Canon tries to hide their mirrorless plans (but there are patents for mirrorless cameras)

Image of the Canon mirrorless patent found by Egami

Amateur Photographer just posted the text of an interview made with Rainer Fuehres from Canon: “The idea of the compact system camera is nothing to do with whether the camera has a mirror or not, but about creating a small and more portable system. If Canon does take part I hope we won’t introduce just a me-too product, but we’ll use the opportunity to do something different.”… “For Canon it would be about connectivity and providing high image quality in a small form. The manufacturers that have introduced micro Four Thirds and mirrorless systems have been those that have failed to make a success of their mainstream digital SLR offerings“.

But via Photorumors we found a Canon patent that discloses a possible future Canon mirrorless camera (Click here to see the patent at Egami). So Canon, what are you trying to hide?

More rumors about the “Nikon Coolpix PRO” mirrorless coming in April

Image from a Nikon patent (Source: Nikonrumors.com)

A month ago we told you that Nikon would announce their new mirrorless system in April. Now Nikonrumors got new confirmation from their sources: “Today I received some information from a reliable source that Nikon indeed will be¬†targeting professional users with their mirrorless solution rather than the consumer market. I was told that the¬†announcement will be in the next few weeks.

We from Mirrorlessrumors do believe that Nikon’s “PRO” system will not be a full frame nor an APS-C sensor based system. They will more likely use a smaller 2.5 crop sensor (Micro Four Thirds has a larger 2.0 crop sensor). It sounds like PRO is more a marketing suffix :)

Latest rumors: Panaosnic 25mm lens, Samyang fisheye lens and Pentax will join mirrorless

There have been three new rumros about upcoming Mirrorless products:

1) Panasonic will announced the 25mm f/1.4 lens this summer (Source: Amateur Photographer)
2) Samyang announced the development of the 7.5mm f/3.5 Micro Four Thirds lens (Source: 43rumors)
3) Pentax is considering developing a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. (Source: PhotoRadar)

Reminder: The next products to be announced are the Panasonic G3 in late March and the Sony NEX-C3 early April.

Samsung almost ready to launch the NX20 and NX200 with new sensor!

According to the Korean magazine “ddaily” the NX20 and the NX200 development almost finished. Both cameras will feature a new Samsung sensor. There are no detailed specs about the sensor although we from MirrorlessRumors “heard” that it will be be close to the 20 Megapixels. The Design of the cameras will be close to the current NX10/11 and NX100 cameras.

Reminder: Samsung already announced that they will release the 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm Macro, 85mm/f1.4 and 16-80mm lenses within 2011.

Sony to launch the NXcamcorder on March 23. Panasonic AG-AF100 gets a serious competitor.

Dear Panasonic, you are no more swimming alone in the pool with your AG-AF100. Sony is ready to launch the new Super 35mm NXCAM on March 23! The Sony will feature a new APS-C Exmor sensor and it will take E-mount lenses. But the real big news is that the NXCAM is fully modular…like a [shoplink 100117]Medium format Hasselblad[/shoplink]! You can add and separate grip, EVF and other useful stuff!

The body alone will be priced under $7000 which sounds good. But we still don’t know how much the accessories will cost (Let’s hope price will be decent!).

Samsungs future at Whatdigitalcamera


The guys from Whatdigitalcamera had a small talk with Samsung. In short those are the key news:

– Samsung will make a 700mm NX lens (which should be released in 2012)
– Samsung says that the mirrorless will surpass the DSLR market in 2015
– Samsung produced 18million lenses in 2010 (really so many?)
– Samsung will release a Super High Definition 4K video camera within 2013

As usual Samsung has big goals but until now the NX sales are very low compared to the more popular Micro Four Thirds and NEX systems. The lens roadmap looks very good but in my opinion they need better sensors and third party lens makers to join NX. Hey Schneider where are your NX lenses?