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.
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.
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.
Leica’s V-Lux series just got a refresh with the V-Lux 30 being added to the stable of compact point and shoot cameras. The V-Lux 30 packs 15.1 megapixels and features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens 4.3 – 68.8 mm f/3.3-5.9 ASPH, touch screen LCD display and an expanded usability factor with both auto and manual features. If that doesn’t get you excited then maybe the fact that it packs GPS capabilities to geotag your escapades whether their stills or captured in 1080i video.
The Leica V-Lux 30 will be hitting retailers next month in June. Be on the look out but until then, peep the full release below.
Nikon‘s S8000 is a beauty. It’s slim and sleek and it packs a punch. Shown above in a fresh black finish, their latest point and shoot’s got a 10x zoom Nikkor lens, crisp 3-inch, 921,000-dot display and a 14 megapixel sensor. All this is great but it’s also got the ability to capture 720p video at 30 fps. Look for the S8000 to hit stores sometime this month for $299.95.
The 12.1-megapixel D3S has officially been released, with all eyes on Nikon’s latest work of art. The professional-grade DSLR is packing a rather wide ISO range of 200 to 12,800, which can be further boosted to 102,400. Plus, there’s a 720p video recording mode at 24 frames per second with autofocus, though we’re a bit disappointed with the lack of 1080p action.