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Fuji X100 goes limited edition

It is already claimed to be the most awarded camera in the world but Fujifilm isn’t quite finished giving us reasons to covet the beautiful FinePix X100 compact, the company is readying a new limited edition.

Not wanting to have the retro-inspired snapper forgotten in the wake of the new X-Pro 1 interchangeable lens system camera, the X100 will soon debut in a sleek new all-black finish.

Ditching the distinctive silver top-panel the 10,000 limited edition models will instead adopt the professional all-black styling of its shrunk down cousin, the X10.

Though it might seem a minor cosmetic tweak the limited edition in fact requires some 36 different camera components to be remanufactured in black in honour of X100’s one-year anniversary.

The black model also comes with a matching black lens hood, leather case and a new 49mm glass filter to protect the lens.

The package also ships with a note from Fujifilm director Takeshi Higuchi urging buyers to resist the temptation to keep the collectors item safely boxed away and instead put the camera to good use.

“Please take it out for a walk, and enjoy discovering all the amazing photographs around you that are just waiting to be discovered,” he writes.

There was no word on how many of these hot items would be making it to new Zealand but Fuji did give one away during the launch event for the X-Pro 1, so that’s just 9,999 left now.

What we missed – headliners

We had a most relaxing break over the Christmas period, as we hope you all did too, but the news never takes time off – here are some of the biggest photography stories that went down over the holidays.

Nikon

The Nikon D4 is the much-anticipated new flagship in the company’s pro DSLR stable, announced in the early days of the New Year.

Replacing the two-and-a-bit-year-old Nikon D3s, the D4 makes modest improvements in still shooting capabilities with an emphasis on enhanced video capabilities.

The D4 boasts a16.2-megapixel full-frame COS sensor, 10fps shooting speed with autofocus, new Expeed 3 processing engine, 51-point autofocus, 91K-pixel RGB sensor for scene recognition and the ability to record in Full HD in three differne area modes.

There’s no work on local pricing or availability yet but Nikon seem to be gearing for a worldwide February launch with a US price of US$5999 (NZ$7560).

Fujifilm

Continuing to expand its well-received X range, Fujifilm also revealed a new flagship in the dawning days of 2012.

The X-Pro 1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system with the X series’ retro styling, hybrid multi viewfinder and a newly developed 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor that Fuji reckons can outstrip a full-frame sensor.

The camera is also launching with three X-mount prime lenses – XF18mm f/2R, XF35mm f/1.4R and XF60mm f/2.4R Macro – as well as accessories such as a handgrip, shoe-mount flash, leather case and assorted filters.

No official release or price details have yet been released, local or otherwise.

Canon

Having already revealed its upcoming flagship pro DSLR late last year Canon took the opportunity to introduce a new compact headliner in the early New Year.

The PowerShot G1X is the company’s new top-tier compact designed to be the convenient sidearm for professional and advanced DSLR users.

It packs a newly developed 1.5 type ‘High Sensitivity’ 14.3-megapixel CMOS Sensor which Canon claims produces results previously unattainable at the compact level.

The G1X also features a fixed f/2.8, 4x optical zoom, 28mm wide angle lens, DiG!C 5 Image Processor, Full HD video recording and full resolution continuous shooting at 4.5fps.

Canon NZ expect the G1X to make an appearance in March, no word on local pricing yet.