The Leica B&W M mount camera has 18 megapixels! Announcement tomorrow!

According to our top sources Leicas new M-mount Full Frame camera will have a 18 Megapixel Black and White sensor manufactured by Platinum Equity. The exact resolution is 5216 x 3472 pixels. Leica will announce the camera tomorrow at 8pm (20:00) London time!

The sources said the per pixel sharpness is “spectacular” and the dynamic range also higher than anything they have seen before. But also the price will be higher than any other current digital M-mount camera (almost $8,000)! LOL :)

I will be here tomorrow and update you live with all the latest news about the camera. Stay tuned on MirrorlessRumors!!!

Leica MP monochrome and X2 are coming on Thursday!

The new B&W MP camera will costs $1,000 more than the new MP-9 you see here on top ($7999 at BHphoto).

This will be a very important week for all Leica fans. Finally Leica is going to announce a digital camera with “pure” Black and White sensor. And you have to pay quite a lot for that unique feature! According to Leicarumors the Leica MP Black and White camera will cost close to $9,000!!!

One the mirrorless front it is also to report that there will be a new X2 camera with fixed 35mm f/1.4 Summilux lens for….$3,000! That’s $1,000 more than you pat for the current Leica X1 (here at Amazon). It has a 16 or 18 MPX sensor (according to Leicarumors) and an optional EVF: LCD and AF are also improved. Too bad this camera doesn’t come with an interchangeable mount!

New Canon mirrorless rumors…

Canonrumors just posted a bunch of Canon mirrorless specs. He rated the rumor with a very low value so don’t take it too seriousely! According to him this is what we will see within 2012:

  • Two Cameras
  • G1 X Sensor Size
  • APS-C a possibility in one camera
  • 14 & 24 megapixels
  • EF compatibility, but not EF mount.
  • EVF on one camera
  • 3-5 Lenses announced at launch.

Sounds good!

Is that the new Samsung NX roadmap? Top line NX camera coming?

Yesterday we praised the superb 85mm NX lens but epxressed our doubts about Samsung NX system future. Maybe as reaction on that post one of our sources sent us some bits about the possible future Samsung roadmap. He writes:

1) Samsung plans to announce the EX1 successor, two new NX lenses and accessories at Photokina 2012
2) They are working on a new APS-C sensor with improved rolling shutter performance (too early to say “electronic shutter”), but with “normal” megpaixel number (bye be Megapxiel race)
3) There also is a new NX model coming before end of the year, a top line NX.

Sounds good or not?

Leica Monochrome sensor made by Platinum Equity (Kodak sensor).

Our super good sources informed us that the new Leica M camera coming on May the 10th will feature a Black and White Full Frame sold by Platinum Equity. As you know Platinum acquired the Kodak business and they are going to sell the Kodak developed Black and White sensor to Leica.

The list of available Black and White CCD sensors is still available on Kodaks website (Click here). The sources didn’t tell me which one it is but they said the camera pixel per pixel sharpness is unmatched by any of the current Full Frame cameras. Not even the super new Nikon D800 (36Megapixels) can match it!

Canon will launch compact cameras almost as good as DSLR!


Canon concept mirrorless camera by David Riesenberg (Click here)

Canon released the Q1 earnings call and included some info about the future strategy. Canon says that they will launch compact cameras “offering the image qualities that approaches SLR cameras, with improved design and network connectivity features“. This sounds like they are clsoe to launch the interchangeable mirrorless system. And that word” approaches” may give us the hint that they will use the Four Thirds sized sensor of the Canon G1X.

Sony NEX-F3 (specs leaked) and new 18-200mm NEX lens coming on May 17th.

Sony didn’t manage to keep the secret on the new upcoming new cameras. Their Malaysian press event is now all over the web :)
Here are the specs of the NEX-F3 and the new 18-200mm lens:

Sony NEX F3
16.1 MP same as A37
latest Bionz processor
ISO 16,000 from 100.
24p 1080p HD or 60i
MP4 Codec
3:2 in MP4 mode
Auto Portrait Framing
180 degree LCD for easier self portraits
Clear image zoom is present if you want
Built in flash
Improved battery performance to 470 images per charge
Charge on the go via USB to pc
Accessory terminal: you can add the trufinder or the microphone
Ergonomic grip addition like the 5n
3fps
No touchscreen
Silver, black and white.
June $599 with kit lens no 16mm f2.8 bundle

18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS in black going to be announced in summer.