Just ahead of the madness that is soon to be CES, FujiFilm has made several new digital camera announcements. Most notable among them is the new 26x optical zoom X-S1. Featuring a 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, the superzoom camera has a bridge model body (styled after a DSLR) but is more compact and lightweight. As for the optics, the X-S1 boasts a new all glass FUJINON F2.8-5.6 lens and 26x optical zoom (24-624mm). The X-S1 also features a 1.4 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a 3.-inch titling LCD display with “Monitor Sunlight Mode” for shooting in bright sunlight. It also shoots in RAW, JPEG or RAW and JPEG simultaneously, and features an Auto ISO range of 100-3200 with manual control up to ISO 12800. The Fuji X-S1 will be available at the end of January for $799.95.
Additionally, FujiFilm has unveiled three new speedy S-series compact cameras: FinePix S4200, S4500 and SL300; two new FinePix T-Series ultra-compact long-zoom cameras: FinePix T400 and T350; FinePix HS30EXR and HS25EXR; the all new rugged and durable FinePix XP150, XP100 and XP50 for outdoor shooting; three easy-to-use point-and-shoots: JX580, JX500 and AX550; and three new additions to the high-end, compact long-zoom FinePix F-Series: F770EXR (with GPS), F750EXR and F660EXR.
Samsung‘s DualView camera lineup has been increasingly gaining in popularity over the past couple of years (see DP’s review of the DualView TL225 here), due in large part to the namesake feature: the dual (front and back) LCD screens. Like its predecessors, the newly announced Samsung DV300F features a 1.5-inch front LCD that allows you to see a live view of what the lens sees, in order to get a perfectly framed self-portrait or couples’ travel shot. What at first seemed like a gimmick for the Facebook era narcissist in us all, the DualView has quickly been embraced as a convenient staple point-and-shoot feature.
Much the same, consumers who are used to the immediacy of sharing the images they capture on smart phones have come to expect the same sharing capabilities from digital cameras. Reacting to that consumer demand, the Samsung DV300F is the first DualView model to offer WiFi connectivity. “The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables users to email their images or upload them to social media sites including Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. In addition, images saved onto the camera’s microSD memory card, can be saved to a home PC without wires, by using the Auto PC Backup function. Cloud services, including Samsung’s AllShare Play and Microsoft SkyDrive, allows users to store and share their precious pictures from anywhere,” according to Samsung.
The 16-megapixel CCD sensor Samsung DV300F will be available in March for an estimated $199.
What, do you imagine, is Annie Leibovitz’s camera of choice these days? No doubt she has a serious arsenal of professional gear, considering she has shot some of the most iconic images in recent American historys, including an iconic photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and a nude and pregnant Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair. Well, in conversation with NBC’s Brian Williams last night, the legendary photographer admitted that she’s a big fan of a camera that you might be surprised to find you already own: the iPhone. She called the iPhone “the snapshot camera of today” and went on to sing the gadget’s praises by referring to its accessibility and multipurpose format. “It’s the wallet with the family pictures in it,” she said.
So, what do you think? We’ve had this conversation before. Is the iPhone your pocket cam of choice or do you still prefer to use a dedicated digital camera? Or maybe, like Annie, the iPhone is just another tool for you to take photos, especially when lugging around a pro DSLR isn’t possible.
Panasonic has announced a new micro four thirds system camera that they’re billing as an ideal daily use shooter due to its compact size and high quality image capture. The GX1 is being hinted at by Panasonic as basically being the “technology upgrade” successor to the popular Lumix GF1 (reviewed by DP here), even though the company has since released the GF2 and GF3. The GX1 features a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor (as compared to the GF1′s 12MP) and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12800 (the GF1 topped out at 3200) for low-light capture.
The Lumix GX1 will be available in mid-December in the following kit options, according to Panasonic: DMC-GX1-X with the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens will have a suggested retail price of $949.99; the DMC-GX1-K with the 14-42 standard zoom for $799.99; and the DMC-GX1, body only for $699.99. More from Panasonic below.
Canon announced today the Cinema EOS System—an all new Hollywood-grade lineup of 4K EF cinema lenses, the EOS C300/C300 PL digital cinema camera, and a new 35mm full-frame sensor DSLR (pictured above) that’s still in development, which will shoot 4K video.