CES 2013 new cameras

by Enche Tjin on January 9, 2013

The International Consumer Electronics Show began at January 8 and ends on January 11, gives us some cameras and accessories to check. It is not as grand as Photokina trade show last year, because the show is more about computer/gadget rather than photography. But fortunately, we still get some interesting photography related stuff available later this year.

Here are my takes on cameras introduced in this show:


Fujifilm X100s and X20, advanced luxury compact cameras

Fuji X100S: Easily the star of the show. X100 is hugely popular amongs enthusiasts street photographer and now, the X100S will surely expand the success of X100. The new X100s gets 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor, which is almost as good as full frame sensor. It gets faster autofocus speed and overall performance. The old X100 is criticized for its slow autofocus, so this improvement is quite huge. In addition, it gets manual focus peaking and dual split image  feature which will aid on manual focusing.

Fuji X20: As younger brother of X100S, Fujifilm X20 gets a boost in autofocus speed too and get focus peaking. Lens stay the same, 28-112mm f/2-2.8 which is already very good. Image sensor is getting better. We can expect better quality image out from this camera. Price: $599.


Android powered modular camera that can work with several mount via adapter

Polaroid Android modular camera
It’s surprised me to see Polaroid brand release its new camera. This camera is quite unique because image sensor is inside the lens unit, similar to Ricoh GXR system concept. It uses 1 inch sensor (crop factor 2.7″) similar to Nikon 1. Unsurprisingly, the design is almost the same. This camera will run Android 4.1 and has 3.5″ touchscreen LCD. Adapter module for micro four thirds, Pentax K-mount, and Nikon F will be available later.

Nikon S1 and J3: Offer very few improvements. S1 is very similar to Nikon J1 and will sit in the cheapest Nikon 1 system camera. Nikon J3 gets 14MP sensor, a much needed MP boost in order to compete with other compact cameras. Nikon 1 also gets two new lens. One is a all around (10-100mm) 27-270mm f/4-5.6 VR lens ($549) and a super wide angle (6.7-13mm) 18-35mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens. It is welcome addition to Nikon 1 family.


Tiny Canon N, ideal for mobile generation

Canon N: Reminded me on iPod Nano, a mini compact camera. It is square, very small, has 12 MP sensor, touchscreen and 8x optical zoom. Designed for mobile generation. It has plenty of digital filters inside and easy to connect to your mobile devices. Why you still want this instead of using your camera phone? It might be the 8x zoom lens.

Pentax MX-1 : Specification wise, it is similar to advanced compact camera in the market. The main differentiator is MX-1 has retro design. It has brass top that will age well. Spec wise, it looks good. It has bright zoom lens 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 and 12MP 1/1.7″ size sensor. The downside is it doesn’t have hotshoe.

Samsung NX300: Almost similar to NX210 in look, but NX300 get a two tone retro color. It also gets a touchscreen LCD and new processor. Overall performance including autofocus speed will be faster than NX200 or NX210. Samsung also announce new 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D. It’s a very unique and interesting lens.


Unique but simple compact for 75mm focal length lovers

Sigma DP3 Merill: DP3 catersto very specific shooters, especially who loves 75mm focal length. It has Foveon 46MP sensor and fixed 75mm (equivalent to full frame 35 format) which produces unique color and 3D renderng feel. DP cameras are usually slow, but Sigma promises this one is better by having dual processor inside.

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