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.
VariOptic have announced general availability of the Arctic 320 Liquid Lens for Camera-Phones – whilst currently aimed at camera phones – it could end up in ultra compact digital cameras:
“Varioptic, the liquid lens company, today announced the general availability of the Arctic 320 liquid lens, which is the industry’s first and only multi mega-pixel, auto-focus, liquid lens for camera phones.” (via gizmodo)
Leica currently produce a number of high end Digital RangeFinders, as well as one or two compact cameras that are all Leica. Such as the Leica X Vario, Leica Q/Q2, Leica X2 (and previously the Leica X1), but below these premium models, they are currently partnered with Panasonic, producing similar models with Leica design touches…
In the past they have worked with other companies including Fujifilm, and produced a variety of cameras, including a Four-Thirds Digital SLR. Lets have a look back at the various models in the Leica Digital Camera range, starting with the current and most recent models:
Leica SL2-S – 24mp version of the Leica SL2. C/4K video up to 60fps, and 25fps continuous shooting at 24mp.
Leica Q2 Monochrom – Monochrome version of the 47mp Q2, full-frame “compact” camera with fixed 27mm f/1.7 Leica lens, with OIS. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M10-R – 40mp colour version of the M10 Monochrom, full-frame digital rangefinder.
Leica M10 Monochrom – 40mp monochrome sensor full-frame digital rangefinder.
Leica SL2 – L-Mount / (SL-Mount) full-frame mirrorless camera with 47mp sensor, specifications etc.
Leica M-E (240) – new entry level digital rangefinder, £3500 price tag.
– Specifications, Reviews: Shutterbug.
Leica V-Lux 5 – ultra zoom bridge camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000-II, but with Leica styling.
– Specifications, Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica Q2 – 47mp full-frame sensor, update to the Leica Q
– Specifications, Reviews: CasualPhotoPhile.
Leica Q-P– more subtle / stealth version of the Leica Q (from 2015), features Wi-Fi.
– Specifications, Reviews: KeithWee.
Leica M10-D – with an exposure compensation dial, and no screen
– Specifications, Reviews: SteveHuffPhoto.
Leica M10-P – “quiet” version of the 24mp M10, with 3inch touch-screen.
Leica C-Lux – 20mp “travel zoom” with 15x optical zoom lens, with 1inch CMOS sensor, based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ200.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M10 – 24mp full-frame sensor, digital rangefinder, thinner than previous Leica M cameras. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica TL2 – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica CL – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video, EVF. Leica CL Sample photos.
Leica X-U – Underwater / waterproof version of the Leica X (113). Reviews: RedDotForum, HaveCameraWillTravel.
Leica M-D – Screenless 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviews: Fstoppers.
Leica TL – mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviewed by Stuff.
Leica Q (Typ 116) – 28mm lens, f/1.7, 24mp Full-Frame sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Alex Cornell.
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) – 24mp full-frame monochrome sensor, Digital Rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M (Typ 262) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: TransientEye.
Leica SL (Typ 601) – 24mp Full-frame mirrorless camera, Wi-Fi, 4K video, 11fps continuous shooting, EVF. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica T (Typ 701)– Leica’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Fstoppers.
Leica X (Typ 113) – 35mm equivalent lens, f/1.7, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica X-E– 35mm equivalent lens, f/2.8, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: The Phoblographer.
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) – Based on the Panasonic Lumix LX100, f/1.7-2.8, 3.1x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) – Based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, f/2.8-4, 16x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: RedDotForum.
Leica M-P (240) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviewed by Wired.
Leica C Compact – (Typ 112) 12 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom, EVF, Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LF1. Details, Sample Photos.
Leica X Vario – 16 megapixel compact camera with APS-C CMOS sensor, and 2.5x optical zoom lens, 28-70mm equivalent, f/3.5-6.4 aperture.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.
Leica M (Type 240) – Top of the range 24 megapixel full frame digital rangefinder with CMOS sensor, video recording(!), and live view(!), roughly £6k body only.
– Reviews: Wedding Photographer, Specifications, Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, SteveHuffPhoto.
Leica S – 37.5 megapixel Medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M-E – A “budget” or “entry level” £4000 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view).
– Reviews: AP, 50lux, RedDotForum Comparison.
Leica M Monochrom – Black and white full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view), £6200.
– Reviews: AP, Jonathan Slack, Phoblographer, RedDotForum, MingThein, Sample Photos PopPhoto, ePHOTOzine.
Leica X2 – Compact by Leica with 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, PhotographyBLOG, Specifications, Sample Photos, SteveHuffPhotos.
Leica D-Lux 6 – based on the Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10.1 megapixel, f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, MingThein, RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 4 – ultra-zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews / Sample photos: RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 40 – pocket / travel zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30
– Reviews / Sample photos: PhotographyBLOG.
