Canon “Will Launch an Interesting Product Next Year”

Masaya Maeda, head of Canon’s camera division, spoke to Reuters and said that production is back to pre-earthquake levels and is planning an increase for its SLR market next year.

When asked about whether Canon would enter the mirrorless camera market to combat against Sony, Olympus and Panasonic, he said that Canon is “considering the technical aspects [and the company] will launch an interesting product next year.” [Read more…]


“Luxury” Fuji Mirrorless Cameras Coming Soon

Fuji’s camera division head honcho spoke out in an interview with Reuters, noting that the company has some lofty goals to be the No. 3 camera maker ahead of Samsung and Nikon.  To get to that point, Fuji will re-enter the interchangeable lens camera market with new “luxury” mirrorless models and dedicated lenses developed in house. [Read more…]

Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 Unveiled

Olympus has opened up its Micro Four Thirds line of cameras to three new cameras.  The Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 (shown above) essentially make up the small, medium and large categories for the series.  Of course, “large” is a relative term with respect to the Olympus Micro Four Thirds line as a whole.

[Read more…]

Panasonic GF1 Review

Panasonic Lumix GF1

The Panasonic GF1 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that is more compact than other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds models, while retaining the same large sensor that rivals DSLR image quality.  As you may be aware, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the GF1 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens.  This fact, combined with design decisions by Panasonic to eliminate a viewfinder and grip, allow the GF1 to even rival point and shoot cameras’ size – particularly true when using the GF1 with Panasonic’s 20mm f/1.7 lens.

Does the GF1 really offer the best of both worlds?  It just might.  To find out if it’s right for you, read on. [Read more…]

Pentax Mirrorless Camera Coming Soon?

Is a Pentax mirrorless camera just around the corner to compete with the lineup from the likes of Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Samsung?

If CitiGroup’s recent report on Pentax’s parent company, Hoya, is to be believed, then the answer is: Yes.

The following quote appeared in the CitiGroup report at issue:

“Hoya plans to release a mirrorless camera under Pentax brand that is distinct from models already on the market.” – CitiGroup

With Photokina 2010 just around the corner, we could see this new camera sooner rather than later.

[Mirrorlessrumors via Photo Rumors]