New Look for the Leica D-Lux 6

The Leica D-Lux 6 will now come with a new look – a high-gloss, two-color finish, in addition to the black matte finish. The combination of a silver lens and a high-gloss black camera body gives this camera its elegant appearance.

The Leica D-Lux 6 features include a range of focal lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent) full-HD video recording, high-performance lens and a 1.7″ CMOS.

A new addition to the range of accessories for the Leica D-Lux 6 is the Leica Soft Pouch in lambskin nappa leather and a wrap-around design.

The Leica D-Lux 6 in the new finish will be available in December 2013.

New Firmware for the FujiFilm X-100

FUJIFILM has announced a new firmware v2.0 update that dramatically improves the performance of the original FUJIFILM X100, the first model in the premium X-Series line of digital cameras.

Since its release in March 2011, Fujifilm has received meaningful feedback from X100 photographers throughout the world and this firmware upgrade reflects many of their requests. This new firmware update delivers improved autofocus and manual focus, as well as other convenient features for users who apply the update.

“Photographers around the world have trusted their images to Fujifilm and the X-Series, and this new firmware update is concrete evidence that we are not only listening to our customers, but also working hard to improve our products on a continuing basis,” says Greg Poole, Vice President, Imaging and Recording Media Products, Fujifilm Canada.

Key Features of New X100 Firmware v2.0

  • Approximately 20% faster AF speed and enhanced focus distance compared to the previous firmware version
  • Close-up focus distance shortened by 30% before needing to switch to macro mode
  • Improved Manual Focus
  • New Focus Peaking function assists in manual focusing by enhancing the outline of the subject in high contrast
  • Improved focusing via the EVF or LCD when using wide apertures
  • The camera start-up time has been shortened by approximately 0.2 seconds
  • Pressing the AF button now toggles the focus area selection screen and the area of your choice can be selected

To download the new firmware and instructions on upgrading your X100 camera, please visit:

New From FujiFilm : X-E2

Fujifilm has announced the X-E2, an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. The 16MP X-Trans camera includes on-sensor-phase-detection focusing and other hardware adjustments and revisions in response to feedback about the X-E1.

The X-E2 will be available late November 2013 for $999.95 body-only or with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 LM zoom for $1,399.95.

FUJIFILM X-E2 key features list:

  • 16.3 million Megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Start-up time of 0.5
  • Shutter lag time of 0.05
  • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • AF speed 0.08 seconds
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer for improved image quality
  • Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • ±3 EV Exposure Compensation dial with third stops increments
  • 3” (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
  • Built-in Super Intelligent pop-up Flash(hot shoe attachment also available for external flash) ISO200 – 6400, extended
  • ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO 400 – ISO6400 available)
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Monochrome, Sepia, Pro Neg.Std & Pro Neg.Hi) Artistic features: Multiple exposure, Panoramic shooting,Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Color.
  • Selection of Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/Dynamic Range &Film Simulation)
  • Full HD Movie
  • Microphone/shutter release input (φ2.5mm)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Approximately 350 shots per battery charge

New from Nikon : D5300 and AF-S 58mm f1.4G

Nikon has announced its new D5300, a follow-up to the D5200 with a 24MP sensor, a larger articulated lcd screen, a larger optical viewfinder and, without an AA filter. The D5300 will also shoot 1080/60p video, and has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

Nikon claims that the D5300′s new processor improves performance (allowing for 5 fps burst shooting), while reducing power consumption. The D5300 will be available later this month, in black, red, or gray for $1399.99 with a 18-140 F3.5-5.6G lens.

Nikon D5300 key features :

  • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, without OLPF
  • EXPEED 4 processing
  • ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 39 point AF system, 9 sensors cross type
  • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • 1080p60 video recording, built-in stereo mic
  • 1.04M dot 3.2″ vari-angle LCD monitor

Also announced is the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

Primary Features :

  • A fast normal lens with a focal length of 58mm and maximum aperture of f/1.4 that utilizes advanced optical design technologies
  • Minimization of sagittal coma flare for high reproduction capability of point light sources as sharp points across the entire frame
  • Sharp, high-resolution images can be reproduced even at the maximum aperture
  • Original lens characteristics that provide natural depth reproduction with which the degree of bokeh moderately changes as the distance from the sharply focused point increases
  • Controlled light falloff retains natural brightness across the entire frame even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces flare and ghost

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens will be available later this month for $1,699.95.