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Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Canon G1 X announced

Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Canon G1 X announced

While Kodak seems to be mired in bankruptcy stories as it’s having a difficult time making its way from film to the digital age, Fujifilm seems to have figured out a way to make the transition from a major player of consumable film and paper to the must-have camera-maker, continually creating a stir as it announces new products.

Fujifilm recently has figured out how to generate excitement around the photography industry with the announcements of its new cameras. Last year, it caused a stir when it introduced its FinePix X100, a retro-style single fixed lens, Leica look-alike advanced compact camera selling for well over its list price of $1,200.

Well that was last year’s news. The downside to the camera was its single fixed lens. No problem. Fujifilm just introduced the X-Pro1 at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The photos and specs conveniently leaked earlier, but that didn’t dampen the fire. It just fueled the anticipation for the release. These methods seemed to work as the camera has been featured on numerous popular tech and photograph websites:

Extreme Tech: Fujifilm X-Pro1: Radical new sensor layout smashes image sharpness limits
dpReview: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-on Preview
Tech Crunch: Fujifilm Makes The Glorious X-Pro1 Official (But Still No Price)
PCWorld: Fujifilm Announces X-Pro 1 Interchangeable-Lens Camera
Engadget: Fujifilm confirms X-Pro1 at CES: 16MP APS-C sensor, interchangeable lenses
USAToday: New Fujifilm flagship sets sail: announcing the X-Pro 1
Slashgear: Fujifilm X-Pro1 official: 16MP interchangeable lens rangefinder
PopPhoto: New Gear: Fujifilm X-Pro1 Has an APS-C Sensor, Interchangeable Lenses
Wired: Leaked Specs and Photo of Fujifilm XPro-1, Lenses
Gitzmoto: Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 Hands On: A 16-Megapixel Mirrorless Camera Beauty Queen
PhotoRumors: Two new images of the Fuji X-Pro 1 camera
Gadgetbox: Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 interchangeable lens system finally official

Did I mention the X-Pro1 has its own Fujifilm website? Marketing is king this time of year, but will it be in demand on its release? It’s already listed on Amazon with no price and a simple notice: “Look for the camera to be shipped sometime in the first quarter of 2012.”

Ok, enough hype, let’s take a look at the stats:

Interchangeable lenses - Three newly designed fixed “X mount” lenses are available: 27 mm f/2; 53mm f/1.4; and 60 mm f/2.4 macro. The addition of this feature should make it much more popular than its predecessor X100 model introduced last year.

Image sensor – 16.3 million pixels image (APS-C) sensor 23.6 mm x 15.6 mm – This one is tough to figure without trying out the camera. It certainly looks good from the stats. Everyone wants more pixels to compare your camera to the next one. The size and quality of the chip is the more important factor.

Hybrid multi-viewfinder – This feature allows the user to instantly change between an electronic and optical viewfinder. This lets the photographer have the feel of a more traditional finder in a modern state-of-the-art camera.

New design - Fujifilm made the right move here. Its old-school meets Leica in a sleek black design with its 3-inch LCD screen. Even the lens hood has a great custom retro look.

Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels

This camera is targeted as a high-end second camera for a professional photographer or serious amateur. This camera is an upgrade from the FinePix 100 in a larger form factor. The price has yet to be announced.

Canon PowerShot G1 X - Another consumer camera announcement in the spotlight at CES is the new Canon PowerShot G1 X. This is an update to the line of popular G-series cameras. These cameras are a little larger than your average point-and-shoot compact cameras. It features more dials and handles, more like a conventional DSLR in the smaller size. This camera continues to feature an optical viewfinder. This option usually adds to the size of the camera.

The G1 X is larger than its predecessors because it features a much larger sensor, which translates into better quality images. Again, like the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, this camera is designed for the advanced hobbyist or professional looking for a camera to carry when a bulkier DSLR isn’t appropriate.

Canon’s new 1.5-inch, 14.3-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor is “6.3 times larger” than the older PowerShot G12. Technology time travels so fast, my Canon G9 model from 2007 is practically obsolete. And, what about my 2001 vintage G2 model with a whopping 4-megapixel sensor? The camera’s a paperweight.

It’s a little unusual for camera manufacturers to go larger, but I think it was a smart choice to improve the quality; especially with the popularity of their smaller Canon S100 model,  a high-quality compact point-and-shoot that will slip easily in your pocket or purse.

Photos: Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera, Credit: Fujifilm; a close-up of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 displayed at the Consumer Electronics 2012 (CES) in Las Vegas, Credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg; the rear LCD screen of the X-Pro1 at CES, Credit: Dan Gluskoter/EPA; and the Canon G1 X, Credit: Canon.

robert.lachman@latimes.com

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6 Comments

  1. January 13, 2012, 3:05 pm

    There is a lot of hype associated with the Fuji camera but there are still tests to be made that are independent of postings on the Fuji website. That and the price will be the real determining factor of the success of this camera.

    As for the Canon, well, there are too many "why bothers" on this one.

    By: Brian
  2. January 13, 2012, 9:06 pm

    Darn – wish for the new Fuji. But, too pricey!

    By: HBTV
  3. January 16, 2012, 8:24 am

    The Canon G1X’s 14.3 megapixels may be an improvement over the previous G11 and G12, but not the still sought after G10, which has 14.7 megapixels. Canon is simply acknowledging the mistake they made in dialing back the resolution of the G series.

  4. January 17, 2012, 8:01 am

    Your list of x-mount lenses is incorrect, either you convert to 35mm equivalent, in which case the last lens is a 90mm f/2 macro or you give the actual focal lengths, which are 18mm, 35mm and 60mm respectively.

    By: ulfphoto@gmail.com
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  6. July 26, 2012, 7:31 pm

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