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Leica M10 and S3 Coming on September 17th 2012


According to latest rumors and news, Just a day before the start of the Photokina 2012 show Leica has scheduled an exclusive event in Cologne on September 17th, 2012. So finally on September 17th we will see the long rumored Leica M10, Medium format S3 and Leica is also expected to update its compact line-up with D-Lux 6 and V-Lux 4.

Leica M10 Rumored Specification

  • 24 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
  • Live View and high resolution LCD
  • ISO up to 10,000
  • External EVF
  • Full HD / HD video recording
  • New body design, but will have the same M series look
  • Price $9000 – $10000

see our previous postLeica M10 Coming on September 2012

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Sony RX100 vs Cars and Trucks

a dpreviewforum member Matix just forgot his precious Sony RX100 on the roof of the car, the car started and the camera fell, it only dropped 4 ft or so…. before being attacked by a few trucks, and cars… read the full story at the end of the post


Loading my car up this morning at 5am in the dark, heading to work…. put my coffee and the RX100 on the top of the car to load the rest into the back seat… picked up my coffee, headed out the gate, up the road and onto the freeway… 35km and 25 minutes later…. where is the camera???

Phoned home, my wife looked on the driveway, the gutter by the gate.. then drove up about 300 yard and there it was… who knows how many vehicles nailed it… it is a busy road and a lot of light tradesman trucks and cars use it.

Well, she called me… and told me, I felt better actually… rather than some person found and kept it I guess…….

Here it is… the case was open and it was rather sad looking… BUT THE DAMN BATTERY DOOR WAS STILL IN GOOD SHAPE, SO STOP WHINING ABOUT THE BATTERY DOOR DAMMIT!!!

Case and first look.. shot with the faithful old LX5… (bet it was laughing, Kamera Karma)

Nikon announcement on 22nd of August

Latest rumors suggest that Nikon will announce new products on August 22nd 2012, Nikon is expected to update its coolpix range with Nikon first android camera and pro compact Nikon P7200.

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In Stock Alert: Canon 1D X at Amazon

Canon 1DX is available from August 19 at Amazon, so just hurry up and use the links below to purchase your 1DX :)

Buy Canon 1DX at Amazon

EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Awards 2012 - 2013

The EISA award 2012 and 2013 is just announced, we have collected all the award information under one roof (single post),

Advance SLR camera of the Year 2012 – 13 – Canon EOS 5D Mark III
The EISA judges said, The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile still camera as well as being an easy-to-use, professional quality, DSLR movie camera. While the specification seems similar to its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a substantial improvement in real life photography as well as in performance. Its 22-million-pixel CMOS sensor yields great results under normal and low light conditions, and the camera gets its advanced 61-point AF system from Canon’s new professional models. Additionally, this new EOS 5D generation has significantly improved weather resistance and 6fps continuous shooting speeds.

Best Compact Camera of the Year 2012-13 – Canon G1X – The image quality produced The EISA judges said – By the Canon PowerShot G1 X is at a level that can compete with many DSLR’s. This is quite amazing for a camera with such a compact body. Using an sensor size that is between the APS-C and micro four thirds formats helps this PowerShot to keep noise well under control even at ISO settings as high as 12800. The powerful Digic 5 processor also plays a major role in reducing image noise and also helps to process the camera’s 14.3-million-pixel, 14 bit, images at top speed. Serious amateurs and professionals alike will appreciate the camera’s ability to save files in raw and in jpeg formats.
The 4x zoom, according to EISA magazine tests, offers good image quality for such a compact design, and the built-in stabilizer, that uses the same hybrid IS technology as some professional Canon lenses, is very efficient.

Professional compact camera system of the year 2012 – 2013 -> Fuji Xpro1
The EISA judges said – It is a combination of exceptional lens quality, great build and a revolutionary new sensor design that makes the Fujifilm X-Pro1 such a successful camera. The X-Trans sensor, with its more film-like colour filter layout over the pixels, really makes the most of the resolution delivered by the camera’s Fujinon optics to produce images with far more detail than most 16-million-pixel models can manage.
The hybrid viewfinder offers the photographer the best of both digital and traditional optical worlds, and the straightforward layout of controls on the body makes the X-Pro1 simple and pleasurable to use, even if the AF system is not the fastest on the market. Although it isn’t the smallest compact system camera on the market, its size is more than compensated for by the quality of the images it produces and the enjoyment it brings to the user.

