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Fuji X100: Exceptional But Frustrating

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Nothing beats a real–world user review, right? Michael Reichmann ( recently had a go with a Fujifilm X100, which he summarized as “exceptional but frustrating.”

The review highlights what we’ve all been anticipating about the X100, but with a few caveats. Here’s his noteworthy observations:

  • This is a no nonsense camera. None of the various dummy modes in consumer cameras are available.
  • Build quality and handling is good, while keeping weight ideal.
  • Autofocus performance is good, but not as fast as a Panasonic GH2.
  • Manual focusing is a little disappointing, confirming that the manual focus ring is fly–by–wire and not mechanical. The optical and electronic viewfinders both have their downsides and may not be as good as everyone expects.
  • Despite being just 12 megapixel, the APS–C sensor is “comparable to a Nikon D3.”
  • The rear control dial is not as useful as it needs to be and seems to be just an afterthought after the camera’s initial design.
  • The software’s menu system (and rear controls) is rather not as user–friendly as expected.

There’s a lot more in the said review so you’d probably want to check it out. For now, this helps us see the Fuji X100 in its true form, with less of the nostalgia magic it has been so full of.

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Panasonic DMC-LX5 Sample Photos

We all know that Panasonic unveiled the LX3’s successor a few days ago, called the Lumix LX5. (Initially labeled as the LX5K, it is now simply the LX5.) If you’re wondering if this thing can take good photos, DPReview (as always) has a gallery of photos from a pre–production LX5.

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Panasonic DMC-LX5K: LX3 Made Better

Panasonic DMC-LX5K

Finally, the LX3’s true successor is finally here! Panasonic has taken the wraps off the DMC–LX5K, a new camera designed to improve on their bestselling LX3.

The LX5K sports a “high sensitivity” 10 megapixel CCD, no doubt based on the LX3’s class–changing sensor. In many ways, the new camera is still very much an LX3, though fitted with a longer zoom range that goes from 24mm to 90mm. This time, an optical and electronic viewfinder are available as addon options. Ergonomically, they also changed the handgrip that’s sure to help the camera’s feel.

(via wouter28mm)

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Holga D: A digital Holga?

Holga D Concept

Would you buy a digital Holga? One with older generation digital technology, paired with the vintage plastic lens of the original Holga? Saikat Biswas thinks you just might.

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Samsung TL500/EX1 launched

The growth of the digital SLR market has surely been astounding in the past few years, but it has not stopped the growth of advanced compact “point&shoot” cameras that allow for good photos without the bulk of an SLR system. The Limux LX3 is one perfect example, along with others that came after it like the Canon Powershot S90 and the G11, the Olympus E–P1 and E–P2, and the Leica X1.

Now Samsung has also joined the advanced compact camera market with their new offering, the Samsung EX1, also know as the TL500. Just like the LX3, it comes with a fast zoom lens, this one being an f/1.8-2.4 wide angle 3x (24-72mm equivalent) image stabilized zoom lens, a range that should be very useful to the type of shooters the camera is for. With the fast aperture available throughout the range, this camera will likely be a good low–light shooter.

The sensor used is a 1/1.7″ 10MP CCD, paired with a 3.0″ multi-angle AMOLED display. Full manual controls along with RAW output option puts this camera right up there with the LX3 and similar cameras, except for one—video recording will only be in VGA, utilising H.264 encoding. Still, I think this will be a very interesting camera.

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Ricoh GR Digital III announced

Ricoh GR Digital III

After months and months of rumors on the update to Ricoh’s GR Digital series, the Ricoh GR Digital III is finally here. One of the notable details floated around was indeed correct: the new fast–aperture 28mm f/1.9 GR lens.

