A new Foveon photographer is now out and about, sharing his pictures in the GetDPI forums after receiving the Sigma DP1 through a friend who decided to end his Foveon experiment.
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
NIKON: P7000 P6000
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Panasonic FZ38 owners are sharing their first impressions, findings, and sample pictures in the dpreview Panasonic forums! Here are some of them:
+ FZ28 vs FZ38 ISO shots, using wall-clocks as the subject
+ outdoor samples with video on YouTube (see bottom of post)
+ discussion on the most interesting feature
+ on-going discussion, get a FZ38 or an entry-level DSLR?
The camera has indeed started shipping! For $392, you can have it delivered to you by OneCall on Amazon. Amazon herself is still in pre-order status.
You can also get it directly from OneCall for $409.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
As of Thursday morning, it has sold out everywhere! The original post follows unchanged: If you have been waiting for the Panasonic LX3k, as of the time of writing it is in-stock and shipping for $500. We have the latest updates posted at the LX3 in-stock alert at the main blog. We try to keep these type of updates at a single place, because it makes updates a lot faster and it makes our life a lot easier. Thanks for understanding!
It turned out, the Sony R1 was one of a kind type of a camera, since no one has attempted another one like that! It certainly has its small but strong following! No camera is perfect, but in the right hands, a camera can shine. Here are some black and white pictures from Hamburg, Germany, taken with the Sony R1 and shared in the dpreview forums.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
MAP Camera (retailer in Japan) in collaboration with Japanese website DigitalCamera.jp, have posted their July 2009 best-sellers. The list is busy with RAWsumers, despite the onslaught of the Pentax K-7 and Olympus E-P1. The top ten includes the LX3, GRD2, DP2 and GX-200, while the Used Top 20 features the G9 and G10 towards the bottom and the omnipresent GRD2 in the top 10.
The Ricoh GRD III gets more action, this time getting reviewed at e-photozine. This is a single-page review with the EXIF data wiped out from the pictures, sentences to nowhere, and the samples chosen having way too much gray-space to be particularly helpful. Aspirin not included because you will need it after trying to figure out some of the sentences-to-nowhere.
Monday, August 24, 2009
In today's Ricoh news, the GRD III has just now received its very own review-cluster which can be also found at the Compact Review Organizer, which includes the RAWsumers among others. The camera already has half a dozen reviews, including the one posted just a few hours ago at the excellent Alpha Mount World.
For your convenience, you can also find links to the review-clusters of the RAWsumers in the middle of the middle-column of this very blog, under the heading "RAWsumer Review Lists (in Review Organizer)".
Meanwhile, on the GRD II front, Adorama is having a sale, the GRD2 is now going for $479 with free shipping.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
One forum users seems to have an idea on how to test the possibility of a RAW mode in the Samsung WB550/WB500 models. See in the dpreview Samsung forum. No answers yet by people who have tried the test.
You can enjoy lots of new Ricoh GRD3 samples at hikari's flickr stream, both color and black and white! You can also check them out at at his Ricoh GRD3 photo-blog.
Speaking of which, both the camera and its accessories are now shipping at list prices!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We just finished the round-up of the Canon G11 announcement at the main blog. In a nut-shell, the G11 brings back the twist-and-shout LCD, and opts for a more modest megapixel-count (10mp 1/1.7") than the G10.
It goes hand-in-hand with the S90, and the duo is perhaps intended to sandwich the Panasonic LX3 in-between and give photographers two different alternative approaches.
The G11 does have an optical viewfinder which is a sticking point for some photographers out here and out there.
You can learn more the camera at the announcement coverage post at the main blog.
Hooray, two more RAWsumers today :-) You can see the list of all new RAWsumers in 2009, and of each year, going all the way back to 2002 at the RAWsumer List.
Canon has announced six new digital cameras today, and TWO of them are RAWsumers. Canon has finally seen the RAWsumer light, after other manufacturers rekindled interest in this segment by producing interesting or promising products (GX-series, LX-series, etc).
The two new models are the G11, which is a sequential update to the G10, and the most interesting of the two perhaps, starting at f2 (yes, f-TWO), is the Canon S90.
We are rounding these up in detail at the main blog. We'll add a link to the G11 coverage once we finish up that camera's roundup!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We just finished a mega-update of the new cameras of 2009 list, and among the 40+ cameras officially announced the last 30 days, we had three RAWsumers. The RAWzoomer Fuji S200EXR, the Panasonic FZ38 (FZ35) and the adorable Ricoh GRD III.
