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It’s no secret that Canon wants to get into the mirrorless camera game, but a little bit of evidence popped up that points to a Canon-designed 18-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens meant for a mirrorless camera systems. This evidence comes from Japanese blog Egami, which has details of a Canon patent for the lens in question. With an APS-C size sensor, this would translate to approximately 29-70mm focal length for lenses using a standard 35mm-sized sensor. While it would be great to see a Canon mirrorless camera arrive sooner than later, this lens patent doesn’t mean anything is necessarily imminent — it looks like this patent was filed back in 2010, so it seems Canon has been working on this for some time.
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Remember the NEX-7? Ever since a days-long shooting session back in September, Sony’s prized mirrorless cam has eluded us — and the rest of the world. As you may recall, the flagship Alpha ILC was hit by the Thailand floods, resulting in delay after delay, eventually missing the holiday shopping season entirely before resurfacing late last month. Another week later and our beloved Sony Alpha NEX-7 has finally arrived, ready to take on the streets of New York City. So what exactly is the NEX-7, and why does it cost as much as a mid-range DSLR? First off, the-24.3 megapixel APS-C ILC captures, well, 24.3-megapixel images, offering the highest resolution of any mirrorless model on the market. Its APS-C sensor is identical to the one found in Sony’s A77 DSLR, measuring larger than Micro Four Thirds and on par with most full-size digital SLRs.
If having the ability to capture mural-size images ranks fairly low on your digicam wish list, you may take comfort in some of the NEX-7′s other features, such as its gorgeous and durable magnesium alloy body, built-in XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, 3-inch, 921k-dot articulating LCD and unique tri-navi control interface that enables direct access to key settings adjustments, including both aperture and shutter speed in manual mode. There’s also 1080/60p HD movie capture with full manual control and microphone input support, a 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode (with exposure and focus locked) and a BIONZ image processor that’s capable of delivering low-noise images all the way through ISO 16,000. These features combine to make the NEX-7 one of the most powerful mirrorless cameras to date, but are they enough to justify the $ 1,200 body-only price tag? Join us past the break to find out.
Gallery: Sony NEX-7 review
Rumors of a an upcoming Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera are swirling around the web, and while we’re highly skeptical of the current crop of leaked photos, it looks like some type of new camera announcement is forthcoming: Stuff-Review says it’s received an invitation to a Pentax product announcement tomorrow, and that it’s likely to be a new K-mount camera designed by Marc Newson. The new rumored photos show what appears to be a diminutive interchangeable lens camera with a strikingly thin 40mm f/2.8 lens, and one rumored detail photo shows a possible HDR toggle.
Rumored specs for the K-01 include an APS-C sized mirrorless sensor, the Pentax KAF mount, a 16-megapixel sensor (same as the K-5), full HD video support with external microphone…
Rumors of a Nikon mirrorless camera have been floating around the web since the middle of last year, and recent leaks have made us wonder not if the company would release a compact ILC — only when such an announcement would be made. Well, we finally have our answer. We journeyed to a secret location in midtown Manhattan tonight, with nary a peep from Nikon about what to expect until just before the clock struck midnight — and only after more than two hours of laptop-free house arrest and live Counting Crows. Only the rumored mirrorless cam seemed worthy of such unusual precautions, so we were relieved to discover that Nikon had managed to justify this late night adventure. The company has finally announced not one, but a pair of compact “1 System” mirrorless cameras, and the company seems totally fine with putting the focus speed up against the self-proclaimed champ. Head on past the break for more details!
Gallery: Nikon 1 System Hands-On
All the cool kids are going mirrorless these days. Micro 4/3 cameras like the E-PL3 and luxury compacts like the X100 are starting to capture market share as the format matures and people see the benefits. But Canon and Nikon, the great warring giants of photography, have yet to announce any plans. After all, their mirror-rich DSLR lines sell a ton. They don’t want to make their move too early. But Nikon may be getting ready to go first.
Nikon Rumors has gotten its hands on what it thinks are fairly legit specs for Nikon’s upcoming mirrorless line. According to their tips, the first two cameras will be called the V1 and J1. The V1 will be the higher-end model, with a high-resolution EVF and a multi-accessory port. The J1 will have a built-in flash instead of the port. Both will be 10.1 megapixels with 3-inch LCD screens, and will be compatible with a new line of lenses, the CX system.
