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Pentax K-3The Pentax flagship DSLR, now from Ricoh, uses a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor which can capture images at 8.3 FPS with ISO from 100 to 5,1200. Paired with a high-speed mechanical shutter with 1/8000s to 30s, plus bulb, shutter-speeds, the K-3 can freeze the fastest action and photograph in extremely low-light. This is further helped by its built-in image-stabilization and ultra-sensitive 27-point SAFOX XI autofocus system.

This professional DSLR offers a number of highly innovative feature, including totally unique Anti-Alias Simulation which lets the K-3 maximize captured details or reduce the chance of moire. An interactive demo of this system is included in the Ricoh Pentax K-3 review.

The extensive review of the K-3 published at Neocamera also covers differences between the K-3 and K-5 IIs which highlights the first imprint of Ricoh onto the Pentax original design. This is definitely worth a read for current Pentax owners. As always, a gallery of full-resolution images is included with the review with samples from the entire ISO range. A bonus page compares the performance of the K-3 and Nikon D610 which boasts the same resolution but on a larger full-frame sensor.

Read the extensive Pentax K-3 review here.

 

Nikon announced two new Digital SLRs in the last couple of months, including the Nikon D610, and Nikon D5300, both with 24 megapixel sensors, the D610 a full-frame Digital SLR, the D5300 an APS-C sensor camera with no optical low pass filter, built in GPS, and Wi-Fi. You can read a review of the Nikon D610 at ePHOTOzine, where they say:

“For the cynical, this is the camera that the D600 should have been, with seemingly no sensor issues (we took over 3000 shots and could not see any problems), or for the not so cynical, this is a slight update on an already excellent camera.”

They’ve also published sample photos from the Nikon D5300 here, as well as a review of the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SL II SLR wide-angle Nikon mount lens.

Update: Not long after I posted this, Nikon announced the new “retro” Nikon Df Digital SLR with classic styling, manual controls with external dials, a 16 megapixel full-frame sensor, and compatibility with older Nikon lenses, it will be available in black or black/silver with a price of around £2800 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Nikon Reviews:
Nikon 1 AW1 Review at ePHOTOzine – World’s first waterproof, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Review here – 14x optical zoom lens compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Review here – serious compact camera with bright 7.1x optical zoom lens and electronic viewfinder.
Nikon Coolpix S02 Review here – ultra compact with full hd video recording.
Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review here – compact with 12x optical zoom lens, and a tilting vari-angle screen.

Nikon Announcements:
Nikon has announced the new Nikon D5300 Digital SLR, with 24 megapixels, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.2inch vari-angle screen, 5fps continuous shooting, full HD video recording. Details here. Nikon has also announced a new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 premium lens.

Sony Alpha a3000

The Sony Alpha 3000 is one of the cheapest Digital SLR style cameras available, it looks like a Digital SLR, but it’s a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3inch screen, electronic viewfinder, and takes Sony NEX E-Mount lenses, of which there are a large number available. Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about it:

“The Sony Alpha 3000 has a number of advanced features that you wouldn’t expect with such an entry level product including Focus peaking, AF fine tuning, an info-lithium battery that keeps you informed as to exactly how much life is left, and full HD video with stereo sound.”

Sony Alpha 3000 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, AmateurPhotographer, WhatDigitalCamera.

Pentax K-3 DSLR Silver

Pentax has announced the new Pentax K-3 Digital SLR – the top of the range model features a new 24 megapixel sensor, no AA filter, shake-reduction sensor, 3.2inch screen, weather sealed body, 8.3fps continuous shooting, and for Wi-Fi compatibility can use a FLU card, to enable remote operation from smartphones. A special limited edition silver version, shown above, will be made available with a limited production run of 2000 units. The Pentax K-3 in black, shown below, will be available for £1099 body only, from November.

