Deal 9: Hacking Photography mega-deal
Over the last week we’ve seen a truckload of new cameras announced by most of the major camera manufacturers in the lead up to Photokina conference happening in Cologne this week.
Rather than create a post for each new camera we decided this time around to do a summary post of some of the cameras that caught our eye and that might interest dPS readers (note: there are certainly more than we’ve covered here but here are some highlights).
Which camera catches your eye and why?
The much romored Canon 6D is now official. Being sold as an affordable full frame DSLR – this 20.2MP camera comes with GPS and Wi-Fi built in and has an ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400), 4.5 frames per second shooting, silent shutter mode, 1080p30 video, 11 point AF system and more.
Some are calling this camera the full frame version of the 60D and a competitor to the new Nikon 600.
Canon also released the new Canon Powershot S110 (pictured below) -a refresh of the popular S100 – which comes with Wi-Fi and a touch screen and updated 12MP CMOS sensor.
Also announced by Canon is the new Powershot G15 (pictured below). This camera has a 12MP CMOS lens and refreshed lens which is still 28-140mm but has a faster aperture of F1.8-2.8 through its range.
Speaking of full frame DSLRs aimed at the enthusiast market…. meet the new NIkon D600.
It’s being pitched as the smallest full frame DSLR on the market and features a 24MP CMOS sensor. Its size is similar to the D7000 but feature wise it is more in the league of the bigger D800.
Featuring 39 point autofocusing, 1080p HD video, optional Wi-Fi unit to allow the camera to be controlled by you mobile device, ISO of 100-6400 (expandable to 50-25600), headphone jack etc – it only weighs 760 grams (without battery or lens).
Fujifilm have been scoring some big wins with its X series of cameras in the last year or so and so their new XF1 grabbed a lot of attention with Fujifans this week. It is a 12MP compact camera with a 25-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 lens. It’s sensor is a 2/3 CMOS sensor and the lens is image stabilised. The XF1 shoots in RAW and has full manual control.
This looks like being a potential replacement for the X10 (it shares the same sensor). It is small but has no viewfinder or no optical or EVF. This camera is positioned to compete in the space of the Canon S series power shots and Sony’s newish RX100 (the premium compact camera space).
This camera sent the internet into a frenzy a few days ago when release. It is a full frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens.
Everyone has been raving about the previously released RX100 from Sony (I picked one up for my wife and it’s been amazing) but to see Sony build upon the RX range with a full frame camera is just fantastic.
The sensor is a 24MP full frame CMOS sensor, ISO range is 100-25600, it features a dedicated aperture ring, five customisable buttons, hotshot, 1080p60 HD movies, focus peaking (to help with manual focusing) and bulb mode complete with cape release socket).
This camera is aimed directly at serious photographers looking for a compact option. It’s not cheap though – you’re looking at $2800 if you want to pick up one of these which is a lot considering you can’t upgrade this with other lenses.
Also announced by Sony is the new SLR-A99 (pictured above) – a 24 MP full frame camera and the new Sony NEX-6 (pictured below) – an interchangeable lens mirror less camera that comes with Wi-Fi.
Olympus have refreshed it’s PEN series of cameras (which has been a little overshadowed by the release of the OM-D E-M5) with two new cameras – the E-PL5 and the E-PM2 (pictured above).
Both models have 16MP sensors (same as the one in the E-M5), touch screen LCDs and 8 frames per second shooting. The E-PL5 costs an extra $100 and offers a mode dial, flip-up LCD and screw-on grip.
Olympus also announced the XZ-2 (pictured below) – a premium compact camera with 12MP CMOS sensor, 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 iZuiko lens, customisable lens ling and buttons, hotshot and more.
Panasonic came to the party this week by announcing a new Micro 4/3 camera – the GH3. This camera has a 16MP sensor and is being promoted as a camera for the professional videographer. It is weather sealed, has microphone and headphone sockets, shoots at 6 frames per second, in camera HDR, ISO of 200-25600, fast AF… and a load more.
Leica today made a number of announcements but the ones that are being spoken about around the web most are the new ‘M’ cameras.
Widely tipped to be announcing an M10, Leica surprised people at its event by announcing 2 cameras – neither called the M10.
The higher spec camera of the two is simply being called the ‘M’ (pictured above). It is a 24MP full frame camera with a CMOS sensor (the M9 was a CCD), Live View, focus peaking and video. This is the first M series camera from Leica with anything resembling bells and whistles and is as a result causing some debate.
The ‘M’ also features a variety of accessories including an adapter to allow fitting of Leica R lenses (long awaited by many), an EVF and grip. It is also weather sealed and has an ISO of up to 6400.
Essentially they’ve addressed most of the complaints we’ve heard about the M9 – except the most common one – the price which is $6950 (which is actually the same price the M9 was released at so not as expensive as some were expecting).
Also announced by Leica is the ‘M-E’ (pictured above) which is really just an update of sorts to the M9. It is being pitched as a stripped down and entry level option (although you’ll still need $5450 to get it). Really it’s very similar to the M9 except it comes without a frame line selector switch and USB port.
