Hasselblad Lunar Mirrorless Camera w/ Sony E-Mount

Hasselblad-Lunar-Leather-Grip

Hasselblad has unveiled plans to launch a high-end mirrorless camera with a Sony E-mount.  Dubbed the “Lunar”, the camera will sport a 24.3MP APS-C sensor and capture full HD video.

The Hasselblad Lunar appears to be a rebadged Sony NEX-7 with lots of Hasselblad fluff on the outside.  The body and grip of the Lunar will feature carbon fiber, titanium, wood, leather and precious metals, including gold, to help drive up the price to around €5000 (no word yet on US pricing).

The Hasselblad Lunar should arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

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

Leica M-E Unveiled as Lower Priced Rangefinder

Leica M-E

While the new Leica M cruises in at $7k for its full frame 24MP and 1080p video shooting, the Leica M-E isn’t quite the bargain basement price at $5450.  But still, it’s a step down with an 18MP CCD sensor that is close to the same camera as the prior generation Leica M9.

The Leica M-E features a sensitivity range of ISO 160-2500, a 0.68x magnification viewfinder and a 230k-dot res 2.5″ LCD.  The Leica M-E should be available packaged with Lightroom 4 later this month from Leica retailers.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

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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.

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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...]