CP+ 2013 Event: The Land of the Rising Sun

The Cameras of CP+ 2013 (Part II)

Panasonic Booth

Things were pretty quiet over at the Panasonic booth in terms of new releases with the exception of a new Micro Four Thirds lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH for Panasonic’s LUMIX G camera series. This kit lens is smaller than the previous version and comes in silver and black. For more information on the lens, hit the link to find out more.

Panasonic's Lumix G series remains one of the most popular mirrorless system camera lines, and it's only natural for Panasonic to release another lens for the Micro Four Thirds system.

Panasonic's new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH lens is smaller than its predecessor, making it a more attractive kit lens for users looking to pick up their first Micro Four Thirds camera.


Casio Booth

Casio announced two new cameras at CP+, so it’s only natural that we had a go at them. The EX-ZR700 and EX-ZR400 offer a fast start-up time and quick auto focus. Our short time with it proved that it was capable of capturing action shots and fast-moving objects, making it suitable for sports fans and shutterbugs who have children.

The ZR700 proved to be quite able at capturing action shots or freezing a moment.

To let attendees have a taste of the EX-ZR700 and EX-ZR400's capabilities, Casio hired some performers to walk on Gibbon Slacklines, a form of tightrope wallking. We managed to get some nice shots where the camera freezed the action, a sign of fast autofocus speed and low shutter lag.


Olympus Booth

Not content with releasing a high-end performance compact, the XZ-2, Olympus has announced the Stylus XZ-10 at CP+ 2013. For those who like the wide aperture of the XZ-2 but still find it a tad too bulky, the XZ-10 might fit their bill with a 40% reduction in volume over the XZ-2. We spent some time to compare the XZ-2 with the XZ-10, so have a look at the pictures below and the differences we noted between the two. For more information and details of the Stylus XZ-10, hit the link above.

Here you can see that the XZ-10 (left) is slimmer than the XZ-2.

The XZ-10 had a slightly slower autofocus speed compared to the XZ-2. We also noticed that the XZ-10's LCD display would freeze momentarily upon focusing on a subject. While the freeze is less than a second, it is still noticeable, especially if your subject is moving, which may result in a focus area that is slightly-off.

We are unsure if the autofocus issue in the XZ-10 is present in retail models, so stay tuned to our review to find out!


Pentax Booth

Despite being less well-known than the larger camera manufacturers, Pentax has its own base of loyal fans and has been releasing interesting products such as their rugged camera line. While almost every camera manufacturer has their own rugged camera line, we have to admit Pentax has one of the coolest in the form of the newly-announced WG-3, WG-3 GPS and the WG-10. Do check out the link for complete details of these devices.

The WG-10 may be more affordable than the WG-3, but it didn't feel any less tough to us!

Pentax's WG series looks more avant-garde than most digital compacts.


Sony Booth

The Sony RX100 has got to be one of the best digital compacts we reviewed last year, and Sony has decided to set the bar higher with the RX1. Featuring a full-frame sensor and a fixed 35mm F2 lens, it was impossible to keep our hands to ourselves while we waited for the review unit to reach our office. We've a couple of teaser shots for you here, but stay tuned to our full review shortly.

The RX100 (left) was impressive enough, the RX1 is certain to raise the bar higher. The RX1 here features an optional electronic viewfinder.

Due to the RX1's larger sensor, it is of course larger than the RX100.

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