Pentax also announced new DSLRs in the lead up to Photokina – they come with 16MP sensors, weather sealed and a new autofocus sensor that is said to have better low light performance.
The difference between the K-5 II and the K-5 IIs is that the ‘s’ comes without an anti-aliasing filter and as a result gives higher resolution (but potentially more moire.
Also new from Pentax is the Q10 – another small mirrorless camera addition to their Q range. Interestingly they also announced a new adapter that allows mounting K-mount lenses on Q-mount cameras.
So which new cameras announced this week have caught your eye – and why? Tell us in comments below!
October 25, 2012 12:56 pm
I may be in the minority but I reject automatically any camera that does not have an eye-level viewfinder.
October 19, 2012 08:14 am
The camera thats caught my eye so much which i can find little mention of on here is the Fuji X-E1. in fact its caught my eye so much ive sold my Canon 500D and lenses to fund the fuji and have it pre-ordered with the new 18-55 lens.. around 3 weeks to wait before it arrives but cant wait
September 27, 2012 06:43 pm
Earlier this year, I picked up a Lumix GF3. So far, I just love it! One of my first purchases was a MFT to Minolta MD mount adapter which enables me to use all of the old Minolta glass I had laying around from my high school days. There is something about an unstabilized manual lens which makes the photography process so much easier to sense-albeit slower (which can also be good)...
September 24, 2012 04:13 pm
I have the wonderful Pentax K5 and am so happy with it- this is my 4th Pentax camera. Is it bettered (how can that be!) by the new versions out ie the Pentax K5-s etc, I just cannot see how it can be done, the K5 is such a wonderful camera will never upgrade from it. It does all I want to do and the prints look fantastic when I print them on my Canon printer.
All the best Roy.
September 24, 2012 09:03 am
The ideal camera for me has still not been made. I have been in the top of Australia for 2 weeks and this review is great. The Olympus XZ-2 gets close to my next buy, just make it a bit smaller please!
September 22, 2012 02:09 pm
I was hoping for a D7000 upgrade to upgrade from my D5000 but the D600 is tempting....
September 21, 2012 04:10 pm
I wish to try the Panasonic.In this moment I have several Pro lenses for 4/3 format.Maiby this system will rise again!
September 21, 2012 02:43 pm
I have an envelope of cash in my "camera" box slowly piling up.
I currently own a D80, the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 along with an SB-700 flashgun. It will do for now until I can save up enough for a FF camera and do all rogue and shoot at 50mm only!
Right now with a kid and monthly expenses I can only watch and wonder, but the day WILL come! :D
September 21, 2012 02:39 pm
They're all nice... But I'm saving for a D7000. I wouldn't mind if Nikon released an updated version so I could get it a bit cheaper ;)
September 21, 2012 11:59 am
Just for personal reasons anything with the Leica name triggers instant desire. I couldn't afford one on my part-time salary but it's fun just to imagine.
September 21, 2012 05:46 am
i've been shooting with my canon Rebel XS since early 2009 and looking to upgrade soon with an affordable full frame. comparing 6d and d600, i would go for the d600 but my lenses are canon. :( grrr....
September 21, 2012 03:31 am
It's not the cameras that caught my eye as much as the price. I currently shoot with a Sony a390 with kit lenses and one 50m prime along with a Lumix lx5. Why can't photographers ever be happy with what we have?
September 21, 2012 02:50 am
I have been looking at full frame cameras for a while, but the size and weight has been the limiting factor in the purchase. A full frame the size of the D7000 is fantastic.The new Nikon D600 hits the sweet spot, now it goes on my wish list for Christmas.
The Canon Powershot G15 looks to be the perfect walk around camera when you do not want to carry a DSLR, of course I would prefer the Lecia, sigh, but just think about the lenses you could buy with that money:
NIkon 300mm f2.8 with a TC, or maybe a refurbished Nikon 400mm. AFS VR of course, to go with the D600.
Oh well, if wishes were money or horses then beggars would ride.
September 21, 2012 02:36 am
the 6d isn't really quite on par with the d600 inthat it falsl behind in several key areas in both still and video- it even lacks a pop up flash which the d600 has- the 6d only gets 4.5 frames per secodn shooting- not fast enough for quick aqction like racing, or capturing flight of birds (althoguh you can take nice stills of action, you won't have the nice 8 frames per second of 7d or the 6 fps? I think it is of the d600- the d600 has dual card slots, better mic system, and actually quite a LOT more than the 6d actually- The d600 is closer to the features of the d800 but the 6d canon is not close ot even the 5dMK2 nor to the 7D for that matter in regards to features- the d600 Nikon gives you a LOT of features that are fouinf on the more excpensive d800 for aroudn the same price as the 6d while the 6D lacks a lot of features foudn on either the 7d or 5D m k2 & 3 for aroudn trhe same price as the Nikon
I was rather dissappointerd with the features list of the 6d- beign a 7d owner, I was hoping to upgrade to a full frame for around $2000, but concidering what I'd ber givign up vs what little I'd be gainign in IQ, I guess I won't be upgrading- I don't have nikon lenses, so switchign to nikon isn't an option for me either-
For those tryign to decide between the 6d Canon and d600 nikon- note the differences by googling 'nikon d600vs canon 6d- I'm not sure Why Canon had to whack off so many features while nikon weas able to keep and even add features for aroudn hte same price-
September 21, 2012 01:39 am
If I had the extra cash around, the Leica M would be my first choice.
