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Mirrorless Fujifilm X-Pro1 Set to Impress

Fujifilm's latest entry into the digital camera market comes with the same sharp, retro styling seen in the Fujifilm X10 and X100 models. The X-Pro1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) that will launch along with three specially designed lenses in February.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Even though the X-Pro1 may look like a rangefinder from decades ago, Fujifilm has packed advanced technology into this camera including the X Mount lens mount, which communicates information between the body and lens. Framing lines are adjusted automatically when switching to a different lens, and a hybrid viewfinder makes it easy to switch between optical and electronic settings at will.

Tamron Launches Sony NEX-Compatible Zoom Lenses

Sony offers several lenses for its mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) series, otherwise known as NEX. The New E-mount Experience (NEX) consists of several popular cameras including the Sony NEX-3, NEX-5 and NEX-7. Third party lens manufacturers are starting to hop on the E-mount bandwagon, and Tamron is the latest entry into the NEX lens market.

Tamron 18-200mm Di III VC

Tamron is known for its compact high ratio zoom lenses, and produces high-quality lenses for several different lens mounts in the digital camera industry. When it comes to the NEX 18-200mm lens model just announced this week, Tamron is competing directly with the Sony E 18-200mm lens.

Fujifilm LX Mirrorless ILC Body / Sensor Leaks

It seems that digital camera manufacturers are having a hard time keeping their newest creations under wraps lately. This week we saw leaked images of the highly anticipated Nikon D800 DSLR, and now Fujifilm's upcoming entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) segment has been revealed.

Leaked photo 1 Fujifilm LX MILC

From the photos, it appears that the Fujifilm LX will share some of the design characteristics of the X100 and X10, both of which have a retro flair. In addition to a universal hot shoe, the LX appears to have several manual controls on the exterior of the camera. These include a separate shutter release and exposure compensation dial.

Panasonic GX1 Joins Lumix G Series Cameras

The latest addition to Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds digital camera lineup, the Lumix DMC-GX1 arrives this December. Despite its compact size, the GX1 packs a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor and an ISO sensitivity of 12800. Critics of the GF2 will be happy to see that Panasonic has moved to add professional features to the GX1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds

The Lumix GX1 features a hot shoe with accessory port along with an optional electronic viewfinder. On top of the aluminum chassis is a mode selection dial, and there's a 3-inch touch screen LCD display in back. Two buttons can even be assigned to custom settings for ease of use in any situation.

Samsung NX200 to Launch Globally in October

Samsung's latest digital camera creation has hit shelves in South Korea and is planned for a global launch later this month. The Samsung NX200 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor for professional results. All this in an incredibly compact form factor measuring only 4.6 x 2.5 x 1.4 inches. The camera is currently retailing in South Korea for around $840.

Samsung NX200 global release

Samsung is the third largest camera manufacturer by market share following rivals Canon and Sony, and the company has been itching to enter the higher end of the market as most of its sales come from point and shoot compacts. The NX200 is versatile with many compatible Samsung lenses already on the market.

Where to Pre-Order the Nikon V1

Nikon has finally launched its Nikon 1 series of mirrorless digital cameras along with an assortment of interchangeable lenses. The Nikon V1 is billed as the world's smallest and lightest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) with an electronic viewfinder.

Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless ILC

Lenses compatible with the Nikon V1 feature the new Nikon 1 mount system. Four lenses will be available at launch including a 10mm f/2.8 and three zoom lenses: 10-30mm, 30-110mm, and a 10-100mm power zoom. F-mount Nikkor lenses can also be used with the FT1 mount adapter.

Nikon V1 Mirrorless Camera to Launch This Year

Nikon has long been rumored to be working on a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) in the same vein as the Sony NEX-7 or the Panasonic GF3. These rumors are getting closer to reality as the Nikkei business daily reports Nikon will enter the market segment before the end of 2011. Pricing on the new mirrorless models will be competitive at between $900 and $1300.

Nikon MILC mount X810 leak

The leaked photo above is described by Nikon Rumors as the actual lens mount Nikon will use on its MILC. This photo matches diagrams on various patents Nikon has filed surrounding its upcoming MILC body. When it comes to lenses, the mount here is different from the F-mount currently used on Nikon DSLR models but an adapter will be available.

Canon Mirrorless Camera Rumors Resurface

Despite Canon executives stating that the company doesn't need to compete in the mirrorless camera market, rumors surrounding Canon's entry into the segment refuse to go away. Masaya Maeda, head of Canon's camera division was quoted in a Reuters report saying that his company would release an interesting, small product next year. Maeda explained that Canon was "considering the technical aspects" when asked about the mirrorless digital camera market.

Canon EIS mirrorless logo concept

Mirrorless digital cameras, also known as CSCs (Compact Camera Systems) have become increasingly popular with consumers. Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony have all entered the market with their own mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras. Maeda's comments are vague, but nevertheless have kept Canon fans hopeful for a mirrorless offering in 2012.

Canon: Competing in Mirrorless Market Isn't Required

In an interview with Amateur Photographer magazine, Canon head of consumer imaging in Europe, Rainer Fuehres, indicated that competing in the growing CSC (Compact Camera System) market isn't a requirement for Canon. Fuehres went on to explain that manufacturers that have entered the CSC market thus far have done so due to a lack of success in the DSLR market, which Canon dominates along with Nikon. Fuehres expressed his hopes that if Canon ever decided to enter the mirrorless marketplace, that it would do so because it had found a way to innovate, not to simply issue a "me too" product.

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