2017-09-19

Throughout 2017, Park Cameras is running a monthly Calendar Photography Competition, with brand new awesome prizes each month.

We'll choose a winner each month whose image will be featured in our 2018 calendar, with all profits from sales of the calendar being donated to our nominated charity.

So how do you win these amazing prizes? All you have to do is enter the competition & submit your image here!

Win a Panasonic Lumix TZ90 compact digital camera in the Park Cameras 2017 calendar photography competition for September


2017-09-18

Do you think you're a camera genius? Can you tell cameras apart, just by a glimpse? Put your knowledge to the test and see if you're an expert with our surprisingly hard quiz!


2017-09-14

Some photographers prefer to use natural light as their only light source, taking great pleasure in producing images that are only shot in daylight using the power of the Sun as illumination.

For other photographers, there's nothing quite like the shots you can achieve when using on or off-camera flash, from punchy night scenes, to blur-free indoor images, there are plenty of reasons to use a flash in your photography.

A model posing in front of a photographer using a Sony digital camera and Sony flashgun

In this quick guide, we're looking at a number of ways of using Sony flashguns to further your creative potential and unlock new photographic possibilities.

2017-09-13

Sony love a surprise product announcement - they did it last March 2016 with the RX10 III, so it was little surprise when we were scrambling around our desks at 3pm on the 12th September to watch the live launch for the new Sony RX10 IV!

In this comparison we're comparing the Sony RX10 II with the RX10 III and the very latest RX10 IV and will be looking at:
  1. First Impressions
  2. Image Quality Comparison
  3. Video Quality
  4. Focusing Systems
  5. Difference in Focal Range
  6. LCD Screens
  7. Connectivity & Other Changes
  8. Conclusion

Sony RX10 II vs Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX10 IV Comparison Review


2017-09-07

At the Park Cameras Imaging Festival in June 2017, award-winning landscape and travel photographer David Clapp was in store sharing his wealth of knowledge to help customers take some fantastic landscape shots using a variety of different lenses and cameras including the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

For those not able to make the event, or those who did and want to refresh their memory, we’ve listed David’s 7 best tricks for making the most of a long-lens landscape.

Shooting long lens landscapes with photographer David Clapp

2017-09-05

Park Cameras team member, technology enthusiast, pro photograher & videographer, and all-round good-guy, James has taken the new Samyang 35mm f/2.8 autofocus lens for Sony E-mount cameras out for a trip around London and Brighton to give it a thorough review, as well as comparing it to Sony's own Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 AF Sonnar lens with some side-by-side comparisons.


If you're wondering whether the Samyang 35mm f/2.8 AF lens is worth the investment for your Sony E-mount mirrorless camera, wonder no longer. Take it away, James...

In the 46 years that we’ve been serving photo enthusiasts across the UK, here at Park Cameras we’ve always aimed to give our customers the very best shopping experience, whilst helping you find the perfect products for your needs. 

This year is no different, as we have continued to make enhancements to our Burgess Hill store with the addition of a brand-new area showcasing the wide variety of products available from Manfrotto.

2017-08-31

Today Olympus have announced their latest addition to award-winning OM-D series of mirrorless cameras - introducing the E-M10 Mark III.

The E-M10 Mark II is a follow-up to 2015's E-M10 Mark II and is a beautifully crafted camera that follows Olympus' classic design standards from days of yore, which makes it a fantastic looking piece of equipment. Inside though, it brings several very welcome updates from the Mark II.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III vs E-M10 Mark II Review
Side-by-side comparison of the E-M10 Mark III vs E-M10 Mark II with the 14-42mm EZ Pancake lens

2017-08-29

Camera naming conventions can be a confusing business - do higher numbers mean a better camera? Or lower numbers? Do more numbers mean it's entry level or pro? What do the letters mean?

No conventions have been more confusing (initially) than those for Canon's mirrorless camera range, which began in 2012 with the Canon EOS M and has now reached the lofty heights of the M100.

Canon EOS M100 with EF-M 15-45mm lens
The latest Canon EOS M100

In the intervening time though, we've seen the M2 (which never made it to Europe), M3, M5, M6, and M10 - so the big question is - where to they all sit in the line-up, and which Canon mirrorless camera is for you?

We're here to clear a few things up...

2017-08-24

The wait is over, and the Nikon D850 - the latest pro-level full-frame digital SLR from Nikon has been officially unveiled! Here we're breaking down the specs and comparing the Nikon D850 vs the Nikon D810.

We already knew it was called the Nikon D850 thanks to an announcement on Nikon's 100th birthday hinting that something wicked this way comes, complete with teaser pictures and video.

