2017-05-24

Groundbreakers, innovators, and all-round fun-makers, DJI have just announced their latest drone, the DJI Spark. As second albums go, the DJI Spark is a good one. It's smaller, lighter, more refined than the first one - the DJI Mavic Pro - and introduces DJI to a new audience.


DJI Spark vs Mavic Pro - Which one should you buy?


2017-05-17

Olympus have just released their brand new Tough camera, the Olympus Tough TG-5. It's a step up from its predecessor, the Tough TG-4, so we're going to have a look at the two cameras and see how they compare.

Olympus TG-5 vs TG-4 Comparison


2017-05-10

What are the best mirrorless cameras that you can buy in 2017 and how do they compare? From entry-level to professional, we've got the best for you...


Sony a7S II in the hands
The powerful Sony A7S II

We've just announced the winner of our April Calendar Photography Competition - Zsolt Berend won with this gorgeous image of a Red Deer Stag on a misty sunrise morning, it captured our imagination and demonstrated excellent photographic skill.

Zsolt Berend won an amazing Olympus PEN E-PL8 mirrorless camera + lens kit worth over £500 and will be featured as our 'April' image in our 2018 charity photography calendar.


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!


2017-05-04

One of the first pieces of advice most photographers receive when they're starting out is along the lines of "buy a new lens" or "upgrade your glass" or "buy a 50mm f/1.8", and there's good reason for that - upgrading your lenses is one of the best ways to improve your photography.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L Lens
The hugely popular Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens

Camera bodies come and go, they get upgraded, the megapixels go up year-on-year, they get new features, and they do eventually become outdated. Lenses, however, can last for decades.

This year, Canon are celebrating the 30th birthday of not only their EOS camera system, but also their EF lens mount, so it's only fitting that we give their professional lens range, the L-series a showcase, acknowledging the versatility, range, and excellence of these professional quality lenses.

2017-05-02

You may have missed it, but the winners were recently announced for the annual and prestigious Sony World Photography Awards, and now you can see the winning photos on display at the exhibition at Somerset House in London from 21st April until 7th May with a 20% discount off ticket prices through Park Cameras.



2017-05-01

In this guest article, young wildlife photographer Ben Porter tells us about his experiences of photographing wildlife on the isolated shores of North Wales.


Puffins are on the top list of things to see for anyone visiting the coast, and we’re lucky to have 700 pairs breeding on a couple of offshore islands near Bardsey. I spent one afternoon taking hundreds of images with a Canon 7D and Canon 300mm f4 lens before finally nailing the shot I was after, of a bird coming in to land beside its burrow. I used a shutter speed of 1/1250th sec to capture the bird in flight, maintaining a little wing blur to convey the action.

My name is Ben Porter: I am a passionate young wildlife photographer from a small wind-battered island off the coast of North Wales. Since the age of 11 I have lived on this isolated corner of Wales, and have gradually developed a deep interest in the natural world, which I strive to capture in my imagery. I am incredibly lucky to have been brought up in such a superb location, which boasts a fantastic diversity of wildlife.

2017-04-24

A little while ago Canon released the EOS M6 to add to their mirrorless line up. Here is the spec release blog that we created after being able to have a quick introduction at Canon headquarters. It was feature packed, well built and light. The 24.2MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor along with the new additions of Dual CMOS AF and 5-Axis Digital Image Stabilisation were promising a high quality photographic experience.

Canon EOS M6 Vlogging Sample Image

However, I wanted to get my hands on it to prove this. Whilst producing our latest video on the Canon EOS M6 I tested out the usability of some of it’s features to see just how good it was.

2017-04-20


The Sony a9 announcement sent some shockwaves through the world of photography earlier this week, and we (along with most) are both excited about the potential of this new powerhouse from Sony and also curious as to what the differences between it and the Sony a7 are.

We've taken out the guesswork for you and have had a look at some of the key specifications for this latest camera by pitting it against each member of the Sony a7 range of Mirrorless Cameras.

