All digital imaging companies have been affected by smartphone sales. The image sensors found in high-end mobile devices are attracting potential compact camera and DSLR customers. Olympus is one of the companies which have taken the biggest blow and, as a result, it has announced that it will reduce DSLR investment.
2013 is going to be a busy year for Canon. The company has already opened its first experience center, called Image Square, and has announced firmware updates for several cameras. Although it is rumored to launch a new EOS M mirrorless camera, Canon is actually preparing a firmware update for the original EOS M.
2013 will be a very important year for Sony. Some would call it a “decisive” year and the company is looking to repay the faith of long-time fans and to attract new customers. Besides a new PlayStation gaming console, Sony will also announce new cameras and lenses, whose prices have been leaked by a Japanese source.
Sony is going to be very busy towards the end of the month. The company is going to hold a PlayStation-centric event on February 20th, when the PlayStation 4 will be revealed. During the same event, the company is expected to announce a new mirrorless camera, the NEX-3N, a shooter whose image was leaked on the internet.
Many people would have never believed it to be possible, but IBE Optics and Kipon have announced world’s fastest lens for mirrorless cameras with an impressive aperture as large as f/0.85. It will be released in the near future for mirrorless cameras under the name of HandeVision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85.
Nikon has decided to update the firmware of the 1 V1 interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera up to 1.21, in order to fix a bug which annoyed users even since the camera’s introduction. The Capture NX software has also been update to version 2.4.0 to add support for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
Tamron has announced the first Micro Four Thirds super zoom lens in the company’s history and only the third high-power zoom lens for mirrorless cameras. The Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC lens is aimed only at mirrorless cameras, offering an equivalent of 28-300mm for the 35mm full-frame format.
China was witness to a new Kodak-branded camera which was shown off at a press conference in Peking. The new Micro Four Thirds camera is planned for release in late Q3 of 2013. Made by JK Imaging, the new Micro Four Thirds camera is going to have a built in WiFi transmission function.
Canon introduced its first mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens in June 2012, in order to compete against other mirrorless camera makers like Nikon. The company is rumored to reveal an EOS-M successor in the coming months, along with three new lenses.
Nikon is not using an anti-aliasing filter in its latest mirrorless cameras, called J3 and S1. The two interchangeable lens cameras, unveiled at CES 2013, are lacking an optical low-pass filter and are using a different technology, which has been introduced for the first time in the big-megapixel Nikon D800E DSLR.
In anticipation of the 2013 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung has revealed the NX300 mirrorless camera. This device uses a Hybrid AF technology and a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor to capture beautiful photos in a quick, silent, and simple manner. The device will be on-display at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canon continues to dominate worldwide camera sales. However, there is one region that most cameras are trying to win because this is where most of them are based: Japan. The answer comes from a special report, confirming that Canon is also the leading company when it comes to camera sales in its home country.