Magazine review of Panasonic TZ40

This months What Digital Camera magazine has a review of the new Panasonic TZ40 compact travel zoom. Under the title “Is the latest TZ camera still best in class”?, the magazine concludes:

Panasonic Lumix TZ40 Silver

“Costing the same as the TZ30 when it was launched, the TZ40 offers more connectivity options and better all round features. The long zoom, great handling and simple menu system add up to make it a great camera to use, and while we’d like the next TZ model to offer RAW, its JPEGS will satisfy those that it’s designed for. (91%).

My Take.

Here, here. The Panasonic TZ40 certainly has the features to be a great compact travel zoom like models from Sony, Canon, and Fuji but does it have enough to stand out from the crowd?

Personally I agree the TZ series needs to adopt RAW capture but I’d also like to see a rear articulated screen and a reduction in pixel density or a slightly bigger sensor.

Mark Baynham (April 2013)

What Digital Camera (Nikon D7100)

This months What Digital Camera had a full test of Nikon’s new DX format DSLR, the Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens

I will be posting my own review shortly by here’s a snipet of what the magazine concluded:

“The D7100 is prehaps one of the most complete enthusiast DSLR’s we’ve seen to date ……….Overall if burst shooting or low light photography is your thing the Nikon D7100 may not be ideal . Yet ……….. ( I’ll let you read the article but you probably get the flavour).

Mark Baynham (April 2013)

Magazine Review of Fuji X100S

This weeks (2nd April)  Amateur photographer Magazine contained a full, highly detailed review of the new Fuji X100S.It a bit pointless copying their conclusion because unsurprisingly the Fuji X100S turned in a wonderful performance and this only reinforces what several respected on line review sites have also said.

Fujifilm Finepix X100S

My Take:

Lets be honest we knew the Fuji X100S was going to be an excellent camera after all it had a great starting point in the Fuji X100. What is remarkable is just how improved the X100S is over its predecessor and what a revelation the adoption of a Trans X sensor has been. Fuji have been really sensible in their other various tweaks and the sum of these subtle tweaks and the new sensor results in one fantastic camera.

Some will moan that it uses a fixed lens but that’s not the point. The Fuji X100S is intended to be the ultimate carry anywhere “street” camera” and / or general purpose camera that gives users a traditional 35mm view of the world through its improved electro / optical hybrid viewfinder.

My only whinge would be that the rear screen should have a higher resolution (same as the X Pro1?) to match the quality feel of the rest of the X100S and it would have been handy if it had built in Wi-Fi capacity.

Looking at images produced by the Fuji X100S (incredibly detailed, superb high ISO performance) and reading the reviews written to my mind if you buy a Fuji X100s you’ve getting as good a camera as there is out there at the moment. The X100S oozes class, looks the business and I just know it would be a highly rewarding camera to own.

Mark Baynham (April 2013)

Six of the best full frame DSLR’s tested

This months practical photography magazine ran a group test for 6 of the latest and near recent full frame DSLR’s from the major manufactures.

Models tested were: Nikon D600 / Canon 6D / Canon 5D M2  / Nikon D800 / Sony A99 and Canon 5D M3

The year 2012 proved to be one for truly affordable full frame (with the Nikon D600 & Canon 6D).Now is probably a good time to take the plunge into full frame ownership, there’s plenty of choice out there and the newer model have superb spec’s.

And the result of the magazines test / review.

Canon EOS 5D MK III with Canon 24-105mm F4 Lens + £160 cashback

Well unsurprisingly the Canon EOS 5D Mark III came tops (it really does blend wonderful image capture, sublime handling, robust build and pro features).

The Nikon D600 came a close second with the 6D and D800 and A99 not far behind. Only the much older Canon 5D2 struggled. Overall its a conclusion that I’d personally wholeheartedly agree with but then the Canon 5D3 is a fair bit more expensive than the other models tested.

APS-C vs Full Frame Sensors

This weeks Amateur Photographer Magazine (2nd March) contained a technical article which compared the APS-C sensor lacking an AA filter from the Pentax K 5-II, Fuji’s APS-C sized Trans X sensor and the full frame sensor from the Nikon D600.

Now general wisdom has always stated that a full frame sensors are superior to cropped APS-C sensors especially in the resolution/detail they can deliver as well as in noise performance and dynamic range.

Well recent developments in sensor technology have promised improved performance from  APS-C sensors and  it transpires that these promises are indeed realised.Particularily impressive is the perfomance of Fuji’s Trans X sensor.

The article conclused that the full frame sensor comes out on top but that the difference between such a sensor and a modern APSA-C sensor without an AA filter or a Fuji Trans X sensor is not as significant as is often percieved.

Both sensors have their own advantages but what is clear is that as sensor technology progresses the gap in perfomance between the two is definately narrowing.

Mark Baynham (March 2013)