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January 29th, 2014

Olympus Announces Ultra-Compact E-M10 Mirrorless Camera and Two New Lenses

Olympus-E-M10-frontIf you thought Olympus’s mirrorless, compact system cameras were small already, they got even smaller this morning with the new, ultra-compact E-M10. Along with being tiny in stature, the 16-megapixel E-M10 features an Olympus Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is smaller than even the APS-C-size sensors in consumer digital SLRs.

In the past, the trade-off to stuffing those petite Micro Four Thirds sensors into Olympus’ compact, interchangeable lens cameras has been more noise in images shot at higher ISOs in low light. Things have improved in more recent OM-D models such as the top-of-the-line Olympus E-M1, which we reviewed favorably last year.

Let’s hope this is the case with the new Olympus E-M10, which resembles a junior version of the flagship E-M1 and a step smaller than the already very compact E-M5.

Tiny & Tough
While the Olympus E-M10 is tiny, it’s designed to be tough, fast and feature-rich. It has an all-metal body; a TruePic VII image processor; built-in Wi-Fi; a tilting 3-inch touchscreen on back; an electronic viewfinder on top; and a built-in flash.

To steady shaky shots, the E-M10 uses 3-axis image stabilization built into the camera body. Meanwhile, a revamped autofocus system that uses 81 target points should be pretty quick on the draw. The camera can shoot at a maximum of 8 frames per seconds in high-speed burst mode.

Olympus-E-M10-backThe Olympus E-M10′s 16MP Live MOS sensor can shoot from ISO 100-25600, but we’ll reserve judgement on whether we recommended shooting at the high end of that scale until we can test out the camera.

The Olympus E-M10, goes on sale in March 2014 for $699.99 body only and is available in black or silver. You can also buy it as a kit with the with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens for $799.99.

New Lenses
Speaking of lenses, Olympus also introduced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses this morning. The slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ is a “pancake” zoom lens that measures just .9 inches thick. Olympus calls it “the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens.” Olympus also unveiled the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f1.8 portrait lens this morning.

More info on the new Olympus E-M10 here.

January 28th, 2014

Fuji Intros Weather-Resistant X-T1 DSLR-Style Pro Camera

Fuji-XT1_Front-Left_VerticalGrip_55-200mm_WhiteBKIt’s been rumored about for weeks but Fujifilm finally took the wraps off its latest pro camera: the 16.3-megapixel X-T1, a mirrorless shooter in a rugged, weather-resistant body that resembles a digital SLR.

Writer Bob Rose got some hands-on time with the new Fuji X-T1 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month and filed a preview of the camera on Rangefinder Magazine’s blog “Photoforward.”

While it has the same APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor as the Fujifilm X-E2, the new X-T1 is a completely new camera otherwise, featuring 75 points of weather sealing that makes the camera body dust-resistant and water-resistant. The X-T1 is also freezeproof to -14°F.

The Fuji X-T1 will go on sale at the end of February 2014 for 1,299.95, camera body only. With an 18-55mm FUJINON lens, the X-T1 camera kit will sell for $1,699.95.

Read more about the XT-1 in Bob Rose’s preview here.

January 24th, 2014

Phase One Launches 50MP Medium Format Camera with CMOS Sensor (We Test It Out!)

Phase One just launched a new 50-megapixel IQ250 medium format digital camera back that has the potential to be a serious “game changer.” The IQ250 IQ250-sideuses a groundbreaking CMOS sensor (designed by Sony) that allows it to capture relatively low noise images in low light at ISOs of up to 6400, just like many pro digital SLRs using smaller, 35mm-size sensors.

PDN was one of the few media outlets in the world to gets its hands on the new IQ250 ahead of this morning’s official launch of the medium format back by Phase One. For the past week I’ve had a chance to try out the IQ250 with my frequent co-tester, photographer Jordan Matter, and we’ve both come away extremely impressed with what this back can do.

Our hands-on test of the Phase One IQ250 is posted here.

Here are some other key specs and details of the new Phase One IQ250.

• Sony-built 50MP CMOS sensor sized at 44x33mm, that’s slightly smaller than what’s in Phase One’s current 80MP IQ280 (53.7×40.4mm) and 60MP (53.9×40.4mm) IQ260 backs, but with 68% more image capture area than sensors in full-frame DSLRs.

• ISO range of 100 to 6400

• 14 stops of dynamic range (as rated by Phase One)

• Exposure time options of 1/10000th of a second to one hour

• Maximum 2 frames per second shooting speed

• Improved Live View with faster frame refresh rate (less jittery effect)

• Built-in WiFi for displaying images or live view wirelessly on computers, iPads, or iPhones

• 3.2-inch touchscreen display

• USB 3.0

• IQ250 price: $34,990 (you didn’t really think it would be cheap, did you?)

• On sale now

Check out our hands-on test of the Phase One IQ250 here.

January 21st, 2014

Hasselblad Says It Will Launch Medium Format Camera with CMOS Sensor in March

Hasselblad_logoHasselblad announced this morning it will launch a new digital medium format camera that will use a CMOS sensor. The new camera, to be called the H5D-50c, will go on sale in March.

Hasselblad is claiming the forthcoming H5D-50c will be “the world’s first 50MP medium format camera using CMOS sensor technology.”

