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With its predecessor having attained something of a cult status, Olympus’s latest high-end compact camera, the Stylus XZ-2, has a lot to live up to. At the time of the Olympus XZ-1’s release, photographers praised the high-end compact camera as an excellent alternative to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Canon PowerShot G12, which were both seen as top-of-the-range compact cameras for enthusiast photographers. Announced in September at the photokina trade show, the new Olympus Stylus XZ-2 will have to strike the right chord to exceed the popularity of its predecessor. Thankfully, Olympus has been sensible with the improved resolution of the new XZ-2, increasing it by around 1.5 million pixels. However, like all other high-end compact cameras, the XZ-2 will face stiff competition from the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and its large, 1in-type, 20.2-million-pixel sensor. Powering the XZ-2 is a version of the TruePic VI processing system found in Olympus’s OM-D E-M5. Most of the other major new features of the XZ-2 are to do with the camera’s build and handling, and the LCD screen, so more on these later.
At first glance, the XZ-2 looks to be a vastly different camera from its predecessor, with a more workmanlike appearance than the slick style of the original XZ-1. The lever switch next to the lens is an interesting new feature, as it actually controls the function of the ring around the lens barrel. The inclusion of this lever is a nice touch, and it will no doubt be used to provide quick access to the camera’s manual lens focusing feature rather than the zoom control.
The camera’s top-plate has the same selection of buttons as on the XZ-1, but with a few slight changes. Also on the top-plate is a standard flash hotshoe, which, when combined with the camera’s accessory port, will allow the XZ-2 to use the Olympus VF-2 EVF. On the rear of the camera the button layout remains largely the same, except for the addition of a second function button, which I assigned to the camera’s metering mode.
The most obvious difference between the builds of the XZ-2 and XZ-1 is that the rear screen on the new camera has a tilting mechanism. On a bright autumn day, I found that the XZ-2’s metering created fairly bright images, and on a couple of occasions I had to reduce the exposure slightly.
When you combine the above custom function, the centreweighted, spot, and highlight and shadow spot metering, the Olympus XZ-2 has a comprehensive metering selection, making it ideal for enthusiast photographers demanding that little bit more from a compact camera. Olympus claims that the AF speed has been improved in the XZ-2, and we were fortunate to have an XZ-1 in the office to test this out. Further aiding the AF’s ease of use is the touchscreen, which is used to change the AF point and focus the camera.
The XZ-2 has a dynamic range that’s on a par with most other recent compact cameras we have seen.
These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured with the lens set to around 105mm. With only a small increase in resolution, there isn’t much extra detail that can be resolved by the XZ-2 compared to the XZ-1. Of course, if you take advantage of the XZ-2’s raw shooting option then you will have full control over the resulting images. As mentioned previously, the XZ-2 still suffers from the same lens distortion issues as its predecessor. Image: The difference in depth of field across the aperture range can be clearly seen in these shots. The standard setting is slightly more vivid, with a higher contrast, producing great punchy images, particularly with the beautiful autumn colours that were present at the time the camera was tested.
Despite the tiltable 3in, 920,000-dot screen adding some depth to the XZ-2’s body compared to the XZ-1, I find the mechanism useful to have, particularly for shooting below waist height. The screen is excellent, with a resolution improved over that of the XZ-1, and the touchscreen focus and shutter feature are useful.
The touchscreen has clearly necessitated the use of thinner glass in front of the screen, as the on-screen image appears closer than on the XZ-1.
Video capture is much improved since the previous model, at up to 1080p for a duration of 29mins.
Initially, I was concerned that the size of the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 may be prohibitive, but while it may not be as small as other cameras, the addition of the tiltable screen is definitely an improvement over the original model. What I really like about the XZ-2 is the range of options in the custom menu, which means the user can really make it operate in the way that they wish.
Image quality is good, particularly from raw files, but it would seem an oversight that JPEG images aren’t corrected in-camera.
