The flagship Samsung NX series camera is a fusion of sorts–and quite an interesting fusion at that. If somehow or another, machines came to life and started a small country of some sort, there would need to be population growth. In order to grow the population, there would need to obviously be intermixing of folks. In this case, a phone and a camera from the same company (or country) would delight in each other’s presence and an interesting child would be conceived. That child (in this case the Samsung Galaxy NX) would be from the womb of the Samsung NX20 and the loins of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The two parents would do all that they could to provide for this child. They would provide a lens system and try to give them only the best. They would try to ensure that their child had social skills, and they’d even put an emphasis on looking good.
But no matter how hard these parents tried, the child wouldn’t be perfect. And that’s alright: no one is perfect. But some children stand out just a bit more than others.
The K3: Pentax’s flagship camera that many thought would be a full frame option. Instead, the company gave them an APS-C DSLR with a couple of interesting features. For starters, users have a digital AA filter. Then you can add in all the typical Pentax features such as incredible weather sealing, stabilization on the sensor, lots of megapixels, and other features targeted at the outdoors crowd.
We recently reported about a code snippet that gave away that Google was apparently working on implementing raw capability in the Android camera. In an interview with CNet, Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano now confirmed that Google is indeed working on improving the Android photography experience. According to the interview, the raw capturing capability is now part of Android’s hardware abstraction layer (HAL), which also supports a burst mode as is already implemented in the camera of the Google Nexus 5 smartphone.
In a future Android release, the company aims to implement an application programming interface (API) that’ll make it possible for developers to create their own camera apps with raw capture capability. At the moment, we have no idea as to whether Google will go for the universal DNG raw file format, or whether they’ll use a proprietary format (or even moreso, whether the file format will depend on the phone’s manufacturer.) Scigliano also didn’t mention a schedule for the implementation of the new API. But judging from her remarks, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see raw shooting go live sometime within the lifespan of the Nexus 5.
Fujifilm’s 23mm f1.4 will render an equivalent of 35mm on Fujifilm’s APS-C X series cameras. As one of the classic focal lengths, this has been a lens that photographers have been asking for for a while. The lens features a minimum focusing distance of around 11 inches, 11 lens elements in 8 groups, an all metal build, a snap-back style focusing ring that lets you toggle between autofocus and manual focus, and overall just some seriously beautiful image quality. And there is very little to complain about with this lens.
Justifying the purchase of $899 to yourself though, will be one of the toughest things to do.
When Fujifilm first announced their Mini 90 camera, folks everywhere either gawked at the expensive price or looked at it alluringly with lust and heart palpitations. Then we tried it, and actually kind of liked it. It’s totally a hipster camera, but that doesn’t mean that you should sit there and turn your nose away from it. In fact, the Mini 90 has a couple of cool features that will force you to think within a box and put an huge emphasis on unleashing your creative side by getting rid of the technical stuff.
And more than anything, it will be a pricey learning tool.
About a month ago, Panasonic announced the development of a new 15mm f1.7 Summilux lens built in cooperation with Leica, as a side note to the GM1 mirrorless camera announcement. Back then, it had us scratching our heads a bit, for various reasons. Today, 43rumors reports that the lens popped up in the eBay store of a Korean seller, with a price tag of US-$ 1,059. The listing was taken down shortly thereafter, since the lens isn’t yet available.
If it wasn’t a mistake by the seller, then this price tag has us scratching our heads even more. $1k is a lot to charge for a lens like this, especially considering that the 25mm f1.4 Summilux for Micro Four Thirds sells for half of that. It would have to show really spectacular optical performance to justify that price tag. On the other hand, it’s possible that the price was meant to be in South Korean Won, in which case this would be the starting price for a regular eBay auction.
Any way, we cannot be sure what the final retail price of the 15mm f1.7 will be until Panasonic officially announces it. And we don’t know when that will be.