CAMERA REVIEWS & ADVIce

First test yourself, then advise.
To be honest, in recent years we have focused more on testing lenses than on testing cameras. So this page is still being worked on, so that we can catch up with the camera recommendations. Bad cameras no longer exist. The quality differences between cameras are getting smaller and smaller: the bottom of the market are the smartphones. And you can really make beautiful recordings with a modern smartphone! So what are for you the most important features of a system or SLR with interchangeable lenses – apart from the price and possibly the dimensions?

Recente camera(p)reviews

Review PANASONIC TZ200

Review PANASONIC TZ200

The Panasonic TZ200 is a compact camera with a large, 1-inch sensor. These types of cameras are very popular and are also marketed by Canon and Sony. What makes the TZ200 different from the other 1" models is the big zoom range and built-in viewfinder in an extremely compact body. For travel photographers or just for anyone looking for a good almost-all-in-one camera that fits in a pocket, this is probably the ideal camera.

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Review Olympus OM-D E-M10 mk3

Review Olympus OM-D E-M10 mk3

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a camera that is improved, especially in ergonomics. Your grip on the camera is better, and it's easier to work with. The OM-D E-M10 Mark III also has 4K video, a faster processor and better autofocus. That makes a good camera even better, and the OM-D E-M10 Mark III is still one of the finest small system cameras.

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STARTER

Budget is important. Your new camera may not cost more than approximately 500 euros, including the lens.

AMATEUR

Fun in photography is paramount. But it must also remain affordable. So camera body of under 1,000 euros

PROSUMER

Will it be a high-end camera with a crop sensor? Or an affordable full frame? It’s completely up to you

PRO

You are looking for the highest quality. That may cost some in euros & drops of sweat (size and weight)

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What do you want to use the camera for?

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Holidays

Carefree shooting, without having to think about shutter speed, ISO or aperture. Without having to change a lot of lens. Fun is paramount, but the image quality must be good.

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Landscape or studio

Many megapixels, a high dynamic range, low noise and beautiful, saturated colors. A camera with a large, clear viewfinder.

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Sports or nature

Dust, drizzle or freezing cold? It is extremely important that your camera can take a beating. And quickly focuses. Shoots many images per second without the buffer becoming full. And…

AF test (2): How accurate is Auto Focus?

AF test (2): How accurate is Auto Focus?

In a previous article about the speed of the auto focus, we discussed how the various AF systems work. And why one system is faster than another. We looked at how well the AF continues to work when there is (very) little light.
The differences between the different camera types (SLR, compact, mirrorless) and the lenses used appear to be very big in practice! The assumption that an SLR with phase detection AF focuses faster than a system camera with contrast detection appears to be outdated. Of all the cameras that we have tested, the Panasonic GX8—which makes use of an advanced form of contrast detection—focuses the fastest in our tests. With an attractively priced Panasonic 14-140mm kit lens, the Panasonic GX8 focused from infinity to 1 meter in 0.05 seconds. The slowest, just as modern, cameras need a second or more to focus under the same conditions as the Panasonic GX8.
What do you get out of the AF when it is fast, but not accurate? That is the questions we want to thoroughly examine now. We were surprised again...

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How do I spot dirt/dust on the sensor?

How do I spot dirt/dust on the sensor?

With system cameras with interchangeable lenses, it is unavoidable that the sensor will get dirty—whether that is dust from the environment, oil from moving parts (like the mirror in an SLR camera), fibers from a cleaning brush/cloth or an unintentional fingerprint. It happens to us all, although you do not see it on every picture. Even if you never change lenses, there is a chance of the sensor getting dirty. A small number of the—generally more expensive—cameras and lenses are extra-well sealed against dust. Even that is no guarantee that no dust will reach the sensor. Dust is everywhere. If you use a zoom lens that changes length when zooming in and out, then you also suck new air—and thus dust—into the camera. The question is thus not whether your sensor will get dirty, but when your sensor will get so dirty that you will start to see it.
How do you recognize dust and other dirt on a camera sensor? Someone who wants to buy a second-hand camera should certainly know the answer to this question. How do you clean a sensor, and how do you prevent it from getting dirty again?

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Panasonic GH4R / V-Log L

Panasonic GH4R / V-Log L

At the start of this month, the Panasonic GH4R was announced at the IFA trade show in Germany, along with an extensive software update for existing Panasonic GH4 users. The GH4R is Panasonic's answer to the growing demand from the film industry for a hybrid photo/video camera with unlimited (read: longer than 30 minutes uninterrupted) 4K recordings in diverse recording speeds and formats (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4), including compatibility with V-Log L video.
The new functions - except for the unlimited video - are also available for existing users of the Panasonic GH4 via a paid software upgrade, by purchasing a software key and updating the firmware of the camera to version 2.4. The updated GH4 can not record for longer than 30 minutes without interruption after installation of the firmware update. I have made a number of 4K video recordings of situations with an extremely high contrast, in order to see whether I could see a difference between Vlog-L and the ‘Natural’ image style of the Panasonic GH4. 

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AF test (1): How fast is auto focus?

AF test (1): How fast is auto focus?

For cameras and lenses, speed and accuracy of the auto focus are an important part of our testing procedure. We have written little about that, and we are going to change that. The differences in AF speed and AF accuracy between the various camera types, such as SLRs and mirrorless system cameras, are significant. The fastest AF is ten times as fast as the slowest! That a mirrorless system camera with contrast AF is slower than an SLR camera with phase-detection AF appears to be a fable. The lenses used do play an important role. Why is that? And what can you do with it?

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