News Round Up: CES 2012 Updates from Canon, Sony etc

With this week being CES there is a lot of news to catch up on and it seems like it is steaming in faster than we can keep on top of. Some of it we have posted as individual articles like the Canon PowerShot G1X. What follows is a round up of the other new products announced.

Fuji X-Pro1 Finally Official

It is official, at last. While I may have labelled the Sony NEX-7 as a poor man’s Leica, the Fuji X-Pro1 may very well be seen as a direct competitor to the prestigious dream machine that many photographer lust after but few will ever own. The X-Pro1 is, in it’s simplest definition, a changeable lens X100. It has a 16MP sensor and will at launch have 3 lenses available for it. I think on the face of it, that I want one. Price is not yet confirmed but rumour – and leaks from Amazon – put it around $1700,00 body only. See the announcement by Engadget here or the DP Review Preview here.

New Canon IXUS Models

The initial report on the two new IXUS models are coming from the USA where the IXUS is known as the ELPH so the model numbers differ in the Engadget report here. Simply put 10.1 ELPH 520 HS will be known as the IXUS 500 HS here in South Africa while the 16MP ELPH 110 HS will be the IXUS 125 HS.

Canon also spoke about new video cameras but we have had no press info from Canon SA about them so will leave them out of this update.

Samsung Launch Range of Wi-Fi Cameras

We recently had the Samsung SH100 on review in the office and enjoyed it though felt there was room to improve. Now Samsung have launched a range of Wi-Fi enabled cameras which we are looking forward to playing with. See the story from Mashable here.

Sigma Mirrorless Lenses

Sigma have announced two new lenses which are part of their Digital Neo range which is aimed at mirrorless cameras. The 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 will be available for Sony NEX and the Micro Four Thirds mount used by Olympus and Panasonic. DP Review have a report on it here.

Sony Launches 3 New Budget W-series Cyber-Shots

We honestly expected more news from Sony. Apart from some new Handycam video cameras the only other announcement was that of 3 budget minded Cyber-shots in the company’s popular W-series. See the announcement on DP Review here.

Wireless Added to SD Card Standard

The SD Card Association has adopted a standard for adding wireless to future SD cards which may prove to impact Eye-fi card sales in the future. Time will tell. See the report about it on Rob Galbraith’s site here.