Recently, staff member and lover of all things LEICA, Steve Marley, got the opportunity to visit the fantastic Leica Camera headquarters at the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany! Naturally, Steve couldn’t wait to delve into the many part of Leica’s headquarters, to find out, not only about Leica’s history, but also to learn more about their manufacturing processes and facilities, as well as Leica’s philosophy to photography.

Read on to find out more, and see inside the mind of Leica, through a number of words and images from Steve. 


Zeiss have been producing lenses since 1890 – so what makes the Zeiss name so legendary and why should you consider adding a Zeiss lens to your collection?

Read this short post where we explain the different ranges available in the ZEISS range, and which lenses may suit your needs best.


Today, Olympus announced some major new firmware updates for their OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PEN-F mirrorless cameras. But before we delve into what benefits these updates give you, let’s take a quick look at what firmware is, and why it is important - plus find out how you can get your firmware updated for free, in store at Park Cameras!


The new Sony A7 III just announced is unsurprisingly the third generation of the series and includes a number of improvements and innovations compared to it’s predecessors the A7 II and original A7.

The fact that the original A7 is still available to purchase new having been launched in 2013 shows just what a great base Sony had to work with when developing the A7 II and now the brand new A7III.


Photography. Some of us love it, some of us hate it, but whichever way you swing, if you’re a blogger and you’re talking about fashion, products, culture, travel, you name it, photography is essential to telling your story.

We’re here with some essential tips, tricks, and advice so you can take your photography to the next level and achieve blogging greatness.

Charlie Goodge is a still life and interiors photographer based in London who recently added the Manfrotto 055 PRO 4 carbon fibre tripod to her kit bag. Take it away, Charlie...

Charlie Goodge still life photography shot with the Manfrotto 055 PRO 4 carbon fibre tripod


Fujifilm have today announced the latest addition to their X-Series lineup of mirrorless cameras, their new flagship, the X-H1. This is a professional level mirrorless camera boasting 4K video at up to 200 Mbps, a rugged build quality, and for the first time in an X-Series camera - 5-Axis in-body image stabilisation.

Continuing Fuji's renowned and well-established X-Series image quality, the new X-H1 combines superior imaging ability with a robust build quality and easy operation. The headline new feature in the X-H1 is the 5-axis 5.5 stops of in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), which is compatible with all XF and XC lenses.

With the announcement today of the new Fujifilm X-H1, there will be obvious comparisons made to the next pro-level camera in the X-Series range, the Fuji X-T2. We're here to cut through the spiel with a direct comparison of these two pro-level mirrorless cameras with our Fujifilm X-H1 vs X-T2 review.

The Fujifilm X-H1 is a professional level mirrorless camera with a rugged and durable build quality that's the first X-Series camera to features 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and includes, among other things, 4K video at up to 200 Mbps output, dual SD card slots, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and F-Log recording at 4K directly to the SD card.


Mirrorless Cameras (or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras to give them their full name), also known as Interchangeable Lens Cameras and Compact System Cameras, have come a long way since the Epson R-D1 was introduced in 2004.

Since then we’ve seen mirrorless systems introduced by all the major brands. We’ve got Olympus and Panasonic with their Micro Four Thirds system, Samsung’s NX-Mount, Sony’s E-Mount, the Leica T series, Nikon and their 1-mount, Canon’s EF-M mount, and most recently Hasselblad introduced their X1D-50c medium format mirrorless, followed by Fujifilm's GFS-50X medium format mirrorless

The industry-leading Sony Alpha A9 mirrorless camera
The industry-leading Sony Alpha A9 mirrorless camera


Wildlife photographer Gustav Kiburg users Sony's renowned G Master telephoto lenses for his work, in his own words he talks exclusively to Park Cameras about why he uses these lenses and what impact they have on his work.


Park Cameras Team Member, photographer, and all-round cool person, Beth recently took the Hoya Pro ND 1000 dark neutral density filter out to test it out in the real world and write up this review. Take it away, Beth...

Shoreham by Sea, f/6.3, 42 second exposure

What is a Hoya Pro ND 1000?

