Today is a day for Sony announcements. After RX1 full frame compact, next in line are three new NEX lenses; a wide angle 10-18 f/4, callapsable 16-50 power zoom and a 35mm f/1.8 prime lens. With the latest additions, a popular NEX system has 13 lens options (together with wide and fisheye adapters for 16mm).
Sony prepared a big surprise for us this morning. A camera we’ve been dreaming for years finally is here; compact with 36 x 34 mm (full frame) sensor. For a long time all those who absolutely wanted or needed full frame had to use goliaths like A900 or Nikon and Canon equivalents. Leica has a full frame rangefinder, but at a price point mortals cannot afford. DSC-RX1 at around $ 2800 is not cheap, but at least it is small; at 113 x 65 x 69 mm this is a true compact camera.
Fuji has announced its second mirrorless camera – the X-E1. The camera closely resembles X-Pro 1, with some design and specifications differences. In essence, X-E1 is the slightly smaller X-Pro 1 without the hybrid optical/EVF viewfinder and with higher resolution EVF. Both of them use the same 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor with its unique color filter array, which helps to minimize moiré and false colors without the need for an optical low pass filter, and maximize its resolution.
Sony announced a new member of its growing NEX digital camera family. The model is called NEX-5R, and is replacing NEX-5N model. Basic design remains the same; all the new features are under the hood. Sensor used is a completely new unit, but it has kept the same resolution as previous model; 16MP is a sweet spot for APS-C size. New exciting feature is phase detection via 99 focus points on imaging sensor, which is supposed to work in conjunction with contrast auto focus to deliver fast and precise focusing. From launch, Hybrid AF is supported with four lenses: 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS; 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and 24mm F1.8ZA. Firmware upgrades will expand the range of lenses supporting Fast Hybrid AF.
Photokina is the world’s biggest and most anticipated imaging fair that takes place every two years in a German town of Cologne (Köln). Industry leaders, traders, professionals and amateur photographers will all gather at September 18 to view and try the latest photographic equipment on the market. I have prepared a short list of expected announcements and rumors. Some cameras or lenses might be announced before the show, but the public will be able to see them for the first time at the fair.
As expected, Canon finally announced its first interchangeable lens mirrorless system. It is based around the brand new EOS-M lens mount and features 18 megapixel CMOS sensor. Canon claims it can deliver the same image quality as EOS DSLR cameras, but does it with much smaller body and lens package.