Today, Ricoh is announcing an update to what may possibly be the best point and shoot digital camera ever made. The Ricoh GR II is an update to the original Ricoh GR and adds WiFi Integration, NFC, and uses a 16.2MP APS-C sensor along with a 28mm f2.8 equivalent lens. We’re not sure if it the same sensor as the original, but we’re sure they wouldn’t do that. Otherwise, the camera seems to be very much the same as the original–which may start to show its age very soon compared to what Canon, Sony and Fujifilm are delivering these days.
The Ricoh GR II has autofocus performance enhancements and boasts AF confirmation as quick as 0.2 seconds. The camera can also wirelessly control the Pentax flashes available on the market.
When it drops in July, you can get it for $799.95 from B&H Photo or Adorama. More photos are after the jump.
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Every time I enter a Leica meeting, I always hope and pray for the same thing: a digital Leica CL. After reading none of the rumors around the web, I wondered if Leica had finally done it. “What? Is this a digital CL? I’ve been asking for this for years.”
To my slight dismay, the product I was seeing was the Leica Q–a fixed lens full frame digital camera with a 28mm f1.7 lens and an EVF that is around 3MP is resolution.
Then I got the opportunity to try it for four days–and like almost every product similar to the M series, I liked it. M cameras are very precise instruments that make you incredibly particular about the image that you’re taking–and I’d argue that it forces you to create better and more calculated images. The Q isn’t exactly an M–but it shares lots of the same characteristics. The camera has an EVF, an option to enable frame lines that crop the image automatically, WiFi connectivity, a 28mm f1.7 lens that can be switch into macro mode, and most of all: autofocus capabilities.
Not only can this camera autofocus–but (and I never thought that I’d be typing this) this camera has the fastest focusing capabilities of any Full Frame 35mm mirrorless and point and shoot camera that I’ve ever tested. In fact, the speed is almost to Micro Four Thirds capabilities.
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The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras
We all know for sure that a Pentax full frame camera is coming this year, but Sony Alpha Rumors is adding some very interesting news. Apparently, Ricoh will be using a full frame sensor of some sort in the camera from Sony–specifically the same one in the Sony A7r that is also in many Nikon DSLRs. Essentially, that means that there are going to be more than one DSLR on the market with the same sensor and probably comparable image quality.
For what it’s worth, this is also probably a great move because the sensor works so well with older glass–which Pentax has lots of in the prime selection. This also means that the company may start to update even more of their older lenses like the 31mm and 43mm which are weird focal lengths but can be very nice to work with on a full frame sensor.
What we’re very curious about will be the autofocus interface. In many previous camera models, Pentax made it so that the user needs to specifically tell the camera to set the directional buttons to choose a focusing point or to set another parameter like flash and white balance.
But beyond this, we’re also wondering how the camera will overall fair at the end of the year with such an old sensor and what full frame lenses will be able to resolve that kind of detail–sans their newly announced zoom lenses. It’s going to need to be jam packed with features that are useful for editors to state something like “we should’ve had this years ago.”
With the announcement of the new Fujifilm X-T10 today, DigitalTev also has a new video to follow up. The camera is marketed at those who don’t reach for higher growing fruit, and Kai notices that immediately by switching out the kit lens to something a bit more serious. He likes the old school SLR feel and realizes that the X-T10 has better autofocus until the X-T1 gets a firmware update in June. However, he states that the eye detection AF doesn’t work and that this camera focuses faster than all of their previous ones.
As far as image quality goes, Kai states that this is the sharpest that you’re going to get with a croppd sensor.
Want one? Check out the pre-orders available at B&H Photo and Adorama. DigitalRev’s video is after the jump.
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It looks like Sony may be trying to get into the Four Thirds world–or at least that’s what some crazy report is stating on Sony Alpha Rumors. According to the site (which is usually pretty darn accurate) Sony will be launching two cameras with Four Thirds sized sensors and that are meant to directly compete with the Panasonic LX100.
But in addition to that, one camera will also have a 24MP APS-C sized sensor while the 4/3 sensors are 20MP and 16MP. We truly wonder if these will be 4/3 sensors or if they will be a little bit larger and more similar to what Canon did with the G1X series of cameras. These will also most likely be more premium offerings than the RX100 series; which have sold tremendously well and continue to evolve into better cameras. The combination of a small size and powerful image quality seems to be the sweet spot for many consumers.
Knowing Sony, the cameras are bound to have fast zoom lenses–though we’d be more partial to something closer in relation to the RX1 and the fixed prime lens on the camera.
With the very recent announcement of the Canon 5Ds and Canon 5Ds R, the industry has taken a huge step forward. A camera with a sensor that can shoot over 50MP images in the 35mm format is changing the game completely. But with that, we’re always wondering about lenses. A while ago, we asked Lens manufacturers about how lens technology will be able to keep up with sensor technology.
But to find out what lenses could potentially work with such a high megapixel sensor, we did some research and asking around. As we get more information, we will try to update this list.
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