Now we can finally delve deeper into the D850's specifications, and tell you exactly what is different from the Nikon D850 vs the Nikon D810.

One thing we are hearing from Nikon Towers is that the D810 will still exist as a standalone model, and will not be usurped by the newer addition to Nikon's full-frame family.

Rest assured that the D850 is a powerhouse of a DSLR camera, and those eager for its arrival are in for a treat with a camera that will be hard to topple as the most exciting release of 2017.

Nikon D850 vs Nikon D810 Review

2017-08-15

Late on Thursday this week, the Events Team from Park Cameras will be on their way to the Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water in Rutland, in preparation for an early start on Friday morning where we'll be ready to greet visitors to Birdfair 2017.

The British Birdwatching Fair (aka Birdfair) is held every August at Rutland Water and is one of the key calendar events for birdwatchers, often described as the birder's 'Glastonbury' (because it's massive and often muddy).

For the 5th year running, Park Cameras will be the leading photographic retailer resident at Birdfair, with a huge stand (OD11) with all the latest gear a bird watcher or photographer could ask for.

Here's a little taste of what to expect from Park Cameras at Birdfair 2017:

2017-08-10

What does it mean to be the best waterproof or underwater camera in 2017? Well if you're heading off for your summer holidays this year, whether you're off to the Sunny climes of the Med, or the hopefully Sunny shores of Cornwall, a holiday means one thing... Sun, Sand, and Sea.

Choose the best underwater camera for your 2017 holiday

If you don't want to risk getting sand and salt in your smartphone and wouldn't touch a paddling pool with a barge pole with your DSLR, well you're in luck - we've lined up a fabulous selection of waterproof, rugged, and underwater cameras that don't mind getting up close and personal with a fish or two, and can put up with a bit of sand as well.

2017-08-08

It’s now that time of year when - with any luck - you are planning to take a break and go on your summer holidays. Whether that be going abroad or simply enjoying the best that the UK has to offer, you’ll no doubt want to photograph some of the many sights and scenes you encounter on your travels.

Best Travel Photography Cameras and Accessories

Travel photography has its own distinct style, requirements, and often limitations, so in this article we look at some of the best travel camera equipment currently available that will help you perfectly capture your holiday highlights.

2017-08-07

The 2017 Perseid Meteor shower will be visible from 17th July 2017 to 24th August 2017, and will be at its peak on the night of 12th August to the early hours of 13th August. Photographers in the UK will be in prime position to catch this popular astronomical event as the Northern Hemisphere will see the best show from the Perseid Meteor Shower this year.

How to photograph the 2017 perseid meteor shower in the UK

The Perseid Meteor Shower is so called because meteors seem to emanate from the Perseus constellation in the night sky, but the meteors are in fact tiny fragments of debris from space left over from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle (called meteoroids) and light up as they enter the earths atmosphere and vaporise, causing the air around them to heat up and cause the streak of light we know so well.

The best conditions for capturing the meteor shower are clear skies with low light pollution, unfortunately this year we will have a Waning Gibbeous Moon to contend with, which may make conditions less than idea. Your best chance at seeing the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower is to find an area well away from brightly lit areas such as towns and low activity in the atmosphere from winds and moisture.

The meteor shower will be most intense in the constellation of Perseus which you can find using the Star Walk App.

2017-07-25

It's always a nice surprise to hear about a new product, especially when it is one that is a successor to one that has been so popular, and so good throughout its tenure.

UPDATE: The Nikon D850 is here! How does it compare to the Nikon D810?

However, sometimes we just get mere teasers from manufacturers letting us know that a new camera is on the way. With little or no further information than that! We saw this recently from Olympus with the E-M1 Mark II, and around the same time we were teased with the Panasonic GH5.

So, what do we know about the Nikon D850 so far?


2017-07-20

A couple of weeks ago we announced the release of the Canon 6D Mark II - which, by any other measure is a outstanding camera. It's designed as an entry-level full-frame DSLR for people stepping up from an APS-C sensor camera. We've been hands on with the 6D Mark II and we love it, the image quality is amazing, it focuses plenty fast enough, and frames per second rate lets you better capture action shots. However, a vast majority of comments on Facebook & YouTube about this camera have been criticisms that it doesn't have 4K video. With many commenters suggesting that in 2017 a full-frame DSLR priced at £2,000 should come with 4K video by default.


In this rather honest blog, we're addressing the issue of 4K video head-on and laying out why we believe it's not necessary for every camera to have it - even though we wish they did.