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What's New 2014


September 12, 2014 - Today Nikon announced the D750 full frame ( FX ) camera. The D750 features a 24MP sensor and a 51 point autofocus system, 6.5fps, WiFi, a pivoting LCD, and the same video features as the D810. It will be available this month with a msrp of $2299.95 for the body only and in October bundled with the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens (no price yet). For for info see Nikon's press release here.

August 27, 2014 -
Ricoh has announced the Pentax K-S1 DSLR. The K-S1 features a 20.1 APS-C sensor an AA filter simulator, a top shutter speed of 1/6000sec and built in vibration reduction. Another "feature" is the built in green LEDs into the grip and around the power button. The power light changes to red when the camera is switched to video mode and the grip LEDs pulse when shooting modes are changed. The K-S1 will be available in 12 different colors in September for $749.95 body only or $799.95 with the SMC DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. For more info see Ricoh's press release here.

August 26, 2014 -
Fujifilm has announced the X30 enthusiast compact camera. It features the same 2/3 X-Trans II CMOS sensor and 24-112mm equivalent f/2.0-2.8 lens found in its predecessor, the X20. New features include an XGA OLED EVF, (no OVF), a tilting 3 inch LCD, improved battery life, a control wheel around the lens, and wifi. Given that my Fuji X10 has the same sensor size and lens specs, and still takes great pictures, I'll be skipping this upgrade also. See Fujifilm's press release here for more info.

August 21, 2014 -
Leica announced the M-P Digital (240), a 24MP CMOS M series rangefinder. It features weather sealing and a sapphire crystal glass LCD. You can pre-order it for the MSRP of $7950. If that price doesn't scare you away you can read more about it in Leica's press release here.

August 17, 2014 -
Sony announced the Alpha a5100 mirrorless camera. It features a 24.3MP CMOS sensor and a 3 inch LCD flip screen. It will be available in September in black or white for $550 (body only), or $700 bundled with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. For more info see Sony's press release here.

August 04, 2014 -
Ricoh has announced a new Q lens mount camera, the Pentax QS-1. This interchangeable lens camera features a 12MP 1/1.7 inch BSI-CMOS sensor. It will be available later this month in over 40 different color combinations with a suggested list price of $499.95 with kit zoom. You can read more about it from Ricoh's press release here.

July 29, 2014 -
Canon has announced two new PowerShot superzooms, the SX400 IS and the SX520 HS. The SX400 IS features a 24-720mm equivalent zoom lens and a 16MP CCD sensor and will be available in August with a list price of $249.99. The SX520 has a 24-1008mm equivalent zoom and a CMOS sensor. It should be in stores in September with a list price of $399.99. For more info see Canon's press release here.

July 15, 2014 -
Today Ricoh announced the Pentax XG-1 superzoom camera. It features a 24-1248mm equivalent f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens (52x), and a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor. It will be available in August with a retail price of $399.95. For more info see Ricoh's press release here.

June 26, 2014 -
Nikon has announced the D810 full frame (FX) DSLR. It replaces the D800 and D800E. It features a 36.3MP CMOS sensor with no low pass filter. Compared to its predecessors it has a greater ISO range, improved metering and image quality, faster burst speeds, and a new mirror mechanism which has an option to reduce shutter shake. It will be available in July with a list price of $3299.95. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

June 19, 2014 -
Tamron officially announced the 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD full frame superzoom lens. It features a Piezo Drive autofocus motor, image stabilizaton and a 67mm filter thread. It will be available in Nikon and Canon mounts on June 26th, with a list price of $849. See Tamron's press release here for more info.

June 12, 2014 -
Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-FZ1000, a superzoom camera which features a 1", 20.1MP CMOS sensor. It has a fast f/2.8-4.0 25-400mm equivalent lens and Panasonic's Depth and Defocus technology for faster focusing. The FZ1000 can also record 4K video which will enable users to grab 8MP stills from a video clip. It will be available later this summer with a list price of $899. For more info see Panasonic's press release here.

