New info about the upcoming new Samsung NX20 (Wifi Direct, better High ISO)

That takes long! The NX20 has been leaked here and there for months now. But now we are really close to the announcement and one of my top sources just sent me a list of info about the camera. Here it is:

The max shutter speed is 1/8000 and 8fps (full resolution), just like some medium level DSLR.
It definitely has a better buffer and processor.
WiFi connection is a WiFi Direct, so it can be connected to any WiFi Direct device like tablet, smartphone, TV or laptop without a router or internet.
It has a mode C (custom) on the main dial.
The first shutter curtain is a electronic one, in that way the shutter lag is almost imperceptible.
ISO 100 – 12800 with a excellent response at ISO 6400, I would say a little better than NEX7.
The EVF is excellent, I have been trying the NX20 and NEX7 and they look very similar in size and quality.
The Body is a little heavier and with more volume than NX10, I tried it with the 60mm Macro lens and the balance is much better than NX10.
The final camera could have an external mic jack, HDMI and USB ports and any other changes.
My conclusion is this camera has many thing of a medium level DSLR but in a smaller body…

Samsung is facing a tuff time with their NX system. They have some great lenses and some super technology. Their main problems are the no-name in the camera history and the average sensor quality. I hope the NX20 can at least get rid of the last “problem”. Better than NEX-7 sounds good! :)

New Panasonic, Sony and Samsung mirrorless cameras and lenses to be announced soon!

The leaked Panasonic GF5

We had a good new product announcement start in 2012 with the new Olympus E-M5 and Fuji X PRO 1 cameras. And within the next two weeks also Panasonic, Sony and Samsung will announce new mirrorless cameras and lenses. In Early April I expect the announcement of the new Panasonic GF5, a new m43 Panasonic camcorder a new Sony NEX-F3, a new NEX camcorder, probably a new NEX lens and finally the new Samsung NX-20. Of course there is still room for more surprises (maybe a Nikon 1 high end model?). And on May 10 the new product release party will continue with the highly expected Leica announcement. I really hope the B&W sensor rumor is true. But than I have to go back to reality and admit that even if a camera like that will appear I expect the price to be insanely high. Would love if Sony, Samsung, Nikon or the m43 partners would put a sensor like that on a cheaper camera!

Fuji X PRO 1 in Venice, Amsterdam and tomorrow in USA (And new reviews).

During my work in Venice I spotted the Fuji X PRO 1 in a small store close to Canal Grande. Actually a bog surprise for me to see it there! P.S.: I didn’t buy it because the price was actually higher than the price set by Fuji. Another X PRO 1 has been spotted in Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp (see image on top). And if all works fine than also our USA readers will have the chance see the X PRO 1 in Stock at BHphoto tomorrow (Click here).

Now let’s talk about the new X PRo 1 tests and reviews that have been posted around the web:
– The Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 got tested on the new X PRo 1 at f8photography (Click here).
– Image samples at Letsgodigital (Click here).
– X PRO 1 review by Derekclarkphotography (Click here) who says “The sensor alone makes the X-Pro1 worth buying, but even if it had the same sensor as the X100, it would still be a great camera and I highly recommend it.
– Wedding pictures at The Scades (Click here).
– second look and video mode at EosHD (Click here).
– Another review at Cederphotography (Click here) and he compared the image quality with the 5DmarkII (not the new markIII).

Enjoy the reading!

The Fuji X PRO 1 camera can be preordered:
in USA/Canada at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Epxansys US (Click here) and Expansys Canada (Click here).
in Europe at Jessops UK (Click here), eBay Italy (Click here) and Expansys UK (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here) and eBay Japan (Click here).

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!