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Samsung NX20, NX210 and NX1000 announced!

Samsung finally announced the three enw NX cameras. The main new feature is that all cameras have Wi-Fi. Here are the links to some press releases (in different languages) and previews:

Press release links: Photographyblog, Focus Numerique, ePhotozine, Photoscala,

Hands-on and previews: NX100 hands-on photos at Photographyblog. NX20 hands-on photos at Photographylog. NX20 hands-on at Dpreview.

Preorders: NX20 at BHphoto (Click here), NX210 at BHphoto (Click here), NX1000 at BHphoto (Click here).

Leica M9 camera with Black and White sensor?

Latest rumors from our friend at Leicarumors are suggesting that on May 10th Leica will announce a sort of special camera with black and white sensor. It will have same M9 design but there are also extreme rumors saying that it will not have an LCD screen at all! Damn, how should we check the pictures we take? :)

The sensor has a very clean/noise free high-ISO capabilities and wild rumors say that this is actually a Sony made sensor.

Let’s see what’s coming on May 10th!

TIPA awards…as usual everybody wins :)

I always find these TIPA awards a bit…strange (Click here to see them). As usual every company wins at least one price. They created so many categories that is is almost impossible to not win something :)

Look at the four(!) mirrorless categories:
Best CSC Entry Level (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
Best CSC Advanced (Panasonic LUMIX GX1)
Best CSC Expert (Sony Alpha NEX-7)
Best CSC Professional (Fujifilm X-Pro1)

Didn’t know a camera can be for “advanced” users, or “expert” users or “professional” users. Somebody can lighten me up the difference?

E-M5 versus Fuji X PRO review battle!

If you still haven’t decided if you should go for the new Olympus E-M5 or the Fuji X PRO 1 here is the fully loaded review roundup! Of course instead of spending hours on pixel fighting and ISO charts you can also spend some minutes in your local store to hold both cameras in your hands. That helped me in the past to pickup the right camera! :)

Olympus E-M5: Federico Cabrera, Lesnumeriques (Click here for the translation), Focusmedia (Click here for the translation), DSLRcheck, Cnet US, Digitalrev, Digitalkamera (Click here for the  translation), DC.view (Click here for the translation), Itmedia (Click here for the translation), Photogenicweekend (Click here for the translation), Damian Mc Gillicuddy and Phototravelasia.

Fuji X PRO 1: Cnet, Pfflynn, Nikkei, Lesnumerique, DigitalJournalOfPhotography, Digitalkamera (Click here to read the google translation), Photoscala (Click here for the translation), Brandon Remler, Outbackphoto (Click here), Uniquephoto (Click here), RonMartBlog (Click here), SonyAlphaLab (Click here).

Goof Luck!

P.S.: My next camera should be a Full Frame Mirrorless. let’s see who will be the first to fulfill my dream!

Check price and specs by clicking these search links:
Fuji X PRO 1 at [shopcountry 100018].
Sony NEX-7 at .
Olympus E-M5 at [shopcountry 100170].

Guess who won the RED DOT design award…the K-01 :)

The famous RED DOT design award has been won by Marc Newson designed Pentax K-01!  Even if I don’t like the design I am happy that Pentax won it. It’s nice to see companies trying new ways of thinking a camera. Here is the official motivation:

This year, the PENTAX K-01 was selected from 4,515 applications submitted from 58 countries as one of the Product Design winners.
The PENTAX K-01 is a lens-interchangeable digital camera with super-high-resolution image quality supported by approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, a top sensitivity of ISO 25600, and full HD video recording capability. Designed by world-famous industrial designer Marc Newson, its clean, geometric body signifies a bold move by PENTAX to create a truly original and innovative design. By incorporating the K mount — a lens mount extremely popular from the days of film cameras — PENTAX allows the user to mount any one of 214 lenses (as of April 2, 2012) onto the K-01 camera body, assuring endless possibilities in visual expression and creativity.

Source: Photoxels.

NEX-7 vs X PRO vs E-M5 28mm lens battle! Guess who wins?

The picture on top (Click on it to see the full size version!) shows an intriguing test made by DSRLcheck (Click here). It compares the JPEG quality of the very likely three new most famous mirrorless cameras at 28mm focal length. It looks like the Fuji 18mm X lens isn’t as expected. The edge probably goes to the Tamron 18-200 II VC lens for NEX and the Olympus 9-18mm lenses. I am very, very surprised to see that Tamron sharpness!

Here are the full size image samples from DSRLcheck:
? X-Pro1 + XF 18mm F2R ( F4, JPEG )
? NEX7 + E 18-55 OSS ( 18mm, F4, JPEG )
? NEX7 + Tamron B011 ( 18mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50 EZ ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + M.ZD 14-42 II R ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + M.ZD 14-150 ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + M.ZD 9-18 ( 14mm, F4.9 JPEG )
? E-M5 + Lumix G X 14-42 ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + Lumix G 14mm ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + Lumix G 14-45 ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
? E-M5 + Lumix G 7-14 ( 14mm, F4 JPEG )

Check price and specs by clicking these search links:
Fuji X PRO 1 at [shopcountry 100018].
Sony NEX-7 at .
Olympus E-M5 at [shopcountry 100170].