Overall, the XZ-2 is a great compact camera, and those with the XZ-1 should consider upgrading. AP speaks to Mr Kazuto Yamaki in an exclusive interview held at the company's headquarters in Aizu, Japan. Award winning photographer Stan Raucher talks to us about his recent project, travelling the world's metro systems to capture candid moments of everyday life that reflect the human condition. In AP 13 August we speak to top pros about how they set up their autofocus for various genres of photography. Canon announced three new compact cameras: PowerShot ELPH 330 HS ($229), ELPH 115 IS ($169) and A2500 ($129).
The new PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera provides advanced wireless connectivity for easy sharing. Photography today is as much about image quality as it is about sharing, whether through prints or online communities. With these enhanced wireless capabilities, users now have the ability to comment on their uploaded photos directly from the camera - so being part of conversations taking place on social networking sites is easy and convenient. A fantastic multipurpose lens: the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera provides a 10x optical zoom lens taking images from 24mm wide, up to 240mm at the telephoto end, able to capture that group shot, or zoom in for a dynamic close-up.
The new pocket-able PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera features an 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm), which provides a focal range to capture most any situation. Rounding out Canon's new PowerShot lineup is the PowerShot A2500 digital camera, which includes a 16-megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor, as well as a 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom that can extend out to 140mm at the telephoto end. Expected for sale in April, the PowerShot A2500 digital camera will be available in silver, red and black for an estimated retail price of $129.99.
UPDATE: The owner of Valkyrie Armament told me that the conversion price is $3,300 is you provide your own rifle. I haven’t looked at the Stoner 63 in detail, but this Valkyrie looks more like the resurrection of the Arthur Ciener belt feed AR. Coolness factor is high, but the utility factor-is there anything this does the beta mag doesn’t do better (including keeping your rounds out of the dirt)? I can see the barrel drooping on one of these with a full auto conversion when someone holds the trigger back for the whole box. Valkyrie, Shrike, now there’s 2 of these ar conversions, we ought to be testing these against the m249. The website lists prices for their new rifle but doesn’t say anything about the conversion price.
If they can make a quick barrel change for one then I would be interested but mostly too impractical buy a semi M-60 will be more worth if. Forgive me if I’m being ignorant but I seem to remember the C-MAGs being too heavy and excessively stressing the magazine well. I was getting bolt over ride on the second to last round one of my Blackdog magazine constantly that had well over 10,000 rounds. I never thought that they would bring back the concept of the Arthur Ciener belt feed system, it looks to be WAY more compact and lighter than the Shrike.


Small Arms Review did an article earlier this year or late last year on the Ciener belt-feed conversion units.
The Shrike seems like a much better implementation, since it goes directly from belt to box with no changes needed. As with most lenses these days, there are several letters used to describe the Tamron 24-70mm optic, each of which denotes a feature.
Indeed, the optical construction is impressive, comprising 17 elements in 12 groups and including three LD (low dispersion) elements, three glass-moulded aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element and two XR (extra refractive index) elements. Di shows that the lens is fully compatible with both full-frame and APS-C-format cameras (giving the latter a 35mm equivalent focal range of 36-105mm). VC denotes Vibration Compensation, which is a unique selling point for this lens among its competitors. Finally, USD stands for Ultrasonic Silent Drive, a motor that provides fast and quiet autofocus. The lens body is built to a high standard, with a moisture-resistant and weather-sealed, high-quality plastic construction and, as one would expect, a metal lens mount with appropriate contacts for full auto control.
Images taken in our studio to test the level of distortion indicate that there is the expected barrel distortion at 24mm, but this is not drastic by any means.
As a lens that will inevitably be used for portraits and shallow-depth-of-field work, I have looked at the quality of out-of-focus areas.
Image stabilisation is deemed surplus by many in a lens like this, but I find it useful for low-light work as it increases the versatility of this high-quality, general-purpose optic. Image sharpness virtually matches the Canon equivalent optic, and the Tamron model is capable of some impressive results.
