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
RICOH: GRD III GRD II GX200
SIGMA: DP2 DP1
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
LEICA: D-Lux4
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Sigma DP1, a brand new RAWsumer is becoming real!

That's right, after multiple delays the highly anticipated Sigma DP-1 is getting closer to becoming an in-your-hands reality! Dpreview has an official Sigma announcement, giving details on the DP-1. The camera uses a 14 Foveon megapixel sensor, a 28mm equivalent lens, RAW, SD, manual and advanced features, hot shoe, 2.5" LCD. Available in Spring 2008 according to dpreview. No price spotted yet. More details later today! More details, including forum reactions at 1001 Noisy.



The DP1 is available for pre-ordering at Amazon for $800, along with five different accessories. More details at 1001 Noisy Cameras.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Panasonic disappoints as they deliver no RAWsumers!

Today's Panasonic announcement was highly anticipated because their current line-up is filled with RAWsumers (compared to other manufacturers). However, Panasonic managed to disappoint as out of the eight cameras they announced, ZERO support RAW :-(

We were hoping we would see something in the LX-series, perhaps something in the big FZ-series, perhaps a more "grown up" TZ-series with RAW and PSAM. And perhaps something with a 4/3rds sensor or something bigger than the usual sensors.

Instead we got small sensor cameras, using 1/2.5" or 10mp 1/2.3" sensor digital cameras.

On the plus however, the Panasonic FX35 is promising is that Panasonic is committed to starting the wide angle wars, which are more palatable than megapixel wars. The FX35 starts at 25mm wide.

Given the modest model name, we can hope that we see future cameras from Panasonic going wide(r) as well. This perhaps may be a good sign for future LX-series or revitalized LC-series cameras. Well, we can dream :-)

In the meantime, we can only buy what is made and what is available!

Amin Foto also has some thoughts on the new Panasonic Lumixs. If the Amin Foto blog name sounds familiar, you may have seen their excellent nine-part series comparing the Leica D-Lux 2 with the Canon G7 and the Ricoh GX100. If you haven't seen it before, be sure to check all nine parts!

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Panasonic presenting new 2008 Lumix cameras at PMA tonight

Panasonic is presenting their 2008 Lumix line-up to the press tonight at the PMA trade show. This event is for the press, but this also suggests that an official announcement should be just around the corner. And of course it's not atypical for things to leak ahead of time. For example, the Panasonic L10 DSLR was leaked on Amazon, just hours before its official announcement.

Panasonic is a great candidate for new RAWsumers, as the current FZ50, LX2 and FZ8 all support RAW. A number of people hope for a new LX3, others want a version of the FZ50 but with a 28mm or wider lens, others want a camera with a 4/3rds sensor (or at least larger than 1/1.7"), others want a fun TZ-series camera but with advanced features such as RAW and PSAM (they did put that in the FZ8 after all). Others want a hybrid between the LX-series and LC-series, eg using a 28-200mm.

How much of the above are we likely to get? We can hope for all, but a reasonable expectation is more like one, maybe two. Of course we always like to be pleasantly surprised, so Panasonic, please feel free to surprise us!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New RAWsumer: Fuji S100 FS Finepix with an 11mp 2/3" Super CCD sensor

Yes, we have a new RAWsumer to report! Fuji has announced seven new cameras today, and one of them is a RAWsumer! That's right! And not just any RAWsumer, but one that uses a 2/3" Super CCD sensor. The first of its kind infact, since the largest SuperCCD sensor used in non-DSLRs so far has been 1/1.6" at 12mp. Even better Fuji has shown restraint as this "only" has 11 megapixels. As you may recall the last time we had 2/3" prosumers, they were at 8mp. Here is a list of them, from 2002 to 2008.



Anyways, this camera features an 28-400mm stabilized lens, with a zoom ring, RAW of course, tiltable LCD, LiIon battery, promises of improved dynamic range even though it is a SuperCCD-HR, not SuperCCD-SR. This is the 8th generation of Super CCD sensors, and 3rd generation of the RPP (Real Photo Processor).

More details on this camera at 1001 Noisy.

The camera is available for pre-ordering at Amazon for $800.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New RAWsumer! The Olympus SP-570 is announced!



