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The CSC Camera Book

The CSC Camera Book

The CSC Camera book is the ultimate guide to mirrorless cameras, whether you are looking to buy your first CSC and need help picking the right one, or just want to know how to take your imagery to the next level, we’ve got it covered. In this brand new book we have rigorously tested over twenty of the best mirrorless cameras on the market from all of the key manufacturers, and have looked at a range of the best lenses.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to   the csc camera   book

The compact system camera market has rapidly grown in recent years, with more and more photographers opting for the mirrorless option over the bulkier DSLR. The CSC Camera book is the ultimate guide to mirrorless cameras, whether you are looking to buy your first CSC and need help picking the right one, or just want to know how to take your imagery to the next level, we’ve got it covered. In this brand new book we have rigorously tested over twenty of the best mirrorless cameras on the market from all of the key manufacturers, and have looked at a range of the best lenses. We have interviewed professional photographers to find out why they switched from shooting with a DSLR to a CSC, and have included essential shooting tips and…

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what is a csc?

They go by a number of different names: Hybrid, MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera) – even EVIL (electronic viewfinder interchangeable-lens) – but however you prefer to refer to them, CSCs (compact system cameras) all do the same thing: they offer the advantages of a digital SLR in a smaller, lighter format. Those advantages include larger sensors than compacts (for the most part – see over the page), interchangeable lenses, the ability to use hotshoe flashguns and other accessories, and advanced controls. It’s the latter that helps to differentiate a CSC from a small SLR. Many camera manufacturers have compact DSLRs in their range, but these are invariably targeted at beginners. Compact system cameras, on the other hand, tend to offer more manual control over camera settings, and high-end features such as faster…

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anatomy of a csc

Size matters Some compact system cameras may look just like miniature DSLRs, but they don’t work in the same way. The key difference is the CSC’s lack of a mirror assembly. Removing the mirror and pentaprism – the ‘reflex’ bit of single-lens reflex (SLR) – means that CSCs can be made slimmer. This has an impact on the design of lenses, as the Flange Focal Distance (FFD) – the measurement from the point where the lens is mounted to the imaging sensor – is shorter in a CSC than it is in a DSLR. The FFD is an important consideration, as a lens is calibrated to be sharply focused at this distance. This is why you can’t use a DSLR lens on a CSC – the point at which an object would appear…

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is bigger better?

Don’t be too swayed by the megapixel count when you go shopping for a compact system camera – you need to take the size of the sensor into account, too. Larger sensors typically produce cleaner images at high ISOs and make it easier to achieve shallow depth-of-field effects, while smaller sensors enable the design of smaller and lighter cameras and lenses. Unlike DSLRs, which are broadly separated into two camps – those with sensors that share similar proportions to a frame of 35mm film (‘full-frame’) and those with sensors closer in size to a frame of Advanced Photo System ‘Classic’ film (‘APS-C’) – CSCs offer a much wider range of sensor sizes.…

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mirrorless systems

Canon CSC system Canon EOS M Lens mount EF-M Sensor size APS-C Crop factor x1.6 Although Canon still seem predominantly focussed on the DSLR market, they have in recent months invested time in their CSC offerings. Head to p76 in order to discover more about the EOS M5 or to p78 for a closer look at the beginner friendly EOS M100. Panasonic CSC system Panasonic Lumix G Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Sensor size 4/3-inch Crop factor x2 Panasonic has recently upped their still image game with the introduction of what they claim to be the ultimate outdoor and wildlife camera, the Lumix G9, which we have reviewed on p22. If it’s moving images you are after then the Lumix GH5 might be more up your street on p26. Fujifilm CSC system Fujifilm X Lens mount Fujifilm X Sensor size APS-C & Medium format Crop factor…

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making the switch

The decision to switch between any type or brand of photographic equipment is a critical one, and should never be taken lightly. A new camera must represent enough of an upgrade and provide a significant benefit to our images to justify the challenges of making the transition. Before choosing to jump to a CSC system therefore, it pays to understand the key advantages on offer. The main reasons a photographer may choose to move systems are based around weight and portability. The omission of the reflex mirror, found in a DSLR, enables the proportions of a CSC camera body to be minimised. This makes a CSC a perfect travel companion – aside from being easier to carry, more space for additional kit is made available in your camera bag. CSCs…

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