10 Jan 2014 4:09PM
  • Posted on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Review

    Once the price drops to sub 800 I'm in!
    • 4 Jan 2014 4:28PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GH2 Micro 43rds Review

    For those of us who need glasses for reading then a camera with a viewfinder is essential. For most users who are stepping up from a compact and appreciate the flexibility of an interchangeable lens camera the Panasonic G3 is probably their best bet. But for those who want to use video as much as stills, such as the average family on holiday, then the GH2 is a good choice. If fitted with the new compact X PZ 14-42mm it really makes a compact all day carry around that beats the NEX series with similar lens attached.

    When the GH2 replacement is released I am sure it will be even more compact and G3 like and should give the Olympus OM-D E-M5 a run for its money!
    • 7 May 2012 11:48AM
  • Posted on: Sony NEX-5N Mirrorless Review

    Great small body, great IQ, then it is spoilt as soon as you put a lens on!

    The micro four thirds systems may not have the same high ISO performance but they do have the better compact lens. One of the main points for these camears is the compact size and low weight over a normal DSLR system. The NEX 5N when paired with a 18-55mm lens is neither compact or that light.

    Better to have a little less ISO performance and something you can easily fit in a coat pocket than a larger camera that ends up being little better than a DSLR.
    • 16 Apr 2012 7:33PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Hands-On Review

    Nice update to the GF3 but since you can get the GF3 currently for such good prices I would not hold off buying for this update.

    No viewfinder, which is normally bad, but the compact size, especially when paired with the X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens means you really can fit it in a handbag or coat pocket to complement your DSLR.
    • 13 Apr 2012 3:49PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G X 14-42mm PZ Lens Review

    I bet Sony NEX owners wished they could have such a compact zoom lens for their cameras!
    • 13 Apr 2012 3:42PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GF3 Mirrorless Camera Review

    Well I now have a GF3X (the kit with the G X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens) and have to say for the 325 I paid, (after the 50 cash back offer currently available) it is a great package!

    As I suspected the image orientation sensor is built into the lens so I have that feature. The results I get are as crisp as the 20mm f1.7 pancake lens I have for my GH1.

    I don't think the missing hot-shoe is a big deal as no one is going to mount an external flash to this diminutive beauty! It is a great complement to a DSLR with either the X lens, I have, for general use or the 20mm pancake for low light use, especially where a flash can't be used. At least you have a flash always on hand for fill-in use unlike the Sony NEX range.

    Get one while you can at the low price on offer!
    • 13 Apr 2012 3:24PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix GF3 Mirrorless Camera Review

    One of the Cons listed is lack of orientation sensor but with all Panasonic G series cameras this function is built into the lens. But not all the lenses have the sensor fitted! I think all the lenses with OIS do have the sensor but fixed primes do not.

    This camera with the G X Vario 14-42mm lens fitted is probably better than the Sony NEX3 or NEX5 as it has the built in flash and far more compact. Given it is available for a really low price now the GF5 is released it makes it a great buy!
    • 11 Apr 2012 12:14PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix G X 14-42mm PZ Lens Review

    Currently available with 50 cash back from panasonic making it better value.

    I opted for the lens with the GF3 body as it is available for 325 after the cash back, almost making the GF3 body free!
    • 11 Apr 2012 12:07PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Review

    Given this camera with kit 14-42mm lens is available for 335 it makes it a better choice than the Olympus E-P1 as in terms of weight there is barely 50g between them! Given you get a flash and viewfinder with the G10 it is a good buy.
    • 10 Oct 2010 12:14PM

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