Leica M is a Full Frame 24MP, $7K Rangefinder

Leica M

The Leica M is heir apparent to the Leica M9.  From this point forward, Leica is ditching the number system and simply calling new models the Leica M.

The Leica M features a 24MP full frame sensor and captures 1080/24p video.  The M offers a 3-inch, 920k-dot res LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass to add to the robust build.  In addition to video capture, this is the first M-model to sport live view on the LCD, as well as focus peaking.

The Leica M should be available in early 2013 for $6950.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

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

Leica D-Lux 6 Announced

Leica D-Lux 6

The Leica D-Lux 6 is a new compact shooter with a newly developed 10MP (and rather large) 1.7″ CMOS sensor that also captures full HD video.  The D-Lux 6 sports a fast 24-90mm equivalent zoom lens at f/1.4-2.3 and offers a sensitivity rang of ISO 80-12800.

The D-Lux 6 features a 3-inch LCD at 920k-dot res, a clickwheel control and a built-in ND filter.  The D-Lux 6 is compatible with the Leica EVF3 electronic viewfinder and the Leica CF 22 flash unit.

The Leica D-Lux 6 should be available in November for $799 and will ship with Lightroom 4 for processing RAW image files.  You can pre-order the D-Lux 6 here at B&H Photo.

Panasonic GH3 Officially Unveiled

Panasonic GH3

The Panasonic GH3 is a new 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera with both still image and video prowess.   The GH3 features powerful 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB video capture and 1080/24p at 72Mbps ALL-I video capture.

The GH3 body is magnesium alloy and weather sealed and offers an OLED monitor and an EVF.  What’s more, the GH3 packs all of this into a $1299 price tag – available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

Panasonic GH3 Key Features

  • 16MP LiveMOS Sensor
  • 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB and 24p 72Mbps ALL-I
  • 6fps Frame Rate
  • ISO 125-25600
  • OLED Monitor and Live View Finder
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather Sealed Body
  • Auto HDR Mode
Panasonic 35-100mm
Alongside the GH3, Panasonic is also announcing a new 35-100mm f/2.8 lens (70-200mm equivalent) for the Micro Four Thirds mount.  The lens, combined with the existing 12-35mm f/2.8 lens, makes a formidable combo (both of which feature optical image stabilization) to match up against full frame kits of the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 flavors.  The new 35-100mm f/2.8 lens retails for $1499 and is available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

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

Canon Unveils PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 Printers

Canon PIXMA PRO 10

Alongside the new full frame EOS 6D, Canon unveiled a pair of new printers – the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100.

These new models are built in the same vein of the flagship PIXMA PRO-1 that was released last fall.  The new PRO-10 and PRO-100 feature a new “PRO Mode” that maps color gamut for optimum balance of brightness and saturation.

According to Canon this PRO Mode “helps adjust colors by taking into consideration the characteristics of human perception. The technology helps to create prints that accurately reflect the image as seen on a monitor without needing a high level understanding of color management.”  Canon says that this PRO Mode should also be available as a firmware upgrade to the PIXMA PRO-1 in early 2013.

The PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 will retail for $699 and $499, respectively, when they hit the market (no word yet on when specifically that will be).

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

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Unveiled

Olympus XZ-2

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a follow-up to the popular and powerful XZ-1.  The XZ-2 adds a new hybrid control ringer and touch controls similar to what is found on the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Key Features

  • 12MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom (24-96mm equivalent)
  • Fast aperture f/1.8-2.5
  • 3-inch swivel touchscreen LCD
  • 5fps burst mode
  • ISO 100-12800
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • RAW image capture
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Hot shoe
  • Olympus Art Filters

The Olympus XZ-2 should be available in November 2012 for $599.99.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Olympus E-PL5 Officially Announced with Ultra-thin 15mm Lens

Olympus E-PL5

The Olympus E-PL5 is a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a 16MP LiveMOS sensor.  The new mirrorless camera sports an all-metal body, a 170-degree tilting LCD and captures 1080i HD video.

Olympus also introduced a new body cap alongside the E-PL5 that sports a built-in 15mm f/8 lens, which means you can grab a quick shot without a bulky lens (you know, since it’s a lens too…).

Olympus E-PL5 Key Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • RAW Image Capture
  • 8fps Frame Rate
  • M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5 Lens
  • 3.0″ Flip Portrait LCD w/ Touch Control
  • Full 1080i HD Video
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • ISO Range to 25600
  • 12 In-camera Art Filters
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit

The Olympus E-PL5 should be available in October for $699.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Features 24-1200mm Zoom Lens

Canon SX50 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is the latest superzoom from Canon, and packs a whopping 50x zoom lens.  The SX50 HS features a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor (for faster AF and shot-to-shot times) and a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD.

Additionally, the SX50 HS will capture 1080p HD video and 12-bit RAW images.  The new superzoom also sports a hot shoe for Canon Speedlites.

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS should be available in October for $479.99. Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Key Features

  • 24-1200mm (35mm Equivalent) Lens
  • 50x Optical Zoom
  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 2.8″ Vari-Angle LCD with Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • High Speed AF Focuses in 0.19 sec
  • High-Speed Burst HQ for 13fps Shooting
  • Built-in Hot Shoe

 

Canon PowerShot S110 Serious Compact Adds iOS and Android Compatibility

Canon S110

The Canon PowerShot S110 is the compact camera follow-up to the very solid S100.  The S110 features a 12.1MP CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm equivalent) with a bright f/2 aperture on the wide end. Canon also steps up the speed in AF and shot-to-shot times in the S110 thanks to the DIGIC 5 image processor.

The S110 uses built-in WiFi to connect with iOS and Android devices, which you can use to upload your images to social networks via the free Canon CameraWindow app.

The S110 captures full 1080p HD video and features a 3-inch capacitive touch panel LCD, as well as RAW image capture.

The Canon S110 should be available in October for $449.99.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Canon PowerShot S110 Key Features

  • 12.1MP Resolution 1/1.7″ CMOS Sensor
  • 24-120mm UA Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • 5x Optical Zoom, f/2.0-5.9 Aperture
  • 3.0″ PureColor Touch Screen LCD Display
  • HS SYSTEM Technology, High Speed AF
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor, Intelligent IS
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • High-Speed Burst HQ, Manual Control Ring
  • ISO 12800, Multi-Aspect Ratio RAW
  • Smart AUTO, Movie Digest & Wi-Fi

Fuji INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera Announced

Fuji Instax Mini 8

The Fuji Instax Mini 8 is the next instant film camera in the Instax family due out early 2013.

The Instax Mini 8 uses the same credit card sized photos as found in other Instax Mini models, like the Mini 7S and Mini 25.  The Instax Mini 8 will be available in five different colors: pink, blue, yellow, white and black.

Expect to see more on this analog camera at CES 2013.