The folks at Acquire just turned us to the release of Canon’s S100, a follow-up to their highly successful manual-friendly S90 and S95 point-and-shoot cameras. The camera will feature a 12.1 Megapixel sensor that’s mated with a slightly wider and longer 24-120mm F2.0 lens. Other upgrades include a new Digic V image processor, ISO sensitivity beefed up to 6400, Full HD recording at 24 frames/sec and built-in GPS.
Leica‘s latest point-and-shoot camera comes in the form of a slightly modified M9-P. Compared to the company’s flagship M9, the M9-P is a bit more understated in its design but still as versatile and reliable as any Leica. Leica’s iconic red dot logo has been stripped away in exchange for branding on the top plate. The M9-P features a Leatherite finish and a sapphire crystal cover on the LCD monitor.
For the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Leica has steered away from their usual matte black finishes and brought to light this 24 carat gold-plated MP instead. The run is set to exclusive as only 60 will be made, each given a year between 1949 and 2009. Encased in red calfskin, the Golden Camera will also bear an inscription of Mao Zedong’s favorite slogan and will sport a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens. Of course with something so precious, you’ll also need a wooden box for safe keeping. 199,900 Chinese Yuan (~ $29,300) will get you one, but only in mainland China. If that’s too pricey, fear not as Leica’s also dropping a limited edition M8.2 and D-Lux 4 without the gaudy gold at a more reasonable price.
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Classic Strap Co. brings us this camera strap that should be welcomed by any camera owner. The traditional camera strap is dull and has no character. My camera already tells me it’s a Nikon, the strap doesn’t have to yell it as well. This one’s less-commercial, more functional and comfortable. The quick release swivel snap is great when you need to lose the strap and go hands-on.
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Anticipation for the perfect professional-grade camera has been building ever since the Red Scarlet 2/3 was initially announced about a year ago. An additional ASIC and four additional boards bring plenty of new features to light from the December 2008 announcement, maybe enough justification for the price-bump from $3,750 to $4,750. Scarlet starts with a 2/3-inch sensor in the $4,750 Scarlet 8X Fixed package (including “brain” and fixed 8x zoom lens, side CF module, REDmote, 2.8-inch touchscreen with “touch focus tracking,” REDVOLT battery, and travel charger) or $2,750 for the Scarlet Interchangeable which includes the brain-only with adapters available for electronic RED, Canon, and Nikon glass. The resulting cam shoots 3k REDCODE RAW video at 120fps (150fps burst mode) and scaled 720p or 1080p recording at 60fps. Expect both models to ship in May or June assuming nothing goes wrong with the ASIC or firmware.
A whole lot is going on over at Apple’s WWDC in California. After gloating about the App Store’s proven success, they finally unveiled the iPhone 3GS, the “most powerful, fastest iPhone ever made”. It looks the same on the outside, with its glossy finish and structure, but the inside has gotten some major upgrades. The “S” in 3GS stands for Speed and from the looks of it, this baby’s packing plenty of it.
Lomography resurrects a design that dates back over 60 years with the Lubitel 166+. It’s got the looks of the Soviet-era classic with a more refined interior like the ability to shoot both medium format and 35mm film. Its weight makes it more portable than you might think and it packs enough power to deliver sharp and detailed images. (more…)