May 16, 2014 -
Today Sony officially announced the Cyber-shot DSC RX100 III. Improvements from the previous model include a new processor, a faster lens, a popup electronic viewfinder and a rear LCD which flips up 180°. The RX100 III will be available for sale in June with a list price of $800. For more info see Sony's press release here.

May 1, 2014 -
Sony has announced the SLT-A77 II APS-C fixed mirror DSLR. This new A mount camera features a 24MP sensor and improved autofocus over it's predecessor. The biggest change is the ability to shoot up to 60 JPEGs at 12 frames per second. It will be available in June with a list price of $1199 for the body only. For more info see the press release here.

April 29, 2014 -
Samsung has announced the Galaxy K Zoom, a new Android powered phone. The camera features a 1/2.3 inch BSI CMOS 20.7MP sensor. The zoom has a 10X 24-240mm equivalent range with an aperture of f/3.1-6.3, and also features image stabilization.

April 24, 2014 -
Leica announced the mirrorless T-System today. The first camera introduced is the Leica T, which features a 16MP APS-C sensor. An 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens along with a 23mm f/2 prime lens have also been announced. The camera has a MSRP of $1850. The 18-56mm zoom will cost $1750, and the 23mm prime will cost $1950. Also available will be an optical viewfinder with a price of $595.

April 10, 2014 -
Nikon has announced a new version of it's 18-300mm lens. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR is 1/3 stop slower than the exisiting 18-300mm lens and is 30% lighter. When I had the first version of the 18-300mm lens (review), I was pleased overall with the image quality of the do it all zoom. Optically I'm guessing the new version will perform the same as the current version. My only concern would be the smaller aperture on the long end. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR will be available in May with a list price of $899.95. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

Nikon has also announced the J4, the latest addition to the Nikon 1 series. The J4 features an 18MP sensor, built in wifi, 1080p/60 video, and touchscreen. The Nikon 1 J4 will not be available in the US. For more info you can read Nikon's press release here.

Nikon has announced the Coolpix S810C point and shoot camera which features a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, built in wifi, and a 12x optical zoom. It will be available in May with a list price of $349.99. See Nikon's press release here for more info.

April 6, 2014 -
Sony announced the a7S, a full frame, 12MP mirrorless camera. The camera features 4:2:2 4K video output. Although made for both stills and video, it seems to be geared more towards videographers. For more info on the alpha7S see Sony's press release here.

March 31, 2014 -
Today I received my D600 back from Nikon. Nikon received it on March 13th, so it was a fairly quick turn around time. According to my invoice Nikon replaced the shutter mechanism and related parts, cleaned the low pass filter, made a firmware upgrade, and peformed a general check and clean. The spots previously on my sensor have been cleaned. Hopefully I won't have any problems in the future.

March 28, 2014 -
Nikon announced it will replace D600 cameras if spots continue to appear on the sensor after it was sent to Nikon for shutter repalcement. The replacement camera will be another D600 or equivalent (I'm guessing a D610). For more info see Nikon's service advisory here.

March 19, 2014 -
Samsung has announced the NX mini mirrorless camera. It features a smaller sensor and new lens mount than the current NX system. This is the slimmest mirrorless camera available to date. The mini looks like a nice step up from the point and shoot crowd, plus adds a few extra features for the enthusiasts. The mini will be available for $499 with a 9mm lens or $549 with a 9-27mm lens and external flash. For more info see Samsung's press release here.

March 14, 2014 -
Nikon announced their latest mirrorless camera, the Nikon 1 V3. This new V version has some nice improvements, but doesn't have a buit in EVF (electronic veiw finder). Instead there is an optional view finder which attaches to the hot shoe. But in the US it's not really an option. The V3 will be bundled in a kit with the EVF, a new 10-30mm lens, and a hand grip, all for $1200. There will be no body only option available. So an already overpriced camera line is even more over priced now because Nikon is forcing buyers to purchase add ons they may or may not want. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

March 11, 2014 -
I decided to send my D600 to Nikon to have the shutter replaced. Although my sensor never had the dark spots that many other owners experienced, there are about a dozen lighter spots in the upper left corner. The in camera sensor cleaning doesn't remove them. The spots never show up in real world photos but leave me concerned about future problems. I'll post an update when I get the camera back and had a chance to test it.

