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September 15, 2010

Review Train (Fuji F300exr, Leica X1, Panasonic LX5, Ricoh CX4, etc)

Things have finally quieted down, which means, it is time for a new edition of the "Review Train"! We start with a "You Decide" survey at DC Resource where they are asking photographers to vote on which cameras they would like to see reviewed. 42 new camera models are listed and there is also a write-in candidate option! I suspect if cloning was commercially available, camera reviewers would be among the first in line - it's the only way to keep up with all the waves of new camera models!

Some say midi-chlorians are responsible for the "Leica Glow". Others think its the lenses. Some others think it's collective hubris of Leica owners. More research is needed before arriving to a conclusion. In the meantime, CNet UK has published their review of the Leica X1.

Phase-detection autofocus is one of the curiosities about the new Fuji F300-EXR, which broke with tradition and went with a smaller sensor and 15X optical zoom lens. So how did it do? Photography Blog has published their review of the camera. We won't spill the beans here.

The Panasonic LX5 is slowly but steadily rolling out, and three new reviews of it have hit the e-wires at PhotoReview with Imatest testing included as usual, and at Tech Radar which includes an ISO 100 to 12800 range of the same picture. The last review is computer-translated at DC Watch Impress and it includes full-size real-world sample pictures, lots of camera body pictures, and every lensaholics favorite subject - brick walls :-)

One photographer in the dpreview forums shares his experience with the Canon S95 vs the Panasonic LX3. It is in two-parts, check part #1 and then part #2.

The Ricoh CX4 has a double-header of reviews as well, one at Pocket Lint and one at IDG/GoodGearGuide (thanks to one of our readers for the alert!)

You may have observed a pattern by now - no reviews of interchangeable-lens cameras. The likely explanation? Camera review sites are "saving them" when things cool off. They perhaps don't want their DSLR/iLC reviews to get "lost" in the waves of new camera announcements. But one website did not get the memo, DC Watch Impress posted a first look (computer translated) of the Sony Alpha A55. Cat fans will be thrilled with their choice of sample picture subjects :)

Speaking of DC Watch, they have also published a M43rds superzoom duel between the Panasonic 14-140mm and the Olympus 14-150mm superzooms, with the Panasonic GH1 serving as the "base" camera. As you may recall recalling, the two lenses squared off at Serious Compacts a few days ago as well.

Lightning Round
+ Canon SX130 IS (AA-based, not the 35X SX30) studio test-samples at Imaging Resources
+ Panasonic FX700 at Steve's Digicam's
+ Samsung WB600/HZ30 superzoom at Tech Radar
+ lens reviews as usual can be found at the Lens Reviews Dairy - free milk is included ;-)

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