DxO (Click here) tested the new Samsung NX1 sensor and indeed it is the best APS-C sensor of all mirrorless cameras yet tested. It beats by a hair the current best of the class, the Sony A6000. DxO writes:

The new sensor in the NX1 has upped the stakes in terms of hybrid image quality, making Samsung’s latest hybrid the current king of mirrorless APS-C cameras in our database.  The BSI sensor is not only the physically largest sensor of its type, but boasting a 28.2 million pixels, it’s also the highest-resolution APS-C hybrid currently available. With an overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 83 points, the NX1 knocks our previous APS-C hybrid champion, the Sony A6000, down into second place with 82 points.

As we’ve also seen with the impressive image quality results from the latest APS-C sensor in the Nikon D7200, the NX1’s smaller chip offers image quality close to that of full-frame sensors. It’s not quite as good, but still, being just one stop behind in all categories against models such as the Sony A7R, the image quality on the NX1 is impressive.

Add to that high-caliber features such as the 205-point autofocus system and 15fps burst shooting, and the NX1 is an attractive-looking proposition. The slightly bulkier design, not to mention the hefty $2400 price tag, will put off some consumers. For the more discerning enthusiast, however, the DSLR-style body, larger handgrip, optional vertical handgrip, external controls, and great image quality will certainly appeal.

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  • April 24, 2015 22:47, tecnoworld said:

    So for you dxo numbers are more important that real results?

    As I said in my other post below, please go on dpr, nx1 review, and compare images with their tool. Specifically, compare:

    - iso 3200 and 6400 (with a6000, nikon 7200 and wha...

  • April 24, 2015 21:46, thomas T said:

    I'm a Sony shooter and this means nothing to me. The improvement isn't enough to get my wallet out. Nikon D7200 have already topped the NX1 in DXO. However if I was a Canon shooter I would be quite disappointed. Their sensor performance was behind...

  • April 24, 2015 20:29, tecnoworld said:

    Please have a look at dpr samples. There is a huge difference from nx1 to a6000. About 1 stop better for nx1, especially when downsized to match a6000 (24mp).

    I'm referring to chroma noise in particular, but if you look at the iso invariance...

We have that from a reliable source: The new Leica Monochrome camera will be announced next week!

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  • April 24, 2015 05:47, rjbell said:

    I'll wait for the Samsung mono

  • April 24, 2015 02:19, James Donahue said:

    I had the chance to try out a Leica M9 and to be honest I can't see what the fuss is abt these cameras. I Stick with my Fuji X100T

  • April 23, 2015 20:49, Pol Tin said:

    I would buy it if the new Leica Monochrome is 36MP+.

That's quite a surprise! Today Zeiss announced a completely new line of lenses for Sony FE cameras! Unlike Loxia those lenses have autofocus and a huge OLED display on the lens!

Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here)
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here)
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here)
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here)

And here is the press text:

The new ZEISS Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses are the first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display for the mirrorless Sony α series and therefore the pioneers of a new era. As professional tools, they enable outstanding outcomes with optimal image performance, impressive contrast and maximum resolution down to the very last detail.
The innovative OLED display shows the distance of the focal plane from the camera system and the depth of fields, therefore ideally supporting creative image composition. For the demanding photographer, the OLED display is an absolute highlight – an innovation that is currently unparalleled in camera lenses.  ZEISS Batis lenses are available in a wide-angle and portrait focal length and are the perfect match for the existing lenses offered for the system. The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses will be available for purchase from July 2015 – place your order now!

Plenty of more images and video on SonyAlphaRumors.com

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  • April 23, 2015 16:02, Paulo Moreira said:

    I am no expert, but I can understand your reasoning. However, I think the problem with wide angles will be greatly improved with the introduction of Sony's curved sensor. I must confess that I don't use Sony lenses with my Nex7, I do have the (in)...

  • April 23, 2015 13:11, Ayoul said:

    I think that it's both.

    If the hole is small but you have enough space (flange distance) you can avoid having a light with a problematic incident angle. If your flange distance is short but the diameter of your mount is big, I think that the...

