Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Monday, September 15, 2014

Interview: Panasonic Pitches Premium Compact Pair and Two New Lenses

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Photography Blog was invited along to Panasonic’s UK HQ in Bracknell , Berkshire, late August to hear more about its GM5 and LX100 releases, as well as the two new versions of its 35-100mm and 14mm lenses also launched today for its system cameras.

Present at the meeting and making presentations were Panasonic UK’s Marketing Manager Dai Mukai, Head of Imaging Barney Sykes and Imaging Product Specialist Mark Baber, as well as the brand’s technical expert Mr Uematsu from Japan. A transcription of the presentations and discussions follows…

Panasonic Lumix LX100

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The Panasonic LUMIX LX100 is a flagship premium compact camera which incorporates a Micro Four Thirds sensor. Setting a new standard for fixed lens photography and videography, the Panasonic LX100 features a 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor, video recording in 4K, 24-75mm F1.7-F2.8 Leica lens, Live View Finder (LVF) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution, high speed burst shooting at 11 fps, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nikon Coolpix S6900

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The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is billed as the ultimate compact selfie camera. The 16 megapixel Nikon S6900 features a vari-angle LCD screen, two shutter-release buttons, and a built-in camera stand, while Gesture Control makes it even easier to shoot photos and Full HD movies at the wave of a hand. There''s also built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 8fps and a special Glamour mode. The Nikon Coolpix S6900 costs £199.99 and will be available in black or white from September 23rd.

Sigma Announces US Availability of dp1 Quattro

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Sigma Corporation of America today announced the availability of the Sigma dp1 Quattro camera and a new viewfinder that will magnify Quattro cameras’ LCD screens. Unveiled in February, the Sigma dp1 Quattro utilises a newly developed, fixed 19mm (28mm eq.) f/2.8 wide-angle lens that is specifically designed and optimised to pair with Sigma’s new Quattro sensor, which outputs 5424x3616-pixel raw images at the highest resolution setting. The camera will be available in the United States in mid-October

Exclusively designed for the Quattro series of cameras. the new LCD View Finder LVF-01 attaches to the camera’s LCD screen to eliminate outside light and magnifies the display 2.5 times. This accessory will be sold separately beginning in December. The pricing of both products has not yet been announced.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ricoh G800

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh G800 is a new heavy-duty digital compact camera with a back-illuminated, 16-megapixel CMOS imager. Launching on 26th September worldwide and available from October 2014 in the UK, the Ricoh G800 is water-, dust-, impact- and chemical-resistant enough for the harshest working environments and occupations. Like its predecessor the Ricoh G700, the new G800 can be used at depths of up to 5m (for up to 2 hours) and has been found to withstand drops of up to 2m in tests conducted according to American military standards. New features include an increased resolution, Full HD movies and improved password protection. Ricoh has added support for separate administrator and user passwords, so that in addition to preventing on-site handling errors and unauthorised viewing of photographs, security settings can be fine-tuned separately for administrators and on-site workers according to how each uses the device. Features carried over from the Ricoh G700 include a 28-140mm equivalent lens, a 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 920K dots, an electronic level gauge, and a wide array of security functions. The suggested retail price is £599.99.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Official Fujifilm X100T Sample Images

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Fuji has posted six full-resoluion sample photographs taken with the new Fujifilm X100T large-sensor premium compact camera. Shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO3200/36°, these Fuji X100T samples can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Official Fujifilm X100T Sample Photos

Fujifilm X100T

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The Fujifilm X100T is a premium large-sensor digital compact camera with an ultra-fast electronic shutter and an advanced hybrid viewfinder featuring real-time parallax correction and an electronic rangefinder. In electronic rangefinder mode, the focus area is enlarged and displayed in the bottom right of the viewfinder. Part of the original optical image is blocked and the EVF display is projected in the resulting space to facilitate manual focusing. Additionally, Focus Peaking and Digital Split Image modes can be selected and the magnification of the focused area can be adjusted. Full HD videos can now be recorded while using the optical viewfinder. A completely silent electronic shutter that is capable of exposures up to 1/32,000sec has also been added, making the Fujifilm X100T one of the most discreet cameras out there. Other highlights include a 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor with on-chip phase detection, a 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/2 lens, a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot monitor, seven customisable function buttons, raw shooting capability and a top sensitivity setting of ISO 51,200. The Fujifilm X100T will be available in the UK in both black and silver from November 2014 with a suggested retail price of £999.99.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sony DSC-RX10 Firmware Version 2.00

