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January 10th, 2013

CES Surprise: Canon Unveils Two Cinema Prime Lenses for EOS Digital Video Cameras

Canon_cne14mm_3qCanon often uses the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to slip in some unexpected, high-end camera gear announcements. This morning was no exception as the company unveiled two new cinema prime lenses: the new CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm imagers.

The lenses expand Canon’s Cinema EOS prime lens line-up to five models. The lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System for 4K/2K/HD video, which includes the EOS C500 4K/2K  digital cinema camera, EOS C300 digital cinema camera, EOS C100 digital video camera and EOS-1D C 4K DSLR cinema camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses.

The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F single-focal-length lens is slated to go on sale in April 2013 for an estimated price of $5,500. The CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lens will ship in May 2013 for an estimated price of $5,200.

More details in the price below.

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January 7th, 2013

Fujifilm Unveils New X100S and X20 High-End Retro Compact Cameras at CES (UPDATED)

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(UPDATE: As expected, Fujifilm officially unveiled the X100S and X20 retro-style, compact cameras at a press conference at CES yesterday. Both cameras will go on sale in March, with the the X100S retailing for $1,299; and the X20 for $599. More details on these two new cameras in our preview below.)

Fujifilm’s U.K. office seemed to jump the gun on its own CES press conference over the weekend by unveiling the new X100S and X20 high-end, compact cameras ahead of schedule. The company is expected to officially unveil the new cameras at a CES press conference in the next hour.

The X100S is the apparent successor to the X100 from 2010. The retro-style X100S uses a APS-C,16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II image sensor that’s similar in size to chips in entry-level digital SLRs.

The X100S will reportedly have a faster autofocus time of 0.08 seconds — which Fujifilm is calling “the world’s fastest AF” (we’ve heard that before) — along with several other key upgrades. (Though the new X100S looks a lot like the previous model.) Like its predecessor, the X100S employs a Fujinon 23mm f/2 fixed prime lens.

The X100S also features Fuji’s now familiar hybrid viewfinder, which combines both optical and electronic viewfinders. As an added twist, the X100S boasts a new Dual Split Image display, which presents dual images on the left and right side that can be lined up for manual focusing.

According to Fuji, this gives the photographer more accurate focusing when working with an open aperture or during macro shooting. The X100S also features a Focus Peak Highlight function, which electronically shows you which area of an image is in focus for better accuracy and sharpness.

Fujifilm’s U.K. branch also posted a press release on the 12MP X20, which is a follow-up to the X10. The compact X20 uses a 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS sensor and a 4x manual barrel zoom lens with a f/2.0-2.8 aperture rating.

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Price and ship dates for the new cameras have not been announced yet. We’ll add more details to this story when they’re revealed at CES.

(Via Engadget and Photo Rumors)

January 7th, 2013

Pentax Launches 12MP MX-1 Compact Camera with Retro Design

pentax-mx1Pentax joined the parade of imaging manufacturers releasing camera models with “retro” designs by announcing the compact Pentax MX-1 at CES this morning. The 12-megapixel camera features a fixed 4x optical zoom lens with an f/1.8 to 2.5 aperture, and a throwback style camera body with a textured rubber grip and brass top and bottom covers.

The Pentax MX-1 will go on sale in February 2013 for $499.95.

More details in the press release below.

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January 7th, 2013

Canon Unveils Four New Compact Cameras Including Square-Shaped, Virtually Buttonless PowerShot N

Canon-_N_WHITE_3QLCDOPEN_CLCanon unveiled four new PowerShot compact cameras as part of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this morning, including the uniquely designed 12.1-megapixel PowerShot N.

The Canon PowerShot N features a sleek, squared shaped design with two rings on top of the lens to snap pictures and zoom. There are no buttons on the rear of the PowerShot N, with most of the camera’s functionality accessed via a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt-touch panel LCD on back. The only button on the PowerShot N is an on/off switch on the side.

By putting the shutter and zoom ring on the top and bottom of the lens, the PowerShot N is designed to let you snap images from a variety of angles and positions. The camera has an 8x optical zoom lens that can go as wide as 28mm equivalent and can shoot full 1080p HD video. It also features wireless connectivity.

The PowerShot N, which will come in white or black, is slated to in April 2013 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

Canon also unveiled the consumer-focused PowerShot ELPH 130 IS ($199.99), A2600 ($149.99), and the A1400 ($109.99) digital cameras this morning.

More details on Canon’s new PowerShot compact cameras in the two press releases after the jump.

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