CES New Product Announcements: Fuji and Sony

CES began in Las Vegas yesterday; over the course of the week, many of the leading consumer electronic brands will unveil new products. Yesterday, announcements of new Fuji and Sony gear hit the internet. For those of you who haven’t seen the new product releases, here are a few highlights:

Fujifilm announced a few new compact digital cameras, but currently Englewood Camera only carries the X-Series line and will not be offering these models. New to the X-Series system is the much-anticipated X100s digital camera–now in black! The price remains at $1299.99, and will be available (fingers crossed!) in February 2014. Call us to pre-order this camera.

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For those of you anxiously waiting for a new portrait lens from Fuji, the wait is over! Announced yesterday, the new XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens boasts fast autofocus, a wide aperture for shallow depth of field and low-light shooting, as well as an HT-EBC multi-layer coating to minimize ghosting and flare. Fuji’s new lens offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm, plus a seven-blade aperture diaphragm that helps create smooth and round bokeh effects. This lens will be hitting our shelves by March 2014, and will retail for $999.

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Also announced at CES is a new interchangeable lens camera from Sony, the ILCE5000. Designed for DSLR users but without the bulk, the new ILCE5000 offers a 20.1 megapixel Exmor APS-C Sensor, 180° tilting LCD screen, WiFi for seamless file sharing and transfers, Play Memories camera apps, and ISO rating up to 16000. The camera is outfitted with a 16-50mm OSS lens, retails for $599, and should be hitting the shelves late March 2014.

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Another exciting product announced by Sony is a new Action Cam! The HDR-AS100V offers a new splash proof body, advanced image stabilization with Active Mode, built-in GPS, has built-in WiFi, and can be controlled via smart phone (with NFC-compatible devices). The HDR-AS100V can shoot 13.5 megapixel still frames, and records XAVC 60-fps video. This Action Cam also has a professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens with an ultra-wide 170° view. Retailing for $299, the HDR-AS100V should be available by late April 2014.

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Add a Live View remote watch for wrist control to the HDR-AS100V! This versatile remote allows for more creative video (and still) opportunities. Snag one of these bundles for only $399; estimated availability is April 2014.

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As we hear about more product announcements, we will post on our blog. Thank you for looking!

 

Sony Demo Days at Englewood Camera!

Join Englewood Camera this Saturday, December 7th, for Sony Demo Days! Our Sony Photo Specialist Marc Morris will be here  from 10:00am – 4:00pm with exciting gear to demo, including the hot new Sony a7! Learn more about the innovative products that Sony has to offer, bring a list of questions to ask Marc, and catch great instant savings on cameras and lenses for the holidays! We have Sony a58 kits, NEX-6 kits, and the new Sony RX-10 in stock. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative event!

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Exciting new product announcements from Fuji and Sony this week!

Englewood Camera is pleased to announce that two of our main product lines are offering new models this fall!

Announced this morning from Fujifilm are the latest addition to the X-Series lineup: the X-E2 and the X-Q2.

Key features of the X-E2:

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Start up time of .5; shutter lag is only .05 seconds!
  • Incredible AF speed of .08 seconds
  • New Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) for improved image quality
  • High resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3″ (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD screen with high contrast, high brightness and wide viewing angle
  • In camera RAW converter
  • Full HD movie mode
  • Artistic features: multiple exposure, panoramic, toy camera, dynamic tone, pop color and more

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The X-E2 body will retail at $999.99, or you can purchase with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens for $1,399.99. Expected delivery is late November.

The new X-Q1 is an exciting new digital compact camera with the following key features:

  • 12 megapixel 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II offers fast start up time of .5 seconds, shutter lag of .15 seconds, and shooting interval of .3 seconds
  • Fast auto focus speed of .06 seconds
  • 4x intelligent digital zoom (equivalent of 25-100mm in 35mm format); lens offers f/1.8-f/4.9 variable aperture
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Full HD movie
  • ISO range of 100-12,800

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Availability is estimated for late October, and selling price is $499.99

Announced earlier this week from Sony are two exciting new cameras: the Alpha 7R and DSC-RX10.