More information: Pentax K-3 DSLR Hands-On Preview (ePHOTOzine), Pentax HD 55-300mm WR Lens Announced, Pentax K-3 Press release, Pentax K-3 Video Features Review (YouTube), Pentax K-3 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Comparison, more details at Ricoh Imaging.

Pentax K-3 Black

 

Leica X Vario

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 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 models:

2013
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.

2012
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 MonochromBlack 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: ePHOTOzinePhotographyBLOG, 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.

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A roundup of digital cameras announced recently, along with links for more information, previews, reviews, sample photos and more:

Sony Alpha a3000

Sony:
Sony Alpha 3000 – 20mp APS-C DSLR shaped camera with Sony E-Mount, shown above, Preview
Sony NEX-5T – Wi-Fi, NFC Mirrorless camera, Preview

Canon:
Canon EOS 70D – 20.2 megapixel APS-C DSLR, new AF, 7fps, see Canon UK, there is also a review with sample photos at Cameralabs.
Canon Powershot S120 – 12.1 megapixel High Speed (HS) CMOS sensor, 5x zoom compact, f/1.8, more details.
Canon Powershot G16 – 12.1 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, f/1.8, Preview
Canon Powershot SX510 – 30x optical zoom, 12 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, compact ultra zoom, more details.
Canon Powershot SX170 – 16x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, Almost pocketable pocket zoom

Nikon:
Nikon Coolpix S6600 – 16mp, 12x zoom, tilting / swivelling screen, details. This one looks pretty cool, and it’s been a while since a compact camera has had a tilting / swivelling screen like this.
Nikon Coolpix L620 – 14x optical zoom, 18mp, full HD video, AA batteries.

Casio: (Japan, Europe only?)
Casio Exilim ZR800, 18x optical zoom, details.

GE:
GE Cameras no longer for sale in the UK according to ePHOTOzine.

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.

pentax-Q7 120colors

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.

Here’s a roundup of reviews and previews from around the web:

Mirrorless:

Nikon 1 V2 at NeoCamera – top of the range mirrorless from Nikon
Nikon 1 J3 at NeoCamera – mid-range mirrorless from Nikon

DSLR:

Canon EOS 6D DSLR Review at Cameralabs, 20mp full frame sensor, ePHOTOzine, etc
Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview – 18mp APS-C sensor
Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview – 18mp APS-C sensor
Canon EOS 100D Vs 700D Comparison – shown side by size, little and large

Compact:

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Hands-On Preview – Waterproof, 5x zoom
Nikon Coolpix P330 Review – 12mp, 5x zoom, manual controls RAW etc at ePHOTOzine
Nikon Coolpix L28 Review – 20mp, compact, budget, at ePHOTOzine
Nikon Coolpix S5200 Review – 16mp, Wi-Fi, 6x zoom
Nikon Coolpix A Review – 16mp APS-C, wide-angle lens, at Photography BLOG
Sigma DP3 Merrill 50mm f/2.8 APS-C Foveon sensor at Photography BLOG
Canon Powershot SX270 SX280 HS Preview – 20x zoom, 12mp
Canon IXUS 140 Review – Wi-Fi, 8x optical zoom
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 Review – 20x zoom, 18mp, Wi-Fi

Here’s a quick round-up of the latest digital cameras to be announced in the last week or so…

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Rugged Camera – 5x zoom, Waterproof, Tough
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Ultra-Zoom Bridge Camera – 44x ultra-zoom with Wi-Fi
Olympus VH-520 Compact – 10x zoom, designed to be good in low-light, but affordable, RRP £129
Canon PowerShot SX270 SX280 Travel-Zooms – 20x optical zoom, GPS and Wi-Fi on SX280
Canon EOS 700D DSLR Announced – 18mp, Update to the Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 100D DSLR Announced – 18mp, New “baby” Digital SLR, World’s smallest DSLR
Samsung Galaxy S4 with 13 megapixel camera – no zoom, latest Samsung Android phone
Minox DCC 14.0 Classic Camera Announced – 14mp, no zoom, retro miniature compact camera