After Panasonic and Hasselblad also Leica “dreams” about making a Leica-phone

Leica CEO Andreas Kaufmann told at CNBC that he would like to make a Leica-phone:

“I am not sure whether the company can do (this) … (But) one dream would be my personal dream: a true Leica phone,”

Leica wouldn’t bet the first camera company to make a photography oriented phone. Panasonic miserably failed with the CM1 and CM10 (no success on market). And Hasselblad recently launched their True Zoom

My advice to Leica? Forget about this :)

Remembering Samsung (by Leonard Goh)

This is a guest article from Leonard Goh:

Remembering Samsung

The tides in the camera industry are shifting, with big boys such as Canon and Nikon taking a (slight) beating from previously smaller players such as Sony and Fujifilm. In the US, Sony cameras has already surpassed Nikon in the full frame category, and it won’t be unexpected that such a trend spreads.

Amidst all these chatter, let us remember that a Korean conglomerate once made some of the best and innovative cameras of the era then.

Yes, that’s Samsung.

The Samsung NX10 comes with an APS-C sized sensor, the first in a mirrorless camera.

I remember when I was writing for the now-defunct CNET Asia and Samsung announced its first mirrorless camera, the NX10. Bear in mind that in 2010, mirrorless cameras had just taken off, with Olympus and Panasonic spearheading this category with their own Micro FourThirds cameras. It was only a matter of time before the big boys caught on to the trend of “small cameras, large sensor”. But what was unexpected was that it wasn’t a big player who came out with it first. It was actually Samsung.

With an APS-C-sized sensor, the NX10 was effectively the world’s first mirrorless camera with a sensor used in dSLRs.

Other than a large LCD at the back, the ST550 also have a front-facing LCD, perfect for selfies.


Just a year earlier, in 2009, Samsung showcased the ST550, a compact camera with a dual LCD; one on the rear and a smaller one on the front so you can see and frame yourself before taking a selfie. Remember, in 2009, selfie wasn’t even that big a deal yet.

Samsung has never officially announced that it was out of the imaging circuit, but multiple news outlets have reported that the company has ceased sales and service in various countries. Draw your own conclusion on this.

So what happened to Samsung’s cameras? Some might argue that the Korean company predominantly makes home appliances such as fridges, washing machines and TVs, so people never took them seriously. But if you look at Sony and Panasonic, they fall into the same category as well.

No one knows, really. Samsung invested heavily in the marketing of its cameras, no less than the big boys, so there’s really no reason why the public wouldn’t be aware of their cameras.

One reason I can think of, is perhaps that, during the same period when Samsung was trying to build up its imaging reputation and portfolio, the company was also targeting the mobile industry aggressively, more so than the imaging side. Hence, the public were exposed to more of Samsung’s mobile phones and its cameras were somewhat sidelined in their minds.

The NX1 was Samsung’s last mirrorless camera before it was rumored that the company has exited the camera industry.

Samsung, however, didn’t leave quietly. Its last mirrorless camera, the NX1, received rave reviews and accolades from professionals. I know of one photographer who owns 2 NX1s and several of the lenses, and he claims that the video quality is superb.

We’ll never know if Samsung will make a comeback in the imaging sphere. But here’s hoping that if, and when they do, they can shake up the industry again.

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Nikon patented a 35mm f/2.0 lens for a mirrorless sytem camera with curved Full Frame sensor!

We now might get a clue about the new Nikon Full Frame mirrorless system camera. And the big surprise could be that it has a curved sensor! We received those images from a new patent (published 2017.7.20) describing a 35mm f/2.0 lens designed for a Nikon mirrorless camera with curved sensor. A curved sensor would allow to design more compact lenses (or faster at same size) compared to classic lenses designed for flat sensors. At the same time the images are equally sharp from center to the edge with no vignetting.

We don’t know if this design is applied to a fixed lens or to a system camera or if it’s just something that will be never find its way on a real mass production camera. But this would indeed be a killer feature on a system camera. To compete with this…the competition would have to once again launch a new system from scratch!

Back in 2015 Sony registered patent for a Full Frame Sony curved sensor with 35mm f/1.8 lens. But they could not use any of their current E-mount lenses on a Sony camera with curved sensor. So this is more likely to be used on a fixed lens RX camera.

Here are some more sketches describing the Nikon 35mm f/2.0 lens:

The next two Photokina dates: 26-29 September 2018 and 8-11 May 2019

Dpreview had a chat with Photokina manager Christoph Menke. The event is going to broaden their coverage to new kind of topics like augmented reality software and so on. Digital Photography will still be the “main thing” but it certainly will no more be the “only thing” at the show.

What we also learned is that the next two event dates are:
26-29 September 2018
8-11 May 2019