Key features of the Alpha 7R:

  • Full frame 36.3 megapixel resolution with 14-bit RAW processing
  • Fully compatible with Sony E-Mount lenses and new full frame lenses
  • High contrast 2.4-million dot EVF (electronic view finder) for eye-level framing
  • Wi-Fi enabled to seamlessly transfer images to smartphones or tablets
  • New high-speed BIONZ X image processor
  • Full HD movie at 24/p/60i/60p with uncompressed HDMI output
  • Fast, intelligent AF fir responsive, accurate, and optimized for full frame sensor

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Body only is estimated at $2,299.99 retail price.

Sony’s latest compact Cybershot camera offers these key features:

  • 20.2 megapixel Exmor R 1″ CMOS sensor
  • Awesome 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi
  • Advanced noise reduction and maximum ISO of 12,800
  • Full HD movie with exposure control at 60p/24p
  • Smooth precise control ring for P/A/S/M operating modes
  • RAW or JPG files

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Estimated retail price is $1,299.99.

 

 

 

Fuji Demo Days Start Tomorrow at Englewood Camera!

Join Englewood Camera and Fujifilm this Friday and Saturday for demo days! We will have two representatives from Fuji here at the store to demo equipment, including the very popular X-Series cameras, and both reps will be available for tech support for existing Fuji customers. Grab a raffle ticket to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera; raffle will be held Saturday afternoon, but winner does not have to be present. Englewood Camera is proud to be the only Fujifilm Premier Elite Dealer in Colorado–your best resource for X-Series equipment, including the X100s, XE-1, X-M1, and all Fujinon lenses.

Check out Englewood Camera’s great selection of equipment, and join us for a fun event! See you this weekend!

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Join the raffle to win this camera + film!

 

Fujifilm Announces New X-A1

This morning, Fujifilm announced the newest member to its X-Series system: the X-A1. Details from Fuji’s press release are as follows:

Valhalla, N.Y., September 17, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A1 compact system camera (CSC), the fourth interchangeable lens system camera introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series. The ultra-light X-A1 gives consumers an affordable entry point into the X-Series line of digital cameras and delivers outstanding image quality using its large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C  CMOS sensor, easy operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing.

The FUJIFILM X-A1 kit will ship with the FUJINON XC 16-50mm (24-76mm)*1 F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The XC 16-50mm is a versatile lens that is ideal for a wide range of photographic subjects, including clear low-light scenes, beautiful portraits and vivid landscapes. The lens consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments for precise aperture control.

“The lightweight X-A1 and versatile XC16-50mm lens combination gives consumers extraordinary value and the opportunity to experience the outstanding image quality that the X-Series is known for,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Together with a high definition tilting screen and wireless image transfer, consumers of all skill levels can capture truly memorable images that can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter quickly and easily.”

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Large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II

The FUJIFILM X-A1 uses an APS-C sensor and powerful EXR Processor II that captures rich tones, breath-taking dynamic range and stunning low-light images using its extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, to obtain remarkably clear images even when shooting indoors and at night.

Together with the EXR Processor II, the X-A1 also gives customers fantastic speed with a start-up time of 0.5 seconds*2, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames*3).

Compact performance and advanced features

The X-A1 CSC combines advanced features in a go-anywhere design. The X-A1 weighs just 11.6oz*4 and is about a third of the size of a traditional DSLR body. With a slim profile of 1.3” at its trimmest point, the X-A1 is easily carried anywhere.

The X-A1 also features a 3” tilting high resolution LCD screen with 920,000 dots for easy image viewing and framing at various angles. The 3” LCD monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, facilitating both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod. The X-A1 uses a built-in high precision flash, with the guide number 7*5, and Super Intelligent Flash technology that uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.

Easy Image Transfer with WiFi® button

The X-A1 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies*6  to social media sites for easy sharing from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers.

