Camera news: Canon G1X, Fuji X-Pro1, Sigma lenses

Only a quick update, as I’m currently at work and don’t have time to write a full article. Two interesting new cameras have just been announced, one that has long been rumored, another one that comes as a surprise. Also, Sigma has announced two interesting new lenses.

Canon G1 X

The Canon G1 X

The Can0n G1 X is the latest iteration of Canons acclaimed G-series enthusiast’s compacts that started with the G1 back in 2000. Traditionally, the G-series models have been advanced point-and-shoot cameras with small sensors, medium-fast lenses, a complete range of knobs and dials for fully manual operation as well as integrated optical viewfinders. The G1 X continues in that tradition, with one major exception: it features a completely new, almost DSLR-sized 14 megapixel sensor that measures 18.7 x 14 mm and is thus slightly larger than even (Micro) Four Thirds sensors.

You can find the complete press release as well as all relevant information on the new G1 X at Imaging Resource. A preview of the camera can be found on dpreview.

Fujifilm X-Pro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has been rumored for quite a while, but until recently we had no idea what it would look like. Well, now we know. The X-Pro1 is Fujifilms first (independent) venture into the realm of interchangeable-lens cameras. It is a mirrorless design (like all current system cameras) that features a hybrid optical-electronical viewfinder similar to the one in the Fuji X100 — with the difference that the X-Pro1’s viewfinder has two magnifications, one for shorter and one for longer focal lengths. It will come with three fast lenses (one of them a 35mm f/1.4) right from the start, and will offer the possibility to attach M-mount lenses (albeit without rangefinder coupling).

You can find the complete press release as well as all relevant information on the new X-Pro1 at Imaging Resource. A preview of the camera can be found on dpreview.

Sigma to introduce Micro Four Thirds lenses

Sigma have announced that they were going to introduce a line of Micro Four Thirds lenses a while ago, and now the first two lenses have been announced: a 19mm f/2.8 and a 30mm f/2.8. While I welcome the fact that more and more manufacturers start making lenses for this wonderful system, I fail to see the relevance of Sigma’s offering. While 38mm is definitely not a useless focal length, there are already a couple of equivalents in that focal length range – the Olympus 17/2.8 and the Panasonic 20/1.7. A 60mm f/2.8 lens would be useful if it were a macro lens, but it doesn’t appear to be one — so again I fail to see its relevance. We’ll see what Sigma will come up with next, but I doubt these two lenses will find many fans.

Links to announcements with more specs and info at 1001noisycameras.

EDIT: This article on dpreview states that the lenses will come with two different mount options: Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount (NEX). On NEX cameras, their focal lengths translate to 28 and 45 mm — which makes a whole lot more sense, even if they’re still relatively slow.

3 comments to Camera news: Canon G1X, Fuji X-Pro1, Sigma lenses

  • cfx

    I’m looking forward to the Fuji X-Pro1.
    Maybe it is the digital M-alternative I always was waiting for…

    • I guess it depends on whether a manual focus aid like in the Sony NEX series is implemented. The sensor looks like a winner, from what I can tell from the first few samples.

  • I’ve seen some samples from the Fuji, and indeed it seems to challenge a D3s regarding the absence of noise when using high ISO settings. That’s not only remarkable, that’s a miracle. Now if those lenses are as good as the ones from Leica, then this will surely be a fine camera indeed, no matter what the price is (but I’m sure it’s cheaper than both a Leica or a D3s)…

    Let’s wait for the first real world tests and see – could be the photographers’ tool for the time being.

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