If you are after a more in-depth look at new kid on the blog in particular, we recommend you read another of our blog posts - Sony a9: A Mirrorless Camera for Professionals



Since the advent of the Mirrorless Camera there has been the argument over whether they will ever be a viable competitor to the age old DSLR owing to perceived disadvantages of their performance.

With the introduction of the Sony a7 range of Full-Frame cameras the gauntlet was really laid down by Sony - with their smaller footprint, ability to use lens adaptors for old or alternative brand lenses to be attached and an ever increasing range of exceptional original manufacturer lenses.

Since this range was introduced there has been an influx of 'Why I made the move to Sony/Fuji/Olympus' articles from professional photographers from all kinds of environments, which is the kind of ringing endorsement all these manufacturers want to see.

The one field that Mirrorless has found a bit harder to satisfy is the one where they require something that focuses fast, and shoots just as rapidly. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II was the first of this type to answer more of those critics, and the Sony a9 has now burst onto the scene to offer up their version of this.

The Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera for Professional Photographers

2017-04-18

Mirrorless cameras have become a staple in the photography world - loved by professionals who desired larger sensor in smaller bodies, and loved by amateurs and enthusiasts who demanded better photos from their compact cameras.

Sitting somewhere in the void between digital SLRs and compact cameras, mirrorless cameras (also known as CSC or Compact System Cameras in previous years) boast either an APS-C, Micro Four Thirds, or Full Frame sensor.

Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide 2017

Here are some of the features you need to consider when you purchase a mirrorless camera in 2017:

2017-04-13

In recent years, the price of high quality printers has dropped significantly, so now for just a few hundred pounds, you can have a professional printing lab in the comfort of your own home or office, and produce incredible images at the touch of a button.

Top of the Range - The Epson SureColor SC-P400 A3+ Photo Printer
Top of the Range - The Epson SureColor SC-P400 A3+ Photo Printer

There are many makes and models to choose from and the quality of their results can vary quite drastically, so in this article we aim to save you from wading through all the options out there and recommend our top five tried and tested best A3 photo printers, available to buy for under £500.

In this article we're comparing the differences between these six A3 and A3+ printers to find the best A3 photo printers in 2017 that costs under £500:

  1. Canon PIXMA iP8750
  2. Epson Expression Photo XP-960
  3. Epson Stylus Photo 1500W
  4. Canon PIXMA PRO-100S
  5. Canon PIXMA PRO-10S
  6. Epson SureColor SC-P400

First up in our list is our most affordable option, the Canon PiXMA iP8750… or go straight to the bottom for the comparison table that includes the total cost of new cartridges for comparison.

2017-04-12

Nikon’s announcement today of their latest mid-range Digital SLR, the Nikon D7500, brings with it some very welcome new features for Nikon shooters who might be looking to upgrade from the D7200 or even the D7100, or even the D7000.

The D7500 is a DX format crop-sensor enthusiast (mid-range) level DSLR that replaces the D7200, with a feature-set that borrows from its big brother, the D500, making it a very capable and competitive camera.


Nikon D7500 vs D7200 Comparison


2017-04-05

Photographers love wide angle lenses because they offer a completely different perspective that we see with the human eye. They offer the possibility to capture more in your image and show the viewer things that aren’t possible under normal conditions.


There are many different focal lengths, prices, and types of wide angle lenses to consider if you’re new to the world of wide angle photography. In this Quick Start Guide we’re giving you a fundamental explanation of wide angle lenses so you can get out, get creative, and take your photography further.

2017-03-31

It’s #WorldBackupDay today, 31st March 2017, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to give you a few tips and tricks to enhance and optimise your photographic workflow, particularly around how you should preserve your image files, backup your images, and organise your files.

The G-Tech G-Dock Thunderbolt RAID Two Bay Drive System
The G-Tech G-Dock Thunderbolt RAID Two Bay Drive System