To connect the X-A1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-A1. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

Intuitive design and easy operation

The X-A1 has its key operation buttons and dials positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel for easy use and quick picture taking. The Mode Dial for selecting the optimum setting for each scene gives access to the Advanced SR Auto function, which automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings for sharp and clear images.

The Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.

FUJIFILM X-A1 key features list:

  • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    • Start-up time of 0.5
    • Shutter lag time of 0.05
    • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • 3” (920K dot) tilting high resolution LCD screen
  • Full range of ISO100 – ISO25600
  • Wireless image transfer
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Film Simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia, and Black & White)
  • 8 Advanced Filters (Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color)
  • Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
  • Full HD movie 1080P\30fps and built-in stereo microphone
  • Available accessories include: Leather Case, Hand Grip, and Clip-on Flash

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Englewood Camera expects to have this camera later this month! Retail is $599.99 for the X-A1 and 16-50mm kit, which is available in Black or Indigo Blue.

 

 

Fujifilm Launches New XF 23mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Lens

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FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R, a premium wide-angle lens designed to work seamlessly with the award-wining line of X-Series compact system cameras. On APS-C cameras, this focal length is equivalent to 35mm, and is ideal for every day photography.

According to Fujifilm’s Press Release from this morning, the new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R provides enhanced resolving power with crisp contrast to draw maximum performance out of the highly descriptive X-Trans CMOS sensor. The fast F/1.4 aperture allows the user to reduce blurring in low light conditions and achieve stunning shallow depth to field photography. The FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R features a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the barrel. Both are useful when manually pre-focusing to capture a fast moving subject, or minimize the shutter lag to capture a fleeting moment. Lens distortion has been reduced to an absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality. The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots at a medium aperture to maintain reasonable depth-of-field.

FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R key features:

  • 35mm equivalent F1.4 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 1 lens group consisting of 3 cemented lens elements and 1 aspheric lens element
  • Built-in high-torque DC coreless motor
  • Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 22 stops in 1/3 EV steps
  • Lens elements treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron

Lens availability will be October 2013. Retail price is $899.99.
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Exciting new products from Sony!

Sony will continue its legacy of digital innovation by announcing two new cameras and three new lenses into the competitive interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market; announced late last night are two new cameras, the α3000 and the NEX5T, as well as three new lenses.

The new Sony α3000 is the latest addition in the E-Mount system. A brand new style of E-mount camera from Sony, the α3000 offers point and shoot simplicity with the image quality, comfortable body style, and creative freedom one would expect from an interchangeable lens camera or traditional DSLR.  Packed with a 20.1 megapixel Exmor®APS-C sensor, Full HD video shooting capability, a bright LCD eye-level viewfinder, and a Multi-Interface Accessory Shoe for system accessories, it’s loaded with features all in a lightweight body.  And with quick AF in Live View and up to 3.5 photos per second shooting, it’s designed to captures life’s action!

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Replacing the NEX-5R in Sony’s successful line of compact interchangeable lens cameras, the NEX-5T takes on the feature set of its predecessor and adds two new options.  The first is NFC (near field communication) for one-touch shooting and sharing of images on Android-based smartphones and tablets, and the second option is an E 16-50mm power zoom lens (SELP1650) as the basic kit option.  Like the NEX-5R, the new NEX-5T has a 16.1 megapixel Exmor®APS-C sensor, Fast Hybrid AF for DSLR-like focusing, Full HD video capture, Wi-Fi® and PlayMemories™ Camera Apps for connectivity and expanded functionality among a host of other features.  The new NEX-5T is everything that has made the 5 series great year over year, but now even better.

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In addition to these exciting new cameras, Sony is also offering three new E-Mount lenses!

  • Vario‐Tessar T* E 16‐70mm F4 ZA OSS  Carl Zeiss performance in a compact mid‐range zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot and F/4 available at all focal lengths

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  • E PZ 18‐105mm F4 G OSS A smooth, quiet, high‐quality mid‐range power zoom model that’s ideal not only for still images but also for movies—Sony’s first G Lens for E‐mount cameras.

