Nikon May Announce a 1-Inch Sensor Coolpix Compact Camera Soon

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Everyone’s joining the 1-inch sensor camera club. First early reports suggested Panasonic was planning to update the LX7 with a bigger sensor, and now Mirrorless Rumors reports that Nikon will do the same. Leaked specs suggest the camera will have a comfortable grip, narrowing the possibility of bodies down to one of Nikon’s bigger, premium compact cameras such as the P7000.

Supposedly, the new camera will be announced within a week or two and the camera will feature a 1-inch Aptina sensor backed by Nikon’s Expeed 3 imaging processor. In front of the new sensor there will be a f1.8-3.0 zoom lens and the body itself will purportedly be made of magnesium.

It seems like the premium compact camera market is getting hot since Sony’s successful run with its RX100 cameras and Pentax’s notable MX-1. Nikon’s direct competitor, Canon, meanwhile introduced the G1 X Mark II with an even bigger 1.5-inch sensor. Now with a rumored LX8 and Nikon camera joining the fray there could be an interesting crop of cameras beyond the high-end APS-C sensor backed Fujifilm X100s.

Via Mirrorless Rumors

Review: Ricoh GR

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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.

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Review: Sigma DP2x

Like most photographers, I’m a big fan of manufacturers stuffing large sensors into small cameras. Sigma was one of the first companies to do this with the DP1. While the DP1 had a big sensor in a relatively small body, the odd controls, cryptic menu system, lackluster feature set and sluggish handling hindered the DP1 from being a truly great camera. Since the DP1, Sigma has released several updates updates to the DP line which have not been met with the same fanfare as some of its rivals like Micro Four Thirds (MFT) systems and other advanced compacts (e.g. Panasonic LX – 5). Sigma recently released the latest version of the “DP” line, the DP2x. So has Sigma been able to iron out all of the issues with their large sensor compact? Let’s find out.

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Field Review: Sigma DP2s (Day 2)

The Sigma DP2s has a nifty little accessory, the EF-140 external flash. So, how good and useful is it? Well, here’s a short test in this very quick posting. Before we go further, here’s a quick recap of the flash.

EF-140: This is a Sigma flash that can attach to the hot shoe. Most compact cameras do not get a flash designed for it, but the Sigma EF-140 is different.

Like many of you professional photographers, a great compact camera is something we all yearn for. This flash was seemingly designed for us.

Here’s a photo of Jorge, one of my readers, shot without flash.

Here is the photo of Jorge with the EF-140 attached. This is a much better photo than the previous one. If one were to use the on-camera flash, the results would have been much more blown out and somewhat horrid.

Lots more in the field review to come!

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