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Sony has issued a firmware update for its Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 digital superzoom camera. Version 2.00 eables shooting 60p/30p/24p/120p movies in the XAVC S format, which supports high bit rates. Specifically, users can shoot 1080p movies at frame rates of 60/50/30/25/24fps, and 720p videos at up to 100 and 120fps in the new format. Note that when shooting a movie in the XAVC S format, you'll need to ensure that an SDXC card of Class 10 or faster is used.

Website: Sony UK

Friday, August 29, 2014

Casio Exilim EX-FR10

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Casio has announced a very unusual-looking action camera feaaturing a detachable monitor. The new Casio Exilim EX-FR10 "split camera" has a physical shutter release on the main camera body but can also be operated remotely via its detachable, Bluetooth-enabled wireless controller. Key specifications include a 14-megapixel, 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor, 21mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens and a 2", 230,400-dot screen. Images captured with the Exilim EX-FR10 are recorded on microSD memory cards, and can be sent effortlessly to a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi. The camera will be available in Japan in three different colours; orange, white and green - priced at 50,000 yen (about £300) -, and comes with an assortment of accessories including various straps and attachments. Currently, there is no word on international availability or pricing.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Official Fujifilm X30 Sample Images

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Fuji has posted six high-resolution sample photographs taken with the new Fujifilm X30 digital compact camera. Captured at low sensitivity settings (ISO100/21°, ISO125/22° and ISO200/24°), these Fujifilm X30 samples demonstrate the effects of some of the film simulation modes available on this camera including Astia, Provia, Velvia and "Classic Chrom." You can download the official Fujifilm X30 sample images from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm X30 Samples

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11

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Sony Asia Pacific has introduced a new digital camera that looks like a perfume bottle. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 has a 1/2.3"-type, 19.2-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS imager, a 21mm (eq.) f/2 lens mounted on a 180-degree swivel to facilitate the capture of self-portraits, and a large high-definition, high-contrast, 3.3 Type OLED screen with approximately 1,299k dots. Key highlights include a Beauty Effect mode, Flick Touch Shutter, NFC, Wi-Fi and remote shooting via a compatible smartphone or tablet computer. The Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 comes in four colours (White, Pink, Green and Violet) and will be available in Asia Pacific from October 2014 onwards. Currently, there is no word on US/EU availability and pricing.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Casio Exilim EX-ZR50

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Casio has announced a new, Wi-Fi enabled digital compact camera with 10x optical zoom. The 16.1-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-ZR50 has a 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor, an optically stabilised 25-250mm equivalent lens, a 5cm macro mode, a 921,000-dot, 3" rear display that tilts upward by up to 180°, and Full HD video recording capabilities. The camera will be available from 12 September 2014 at an estimated retail price of 40,000 yen (£235/$385).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sigma dp2 Quattro Firmware Version 1.01

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Sigma has issued a firmware update for its dp2 Quattro large-sensor digital compact camera. According to the company, Version 1.01 incorporates the following fixes:

  • It has corrected the phenomenon that details of subjects that have both similar color tones and contrast difference will be lost when images are recorded in JPEG format.
  • It has reduced the longitudinal noise that appears occasionally when changing each adjustment value in the image correction process substantially during the development of RAW files in SIGMA Photo Pro Ver.6.

*Note: If your firmware has been updated to Ver.1.01 or later, it is not possible to develop RAW files in SIGMA Photo Pro released before Ver.6.0.5.. Please be sure to update it to SIGMA Photo Pro 6.0.5.

