Nikon 1 future (and Nikon financial report).


After that huge Fuji and Pentax news/rumor stream it’s time to talk about Nikon. First of all like Sony and Canon also Nikon had to report an ‘extraordinary’ loss (about $143 million) due to Thailand floods (Source: Electronista). Nikon 1 sales are doing well particulary in USA. But some of their new DSLR launch had to be postponed due the production issues. This is a bad news for a company that unlike the others has the camera business as their main core. Anyaywa, I hope they can recover soon and Nikon already gave us some hints about the future Nikon 1 system development:

Nikon told at Dpreview that the Nikon 1 sensor is capable of 2k and 4k sensor. This means future professional could support this. I am wondering if that also means that current cameras support this via firmware upgrade…yeah I know I am just dreaming. They also will add manual focus on future V1 bodies, improved hybrid AF and in camera RAW editing. One more news is that they are working on new fast CX lenses.

There is no hint yet about a future new mirrorless system with larger sensor. But sooner or later they will have to do it to cath up with Sony, Fuji and probably Canon.

Links to the Nikon J1: .
Links to the Nikon V1: [shopcountry 203o].

Canon G1X gets DxOmarked. And image comparison with Nikon/Sony/Olympus

The new Canon G1X got DxOmarked (Click here). On paper the Canon is on par with current Micro Four Thirds cameras but far behind the newest Sony NEX cameras. But you know we love to see REAL world comparisons and Imaging Resource (Click here) fulfilled that duty and posted an ISO comparison between the Canon and other big mirrorless cameras: “Fine detail on the G1 X looks quite good, though it’s bested by the T3i and NEX-5N, an outcome we’d expect. As ISO rises, contrast and saturation tend to decrease in the G1 X, while it stays stronger in the T3i, E-P3, and NEX-5N. The J1 and G12 appear to be out of the running for this contest“.

While the G1X is definitely an interesting product it’s still not enough to seriously compete against the mirrorless and interchangeable systems. But I think Canon is coming with the real BIG thing at Photokina… :)

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

K-01 AF speed test and new K-mount lenses.

The video on tops shows the AF speed of the new K-01 camera paired with the new 40mm super pancake lens. Not a bad performance but also not extremely good :)

Pentax also unveiled the new lens roadmap (via PB and PR):

  • 50mm DA standard lens (2012)
  • 18-200 DA high magnification zoom lens (2012)
  • 12-28mm DA wide zoom (2013)
  • 24-38mm DA zoom limited lens (2013)
  • 120-380mm DA tele zoom (2013)
  • 18-85mm DA zoom lens (2013)
  • DA AF RC 1.4x teleconverter (2013)

Here is the image of the lens roadmap (Click on it to enlarge):

And here are some more K-01 news:

Pixiq (Click here) shared some thoughts about the K-01: “Design-led? Actually, I think the Pentax K-01 means business
And some more thougths by Admiringlight (Click here).
Hands on review at Techradar (Click here).

Preorders and price info:

Black K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)
Silver K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Yellow K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
K-01 with all different possible kit lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
K-01 body +40mm pancake preorder at Adorama (Click here)
K-01 body +18-55mm and 50-200mm preorder at Adorama (Click here)
40mm pancake at BHphoto (Click here)

And the most (pre)ordered mirrorless camera of the moment is…the Fuji X PRO 1!

Guess which camera is on top of the mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking)? Despite the high price the Fuji X PRO 1 (click to preorder now) sells like hotcakes! A wonder how sales will be in Europe were preorders didn’t start yet. I guess Fuji was serious when they told us months ago that they want to become the number three of the digital camera market!

All preorder links (all USA):
Body: Amazon (Click here!!!), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
18mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
35mm f/1.4 lens Amazon (Click here), Adorama too (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
60mm f/2.4 macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama too (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)

Pentax K-01 announced (news, reviews and preorder roundup)


Important: I am continually updating this post with new links. Reload this page every couple of minutes….not every second please, it would crash my server :)

Preorders and price info:

Black K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)
Silver K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Yellow K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
K-01 with all different possible kit lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
K-01 body +40mm pancake preorder at Adorama (Click here)
K-01 body +18-55mm and 50-200mm preorder at Adorama (Click here)
40mm pancake at BHphoto (Click here)

 

Previews and image samples:

Hands-on preview at Imaging Resource
Hands-on preview at ePhotozine
Hands-on photos at Photographyblog

New lens roadmap:

Photographyblog saw the new K lens roadmap: “the roadmap predicts that 3 new lenses will be released in 2012 – a DA Standard lens, DA High Magnification Zoom lens, and a DA Telephoto lens. In 2013 4 new lenses will make an appearance – the DA Zoom Limited, DA Tele Zoom, DA Wide Zoom and DA Zoom, with a new DA AF RC 1.4x teleconvertor too.

Press release links:

ThePhoBlographer
Amateur Photographer
Dpreview
Techradar
Photoscala (german)
Focus Numerique (french)
Pentaxforums
Quesabesde (spanish)
Prweb
Nexthardware (italian)

Hands-on videos:

Interview with the K-01 stardesigner:

Poll:

Take your time to read all previews and specs carefully. Only after that answer:

Camera pictures (Click on it to enlarge):

 

It’s a Ricoh-Pentax day: New A16 24-85mm GXR module. And 40mm Pentax at Bhphoto.

It’s a big Pentax-Ricoh day! The Pentax K-01 hasn’t been announced yet (coming in a few hours) but the new 40mm pancake is already visible at BHphoto (Click here). And Ricoh announced the new A16 module. You can read the full specs and see image samples here: http://www.ricoh.com/r_dc/gxr/unit6.html.

Stay tuned to see the full K-01 press release soon!