Image on top: Just an imaginary fixed lens FT sensor camera based on the design of older Panasonic cameras.

Panasonic will soon announce the new LX1000 with Four Thirds sensor and fixed zoom lens. It will record 4K video too :)

Stay tuned!

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  • August 27, 2014 19:51, Wave Dancer said:

    Sounds pritty interesting! Still a GX8 (with 4K - wow) as a back up to the GH4 shall suit me better.
    What i wish to have in my bag? A Fujifilm X 200 (expected), the GH4 and the GX8 (expected) plus some top lenses from 7 to 100 mm. Some accesso...

  • August 27, 2014 18:59, cryanhorner said:

    i shoot with a GR and i think the best competitor to the GR would be the same camera but with zoom capabilities.

  • August 27, 2014 17:59, Cali Swain said:

    I think the LX1000 will be the update to the LX7, will have a fixed zoom lens, but the only thing in question is if it will have a 1" sensor or 4/3 sensor. It would be pretty amazing to have a 24-90mm f/2-2.8 with a 4/3 sensor and keep it under t...

The possible new Samsung game changer, the Samsung NX1 will be announced on September 15. I am working to get the 100% correct specs. But I have been told it has a lot of brand new amazing features. Top Image quality, top evf and top autofocus performance are expected to be delivered by the camera...

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  • August 27, 2014 20:07, tecnoworld said:

    From the user redcrow on DPR:

    "My source told more about NX1.

    Surprise!!! NO Retro style!
    NX1 is not definitely designed for light user, but more for professional/advanced user. Yes, it is THE flagship of NX line up.
    NX1 is expec...

  • August 27, 2014 11:45, tecnoworld said:

    I don't agree here. While I also consider this an outstanding lens, I don't think it could save nx from oblivion, if a decent high end body does not come out.

    Fuji x has the 56/1.2, which is of course different, but at least as good as the 8...

  • August 27, 2014 11:20, Professor Pilsk said:

    The Ricoh GXR is a special case. It could arguably be considered as a modular compact camera, rather than an interchangeable lens camera. The M-mount module made it into a mirrorless ILC, but that one was released later. But sure, putting semantic...

You can read the specs price and preorder it at:

Black color at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Silver color at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

In UK the camera can be preordered at CameraWorld.

Official press text:

 

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES CLASSICALLY DESIGNED PREMIUM COMPACT X30 WITH NEW CONTROLS AND FASTER PERFORMANCE

X30 features Real Time Viewfinder, dual control rings, and new ‘Classic Chrome’ Film Simulation for dramatically colored photos

Valhalla, N.Y., August 26, 2014 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X30, a premium compact, fixed lens camera aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers. The FUJIFILM X30 has an all new Real Time Viewfinder and innovative dual manual control rings for composing and taking pictures quickly and easily.

The FUJIFILM X30 gives enthusiast and professional photographers a vast array of new features, and delivers the same award-winning image quality and design that the FUJIFILM X-Series is known for around the world. The new X30 features a Real Time Viewfinder – which is the largest, brightest, fastest and highest resolving viewfinder in its class*1 – a large 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and a new ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction for beautifully dramatic images.

The X30 also includes a large tilting 3.0” 920K-dot premium clear LCD monitor, increased battery performance, and a strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy body that is superbly designed to add a real sense of style and elegance to the camera.

Vision and speed

The new FUJIFILM X30 uses an innovative Real Time Viewfinder with a large magnification of 0.65x*2 and a display lag time of just 0.005*3 seconds that is the largest and fastest viewfinder in its class. It offers a clear, high-definition Live View with a new 2.36M-dot organic EL viewfinder and dedicated lens that improves visibility by automatically controlling the viewfinder’s brightness according to the ambient light levels. The Live View display can also be set to reflect shooting conditions, or offer a natural view close to what is seen with the naked eye, while the viewfinder’s eye sensor automatically switches the visible information when the camera is positioned vertically or horizontally.

Left: real time viewfinder with five glass elements, right: X30’s expanded viewfinder size

The FUJIFILM X30 uses the award-winning X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase-detection AF and the EXR Processor II to give photographers high-speed performance, amazing resolution and low noise for extraordinary images. The X30’s phase-detection system focuses in just 0.06*4 seconds, has a startup time of 0.5 seconds*5, shutter time lag of 0.015 seconds, and shooting interval of 0.5 seconds.

