RAWsumer reviews at the Compact Reviews Organizer
CANON: G11 S95 G10 G9 S90 SX1is
PANASONIC: LX5 LX3 LX2 FZ50 FZ100 FZ40/FZ45 FZ38/FZ35 FZ28
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Monday, June 30, 2008

Casio EX-F1 just reviewed by Let's Go Digital!

Casio's promising "machine gun", the EX-F1, has just been reviewed by Let's Go Digital in a nine-page review. Conclusions are on page 9 but we don't want to spoil the fun by revealing them right here! What did they find???

Please note that for some strange reason Casio decided not to allow retailers to sell this camera online (is it 1996 again?) and you can only buy it by phone or by walking into a camera store. How many traditional local mom and pop camera stores exactly carry "Casio"? :-)

If you are not familiar with the EX-F1, we wrote a quick announcement recap right here at RAWsumer in early January 2008.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fuji S100fs vs DSLR (hot thread at dpreview forums)

There is a very hot thread in the dpreview Fuji forum, where a forum user has posted his comparison shots between the Fuji S100fs giant-sumer and a DSLR. The DSLR in this test was the Canon Digital Rebel XTi 400D with the Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 LD Di macro lens. Lots of comparison pics in the thread. And of course a hot debate follows!

The Fuji S100fs was announced in January 2008, in the space between CES and PMA.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Self-updating RAWsumer News!

We have a new feature, a self-updating News box right here in this post, powered by the Google Reader.

PS> If you are reading this through an RSS news-reader, and you don't see the news box right above, be sure to check the actual post.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Waiting for the Photokina 2008 Prosumers

It's less than 100 days to Photokina 2008, and fans of prosumers, RAWsumers and Serious Compacts are hoping for new and exciting cameras in a field that has not been very active in the last three years.

One of the most likely cameras to appear is a follow-up to the Canon G9, which we shall call "Canon G10". But Canon may be busy with more than just a simple follow-up. It's no secret that Canon has been working on new CMOS sensor technology to be made available for their non-dSLR cameras as well. Discussions of this at Serious Compacts.

The biggest sensor among prosumers/RAWsumers out there belongs to the Sigma DP1. The Foveonesque camera that was initially announced at the last Photokina has had an interesting lifecycle, just like all other Foveon-based cameras. Taking the words of Sigma's founder at face value, we can hope for a DP2 and DP3. And according to his commentary, one of them may even have a zoom lens!

Zoom! Zoom! The big daddy of superzooms (before the Fuji S100fs was announced) was the Panasonic FZ50. Panasonic has added new zooms to their line-up in the smaller sensor categories, but we have yet to see anything new in their 1/1.8"+ segment. Will they come up with a replacement?

Another current camera that is due for an update or upgrade is the Panasonic LX2. Serious Compacts is discussing the Panasonic LX-series situation. Can the LX2 replacement take it to a whole "nuther" level and create "noise" in a good way? We do not know, but time will definitely tell one way or another.

And the most advanced among zoom prosumers is the Ricoh GX100, in terms of features and expandability, not to mention a lens starting at 24mm. But the GX100 is a tool for artists and craftists and gadgetologists. The average photographer may not have the time or patience or will to work around the quirks and issues, and explore this camera to its full potential. Reality Check! Ricoh announced the brand new GX200 in late June 2008.

To find more rumors or to vote on your favorite rumours be sure to check the new CameraRumo(u)rs.com. It's like Digg but specializes on camera rumors only!

Hoping they see the light and add RAW
The Canon S5 IS is one of the most advanced superzooms using 1/2.5" sensors, however, one of the issues people have is the absence of RAW support. Sure, you can use CHDK but that's just not the same as native RAW support. We hope (and this is just hope) that it's highly anticipated replacement(s) will offer RAW. Please Canon, please! Some early rumors of a replacement at CanonRumors.com.

And we should grab Canon's bitter rival by the era too! The Nikon P5000 and P5100 have found their place in the marketplace among some advanced photographers but the problem here as well is the absence of RAW. Nikon has been stingy with RAW in non-DSLR the last couple of years, although they had no RAW stinginess with the now legendary Coolpix 8400, 8700 and 8800.

And how about Fujifilm? Their line of low-noise supercompacts could really use more manual features and RAW support! Come on Fuji! The latest one, the F100fd, announced in January 2008, did not do that. There are rumors of a Fuji F120fd. If such a model, arrives, please Fuji, please, give it RAW! After all, you did listen to us and added SD/SDHC memory card support to your digital cameras :)

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New blog template coming up!

This is a quick heads up for the regular readers of RAWsumer. We will be updating the template to something wider than can fill up screens at 1024 or more. The current template is nice and sleek but the main text area is just too narrow for any complicated content.

This should be an easy transition as we will be using a template we are already familiar with. It should happen in a matter of minutes. This should happen within the next few days. This post will be updated after the new template is installed.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Top Selling RAWsumers at Amazon (two months later)

We last did a RAWsumer Charts snapshot in mid-April. Two months later, let's take a snapshot of the top selling RAWsumers at Amazon! These are "extracted" from the Hot 100 top selling digital cameras.

B4NowCamera NamePrice
-1Canon G9$460 J&R World
-2Panasonic FZ18K$304 via 3rd party
-3Olympus SP570uz$392 via 3rd party
-4Panasonic FZ18S$297

Sadly, that's all in the top 100! Available RAWsumers but not in the Top 100 include the Panasonic LX2 (LX2K and LX2S) which has actually being going up in price, along with the Fuji S100fd, S9600/S9100 and S9500/S9000, and Panasonic FZ50 and FZ8, and Olympus SP-560uz superzooms, and the Ricoh GX100 and GRD II and I. The Casio EX-F1 is not sold online, so you are not going to see it in this list until or unless Casio "discovers" the internet again :)

So far this year we only had four new ones. Gone are the glory days of RAWsumers where we had more than a dozen new ones per year. And of those four in 2008 one had already been announced in 2006 (Sigma DP1). Of course with Photokina 2008 on the horizon (less than 100 days away), there is hope, since companies traditionally save some of their bigger announcements for Photokina-time. So there is a glimmer of hope!

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Discuss RAWsumers at the Serious Compacts Flickr group

The vast majority of RAWsumer cameras are also Serious Compact cameras, and a great place to discuss all these cameras is the Serious Compacts flickr group.

There you will find many discussions, including a definition of a serious compact, speculation for Photokina, hall of fame inductees, coverage of the GX100 and a whole lot more.

You can also showcase your pictures there, at their flickr picture pool, or take a look at the 2000+ pictures submitted by SC users.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Contact via email

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