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25
Jan
10

Expectations and Speculations of PMA 2010

PMA 2010 approaches; one of the major photography-related shows in the USA – and with branches worldwide – it annually brings lots of speculation. The event is being held at Anaheim, California from February 21-23.

Canon: 1Ds Mark IV, 60D and maybe three new lenses as a possibility; though there is a chance of a Rebel. Canon will be having announcements on February 9th, so we assume that’s when Canon will bring out its best.

Nikon: because we have not had an in-depth summary for Nikon, unlike the Feb 9 announcements in Canon, this may be somewhat longer. To see other brands, please look below these paragraphs.

– On the 20th, Mr. Tetsuro Goto, the Director of Laboratory Research and Development at Nikon Japan, did an interview with a French magazine. Here at some points:

  • No medium format from Nikon: “We have no experience in the niche market of medium-format. It may simply be impossible for Nikon to go on the market.”
  • On Micro 4/3 & Nikon: “If we follow this type of equipment, we change our frame (mount). The new frame will provide new opportunities or provide access to new technologies and to use targets smaller and lighter”.
  • Large sensor compact camera: “We study this way. You’ll know soon enough.”
  • On EVF: “In the near future, it is possible that we will also use electronic viewfinders, but for now the quality is not there yet.”
  • On SWM (Silent Wave Motor): “We are currently investigating a new system for the future.”

A picture of a D700x (shown below, image NR):

A translation reads:

Nikon D700X
Price  350000 yen  (around?)
Special Feature: Fitted with the 24MP CMOS sensor that is the same (level?) as the D3X
The super high quality 24 million pixel CMOS sensor fitted in D3X

Another DSLR possibility is the D900. Previously, models listed as ‘compatible’ under different products have mentioned a D900 (Nikon Rumors has reported these, but Camera Tech has not mentioned these due to improbability). However, yet another one, from the back of a Phottix Titan battery case, it has mentioned the D900. Potentially, it could be real, although on their website there is no mention of this compatibility.

For a list of  previously reported products for Nikon D900 click here, here, and here (will link to Nikon Rumors).

Another translation from the same foreign source that linked the D700x:

AFS Nikkor 18-50 mm f3.5-4.5G
Reasonably-priced, high-quality FX standard zoom

as well as some discussion on a potential AF-S 85mm F1.8G and AF-S VR 80-400mm f3.5-5.6G.

In addition to the D700x, lies talk of D95 as well.

Every rumor is taken from just one of these predictions by three distinguished professional photographers you see on the lower left side of the page in the link Mr. Fool provided. On the upper right side, it reads “New Full frame camera will be the axis of Nikon’s new model in 2010″. They predict that D700X will be using the same cropped sensor as D3X and the price will be about 350k yen ($4000 US). They also predict that 14.2 mega pixel APS-C sensor ( the same one currently used on Sony A550) will be the new standard for Nikon’s APS-C camera, and the replacement of D90 (which they call D95) will adapt that sensor. According to them, it will have Full HD video. The least credible of all is listed lenses on the right page.  The source simply states “we want attractive lenses to fully experience new high-megapixel full frame camera”. So lens part is more like a hope than a prediction.

The above was a quote from a Japanese camera magazine, CAPA.

Panasonic: two compact (ie, point-and-shoot) cameras and a Lumix G replacement.

Olympus: several compact cameras.

Pentax: three new compact cameras, which should bring some variety in design.

Sony: a series of compact cameras and an a700 replacement.

Ricoh: new CX2 camera and a new 28-300mm GXR lens.

Samsung: a new k-mount for the Samsung NX-10 is expected, don’t have any other information at that point.

Tamron: two lenses; however, these could be released after PMA 2010.

Hasselblad: Hasselblad might feature whatever they’re releasing for the countdown (update in the link just mentioned contains news that it will be providing a service potentially similar to Canon’s World Of EOS.

Fuji: a new Micro Four-Thirds EVIL model; potentially some digital and film cameras.

Leica: Leica is not attending PMA 2010, but they should be releasing a 35mm Summilux M lens in March. Compact cameras then also are expected.

07
Jan
10

Olympus unveils mju Tough 3000

Olympus has unveiled the new µ (mju) Tough 3000.

The Tough 3000 is shockproof to 1.5m, scratchproof, waterproof to 3m and able to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C. Behind its lens-cover, it has a 3.6x wideangle zoom (28-102mm) and a somewhat small 12 megapixel CCD sensor. It features sensor stabilisation, HD movie, HDMI connectivity and “Magic Filters” (known as Art Filters elsewhere). Notably, it has 1GB of internal memory and USB charging.

07
Jan
10

Olympus releases mju 5010, 7030, 7040 and 9010

Olympus has released the mju µ-5010, µ-7030, µ-7040, and µ-9010

The µ-5010, µ-7030, µ-7040, and µ-9010 will be available in March 2010.

