We’re all waiting for the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III — no question. It’s around the corner, but this week, if you’re looking for a new point-and-shoot or mirrorless camera, we have plenty of those: the last few manufacturers are ‘catching up’ on the mirrorless front. So here’s an overview of what happened this week, and cross your fingers for February 7th!
With a fantastic new sensor that eliminates the need for an anti-aliasing filter, producing dramatically sharper images with less noise than any chip in its class, the Fuji X-Pro 1 is Fuji’s breakthrough of the year. It features a minimalist design and classic rangefinder functionality in a modern, mirrorless body. Pre-oder now on Adorama or on Amazon if you’re interested before they sell out! Update in the full post.
Via Engadget, Canon had a tough time last quarter — Canon had a tough year, in fact. While net income rose slightly (just under 1%), profit fell almost 14% compared to the year-ago quarter. This leaves Canon with almost a 2.5% decline in comparison to the 2010 fiscal year. With this news, COO and President Tsuneji Uchida announced he is stepping down…
Mirrorless cameras are everywhere, now. By removing the standard mirror arrangement, manufacturers have been able to cram huge sensors similar to those in DSLRs into the same, tiny bodies as their point-and-shoot cousins. And if you Google “DSLR in your pocket,” half of the images that come up are mirrorless cameras. But does this hold true? And is the mirrorless right for you?
A new Tokina 11-16mm lens, two new possible Leica cameras, Nikon and Canon’s new mid-sized DSLRs…!? From the already-announced to the soon-to-be released, we have this week’s updates on gear news. Check out the full post for the goods.
ApertureAcademy has an interesting article by Stephen Oachs about a recent sighting of someone who apparently works for Canon. He seemed to be testing a new 5D (or perhaps 7D) series camera. At some point, he also had pulled out a 600mm lens along with a new 200-400mm lens with — get this — a built-in teleconverter! Brilliant! See the full post for all the juicy details and photos.
As much as we’ve all been hoping there must be some way for Kodak to save itself, today marks the beginning of…a new beginning. Credited for bringing photography to the masses and creating the industry’s leading film technology, we’re sad for Kodak’s continuing struggle. At least, however, there is hope: Kodak does expect to be completed with restructuring in 2013. Read the press release in the full post.
The new, much-awaited, and potentially game-changing cinema camera from Canon, the EOS-C300, is now available for pre-order at B&H in either the Canon EF mount or the PL mount. Additionally, in the full post, check out a great BTS video with Vincent Laforet on his new short, Mobius, shot on the C300.
Between Nikon’s D4 announcement at the end of last week and this week at CES, it’s been (and will continue to be) an exciting time of imaging innovation. In this post, we’ll re-cap some of the top innovations that have been introduced recently and what these new features mean for you — in the real world.
The new PowerShot G1 X launched today. It as a 14-megapixel larger-than micro four-thirds sensor, allowing for increased light sensitivity and depth of field. One crazy new feature: this camera can store facial recognition for individuals with names and birth dates, allowing auto-focus priority to the youngest in the group! See the full post for the full press release.
As expected, today, Fuji released their much-awaited X-Pro 1 mirrorless camera, featuring a revolutionary, new organic sensor that supposedly rivals 35mm image quality and even color fidelity. We’ll wait to see what reviews say, but if true, this technology could give Nikon and Canon a run for their money. Check out the full post for all the specs.
Most are aware, by now, that 2011 has been dubbed ‘the year of the protest.’ However, in our corner, it’s also the year of the mirrorless camera. As small-sensor image quality is improving and electronics are shrinking, manufacturers are taking advantage of being able to fit slightly larger-than-before sensors into the same pocket-sized cameras. Interchangeable lenses give even more flexibility, and, in the mirrorless format, give consumers a greatly portable system at a relatively low cost. Fuji’s new X-Pro 1 mirrorless camera (with a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that’s supposed to rival the quality of full-frame 35mm sensors) is expected to be announced early this coming week, but the new lenses that will be available for the system have already leaked early on Amazon. If you’re thinking of getting the system, you may want to consider ringing in the new year’s first mirrorless camera by building your lens set in advance.
On the heels of Sony’s XQD announcement comes Lexar’s first 1000x compact flash (CF) cards. Available in February in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB sizes, these cards now promise speeds of up to 150MB/s, even faster than the Sony XQD’s 125MB/s. Prices are slightly higher, too, but it seems as though the premium paid for top-of-the-line, professional, solid-state storage is dwindling, making it more affordable, finally. Lexar’s cards, in theory, should also support the Nikon D4′s massive 100-frame burst possibility (200 frames in JPG).
Additionally, Lexar has released the world’s first 256GB CF card, running at 400x (or 60MB/s). These will be available sometime in the first half of this year.
Full press releases and prices in the full post.
Last night the Nikon D4 went on sale at Amazon for about an hour before it sold out. The only other store that we know of that is currently taking pre-orders is Adorama. Head over to their site and put down just $250 to reserve your camera today.