From the monthly archives: "September 2010"

Ricoh CX4
ePhotoZine has reviewed the new Ricoh CX4, an update to the CX3 (read our review here) – it features improved battery life (330 vs 310), redesigned grip at the front, and redesigned buttons at the back (same position, just slightly larger), ISO100 – 3200 (compared to ISO80 – 3200 on the CX3), a new creative shooting mode (moves some of the scene modes to the C dial position, and adds Soft Focus, Cross Process, Toy Camera), Night Landscape Multi-shot, subject tracking AF, and is available in black, “champagne silver” (shown above) and “purple pink”.

“You seem to get a lot for your money. The new backlit CMOS 10mp sensor has an ISO100-3200 range and the Ricoh branded lens is an impressive and very useful 28-300mm (35mm equiv) or 10.7x zoom. The manufacturers claim that you can push the lens, via its digital zoom function, to a mighty 1710mm equivalent without loss of image quality while its minimum focusing distance is 1cm for the macro enthusiasts.”

Leica D-Lux 5
SteveHuffPhoto has just published their review of the new Leica D-Lux 5, announced at Photokina 2010, and based on the Panasonic Lumix LX5, it features a 24mm wide angle 3.8x optical zoom lens (24-90mm), with f2.0 aperture, 10 megapixel CCD sensor, 3″ screen with 460k pixels, 720p HD video, manual focus, flash hotshoe, EVF support, aspect ratio switch (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 with 1:1 also available), 400 shot battery life, optical image stabilisation, and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. We had a look at the camera at Photokina, and have posted photos of the camera in the gallery here.

Leica D-Lux 5 Back

“This versatile compact camera featuring a fast Leica Summicron zoom lens with focal-lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), is the perfect camera for a broad spectrum of photgraphic situations: from macro and wide angle architecture to landscape, from reportage to portrait and available-light photography. Manual setting options and an extensive range of accessories provide even greater creative freedom. With such versatile performance in such a compact package, the D-Lux 5 is the perfect companion whenever you seek inspiration – in Berlin or anywhere else in the world.” – Leica

Ricoh G700SE
Ricoh has announced the new Ricoh G700SE – an update to the G700 – it features bluetooth, and wifi, and is available with a number of options, including the GPS unit, and Barcode scanner, as well as the usual tough features: a water, dust and shock resistant body, 12.1 megapixel sensor, wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm), chemical resistance, 10 metre flash, SD-WORM password lock support, and electronic level.

“Ricoh is introducing the new G700SE water and dust resistant digital camera, which offers wireless data communication capabilities along with options that support GPS functions and laser barcode reader functions.”

Casio has announced the new Casio Exilim EX-Z16 – it features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 3.1″ macro, SDHC support, 270 shot battery life and better than VGA videos at 848 x 480, it will be available in black, pink, red or silver.

“This newest member of the EXILIM family boasts superb 12MP image quality, as well as 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capabilities. The Easy Mode interface offers a simplified menu, dedicated movie button, and a YouTube capture feature that enables users to record and share live-action videos with just a few clicks.

“We wanted to round out our Exilim digital camera line to include simplified functionality that is beneficial to consumers, and the EX-Z16 definitely achieves this goal,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “The EX-Z16 doesn’t just take outstanding photos and videos, it captures beautiful, natural and organic shots that you’ll share and cherish with friends and family.”

Casio UK has announced the new Casio Exilim EX-Z670 (15, June 2010) – it features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 27mm wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, 2.7″ screen, 8cm macro, SDHC support, 210 shot battery life and better than VGA videos at 848 x 480 (30 fps), it’s available in black or creamy beige (apparently it’s meant to be pink), from around £80:

“Capture all of life’s little wonders in the very best quality with the EXILIM EX-Z670. Featuring 12.1 megapixels, a large, high-resolution 6.9 cm TFT colour display and Face Detection function, the slimline EX-Z670 is just the right camera for unforgettable moments! The 27 mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom is ideal for both spontaneous photos of friends and sweeping pictures of the countryside.”

Ricoh G700
Ricoh announced the Ricoh G700 (24th Aug 2010), features a water, dust, and shock proof body, a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens (28-140 mm), 10 metre flash range, it’s waterproof up to 5 metres, chemical resistance, freezeproof, has a 3″ screen, electronic level, SD-Worm support, 360 show battery life, and a 1cm macro mode. A wide-angle conversion lens is available that extends the lens to 22mm wide angle equivalent.

“The G700 was created for the demanding professional. To the water, dust, and shock resistance necessary for hard work-site use, chemical resistance has now been added. The wide range of functions includes a CALS mode useful for electronic data submission and a password camera lock capability. Attaining new levels of reliability, this true tool represents the crystallization of Ricoh technology.”