[Fuji-X30-X-Trans-CMOS-II-sensor]

Left: X-Trans CMOS II sensor layers, Right: X-Trans CMOS II sensor size comparison

High precision F2.0-2.8 4x manual barrel zoom lens

The FUJIFILM X30’s lens is made up of 11 glass elements in nine groups, including three aspherical lens elements and two ED lens elements. The result is an ultra-bright lens with a wide-angle maximum aperture of f/2.0 and telephoto maximum aperture of f/2.8 for beautiful, high resolution images. Additionally, the X30’s lens incorporates seven diaphragm blades for stunningly soft ‘bokeh’ to make your subject stand out from the background.
The X30 has an optical 4x manual zoom lens that allows quick and precise control over composition. The X30 also has a unique image stabilization mechanism that shifts five lens elements to compensate for camera shake by up to four stops*6. The innovative image stabilization system also effectively prevents motion blur while stopping vignetting and loss of image resolution that usually results from shake compensation.

The new FUJIFILM X30 now includes two rings on the lens: a manual zoom ring and control ring. The control ring is positioned behind the manual zoom control and allows the immediate change of aperture and shutter speed settings while fine-tuning image composition. Functions such as ISO sensitivity, film simulation, white balance and continuous shooting can be assigned by pushing the control ring setting button at the front. Two top-plate dials and six function buttons positioned on the back of the body also offer faster access to regularly-used features for a more instinctive operation.

[Left, Middle: X30 Dual Ring controls, right: X30 large tilting 3.0” 920K-dot premium clear LCD monitor]

Left, Middle: X30 Dual Ring controls, right: X30 large tilting 3.0” 920K-dot premium clear LCD monitor

New “Classic Chrome” film simulation

Fujifilm’s unprecedented image quality has been cultivated through the development of photographic films over the past 80 years and helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green trees, just as photographers remember the scene. The X30 features the new ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode, which delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction. Users can also choose from eleven different modes that simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films. These include color reversal film effects (Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA/CLASSIC CHROME), professional color negative film (PRO Neg.Std / PRO Neg.Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

FUJIFILM X30 key features:

12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
EXR Processor II
NEW Real Time Viewfinder with 0.005 second lag time, 0.65 magnification and 2.36M dot OLED
Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds
Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds
Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
High speed continuous shooting of 12fps (11 frames continuously in JPEG at full resolution)
FUJINON F2.0-2.8 lens 4x manual zoom lens with HT-EBC coating
NEW Tilting 3.0” Premium Clear LCD (920k dots)
NEW ‘Classic Chrome’ and other film simulation modes
NEW Long lasting battery with approximately 470 photos per charge. Charges using supplied micro USB cable
Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash
Super Macro mode to .039”
Focus Peaking function
Motion Panorama 360
Advanced Filters
“Q” button for frequently used menu items
Multiple Exposure
Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps for clear capture of delicate movements
Manual focus available during video recording*7
Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets
Output for Stereo Microphone
Electronic level
Live histogram
Interval timer shooting (1 second to 24 hours up to 999 frames)

FUJIFILM X30 Accessories:

Leather case LC-X30 – made of premium genuine leather.
Lens Hood and Protector Filter LHF-X30 – protective filter with Super EBC multi-layer coating technology. Available in black or silver. The dedicated lens hood features slits to ensure a full angle of view for the viewfinder.
Shoe Mount Flash – three types of FUJIFILM external flash, capable of high-precision TTL auto flash control: EF-20 and EF-X30 with the guide number 20, and EF-42 with the guide number 42.
External stereo microphone MIC-ST1 - for recording real sound with impact to go with premium-quality images and Full HD movie.

The FUJIFILM X30 will be available in late September 2014 for $599.95.

*1: Fujifilm research as of August 2014. Compared with other compact zoom digital cameras, being 500g or lighter in weight.
*2: Market leading viewfinder magnification ratio. Approx. 0.65x magnification 50mm (35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0 m-1.
*3: Fujifilm research as of August 2014.
*4: Fujifilm research as of August 2014. Compared with other digital cameras equipped with 2/3” sensor or larger, based on CIPA standards, and conducted in High Performance mode.
*5: Quick Start and High Performance mode.
*6: CIPA standard.
*7: Aperture and shutter speed can be changed during shooting. Only shutter speeds faster than the set frame rate can be set

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  • August 26, 2014 12:16, Jón Ingólfur Hermannsson said:

    Disappointing - after a long wait - so Fuji just takes the EVF from the X-E2 - and makes a little improvement on same processor and processor - the X20 looks much better - I thought the key of the X line was the retro look - now they are makin...

  • August 26, 2014 11:43, Shamael said:

    As I stated before on this subject, an X20 with a EVF, except that nothing new or noticeable at the west. Even the price of 599$ is the same, what, with the EVF in view, is a step forward for sure.