Website: Sigma Global Vision

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sony Cyber-shot WX220 and W810 Hit US Market

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Sony USA today expanded its product portfolio with two Cyber-shot models, both of which have been available in other markets for a while. The pocket-sized Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 (read review) is extremely slim and compact, yet packs an 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with 1080/60p movie recording capabilities, a 10x zoom lens bearing the prestigious 'G' designation, and an integrated Wi-Fi module. The entry-level Sony DSC-W810 features a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 6x optical zoom lens, and can shoot HD movies at 720p. For convenient movie shooting, there’s a dedicated movie button on the camera that instantly starts video recording without digging through menus. The new Sony Cyber-shot WX220 will be available in August in black and gold for about $200, and the new Cyber-shot W810 will be available in September in silver for about $100.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

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Building on the features of the PowerShot SX510 HS, the new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera incorporates a 42x otical zoom with optical image stabilisation, a 16-megapixel CMOS imager, and a dedicated movie button that enables users to easily record 1080p Full HD videos. Upgraded from its predecessor, the PowerShot SX520 HS features Canon's Creative Shot mode that uses a combination of lighting, colour and composition from the original image to create unique, artistic images. The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of £299.00/€359.00$399.99.

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

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The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS is a CCD-based, 16-megapixel digital compact camera with 30x optical zoom and 720p movies. The camera has a Smart AUTO mode that identifies an ideal image setting by intelligently selecting from one of 32 pre-defined modes for still shots and 21 scenes for video, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera's High Speed AF, also upgraded from the previous model, helps to reduce lag time so that the perfect shot can be captured quickly and with ease. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of £259.00/€315.00/$249.99.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sony Launches World’s First Floating Gallery

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Sony unveiled the world’s first offshore gallery on the Southwark Lake today to mark the official launch of two new high-zoom cameras – the HX60V (read review) and the HX400V (read review). The work of ‘Where’s Wally’ creator Martin Handford appeared to float on the London lake where passers-by were encouraged to try to find the hidden Wallys in the artwork using the high zoom cameras 20m away on the shore, with  the quickest entrant winning the painting and camera. “We wanted to bring a bit of fun to the park experience this summer so we have partnered up with ‘Where’s Wally’ creators to make the ultimate family treasure hunt," Claire Beard, Product Manager for DSC, Sony UK said. "With the world’s first offshore gallery we hope to create the most interesting Wally search to date. Park goers will need to use the 50x optical zoom of the new HX400V to unearth the king of hide and seek.”

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P340, P530 & P600 Firmware Update 1.1

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Nikon has issued firmware updates for its Coolpix P340, Coolpix P530 (pictured) and Coolpix P600 digital compact cameras. Version 1.1 for all three Coolpix models addresses an issue that, in some rare cases, caused the camera to freeze when the camera was turned on while the shutter-release button was held down. You can download the firmware upgrades from the websites below.

Website: Nikon Coolpix P340

Website: Nikon Coolpix P530

Website: Nikon Coolpix P600

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Official Pentax XG-1 Sample Images

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Ricoh has published eight high-resolution sample photos captured with the new Pentax XG-1 superzoom bridge camera. Taken by photographer Yoshiaki Kobayashi, these Pentax XG-1 samples were shot at a variety of focal lengths ranging from 4.3mm (24mm eq.) to 188.8mm (1053mm eq.). All of the official Pentax XG-1 sample images were captured at ISO 100/21°.

Website: Ricoh Imaging Japan

Pentax XG-1

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Ricoh has announced the Pentax XG-1, a 16-megapixel bridge camera with 52x optical zoom, 9fps continuous shooting and Full HD movies. Able to cover ultra-wide-angle (24mm equivalent) to super-telephoto (1.248mm eq.) ranges, the Pentax XG-1 has a 1cm Macro mode and an Auto Tracking AF function to keep your moving subject in focus. The camera also offers ten shooting modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie. There’s even a pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces. The XG-1 is compatible with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards so you can share your images and videos straight to your phone or tablet. Available from the middle of August, the Pentax XG-1 carries a suggested retail price of £279.99.