BCNRanking.jp just published their analysis on Japan’s camera sales for 2010. The top 4 is still belong to Canon / Nikon DSLRs with market share 43% ( total ) and on the 5th is Lumix GF1 , mirrorless camera from Panasonic. The mirrorless market is growing stronger this year with 7 of top 20 are mirrorless cameras. Please noted that Nikon and Canon hasn’t enter the mirrorless market yet.
According to 43rumors, Olympus will likely introduce their new cameras at CSE 2011 event. They are Olympus E-PL2 and XZ1. Olympus E-PL2 is the successor of E-PL1 with similar body design but with new/improve features. Some of the E-PL2 features are:
a direct movie button
high-res LCD 3-inch with 460 dot pixels
new Art filter : Dramatic Tone
boost ISO up to 6400 !
PENPAL external bluetooth module that can attach to the camera’s hotshoe. The module able to instantly upload fresh photos to social network ( Facebook , Twitter etc ) .. niceee
Sigma just announces a firmware update for Sigma SD15. Version 1.01 will enhance SD15 capability with new addition to Quick Set menu and an addition to the Key Sound cancellation function. The Quick Set menu will have another page that contains 4 new customizable shortcut. The Key Sound cancellation will prove useful reducing the electrical-sound when you use Self-Timer and Mirror Lock-up function. With this new update , Sigma also claim it’ll improves the display quality of the Color LCD monitor.
Samsung just announce Samsung NX10′s successor , the Samsung NX11. It will likely introduced at CES 2011 event. The new camera contains similar features like its predecessor however the Samsung NX11 incoorporate the new i-Function. i-Function is basically a button in special i-Function lens that can be use to change the camera’s advanced settings. According to Samsung , the NX11 should be ready for shipping on February 2011.
Samsung NX11 specifications:
Sensor: Samsung CMOS APS-C 14.60 MP
Electronic Viewfinder 921,000 dot VGA (640 x 480 pixel) ,
AMOLED 3 inch LCD
lens mount : Samsung NX
720p HD recording . movie format : H.264 MP4 with audio
PocketWizard announces that the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon will be delayed for shipping to USA. The products should be shipping to dealer on middle Januari 2011. PocketWizard has already begin shipping to Canada and other countries.
MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 is the latest wireless trigger products from PocketWizard that has capability to use CLS / i-TTL and Manual Power Control capability.
Photozone.de just reviewed the Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM DT , lens kit for Sony Alpha DSLR. Overall , the lens is generally a very good performer except for its mechanical parts. The lens body is made of plastic down to the lens mount.
In its recent review , PhotoClubAlpha gives rating 4.5 /5 to Sony A580 DSLR. The Sony A580 is the latest consumer-grade DSLR from Sony , featuring 16.2MP sensor , 1080p full HD movies, 7fps burst shooting, 15 AF points, and 3 inch fold-out LCD.
The Alpha 580 replaces our Alpha 700 in everyday use for 2011. When the A700 is compared with it, the shortfall is more than clear; no high speed shutter running to 1/8,000th with flash at 1/250th, no glass prism, no CF card slot, no mirror lockup in Focus Check LV mode, and the whole build quality.