July 14, 2013
Nokia shares first official image samples from 41MP Lumia 1020

DPReview shares links to the first official image samples from 41MP Lumia 1020. I have to say the images are impressive. Not perfect, looking at the CNN building area on the city shot shows a lot of muddy looking pixels and some odd noise, for example, but for the most part I have to say this is the first camera phone that’s made me re-think my “iPhone is the best camera phone” position. Of course these are hand picked shots by the vendor, so they’re obviously choosing the best of the best. Still, something to keep an eye on.

PS: Come on Apple, this is technology that I’d be ok with you ripping off and putting in the iPhone 6… :)

Camera - Posted by Arcterex at 04:15 PM
January 07, 2013
PENTAX Announces New Point and Shoot: MX-1

943_1355868112_MX-1_Silver_3QView_large.jpgThis morning Pentax announced the Pentax MX-1, in both silver and black. Here’s the exerpt from the announcement:

Classically Crafted, Contemporary Quality

With its genuine brass covers and advanced digital compact capabilities, the PENTAX MX-1 is where craft design meets contemporary quality. The MX-1’s fast F1.8-2.5 lens, 4X zoom and large 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor allow for bright everyday imagery inside a stylish body. As its brass wears with time, feel the good old days come back to life in your images of today with the PENTAX MX-1.

Some of the highlights of the body are:

  • 1/1.7” 12mp sensor
  • F/1.8-2.5 aperture lens
  • 1080p @ 30fps video mode
  • 28-112mm 35mm equivelant (4x optical zoom, with digital (ugh) of 1.95x to make 7.8x zoom effective)
  • 3” tiltable LCD
  • Face and pet face detection
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC, with 75mb of internal memory, also Eye-Fi compatible
  • Weighs only 12.8 oz (without battery)
  • Sensor shift optical image stabilization

I really wish that they’d taken a bit more of a cue from the Fuji X-100 in terms of the sensor, but the modern styling does look beautiful (if the pictures do anything). Also it’ll be interesting to see how the sensor stacks up in terms of low light. Anyone from Pentax out there want to send me a review unit? :)

Camera , Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 10:35 AM