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, September 30, 2009

Two RAWsumers win Good-Design-Awards in Japan

Of the 27 digital cameras individually selected for Good Design Awards in Japan, two of them were RAWsumers, the Canon S90is and the Ricoh GRD III. You can see the complete list, not just of the cameras, but all the products via this update on the main blog.

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New firmware 1.21 for the Ricoh GRD III

Ricoh is one of the companies that is very diligent in providing regular firmware updates for their cameras. A lesson certain other digital camera manufacturers need to learn :) Version 1.21 of the GRD III firmware is now announced, and you can read all about it via dpreview.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fuji S200-EXR review at DC-Watch

Japanese website DC Watch Impress has just posted their review of the Fuji S200 EXR mega-zoom. They have plenty of pictures of the camera, and pictures taken with the camera. They are available as full-size JPEG downloads. They also have an ISO 100 to 3200 range test, as well as tests the dynamic range and other modes.

The camera is available at a discount already, you can get it for around $530 at Amazon by Beach Camera, and $535 by Amazon herself.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Canon S90is preview

Techie website Hardware Zone has posted a two-page preview of the Canon S90is. This is still not a final copy of the camera, which is why they called it a preview.

The preview is discussed in the dpreview forums.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Panasonic LX3 gets new firmware!

The Panasonic LX3 will be getting new firmware from Panasonic that will improve auto-focusing at wide-angle, add an HDR option, and more. Read all about it at dprview.com.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ricoh GRD III review by Chris Townsend

Outdoors photographer Chris Townsend has posted his take on the Ricoh GRD III on his blog. Included are web-size samples and the photographers experience in using the camera!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

RAWsumers have another good month at MAP Camera

Digitalcamera.jp has just posted a new top selling cameras at MAP Camera in Japan for the month of August, and once again, RAWsumers had a very good showing, with three of them in the top-five and four of them in the top-ten. And better yet, RAWsumers held the top two spots. So which cameras were they? Read on to find out :-)

Also, in the top 20 used cameras, we have four RAWsumers. Obviously the used market is more skewed towards the DSLRs, but still a decent showing for the RAWsumers.

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Panasonic LX3 rides the helicopter

The DraganFlyer X6 mini-helicopter was demo'ed in the UK, and Pocket Lint was there to watch and take pictures.

So what does this have to do with RAWsumer you ask? Well, that is a very good question! This mini-helicopter is designed to carry cameras/camcorders, and in this particular demo, the Panasonic LX3 was the camera that the mini-helicopter was flying around!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pogue hearts the Canon S90is

It appears that the list of fans for the Canon S90is is long! David Pogue, the tech-editor of the NYT, CNBC, et al, is very excited about the prospects of the S90is!

Speaking of which, Amazon is accepting pre-orders again and offering 5% off to previous pre-orderers. You can read about it at the main blog.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sigma DP2 and bokeh

As part of their on-going new shootout, Serious Compacts has now posted a special installment, focusing on the Sigma DP2 bokeh, including a variety of samples to illustrate this.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Panasonic FZ38 (FZ35) review at Camera Labs

Another day, another review for the Panasonic mega-zoom, the FZ38-FZ35. This time the review comes from Camera Labs, using their traditional review format. As usual, the conclusions are on the verdict tab, but we won't spoil them here!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shortie Sigma DP2 review at PhotoRadar.com

There is a new Foveonesque review out for the Shiguma DP2, this one posted by Rod Lawton at PhotoRadar.com. It is a shortie review, a single page without any samples. If it sounds familiar, it appeared in a print-edition of the UK magazine "Digital Camera magazine".

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RAWsumer gallery: Samsung Pro 815

You may recall the Samsung Pro 815. Certainly, if you had seen it in person, you would not have forgotten it! It was the Big Daddy of 8mp 2/3" pro-sumers, the last one of its kind! And the only above-mid-range digital camera Samsung has made so far! (The GX-series DSLRs are based on Pentax DSLRs and the NX-series is not out yet).

