Canon mirrorless to be announced in August (says Canonrumors)

Image on top: A Canon mirrorless concept design (not a real camera!)

I guess nobody is surprised to hear via Canonrumors that “Canon’s foray into the mirrorless world will begin in August with an announcement“. Canon is continually patenting mirrorless stuff like adapters (Click here for example) and lenses (Click here for example). Last year Masaya Maeda, head of Canon’s camera division said “We are considering the technical aspects…We will launch an interesting product next year (aka 2012)“.

The only question is how Canon will make a difference from the other mirrorless cameras. Nikon tried his way with a smaller sensor. Fuji opted for a high quality hybrid viewfinder and APS-C sensor. Sony makes super small cameras and large lenses. I re-post an interview from Impressjapan with Canon talking about the mirrorless philosophy. This may help you to guess better what’s coming from Canon:

– 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.”


Now start with your guesses! :)


Voigtländer Bessa R3A review.

This is a Mirrorless website but who said I would post digital stuff only? I am glad to finally link to a film camera review :)  My friend Carl Garrard (Click here) tested the [shoplink ‘Voigtländer Bessa R3A’ ebay]Voigtländer Bessa R3A (here ot find on eBay)[/shoplink]: “The Bessa R3A is comfortable well built, feature packed (for a film camera) and has the competition beat in some of its specifications for a much lower price. There’s nothing chincy on the Bessa R3a for near $700.00, and when you compare this camera to a Leica or Zeiss rangefinder you might wonder why you’d want to spend more money on those cameras with the Leica M mount.

Nice camera and unlike Digital Cameras this will last for your long life time!

New Mirrorless reviews and news

Here is a short recap of some mirrorless related news of the week:

Canon G1X versus Panasonic GX1 test at DCfever (Click here).
Canon G1 X exhibits light leak / internal reflection (Imaging Resource).
Samsung NX200 review at Imaging Resource (Click here).
Canon G1X review at DCresource (Click here).
Canon G1X image samples at Photographyreview (Click here).
Samsung considering Android based camera (Engadget).
Olympus E-M5 video at Quesabesde (Click here).
Ricoh will release the A16 24-85mm f/3.5-5.5 on March 23th (DSRLcamera)
Samsung NX200 review at DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here).

New Canon mirrorless renderings from David Riesenberg

David Riesenberg (Click here) used his skills to create a wonderful Canon mirrorless camera concept: “Like many others, I too have been waiting for quite a while for Canon to release its mirrorless system. There are speculations and indications that they may very well do so this year, but I personally grew a bit restless. Because of this, I decided to put to paper, or rather to CAD and rendering software, my vision of such camera. After about a month of learning, debating, modeling and rendering, the Canon AE-D came to life.

His images are now spreading all over the web! The first image you see on top of this post goes in the same direction of the Olympus E-M5. The second rendering gets rid of the viewfinder.

Great work David! Now let’s hope Canon isn’t that far away with the real thing that will be shown at Photokina!

Fuji X PRO 1 versus Olympus E-M5 test.

It’s easy to guess that the new Fuji X PRO 1 has a better image quality than the new Olympus E-M5. Now the chinese testers at DCfever (Click here) are showing us for the first time how great the difference is. Just click on the image below to enlarge the ISO test:

Suprised? The X PRO 1 is way better. But this deoesn’t mean it is a better camera than the E-M5. The E-M5 is a lot cheaper and has many “mature” features like the super fast AF and 5 axis stabilization. You cna rpeorder the X PRO 1 (Click here) and the E-M5 (Click here) at Amazon.

Fuji in Stock at Jessops, shipping at Amazon and reviewed by LL.

For the first time the X PRO 1 is in Stock in UK at Jessops (Click here). And it is now temporarily out of Stock at Amazon US (Click here). This means the first stocks are shipping :)

Nick Devlin posted the second part of his X PRO 1 review at Luminous Landscape (Click here): “This camera can see in the dark. Its performance up to ISO 6400 is nothing short of remarkable, in particular for an APS-C sensor. This is the first camera I have used where ISO is just not an issue.” He really fell in love with the image quality and hybrid viewfinder but also found some flaws like the not so top performer 18mm lens and the usual slow autofocus.

Leica M10 with Sony B&W sensor and Ricoh collaboration?

People is going wild about that new M10 camera! It will very likely have a Full Frame Black and White sensor with no Anti Aliasing filter, super sharpness and resolution and what matters more a much greater dynamic range which is even more fundamental for Black and White photography. Under the very unreliable rumors that are floating around the web the most interesting two are:

1) The new M10 will use a new Sony Black and White sensor. Kodak is out of the business and Sony is known for making FF cameras for third party companies.

2) Ricoh will be somehow involved in the production of parts of the new cameras. Apparently Leica production capability is that much limited that they made an agreement with Ricoh for the production of the new Leica M10 product.

Don’t know yet if those rumors are correct or not but this is going to be an exciting camera. I was dreaming of a Black and White sensor for a very long time now….and you?