Professional camera of the year 2012- 13 -> Nikon D4
The EISA judges said – The best professional camera of the year is Nikon’s full frame 16-million-pixel D4, for its ability to deliver the highest image quality even in extremely difficult conditions. Tests performed by EISA magazines found the camera has an exceptional combination of high resolution, wide dynamic range, very low noise levels even at ISO 12800, super- fast autofocus, short response time and high frame rates that can be maintained for very long sequences. The body is rugged and well protected against dust and moisture. The viewfinder delivers a sharp, comfortable and very precise view of what will be recorded. Almost perfect handling makes the D4 very easy and pleasant to use and we especially like the new joystick control that’s available whether the camera is in the horizontal or vertical position. The D4 also delivers very high video quality thanks to its uncompressed output.

Best Camera of the year 2012- 13 -> Nikon D800
The EISA judges said -This year’s best camera is the Nikon D800. Its 36-million-pixel full frame sensor offers exceptionally high resolution capture and, according to EISA magazine tests, no compromises have been made to the extent of the camera’s dynamic range or noise levels at high ISO settings. In a compact and reasonably priced, strong and sturdy body, it offers first-rate metering and a 51-point autofocus system developed from the professional D4. The camera has a clear and bright 100% viewfinder that is very precise and comfortable to use even for glasses wearers. The tiny flash can command additional Nikon flash units and delivers just the right amount of fill-in illumination even in complex lighting conditions. The D800 E-version delivers even higher resolution images without needing any post-processing sharpening: the image quality comes close to that of a medium format camera, but with the benefits and versatility of a lightweight 35mm reflex camera.

Best Compact Camera System of the year 2012- 13 -> Olympus OM-D EM-5
The EISA judges said -The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is a successful remake of the exceptional OM cameras from times gone by. The camera features a compact, yet sturdy and weather-resistant, body that is extremely comfortable to hold, especially when the battery grip is attached. The super-fast single-shot autofocus and the exceptional 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder will make you believe you’re shooting with an SLR. There are more advantages, such as the flip-out OLED screen with touch functionality, advanced 5-axis image stabilization, the attractive effects filters and, of course, the excellent picture quality.

Best Advance Compact Camera System of the year 2012- 13 -> Samsung NX20
The EISA judges said - The Samsung NX20 has a compact and lightweight SLR shaped body that houses a 20.3-million-pixel Samsung-built APS-C format CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800. Other distinguishing features include a continuous shooting rate of 8 frames per second, and the customisable i-Function 2.0 that makes it possible to access up to nine of the camera’s features via a button on the lens. A bright flip-out 3-inch AMOLED screen helps users to get creative with all sorts of shooting angle. The star feature is the built-in Wi-Fi that allows the photographer to email images or post them to social media sites directly from the camera. Wireless connection also makes it possible to control the camera remotely while the camera’s live view feed is streamed to your smart phone’s display.

Best Advance Compact of the year 2012- 13 -> Sony RX 100
The EISA judges said – Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 is a high quality and solidly built compact camera designed for advanced amateur photographers. Its unusually large 1-inch CMOS sensor and the bright 28-100mm F1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens provides very good image quality even in low light. In addition to JPEG format, the RX100 also offers users the chance to save images in raw format, allowing extra flexibility and quality for the serious photographer. The high resolution 1.2-million-dot 3-inch-LCD has proven to be excellent in tests performed by EISA magazines.

Canon recalls 68,200 EOS Rebel T4i DSLRs

Yes its true, Canon recalls 68,200 EOS Rebel T4i DSLRs to change the rubber grip that can cause skin irritation to the consumer, see more about the issue here

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Cameras

Units: About 68,200

Importer: Canon U.S.A., Inc., of Lake Success, N.Y.

Hazard: A chemical used in the camera’s rubber grips can result in a reaction that changes the grips from black to white and poses a risk of skin irritation to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: Canon U.S.A., Inc. has received one report of a consumer who developed a minor rash after contact with a surface where the camera had been.

Description: This recall involves EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras with a 12-digit serial number that contain a second digit that is a “3″ or “4″ and a sixth digit that is a “1.” Serial numbers are printed on the bottom of the camera. The Canon logo and the model name are printed on the front of the camera.