  • April 23, 2015 12:11, Paulo Moreira said:

    Not exactly, the small diameter may complicate things a bit, but Canon managed to produce the 50/0.95 with 39 mm of diameter. Also, Nikon produced the 50/1.1 with the old Contax RF , not exactly the largest bayonet mount. I agree that Sony has ind...

Adobe launched both, the new cloud and standalone version of Lightroom. Here they are:
Lightroom CC (cloud version) at Adobe (Click here).
Lightroom 6 (standalone version) at Adobe (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

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  • April 22, 2015 18:50, Marius H.S. said:

    Works fine now. Dowloaded and installed already, currently face-recognizing 59000 photos, seems it will take MANY hours to complete. (core i7 4770k)

  • April 22, 2015 08:48, Bengt Nyman said:

    Adobe is happy to sell you the Lightroom CC in the cloud. However, Adobe is unable to deliver the standalone Lightroom 6. I have purchased it and paid for it but Adobe can not give me a download link. There simply isn't one yet.

Digicameinfo spotted the name of a new Leica Monochrome camera registered by the Korean RRA agency.

We have yet no info about the possible specs of the camera! All I got is that there may be a new Leica announcement in mid-end May!
 

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  • April 22, 2015 09:16, ronin said:

    The Leica Monochrom is not mirrorless, nor are any of the M series. Mirrors are used for the coupled coincident rangefinder focusing. Although not reflex cameras, mirrors are used for focusing as much as they are in reflex cameras.

Image courtesy: Nikonrumors.

Nikonrumors reports that Nikon is developing a Full Frame Mirrorless camera. In a recent interview at Dpreview Nikon stated that there would be no need for a larger sensor mirrorless camera. But maybe they were just trying to hide their cards. What's strange with the rumor is that apparently Nikon will keep the regular DSLR F-mount for that camera! Just like Pentax did with their bulky K-mount mirrorless cam. Don't know if it makes sense to keep a mount with long flange distance for a mirrorless camera...

Anyway, those are the rumored spec of the camera:
mirrorless / mirrorless-styled
the camera will be small (about the same size as the Olympus E-M1)
no EVF
regular F mount
currently being field tested
the official announcement is expected in late 2015 or early 2016

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  • April 23, 2015 20:28, Sandy Ramirez said:

    Moving the sensor to focus is a great idea. Contax did that with the AX film body as you mentioned so it would AF with it's large backlog of Manual Focus Zeiss lenses. That of course would make the body some what thicker and there would have to be...

  • April 22, 2015 08:59, sneye said:

    The distance between the bayonet and the focal plane (sensor) is mount-specific. Nikon's F mount requires 46.5mm, which is practically the minimum thickness of any F mount camera. Of course, Nikon could use a different mount for its FF mirrorless ...

  • April 22, 2015 07:18, Paulo Moreira said:

    The F mount does not determine he flange dimension. They can use a F mount and then use an adpter, just like Canon does with the EOS M, same EF mount, different flange. As for AF, don't forget that Sony is developing a a back focus sensor, transfo...

Fujirumors reports that:

Fujifilm is working on a Super Fast XF lens, that will have a widest opening of F1.0. The source says that the specs are not final until now, but the focal length planed at the moment is around 30mm.

Would be awesome if Fuji would really do it! A lens to remmeber, a lens few will buy but that will make you WOW thinking at it :)

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  • April 20, 2015 23:54, bdyomtov said:

    If the specs are not final, how can there be a photograph of an actual lens?

  • April 20, 2015 21:59, Ian Toni Szafranek said:

    Indeed the 0 from focal length is not the same( tighter) than the aperture one even with the parallax. Moreover the 0 is less blurry than the 3 before and the mm after. It has also more contrast and brightness than the rest.
    So definitly a fak...

  • April 20, 2015 19:52, Trenton Talbot said:

    It's called evolution. Back when 645 was introduced, every serious pro has been shooting 6x7. Then 135 came, a laughing matter for those who used the "real full frame" (I mean field cameras, not 120/220!). Now we see the shift to APSC. Technology ...