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Sony a99 II: No C-AF in manual video?

15 Feb

Here’s the relevant section of Kai Man Wong’s review of the a99 II, discussing its video capabilities, the f/3.5 caveat, and the missing option to have continuous autofocus when video exposure is set manually:


I take my hat off to Kai for delivering a more thorough review of this camera, and in a shorter space of time, than other frequented outlets.


List of cameras beaten by the Pentax K-3

2 Mar

Just having a little fun looking at snapsort. According to their ratings, the K-3 beats the following cameras:

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 5D Mk II

Leica M Typ 240

Nikon D7100

Nikon Df – Tie!

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus PEN E-P5

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX1100

Sony A3000

Fujifilm cameras cannot be compared (no score given, even for the X-A1, but DxOMark have promised to review it soon). You may notice that it also beats the GH4; however, this is based on misidentified data that gives the GH4 a low sensor score (it hasn’t actually been reviewed by DxOMark).

The only remotely comparable cameras I could find that narrowly beat it are the A7/r and the Nikon D6x0 (all by less than ten points!). Let me know in comments if there’s one you think I’ve overlooked.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 announced: Lifeline for old lenses

10 Sep

Olympus’ long-awaited olive branch for Four Thirds lens owners has arrived in the shape of the E-M1, a camera larger than the E-M5, with a sizeable grip and significantly improved image quality. With its 16 megapixel sensor, it extends on the 12MP resolution of its predecessor, the E-5. However, the jury is still out on whether its autofocus, with 37 on-chip phase-detect autofocus sensing points (none cross-type), is as fast and accurate as that on its DSLR predecessors – a number of Olympus aficionados have come out saying it is.

The OM-D E-M1 will also use micro Four Thirds lenses in addition to Four Thirds ones. When using Micro Fourth Thirds lenses, autofocus is via contrast detection (slower but accurate, allows additional features such as eye detection).

I’m glad to note that Olympus agreed with my assessment that bigger picture buffers were needed – the E-M1 offers a buffer depth of 40 RAW images – possibly larger than any current camera.