Does Leica have „one more thing“ for photokina?

Leica Camera Forum has been invited for a „Leica Design Preview“ at Photokina. Leicarumors believes we will see a Leica EVIL system. The administrator from LeicaCameraForum will be there on Monday evening (photokina’s eve) to report live from Cologne and says “Don’t make any other appointments for Monday evening (8 pm CEST), ut some beer in the fridge and follow the Leica Forum twitter feed!

Mirrorlessrumors doesn’t believe that there will be a new Leica mirrorless system. ANyway it is better to not miss their Twitter Live report :)

Mr. Hamada from Hoya-Pentax says about mirrorless: “we would like to release products with an individuality that shines through”

Mr. Hamada from Hoya-Pentax provided an interesting market overview:

•    Inventory is still accumulating in Europe. Production and shipments are higher than the momentum of consumption. This year, SLR cameras will grow by 15-20% over the previous year in terms of production, shipment and sales but inventories of compact cameras seem to be building all over Europe. We are keeping careful watch on the situation.
•    In Japan, in particular, the mirrorless camera market is growing and is positioned to capture approximately 30% of the SLR market.
•    Overseas, mirrorless cameras are selling to some degree in the United Kingdom. Manufacturers may not have got around to sales yet but one way or other the mirrorless cameras are starting to catch on, and all companies will be focusing on sales from now. I think they will have about 30% of the global SLR market within two years or so.
•    We have looked carefully at the situation but since sales are not good even when we release the same products as other companies, we would like to release products with an individuality that shines through.”

Oh yeah Pentax is coming soon with their mirrorless camera!

The brown Samsung NX100 gets leaked!

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Here it is the new Samsung NX100 with the new 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. It features the same NX10 sensor (14.6 Megapixels), a 3inch Amoled screen, it has an optional external electronic viewfinder, ISO 100-6400, 3fps, sound picture (you can record 10sec sound with a picture), 720/30p video and it has an optional GPS module. The camera comes in Black, White or Brown!

The killer: Canon EIS 22Megapixel Mirrorless Camera?

A concept desgin (not a real Canon camera)

Canonrumors just published the following rumor. It is not from one fo their trusted soruces but from a forum entry… so take it easy!


* Electro Image System (EIS)
* Sensor : CMOS 18mmx12mm (2X) 22MP back-illuminated CMOS (5760×3840)
* Continuous shooting : 22MP – 6fps / 5.5MP – 20fps
* Movie clips :1920×1080 30p/24p/25p
* ISO : 100-6400
* Expansion options : 25 – 25600
* KIT – 12-75 f2.8-4.0 IS Macro (1:2) & 75-300 f3.5-5.6 IS


* 5mm f4.0 fisheye
* 8-25mm f4.0
* 14mm f2.0
* 25mm f1.2
* 45mm f1.5
* 60mm f2.0 Macro

Google Translation for Canon EIS
EIS is in English “Electro Image System” in the acronym, as distinct from the “Electro Optical System” (EOS), is focused on the integration of photography video series cameras.

First EIS 60 cameras will be developed using the latest Canon 22 million pixels of small size back-illuminated CMOS, sensor size is the whole site is just 1 / 4 of that 18mmX12mm, the relative coefficient of 135 1:2 lens, the image resolution of striking 5760 * 3840, starting the auxiliary lens 12-75/2.8-4 IS macro (through the button to switch to 1:2 magnification, the equivalent of full-size 1:1) and the 75-300/3.5-5.6 IS. Are retractable lens.

Pixel-wide continuous shooting speed of machine 6fps, 5.5 megapixel continuous shooting speed of up to 20fps, the new design of CMOS support for pixel sampling merger, 5.5 million pixel sampling can get excellent high sensitivity degree of effect, iso 6400 into practical use.

Video sample support 1920 * 1080/30P/24P/25P, video sampling with three times the pixel fusion, nine points for each integration point as a sample, as were the direct hardware support, so fast, the camera video effects than ever before.