Panasonic GH2 with 3D Lens
Yesterday saw the beginning of Photokina 2010, the largest photographic show in the world, hosted in Cologne, Germany. Whilst most new cameras have been announced over the last few weeks, there were still a number of new cameras announced at the show which we were able to have a look at, including the new Panasonic Lumix GH2 Digital SLR (shown above with 3D lens), Pentax K-5, Pentax K-r, plus more, we were a little trigger happy, and have taken over 300 photos for you to look at! Click through to see some of the highlights, and make sure you click more to see even more highlights:

New Cameras and lenses: (Highlights)
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Prototype Hands On, new Rangefinder
Panasonic Lumix GH2 DSLR and new lenses, the 14mm, and 12.5mm 3D lens
Sigma SD1 DSLR Prototype, 15.3mp x 3 Foveon sensor
Nikon D7000 DSLR, 16.2mp CMOS sensor, 3″ screen (921k pixels)
Olympus E-5 DSLR, with 12-60mm lens, and my 35mm Macro lens.
Pentax K-r DSLR, plus new 18-135mm lens, and 55-300mm, also available in pink
Pentax K-5 DSLR, with 18-55mm lens.
Olympus Zuiko Lens Concept
Leica M9 Titanium – Limited edition (500 units)
Leica D-Lux 5, the Leica version of the Panasonic Lumix LX5
Leica V-Lux-2 Superzoom, the Leica version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ100
Leica X1 Black Edition
Minox PX3D Concept, uses 4 x 5mp cameras, see
Minox DSC Silver – new metal finish
Samsung NX100 with 20-50mm iFunction lens, optional flash, and 20mm iFunction lens
Casio H20G Hybrid GPS,
Casio Exilim ZR10, Z2300, Z16
Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Canon Powershot G12
Canon Powershot S95
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Ricoh GXR with new ~28mm lens
GE X-5 “Darth Vader” White Edition

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Fujifilm (X100 mini-site) has announced the new Fujifilm FinePix X100 – with 12.3 Megapixel APS-C (DSLR size) CMOS sensor – 23mm f2.0 lens (35mm equivalent) – and hybrid electronic and optical viewfinder, it features metal dials, lens aperture ring, magnesium alloy body, leather like finish, 10cm macro, RAW mode, EXR processor, manual shutter and aperture controls, it should be available early 2011.
The electronic viewfinder has 1.44 million pixels, and you can switch between the optical and electronic viewfinder. DPReview has more details.

Nikon has announced the new Nikon D7000 Digital SLR, it features a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3″ high resolution screen (921k), ISO 100 to 6400, 39 point AF, magnesium alloy body sealed to dust and water, live view, 6fps, HD Video (1920 x 1080, 24 fps), top LCD, two SD card slots, and comes with a 18-105mm VR kit lens, and will be available from October. Official Nikon D7000 Sample Photos, DPReview Preview.

“The D7000 is a new mid-class DX-format camera with a compact body loaded with a number of advanced functions. As the D-SLR market expands, D-SLR users are becoming more diverse to include those who demand the ability to capture images with greater definition and image quality, those looking for more advanced shooting functions, and those looking for the ability to record movies with the rich power of expression that is only possible with SLR cameras. The D7000 is a high-quality mid-class D-SLR that responds to user demands with a variety of the latest camera technologies and functions for high-quality, high-definition shooting, all in a durable, high-performance, yet compact body. Among its features are a new DX-format CMOS image sensor, Nikon’s latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, a new 2,016-pixel metering sensor, a new AF system that utilizes 39 focus points, and the D-Movie function that enables recording of full HD movies.”

Canon Powershot G12
Canon has announced the new Canon Powershot G12, an update to the G11, it features a High Sensitivity (HS) System (not to be confused with their HS, High Speed cameras!), High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD sensor, 28mm wide angle 5x zoom lens, Hybrid IS, 2.8″ vari-angle LCD, Electronic Level, OVF, Front Dial, Full Manual & RAW, 720p HD movies, HDMI, High Dynamic Range mode, Smart Auto, and Multi-Aspect Shooting.

“The PowerShot G12 gives exceptional images with HS System and a premium Canon wide-angle lens. Full Manual mode, RAW, Front Dial and optional Lens Filter Adapter allow professional levels of control. The HS System is a powerful combination of high-sensitivity sensor and DIGIC 4 processor – providing exceptional low-light shooting capabilities. Higher ISO reduces the need for flash and allows faster shutter speeds to reduce blur when the subject is in motion. A high-quality genuine Canon lens covering 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) allows for flexibility and clarity. The optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake up to 4-stops, while Hybrid IS gives sharp results when shooting macro.”