Mirrorless news roundup (Nikon 1 fimrware updgrade)

Nikon released a new firmware update (1.10) for the J1 and V1. it brings a new pixel mapping function and support for the FT-1 adapter.
Nikon 1 J1 Firmware Update download page.
Nikon 1 V1 Firmware Update 1.10 download page.

Nikon 1 review at Sansmirror (Click here).

Cnet Asia (Click here) posted the Samsung NX200 review: “Though unlikely to be as popular as its peers, we think that the Samsung NX200 is a capable performer. Its new image sensor manufactured by the chaebol has given it a one stop exposure boost, resulting in better low-light performance than older NX models“.

Also Engadget (Click here) tested the NX200: “Focusing issues aside, we were generally quite pleased with the NX200. Samsung’s latest ILC offers great image quality and performance, with only a few issues.

Photozone (Click here) tested another Samsung lens, the Samsung NX 16mm f/2.4: “The Samsung NX 16mm f/2.4 gave us quite a ride during testing – it has some bright aspects but it’s certainly not without issues.

Ricoh GXR Leica M Mount A12 Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The Ricoh GXR with M Mount module is a great camera to use with the camera providing quick shutter response, a good manual focusing display and a solid well designed body“.

The new Nikon 1 F-Mount Adapter is now in Stock in some stores (Example: Fotohanskeuzekamp)

More news about the upcoming A16 M-mount module?

We just heard form a new source that Ricoh will launch a new GXR A16 M mount that replaces the current . The A16 has the same sensor as the NEX5n, but tweaked and with no AA-filter! Shipping in early 2012 already.

P.S.: We are not talking about the just announced A16 zoom module!

Wild rumors: Fuji wants to buy Olympus?

As you all know Olympus is facing a serious time because of the accounting fraud accusations. Olympus shares lost almost two thirds of their value. And now Bloomberg (Click here) reports that: “Fujifilm, which makes equipment for medical scans, has been reported as a possible bidder for Japanese camera maker Olympus Corp. Yamamoto, who also is a board member at Fujifilm, declined to comment on a possible buyout of Olympus today. Fujifilm Chief Executive Officer Shigetaka Komori said last month it was too early to discuss Olympus issues while the third-party panel was still probing the fraud at the camera maker.

As usual these are very wild rumors. So don’t care to much about it….yet.


Again a rumor about the Pentax APS-C mirrorless camera…

I am sure that Pentax is/was working on an APS-C mirrorless camera but I don’t know if the plan changed after the Ricoh acquisition. Anyway, here is again a new rumor via dpreview forum: “According to my source, Pentax will release a 35mm full-frame DSLR and an APS-C EVIL (mirror-less) in 2012. No other details were given except that the source seemed to believe the full-frame model will likely use a Sony 24MP sensor.

The new Ricoh GXR zoom module will use the same Sony NEX-5n sensor. Could be that they will use that sensor for the upcoming Pentax mirrorless camera too?

New mirrorless reviews roundup…(with triple Samsung lens review).

Ricoh GXR with Voigtländer Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Aspherical II test at DC.watch.

Samsung NX 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA review at Photozone (Click here).

Also the Samsung NX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II has been tested at Photozone (Click here).

Samsung NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 review at Photozone (Click here).

Fui X100 field test at TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here).

Samsung NX200 review at Letsgodigital (Click here).

Samsung NX200 image samples at Imaging Resource (Click here).

Fuji X10 firmware update coming soon. Plus price dorp at Amazon.

Fuji released a note to inform that they will soon release a firmware that fixes the “White Disc blooming” effect (Source: Dpreview). And there is a new Fuji X10 review at Techradar (Click here). And the good news for US readers is that the X10 already got a $50 discount at Amazon (Click here).

One more thing: It’s still unclear if the future LX interchangeable camera will have the X10 optical viewfinder or t the X100 hybrid viewfinder.