The Fuji X PRO 1 is coming. Costs around 1.500 Euro (body only)!

Response Photo interviewed MR. Franck Portelance from Fuji France. The interview itself doesn’t unveil anything about the upcoming new Fuji interchangeable lens system. But it’s quite “curious” to notice how the same Interviewer added some info about the new system inside the same article. Basically he says that he heard from his “source” that the new Fuji camera will be named “Fuji X Pro 1”. It will be announced in February and the body only will cost 1.500 Euro. The camera willf eature the new organic sensor. Doens’t sound like it’s a pure guess ;)

P.S: The Fuji X100 costs around 1.000 Euro (Check here at [shopcountry 100018]). So what do you think about the rumored X1 price?


A rumor about the Samsung EX1 successor….

I got a news form a trusted source about the upcoming new EX1 successor:
Samsung will announce the EX1 substitute at CES on January. The new sensor is a CMOS 2/3″ 12MPx BSI. The body is very similar to EX1 but with an on-body EVF, the same on NX-10, it makes the camera a little taller than EX-1. The zoom is a 24-75mm with mechanical ring control and optional 21mm setting as WB210.The lens has an additional ring with Ifunction like on NX lenses for camera control and manual focus. It keep the swivel amoled screen.

Sounds like a terrific nice compact camera!

Mirrorless news roundup…

Samsung NX200 review at Digitalcamerainfo (Click here): “Samsung has produced a camera with image quality, performance, and control to rival nearly any camera in its segment of the market.”

Nikon 1 V1 with 10mm, 10-30mm, and 10-100mm Lenses Ronmartblog (Click here).

Nikon J1 Field Test Gallery Outbackphoto (Click here).

Nikon V1 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “Overall if you only take one thing away from this review it’s that the Nikon 1 system really is something special even with these first models. Don’t get bogged-down by the sensor size and instead revel in the speed. It’s the fastest mirror-less ILC to date and if this suits your subject you’ll love it.

Fuji X10 analysis at Quesabesde (Click here).


Samsung will introduce on sensor image stabilization on future NX cameras?

A source just sent me a surprising rumor. Samsung won’t make OIS lenses anymore!
According to the source Samsung has a little concerns about optical problems and final lenses size. Samsung will get back to an improved AntiShake system sensor-based used on Pentax/Samsung DSLR. The patent of that system is a share property between them.

I certainly hope the rumor turns out to be true! All lenses (including third party lenses used via adapter) will be stabilized and the size of NX lenses can be a bit smaller. At the time of writing Olympus only offers mirrorless cameras with built-in sensor stabilization.

New Fuji organic sensor patent. New sensor with super high resolution!

The jaanese blog Egami (Click here) posted another patent about the new Fuji organic sensor. The new technology will allow a super color fidelity because it will be a sort of “Foveon” sensor where one single pixel contains all the RGB color information.

Also Fuji managers have been interviewed by Impressjapan. And they confirmed that the new sensor will surpass the image quality of any current fullframe sensor and it will also have the largest resolution (Megapixels).

If all that turns out to be true than Canon and Nikon could soon feel that the premiership is no more a battle between the two only.

UPDATED: Canon talks about mirrorless…

The japanese “Impressjapan” magazine had an interview with Canon Managers. You can downlaod the magazine pdf here:

UPDATE: Our reader “Fh” (thanks!) translated the interview. here is what Canon thinks about the mirrorless future:
– Will you be releasing a mirrorless camera?
Well, the C300 is mirrorless; just very big. But as for a real mirrorless, we will look at the market this coming year in order to make the best decision.

– When you say “look at the market”, are you concerned that mirrorless cameras would affect DSLR sales?
No, just that when you look at the current mirrorless systems and how they are used, there are many different approaches.

– For instance?
For mirrorless cameras, being able to change lenses is certainly a big merit. But you have to wonder, are interchangeable lenses really the only point of mirrorless cameras, considering the added size for the lens mount? When you’re taking pictures, a standard camera size is fine, but when you’re not…

– Right, they’re still quite big.
And on either side, we are challenging ourselves to make DSLRs that are smaller, and compacts that have better image quality. So you have to ask if a mirrorless product is really necessary to fill the narrowing gap. Of course, we are more than capable of making a mirrorless camera, if we decide to.

– So you think current mirrorless cameras overlap DSLR and compact markets?

– But that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t release a mirrorless that overlaps other markets, right? You mentioned you want to release a mirrorless in 2012.
Well, we want to release a mirrorless next year. But next year, the other markets will also change: there will probably be smaller DSLRs and compacts with greater image quality, which might eat into the mirrorless market.

In short, as the quotations from the interview highlight:
“Do mirrorless cameras really need interchangeable lenses?”
“DSLRs and compacts might eat into mirrorless market”
“Big improvement in image quality for consumer cameras than the past year”

The online PDF is cut short, so I can’t tell if any other information was given. But it was not strictly confirmed that Canon will release a mirrorless in 2012; just that IF they decide to release a mirrorless, they want to release it next year.”