The Sony Cyber-shot R1 was the World’s first APS-C CMOS sensor fixed lens camera released in 2005, it also provided the first “live view” of any APS-C / Large sensor camera, meaning it could display the output on the 2inch LCD or electronic viewfinder. It features a 10.3 megapixel sensor, ISO160-3200, and was priced at $999 US / £699 UK (inc VAT). Similar Digital SLRs were the Canon EOS 350D with an 8 megapixel APS-C sensor and ISO100-1600, and the Nikon D70, with a 6 megapixel sensor and ISO200 to ISO1600.
The lens is a 5x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* with f/2.8-f/4.8 aperture and the equivalent zoom of 24mm to 120mm, providing both a useful wide-angle lens and a decent amount of zoom. Click more below to continue reading…
A whole bunch of new compact digital cameras and lenses have been announced as part of CP+, Japan’s imaging show currently happening, updated with the latest cameras and lens news…
Canon IXUS 255 HS, 10x optical zoom, 12mp high speed, Wi-Fi
Canon IXUS 135, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 16mp
Canon IXUS 132, 8x optical zoom, 16mp
Canon Powershot A2500, 5x optical zoom, 16mp
Canon EOS 1D-C Firmware Update
Nikon Coolpix S9500, Wi-Fi, 22x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S9400, Wi-Fi, 18x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S5200, Wi-Fi, 6x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix AW110, WP (18m), 5x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S31, WP (5m), 3x optical zoom, £99
Nikon Coolpix L27, 16mp, 5x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix L28, 20mp, 5x optical zoom, £89
Nikon Coolpix P520, 42x zoom, 18mp BSI sensor
Nikon Coolpix L820, 30x zoom, 16mp BSI sensor
Fujifilm: (2-8) * UK availability of these models unknown
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR, 20x optical zoom compact travel zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S4800, 30x optical zoom bridge camera, CCD
Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR* 20x optical zoom lens, available in puke colour.
Fujifilm FinePix S6600, S6700, S6800* 26, 28 and 30x optical zoom (CMOS)
Fujifilm FinePix S4600, S4700* 26, 28x optical zoom, CCD
Casio: (5) – UK / European availability unknown
Casio Exilim ZR700, 18x optical zoom, RAW, high speed shooting, 470 shots, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZR400, 12.5x optical zoom, high speed shooting, 515 shots, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZS-160, 12.5x optical zoom, 16mp
Casio Exilim ZS-25, 6x optical zoom, 16mp
Casio Exilim QV-R300, 5x optical zoom lens, 16mp
Firmware updates for A99, A77, A65, A57, A37, NEX-7/6/5R/5N/F3.
New Lens Announcements:
Olympus 75-300mm Update, m43, with Zero coating
19mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens – updated design on previous model
30mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens – updated design on previous model
60mm f/2.8 DN m43/Nex lens
30mm f/1.4 DC Sigma, Nikon, Canon lens (APS-C)
Tokina 12-28mm f/4 DX
Tokina 70-200mm f/4 FX
14-42mm compact standard zoom lens
Pentax Q Body Cap Lens (Toy lens)
Focus on Imaging started yesterday, the 6th of March, and is running till the 9th of March, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. It’s the UKs biggest photography show and is open to both the public and trade, with not only a chance to see all the new products and play with them, but also the chance to buy some special offers from the various shops. Some of the deals on offer include the Canon Powershot S95 for £249, and one store is even offering the Fujifilm FinePix X100 for pre-order for £899 (a reduction of £100 off the original RRP).
For more information and photos from the show have a look at ePHOTOzine.
Nikon has announced six more compact cameras, available in various colours, details below:
Nikon Coolpix L23 – 10mp, wide angle 5x optical zoom (28mm), 2.7″ screen, AA.
Nikon Coolpix L24 (USA) – 14mp, 3.6x optical zoom, 3″ screen, AA.
Nikon Coolpix S2500 – 12mp, 4x optical zoom (27mm wide), 2.7″ screen.
Nikon Coolpix S3100 – 14mp, 5x optical zoom (26mm wide), 2.7″ screen.
Nikon Coolpix S4100 – 14mp, 5x optical zoom (26mm wide), 3″ screen.
Nikon Coolpix S6100 – 16mp, 7x optical zoom (28mm wide), 3″ screen.
Sony has announced the new Sony Cybershot HX100v – a new camera with a wide angle 30x optical zoom lens (27mm), 16.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, ISO3200, 410 shot battery life, HD 1080p movie MPEG-4 recording, optical image stabilisation, 3.0″ 921,000-dot XtraFine LCD screen, and GPS. It will be available in black in April.
