Well, that was the news for X-Pro1, for the wanna-be buyers of this mirrorless compact system camera. The next one is mainly for the ones who are focusing on the new sensation from Fujifilm, the X-E1. The leather cover maker brand Kenji has come up with a new premium range of hard half-body covers for X-E1, and these look pretty amazing ones to try out. Available in three colors, the covers are claimed to be made of exclusive care that makes these a good piece of crafted art. Let’s have a look in the covers with the available colors and respective prices:
Silver Back (Black Leather with Black Stitch) at $130
Iguana Green (Dark Green Leather and Gold Stitches) at $145
Café Mocha (Premium Aged Brown Leather) at $145
All these beauties can be found and purchased from eBay.com.]]>
The cameras are available in Black and Silver like the followings:
The Sony NEX-F3K was previously $599.99 at Amazon. Check out the new offer over here.]]>
Samsung is all set to bring it to the next level for mirrorless cameras, they are planning to upgrade their NX line with Android OS. Their passive stance in the recent times has been a matter of wrinkles on the forehead for the Samsung fans. This might be the reason for them to be not much there in the news.
The rumor says it that they are about to introduce at least two new models in the NX line and any two, either the upgraded ones or new ones or both are going to be operated with Android system. This is to be done within the first half of 2013. So not that much time left for the unveiling, indeed!
The possible upgrades that Samsung may come up with in the upcoming year are the following:
Plus there is also a possibility to have the NX210 replaced by the NX300 with improvised EVF and OVF. Lets see how far Samsung goes to hit the bar in the mirrorless compact system camera world. We just hope Samsung gets things right for them at the new year unlike the earlier ones. Samsung really needs a great push with their products to impress the mirrorless lovers as the competitors are already way up in the sky for them. So, wishing them good luck!]]>
Last week in an interview with a Spanish magazine, the Senior Product Specialist for the EOS system of Canon Europe, Richard Shepherd, repeated the company’s clear stance of not diving into the business of making professional mirrorless cameras this moment. This statement, obviously has stirred mixed reactions from the readers worldwide. Many have taken it as Canon’s stubbornness in “playing safe” while they could have got even bigger with their quality and commitment to camera technology with pro mirrorless cameras. At the same time, there are people who think it is a smart move Canon has taken which will not really make any significant difference in their popularity and fame.
Though they are not interested to gear up the serious photographers for now, Canon has its feat in the mirrorless world and that is the EOS-M series. This digital camera is all they are focusing in terms of compact system ones. It surely seems to be working since at Amazon.com, the EOS M camera is already out of stock. People do love Canon; it is inevitable.
Not going into making professional mirrorless cameras for now might be a part of Canon’s long business plan which of course is made for the company’s over all benefits, but the fans are really missing their presence in the scene and many are choosing some other brands after a long wait instead. We would also appreciate it if Canon joins the competitions, if they do ever. Let’s hope Canon has even better plans for its fans to sustain their love for the brand before its too late.]]>
The rumors are coming true, finally. Two giants in the mirrorless compact system camera world are joining hands together on a deal. It is official and it came out on the Friday, September 28, 2012 issue of Wall Street Journal. If you are a subscriber, you can check the article from here. The deal is really something to raise a buzz on since after this, Sony will become Olympus’ biggest shareholder!
So how big is that deal? Well, let’s put it straight. Sony is going to invest 50 Billion Yen (£399 Millions) into Olympus, a much more financially troubled company at the moment.
Though the deal is chiefly concerned about a joint venture that will work on improving the medical gears, which Olympus is famous for, but it also includes promises to venture new possibilities in the mirrorless camera range. It is quite obvious that the both companies will try to share their strongest sides in making compact system mirrorless cameras. Sony, in that case, masters in making amazing sensors. While, on the other hand, Olympus has its own legacy of creating high performance lenses, OLED etc which they are probably going to be mingling up as the deal includes sharing of components.
We can only speculate the possible outcomes for this amalgamation for now since nothing more has been disclosed about any particular plans. Whatever they move into, we hope it will be something amazing for the mirrorless lovers since compact system mirrorless cameras are the present and base for the future of photography and Sony and Olympus- both are impeccable power houses in this field.
For us, this is obviously a “happening” news. Let’s see how far they go and treat us mirrorless people with their combined delicacies.]]>
Mark Weir said that the main reason behind the popularity of compact system cameras is the development of new devices, since camera development follows device development. He said that Sony is hard at work creating new devices which could be used in new cameras in future. Main attention is being paid to the development of full frame sensors and processors which can be used to efficiently process the data. The new full-frame image sensors generate the 14-bit raw data, other than the full frame data, which is hard to handle for the conventional processors and need high processing power.
