New Ricoh and Samsungs firmware update


Ricoh firmware update for the GXR system (Ricoh.com). The firmware adds Spot and Macro AF area selection options, faster AF, auto noise reduction, Exif 2.3 support and 3 magnification ratios to check focus.
And Samsung posted the new firmware upgrade (version 1.01) for the new NX100. This update improves the accuracy of autofocus in the Night mode. You can download the firmware at samsungimaging.com. There is also a pdf file with a How-to at downloadcenter.samsung.com.

New worldwide Amazon mirrorless rankings!

Amazon recently added a new bestseller category for mirrrorless cameras! That’s one more proof for the success of such cameras. But there is one BIG mistake. Amazon US names the category “Micro Four Thirds cameras” unlike other Amazon Europe stores where they call it “Compact System Cameras”. Is that a mistake or a Panasonic/Olympus marketing action?

Check out the current rankings:
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

Amazon Canada and Amazon Japan do not offer the new ranking system.

What can we learn from those rankings? Generally spoken Micro Four Thirds is winning the game against Sony and Samsung. In UK and Germany, Samsung is doing surprisingly well and in France the NEX cameras are on top of the list. And the most popular camera is (as usual) the .

Sony mirrorless product announcement on October 12th. Samsung NX200 in March!

Sony-alpha.saloon.jp found a scheduled press release from Sony at SankeiBiz that says that on October 12 at 13:00 Sony will “Unveil a new SLR mirror-less product“. Probably they will show the colored NEX cameras or some new mirrorless accessories. A NEX7 seems very unlikely to be announced after Photokina!

According to X-rumors.om Samsung will launch two new NX camera in March 2011. One of the cameras is the new Samsung compact camera, the NX200. Compared to the new NX100 it will have new advanced features (like better video and high-ISO quality) and very likely a new built-in flash and swivel display. It will use the same 14 Megapixel sensor (but with a new better processor engine). The other NX camera will replace the current .

Mirrorless news roundup

Ricoh GXR-Modul 2,5/28 mm Mit 12-Megapixel-APS-C-Sensor (Colorfoto.de)

Samsung NX100 • 12 Hours “Hands-on” at Photokina (Flickr)

According to Amateur Photographer UK “sales of mirrorless interchangeable lens system cameras grew 191% compared to August 2009.”

Sony Nex with Sony E 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS (Motimotion.at)

A Year with the GF1 (Sam Bennet)

Sony Japan officially sent “Apology and Notice of insufficient supply of the new E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

My first look at the Gh2…Clean HDMI out?! (Philip Bloom)

DIWA Gold Award for Olympus E-PL1 (Photographyblog)

Mirrorless camera news at Photokina

Ricoh A12, G700 SE, G700 Hands-On at Photographyblog

Ricoh stand at Photokina (Photographyblog)

OK GO Films Video with Samsung NX100 (ThePhoBlographer)

Samsung stand at Photokina (Photographyblog, Fotopolis and Dkamera.de)

Samsung NX100 First Look Digitalcamerareview.com

Samsung NX100 – First Look reviewat Pocket Lint

Samsung NX100 fullsize samples (Eprice.com.tw)

Samsung NX100: toma de contacto (Quesabesde)

Samsung NX10 Pop Art (Fotoactualidad)

Interview with the GH1 hacker about the GH2 (43rumors.com)

Thom Hogan likes the new GH2 (43rumors.com)