“Ideal for travellers and photo enthusiasts, the flagship Cyber-shot™ HX100V features a Vario-Sonnar lens by Carl Zeiss with T* coating on optical surfaces that virtually eliminates flare. This premium lens offers an ultra-powerful 30x optical zoom range for crisply-detailed close-ups of distant subjects. Comfortable to hold and carry, the camera’s styling echoes the body shape and control layout of larger DSLR designs. The Cyber-shot™ HX100V also features a manual control ring that can be assigned as desired to adjust focus or zoom. It’s ideal for applications like macro photography, where focus can be adjusted precisely while viewing a magnified portion of the image.”
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix TZ18 (ZS8) and Panasonic Lumiz TZ20 (ZS10). Both cameras feature a 14.1 megapixel sensor, wide angle 16x optical zoom lens (24-384mm), optical image stabilisation, 3.0″ screen, high speed shooting, lithium ion batteries, P/A/S/M modes, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support. Further details of the differences are outlined below. The Panasonic Lumix TZ20, shown above, will be available in Red, Blue, Silver and Black from the 7th of March from Amazon UK
TZ20 (ZS10): 1920×1080 HD Video up to 29min with stereo sound, GPS, 10fps shooting at 14mp, 3.0″ touch screen (460k), MOS sensor, 260 shot battery life, and 3D Photo mode. Review(s): Cameralabs TZ20 / ZS10 Review.
TZ18 (ZS8): 720p HD Video up to 15min with mono sound, CCD sensor, 3.0″ screen (230k), 340 shot battery life. Review(s): ePHOTOzine TZ18 / ZS8 Review.
“Panasonic’s multiple award winning TZ series is pleased to welcome a two outstanding new additions – the TZ20 and TZ18. Brimming with the very latest Lumix technology and key features fundamental to the TZ success story – including HD movie recording capability, full manual control, a 24mm ultra wide angle and powerful 16x optical zoom in a compact body – the TZ20 offers and even higher standard with built-in GPS and FULL HD AVCHD movie recording.”
The Panasonic Lumix TZ18, shown above, will be available in Black or Silver from the 7th of March from Amazon UK
“A compact and versatile lens system is the hallmark of the LUMIX TZ series and for the new TZ20 and TZ18 this lens system is entirely redeveloped in both optical and mechanical design. Featuring a new high-quality 24mm ultra wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 16x optical zoom. The newly applied Nano Surface Coating boasts an extremely low reflectance ratio compared with the conventional multi coating to suppress image ghosting. Thanks to this very latest Panasonic technology, adopted for the first time to the LUMIX cameras, the images delivered through the lens of a TZ20 and TZ18 have exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity that passes Leica’s stringent standards.”
“For the TZ20, a newly adopted 14.1-megapixel MOS sensor and the advanced image processor, Venus Engine FHD, feature high speed, high sensitivity image recording to realize 1920 x 1080 full-HD movie recording and high speed burst shooting. It lets the TZ20 shoot 10 fps in 14-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Even higher speed burst shooting is available with TZ20 if electronic shutter is used – 60 fps in 3.5-megapixel*. While the new TZ18 takes advantage of the Venus Engine VI.”
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix FT3 – a compact, “tough” camera, with GPS, it is waterproof to 12 metres, sand/dustproof, freezeproof to -10C, shockproof to 2m, (bombproof?) and features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, a wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens (28-128mm), 2.7″ screen, optical image stablisation, 3D photo mode, 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Movie Recording, 3.7fps shooting, GPS, and compass, altimeter and barometer. The Panasonic Lumix FT3 will be available in blue or red, on the 14th of March from Amazon UK.
“The LUMIX DMC-FT3, is specially geared for active outdoor use, incorporating more powerful features in an even more rugged design. Every aspect of the 12.1-megapixel FT3 has been toughened and it is waterproof to a depth of 12m and dustproof equivalent to the “IPX8” and “IPX6” standard. Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass resins inside the camera, the FT3 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. The built-in GPS function, compass, altimeter and barometer are all newly incorporated and add further to the camera’s versatility and usability as an outdoor tool.
The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens on the FT3 has a folded optics design and boasts not only a high quality image but also rugged design. Starting at the 28mm wide angle, and zooming up to a useful 4.6x in telephoto, this camera gives you flexibility in many shooting conditions — especially underwater, where movement is often restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing your shots.
A newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor is at the heart of the DMC-FT3 which is capable of the high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD movie recording in AVCHD as well as high speed continuous shooting. The advanced image processing LSI, Venus Engine FHD, assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. Intelligent Resolution technology performs optimum signal processing to give the whole image outstandingly natural clarity with fine detail. The powerful 4.6x optical zoom increases its power to 6x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even when using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time give the DMC-FT3 a high speed response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.”
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