We’ve seen lots of different lens systems in recent years that promise to turn your smartphone into a better camera. Now one company is taking that further with a system that transforms your average smartphone into a professional-looking camera that can supposedly work with smartphones of all shapes and sizes.
Olympus has announced its Air A01 add-on camera for smartphones, which turns your Android or iOS device into a very capable mirrorless camera, will be getting a wider release and heading to the US. Previously only available in Japan, the Olympus Air A01 is a smartphone-controlled camera similar to the Sony QX1, but features a Micro Four Thirds lens mount with a matching 16-megapixel sensor and is an open platform for developers.
Last year JVC gave its Everio camcorders a rugged makeover, with the GZ-R10 and GZ-R70 models getting the same sort of protection as its ADIXXION actioncam. Now the firm has updated its tough camcorder offering with the new Quad Proof Everio GZ-R450 and GZ-R320, which boast improved battery life and performance, while still being dust-proof, water-proof, drop-proof and freeze-proof.
One frustrating thing about living in any neighbourhood that gets an influx of SUVs is that it gets hard to see past rows of tall cars to work out when it's safe to nose out or back out of your driveway. Ford is tackling this kind of problem with a new split-view camera mounted on the front and rear bumpers that gives drivers a 180-degree view from the bits of the car that poke into traffic first, effectively giving them the ability to see around corners.
Canon teased in February that it was working on developing a compact camera with a 25x optical zoom and a one-inch-type sensor to add to its G-series line-up alongside the G1 X II and G7 X. The firm has now revealed more details about the 20-megapixel PowerShot G3 X which will be released in July and offers a massive 24-600-mm equivalent lens. The camera will also boast a tilting LCD touchscreen and a hot shoe.
Priced at a truly scary US$4,250, the Leica Q looks very limited on paper. It seems like a travesty to take a gorgeous full-frame sensor and saddle it with a single, fixed 28mm lens. But the combination allows for a very compact and light design, with crazy-fast autofocus and a beautiful high-definition electronic viewfinder to go with its near-silent shutter and sumptuous optics. Yes, it costs an arm and a leg, but the Leica Q is a stellar run-and-gun street photographer's axe that delivers tack-sharp, rich and detailed images.
Not content with updating its RX cameras, Sony has also announced a new flagship full frame mirrorless camera with the A7R II. The new camera features a 42-megapixel back-illuminated full frame Exmor R CMOS sensor, internal 4K video recording and an improved autofocus system with 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points, which is said to be 40 percent faster than that of the original A7R.
Sony has revealed the latest iterations of its impressive pocket-friendly and big-zoom RX cameras with the Cyber-shot RX100 IV and RX10 II. While the cameras each look a lot like their respective predecessors, the new models boast a new 1-inch-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor along with some nifty high-speed, slow-motion and 4K shooting skills.
After much speculation, Leica has finally announced its new full frame fixed lens camera. The drool-inducing Leica Q (Typ 116) is a high-end compact which pairs a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with a Summilux 28-mm F1.7 lens. The stylish camera also features mod cons including a contrast-based autofocus system along with a high resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch rear touchscreen.
The Leica Gun, or "Leica Gewehr" in German, is one of the rarest and most unusual Leitz accessories ever produced. Created in the 1930s for sports and wildlife shooters, of the photographic variety, it paired a Leica camera and lenses with a mirror-housing and barrel viewfinder along with a rifle-like wooden stock and trigger. This week a very rare prototype of the New York Leica Gun RIFLE is due to be sold at auction for an estimated €300,000 to €350,000 (around US$335,000 to $390,000).