Now, photographers can capture pro-quality defocused backgrounds in a camera they can take on the go. It also features a handy control ring for easy access to aperture settings, for total creative freedom. While it takes on the demeanor of a small, simple-to-use camera, it also provides a great deal of appeal for even the professional photographer. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects. Visitors to the website can access a variety of enlightening articles and educational videos. With this in mind, the XZ-2 has undergone a redesign and received a range of new features that should, once again, see Olympus challenge the likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 and the Canon PowerShot G15 for the compact crown. The sensors in most other high-end compacts all seem somewhat underwhelming compared to the size and resolution of the RX100.
This newer processor should help to reduce image noise, while speeding up the camera’s functions. On the XZ-1, this lens has proven to be very sharp, although it does suffer from curvilinear distortion. Flick it in one direction and the barrel controls the shutter speed, aperture size or EV compensation. The shutter button, power button, zoom rocker switch and mode dial have all been made larger, and they now protrude further out from the top of the camera.
The video-record button has been repositioned, and it now sits on a ridge between the rear and top of the camera, at a 45° angle, which is a better position. This is a good thing, although it does make the XZ-2 significantly chunkier than its predecessor. Of course, the iAuto mode, which selects the scene mode, exposure setting and metering itself, is always on hand for those just wanting to point and shoot. Blown-out highlight detail is the main issue, although when editing raw images it is possible to recover a fair amount of detail in both the highlight and shadow areas of an image. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately.
The resolution chart shows that the new camera resolves the same amount of detail in both raw and JPEG files as other cameras we have seen with presumably very similar 12-million-pixel CMOS sensors, in particular the Canon PowerShot G15. As you would expect from a compact camera, there are signs of luminance noise at ISO 400, particularly along edges in the image. Most software should be able to all but completely remove colour noise from raw files, although luminance noise is more tricky. Curvilinear distortion is quite severe, and purple fringing and chromatic aberration are also very apparent.
Landscape images look natural, with good colour rendition, particularly in the natural setting. In fact, these are the only features set up to use the touchscreen; there are no other on-screen buttons or controls, which is good thing on a camera such as this.
It may not be as comprehensive as a DSLR, but there is certainly more flexibility compared to other cameras, and I particularly like the new control lever at the front of the body. However, there is a huge amount of competition, and the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is still spoiling the party for everyone else. These new models are ideal for photography enthusiasts of all levels looking for great photo quality and excellent video performance in compact, powerful point-and-shoot designs. Providing great performance in dimly lit situations, the ELPH 330 HS digital camera includes the Company's HS SYSTEM that delivers clear images with minimal noise and maximum detail even when shooting in low-light.
With this in mind, the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera builds upon the success of the PowerShot line with built-in advanced wireless capabilities to easily share high-quality images captured with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens and 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor. In addition, individuals can control the destination of Facebook uploads - choosing to share content with everyone, or post photos only to selected Facebook groups. Great even in low light, the camera's 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor combine and deliver on Canon's HS SYSTEM helping ensure detail is captured even in dark or shadowed areas at a maximum ISO speed of up to 6400. The PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera includes a 16-megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor for exceptional image quality.
The camera also features Canon's Smart AUTO mode that analyzes each scene to intelligently select camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting scenarios to help capture stunning images with ease.
These light weight camera neck and wrist straps, are perfect for the active photographer, that appreciates a light weight, compact, multi use, camera strap, that can be used in a survival situation. A M249 SAW ammunition box is held in place by an adapter that fits into the AR-15 magazine well. It is a belt-fed upper receiver for the AR-15 that, unlike the Valkyrie, uses its own proprietary gas piston and barrel attachment system. What that told me was the spring did not have enough energy to push the last two round in fast enough to feed the bolt.