February 26, 2014 -
Nikon has issued a service advisory for D600 owners. They state there is a problem with dust accumulating on the sensor which can be difficult to clean (although the general consensus of most users and experts is that the primary problem is oil splatter with subsequent dust sticking to the oil). Nikon is offering free inspection, cleaning, and replacing of the shutter assembly, along with free shipping regardless if the warranty is expired. Even though Nikon still isn't saying outright that the camera is flawed, at least they are finally acknowledging the problem and doing something about it. I've had a few spots appear in the upper left corner of my photos, but none that are noticeable in real world pictures. I'm undecided as to whether I should send my camera in for service or take a chance and hope my camera doesn't develop the same problem as many other owners have experienced. Nikon has not said if there is a time window for the D600 service. For more info see Nikon's advisory here.

February 25, 2014 -
Nikon officially announced the D4s, their new flagship DSLR camera. Upgrades from the original D4 include a slightly improved autofocus system and continuous shooting from 10 fps to 11 fps. 1080P video can now be shot at 60 fps. Also new is a small RAW file format and a new EN-EL18a battery which improves battery life. I'm guessing most D4 owners won't upgrade to the D4s. The D4s will be available in March with a list price of $6,499.95. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

Nikon also released a beta version upgrade of it's Capture NX software. The new version, Capture NX-D, has a new black interface, sidecar files to make changes to original images, and a new batch conversion feature. I'll give the beta a try, but in some ways it looks like it's a step back from the current NX version, ie no U points, which, along with Nikon's color interpretation are really the only reasons I use NX. Looks like I might finally ditch Nikon's software and use Photoshop Elements 11 to process my RAW files. If you would like to try he NX-D beta version visit Nikon's page here.

February 12, 2014 -
Sony has announced the a6000, a mirrorless camera which replaces the NEX-6. Sony claims that this camera has the "world's fastest autofocus" and can shoot 11 fps with subject tracking. It has a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a hybrid autofocus system with 25 contrast detect and 179 phase detect points. The a6000 will come in black or silver, $650 for the body only, $800 with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. See Sony's press release here for more info.

Also from Sony is the DSC-H400, a new super zoom bridge camera which features a 63X 24.5-1550mm equivalent zoom range with a 20.1MP CCD sensor and Optical SteadyShot. You can read more about it here.

Sony announced four new Cyber-shot cameras today, the DSC-HX60V, the DSC-WX350, the DSC-WX220, and the DSC-W800. For more info see Sony's press release here.


February 11, 2014 -
Canon announced a new entry level DSLR, the Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D). There are a few improvements over it's predecessor, the Rebel T3, but not enough to warrant an upgrade. The T5 bundled with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens will be available in March for $549.99. Canon has also announced a new macro light ring, the MR-14EX II. For more info see the press release here.

Canon has announced the Powershot G1 X Mark II compact enthusiast's camera. On paper this looks like a nice large sensor compact camera, except Canon removed the optical viewfinder (OVF) that was present on the original G1 X. You can buy an add on electronic viewfinder (EVF) for an extra $299. But with a $799 list price I think it's overpriced for what it is. It will be available this April. For more info see Canon's press release here.

Canon announced five new point and shoot cameras. Like Nikon's announcement a few days ago, none of these cameras grab my attention. You can read more about them in Canon's press releases here and here.

February 10, 2014 -
Sigma announced the DP2 Quattro. The DP2 features an equivalent 39MP APS-C Foven sensor and a fixed 45m equivalent lens. The ergonomics of this camera look terrible. I hope Sigma knows what they are doing and it's easy to photograph with. Sigma also stated that the sensor will be incorporated into the DP1 Quattro 28mm equivalent camera and DP3 Quattro 75mm equivalent camera. I don't understand why camera manufacturers do this. Why not just make one camera with a 28-75mm zoom? Yes, the fixed lenses will be a bit sharper and smaller, but for me a zoom would be more attractive. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced. For more info see Sigma's press release here.

