Company may be first to bring smartphone OS to camera
Nikon may be the first company to release a point-and-shoot camera powered by a smartphone OS, with a formal announcement expected at Photokina. A filing with the Indonesian Communication Agency points to an unannounced Coolpix, labeled the S800c, that is claimed to be powered by Android 2.3, according to details posted by NikonRumors.
Pentax 645D to cost $10,000, out in December
At Photokina this week, Pentax announced its belated 645D medium format digital camera will begin shipping in December in both the US and the UK. Stateside, the body only will be priced at a nice, round $10,000, while UK buyers will have the option to buy body for the equivalent of $14,150 or in kit form with a DFA 55mm 645 SDM lens for about $15,700. The camera has a 40-megapixel, 44x33mm CCD sensor and a 3-inch LCD with a 921k resolution.
Sigma SD1 keeps Foveon X3 sensor, 11-point AF
Japanís Sigma Corp. has today taken the covers off its flagship Sigma SD1 15.4 megapixel DSLR at Photokina. It adopts a lightweight, weather-proof, solid magnesium alloy body to house its 1.5X crop Foveon X3 sensor. The technology enables the camera to capture all primary RGB colors at each pixel location rather than use a Bayer filter and leads Sigma to make a questionable claim to a 46-megapixel sensor.
Leica dresses up Panasonic cameras for Europe
At Photokina on Tuesday, Leica added two new compact cameras in the V-Lux 2 and D-Lux 5. The two are luxury versions of existing cameras from Panasonic, namely the Lumix FZ100 and LX5, respectively. The former has a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and 24x optical zoom and can record 1080i video at 60fps, while still photos can be taken at up to 11fps in rapid capture mode, just like the FZ100.
Sony shows new camera gear at Photokina
At the Photokina show that kicked off on Tuesday, Sony showed off many new products, chief among them a new Alpha A-series DSLR along with software updates for the NEX-series cameras. The latest Alpha A-series on display could be the company's upcoming A77 camera, which is believed to have the ability to shoot HD video in AVCHD and have an optional vertical grip. It will use a translucent mirror, like the A55 and A33, while sporting an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.
Minox to bring out 3D camera at Photokina
Minox, a German camera, binoculars and other optical gadgets maker said it will bring its PX3D camera to the Photokina show next week. The camera is said to be capable of capturing images in 3D that can be viewed without special glasses, though how it will accomplish this is not yet revealed. It could involve either a digital frame of some sort or lenticular prints.
DSLR extends features beyond flagship E-3
Olympus may be preparing to announce a new flagship DSLR, the E-5, at the Photokina expo next month in Germany. The camera will reportedly retain the 12-megapixel sensor of the current E-3, along with the 4/3 lens mount, an unnamed source has told 4/3 Rumors. Olympus reportedly designed the E-5 to compete directly with Nikon's D300s and Canon's 7D.
Sony to show Pellix cameras in September?
Sony will unveil two models of a new type of digital cameras at the Photokina show in September, says one rumor. The design is dubbed Pellix, and includes both a semitransparent and fixed mirror, according to SonyAlpahRumors. The two new Sony cameras, A55 and A33, will use the same APS-C sized sensor as the NEX-3 and NEX-5.
Canon may launch 5D mk II
Canon is expected later this month to unveil an updated EOS 5D Mark II at Photokina, with insiders predicting a 21-megapixel sensor and HD movie capturing, like the recently unveiled Nikon D90. CNET reveals that Canon said it would replace a "long overdue model" of SLR, potentially indicating the three year-old 5D. Some think that the D90-style additions would stray too much from Canon's focus on quality, rather than loading down its camera with extraneous features.