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Fujifilm has revealed the latest update to its X100
series of fixed focal length compact cameras. The X100T sticks with much of what made the X100S
great, but offers what could be significant upgrades for some users. It boasts the world's first electronic rangefinder, an improved control layout, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote shooting.
Hasselblad has announced the new H5X medium-format system, which it will show off at Photokina next week, alongside its H5D-50c
. The new camera body will allow photographers to use H System lenses and benefit from H5 capabilities, whether they currently have older Hasselblad backs, third party digital backs, or are still film shooters.
The Leaf Credo 50, from Mamiya Leaf, is the latest medium-format shooter to feature a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. As such, the new digital back follows in the footsteps of recently-released devices like the Phase One IQ250
, Hasselblad H5D-50c
and Pentax 645Z
, by boasting a versatile wide ISO range, improved Live View, and faster continuous shooting than its predecessors.
Not content with transforming smartphones into compact cameras with its quirky smart lenses, Sony now wants them to be interchangeable lens cameras too. Revealed at IFA 2014, the firm's new lens-style QX1 camera boasts a much bigger sensor than its predecessors, and swaps their built-in lenses for the ability to use interchangeable E-mount glass.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is the latest camera to target the selfie-shooting crowd, though this time (thankfully) not by mimicking a perfume bottle like the Sony KW1
. Instead the stylish mirrorless camera simply boasts features to make shooting and sharing selfies easier. As such, it includes a dedicated Selfie Mode, a 180-degree downward flip LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi.
The Pentax K-S1 does not look like your typical DSLR. Not just because the 20 megapixel camera is available in the sort of variety of colors we've come to expect from Pentax
. But because it also features an intriguing illumination interface with LEDs built into the camera body to indicate its current status of operation, count down for a self-timer or show the number of faces identified in a shot.
Fujifilm has revealed its latest retro-styled X-series camera, the enthusiast-focused compact zoom X30. The new shooter improves on last year's X20
with the addition of features including a built-in EVF, a larger tilting LCD monitor, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Fujifilm is also promising a considerably better battery life from the new model.
The newly announced Sony KW1 is about as quirky as cameras get. Not only is the selfie-centric shooter designed to look like a perfume bottle, but it also comes loaded with features to make its users look more attractive in their photographs. There's also a 180 degree rotating lens and built-in Wi-Fi for the instant sharing of those digitally enhanced selfies.
Leica has announced the launch of the M-P rangefinder camera. The new model improves on the original Leica M
by featuring a bigger buffer, a sapphire glass display-cover, and a frame selection lever for subject framing. The German firm has also opted to make the M-P more discreet by omitting the iconic red dot.
Sony has added to its line-up of mirrorless cameras with the A5100, a small but seemingly very capable shooter which fits in between the entry-level A5000
and the more enthusiast-focused A6000
. The new camera features a 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a super-fast autofocus system, a tilting touchscreen monitor, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.