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Leica throws its hat into the Mirrorless Camera Market with the T-System

Thu April 24, 2014

If ever we needed to know for sure that the mirrorless camera market was not just a fad, but is here to stay, we heard it loud and clear today from none other than Leica. Throwing its hat into the mirrorless camera market with its new T-System gives the mirrorless camera market a stamp of approval (though common sense should already have made it clear for all) that this is how cameras are supposed to be for the forseeable future.

Of course, the Leica T is not Leica’s first compact mirrorless camera: the Leica M has that distinction. The T adds autofocus lenses.

We are surprised that Leica has abandoned its traditional shutter speed/aperture ring controls to instead use twin dials and reliance on a touchscreen. Certainly it is targeting a different audience than those who buy its M-System cameras.

Whether the Leica T gets the traction it needs to break into a market that every other mirrorless player is struggling to stay alive in will depend on the big question: What kind of pictures does it take? Since the Leica T uses the same 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor used in the X-Vario zoom, we may already have our answer.

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Debut of the New Leica-T System

Celebrating the Essence of Leica; 100 years of Innovation.

Los Angeles, California–April 24th, 2014 — Leica Camera continues to celebrate its journey into the future with the launch of the radically new yet brilliantly familiar Leica T-System. The Leica-T was designed with dynamic simplicity in collaboration with AUDI Design and it is the fourth system ever to be released from Leica. The Leica T-System features Wi-Fi, a rebuilt graphical user interface (GUI), Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®.

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New Samsung NX Mini SMART Camera: The World’s Slimmest and Lightest Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Wed March 19, 2014

The Samsung NX Mini is a new style of mirrorless camera from Samsung, playing on the successes of its connected, SMART point-and-shoot models with the added benefit of interchangeable lenses. Targeted towards a consumer seeking a sleek compact camera that will function as a compliment to their mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, the NX Mini places emphasis on portability and image quality. The new NX-M lens mount introduces 3 new lenses, a 9mm pancake lens, 9-27mm zoom lens and a 17mm lens to cover a range of focal lengths. In addition, the NX Mini can also accept NX Lenses for Samsung other interchangeable lens cameras via an adapter. It will be available in 5 colors, including white, black, brown, mint green, and pink. It will be available in April for $449, including the 9mm lens, or $549, including the 9-27mm lens and an external flash.

This video presents “[Samsung SMART CAMERA NX mini] Official Commercial.”

  • Weighing in at 158g and measuring only 22.5mm thin, the new Samsung NX mini is the world’s slimmest & lightest interchangeable lens camera.*
  • But don’t let the size fool you.
    • Packed with a 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor, a flip-up display, and Tag&go (NFC/WiFi) that uploads photos directly to your mobile devices or favorite social networks, the NX mini is truly a camera that’s small in size and big on picture quality.

*March 19, 2014, Result of Samsung internal research.

“Carry the Style, Capture the Best. Samsung SMART CAMERA NXmini”

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‘Carry the Style, Capture the Best’ with the new Samsung NX mini SMART Camera

Leading a new ‘Selfie’ trend, shoot outstanding images in style with the world’s slimmest interchangeable-lens camera

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – March 18, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the launch of the NX mini, the world’s slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. The portable and stylish design of the SMART Camera NX mini, along with its stunning image quality makes it the “go-to” device for great photography, allowing users to capture special moments in stunning detail. With NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows users to take impressive shots that can then be shared quickly and easily, for friends to enjoy in real time.

“The NX mini has both style and substance, perfect for trendsetters looking for a fun way to capture their life in outstanding photo quality,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung introduced the first flip up touch display camera in 2011 as a leader of the selfie trend, and has designed the device in response to evolving consumer demands. This approach is exemplified by the NX mini, with features such as a 3.0-inch Flip up Display and wide angle lens exclusively designed to address the global passion for selfies. Its lightweight design also means that it can slip in a pocket, for photography anywhere and everywhere.”