I was excited when the Shrike system was first announced but gravely disappointed when it turned out to be nothing but vaporware. I would bet that the system would be an ideal replacement for the M249 system if they made a dedicated A4 upper receiver and barrel assembly that used a gas piston and a quick change barrel. I would dig out a small dangly object from my body with a spork for one of these or the shrike systems!! They look rather fragile and complicated; and you have to split the reciever to get the conversion unit out.
Indeed, most camera retailers recommend it as the lens to buy with a full-frame camera as part of a kit. Equivalent brand-name lenses are priced around ?1,200 for Nikon, ?1,000 for the Canon (Mark I), ?2,300 for the new Canon Mark II and ?1,450 for the Sony Carl Zeiss. The nine diaphragm blades are rounded to give a pleasing circular shape to out-of-focus areas (bokeh). Offering image stabilisation is an advantage because it enables the use of slower shutter speeds of anything up to 5EV while maintaining shake-free results.
This is not only due to the amount of glass packed into the lens, but also the inclusion of Vibration Compensation. I have used all the brand-name versions of this lens, and can say that this Tamron model features extra controls, including a switch to activate Vibration Compensation. Unusually, the focus ring is closer to the camera body with the zoom control at the far end. In real-world images, one can see the effect of barrel distortion in the corners of the frame where objects are stretched, but detail here is still crisp.


Tamron claims that the nine diaphragm blades are rounded to give pleasing out-of-focus areas (bokeh), which mainly proves to be the case. Build quality is good, although I would like to see a couple of tweaks to the handling, such as a wider focus ring. UK, publisher of Amateur Photographer and other iconic brands about its goods and services, and those of its carefully selected third parties.
The Sony DSC-RX100 camera control range includes modes that will provide auto exposure and scene-recognition tactics, or it can be set to full-manual mode.
A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
Given the size of the sensor, this is a wise decision from Olympus, and one that bodes well when we look at image quality more closely later. When combined, the new sensor and processor provide a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800, which is 1EV greater than the ISO 100-6400 range of the XZ-1.
Sadly, the XZ-2 suffers identically, and JPEG files aren’t corrected for this in-camera.
Removing the grip goes some way towards restoring the look of the previous model, but as slight as the grip is, it makes a difference when holding the camera.
The ring will click when it is rotated, so you know exactly how many steps of adjustment have been added. The mode dial is also firmer than the same dial on the XZ’s previous incarnation, which could sometimes change modes if it were knocked while being carried around the neck or if loose in a bag.
One thing to note, however, is that by default, when the XZ-2 is set to its ESP evaluative metering mode, the AF point isn’t taken into consideration.
The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting. Noise reduction obviously affects the surface texture detail in some images, even at low sensitivities, but fortunately the XZ-2 has the option to turn the noise reduction on or off, or to use it automatically, as well as to set the strength of the reduction to one of three settings.
Careful sharpening is key, with only slight luminance noise reduction to retain as much of the sharp detail as possible. Sadly, there is no automatic correction for these issues in-camera, providing another reason why it is best to shoot raw files with the XZ-2.
The new cameras offer great features such as Canon's Smart AUTO, enabling even novice users to get optimal camera performance automatically, so whether photographing a running child or a solo recital on stage the cameras deliver spectacular images with ease.
After an initial one-time set-up, the camera can connect to both iOS® or Android™ smartphones and tabletsi for quick and easy sharing. Users can also instantly upload images wirelessly from the camera to Canon iMAGE GATEWAYiii, and automatically upload them to a computer remotely. For capturing memorable moments on video, at the touch of a dedicated movie-record button, the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera shoots beautiful 1080p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone for great sound. For those photographers who "shoot it all" and seamlessly move from scene to scene, the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera provides Canon's Smart AUTO mode that intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on up to 32 predefined shooting situations for capturing spectacular images in a variety of settings with ease. The PowerShot A2500 digital camera can also capture great video, recording HD through a dedicated movie button. Disclosure: PR is sponsored by companies and affiliate partners that display various advertising banners and links (see our Privacy Policy). The company sells AR-15 rifles already converted, although most customers prefer to supply a rifle for conversion. To switch feeding from a belt to a standard AR magazine, all that needs to be done is to open the rifle by the rear take down pin, push the mag release, pull the belt feed tray out of the top and close the rifle.