Pixel-wide sampling of native ISO 100, pixel and video modes combined native ISO of 400. 2 * 2 pixels to support the merger and the merger of 3 * 3.

ISO support 100-6400, extension mode support 25.50 and 12800,25600

Canon will launch a series of EIS camera lens, known to include R & D program, including the lens 5mm / 4 fisheye ,8-25mm / 4 wide-angle zoom lens, 14mm / 2 biscuit head, 25mm/1.2 biscuit head, 45mm / 1.5 standard biscuit head, 65mm/2.0 Macro (1:1, 2:1 is equivalent to full-size)

Canon will launch an EF-EIS adaptor to support autofocus on EF lenses.

EIS series of cameras designed for dual SD memory card, double the shutter button, each for storing video and photos, supports video capture video capture process at any time without video capture still photos, video and photos of different buttons.”

The NX100 specs and image!

After the , the and the cameras we have a new mirrorless compact…the Samsung NX100! After weeks of speculations and minor leaks we found specs and image (on dpreview) of the NX100. It uses the same sensor (14.6MP) and will be announced on September 14.

The specs:

-The camera has not built-in flash :(
-The display is a 921K AMOLED
-The new lenses will be the 20-50mm and the 20mm pancake
-The 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED has no OIS system
-Both lenses do have a new button, iFn button, it is an extension of Fn button on the camera and you can control the features through the focus ring on the lens.
-The EVF is optional and just 201K (300×224) with 0.83X magnification
-The new external flash is the GN15
-The other device on the National Geographic picture is a GPS receiver and works with google maps
-The camera has 2 select dials, one on top and other around 4 way button
-The camera has a lot of direct access and controls.
-Th the DOF button is on the left side of the body
-This are the dimensions 120.5 × 71 × 34.5 mm
-HD 720p with mono audio
-The Auto mode ISO is selectable: 1 step (200, 400, 800, 1600) and 1/3 step (125, 160, 200, etc… until 1600)
-Manual ISO selectable from 100 to 6400

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Samsung NX100 user report…

The Samsung NX100 compact camera will be announced on September 14 but we already found a suer review of the camera on the korean website!
A koreak friend translated the text for us (google translation does a terrible job here!)

1. Design
As looking the design, it is a box type like Samsung compact cameras. So EVF is missed. (But there is an external EVF)
Grip is also curved and tidy even though the holding is worse than NX10. In the backside dial button is added, so this is easy to take a picture with manual mode. It’s sorry to miss unexpectedly handy internal flash. In general it is easy to understand that the interface is a kind of E-P1’s. And the thing I can’t understand is why they carve the logo of NX100 with red. For the moment it’s not bad, but I think it give me the feeling to imitate Leica, so it gets out of identity.

2. Sensor
The size is the same with NX10, but it is difficult to judge if the image processing engine is changed. The result is similar with NX10.

3. ISO

For now, the range is 100~3200 and 6400 if you use extended ISO. (At usable ISO) the noise when using high-sensitivity looks like enhanced. (Just my opinion.)

It’s added. But the receiver is needed to but. But is this essential? I think it is right that this is built in the body but not optional, doesn’t Samsung?

5. Related to lens
20-50: OIS is missed. The aperture value is same with previous kit lens.But it is a lot small and a lot light. The image quality is also very good. (subjective judgment)
20 prime lens: I couldn’t be satisfied because of F2.8. But the image quality is good. But the minimum shooting distance
is so shorter than the previous 30mm F2.0 lens. I can’t know the minimum shooting distance.

6. Other parts
There aren’t the noticeable differences from NX10.

7. Conclusion
About the design Samsung applies individual taste, but it’s not a higher model than NX10 when I look the specifications.
But if you aren’t satisfied with previous design, it is the best choice to you. Personally I think the matching with 20-50 lens is very good. The portability is almost like prime lens.