Ricoh has unveiled its beefed up GR point-and-shoot camera with its eyes set on undercutting the competition. Ricoh’s new advanced compact is packaged similarly to the Coolpix A and features a 16-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor, fixed 18.3 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 25,600 capability, pop-up flash, Eye-Fi card compatibility, 1080 / 30p AF video and 4 fps shooting with continuous autofocus. The Ricoh GR is priced at $800 while the Nikon Coolpix A is at $1,100. Definitely something to think about when the GR releases next month.
To mark the opening of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Leica store in Osaka, Japan, Leica has released the X2 in a white leather shell with all the quality and detail the Leica brand has to offer. The X2 packs 16.2 megapixels and comes with a 24mm Leica Elmarit lens. Only 100 pieces of this limited edition camera will be available at the Osaka Leica shop on Wednesday, March 13th.
Leica has releases the 8th Edition of their Pocket Book publication which serves as a catalog of Leica Cameras and Lenses. The latest installment highlights the new S2 Medium Format System as well as new releases since the 7th edition and even sheds light on other compact cameras that were produced by other manufacturers on behalf of Leica. We’re sure this will prove valuable for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Nikon has finally unveiled the D4, the long-awaited successor to the camera maker’s full-frame D3S DSLR. It features a 16.2 megapixel sensor and an extended ISO to 204,800 at Hi-4 as well as a brand new full-frame FX-format sensor to take things next level. The D4 can also capture 10 fps stills at full resolution with full auto focus and exposure. A new 51-point AF system offers full cross-type focusing that’s compatible with all Nikon lenses, even when paired with a teleconverter. Nikon’s latest beast also features two card slots with support for both UDMA-7 CF and the recently-announced XQD format, which brings write speeds of up to 125 MB/s — enough to capture 105 consecutive RAW images at 10 fps. A release is slated for late February.
RED, makers of some of the most innovative digital cameras and video recorders on the market, has released the Scarlet-X, one that’s able to capture 5K REDCODE RAW still and 4K motion and is compatible with 3rd party lenses as well. It comes standard with Canon EF and PL mount options and allows you to access other familiar lenses from popular brands such as Panavision and Nikon. The Scarlet-X will be available on December 1st with a retail price of $9,750 USD.
Canon’s announced the EOS-1D X, a full-frame beauty that’s set to replace the EOS-1Ds Mark III as well as the EOS-1D Mark IV models in Canon lineup. The 18 megapixel sensor is supported by a pair of Digic 5+ imaging processors, which help drive a 61-point high density reticular AF system, a top ISO setting of 204,000 (51,200 native), a 252-zone metering system, a 14 fps JPEG burst mode and a built-in wired gigabit LAN connection, for remote shooting and image transfer. This one’s pretty epic as it has an incredibly sharp intelligent optical viewfinder, with an on-demand grid, AF status indicator, a dual-axis electronic level and a shooting mode readout. Beyond this, the video capturing capabilities are intense as you can choose between 1080p video at 24, 25 or 30 fps, or 720p at 50 or 60 fps.
Look for the EOS-1D X to release in March 2012 with a pricetag of $6,800.
Being loyal Nikon fans, we’re really excited to hear that the company is releasing a line of mirror less cameras. The Nikon 1 system will consist of two new, extremely versatile cameras — the V1 and J1 — and will also bring forth four new ultra-portable lenses. To compete directly with the NEX-5, PL1, GF-1 and their brethren, the Nikon 1 system will be the perfect blend of image quality, speed and portability. The system’s built from the ground up and comes with some top-notch features.
The Impossible Project is known for producing instant film for classic Polaroid cameras and this time, they’ve linked up with Ace Hotel to allow guests to capture each and every moment of their trip. Each guest room comes with a refurbished Polaroid camera and limited edition Impossible x Ace Hotel PX600 Silvershade film, in black & white. If you’re not fortunate enough to be staying at a Ace Hotel anytime soon, you can purchase the custom film and cameras through Ace’s online store and select retail shops worldwide.
Fujifilm‘s dropped a promo video building up some anticipation for the X10 in the process. The video covers specs and just about everything else you’ll need to know about the camera. Some fine details and features to note include the metal Zoom Ring with built-in power switch, exposure control, a RAW button, full HD recording capabilities and super intelligent flash that takes things next level. Between this and the Finepix X100, the X series is looking like one of Fuji’s most sound collections.
Every Leica lens is hand-crafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect. In the age where technology almost inevitably means mass manufacturing, Leica products are still made with exacting precision by the hands of highly-trained technicians.
This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship and making of Leica lenses in the production facilities of Leica Camera AG.