News from Photokina 2010


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Main trends

The market of the photograph is moving quickly. The convergence of photography and video becomes faster. If being able to take a video clip were a gadget in a recent past, Canon 5D Mark II demonstrated advantages to use a large sensor which allows creative lenses and high sensitivities prohibited to silver film. Some movies or series, like " Doctor House" or the new film of Cédric Klapisch, have several scenes filmed with a digital reflex, generally a Canon. If video with a digital reflex is still limited, in particular why it is difficult to have an effective autofocus and noiseless lenses, progress is very fast.
We may notice also the emergence and the simultaneous existence of many types of devices: from professional digital reflexes, hybrid cameras mirror-less but with large sensors and interchangeable lenses, bridges cameras with important zooms, digital compact and at the end of the chain, Smartphones which are now able to take photographs with 5 or 8 million pixels and videos HD.
The camcorders themselves evolve quickly and are refined in several families from pro or semi-pro cameras to video devices with integrated USB connector which allow to put immediately its video on Facebook or the Web.

This technologic convergence brings the photo amateur or professional to re-examine his hobby or his job. The still image can be completed by video sequences. New media like the iPad are supporting a multi-media, instantaneous and polymorphic reading.

Photokina 2010

Chase Jarvis presents video made with D7000


Digital SLR



Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100



Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000



Canon  60D

Canon 60D



Pentax KR


Pentax KR

The two brands leaders on the market of the reflex cameras, Canon and Nikon, continue to exploit this segment by proposing more and more attractive cameras. Thus the new entry of Nikon reflex camera the Nikon D3100 offers a 14 megapixels sensor, video Full HD with active autofocus active, Live View. All for less than 600 € in kit with a stabilized zoom 18-55. 14 megapixels sensor, HD video and Live View become the new standard 2010 for the digital reflexes of Canon, Nikon, Sony or Pentax. Only Olympus with the size restriction of Four Thirds sensor has difficulty to follow up. Difficult in this context for the expert bridges or the new hybrid cameras to play on the ground of quality and the opening. They keep for them compactness. Canon complete its offer with Canon D60, with a 18 megapixels sensor, Full HD Video with 30 images by second and directional screen. Nikon replies with Nikon D7000, in replacement of D90 and which offers many functions: 16 megapixels sensor, Full HD Video with images by second for the same price as D90 when it was launched, two years ago. Pentax presents also two new digital reflex. Pentax K-5 with an alloy body inherited from K-7, a 16.3 megapixels APS-C sensor and a sensitivity being able to go up to 51200 Iso. Pentax KR is the new entry camera with a 12.4 megapixels sensor and an high-definition screen (921 000 points), Full HD Video, and a sensitivity going up to 25.600 Iso. These two digital reflex present an excellent quality-price ratio.
Sony updates its offer with Sony Alpha 560 and 580 with Full HD Video and respectively 14 and 16,2 million pixels sensors. Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony profit of this Photokina to complete their optical range offer as well in Full Format, for Canon and Nikon, as for format APS-C for all.
Thus Nikon launched the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VRII for full frame cameras. This lens has a fixed F4 maximum aperture with a Nano Crystal coating and 9-bladed diaphragm.





AF-S 35mm 1.4 G


AF-S 35mm 1.4 G




AF-S 24-120mm 4 VRII G


AF-S 24-120mm 4 VRII G


AF-S 200mm 2 ED G VRII

AF-S 200mm 2 ED G VRII

Olympus E5

Olympus E5


Sigma SD1

Sigma SD1

In spite of the success of Micro Four Thirds E-PEN cameras, Olympus do not give up the Four Thirds digital reflex system and its fabulous park of lenses, it proposes a new flagship camera: the Olympus E5 with a 12.3 megapixels sensor with a dust-protecting and a stabilization system include in the sensor. Its price limits it to unconditional and aficionados of the brand.
Sigma had presented a new Sigma SD15 camera, , in replacement of the SD14, with always the same 14 megapixels sensor (2,652 X 1,768 X 3 layers) Foveon X3. All people considered it regrettable that this sensor is the same that launched four years rather. But in Photokina 2010, Sigma presented the mock-up of superb Sigma SD1 professional camera with a new sensor Foveon X3 of megapixels, in fact 3×15,3 megapixels.

