27
Aug
2015

Sony A7000 coming soon: with RGBW + New Backlit sensor for Best in class low light performance! – X-PRO2 specs?

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PREFACE

1) Current APS-C Fuji cameras feature a Sony sensor (with special Fuji X-Trans design).
2) Fuji can use the latest generation of Sony sensors only about half a year after Sony itself implemented it in one of their cameras.
3) Therefore, any Sony A7000 sensor rumor could potentially be interesting also for the X-PRO2
4) No rumor until now says, that Fuji is going to use the Sony A7000 sensor for their X-PRO2

The Rumor

Ok, then let’s talk about the rumor SonyAlphaRumors just shared. According to the rumor of SAR, the Sony A6000 successor will hit the market soon…. very soon, maybe on the first half of September.

And here are the sensor specs:

– Best in class low light performance (backlit sensor and RGBW pixel array)
– internal 4k video recording with full sensor readout in 60fps
– extremly fast autofocus system

There is a Sony press-release of 2012 that explains how the RGBW Coding works.

The built-in “RGBW Coding” function which adds W (White) pixels to the conventional range of RGB (Red-Green-Blue) pixels has realized higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings. While the addition of W (White) pixels improves sensitivity, it has the problem of degrading image quality. However, Sony’s own device technology and signal processing realizes superior sensitivity without hurting image quality.

Also a Fuji patent of 2012 shows a sensor with enlarged green and  white pixels (see here). So Fujifilm at least investigated the possibility to make it. If it will become true soon, we will see.

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CONCLUSION

– If it’s true, that the X-PRO2 will feature the same sensor of the A7000 (just with special X-Trans array)
– If it’s true, that Fuji has to wait about half a year before being able to use that sensor
– If it’s true that the A7000 will be announced early September

then this means that the Fuji X-PRO2 could hit the market around February/March.

stay tuned,
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27
Aug
2015

New Firmware for Fuji X-E2, X-Pro1, X100T, X100S, X30, X20 and XQ2! – Support for Microsoft Windows10

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Fujifilm just released a firmware update with support for Microsoft Windows 10 for the following X-series cameras. And even if don’t use Windows, please update anyway, because FR-reader Poul-Werner is right, when he writes on facebook:

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X-E2 firmware 3.01

X-Pro1 Firmware Ver.3.41

XQ2 Firmware Update Ver.1.01

X100T Firmware Update Ver.1.11

X100S / X100S Black Firmware Update Ver.1.21

X20 Firmware Update Ver.1.03

X30 Firmware Update Ver.1.02

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26
Aug
2015

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26
Aug
2015

“We purchase cameras, but we invest in good glass” BHphoto Guide to Fuji X Mount Lenses!

BHphoto shared a nice overview on some of the Fuji X-mount lenses (and takes a look at ones that will come in 2016). Check it out on youtube here.

Most of the lenses can be purchased with a great discount. Here are the deals:

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X-T1 + 18-55 (save $100): AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline
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26
Aug
2015

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