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Samsung’s flagship interchangeable-lens camera, the NX300, is by far the company’s most impressive shooter to date. It offers stellar hybrid-autofocus capabilities, excellent image quality and integrated WiFi, and it retails for a hair over $ 550. For all intents and purposes, it’s a very competitive option, if not one of the best deals on the market today. It’s frustrating, then, that Samsung opted to price the Galaxy NX — an Android-powered camera based on the NX300 — at an obscene $ 1,700, lens included. If you’re not a deep-pocketed early adopter, it’s absolutely a dealbreaker. But I still enjoyed my two-week test with the Galaxy NX, and if you manage to overlook the MSRP, you might just fall in love.%Gallery-slideshow121859%
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Fujifilm is swelling its retro-tastic line of X-Series cameras with the X-A1, an entry level model for wannabe photojournalists worldwide. The shooter comes with a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS, although be warned that this isn’t the X-Trans sensor that made the X-Pro 1 and X-M1 so alluring — that’s been reserved for the high-end. Instead, you’ll get wireless image transfer, a 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD and five film simulation modes. Video-wise, the unit will shoot 1080p clips at 30fps, capturing sound with its built-in stereo microphone. The retail package will come with a f/3.5-5.6 24-76mm equivalent kit lens with optical image stabilization, and will set you back $ 600 when it lands later this month.
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It’s by no means a phone, so adjust your expectations accordingly. Samsung’s Android-infused Galaxy NX camera, revealed last week at the company’s London bonanza, has just reared its LTE-capable body at the FCC. Sporting model number EK-GN120, the portable mirrorless camera offers up no real surprises — it has all the internal trimmings Samsung already officially announced, like WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and radios for WCDMA (850/1900MHz) and LTE (Band 5). Nothing in the filing pegs this as a US release, so the usual “(insert carrier)-friendly bands” won’t apply here. In fact, its mix of radios clearly mark this Galaxy NX for a South Korean debut. Just when that’ll be, we still don’t know. It’s currently slated for a vague summer release in the UK. On the plus side, this means you still have plenty of time to save up for what should be a hefty price tag.
Samsung’s mobile chief JK Shin hinted that the company would soon be announcing an Android-powered mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, and now the Galaxy NX is all but official. In press shots appearing on a Vietnamese gadget site, the device is pictured with a mirrorless mount and a trio of NX lenses. Judging from the body, the camera is likely to be closer in size to a DSLR than Samsung’s existing CSC lineup, with a large touchscreen occupying much of the rear.
Hardware controls are few and far between, and may be limited to a shutter release, video capture button, top-mounted dial and a pop-up flash release, along with the compulsory lens release to the left of the swappable optic. It’s said to include Android 4.2, a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO sensitivity through 25,600 and 1080p video capture. Pricing info is still up in the air, as is an official announce date, which could very well be as soon as Samsung’s June 20th event in London. Hit up the source for a few more shots.
Source: Tinh te (Vietnamese)
When it rains, it pours — we knew Pentax was due for new interchangeable lens cameras, but it just surprised us by unveiling three of them at once. The mid-range K-50 and entry K-500 DSLRs at the front of the pack represent slight upgrades to the 16-megapixel K-30 on the inside, with both gaining a higher ISO 51,200 sensitivity and Eye-Fi card support. They mostly differ on the outside. The K-50 keeps the K-30′s weather sealing, lithium batteries and extreme color customization; the K-500 caters to the budget crowd by going without weatherproofing, running on AA batteries and shipping only in black. Both bodies are available in stores this July, starting at $ 600 for a K-500 with an 18-55m kit lens and $ 780 for a similarly equipped K-50.
The smallest camera of the bunch, the Q7, may be the most intriguing. While the mirrorless body still shoots at the 12.4 megapixels of the Q10, it upgrades to a larger 1/1.7-inch sensor that delivers a big performance boost — sensitivity has jumped to ISO 12,800, and there’s faster autofocusing to boot. Pentax also touts a faster shot-to-shot time, better image stabilization and Eye-Fi support. The Q7 will cost the same $ 500 in kit form as its ancestor does today, although photographers will have to be patient when the tiny camera doesn’t hit retail until August.
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Samsung might not have shaken up its mirrorless camera line with the very evolutionary NX1100, however there’s tips at the FCC of larger things in store. A declaring at the United States company has verified the existence of an unannounced NX2000. On the surface, it’s comparable to its ancestors: labeling and checks point to a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a total familiar body design and the presence of 802.11 n WiFi. Nonetheless, there’s talk that the genuine focus for the NX2000 might be the user interface, not image quality. A purported photo making the rounds at Photo Rumors (after the break) lines up with the FCC listing while revealing an unforeseen back that includes both a touchscreen and a hardware home trick– although absolutely nothing is definite, it recommends Samsung could bring a smarter, possibly Android-based user interface to its mirrorless series. We’ll just understand simply how creative a camera the NX2000 is when it’s more official than a mix of regulatory clearances and reports.
