Sony Set to Launch an APS-C G1 X Competitor?

Canon G1 X

Sony Alpha Rumors is pegging a compact Sony APS-C camera that will go head-to-head with the Canon G1 X.  Reportedly, the camera would use a pancake zoom lens to keep the size down.

I think Sony has a great thing going with the NEX line. So, I’m very interested to see what such a camera could add to Sony’s lineup.  If anything, I think a fixed-lens camera seems more accessible to a larger market.  This isn’t necessarily in terms of price (the Canon G1 X isn’t cheap), but rather in terms of perceived user experience. [Read more...]

Fuji X-Pro1 Hands-On

Fuji X-Pro1

I finally got to get some hands-on time with the new Fuji X-Pro1 at CES 2012.  After handing out Camera of the Year honors in 2011 to the Fuji X100, I’ve been itching to see what Fuji had coming for the oft-rumored interchangeable lens lineup.  Based on what I’ve seen so far, the Fuji X-Pro1 looks like it won’t disappoint and should easily be in the running for the 2012 Camera of the Year. [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix GX1

Panasonic GX1

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is a new Micro Four Thirds camera that steps up from the GF-series.  The GX1 features a 16MP image sensor, 1080/60i AVCHD video capture and a 3-inch touchscreen display.  The GX1 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 160-12800 and is compatible with the new LVF2 electronic viewfinder (a 1.44-million dot resolution viewfinder).

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 should be available in December at an initial retail price from $699 for body only, $799 with a standard kit lens, or $949 with an X-series kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Sony NEX-5N Review

Sony NEX-5N

The Sony NEX-5N is part of Sony’s second go-round at the mirrorless camera format. The NEX-3 and NEX-5 were largely regarded as a success – and for the most part the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N models which followed on a year later have been held with similar regard.

What you need to know up front is that the Sony NEX-5N is not a perfect camera.  It’s a solid (bordering on excellent) offering from Sony; however, it has some niggling problems and concerns that take some of the luster off of it.  (Update 11/9/11:  The core defect appears to have been fixed. See details below.) [Read more...]

Nikon Mirrorless Camera System Coming September 21

"Nikon in White" Press Invitation

While August was a busy month for camera announcements, it’s looking more and more like September is going to give it a run for its money.  A press invitation to a “Nikon in White” event on September 21 recently surfaced – an event that is supposed to reveal Nikon’s new mirrorless camera system. [Read more...]

Nikon Mirrorless Camera Image Leaks Out

Nikon Mirrorless Camera X810

It looks like Nikon’s compact mirrorless camera has leaked its lens mount and sensor mount onto the web.  Based on this image, it’s clearly not an F-mount camera – so you won’t be using existing Nikon lenses on this camera (without an adapter, that is).  Additionally, the sensor looks smaller than APS-C format. [Read more...]

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...]