The Hoya Pro ND 1000 is a dark neutral density filter that reduces the amount of light entering the lens by 10 stops. This is useful for long exposure photography, where you want to use the effect of a slow shutter speed, without the image being blown out by too much light.

Varying degrees of ND filter are available, depending on how much you want to reduce the light by, but a 10 stop equivalent is often the most popular, as it allows you to achieve effects in natural daylight that otherwise can’t be reproduced.


Whether you're planning a short city break in Bruges, gearing up for a family holiday to Barbados, packing for a 'staycation' in Bognor Regis, or training for a trek through Bangladesh, you'll be able to capture amazing photos and travel light with our top picks of the best compact cameras for travel and holidays in 2018.

Keeping the weight down is a common requirement for a travel camera, which is why we've narrowed our selection to only compact digital cameras - they're light, compact, and feature packed so you know you'll be able to come home with some truly memorable travel images.

Different holiday destinations have different needs though - you might want a more stylish premium compact camera if you're wandering the city streets, hunting out cool coffee shops and taking in everything cultural, whereas a waterproof, shockproof, go-anywhere compact camera might be more appropriate if you're off on a summer holiday with the kids!

In this article we're comparing the benefits and differences of these ten compact digital cameras so you can find the best camera for your needs:
  1. Canon IXUS 185 - a ready-to-go, point-and-shoot camera
  2. GoPro Hero 5 Session - a tiny, 4K video waterproof cube
  3. Ricoh Theta V - a 4K video, 360 degree camera 
  4. Panasonic Lumix TZ90 - a superzoom, all-in-one travel camera 
  5. Sony RX100 III - 20 megapixel pocket sized travel camera
  6. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II - compact & stylish with Full HD video
  7. Panasonic Lumix LX15 - 4K video in a pocket camera
  8. Fujifilm X100F - retro premium styling & outstanding image quality
  9. Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III - DSLR quality in a compact camera
  10. Olympus Tough TG-5 - a rugged, almost-everything-proof 4K camera


CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada is the annual tech show that draws throngs of visitors to its halls from the 9th - 12th January with technological delights galore and, as always, an exciting barrage of new product launches to get our teeth stuck into.

As well as the usual announcements of new TVs, wearable technology, virtual voice assistants, and talking fridges, at Park Cameras we're particularly excited about the latest cameras, lenses and other photo and video tech news.

We're keeping this blog updated with everything that's being released this week! Here's everything that's been released so far:


Just over a year since the launch of the original GH5, Panasonic have followed up today by launching their latest mirrorless camera - the Lumix GH5S, an addition to the lineup to sit alongside the original GH5 and the Lumix G9.

The all-new Panasonic Lumix GH5S video mirrorless digital camera

The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is a 10.2 megapixel, low light monster micro four thirds with an arsenal of video-orientated features, positioning it as a favourite for anyone from solo documentary film-makers and videographers to professionals and full-scale production houses.

Today, 8th January 2018, Panasonic have announced an exciting addition to their mirrorless camera lineup, introducing the Panasonic Lumix GH5S - a low light capable, video-centric version of last year's hugely popular Lumix GH5.

Compare the new Panasonic Lumix GH5S with the original Lumix GH5 - Panasonic GH5S vs GH5 Review

The Panasonic GH5S is an addition to their high end line-up and will sit alongside the existing Lumix GH5 and Lumix G9 as a built-for-video mirrorless camera. There will obviously be many questions about what makes this new GH5S different from the current GH5 and where it sits in the lineup.

In this review, we're comparing the latest Panasonic Lumix GH5S with its sibling, the Lumix GH5 so you can make an informed buying decision about which camera best suits your needs.


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 a range of A3 photo printers, available to buy today for under £500.

In this article we're comparing the differences between these six A3 and A3+ printers so you can find the best A3 photo printer for your needs:

  1. Canon PIXMA iP8750
  2. Epson Expression Photo XP-960
  3. Canon PIXMA PRO-100S
  4. Epson SureColor SC-P400
  5. Canon PIXMA PRO-10S
  6. Epson SureColor SC-P600