Sold at: B&H Photo, Best Buy and camera and mass merchandise stores nationwide and Amazon.com and other online retailers between June 2012 and July 2012 for between $850 and $1,200.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cameras and contact Canon U.S.A. to have replacement rubber grips installed free of charge.

Panasonic Announces AVCCAM Camera Recorder AG-AC90

Panasonic Corporation will release the AG-AC90 memory card camera recorder, a new “AVCCAM” series model, in October 2012. The AG-AC90 new memory card recorder combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle design.

 Press Release

BRACKNELL, UK, 14 AUGUST 2012 – Panasonic Corporation will release the AG-AC90 memory card camera recorder, a new “AVCCAM” series model, in October 2012.

The AG-AC90 new memory card recorder combines the high image quality, advanced functions and easy operation that professionals demand in a stylish, easy-to-handle design. Its zoom lens extends from 29.8 mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle to 12x optical zoom, with a high speed of F1.5 brightness. BSI (backside illumination) type 3MOS image sensors exhibit high sensitivity, Full-HD resolution and a high S/N ratio. The AVCHD recorder section supports both PS mode, for Full-HD progressive image production, and pro-use PH mode. This gives a camera operator the field of view, image quality, and file/video formats he/she needs for news gathering and image production. Other professional operating features include Triple Manual Rings (focus, zoom and iris) that approach the versatility and feel of the interchangeable lenses, XLR Microphone/Audio inputs, and remote terminals to provide the system expandability that professional applications require.

The AG-AC90 AVCCAM memory card recorder will be available in October, 2012 at suggested price of €1800 RRP (excluding VAT).

The AG-AC90 will be exhibited at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Equipment Exhibition “BIRTV2012″ to be held at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th August, and at the European International Broadcasting Convention “IBC2012″ to be held at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands from Friday 7th to Tuesday 11th September.

 

Main Features of AG-AC90


29.8mm Wide-Angle / High powered Zoom Lens
The high-powered 12x zoom lens includes a 29.8 mm (35 mm equivalent) wide-angle setting. When using the Intelligent 25x digital zoom, it achieves up to 25x seamless zooming. In addition, it also features 2x, 5x and 10x digital zoom function. Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating minimizes ghosts and flaring, and a high speed, F1.5 brightness enables extremely clear image rendering. The built-in 5-axis Hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) ensures stable handheld shooting.

High-Sensitivity BSI Type 3MOS Sensors
Three (RGB) backside illumination corresponding 1/4.7 type MOS image sensors have an effective pixel count of 2,190,000 pixels. This makes it possible to capture excellent images with high definition and superb color reproduction even in dimly lit locations. The image processing circuit, which is tuned for professional use, produces highly natural gradation and sharp detail.

Easy Operation with Triple Manual Rings and a High-Definition LCD monitor
The lens barrel is equipped with manual rings for focus, zoom and iris operation to enable the kind of speedy, intuitive camera work that is generally associated with interchangeable lenses. The 8.89 cm (3.5 inches) LCD monitor (touch panel), which stores easily inside the top front part of the handle, has approximately 1,150,000 dot resolution to enhance focusing, and includes focus assist, zebra, and color bar display functions. The LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees for easy low-angle, high-angle, and self-interview shootings.

 

High-Quality Recording with AVCHD PS/PH Modes

  • Professional AVCHD Modes: PS mode for Full-HD (1920 x 1080) and progressive (60p) image acquisition and high quality PH mode.
  • HD/SD Multi-Formats:  [60 Hz model]: 1080/60p, 60i, 30p, 24p, 480/60i.  [50 Hz model]: 1080/50p, 50i, 25p, 576/50i.
  • Dual SD Card Slots (support SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards). With two SD cards, a camera operator can select backup recording.
  • Still shots with 3-megapixel resolution. (Still shots can also be captured during video recording.)

 

Specifications Supporting Professional Use

  • 2 channel XLR audio inputs (MIC/LINE/+48V selectable).
  • Audio CH1/CH2 with individual level controls and input selection.
  • HDMI output, AV Multi output (D-connector, composite video and audio 2 channel), USB connector.
  • Remote terminals enable remote operation of iris, focus, zoom and Rec Start/Stop functions.
  • The upper part of the handle grip contains both the Rec Start/Stop button and a zoom speed control (three speed steps) for the lens.