So with that as a preface, here is a gallery of pictures taken with the camera, from Southern California (Pasadena). (via dpreview Samsung forum).

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Coming up: Sigma DP2 review at dpreview

In a forum post in the dpreview forum, Simon Joinson, of dpreview, said that a review of the Sigma DP2 is coming in the "next few days". So Foveon-DP2 fans, the spotlight is ready to shine on the DP2!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

DIY Ricoh GRD III hood

Japanese megasite DC Watch has a new DIY post. This time, they are providing their own custom hood for the Ricoh GRD III. See it all at this DIY post at DC Watch Impress.

PS: Do not try this at home unless you really know what you are doing!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chuck Westfall explains lack of 3:2 crop in Canon G-series

The Imaging Insider reminds us that the latest issue of the Digital Journalist is out! One of the questions asked of Chuck is why do the Canon G-series RAWsumers not offer a 3:2 in-camera crop mode?

Chuck answers by pointing out that there is an LCD aid for composition, and the actual 3:2 crop is left to the photographer to do in post-processing.

Stone-walling or denial? You decide ;-)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Panasonic FZ35 (FZ38) review is completed at DC Resource

DC Resource has just completed their on-going review of the Panasonic FZ38 (FZ35) and their results are there for the world to see!

This is one of the few cameras that offer RAW at the 1/2.3" sensor size, making it both a plus and a minus at the same time.

No spoilers here, but if you can't wait to find out what they found out, the conclusions are on page #4.

The lowest price at the moment is $355 with free shipping from third-party sellers.

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New Ricoh GRD III review by Trusted!

Trusted Reviews has just posted their Ricoh GRD III review. Conclusions are on page #3 for those who can't wait to find out what they found out :)

As usual, no spoilers here!

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Canon G10 review at DC Watch

Sure, the G11 is the new model, but you can't even buy it yet because it's still in the pipeline. Plus it's not quite the same as the existing Canon G10. Which is perhaps why Japanese mega-site DC-Watch has just posted their review of the Canon G10. Lots of full-size sample pictures are available, just click on each small picture and a full-size version will open up!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

RAWsumer APS-C hope from Nikon?

CNET Asia has gotten some hot news from the Leica launch event in Singapore, where they were told that the 12mp APS-C Sony sensor found in the Leica X1, will also be used in an upcoming Nikon camera!

Obviously, this is what the Leica executive said, and he can't speak for Nikon, but this is some very interesting development. As they say, where there is smoke, there is a new camera!

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Hands on video with the Ricoh GRD III

Digital Rev has posted a 6-minute hands-on video, playing with the Ricoh GRD III! You can find the video embedded at the bottom of the latest Daily Watch at the Imaging Insider!

It looks like the GRD III is generating some excitement in the market. And Ricoh is trying to help, they have just taken a full-page ad in the October-2009 print-issue of Popular Photography and Imaging, which has just gone out to subscribers and newsstands. You can find the ad on page #21. It has the look and feel of previous Ricoh print ad campaigns.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Ricoh GRD II (GRD2) shipping for $427

If the $700 price tag for the GRD III feels like too much, but you still want a GR Digital camera, then you may be interested in the Ricoh GRD II offered for $427 with free shipping via USPS Priority mail, and a bonus extra battery by PopFlash on eBay.

For more on the camera, be sure to check its list of reviews at the Compact Digital Cameras Review Organizer (permalink) that includes a lot of the recent RAWsumer models.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nice collection of GRD3 samples from Japan

Japanese website DC-Watch has just published a nice collection of sample real-world images taken with the Ricoh GRD III. You can enjoy them at full-size by clicking on each individual image!

Don't let the computer translation scare you away from these fine sample images :)

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Hands on with the GRD III by Wouter 28mm

A fan of advanced compacts, Wouter28mm has just posted a hands on first impressions with the adorable new Ricoh GRD III! Black and white samples are included! But it's not a bed of roses, there are cons as well and pros. Read on to find out what he found out!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Serious Compacts shootout has just began!

