When the King of the Hill admits defeat, you know the game is over. And according to what both Canon Watch and SlashGear are saying, that’s the case with Canon and the low end point and shoot game. They both cite a Google Translated article stating that Canon is ceasing to focus on cameras under the $200 entry point because of the way that smartphones have affected the sale of compact cameras. Instead, they’re going to be focusing on higher end compacts and their DSLRs. As far as the latter goes, Canon is the #1 seller. Despite being very conservative and trying to make sure that no camera eats into the others’ sales, they’re still not producing bad cameras at all. In fact, no one that is a major manufacturer is.
What this could mean in the future is that CES and other trade shows may be a bit more dead or more focused on higher end products. On top of that, we may not see the major innovations and risks taken by the company that we saw from 2008 on for a while. When the company was first producing the 5D Mk II, announcing the 7D and 1D X, and making the Rebels better than previous generations it was a much more exciting time.
It’s been a while since Canon released the G1 X camera, and the company is announcing an update in the form of the G1 X Mk II today for CP+. At the heart of the camera is a new 1.5″ 12.8MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 processor, ISO range of 100-12,800, a new 9 aperture blade f2-f3.9 lens with an equivalent zoom range of 24-120mm, 31 AF points, and a 3 inch tilting LCD. Canon also has a brand new external EVF that mounts into the hot shoe for the camera.
The new G1 X Mk II also boasts WiFi connectivity, NFC, and a $799.99 price tag when it drops in April. For what it’s worth, the Ricoh GR is still cheaper and has an APS-C sized sensor.
Nikon today announces a whole bunch of new point-and-shoots at once, among which are superzooms, rugged models and an enthusiast’s compact. The Coolpix AW120 and S32 are both water- and shockproof, with the former being aimed at the outdoor photographer, and the latter being touted as a camera for the whole family. The P600, P530 and S9700 are all superzoom models, sporting zoom factors of 60x, 42x and 30x respectively. And finally, the P340 is a Coolpix A-lookalike with a smaller sensor and a bright 5x zoom lens. All the details after the break.
Leica Rumors today posted a couple of leaked images of a new camera that was previously rumored to be called ‘Leica C Typ 112′. We assume that ‘C’ stands for ‘Compact’, but obviously not in the sense of ‘Compact System Camera’, as many people had hoped. Rather, it stands for ‘Compatc Point-and-Shoot’. And with all of Leica’s recent compact cameras, this one as well is a re-badged Panasonic, sold with a number of exclusive accessories and presumably at twice the price of the camera it is based on, the Panasonic LF1.
As a reminder, the LF1 is a premium p&s compact that comes with an integrated electronic viewfinder (albeit a low-resolution one), but still keeps a slim profile. We don’t know when the C Typ 112 will be officially announced, but expect it to be around US-$ 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.