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  • E 50mm F1.8 OSS Black Utilizing the same optical formula as the current E 50mm F1.8 lens, this new model offers customers a new color option of black.

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Englewood Camera should see these cameras in stock by the middle of September, and the lenses by the middle of October. Call us or stop by the store to be wait-listed for these new products!

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Canon Announces 4 New Powershot Cameras

This morning, Canon USA announced four new PowerShot models to the compact digital camera lineup; the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS, and PowerShot SX170 IS.

 

Canon’s new PowerShot G16 boasts 12.1 megapixel, High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor, as well as a 28-140mm zoom range with an f/1.8-2.8 aperture range for strong low-light performance. The PowerShot G16 is the first camera in the G series to offer built-in WiFi technology. This feature allows users to seamlessly transfer their photos and videos to a smart phone, tablet or computer via Canon’s CameraWindow app.

In addition, the G16 features new shooting modes to capture breathtaking images day or night. The new Star mode gives users the ability to capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky through the use of three scene modes. “Star Nightscape” lets users shoot the radiance of stars in a landscape image, while the “Star Trails” mode captures trails of stars to turn them into a luminous still image. “Star Time Lapse Movie” captures continuous still images of the stars and then combines each to create a stunning video replicating the motion of the stars in the night sky.

Estimated Retail: $549.99. Shipping October 2013

 

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Succeeding the PowerShot S110, the pocket-sized PowerShot S120 digital camera continues the tradition of built-in Wi-Fi® technology that allows for images and video to be shared to social networking sites or via email through the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Users can also download the free Canon CameraWindow app to their compatible iOS® or Android device and upload images from virtually anywhere.

The PowerShot S120 features a sharp 24-120mm extra-wide angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. It is equipped with Canon’s HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor allowing for enhanced low-light image quality. The advancements to Canon’s AF system allow users to achieve significantly faster autofocusing speeds. The S120 allows for continuous capture of up to 12.1 frames per secondii at 12.1-megapixels. The camera also records 1080p/60p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone and convenient playback via HDMI output.

Multiple creative shot modes such as the new Star mode, Background Defocus mode, and handheld HDR Scene mode give users the ability to create images they will be proud to share. Smart AUTO technology selects 58 different pre-defined scenes without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images in a variety of situations.

Estimated Retail: $449.99. Shipping in October 2013

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The compact PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera incorporates a 30x optical zoom 24mm wide-angle lens, Intelligent IS technology for sharp, vivid images, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor that allows users to capture high-quality images. The camera also records 1080p Full HD video. The SX510 HS is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology so that images and videos can be shared with friends and family wirelessly on social networking sites or via email through the use of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Users can also upload images from almost anywhere via their compatible iOS® or Android device with the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app.

The camera’s Zoom Framing Assist feature automatically maintains the correct distance from the subject using a face recognition sensor to track and capture subjects for sharp still and video images. Upgraded from previous PowerShot models, the AF speed helps dramatically reduce lag time so that perfect shot will be captured with ease.

Estimated Retail: $249.99. Shipping in September 2013

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The PowerShot SX170 IS digital camera offers a long zoom in a compact camera body at an affordable price. The camera’s 16x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilization captures clear, vivid images whether a subject is up close or far away. Featuring High-Speed AF and Intelligent IS system that provides smooth video and sharp images via six stabilization modes, the SX170 IS operates with a DIGIC 4 Image Processor and a 16.0-megapixel sensor to create high-quality images. With 720p HD video capability, users can shoot still and video images and view both via an HDTV using an HDMI connector.

Complete with Smart AUTO technology, the PowerShot SX170 IS automatically selects the optimal settings from 32 predefined shooting situations, which helps the user to capture the best image possible. Powered by a new lithium-ion battery that provides efficient battery life, the SX170 IS has a 3.0-inch LCD screen and an ergonomic body allowing users to comfortably hold the camera.

Estimated Retail: $179.99. Shipping in September 2013

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Find out more information on Canon USA’s website.