Sony announce a high end compact with a large sensor: The Sony RX100

In a surprise move Sony have announced a new high end compact that contains an impressive 20Mp 1″ CMOS sensor like the Nikon 1 series.

The RX100 is petite to say the least (it will fit  into a shirt / coat pocket) but boasts a “fast” F1.8 – 4.9 (28mm – 100mm equivilent) lens.

What is sure to stir up the high end compact market is the inclusion of the 1″ CMOS sensor one that is almost twice as large as the main rivals (ie Panasonic LX5, Canon G12 and Olympus ZX1). This does promises much improved image quality although 20Mp does seem a tad ambitious to my mind for such a sensor. even if it is bigger than most.

What is certain is that the RX100 won’t be cheap. If its suggested retail price is correct it is in danger of coming close to Canon G1X which has an even larger sensor and is a terrific camera, not to mention several compact camera systems.

What adavantage the Sony RX100 does have is its size, its TINY.

Rumours  are hinting that the Panasonic LX5 replacement may also house a similar 1″ sensor, although one would hope that if true this sensor will have a more sensible pixel density (ie 12-14Mp?).

Either way this new tiny Sony compact that not much bigger than the excellent Canon S100 (but promising superior image quality?) is an interesting development.

Canon EOS 650D Mid Range DSLR Announced

Canon have announced an upgrade – replacement to the 600D in the form of the logically named Canon EOS 650D. The new camera features some quite interesting developments.

A  very brief list or highlights of some of the spec’s would include:

Improved AF which seems to be designed to improve both live view capture and video capacity.

All cross type focus points (9 in all)

A new  3″ articulated rear touch screen.

In camera HDR and multi shot noise reduction capture.

An improved frame rate (it’s now 5fps)

Improved metering

An all the above are powered by the new DIGIC5 processor

Therefore whilst it may look very similar on the outside to the 600D, Canon are most definately showing their true colours with the 650D.For Canon it would appear the future is not a pixel war with the likes of Nikon and Sony but enhanced AF, improved video capture and a low noise quest which to my mind is no bad thing.

Dpreview have posted an informative preview of this new mid entry DSLR from Canon.

Panasonic 12-35mm

Panasonic Announce Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Lens

Panasonic have announced a new lens to their expanding range of Micro 4/3rds Lenses. The LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Lens . Crystallising Panasonic’s optical technologies, the “X” lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghost and flare and natural atmospheres with remarkable transparency. The new LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm lens

Panasonic 12-35mm

offers a versatile zoom range of 12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent: 24-70mm) featuring F2.8 brightness at entire zoom range. It is suitable for capturing a wide range of scenes, from dynamic landscapes to portraits, taking advantage of beautiful defocus or fast shutter speed.
Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimise the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

The lens should be available in July at a cost of £999.

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