Hot! Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera coming soon?

Our friends over at Digiaminfo got the first (exciting!) specs about the possible new Pentax mirrorless camera:

  • Pentax new mirrorless camera will be announced by CP + in February.
  • The name is K-01
  • K-mount!
  • Black & white body color (black keynote), white and black (white tone), black and yellow (based on black and white, yellow leather) three different colors.
  • The sensor is the same spec K-5 (). And same rear LCD.
  • Full HD video
  • Shutter speed to 1 / 4000 p to 30 seconds
  • Contrast AF, AF 81 Split
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • 121mm width, 79mm height, 59mm depth
  • 560g in weight with battery
  • designed by the designer who designed talby from au (i.e. Japanese mobile phone sold in 2004)
  • it looks more like Optio than K series; not like GXR
  • comes with a new lens: DA 40mm F2.8XS
  • three lens kits with DA40XS and lenses already on market
  • mirrorless but whether there is an EVF or it is built in is not revealed

I hope my japanese readers can provide send me a better translation than Google soon :)

That camera could be a real dealbreaker!

Kodak bancrupcy is near. A bad news for every film camera owner :(

This is the kind of news we knew it would come :(
Kodak filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy and this means that they will now try to restructure the company. You may have noticed that Kodak is suing Apple, Samsung, Fuji (and some other companies) because of patent infringement. They are trying to find some money here and there.

This is really not good news for people like me that uses Kodak film for their work (I own the ). Really a bad day for the photography history!

Here is the press release:

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“Retro” NX200 to be launched on Saturday.

Photorumors got this photo of the upcoming “Retro” styled Samsung NX200 RS. It will be announced on Saturday and has exactly the same specs of the current NX200. I guess that silver top is the only thing “new” coming with the camera. And I don’t believe that alone justifies the “retro” definition.

P.S.: While the camera might be not soo exiting their lens roadmap is much better than the Sony NEX roadmap.



Olympus counterattack: Super built OM camera coming on February 8!

You want let the glory to Fuji alone? Olympus is also going to make a super quality old-styled body but unlike Fuji they will take the inspiration form their own OM camera history (). I will give you all the specs and than you can start to discuss if that camera is really going to be the first “serious” or “pro” Micro Four Thirds camera.

Olympus OM-D specs:
16 Megapixel m43 sensor optimized for High Dynamic Range
ISO 200-25.800
Built-in 1.44 Million dot electronic viewfinder (placed in the middle of the body)
Five-axis image stabilizer in body.
packed with an GN10 flash.
FAST AF and 3D tracking
610.000 dots 3 inch OLED swivel screen
Weather sealed magnesium body in classic
two kinds of leather style. black ones is more artificial, and silver ones is more natural.
Two dial button left and right beside central penta part,and another dial button side at release button.there have other one small button in left of release button.
Grip curve looks like Olympus E-P3,but this one continues to the bottom of camera,paste with leather.Leather has also paste at both side of lens mount.
Width 121mm, weighs 425g
Price: $1100
Worldwide shipment in late March

At a first glance it looks like the Olympus OM advantage over the X PRO 1 lies in: Built-in IS, weather sealed body, cheaper price, swivel screen, probably faster AF.
Fuji X PRO 1 advantages: Image quality, hybrid viewfinder.

Hot times!


Fuji X PRO 1 preorders: Expansys USA (Click here), Expansys Canada (Click here), Henrys Canda (Click here) and Expansys UK (Click here). You can get notification at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Fuji X PRO 1 news roundup (X100 ALL black preorders and price drops)

That nice ALL BLACK Fuji X100 is now available for preorder at Adorama (Click here). I am wondering how many will buy that camera when you know that you can get the FUji X PRO 1 body for the same price! Maybe more tempting is the classic Silver Fuji X100 which price keeps droppign week by week at Amazon (Click here).  -> via NoisyC.
X PRO 1 news roundup (via Fujirumors).
Cameralabs (Click here) X PRO 1 preview: “The Fujifilm X-Pro1 takes mirror-less ILCs to a higher ground than any company other than Leica has done to date. It unashamedly targets enthusiasts with an innovative sensor and viewfinder packed into a retro-styled body with nostalgic analogue controls and a choice of three high quality prime lenses at launch.”
Brian Lam from TheAtlantic (Click here) CES report: “This is the only gadget at the show that melts my heart every time I think about it. I want this more than anything else I’ve seen at the show, and I think I might get one over the also amazing Sony NEX-7 Camera, which is technically astounding but has a mediocre lens selection that is not worthy of a $1300 camera.
Detailed report at Photorumors (Click here) and hands-on pics at Alinpopescu (Click here).
The X PRO 1 already won four prices! The CNET “Best of CES 2012” Best Camera; Popular Science “CES 2012 Product of the Future”; Popular Mechanics “CES 2012 Editor’s Choice Award”; Tom’s Guide “Best of CES 2012” (Source: Imaging Resource).

Canon G1 X news roundup!

EosHD (Click here) isn’t impressed by the Canon G1 X video quality: “It seems Canon haven’t progressed video on DSLRs at all since they stumbled upon it 3 years ago, which is somewhat depressing.

Also Cameralabs (Click here) posted a short preview: “Ultimately for all the pros and the cons, Canon has delivered what many people were asking for: G-series design and features with a DSLR-class sensor under the hood.

Hands-on at Photographybay (Click here). Image samples at Focus Numerique (Click here) and Dpreview (Click here). Image+video smaples at Lenstip (Click here / via Noisyc).

Preorders are available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Interview with Pentax at ePhotozine (New mirrorless coming at CP+ show? K-mount module too?)

Jonathan Martin from Pentax has been interviewed by ePhotozine (Click here). When asked about the how well the Pentax Q has been received he simply answers that is it a great camera. I guess this means that it isn’t exactly a hotseller :)

What’s really important are the following two statements: When asked about a possible new mirrorless product from Pentax he said: “2012 is going to be a very exciting year, and that news is already out there, although we can’t go into details.“. This sounds like a clear “YES” to me.

And here comes the news I got from one of my trusted sources. He said that Pentax will launch a new mirrorless camera system at the CP+ show in Japan (mid February). He also heard that it will be launched with one pancake lens. I hope more sources can soon give me more details about the system. Stay tuned!

And Amateur Photographer (Click here /via Ricehigh, via Noisycamera) reports that Ricoh is considering the release of a K-mount module.

P.S.: Also Sony, Panasonic and Olympus will launch new cameras and lenses right before the CP+ show!