  • August 26, 2014 10:42, Burgo said:

    I fully agree. I'm happy to read about such cameras here. If anybody isn't, just don't read the article, is it that hard?

The logo you see on top is the official name of a new lens line registered by Zeiss (Source: trademarkia.com). The new lens line will be launched for Full Frame mirrorless system. Obviously it will come as E-mount only for now but can be extended to all other future full frame mirrorless system that could be unveiled in 2015 by Fuji for example.

Zeiss will announce the first E-mount FF Loxia lenses the coming days already!

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  • August 26, 2014 01:31, Marden May said:

    Absolutely horrendous graphic design, if this is the actual logo. Has the 'designer' ever heard of KERNING? "X-I-and-A" are spaced closely. "L-O" has 'medium' spacing. Huge gap between "O-X."

    Unprofessional. What ever happened to standards?...

  • August 25, 2014 20:22, PhotoPhil said:

    Shut your dirty mouth!

  • August 25, 2014 12:33, Jón Ingólfur Hermannsson said:

    More of the same - more very expensive FF E mount lenses - and these are manual focus only.
    and still no F2.8 zoom lenses -
    Sony has lured many with a decent price on the A7r but seems to want to make up with overpriced Zeiss branded le...

This was still missing and now it has been leaked via Digicameinfo. The All Black Fuji X30!

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  • August 25, 2014 20:38, bhulval said:

    Well I too shoot using a 5Dmk2 and have been using the YN-622-C and tried it on the X20 and works like a charm in manual mode (which is fine). People give me funny looks when I am holding the camera in one hand and the flash on the other held at ...

  • August 25, 2014 16:29, Rico said:

    "I love the hot shoe it is the single most important factor for having a X20 over other similar cameras. I use a remote wireless trigger from Yongnuo and often use off camera flash since the puny flash is only good for filling shadows in the sun."...

  • August 25, 2014 15:06, bhulval said:

    "...I am not sure why so many are eager to have a hot-shoe on their point and shoot cameras - I never see anyone with an external flash...."

    I love the hot shoe it is the single most important factor for having a X20 over other similar camer...

Until now Samsung didn't manage to grab any sensible share of the mirrorless system camera market. But from what we heard now Samsung is going to release a camera completely re-engeered from ground up. Innovative sensor, innovative autofocusing system and many other new features will be implemented in the new NX1 camera.

The camera should be announced within the next 10 days already. But I am still not 100% sure about the specs. All I got about the NX1 is from an anonymous source and I certainly hope these are right:

Body looks like Mamiya 6 (big rangefinder with grip).
New EVF with highest res on market and new technology.
Sensor with 28MP. No isocell, but improved dr. Best performance on the market at high iso.
New user interface based on newer tizen. Big touch screen but plenty of physical controls.
Continuous af up to 10fps with focus tracking enabled, second gen OSPDAF with more af points than a6000.
Presentation around sep 2014, availability nov 2014.
Splash + dust proof.
Price 1300$ body only.
Kit with 1650 zoom 2300$.

In summary: Best sensor, best EVF, best AF. Sounds like a possible game changer!

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  • August 26, 2014 12:25, Jón Ingólfur Hermannsson said:

    Samsung has never appealed to me - i have also read similar releases from them before where they claim the best and fastest etc - but Samsung never seems to get that much attention - I think if they lived up to their claims they would have - bu...

  • August 26, 2014 07:39, tecnoworld said:

    If you look at the current poll on DPR, you'll see that a tiny part of the users are interested in Samsung's announcements at Photokina (0.1%) compared to those interested in Sony's (19%) and Fuji's (11%). This is to witness the potential market s...

  • August 25, 2014 20:08, Robert Halvarsson said:

    I am looking forward to this. Hoppfully they will sieze the opportunity to improve their video codec quality as well.

Just read the text Fuji posted on their Photokina presentation page (Click here).

Whatever Fuji means with "full size sensor" isn't really clear. Knowing how marketing works they just mean their APS-C sensors. But on paper "full-size" usually should mean "full-frame" as this is how we intend 35mm sensors.

Strange...

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  • August 27, 2014 11:00, Mk.82 said:

    Only on film cameras. On digital cameras full frame means that you don't use crop mode or digital zoom.

  • August 27, 2014 10:59, Mk.82 said:

    Full frame doesnt mean anything on digital cameras. Every digital camera is full frame.

    The full frame is a technical setting in camera where WHOLE sensor is used, it has nothing to do with sensor size.

  • August 27, 2014 10:57, Mk.82 said:

    Full frame is not 35mm. It was on film era but not on digital era. Technology changes cameras and who call their 35mm digital cameras as "Full Frame" doesn't know anything.