February 07, 2014 -
Nikon announced six new Coolpix cameras. There is nothing overly exciting about these new entries. They just add minor upgrades to exisiting cameras. You can read about them in the press releases here, here, and here.

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GH4, a 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera. The main feature of the GH4 is it's ability to shoot 4K video as well as full HD 1080 video. I'm sure video shooters will find this camera very attractive, especially if the price is right. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced. For more info see Panasonic's press release here.

February 06, 2014 -
Tamron announced that it is developing two new super zooms, one for full frame (FX) DSLRs and one for APS-C DSLRs (cropped sensor, DX). The 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD will be for full frame cameras and feature image stabilization (VC) and ultrasonic like autofocus (Piezo Drive). The 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro is being developed for APS-C cameras. It will have an equivalent zoom range of 24-450mm. It will have the same features as it's full frame counter part and can also be used for close up photograpy with a 0.34x magnification. I wouldn't expect overall image quality to be great with these lenses, given the large range they both cover. But they are convenience lenses and not meant to be ultra sharp. Personally, I would prefer a max. aperture of f/5.6 on the long end, but I guess Tamron is trying to keep the cost down for both lenses. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced. For more info see Tamron's press releases here and here.

January 07, 2014 -
Nikon announced the D3300 entry level DSLR. It doesn't appear to be much of an upgrade from the camera it replaces, the D3200. Also announced is a new version of the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II kit lens. The lens is collapsible and hence smaller and lighter than the previous version. It will be available as a kit with the D3300 and also sold separately. The kit will be available in early February with a suggested retail price of $649.95. The 18-55mm lens will be available the same time with a SRP of $249.95. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

Nikon also announced the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens. This is a full frame (FX) lens. I'm expecting it will produce the same outstanding image quality as Nikon's other f/1.8 primes, ie the 50mm and 85mm. But we will have to wait for the reviews to see if it can compete with Sigma's exceptional 35mm f/1.4 lens. Nikon's 35mm will be available for sale on Feburary 20th with a MSRP of $599.95. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

Nikon announced four new Coolpix cameras, the L830, the S6800, S5300, and S3600. For more info see Nikon's press release here.

And finally, Nikon announced that they are working on the D4S Professional HD-SLR. Not much was revealed except that the camera will have a new image processing engine.

Samsung announced several new cameras at CES today, the WB2200F 60x superzoom, which has a dual grip, the WB1100F, WB50F and WB35F compacts, and the WB350F, which comes with a leatherette finish.

January 06, 2014 -
There's lots of news coming out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas:

Sigma announced a couple of lenses today at CES. The first is a new addition to the Art series, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. This is a full frame lens which can also be used with cropped sensor cameras (DX), with an equivalent field of view of 75mm. It will features an array of 13 elements in 8 groups and will be available in Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Sigma mounts. Pricing and availability have yet to be released. If it's anything like it's little brother, the 35mm f/1.4, then it's sure to be a winner. Sigma also anounced an update to their 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OC HSM lens. This is DX lens which is shorter and lighter than the original version. It will be available in Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma, and Pentax mounts. The Sony and Pentax versions won't have OS. The suggested retail price is $399. Availabilty has yet to be announced. For mor info see the press release here.

Canon has announced several new Powershot cameras, the ELPH 340 HS, the SX600, and the N100 "Story Camera". For more info see the press releases here and here.

Panasonic has announced three new Lumix models, the DMC-ZS35 Ultra Compact 20x zoom, the DMC-SZ8 slim line 12x zoom, and the DMC-ZS40 Ultra Compact 30x zoom.

Fujifilm announced a slew of FinePix cameras, the S1, which Fuji claims is the world's first weather resistant camera, the XP70, a rugged compact, and three superzoom compacts, the S8600, the S9200, and S9400W (see press release here). Fuji also announced a black version of the X100S and the XF 50mm f/1.2 R lens for the X system.







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