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Nikon Canada Announces 1 V3 and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Super Tele Zoom Lens

Thu March 13, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the Nikon 1 V3, ideal for enthusiasts and professionals who want to capture fast-moving action, sports, and wildlife with an advanced compact interchangeable lens camera.

Additionally, two compatible lenses were announced: the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6.

Some of the key features of the Nikon 1 V3 include the following:

  • 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor
  • EXPEED 4A image processor
  • Full HD 1080/60p video capabilities with Movie Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) to help eliminate camera shake
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity
  • 3-inch tilting touch-panel LCD monitor
  • Hybrid AF system with 171 contrast detection focus areas
  • World’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps)
  • ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction

Additionally, Nikon Canada is releasing two new lenses:

  • The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation.
    • Sporting a 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), its equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zooming, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD videos
  • The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance.
    • The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, its equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghosting and flare.

This video presents “Nikon 1 V3 – Product Tour.”

  • Unleash your creative streak with the Nikon 1 V3.
    • With the world’s fastest shooting speeds* that surpass even the quickest D-SLR, you’ll never miss out on the moments that matter.
  • A lightweight marvel that also delivers unparalleled performance, this compact interchangeable lens camera empowers you to take your flair for photography further.
*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses…. Statement based on Nikon research.

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Create with Uncompromising Speed and Image Quality: Nikon 1 V3 Provides a Compact, Versatile Feature Set for Capturing Stunning Images and HD Videos

Announced alongside the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the ideal companion camera for the DSLR shooter looking to pack light and move fast

Mississauga, ON, March 13, 2014 Today Nikon Canada announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. With uncompromising speed, performance, and image quality, the V3 features a blazing fast Hybrid AF system and the worlds fastest continuous shooting frame rate1 at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus (AF) a speed that outpaces even professional DSLR cameras.

Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the V3s top-class feature set includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, the new EXPEED 4A image processor, Full HD 1080/60p video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2, and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a DSLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.

Nikon has also expanded its range of 1 NIKKOR lenses with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing more options for Nikon 1 shooters.

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Nikon 1 V3 Features 20FPS At Full 18.4MP Resolution

Thu March 13, 2014

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March 13, 2014

Create with Uncompromising Speed and Image Quality: The New Nikon 1 V3 Provides a Compact, Versatile Feature Set for Capturing Stunning Images and HD Video

Announced alongside the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is the ideal companion camera for the D-SLR shooter looking to pack light and move fast

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate*(1) at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaces even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity*(2) and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.

Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing even more impressive lens options for Nikon 1 shooters.

“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 System, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”

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CSCs vs DSLRs: Who’s Winning?

Mon February 24, 2014

An Amateur Photographer article raises interesting points concerning the future of Compact System Cameras (CSCs). Based on UK data only, the CSCs sold 46,000 units less this year than last year, 100,000 vs 146,000 units. However, the conclusion seems to be that more education is needed to help North American and European consumers understand the advantages of the CSC over a traditional-mirrored DSLR.

This reminds me of the early days of the Apple Mac, which business people then considered a “toy.” When I recommended one to a new university student, he got back to me a couple of months later a bit miffed that he could not download all the popular software that his friends could on their IBM and clone PCs. Today, too, there are more accessories for the traditional-mirrored DSLR than the mirrorless DSLRs.

Oh, how times have changed! Today, Apple products rule while the PCs are retreating. The CSCs are also approaching that tipping point when one product will have such compelling technology in it that traditional-mirrored DSLR just can’t have, and then the moat will be breached.

As our latest Fujifilm X-T1 review shows, the CSC (aka mirrorless DSLR) has come a long way to challenge the traditional-mirrored DSLR.

There is no doubt in my mind that CSCs, in its current form or another form, will win. As camera technology moves forward, there is simply no compelling reason — or room — for a mirror anymore, so new cameras won’t have a mirror.

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Sony a5000 Is World’s Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera With Wi-Fi Connectivity

Tue January 7, 2014

SONY INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA WITH WI-FI® CONNECTIVITY

by Communications 01/06/2014

New α5000 Model offers DSLR Power in Compact Body

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The versatile new Sony α5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1 Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size.

“Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new α5000 is the ultimate ‘everyday shooter’ that will appeal to a wide range of customers,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony.   “Its sleek, user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the performance, flexibility and results they crave.”

The new camera features a large 20.1 MP APS-C sized sensor that is paired with a new-generation BIONZ® X processor – the same processor in the award winning Sony α7 and α7R full-frame cameras.  These key devices work together to deliver crisp, high-quality still images and full HD videos in all types of shooting conditions.


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Mirrorless Camera Market Prediction

Tue December 31, 2013

The New York Times published a REUTERS article on the future of mid-tier camera makers, namely Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm.

The mirrorless cameras have been a hit in Japan but have yet to catch on in the United States and Europe. The problem seems to be that they insist on competing with smartphones where consumers prize connectivity over picture quality. Consumers also don’t really want to connect cameras to phones, prefering a single interface that can instantly upload photographs to social networking sites.

Even though mirrorless cameras have improved to the point where they’re equivalent, if not superior, to traditional-mirrored DSLRs, North American consumers apparently still tend to equate image quality with size and heft, though that is changing.

A surprising data is that Sony’s QX has sold well with demand outstripping production, though Sony did not set any targets.

Read the article at: NYTimes.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review @ Neocamera

Sat November 16, 2013 | by Itai Danan

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an advanced mirrorless offering a number of firsts for Panasonic. Using the latest-generation 16 megapixels CMOS sensor, this camera adds built-in stabilization to benefit all lenses. It also offers highly flexible framing with both a tilting EVF and tiling LCD. The EVF is unrivaled with an unprecedented 2.8 megapixels and nearly 100% coverage of AdobeRGB colors.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

 

The GX7 offers both mechanical and electronic shutters. Both can sustain 5 FPS at full-resolution and the latter is used to capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. A maximum speed of 1/8000 lets it capture ultra-fast action. As the most feature-rich Panasonic to date, the GX7 bristles with functionality which includes bracketing, multiple exposure, built-in HDR, an interval timer and much more.

A review of the Panasonic GX7 was just published. Read it to find out everything there is to know about the GX7 and how it compares to the competition. Be sure to check out the gallery of full-resolution images and sample video.

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Panasonic Announces New DMC-GM1: Ultra Compact DSLM Camera for Enthusiast Photographers

Thu October 17, 2013

Panasonic’s LUMIX GM1 (DMC-GM1) is the new ultra compact DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera as well as the most compact and fashion forward looking LUMIX G camera to date. “Combining a balance of style and photographic hybrid performance, the GM1 provides outstanding picture quality.” With ground-breaking micro technology, the GM1 easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into day-to-day activities for any style-conscious enthusiast.

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Stay in Style with an Ultra Compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera

New Stylish LUMIX GM Series Raises its Cool Factor

Mississauga, ON (October 17, 2013) – Panasonic is proud to announce the new, fashionable, compact GM series to its line of LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. The DMC-GM1 boasts an iconic and stylish compact profile plus highly functional performance with a large Digital Live MOS Sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The LUMIX GM1 offers the perfect balance of style and photographic performance on-the-go with outstanding image quality.

True-to-life detail
Whether it’s an artistic shot that encapsulates a city or an expression of personality and style, this camera will capture your vision with absolute clarity and precision. The LUMIX GM1’s 16 megapixel sensor delivers a modern approach to image capture with both high quality HD movies and dynamic photos, and all with the simple press of a button.

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A fashionable compact for your lifestyle
The LUMIX GM1 represents the most compact and fashion-forward LUMIX G camera to date. Ground-breaking micro technology design has enabled Panasonic to pack the very latest imaging technology into the camera’s compact metallic alloy frame. Not only does this give the LUMIX GM1 an elegant look and feel, but the camera easily fits into your pocket and can be incorporated into the day-to-day activities of any style-conscious photo enthusiast. Plus, with many interchangeable lenses to choose from, creative options are nearly limitless.

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