Wednesday, 4 September 2013

New Sony smartphone 'lens-style cameras', Ricoh compact, flashguns and lenses

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Wednesday 04 September 2013

There's been a flurry of product news over the past few days. The most interesting is probably Sony's announcement of its QXIO and QX100 'lens-style cameras' designed to fit on smartphones in order to turn them into 'premium cameras'. Read our first impressions here.

Meanwhile, Ricoh Imaging has unveiled a new compact camera, the HZ15, which carries a 24-360mm [35mm equivalent] zoom. The company has also released a brace of 'Pentax' flashguns. On top of that, five of its lenses have been given a late-summer makeover.

Elsewhere, electronics giant GE says it will no longer directly sell cameras in the UK and Europe although for many people the real shock regarding this news is that the company ever did make cameras. The lack of brand recognition is cited as one of the reasons for the company failing over here.

It's heartening to see, for film users at least, a photographer win a £2,000 fine-art competition with a film camera from the 1970s and a 1960's lens. 

What a nice note to end on. See you next week.  

Damien Demolder, Editor
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