Fuji CES 2012 Press Conference – LiveBlog

Fuji X-Series Press Event at CES 2012

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10:51AM PT – The Fuji press conference at CES kicks off in a little over an hour.  We’re expecting to see the Fuji X-Pro1 officially unveiled there.  I’m heading to the press conference now.

I’ll have the latest news from the event soon, so keep watching.  It kicks off at 12PM PT / 3PM ET.

UPDATES BELOW (Newest stuff at the bottom.  And, now there’s a full video at the bottom of the post.) [Read more...]

Canon Announces G1 X and New PowerShot Cameras

Canon G1 XCanon has dropped a big one here at CES 2012 with the new PowerShot G1 X, which features a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor.  The big sensor is the largest sensor Canon has ever put in a PowerShot camera and looks to rival the compact mirrorless camera market.

The G1 X’s sensor dimensions measure 18.7 x 14mm.  Compare this to Canon’s APS-C DSLRs at 22.3 x 14.9mm, Micro Four Thirds at 18 x 13.5mm, and Nikon’s 1 Series at 13.2 x 8.8mm.  The sensor size on the G1 X provides about a 1.85x crop factor.

Even with such a large sensor, Canon has managed to put a 4x fixed zoom lens on the camera, which is down from a 5x zoom on the Canon G12.  The 15.1-60.4mm lens translate to a full frame equivalent of 28-112mm zoom range.

The big sensor offers 14MP resolution for still images and 1080p video capture.  While the lens starts a f/2.8 on the wide end, as you zoom out, the max aperture drops to f/5.8 at the tele end.  That’s physics though – and what you get when you stuff a 4x zoom in such a compact package using a sensor this big.

The Canon G1 X should be available in February at a retail price of $799.99.  Check availability at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

I’ll have a full hands-on report here at CES 2012 within the next day or so.  So stay tuned.

In addition to the new G1 X, Canon announced a couple other PowerShots, the ELPH 520HS and ELPH 110HS.  Check them out, along with more details on the G1 X in the press release below. [Read more...]

Domke RuggedWear Camera Bags and Clothing

Domke RuggedWear Bags

Domke has introduced a new line of RuggedWear camera bags and clothing at CES 2012. The new gear is weather resistant with tough, canvas material.  Domke is using the excellent (and very tough) YKK zippers on the new bag line.

You can find the full line of RuggedWear bags on Domke’s website here.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

CES Unveiled Kicking Off Now

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CES gets its official start tonight with a media preview called CES Unveiled.  I’ll have more updates later this evening as WD get our first look at the newest gear for 2012.

Lexar Introduces 256GB CF Card in Pro Line Refresh

Lexar 256GB CF Card

Lexar’s biggest CF card yet just dropped at CES 2012.  The Lexar Pro 400x line of CF cards now includes a 256GB card, along with 128GB and 64GB available capacities.

The new cards are UDMA Mode 7 compliant and offer minimum transfer speeds of 40MB per second.

The 128GB and 64GB cards are priced at $469.99 and $299.99, respectively.  No word yet on pricing for the 256GB CF card; however, Lexar says it will be available in the first half of 2012.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Nikon Launches New 85mm f/1.8G Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G

Alongside, the new flagship D4, Nikon has announced a new 85mm f/1.8G lens.  The new lens offers FX-format coverage for use on both FX cameras like the Nikon D4 and DX cameras like the Nikon D7000.

The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Lens should be available in March at an initial retail price of $499.95.  Check availability on B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Nikon D4 Officially Unveiled

Nikon D4

After many leaks and rumors, Nikon has officially unveiled its new flagship DSLR – the Nikon D4.  In several ways, the Nikon D4 exceeds what Canon offers in terms of HDSLR-video features, all the while maintaining a powerfull still-imaging machine as well.

There are plenty of details below; however, expect some up-close action next week at CES 2012.

Nikon D4 Overview

  • 16.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor
  • ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable from 50-204,800
  • 10 fps with full AF/ AE or 11 fps with AF locked
  • Magnesium alloy body sealed to resist the elements
  • Accepts CF and new XQD memory card format
  • 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system
  • 15 cross type points, with nine points that work with lens speeds of f/8 and below
  • Advanced video features
    • Uncompressed HDMI out
    • Mic and audio jacks
    • Full 1080p in FX, DX and 2.7X crop modes
    • Full manual control of Exposure
  • Available February for $5999.95
  • Check availability at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

    More details in the full press release below. [Read more...]