Talking about AFD sensors, Mark Weir said that the primary function of this sensor is that it allows the added points to give a depth map of information, which not only extends the coverage area but also the density of the points. This is particularly useful while capturing images of fast moving objects, since greater possibility is that when a fast moving object comes in front of the camera, it would be targeted by one of the several AF points. And the AF range control, working in conjunction with 102 AF point array and conventional sensor, allows you to declare a specific area that the AF system will ignore while shooting. This sensor is also useful for capturing videos since users have the ability of controlling the AF duration time.
Talking about the video capturing capabilities of the NEX compact systemcameras from Sony, Mark Weir affirmed that the shutter speeds for video recording on these cameras can go as low as the quarter of a second and multiple identical frames are recorded until a fresh frame is exposed. A few structural changes have been brought in Nex-6 and NEX-7 cameras, talking about which Mr. Weir said that NEX-6 has been evolved to provide a physical shooting mode dial which was highly demanded by the users. With these physical dials, NEX-6 is more in line with DSLR cameras and would be very useful for people considering switching from DSLR cameras to mirrorless ones. Besides, there is also the facility of Tri-Nevi on the NEX-7 which facilitates direct access to several controls during the shooting process.
About the possibility of a full frame mirrorless camera form Sony, Mark Weir said that if Sony can make the VG900, it can also make a still camera variant of that. This pretty much tells that we can soon expect a mirrorless camera in the NEX series from Sony equipped with full frame sensor.
Although there isn’t any official information regarding the exact technical specs or price of this camera, rumors and speculations do exist. As per the latest rumors, the important technical specs of this camera include a new 16 mega pixel sensor, the capability of ALL-I 72Mbit/s video recording, an ISO range of 100-12,800, external vertical battery grip and full application remote control. Besides, rumor also has it that this camera would be weather sealed. The specs, however, were recently confirmed by the few people who have experienced with this camera.
The physical structure of Panasonic GH3 is quite large and it seems like a DSLR. Considering its DSLR-like structure, the camera gives a more “pro” look compared to many other top compact system cameras in the market such as Olympus E-M5. Performing a comparison with DLSR cameras, its physique is more like Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D.
On the front of technical specs, Panasonic has brought about several improvements in this model compared to the earlier ones. According to the company, the feedback given by photographers and filmmakers was a deciding factor in the improved specs. The sensor of the camera would come with “wide dynamic range” while its autofocus ability would be fastest of all the compact system cameras available in the market at present. While confirmed details about video specs and features were not disclosed, they certainly happen to be among the very best among the mirrorless lot.
Another great thing about Panasonic GH3 is that connectivity has been made a lot better and the minor connectivity issues found in the earlier models have been removed. Since the feedback from filmmakers was also one of the deciding factors leading to the improved specs, this camera, with its variety of physical and wireless connection possibilities, would be perfect for film-making. Overall, Panasonic is certainly pushing the boundaries with this camera, which according to many people would be the best camera form the company to the date.
According to various sources, GH3 would be the only major camera form Panasonic that we would see during the Photokina. However, we do expect the announcement of a new GX2 camera from the company during the months after Photokina. To know complete details of this apparently amazing camera, as well as exciting announcements from other tech giants, just keep your fingers crossed for Photokina which is not far now.]]>
With respect to autofocus, Nikon 1 can be considered the best compact system camera option in the market, since it provides great performance when operated under decent light, even though its performance under low light is not very good. The follow-focus characteristics of this camera are better than the most contrast-based systems in the market. On this front, the least efficient camera can be considered the Fujifilm X Pro, particularly when we consider its high price. The optical viewfinder of the camera has the issue of parallax which does not live up to the expectations.
Providing good performance under low light can be considered one of the very best features of the best compact system camera and Fujifilm X Pro delivers fine performance on this front. The low-light ability of the X-Trans sensor build into this camera is hard to beat. Good thing about performance under low light is that it can be mitigated to some extent with the use of a good lens. This is true for earlier Panasonic m4/3 cameras and Olympus OM-D EM5, which otherwise do not do very well under low light.
With respect to resolution, it is once again a bit hard to come up with a single winner. Used with the right lens, NEX-7 can deliver exceptional performance on this front. Fujifilm X-Pro is also close with its only problem that its color resolution sometimes creates trouble. The resolution of Nikon 1 suffers because of its small sensor size but with respect to its own sensor, it delivers good performance.