Run to Serious Compacts! Part #1 of their shootout has been posted! They are squaring off two RAWsumers (Sigma DP2, Ricoh GRD III) with two iLCs (Panasonic GH1 and Nikon D5000). This promises to be an exciting shootout! Part #1 covers form and function, and has some nice camera-body side-by-side pictures that can give you a good feel of the size differences.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

New shootout with RAWsumers in the works!

Serious Compacts has finalized the list of digital cameras that will be participating in their next shootout! Included will be two RAWsumers, the Sigma DP2 with its Foveonesque sensor and the Ricoh GRD III with its street-photography charms! Also participating will be a couple of iLCs, the GH1 and D5000. Stay tuned to Serious Compacts for more!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lots of Panasonic FZ38 (FZ35) samples (including RAW)

Imaging Resource is on a review-roll! They are currently working on a Panasonic FZ38 (FZ35) review (hooray!). As part of their work for the review, they have already published dozens and dozens of FZ38 sample pictures that are part of their usual review test-shots. Included are some RAW samples as well, look for the files with the .RW2 extension. The rest of the pictures are available in full-size JPEG by clicking on the individual picture.

The best price we found on the camera is $370 with free shipping and handling by reputable western dealer OneCall.com. Add to cart to see this price!

Amazon herself (not third-parties) has it for $377, with an estimated "in-stock" date of September 13.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Panasonic FZ35 (FZ38) gets tested at DC Watch Impress

More Panasonic FZ38 (FZ35) action! This time coming from Japan, where Japanese website DC-Watch has tested out the FZ35/38. As usual, they have full-size JPEG samples available if you click on each smaller pictures, and they have their customary test-pictures in the lab, as well as real-world sample pictures!

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Panasonic FZ35 sample pictures

DC-Resource has just posted a trio of sample picture galleries, and one of the three digital cameras included is a RAWsuer, the Panasonic FZ35. These are the standard real-world samples they post for most of their reviews!

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Fuji S200-EXR gets first major review

The Fuji S200-EXR is a giant RAWzoomer that got announced earlier on, but in a sea of new and exciting cameras and technologies, it sort of got lost in the shuffle. However, now it is back in the spotlight as it has received its first major review at Photo Review.

As usual, we won't reveal the review findings, so be sure to check out the review!

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Ricoh GX200 with viewfinder for $490 (or try it for one week with no commitment!)

If you had been interested in the Ricoh GX200 but was discouraged by the high prices, you may want to check out this kit offered at Adorama, you can get the GX-200 plus the VF-1 viewfinder for $490 with free shipping and handling. The VF1 of course is the removable optional LCD viewfinder. If you are not interested in the viewfinder, they have a standard kit for $440, however it is not currently in-stock. The viewfinder on its own goes for $100+, so even if you don't want it, you can also trade it with another photographer or sell it on eBay/craigslist/forums/etc.

However, if you don't want to risk a purchase without touching the camera, there is an alternative! PopFlash is offering a one-week trial of the camera. You pay $10 for shipping to you, plus the shipping cost to return the camera back to them. There is no commitment to buy the camera! They will however bill you with the full price during the trial, to make sure the camera is returned to them promptly. So when you ship it back to them, be sure to use a reliable shipping service with tracking, and select an appropriate level of insurance so you can sleep easy at night!

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Leica X1 will be a new RAWsumer but no D-Lux4 replacement

The big Leica PDF leak of the M9, coming directly from a Leica M9 microsite points to a Leica X1 with a fixed lens that uses an APS-C (DSLR-size) sensor.

At the same time, the D-Lux 4 remains in the line-up without a replacement - it is listed in the brochure along with all the new models.

We will know more in the next few days with the official 9/9/09 live webcast announcement, although we'll probably see more leaks beforehand.

Read all about it via this Leica PDF leak update at the main blog.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ricoh GRD III gets new short review

The Ricoh GRD III gets more action, the Imaging Insider notes as they feature a new short review of the camera from Down Under. This is the opposite of a dpreview-review, so there are no charts, ISO tests or samples!

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