It seems that compact cameras aren’t going anywhere despite mobile photography being more and more widespread. The V-Lux 5 is the latest compact camera from Leica, and it’s aimed at both photo and video shooters, as well as those who want to get the best of their travel images and videos.[Read More…]
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.
Ever since I posted my review of the Godox XPro-P trigger for Pentax, I’ve been hanging out in some Pentax communities on Facebook. They’re an interesting bunch of photographers, and very loyal to their brand. They’ve been speculating on what Ricoh might be getting ready to announce.
They’ve been hoping for a Pentax K3 Mark III (although, they’ve been hoping for that one for a couple of years now). But no, Ricoh has today announced a couple of new compact cameras. The new Ricoh GR III high-end compact is now out of development, and the new rugged Ricoh WG-6.
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.
According to the latest reports, Japanese electronics company Casio has decided to exit compact camera business. After more than two decades of producing compact digital cameras, the company has decided to withdraw from this market due to the financial loss.
Well, this is a pleasant surprise. For the first time in a long time, camera and lens production and sales has gone up! Seeing an overall 8% increase in cameras and 2% lenses. Sure, not massive amounts, but compared to a 33% drop from 2015 to 2016, that’s mighty impressive. Of course, there have been a whole lot of new amazing cameras come out in the past year, so lots of people are updating their kit.
Our friends at Lensvid took a look at the numbers over the last year, as they have been doing each year for the last several years. And what’s interesting, if not all that surprising, is that while camera sales are up, DSLR sales are down. It seems the world is going mirrorless. At least it’s looking better than last year!
Since I have been running this site and doing this job I have watched as the prices for compact cameras have steadily increased into the sort of price ranges usually reserved for collectible cameras. I do feel partly responsible for this as the site helped to popularise these cameras and bring them to new audiences.
But this was also inevitable. These cameras are getting expensive not just because they are more popular, but also because there are fewer and fewer or them available now. Even the younger compact cameras (apart from the Fuji Klasse) are over 10 years old now and they are reaching their performance limits. Basically the cameras are dying and there is nobody that can rescue them.
After announcing the delay of DL-series, it appears that Nikon won’t be launching it at all. The company has decided to cancel all three cameras from the DL-series of premium compact cameras. As they announced, the reason is “concerns regarding their profitability.” It appears that several factors affect the production of this line, and despite the wait – the users won’t get to buy them after all.
Sony’s announced the pricing and availability for the a7S, a camera recently unveiled at last month’s NAB Show. The flagship camera is now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video for a price of about $2500, which is significantly less than what most of online media had been predicting earlier on ($3500, to be exact). Pre-order or not, you can grab the a7S when it’s officially released in July.
Aside from the pricing announcement finally coming out for Sony’s new DSLR, the company also decided to bring in the third entry to their RX100 series: the Mark III.