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.
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.
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.
The compact camera has virtually lost the fight against the smartphone overlord. So when a company decides to introduce a new point-and-shoot these days, it is either doomed already before its launch, or it needs to reinvent the idea of the compact camera. And this is what Olympus has done with its two new point-and-shoots, the Tough TG-850 and the SP-100 bridge camera. While the former is the first water and shockproof camera to sport a tilting display, the latter incorporates a new framing aid not unlike a laser sight on a sniper rifle.
That right there is the Kodak-branded SMART LENS in the Pixpro line of digital cameras from JK Imaging, a young company that struck a licensing deal with Kodak in January 2013. This SMART LENS is awfully similar to Sony’s QX10 and QX100 units, and it does the exact same thing. There are two flavors of this lens-camera hybrid: the SL10 and SL25. The SL10 has 10x optical zoom in a 28-280mm 35mm-equivalent lens, a microSD card slot, HD 1080p video capability, and built-in Wi-Fi. The SL25 differs slightly with 25x optical zoom in a 24-600mm 35mm-equivalent lens. Both will available in Spring 2014 for $199 and $299 respectively. [click to continue…]
At CES2014, Nikon has introduced new products. Little is innovative, there are the usual incremental updates we are becoming used to. They range from a new D3300 DSLR with the new Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens, as well as some new CoolPix Cameras. There is one new product on the list, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f1.8G full frame lens. This seems to be a replacement for the Nikon 35mm f2D. These products will be available soon.