Weight would be at an all time minimal for an LMG, part commonality between such a system and an M4 or an M16 would be VERY high, and training would be somewhat similar to that of an M4 or M16 (with definite differences like maintaining the belt feed mechanism and quick change barrel). We usually identify third-party lenses as more affordable alternatives to brand-name optics, and any such products stir up a lot of interest. Tamron does not specify how much extra shake-protection VC gives, but I found it to be up to 4EV while testing the lens. However, because Sony includes image stabilisation in its camera bodies, Vibration Compensation is not included in the Sony-fit version of this lens.
A lock for the zoom is also included, which can be used at the 24mm setting when the lens is packed away to prevent the barrel from extending.
When focusing manually, I often had to search for the focus ring, so I would like to see it a little wider for a quicker find. At 50mm there is virtually no distortion across the entire frame, while at 70mm there is just a minor amount of pincushion distortion.
Flick the switch in the other direction and the lens ring controls either the zoom control or manual focusing of the lens, with the lens having a smooth motion rather than clicking. This can be changed in the camera’s custom menu, but whether you prefer this feature to be switched on or off it is good to have the option in a camera such as this. Olympus also claims that the screen has an anti-fingerprint coating, which doesn’t work quite as well as it should given that fingerprints are clearly visible on the surface when the screen is off. Users launch Canon's free CameraWindow applicationii, available on both the iOS® and Android™ operating systemsi, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from the camera to their device.
Photos can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgeiv on select Canon wireless inkjet printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 Photo All-In-One printer, so special moments can be preserved and cherished.
Helping document vacations with your own personal highlight reel, the camera's new Hybrid AUTO mode utilizes a combination of Smart AUTO and Intelligent IS to create a beautiful and steady HD video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) in Movie Digest mode every time you shoot a still image.
For creative video capture, users can record HD video with a built-in microphone for great sound. Helping ensure crisp images, Canon's Digital IS reduces the effect of camera shake and subject movement. On that basis, we would expect the optical quality and handling of the Tamron lens to be first rate.
The inclusion of image stabilisation is no doubt a factor that adds to the price of the lens. Unprocessed raw files show chromatic aberrations in details like the edges of tree branches in the form of red and green fringing. I found that leaving the AF metering link switched off produces more predictable results when shooting landscape images.
All three models also feature ECO Mode, an advanced new method that manages power consumption and extends battery life by approximately 30 percent, when enabled, allowing you to shoot more photos for a longer amount of time. Frequently used devices and accounts are conveniently stored in the camera's wireless history menu for quick one-touch access. Helping ensure you don't miss those magic moments, the camera features both High Speed AF for fast focusing speed and High-Speed Burst for continuous capture at up to 6.2 frames per second while maintaining superb image quality.
The PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera also includes Canon's unique Intelligent IS system technology, matching the lens movement with one of six stabilization modes for smooth video and sharp still images. For travelers and those on the go, Canon's new ECO Mode conserves battery life, allowing you to shoot more photos over a longer period of time. The size and weight of the lens balance well with a camera like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III that was used in this test.
The combination of features, including wireless connectivity, Canon's Intelligent IS system and ECO Mode, help make the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera a great imaging companion for vacations, all-day sporting events, or family parties. The camera also includes Canon's new ECO Mode allowing you to shoot more photos for a longer amount of time.
For those photographers looking to be a little more creative, the camera also features various Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome to help provide additional creative freedom when capturing your photos. It is also worth remembering that the XZ-2 has the option of using an electronic viewfinder, which is a boon for enthusiast photographers.
And for those just learning the art of photography, a Help Button will provide simple explanations of camera settings and functions.



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