Here’s the list of highlights for the GR III:

  • 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens
  • GR Engine III
  • 10 megapixel high-sensitivity CCD and AFE
  • Pixel output interpolation algorithm
  • Multi-pattern auto white balance
  • Fast AF even in low-light situations
  • Full Press Snap
  • Pre-AF mode
  • Continuous shooting and high write speed
  • AE/AF target shift
  • Extensive exposure modes (Shutter speed priority AE newly added)
  • New macro mode system controls field curvature
  • Dynamic range double shot (In–camera HDR!)
  • Aspect ratio 1:1 square format mode
  • Flash synchro setting
  • Manual flash amount setting
  • Three types of bracketing
  • Magnesium body for superior reliability

The GR Digital III is certainly better than the GR II. Unfortunately, there are curious omissions like HD movie recording—it still records in 640×480 pixels! Compared to the Panasonic Lumix LX3, it’s a close battle with the LX3 taking the lead in movie recording and lens performance, at least on paper. More importantly, the GR III is priced above USD $500, making it more expensive than its direct competitors. Unless Ricoh lowers its price, the GR III might just be the same as its GR and GX siblings—good cameras that could’ve sold more.

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Superheadz Digital Harinezumi is a new analog camera…


… but it really is digital. The Digital Harinezumi is the first digital camera from Superheadz, a Japanese camera maker specializing in analog cameras very much like nostalgic toy cams that are so popular nowadays. What makes this camera really special is the washed out analog look it produces. Occasionally, light leaks will appear on the images as well as some color shift similar to what’s typically seen in cross–processed film. You’ve got to see photos from the Digital Harinezumi, they definitely look surreal without messing with analog film.

The camera outputs 2 megapixel images and also shoots video that look like 8mm clips, and without sound. The most modern features on this camera are the microSD slot and the rear LCD that can only be used for reviewing your shots—you can’t do live–view with it. You compose and frame your shots using a fold–out optical viewfinder on top of the camera.

Now here’s the bad news: the Digital Harinezumi is only available in Japan, at least officially. And it is sold out. Converting its price in Japan comes out to around $150 USD, not exactly cheap but still reasonable enough for such a fun camera. If only we can get it here in the Philippines.

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Best Enthusiast Compact Camera: Lumix LX3!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

I knew I wouldn’t regret buying my Lumix LX3, and this just confirms it: best enthusiast compact camera! The Panasonic Lumix DMC–LX3 bests some of the more popular brands and cameras like the Canon Powershot G10 and the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and takes the crown among enthusiast compacts. Nice to see a good camera get noticed by the rest of the industry.

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Lumix LX3 Firmware 1.1

If you’re one of those (like me!) who joined the mad rush for a Panasonic Lumix DMC–LX3 this Christmas season, you’d want to upgrade it to the latest firmware, now at version 1.1. Not that there was anything wrong with the older firmware, but updates like this one make sure everything is right with your device. It takes just a few minutes to finish the update and all you need is an SD card and a fully charged battery. And your LX3 of course.

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The Lumix LX3 rocks!


I tried hard to resist buying a new camera, but I guess since it’s almost Christmas I’ve got a perfect excuse. So I bought the camera that’s been the favorite serious compact the past few weeks: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3!

The sample photos I’ve been running into just made it harder, it was the camera I’ve been looking for, the one I can carry with me when I don’t to lug around a heavy digital SLR. The 24-60mm lens is performs well despite the short range. At 24mm, its aperture maxes out at f/2.0, making it perfect for natural light shooting. At the 60mm end, it’s still at f/2.8 and with the built–in optical image stabilization, very much usable. This is the compact digicam that you’d love using for shooting without a flash.

Image quality is lovely and the built–in “film modes” produces old-school black and whites as well great–looking color photos. Heck, you can even make it produce lomo–like ultra–saturated snaps that pop!


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 sample images

Okay, these are not the first photos from the LX3 that you’ll see, but these are the ones that will make you consider buying it.

