In late February, Ricoh announced its high-end compact camera Ricoh GR III. However, after the first batches have been shipped, it turned out that some series have issues with the control dial pad button. It’s extremely wobbly in some cameras, so the company is offering free repairs to those who have bought faulty cameras.
Another week, another new Leica. This time, they’ve announced the new Leica D-Lux 7. Offering “unmatched versatility”, it’s what they’re describing as the “Swiss Army knife of Leica compact cameras”. It contains a 17MP sensor, a 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 lens and unlike other recent Leica offerings, this one once again bears the red dot.
The Pentax line of waterproof compact cameras has built up a pretty good track record over the years. Going from simple waterproofing to a full rugged build, the line was continued when Pentax was bought by Ricoh. And they’ve now announced the new Ricoh WG-60.
The WG-60 appears essentially identical to the popular WG-50. It has the same physical look and mostly the same specs. But what they have done is (sort of) given it WiFi capability by adding support for FlashAir WiFi SD cards.
Three years ago, TinyMOS introduced TINY1, the world’s smallest astrophotography camera. Now they’re launching NANO1, which is three times smaller than its predecessor. With the new model, it looks like the smallest astrophotography camera has just got even smaller. Yet, despite the size – the NANO1 is more powerful than its big brother in terms of specs.
As we have seen before (more than once), you can take photos even with a potato. And what about video? Can you make it cinematic with a crappy camera? YouTuber Potato Jet didn’t use a potato to shoot a cinematic video, but he limited himself to a $94 compact camera and some items from a dollar store. Let’s see how it turned out.
For all of you who want to travel light and don’t take photos with a smartphone, Sony has just launched two new compact cameras: HX99 and HX95. Both of them feature a 30x, which isn’t new for compact cameras. But the difference is that the 24-720 mm equivalent lens is placed in the tiniest body so far. Let’s see the specs of both cameras, as well as how they compare to other compact superzoom cameras that have been launched this year.
The original LX100 was a very popular camera for Panasonic. As compacts go, it’s up there amongst the best, offering great image quality and a more advanced layout & control over competing cameras. While a few things stay the same in the new LX100 II, it has seen some pretty significant upgrades. Like geting the 20.3MP MFT sensor from the GX9.
Well, we knew it wouldn’t be long before 4K started to trickle down to lower end cameras. It’s been around in phones for years already. And even though plenty of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras still only shoot 1080p, point & shoots need to play catch up to compete.
And here comes Canon with the SX740 HS. It features a 40x f/3.3-6.9 optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-960mm field of view on a full frame sensor. It’s also capable of shooting 4K UHD video, 20.3MP stills with a 10fps manual focus burst mode (7.4fps servo AF), and it only costs $399.
Fujifilm’s new compact camera, the Fujifilm XF10, is a tiny little camera with a great big sensor. The ultralight compact boasts a relatively massive APS-C sized CMOS sensor. That sensor shoots a respectable 24.2MP resolution stills, and mostly useless 4K video for up to 30 minutes along with 1080p at up to 60fps.[Read More…]
Nikon has recently announced Coolpix P1000, a compact camera with insane 125x optical zoom. In case you were wondering what it looks like to zoom in that far on a compact camera, Mr Jayanta has filmed a couple of videos that demonstrate it. You’ll be able to check out the stability and autofocus of the camera as it zooms all the way to 3000mm equivalent.