The Olympus µ-5010, µ-7030, µ-7040 and µ-9010 feature:

  • 10x (µ-9010), 7x (µ-7040 & µ-7030) and 5x (µ-5010) wide optical zooms (28-280mm, 28-196mm, 26-130mm)
  • Dual Image Stabilisation (combines mechanical and digital image stabilisation)
  • HD movie recording and HDMI technology (µ-7030: movie with sound)
  • 14 Megapixels
  • 2GB internal memory (µ-7030 & µ-5010: 1GB) and SD*2 Card compatible
  • Photo Surfing and [ib] software
  • 7.6cm/3.0” (µ-7040) or 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD (230,000 dots)
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • Magic Filters
  • In-Camera Manual
  • In-Camera Panorama
  • TruePic III image processor
  • Available in Titanium Silver, Light Pink and Light Blue (µ-5010), Titanium Silver, Coral Blue and Orchid Purple (µ-7030), Titanium Silver, Copper Blue and Dusty Pink (µ-7040), Champagne Gold and Midnight Black (µ-9010)
07
Jan
10

Olympus reveals FE-5030, FE-4040, FE-4030 and FE-47

Olympus has announced the FE-5030, FE-4040 and FE-4030.

FE-5030

  • Wide 5x miniature optical zoom (26-130mm)
  • 14 Megapixels
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF tracking
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • 6.9cm/2.7” LCD (230,000 dots)
  • Magic Filters
  • Double-Layered Crystal Shell finish
  • Movie recording with sound
  • SD*2 card compatible
  • In-Camera Help Guide
  • USB charging

FE-4040 and FE-4030

  • 4x wide optical zoom (26-105mm)
  • 14 Megapixels
  • Dual Image Stabilisation combining mechanical and digital image stabilisation (FE-4040), Digital Image Stabilisation< (FE-4030)
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF tracking
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • 6.9cm/2.7” LCD (230,000 dots)
  • Magic Filters
  • Double-Layered Crystal Shell finish
  • Movie recording with sound
  • SD*2card compatible
  • In-Camera Help Guide
  • USB charging

FE-47

  • 5x optical zoom (36-180mm)
  • 14 Megapixels
  • Digital Image Stabilisation
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF tracking
  • 6.9cm/2.7” LCD (230,000 dots)
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • Magic Filters
  • Double-Layered Crystal Shell finish
  • Movie recording with sound
  • SD*2 card compatible
  • In-Camera Help Guide
07
Jan
10

Panasonic releases slimline FP1, FP2 & FP3

Panasonic has revealed three slimline Lumix compacts: the FP1, the FP2 and the FP3.

The FP1 has 12MP, while the latter two feature 14MP sensors. All three models have a 4X non-extending image-stabilised zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent range) and the Venus Engine IV processor; the FP1 and FP2 have 2.7″ LCDs, whereas the FP3 features a 3″ touch-screen with Touch AF and metering area selection. The cameras all come in a range of colours – 8 for the FP1 and FP2, and 12 for the FP3.

07
Jan
10

Sony announces twelve Cyber-shot compact cameras

Sony has unleashed twelve Cyber-shot compacts; the HX5, the TX1, eight new W-series compacts, the S2100 and the S2000.

The HX5 and TX1 come with 10MP Exmor R back illuminated CMOS sensors, 25mm wide angle lenses and offer AVCHD 1080i Full HD movie recording, as well as image stabilization and Intelligent Sweep Panorama. The HX5 also comes with built-in GPS and compass, while the TX1 includes a 3.5 inch touchscreen LCD.

There are eight new compacts in the W-series, with 14MP CCDs and wide-angle lenses, equipped with features such as Intelligent Sweep Panorama and HD movie recording.

The S2100 and S2000 feature 12MP sensors, 10x optical zoom lenses and 3.0 inch LCDs.

The latest line-up of Cyber-shots will be available from the end of January 2010.

07
Jan
10

Panasonic releases Lumix DMC-FS10, DMC-FS11, DMC-FS30 and DMC-FS33

Panasonic has unveiled its Lumix DMC-FS10, DMC-FS11, DMC-FS30 and DMC-FS33 digital cameras.

The FS10 and FS11 come equipped with a 28mm wideangle 5X zoom lenses, as well as Mega OIS, 2.7″ screens, Venus Engine IV processors and 720p MJPEG format HD video recording. The FS11 sports a 14MP sensor, while the FS10 makes do with 12MP. Choice of colours include silver, black, blue and pink; the FS11 will also come in red, the F10 also in orange.

The FS30 and FS33 both feature an 8X image-stabilised zoom lenses, starting at a 28mm-equivalent wideangle. They feature 14MP 1/2.33″-type sensors, and HD video recording in the MJPEG format at 720p. Their differences come with the screens: the FS33 has a 3″ touch-screen with an anti-reflective coating, allowing users to select the focusing and metering areas simply by tapping the desired point on the preview image. Meanwhile, the FS30 makes do with a conventional 2.7″ LCD. Both cameras will be available in a range of colors.




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