We have a new RAWsumer in town! It is the Olympus SP-570!

This camera has a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor, a 20x super hyper zoom (26-520mm equivalent), stabilization, zoom and focus functionality using a ring like a "real lens", 4 AA batteries, starting price of $500, and lots more! We'll have more detailed coverage on this in a few hours.

For more, we have a special treat for you! The good people at e-photographia have a pre-production hands-on preview!. They also have some nice pictures of the camera with multiple angles of view! Thank you e-photographia for this treat!



More coming later today! For now, be sure to check out the e-photographia pre-production preview!



More detailed coverage of the camera at 1001 Noisy Cameras!



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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Taking a look at the current results of our poll

We have an on-going poll in the right sidebar of this blog, asking our readers to rank their priorities for future prosumer and RAwsumer digital cameras. The poll is multi-answer, meaning you can select more than one answer. Obviously this is not a scientific survey, but the results have been rather interesting!

As expected sensor noise was voted the #1 priority and with good reason. The pixel stuffing of small sensors (1/1.6" and under) is causing a noise epidemic. And this has created some pushback from photography enthusiasts, such as the 6mpixel.org website.

The second vote getter was a bit of a surprise, our readers are interested in lenses starting at 24mm or even wider. This has been a severely under-served segment, and the cameras starting at 24mm are very few and they don't necessarily have RAW (eg the new Samsung NV24HD).

The #3 priority given to the manufacturers by our readers is the use of a larger sensor, APS-C or so, instead of the usual 1/1.6" to 1/1.8" sensors found, or even the 1/2.5" to 1/2.3" in some of the super zooms.

#4 priority is image stabilization. This was a bit of a surprise, I would expect that people would demand IS in every new prosumer, but apparently our readers would rather have priorities #1 to #3 ahead of IS. This was a surprise!

Next camera DNG RAW support, which is reasonable, since having RAW is more important than what flavor of RAW. Nevertheless, manufacturers could offer DNG as an additional option if they prefer to also have their own RAW format.

Receiving very little interest among the voters were three mild surprises, rotating LCDs, solid battery life of 400+ shots, and a big zoom ratio. Mild surprises yes, but we can understand that none of these three features are picture-taking blockers, which is perhaps why they were ranked much lower than noise, sensor size and wide angle lenses.

The poll is on-going, so you can still vote! If you want to share your thoughts on the votes, please do so. The comments section is open!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Ricoh GRD II gets new reviews!

The lovely Ricoh GRD II has picked up a couple of recent reviews, which are discussed in the dpreview Ricoh talk forum.

One of them is at Australian review site Photo Review by Margaret Brown. That review is discussed in the Ricoh dpreview forum.

The second recent review is for subscribers only at Sean's Reviews. That is one of only few websites that use the paying subscriber model. The dpreview forum discussion is here.

But wait there's more! This forum thread informs us of new sample pictures from the GRD2 and R7 posted by Jeff Keller.

For more GRD II discussions, be sure to check the dpreview ricoh forum. And further more discussions at the RicohForum.com forums.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

The new Casio Pro EX F1 is a new RAWsumer!

Yes RAWsumer fans! We have some great news for you! Today Casio has announced a brand new RAWsumer, the Casio Exilim Pro EX F1. This is based on a speedy 6mp 1/1.8" sensor, and supports RAW (DNG format). Thank you Casio for sticking with DNG and not introducing yet another RAW format.


Exciting

  • RAW (DNG) format!
  • Blazing speed (60fps full resolution images)
  • 6mp from a 1/1.8" sensor. No megapixel madness!
  • Full HD video at 60fps
  • Smaller videos at up to 1200fps
  • 12x lens (36-432mm)
  • coming relatively soon: March 2008


    Disappointing
  • No Image stabilization
  • $1000 price tag


    Reactions to the Casio Pro EXF1
  • 1200fps exclaims this dpreview News forum discussion. One forum member brings up the legendary Olympus E100 R/S in the discussion.
  • Short discussion in the Casio Talk forum at dpreview
  • Lamenting lack of IS! (dpreview News forum)


    Details on the Casio Pro EX F1
  • 1001 Noisy Cameras wall to wall coverage
  • CNet's Underexposed
  • dpreview

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