Leica Rumors today posted a couple of leaked images of a new camera that was previously rumored to be called ‘Leica C Typ 112′. We assume that ‘C’ stands for ‘Compact’, but obviously not in the sense of ‘Compact System Camera’, as many people had hoped. Rather, it stands for ‘Compatc Point-and-Shoot’. And with all of Leica’s recent compact cameras, this one as well is a re-badged Panasonic, sold with a number of exclusive accessories and presumably at twice the price of the camera it is based on, the Panasonic LF1.
As a reminder, the LF1 is a premium p&s compact that comes with an integrated electronic viewfinder (albeit a low-resolution one), but still keeps a slim profile. We don’t know when the C Typ 112 will be officially announced, but expect it to be around US-$ 700-800 when it hits markets.
The Scarabaeus is a unique new camera clip that attaches to your belt. It’s made by hand in Germany, and consists of solid metal and soft leather. Unlike other camera clips such as the Peak Design Capture clip, the Scarabaeus does not use a tripod plate to connect with the camera. Though it does attach to the tripod mount, its locking system is proprietary. And while the Capture clip is clearly designed to be able to carry heavy and bulky DSLR setups, the Scarabaeus is aimed at smaller and lighter setups, such as mirrorless cameras or compacts. In this review, we take a closer look at the Scarabaeus and assess its pros and cons.
The Ricoh GR is the latest in the long and illustrious line of GR compact cameras. Some have been calling it the GRD V as it is succeeding the GRD IV, but the reality is that this is far more than a simple model upgrade from the previous camera. This is an entirely new animal all together. Pentax – Ricoh was kind enough to supply me with a GR to take on my international trip throughout the Mediterranean so I could come back with a complete and thorough experience to share with you all. This is a strictly hands-on 2000+ frame user experience review and not one that will be plastered with test charts, brick walls and MTF graphs. Undoubtedly you have seen some or all of the reviews that have been shared thus far, but this review was my mission to find out how the Ricoh GR handles the real world as an everyday and travel camera. Head on past the break for my journey with the Ricoh GR.
Sony today announces the RX1R, an update to their acclaimed RX1 full-frame fixed-lens compact camera that does away with the traditional lowpass filter. Removing the lowpass filter–which is also sometimes called ‘anti-aliasing filter’–will improve overall image sharpness. On the downside, under certain conditions–mainly textures with high frequency detail–it might lead to so-called moiré artifacts. Apart from the lack of a lowpass filter, the RX1R appears to be identical to the RX1, meaning it sports the same amazing 24 megapixel full-frame sensor and 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens, as well as a 1.23 million dot 3″ LCD on the back. To get an impression of what the RX1R will be capable of, head over to our RX1 review. In the sample images section, add a smidgeon of extra sharpness on top.
So how much will it cost? Sony tells us that it will be the same as the RX1 at $2,799.99
Nikon hasn’t been as active in the large sensor compact camera arena (much like Canon) as other brands, but they recently launched a camera that was rather a-typical for them. The Coolpix A has a 16MP APS-C sized sensor with a fixed 18.5mm f2.8 (28mm equivalent) lens which makes it a compact street-shooter’s dream (on paper at least). It also was launched just before Ricoh’s latest GR model which shares a very similar spec-sheet. Adorama Camera was kind enough to loan me one for review, and I’ve had some time to spend with the camera. I’m here to share how I got along with it.
Last month, Olympus announced cuts in their point and shoot camera lines. Also hopping into the same boat, Fujifilm is making a similar announcement–except that it is around 50% of their compact camera line. To be clear, the purge consists of the bottom line of Fujifilm’s compact cameras. And this still numbers in the range of around 20 or so compacts. Another reason for the purge is the fact that the X series is doing so darn well.
For years, Canon and Panasonic seemed to dominate the point and shoot camera realm. It is only in the past two years that I’ve personally felt that Fujifilm and Sony have started to take it away from them with their EXR sensors and large sensors overall respectively. We really can’t see how many will be able to compete in this market unless they start shoving DSLR sensors into compact cameras–and we all know that it is possible.
PS: - Fujifilm currently has a bundle deal where if you purchase the XE-1 or the X Pro 1 you get 50% off a lens if you click the Buy Together and Save option. If B&H runs out, then Adorama has the X Pro 1 and XE-1 at the same prices.