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Olympus XZ-2

Olympus XZ-2

In the world of enthusiast’s compacts, lenses with fast initial apertures have become somewhat a standard. The Panasonic LX-series first featured an f2.0 lens in the LX3, then came the f1.8 lenses in various models, and for a while now we’ve had f1.4 lenses in the Lumix LX7 and the Samsung EX2F. But in the next Olympus model, we might just see an über-fast 50mm-equivalent f1.0 lens.

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Just when we though the era of the point-and-shoot was over, new models come trickling in. And it seems that when Olympus introduced the Stylus 1 a while back, a new era of the point-and-shoot began. This is the era of the specialized point-and-shoot that comes with a clever twist, something that makes each model unique and stand out from the crowd. And above all, that makes it a camera you’d actually consider to buy for a change.

The latest point-and-shoot models from Olympus are the rugged TOUGH TG3 and the superzoom model SH-1, and both are trying to win your heart with unique features. Read on past the break to find out if one of them is for you.

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Review: Sony RX10

by Julius Motal on 03/25/2014

julius motal the phoblographer sony rx10-4

In the pantheon of cameras that were, are, and will be, it is rare that a point-and-shoot will turn heads. That’s not to say that there haven’t been any, but so many compromises are made with cheaper cameras that it’s easy to forget about them altogether. Enter the Sony RX10, a point-and-shoot camera with an impressive lens and a DSLR aesthetic in the Cyber-shot line. It’s a bridge camera, and in Sony’s case, the halfway-point between its Cyber-shot and Alpha lines. Consider it a Cyber-alpha, really. Throughout the monthlong review period, I often forgot that I was working with a point-and-shoot, but I never completely forgot.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (4 of 12)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 4.0

Recently, we had the opportunity to play with the world’s weirdest point and shoot camera: one of the versions of the Sigma DP Quattro. Besides having a sensor with medium format performance, the ergonomics and design are a bit out of this world. Though we handled a pre-production model, we were still scratching our heads about the camera.

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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.

More photos of the camera are after the jump.

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Sigma is updating their point and shoot line with what they’re called their dp Quatro series. The new cameras were apparently redesigned to incorporate a new sensor, body, lens and processor. Like their predecessors there will be three cameras: the DP1, DP2, and DP3. All of them will have f2.8 lenses that equate to 28mm, 45mm and 75mm accordingly. When we tested the DP3, we were blown away by the quality that the lens and sensor combo gave us though at first being a tad hesitant about the camera.

Sigma has chosen to stick with the Foveon sensor and in many aspects we see why. The sensors are capable of delivering tons of detail and some of the best colors that we’ve seen in tests while also giving very film-like black and white results in the high ISO arena. They surely can’t stand up to conventional CMOS and X Trans sensors in the high ISO realm, but they’re still quite excellent when used correctly.

The new cameras feature a 39MP Foveon sensor (APS-C 1.5x crop size). The new sensor is called the X3 Quatro and Sigma is saying that it offers 30% higher resolution, faster data processing and lower power needs. The key feature in the new design is that the top layer (a blue layer) is broken into four quadrants with the green and red layers underneath being a single piece.

Hopefully, Adobe Lightroom support will come soon. Specs are more photos are after the jump. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later time.

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