EVIL cameras (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lenses)



Sony NEX5

Sony NEX5



Sony NEX5

Samsung NX100

Sony Alpha 55

Sony Alpha 55


Panasonic GH2



Panasonic GH2

We are waiting innovations from Canon or Nikon (the rumor of a mysterious Q project) on this market segment but apparently these two marks prefers today to concentrate their efforts on the markets of digital reflex camera and compact or bridges.

If Sony with its Nex series is one of the important actors on the market of hybrid EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lenses) cameras. It proposes two camera bodies, in addition to the 560 and 580, Sony Alpha 33 and Alpha 55 where the traditional mirror chamber is replaced by a semi-transparent fixed mirror. This reduce weight and volume and allow to have a powerful autofocus during the video action, Autofocus during video is the Achilles' heel of 2010 digital reflex, even if progress is visible on the last models D3100 and D7000 in particular.
The Sony Alpha 33 and 55 replace the optic viewfinder by an electronic one. I think that these cameras constitute only one temporary step, As soon as the development by phase detection will be mature, and it is only a matter of time and power of processor, this type of cameras, will not be of much interest compared with the mirror-less cameras like Panasonic GH, Samsung NX or Sony Nex with their more compact lenses and bodies.


a fake advertisement for Nikon Q

a fake advertisement for Nikon Q

Compacts

Fujifilm Finepix X100

Fujifilm Finepix X1000

Leica M9 Titane

Leica M9 Titane


Leica D-Lux 5

Leica D-Lux 5


Samsung EX1

Samsung EX1

the Fujifilm Finepix X100 is an alloy compact camera equipped with a large sensor 12 megapixels APS-C sensor and a luminous fixed focal lens (equivalent to 35mmf2.0 in 135 format). It has a video mode HD but especially an hybrid viewfinder which combine an optical and electronic viewfinder. It will be available in 2011.

Leica does not present original models but a luxury version of Leica M9 Titane and some compacts: Leica D-Lux 5 similar to Panasonic Lumix 5 and Leica V-Lux 2, resembling of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100.


Canon G12

Canon G12

Nikon P7000

Nikon P7000



Canon and Nikon did not launch compacts with large sensors. On the segment of the compact expert. Canon upgrades its high-sold expert bridge camera, the Canon G12 with a 10 megapixels sensor.
Nikon proposes a very similar camera Nikon P7000 with the same sensor value and a zoom less open but with a greater amplitude. Panasonic upgrades the LX-3 in LX-5 , number 4 is sign of misfortune in Asia, and Samsung joint the trio with its Samsung EX1 and its very luminous 24-72 mm f/1,8-2,4 lens, its 10 megapixels sensor and its AMOLED screen. .


3D Stereo Photo




Fujifilm 3DW3

Fujifilm 3DW3





3D Lens for Lumix Micro 4/3

3D Lens for Lumix Micro 4/3




Panasonic 3D camcorder

Panasonic 3D camcorder

Since the Fifties of last century, stereo photography tries to be a mass market, today without success. However in 2010 and with 3D movies like " Avatar" who give credibility to people, the 3D is a strong trend and tries become a major way for movies and to introduce the living rooms via Blue-ray 3D and the 3D TV flat panel. Panasonic launched a video 3D camcorder and proposes a special lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera series G. Fuji proposes the Fujifilm 3DW3 which allows to take digital photographs 3D, to print them or to visualize them on its integrated rear screen. A positioning presence for the future.

Avatar le film 3D

Avatar le film 3D de James Cameron


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