So if you want to profess your love for RAWsumers, you can vote for them in this brand new poll asking photographers to vote for the most interesting cameras of the last 30 days or so.
IShootRAW.com has started a petition asking photographers who prefer to have the DNG-RAW option in their digital cameras e-sign the petition!
Be sure to also mention which cameras you are using, or you would like to have DNG-RAW added to them. You can also leave a short comment with your petition entry! Check it out at I Shoot RAW.
Currently Ricoh uses DNG in their RAWsumers!
posted at 9:02 AM
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Panasonic FZ35/FZ38 is starting to come out, and a new owner is sharing their first impressions in the Panasonic dpreview forum. The photographer is a FZ-28 owner, so you get plenty of commentary on how it compares.
Also, the photographer answers a lot of questions asked by fellow forum members. And if you have any questions, ask them away in that thread, as it is busy but not near 150 yet!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
If you want to see the GX-200 in real-world action, taking black and white vacation photos, then be sure to check out Wouter 28mm where the camera (and the photographer of course) visit a Dutch coastal town.
These are the type of pictures that seem to capture the spirit of the compact RAWsumers, small enough that you can take on vacation without feeling like you have taken with you the whole inventory of B&H Photo ;-)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
As of Sunday afternoon, all the units, silver and black selling at $500 have sold out :-( It was good while it lasted, and it interested than even during the sleepy hours of the weekend the camera still managed to sell out. Case in point, the black LX3 standard kit lasted less than 30 minutes at B&H. Although, granted, there was build-up demand since B&H was closed earlier in the day, but it was displayed as in-stock, so a number of photographers set up their alarm clocks and started hitting the buy-buy-buy button at exactly 9:15pm EST :-)
Original post: LX3 silver hunters, you may be interested to know that the camera is in-stock and shipping right now for $500! You can find the latest updates at the LX3 in-stock update at the main blog. We try to have the latest stock status in one place, that way updates are easier to make and faster!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Last night we posted a Ricoh GRD3 mega-roundup covering the action of the last full week. There were plenty of sample pictures and comparisons, along with a trio of DNG samples as well.
Is this the GRD model that breaks out and gives Ricoh a success story among a wider range of photographers? Only time will tell...
UPDATE: Two GRD3 reviews have gone live, update at the main blog.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
As promised, Ricoh has now unleashed version 2.40 of its firmware for the GRD II. You can find a summary of the updates along with a link to the Ricoh website that has the firmware updates via Digital Camera Review et al.
The GRD II is currently available for $540 with free shipping by Adorama. Or if you have an Amazon gift card waiting to be spent, you can also get it from them via Amazon.
Be sure to check out GX Garnerings, they have an interesting poll on the left sidebar of their website asking which features do you think are the most wanted on serious compact cameras. There are seventeen options available and you can vote for as many as you ...want!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
The Adorama 100-in-100 has posted their most influential system-compacts opinion. In their definition, Micro Four Thirds cameras are includes since they are compact in size and they are obviously part of a system. But of the three cameras selected, there was one RAWsumer chosen as a runner-up.
No, not the hard to find LX3, not the Foveonesque DP2, not one of the Ricohs, but the trusty Canon G10.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Japanese website DC-Watch has posted a hands-on report with the Ricoh GRD III. The report is a body-preview, it does not include sample pictures. It is howeve ra great way to get a feel of the camera body and accessories from different angles.
They also show the menus, but unless you speak Japanese, they are not very helpful.
There are so many pictures of the camera body, by the time you reach the end of the page, you may want to get one :-)
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Japanese website digitalcamera.jp has posted their rankings for June 2009, where they list the best-selling cameras at MAP Camera.
This was a very good month for RAWsumers, with the LX3 grabbing the #1 spot, the Ricoh GRD2 grabbing the #2 spot, and the Foveonesque DP2 being at #4. There is one more RAWsumer in the top 10, the GX200. Not a bad showing for RAWsumers at all, having a 4-6 score against DSLRs which everybody and their mother is releasing by the dozen these days ;-)
But RAWsumers are not particularly hot in the "Used Top 20", where just three of them make it, and the highest ranked one is at #9, once again, the GRD2. Also in the Used 20 is the original GRD and the DP2.
No Canon G10 or G9 this time around...