The benefits of using a CMOS sensor in a medium format camera system include “a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance,” according to Hasselblad product manager Ove Bengston. (Medium format cameras typically use CCD image sensors.)

More information, including pricing, for the H5D-50c will be announced in March 2014, Hasselblad said.

Read more in the Hasselblad press release here.

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January 7th, 2014

CES 2014: Here’s a Photo of the New Nikon D4S Professional DSLR

We told you about the new Nikon D4S professional digital SLR yesterday and now here’s a rare photo of the camera, which is on display at Nikon’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Nikon announced yesterday it was developing the camera, which will replace the two-year-old D4 as the company’s flagship DSLR, but has not said when it will go on sale, what the price will be, or released any real specifications about the D4S. Read a few more tantalizing details about this forthcoming pro camera here.

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January 7th, 2014

Kelby Training and National Association of Photoshop Professionals Join Forces to Launch KelbyOne

Scott-KelbyHere’s an interesting pro photography announcement to come out during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (though it does not seem to be directly related to the show): Kelby Training and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) have merged to create a new company called KelbyOne.

Scott Kelby, who started both Kelby Training (an online photography educational site) and the NAPP, said the decision to combine the two came from members of both groups.

“For years Kelby Training members and NAPP members have wanted access to the benefits and courses offered by both organizations,” Kelby, who is president of NAPP and CEO of the Kelby Media Group, said in a news release. “The message was clear — members of both communities wanted to have it all.  Now all members of both organizations will have access to the best of both worlds with some exciting new added benefits under the new KelbyOne.”

Members of both groups now have access to over 10,000 online training videos in photography, Photoshop and Lightroom on the new KelbyOne website. Current Kelby Training and NAAP are automatically enrolled in KelbyOne, effective today, and have been grandfathered in to the new memberships at the previous rates. New memberships for KelbyOne will cost $249 for the year, or $25 per month.

There’s more info at a KelbyOne FAQ page and in the below video and press release.

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January 6th, 2014

Nikon Intros D3300 DSLR for Consumers and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lenses

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STEP UP TO D-SLR PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NEW NIKON D3300 AND CAPTURE  BRILLIANT IMAGES WITH EASE

Compact and Lightweight, the Nikon D3300 and Redesigned AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens Offer an Easy Way to Capture Share-Worthy Images; The New AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Adds a Versatile FX-Format Prime to the NIKKOR Lens Lineup

MELVILLE, NY (January 6, 2014) – Today, Nikon announced the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR for those ready to take their photography to the next level. Complete with a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor1 and EXPEED 4 image processor, the D3300 is capable of capturing stunning images and Full HD video with ease. Also featuring an enhanced Guide Mode for those discovering the joy of photography, optional Wi-Fi connectivity, in-camera effects that operate in real-time and kitted with the new compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, the Nikon D3300 is ready to help capture and preserve every precious memory. For FX-format photographers, Nikon has also announced an addition to its lineup of f/1.8 prime lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. At the popular and versatile 35mm focal length, the new 35mm f/1.8 provides stellar image quality and low-light performance whether shooting landscapes, portraits or travel photos.

“With the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 and compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, capturing family vacations, dance recitals or the game-winning goal with clarity and brilliant image quality is effortless,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “As the latest addition to the extensive NIKKOR lens line-up, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens reinforces Nikon’s commitment to providing versatile prime lens options to photographers of all levels.”

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January 6th, 2014

Nikon Says New D4S Flagship DSLR Is Coming; Camera Will Be On Display At CES in Las Vegas

Nikon_logo.svgNikon made what will perhaps be the only true professional photography announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas tonight, saying it’s developing a new flagship pro DSLR to be called the Nikon D4S. The company said the D4S will be on display at the Nikon booth at CES from January 7-10 in Vegas.

So, in other words, if you’re attending CES this week, expect to see big crowds of excited photographers huddled around the Nikon booth hoping to get a glimpse of the successor to the D4, which was announced exactly two years ago today.

Nikon is not offering many details about the new D4S, saying only in a press release that it will feature “enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine.” This could suggest the new camera will be using the same 16.2-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor as the previous model but we could not verify that.

Read more of this story and see the Nikon press release about the D4S here.

January 6th, 2014

Sony Unveils Lightweight A5000 Mirrorless Compact System Camera with Wi-Fi

Sony jusSony-a5000_wSELP1650_front_whitet announced the new A5000, which the company is calling the world’s lightest interchangeable lens camera with Wi-Fi. The camera weighs less than 8 ounces and is powered by a 20.1-megapixel, APS-C sized image sensor and uses Sony’s Bionz X processor, which is the same chip in the company’s Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The Sony A5000 goes on sale in March 2014 in silver, black and white for about $600 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650). A new, black-finish E 55-210mm (SEL55210) zoom lens will be available in March for about $350.

More details in the press release after the jump.

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January 6th, 2014

CES 2014: Sigma Intros 50mm F/1.4 and 18-200mm Lenses

Sigma-50mm-1-1.4-DGSigma introduced two new lenses at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. The company says the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is “improved and redesigned” from the previous model, while the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM has been “reengineered and redesigned” from its predecessor.

Pricing and availability has not been announced for either lens, which, as per usual, are expected to be available in a variety of lens mounts including for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs. More info in the press release after the jump.

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