Now come the two factors that probably play the most important role in the decision made by most photographers, particularly the amateurs. These two features are the video and the image quality. While most of the latest cameras deliver exceptional quality when it comes to video and image, the winner can be decided only with a slight margin. Besides, there are a lot of cameras that give very good video quality but are overheated after doing video for some length of time. When we consider purely with respect to image quality, Olympus cameras and Fujifilm X-Pro seems to be at the top. However, if we consider purely technical aspects, it is almost impossible to pinpoint a single best camera.]]>
The compact system camera watchers have been busy in collecting full-proof news of the specifications that Panasonic GH3 is going to have. Following are the features that GH3 will be coming out with, according to most sources and the strongest rumors:
As far as the features leaked so far are considered, the Panasonic GH3 looks absolutely promising as one of the best still and video camera coming out as a hybrid one. There is also the fact that these extra stuff is going to make it costlier than GH2. That would not be a matter to worry about for the real Panasonic fans if it is really worth the bucks spent on it. Only time will say how fine a performer this new Panasonic presentation will be.
Let’s take a quick look in the amazing specification the NA-NEX7 Underwater Housing offers:
• Polycarbonate protective cover with scratch resistant feature
• Cover coated by hard aluminum
• An automatic moisture alarm is included
• Capable of taking photos up to 100 meter deep in water
• Includes Tri-Navi dials
• All the other usual functionalities available
We are pretty impressed with the features this housing device ensemble. For professional photographers and film-makers owing a Sony α NEX-7, this is the exciting chance to capture the stuff they have always wanted to underwater!
At Amazon’s UK website it is listed with the price £ 1,389.95 and the stock is very limited, indeed! So, if there is any adventurous soul opting to get it at any cost; hurry up and order it right away!]]>
Black and white images have a fascination and classic look of their own and for such photography, there are very few cameras in the market. Leica Monochrome not only provides the best quality when it comes to B&W photography, it also showcases that classic look that is the very distinguishing feature of the vintage cameras.
for many photographers, the combination of Leica M9 and Monochrome is something that they can rarely get from anywhere else. While there are other impressive compact system cameras with perhaps even better specs, such as Olympus OM-D and Sony RX100, photographers who have used Leica M have rarely diverted from it.
A distinguishing feature of Leica Monochrome is that, even though it happens to be a digital camera, it gives that feel and look of classic M film cameras from Leica. With a very simple physical structure and minimal functionality, the camera uses some of the finest lenses in the market. Results from this camera using the 35 Summilux FLE or 50 Summilux ASPH is particularly amazing.
When it comes to black and white photography, there are not many cameras in the market that can offer accurately desired results. Leica Monochrome is one such camera and is considered by many professional photographers to be the best choice for black and white photography. The combination of Leica M with 50 Summicron ASPH APO is considered one of the very best for B&W photography, although the lens is a bit costly. The image quality of the camera is not very distant from that of M9 or M9-P, except that there is no color in case of Monochrome. A unique quality of this camera is that it has better performance at higher ISO compared to many other colored cameras.
So while there might be more advanced compact system cameras in the market with better technical specs and features, the worth of Leica Monochrome remains to be quite high among the photographers. Considered to be one of the very best cameras for black and white photography, this device might very well be outdated but it is certainly not obsolete. Price of the camera at $8000 certainly seems a bit high but most professional photographers plainly consider it worth it. But still, it seems out of the reach of amateur and aspiring photographers with rather constrained budget limits.]]>
In the premium sector, NEX-7 from this series seems to be doing pretty well, although it is still not the very best in the market. In this category, there are more popular and presumably better cameras such as Olympus OM-D and Fujifilm X Pro-1. These cameras have been rated higher by general photographers as well as tech analysts. But the possible introduction of a full frame sensor for an NEX camera can drastically alter the present situation and Sony would have a clear edge over its competitors in the domain of compact system cameras.
The present situation is that the NEX series cameras from Sony come with APS-C size sensors. This same size is also found in the DSLT cameras from Sony. Rumors have been circulating since long Sony might soon launch the Alpha a99 DSLT camera which would become world’s first translucent mirror camera. However, so far these rumors have not been materialized and wait for a full frame camera is constantly becoming longer. At present, there are no cameras from Sony which come with full frame sensors, so a new full frame camera would certainly be something that would be a huge benefit for Sony.
So far there is no official confirmation from Sony in this regard and all the information is solely based on rumors and speculations. Tech analysts and internet community have give the rumor of this camera a “SR5″ status, which means that the rumor is almost certainly correct. If this turns out to be true, it would certainly be a great news for the fans of Sony compact system cameras cameras.
Photokina is less than one month away and it is quite understandable that rumor mill is working at its best at present. Considering the rest of the rumors that are circulating over the internet, we certainly are expecting some exciting announcement during the event. Sony might have something in store for us for the event and would perhaps announce full-frame DSLT and mirrorless option during the same event. This would not really come as a surprise, since Sony has already done this with Sony a77 and Sony NEX-7. Both these cameras came with the same APS-C sensor and were announced at the same time in July last year. In the absence of any official information regarding this mysterious and highly anticipated camera, all we can do is wait for the big event next month and see what Sony has up its sleeve.]]>