Nikon 1 V1 and J1 tested at DPreview!


Finally DPreview (Click here) posted the much expected Nikon V1 and J1 review. A must read! The cameras are amazing for shoot moving subjects in good light. And image quality is almost on par with the Micro Four Thirds cameras (and that’s also an amazing result considering the smaller sensor). But also Dpreview recognizes that the price is still too high when you compare it with other cheaper and more featured cameras like the Sony NEX-5n.

Nevertheless, at least in USA the Nikon 1 cameras are selling well (Check here the Amazon US ranking). I guess this has also to do with their strong marketing campaign and retailers network. Anyway, I am pretty sure Nikon is already preparing the launch for new Nikon 1 cameras. Can’t wait to see them!

Canon G1 X news roundup!

EosHD (Click here) isn’t impressed by the Canon G1 X video quality: “It seems Canon haven’t progressed video on DSLRs at all since they stumbled upon it 3 years ago, which is somewhat depressing.

Also Cameralabs (Click here) posted a short preview: “Ultimately for all the pros and the cons, Canon has delivered what many people were asking for: G-series design and features with a DSLR-class sensor under the hood.

Hands-on at Photographybay (Click here). Image samples at Focus Numerique (Click here) and Dpreview (Click here). Image+video smaples at Lenstip (Click here / via Noisyc).

Preorders are available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

First real Fuji X PRO 1 ISO test and comparison with Nikon D700.

Finally you can see a first ISO and sharpness test at vladdodan.ro (Click here / via Fujirumors). The image-crop you see on top (Click on it to enlarge) compares the Fuji X PRO 1 (35mm @ f/1.4) sharpness with the Nikon D700 (AF-S @ f/1.4) sharpness. At a first glance the Fuji looks a tack sharper. But please keep in mind that we need more tests to be sure of that. The sharpness also depends from other factors like lens and image processor. But it’s so great to see an APS-C sensor beat the quality of a Full Frame sensor! Really makes me wonder what a Full Frame Fuji could do!

Here are the direct links to the images:
X PRO 1 versus D700 (Nikon on the right)
X PRO 1 ISO table (ISO 100 up to 25.800)
35mm lens center sharpness (at different apertures)
35mm lens corner sharpness (at different apertures)

I want to thank Vlad for the great test! He did what big websites didn’t do! Will bookmark your website now :)

P.S.: You can preordet the Fuji X PRO 1 at Expansys USA (Click here), Expansys Canada (Click here) and Expansys UK (Click here). You can get notification at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

 

Canon G1 X preview and images samples (dpreview, lenstip, electr0nista,slashgear and more)

Th most high end of all high end compact camera is getting tested by many websites. The Canon G1 X should become the first camera to compete against the mirrorless world which is currently dominated by Olympus-Panasonic-Sony. The most amazing achievement from Canon is certainly that tiny 4x zoom lens. It proves that Canon mirrorless system could offer soom nice pancake zooms. As Canon managers revealed last week, small size is one of the two main aspects of their future  inetrchangeable mirrorless system (the other aspect is “image quality”). So here are the G1 X related news:
Lenstip (Click here) posted a set of full size Canon G1 X image sample.
Dpreview (Click here) updated their preview including some image samples.
Electronista (Click here) also “played” a it with the camera.

And here is a video from Slashgear:

Preorders are available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

The Verge: NEX-5n best mirrorless, Nikon 1 worse mirrorless (but Nikon rules in UK!)

The Year in Review article at The Verge (Click here) chooses the NEX-5n as product of the year while the Nikon 1 is the camera disappointment of the year. But despite the critic from The Verge at least in UK the Nikon 1 system is the most popular of all mirrorless systems (Source: Photographyblog).

The Nikon V1 experience at Fadedandblurred (Click here).

The Pentax Q 3.2mm f/5.6 Fisheye has been reviewed at Photozone (Click here).

Nikon 1 J1 review at Letsgodigital (Click here).

Ricoh GXR GR LENS A12 28mm f/2.5 review at ePhotozine (Click here).

Ricoh GXR A12-M and Sony NEX-5N Comparison at Ricoh Diary (Click here).

Top 2011 photos at Outbackphoto (Click here).

Samsung NX200 test at Colorfoto (Click here).

Triple Fuji X PRO 1 preview at Gizmodo, Engadget and Digitalcamerainfo.

You can now read two interesting reviews. The first is from Gizmodo (Click here): “The camera’s one drawback, and Fuji has told us that this will be the case on the production models, is that the autofocus isn’t going to be as snappy as it is on other cameras. Fuji says thats because that’s not what this camera is about.
And Engadget (Click here) says: “the X-Pro1 can produce usable 16-by-20-inch prints even at ISO 25,600, which is the maximum supported sensitivity. Identical images shot with the 5D Mark II showed significant noise in shadow areas, while the Sony Alpha A77 (NEX-7) produced an image that you certainly wouldn’t want hanging on a wall…Again, all of these samples were provided by Fujifilm, and were not the result of independent testing.
The guys from Digitalcamerainfo (Click here) also played with the camera: “Those brave design choices are a big part of why the X-Pro1 is the most endearing system camera we’ve seen in years. We can only really comment on the design and handling since we haven’t been able to run it through our battery of image quality tests. But from what we’ve seen, it’s a sweet, slick shooter.

We really need some independent image quality test soon ;)

P.S.: Still no preorder price at Amazon (Click here).

A Mirrorless size and weight comparison

When it comes to mirrorless cameras the battle is not only about image quality but also about “how small” you can make the camera. DC.watch (Click here) compared the size and weight of the tiniest cameras from Pentax, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony. You see plenty of graphs and scores on their website. However RiceHigh (Click here) pointed out that the test isn’t perfect.

But my real question is, how small should a mirrorless camera be to be really pocket able? I guess it depends. Amateurs and Mass market want camera with zoom, and i that case the GF3 with the 14-42mm X pancake zoom is the only one that can be seen as very close to common compact cameras. Semi-pro and pro’s may are ok by carrying a pancake with fixed focal length and in that case the Pentax Q is definitely the smallest and lightest cam. But Why get the Pentax Q when the high end compact cameras like the Olympus XZ-1 or Canon S95 have a similar sensor size but do have a bright zoom lens?