Nikon plainly wishes to make amends for its unspectacular J2 launch late last summer season: it’s introducing not one however two 1 series designs that provide a more powerful incentive to go Nikon amongst lower-end mirrorless cameras. The 14.2-megapixel J3 and 10.1-megapixel S1 primarily obtain hand-me-down functions from the semi-pro V2, although that’s not always a bad thing. The leftovers provide them uncommonly precise 73-point autofocusing and an updated Expeed 3A processor that can handle 15FPS burst photography with constant focus– 3 times the frame rate of the J2 in the exact same conditions. Apart from their resolution, the major separators in between the J3 and S1 are the J3′s inclusion of a simple panorama mode and a somewhat larger ISO array for the S1, which starts at ISO 100 versus the J3′s 160.
Both brand-new bodies ship in February, when the S1 will lower the 1 system’s entry price to $ 500 with an 11-27.5 mm lens, and the J3 will have a suitably in-between price of $ 600 with 10-30mm optics. The shooters will soon be joined by brand-new lenses and accessories, too. A 6.7-13mm (18-35mm equivalent), f/3.5 -5.6 wide-angle lens and a 10-100mm (27-270mm equivalent) f/4 -5.6 telephoto zoom do not have conclusive release dates, however ought to respectively cost $ 500 and $ 550. Diving scuba divers who want a J3 or S1 for their trips will likewise get a WP-N2 undersea case in February, albeit at a $ 750 cost that’s more pricey than the cameras themselves.
Is this a brand-new Polaroid camera? That ’ s what Photorumors is stating, backed up by a leak from Russian social networking site VK. The camera is a mirrorless interchangeable lens system, which marks a substantial departure from the business ’ s crown jewel instant film-based models, which were finally discontinued a few years back.
Polaroid has in fact encountered a couple different bankruptcy circumstances, however in 2009 signed a contract with Top Global Group to produce Polaroid-branded digital still cameras. It ’ s feasible this is the item of that recurring collaboration, however the origin of these reports suggest exercising caution before putting excessive stock in them.
The original hole detailed an Android 4-powered device with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 MP sensor, pop-up flash, Wi-Fi and HDMI/headphone out. It features a rounded edge design that looks noticeably comparable to the Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless camera. Later, a “ news release ” from VK provided more detail to Photorumors, consisting of the added info that it would use MicroSD for storage space.
We ’ ve already seen an Android-based camera from Samsung, so it isn ’ t a completely insane idea. However Polaroid would be signing up with a crowded area in the mirrorless compact space, with sturdy offerings from business with a great deal more experience. Still, in terms of importance, it ’ s hard to match the mirrorless area, which provides consumers cameras that aren ’ t as large as DSLRs without sacrificing too much in terms of image quality.
Even still, I wouldn ’ t put excessive faith in this being legit simply yet.
Canon waited quite a while to get into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) market, biding its time as competitors like Olympus, Panasonic and Sony built up strong reputations for their own small, slim mirrorless designs. But earlier this year, it introduced the EOS M, its first MILC offering. That camera should hit store shelves by the end of this month, but I got to take it for a brief test drive at an event last night ahead of this week’s PhotoPlus conference in New York.
The EOS M is a surprisingly small camera. It probably seemed even more so because I was using it initially with Canon’s 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens attached via the official adapter ring (which brings with it full autofocus functionality by the way), but with the EF-M 22mm f/2 kit lens attached it’s actually pretty pocketable. It reminds me a lot of a bulkier PowerShot S100, right down to the very nice feeling matte magnesium alloy body. Also, I noticed that the 22mm lens is actually a very dark shade of grey, whereas the body is black. That’s on purpose, a Canon rep told me, and meant to ensure the lens complements both the white and black EOS M body.
One thing about the EOS M that immediately takes a little getting used to is the lack of physical controls, especially if you’re coming from a Canon DSLR. Much of the camera’s settings are managed via its capacitive touchscreen, which is incredibly responsive and provides convenient access to Canon’s well-designed software menu system. That said, pros will find themselves missing all the dials and buttons of their DSLR rigs, and advanced consumers might long for the lens-based control ring of the PowerShot S100 and new S110, but that’s not an issue of the EOS M’s design, it’s the result of design compromises needed to provide a MILC camera that’s uncluttered yet also small enough to be truly portable. Plus, using the touchscreen to review images, with its pinch-to-zoom features, is a much better experience than I’ve had in the past with non-touch digital cameras.
We were working with a professionally lit display space when taking photos at this event, and that means you had a lot of different lighting conditions, but all designed to benefit photographs. And I found that the EOS M did take great pictures with its 18MP APS-C sensor (it shares both this and its touchscreen display with the Rebel T4i), but the camera took a while to find focus in all cases. With autofocus, whether you’re using face detection or tap-to-focus on the touchscreen, the EOS M hunts for a while before settling in – the sensor-based AF just can’t keep up with DSLRs. If you’re looking for a comparable experience, imagine shooting only in live view mode on the T3i or T4i, using the default autofocus settings.
The EOS M’s autofocus system is more geared towards shooting video, and in that capacity combined with the STM kit lens, it works very well. Though I can’t speak to final output quality based on my experience, shooting video was a very good experiences with Canon’s MILC.
Finally, while I didn’t get too much time with the EOS M, it’s a camera that feels great in the hand and that lives up to the expectations of the MILC category. Canon’s big advantage over others in this space may just be the adapter ring, which makes it possible to use the EOS M with Canon’s extensive catalog of EF lenses, a huge selling point for existing Canon DSLR shooters who want something more portable to shore up their collection.