We saw a leaked picture of the sensor, and the 2.7x crop factor mentioned seems to work with that, though indeed that shot may be where they got that information. There have also been some interesting patents over the last year or so. Early on there was a mirrorless system specced and illustrated in cross section, then we saw a patent on a new type of motorized zoom. Supposedly the V1 and J1 will have a feature or two not shared by their competitors, and that zoom may be one of them.
Will people buy into a first-generation Nikon system when M4/3 systems are entering their third generation, and systems like the Sony’s NEX are becoming more and more compelling? The cameras will have to speak for themselves. No word on date just yet.
Some photos of Pentax’s NC-1 have leaked ahead of the supposed May / June release. If anything, this says they’re close, if not finished, with the smallest mirrorless camera in the world. According to the leak, the NC-1 will sports a 14 megapixel sensors with a pair of lenses (8.5mm f/1.9 prime and a 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 zoom) to pick from. Also leaked are rumors that later in the summer Pentax will release a larger, APS-C sized camera that will use K-mount lenses.
Looks great, but I’m still more interested in the Fuji X100 at this point, white or not.
At this point, we’re guessing that it’s just a matter of time before the likes of Pentax and Nikon toss their hat into the ever-expanding mirrorless camera ring, and at least for the former, it looks as if that could come sooner rather than later. If the (predictably grainy) image above is to be believed, the NC-1 is dangerously close to being ready for primetime, and according to leaked materials, it’ll be the world’s smallest mirrorless camera when it gets official in May / June. Purportedly, we’ll find a 14 megapixel sensor and a pair of lenses to choose from — an 8.5mm f/1.9 prime lens as well as a 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 standard zoom. Crazier still, the NC system could be followed by a larger system in the summer, with that fellow sporting an APS-C sized sensor and compatibility with K-mount lenses. ‘Course, we’d invite you to chase all of this with a dash of salt for now, but you can bet we’ll be scrounging for more.
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Last year, we heard Canon was vaguely planning on getting into the M4/3 camera market. More recently Canon Europe’s head of consumer imaging, Rainer Fuehres, said that Canon has no need to enter the mirrorless compact system (CSC) segment.
Canon Europe head of consumer imaging Rainer Fuehres says “The idea of the compact system camera is nothing to do with whether the camera has a mirror or not, but about creating a small and more portable system. If Canon does take part I hope we won’t introduce just a me-too product, but we’ll use the opportunity to do something different. For Canon it would be about connectivity and providing high image quality in a small form.”
It hasn’t been ruled out that Canon will introduce a CSC. Fuehres indicated that if it were to happen it would only be because Canon could do it in a different manner.
Sony has announced a camera with a new kind of mirror that gives it the fast-focussing of an SLR and the shooting speed and live-view of a mirrorless camera. Sony claims this technology as “ground-breaking”. The problem is that Canon already did it back in 1965.
The new A33 and A55 cameras use a semi-transparent mirror, wedged at 45-degrees inside the body, just like in an SLR. An SLR sends all the light up into the viewfinder and phase-detection autofocus sensor, and then flips the mirror to let that light hit the photo-sensor. Sony’s mirror lets almost all the light onto the sensor, allowing for live-view on the rear screen, and reflects just enough upwards to use phase-detection AF instead of the slower contrast detection usually used in mirrorless cams.
It’s ingenious, and because the mirror doesn’t have to flip out of the way for each exposure, the cameras can shoot at up to 10 frames-per-second. The lack of a flipping mechanism also makes the camera smaller.
But it is far from “ground-breaking”. Canon made the Pellix 45 years ago, a 35mm SLR. It, too, used a semi-transparent, or pellicle mirror, allowing faster, quieter shooting. The mirror was made from silvered Mylar-film, the stuff used to make carnival balloons, and sent two thirds of the light to the film and one-third to the viewfinder, resulting in a dark finder and the loss of 1/3-stop of light for the picture. Also, the mirror would deteriorate over time, growing dirtier and dimmer.
These days, when a camera has a life of just a few years, this deterioration shouldn’t be a problem, and the Sonys get around the issue of a dim finder by using an electronic one.
The A33 and A55 are almost identical, save for the sensors (16.2MP vs. 14.2MP respectively) and speed of shooting. Both have three-inch tilt-able LCD-screens, AVCHD 1080i video (and thanks to the mirror, full AF while shooting it) and shoot up to ISO 12,800.
The prices are $650 and $750, and the cameras will be available in September (A33) and October.
Press release [DP Review]
Pellix photo: sebilden/Flickr
Leaked Sony A33 photo: PetaPixel