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Leica Announces M9-P: World’s Smallest Full-Frame Digital Camera

Leica has just announced the latest in their rangefinder lineup—the M9-P compact digital camera. In the manner of Leica’s historically high-end finishes, the new M9-P “includes a scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal covering on the LCD screen. Produced using special diamond cutting tools, this screen is fashioned from one of the world’s hardest and most resilient materials. Extremely resistant to wear and almost unbreakable, the sapphire glass LCD cover offers many years of reliable use,” according to the manufacturer. The M9-P also features an 18-megapixel 24 x 36mm (35mm format) CCD sensor and a Microprocessor-controlled, exceptionally low-noise, metal blade shutter with vertical movement. The M9-P will be available in black paint or traditional silver chrome finishes in July 2011. Read the full press release below.

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Sony Announces NEX-C3 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera


Sony has just announced the NEX-C3 digital camera—the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera on the market, according to the manufacturer. Featuring a 16.2-megapixel EXMOR sensor (24mm APS-C size) and “press and rotate” operating with real time preview of different effects, the NEX-C3 comes on the heels of last year’s ground-breaking NEX-5 and NEX-3, which were “the world’s first interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sensor to continuously adjust focus and exposure while recording video.” A new feature for this generation of the NEX lineup is called Picture Effects (essentially, art filters), which includes a Background Defocus effect to create the look of shallow depth of field in a photograph. A bonus to Sony’s new Picture Effects is that multiple effects can be applied to one shot and previewed simultaneously.

The NEX-C3 will be available in August for $599.99 (16mm f/2.8 kit) and $649.99 (18-55mm kit). Ten new lenses will be available by 2012 in addition to the three existing E-Mount lenses that are now available, turning the system into a lasting investment for those photographers who find the NEX system preferable to the DSLR format. More images and Sony’s official press release below.

 

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Nikon Announces AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

Nikon has just revealed the new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G fixed focal length lens. Available in June for $219.95, the compact (oftentimes called “pancake lens”) prime features a Silent Wave Motor, a fast aperture for low-light capture, allowing also for the oft-sought isolated focus shot. More from Nikon in the press release below.

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Hands-on with PENTAX Optio RS1500

PENTAX has just announced the Optio RS1500 second generation customizable pocket cam. The 14-megapixel RS1500 features a 3-inch LCD, a wide 4x optical zoom lens (27.5-110mm) and a thin, lightweight body. This cosmetically customizable digital camera features a removable PENTAX-original faceplate system, which allows you to match the camera to your unique personality. Choose from ten pre-designed skins, or “download the PENTAX PERSONAL SKIN DESIGNER Adobe Air-based software from www.pentaximaging.com and use the digital designer to import a photo or digital image and save a skin as a PDF for printing on a color printer.”

When I got a sneak peek, hands-on look at the Optio RS1500 at CES earlier this year, I was impressed by the upgrades made to the interchangeable skin system. Rather than requiring a tool to switch out the faceplate, the new camera makes it as simple as possible to customize the camera. With the new screwless design, the skin is secured by the interchangeable lens ring snap (which comes in your choice of either orange or black), that easily pops on and off when you want to customize your digicam. This struck me as a great gift idea, especially given the camera’s budget price for those specs. The PENTAX Optio RS1500 will be available in April for $149.95. See the full press release from PENTAX below.

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PENTAX Announces Stylish New Optio S1

PENTAX has just announced the chic new Optio S1 digital camera. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this stylish little number during CES in January, and was very impressed with not only its looks but its specs, as well as my test shots. The UI of the slim S1 was really intuitive, even with most of the controls are tucked inside the digital menu to eliminate clutter on the sleek camera. The S1 is PENTAX’s first compact digicam to feature built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, and also boasts a nice, wide 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm).

The PENTAX Optio S1 is available for pre-order now on the www.pentaxwebstore.com for $199.95. More information from PENTAX below.

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