Amsterdam '08 - Vermillion

Gran Vía

Sunset over Megami Bridge in Nagasaki

we are rockstars

The photos are linked to their photographers, all credits to them. Wow, these makes me really want to get an LX3.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3


Everybody wants this camera: the Panasonic Lumix DMC–LX3. Not too long ago, the Ricoh GR and GX serious compacts made it into the bags of discerning enthusiasts. Now here’s a new camera that simply does the job well without the made–for–marketing features of its competitors. With a more than adequate 10 megapixel CCD sensor, the LX3 has a Leica 2.0-2.8 lens with an equivalent focal range of 24-60mm.

I’ve been trying to hard to resist the urge to buy this cam, and for the past few days I’ve been successful. Wish me luck as I continue to avoid another big spend. Now here’s some links to make you think about the Lumix LX3:

And if you’re wondering by now, the Lumix LX3 suggested retail price is USD $499 and it sells here in Manila in the 23-25,000 peso range, not bad at all. Unless of course you’d rather have a Nikon D40 for around 20k.

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Compact digicams for SLR shooters

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

I know a lot of our readers are SLR shooters, and most likely not all of us enjoy lugging around a digital SLR everyday. It’s just not practical — which is why most of us look for a serious compact camera that works effectively for everyday use.

The Canon Powershot G10 and the Nikon Coolpix P6000 leads most models in this field, mostly because of the badges they carry. Good brand translates to good sales after all. Personally, I’d prefer the Ricoh Caplio GX200 I mentioned some time ago. It is a not–so–secret favorite of many compact shooters. Recently, the Panasonic Lumix DMC–LX3 has also been getting good attention. It’s just like the GX200 having a lens that sports a 24mm wide end, but only faster. It handles noise better too, somehow.

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Ricoh Caplio GX-200

Ricoh Caplio GX-200

This is the serious enthusiast’s everyday camera. Heck, this could even be the pro’s walkaround camera. The Ricoh Caplio GX–200 is the updated version of the well–received GX–100, a camera that has received positive reviews from discerning photographers.

The GX–200 is mostly the same as the model it replaces, retaining its great features while sporting some new updates:

  • 12 megapixel high-performance 1/1.7-inch CCD
  • New image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine III allows for better noise control
  • 24 to 72 mm equivalent wide-angle zoom lens with aperture ofv F2.5 (wide) to F4.4 (tele-photo).
  • Large, high-resolution 2.7-inch, 460,000-dots HVGA LCD
  • Electronic leveling through an acceleration sensor
  • Expanded buffer memory allows continuous shooting of up to ?ve images in RAW mode
  • Comprehensive flash functions on the GX200 with light intensity adjustment function (-2.0 EV to +2.0 EV), a manual ?ash output control, and a ?ash synchro setting where ?ash timing can be set as 1st or 2nd curtain
  • An auto rotate function for image review
  • Auto level correction function for controlled shadows and highlights
  • Distortion correction function
  • Enhanced in–camera image editing functions

Ricoh’s recent models have been known to perform well when used as a black & white camera; the GX–200 is no exception and continues the trend. And the good thing about the GX–200 is that it’s very pocketable thus making it very friendly for casual shooting.

If reviews turn out favorable, I just might get a Ricoh Caplio GX–200 soon. ;)

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Canon Powershot A710 IS

Canon Powershot A710 IS

One of the hottest cameras on right now is the Canon Powershot A710 IS, currently fourth on their popularity list. Priced at $399, the inclusion of Canon’s image stabilization technology makes it one of the better choices in the market today. Here are some of the notable features of the camera according to’s article:

  • 7.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • 6x optical zoom with image stabilization
  • Safety zoom – digital zoom with losing image quality
  • Digital Tele-converter – emulates having a tele-converter attached to the camera
  • Exposure modes: auto, program auto, shutter priority, aperture priority, full manual, and complement of scene modes
  • 9 point AiAF autofocus system
  • capture 640×480 (VGA) movies at 30 fps up to 36 minutes long with 4GB SDHC media
  • MyColors features can now be applied after capturing, where previously they were applied at the capture time

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced camera for the Christmas season, the Canon Powershot A710 IS should be one of the better choices.