From the monthly archives: "June 2013"

Pentax has recently announced a number of new Digital SLRs, a new mirrorless camera, as well as an entry level compact, called the Efina. F’ina what? Efina. It’s a historical name from Pentax, and the Efina features a 5x optical zoom lens, and will be available for around £79, although we’d expect that price to drop quite quickly.

pentax K-50 120 colors

New Pentax Digital SLRs – these are both the same model, except one, the K-50 is weather sealed, while the K-500 is not. The K-500 is designed as the family friendly entry level Digital SLR, while the K-50 is the step up (designed to sit above the K-30), with weather sealing. Both feature a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO51200, SR Shake Reduction, and 3inch screen on the back. There’s a Pentax K-500 hands-on preview here. More details on the Pentax K-50 can be found here, and it’ll be available in 120 colour combinations.

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The new mirrorless camera from Pentax, is an update to the Pentax Q10, and the new Pentax Q7 features a slightly larger sensor, to give improved image quality, as well as a wider field of view when used with the Pentax Q lenses. The Q7 will also be available in 120 colour combinations. A preview showing the new Pentax Q7 sensor size can be found here.

Sony has announced the Sony Cybershot RX100 II – an update to the RX100 – the RX100 II adds a flash hot-shoe, tilting 3inch 1.229 million dot screen, and updates the 20.2 megapixel sensor to a backlit CMOS sensor. It features a 3.5x optical zoom lens, with bright f/1.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens, and ISO upto 25600, Full HD video, 10fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi, full manual controls and Raw shooting.

It will be available in July with an RRP for £650.

Leica X Vario

The Leica X Vario is a new digital camera with a 16.5 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with a 2.5x optical zoom lens – f/3.5-f/6.4, 28 to 70 mm (35 mm equivalent), 3inch screen, full HD video recording, with an RRP of £2150 including VAT. More details can be found on Leica’s website.

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Panasonic Lumix LF1, a set on Flickr.

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is Panasonic’s latest serious compact camera, with a 12 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen, 7.1x optical zoom lens, f/2.0 – f/5.9 aperture, 10fps continuous shooting, Full HD video recording, manual controls, RAW shooting, and a built in electronic viewfinder. It’s also pretty compact, and has a control wheel around the lens. Here are a number of sample photos shot at the cameras ISO range of ISO80 up to ISO12800 – you can view the full size originals if you click them.