September 20, 2012 11:27 pm
I might catch some grief about this but I currently own a Nikon D3000 and I'm going to be upgrading to the D600. I was thinking about the D7000 for awhile but then I thought to myself I would really like the benefits of a FF dslr
September 20, 2012 08:21 pm
I have worked my nikon d90 to death! I also bought all the FX lenses, in the hope of one day getting a full frame camera. But although they work well on my d90, the auto focus is out. Im always manually focusing now! When the d800 came onto the market, all I could think of was the files filling up all that memory space, so I still waited and waited, because Nikon always releases their smaller cameras after the big guns! Finally, the d600! I've bought one and I'm waiting for it to arrive, and hope, really really hope, it was the right thing to do! I guess I will be finding out soon!
September 20, 2012 09:32 am
LOL, every photographer must buy a new camera... Time to spend money..
I will have to forget about buying new stuff, i have 2 lenses 35mm f/1.8g, and kit lens VR 18-55mm, and a D5100. I think i have to wait for a few years before buying a latest one after they are totally mulfunction.
I am still waiting for a super camera that will help me to compose the frame, suggest the decent lighting, remote control the lightstands or even remote lighting helicopters.. and autoshoot the precious moment, and able to identify the best camera angles etc that makes me a superstar photographer...
September 20, 2012 08:39 am
Sorry, i'll try to elaborate alittle bit more.
Please don't take me the wrong way. The E-PL3 in no way has poor image quality.
But in everything there are always compromises.
I bought into the m43 system because of marketing claims (as well as internet claims) of being pocketable and having DSLR quality. Foolishness on my part, i over blew the marketing to be what it was clearly not.
the E-PL3 isn't pocketable (not in the same sense as say a canon s95)
the E-PL3 although has good image quality, if i had to choose to shoot with my D800 or my E-PL3. I'll choose my dslr every single time. But it is much smaller. But i think personally i was looking more for a X-pro1, NEX, or maybe this new RX1.
Ultimately i was trying to make the E-PL3 not be what it actually was. For me it compromises too much in both size (too big) and IQ (dof with lenses and overall noise)
Personally i don't see much of a noise difference between the E-PL3 and the canon s95 i used to own.
Instead i'm going to turn my E-PL3 into an IR camera. Always wanted to try it. >__<
I'll wait and see how the RX1 is.
September 20, 2012 12:32 am
The A99 should be at the top of that list.
September 19, 2012 11:01 pm
never heard anyone gripe about e- pl3 image quality!!!
September 19, 2012 04:47 pm
The 6D caught my eye ... still 2000+ € if you're not making money of your photography is hard to justify ... given the fact that I have the EF-s 18-55IS+55-250IS combo This would mean I have to add another +/-1000€ for a 24-105L to go along and still have less reach than I have now.
I do have two EF lenses, a 50mm 1.8 & a Tamron 90mm macro lens ...
I think I'm better off with the "old" 7D especially given it's new lease on life with the new firmware ...
September 19, 2012 11:54 am
Pentax K5 II. The camera looks promising but I'm a little worried that it shares alot more in common with the K30 than the K5. DXO marks for the K30 were not as good as the K5 The thing I hope makes the difference is the fact that the K5 II has 14 bit raw vs the 12 bits from the K30, I'm not sure this impacts the DXO marks or not?
September 19, 2012 11:28 am
I really like that the 6D is a more affordable Full-frame. Its does seem like a 60D with a full frame sensor. I would really like the lower light capabilities of the full frame. I am a little sad that is doesn't have the flip out screen like on my 60D. I find in very useful when taking video, in crowd situations where I want to get above the masses, and also for very low shots.
September 19, 2012 09:45 am
The Sony RX1 has totally caught my eye.
I've been rather dissapointed with my E-PL3.
Its just not small enough to be pocketable, at the same time not offering the image quality i get from my DSLR.
I tend to only use one lens 80% of the time on my dslr (35mm f/2 Zeiss). The other 20% comprising of Macro and Wide lenses
So this one Camera sounds perfect
I'll have to see about that view finder. But yah...I'm totally interested in the RX1.
September 19, 2012 07:21 am
@arch - I'm in exactly the same situation. Have a Canon T2i less than 2 years old, would love the Canon 6D, but, even at the 'cheaper' price for a full frame, just can't justify buying it unless I was making money off of photography. Maybe the 6D Mark II. ;)
September 19, 2012 07:11 am
I would love to get a full frame camera but I am not a professional and cannot justify the price. The D600 would be something I might be interested in when I'm ready to move up from my D7000. Although I can't see that happening in the near future - my D7000 is less than 2 years old.
September 19, 2012 06:59 am
The kick-ass Hasselblad Lunar. Finally a camera I can take with me to the club.
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