Leica M Edition 60

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Leica just announced a very special camera at the Photokina show in Germany celebrating the 60th Anniversary of its iconic M Rangefinder camera system. The camera is a Leica M-P with a twist, a big twist. The camera has the latest full-frame 24MP Leica sensor, but takes it back to the basics, giving you access to just the essentials: shutter speed, aperture, focusing, and ISO. It's like shooting on film, but digital.

Limited to 600 examples worldwide, the camera will come with a 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M lens and both the body and lens are styled by Audi Design. Each camera and lens is individually numbered and matched to each other and will also come with a camera protector which is also created by Audi Design. The M Edition 60 will hit Leica retailers in October.

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Panasonic CM1

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Though Panasonic has never proven itself to be a competitor in the mobile phone space, their new CM1 might have a leg up on the competition and that's because they've managed to squeeze in a 1" sensor into a slim, smartphone-sized body.

The CM1 boasts a 20MP sensor that is coupled with a Leica f/2.8 lens w/ manual control ring for images that could possibly rival those in the most premium point-and-shoots. It's also an impressive smartphone that is powered by Android 4.4, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and has 16GBs of storage. No word yet on whether or not this will hit America, but if you're in Germany or France you should be able to get your hands on one before the end of the year.

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Samsung NX1

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Samsung isn't exactly a name you compare to the Nikons, Canons, and Sonys of the world, but their new NX1 may finally put them in the conversation and once you see the specs you'll know these guys aren't messing around when it comes to photography.

Inside the NX1 is a 28MP APS-C sensor that will give you heaps of resolution and is more than adequate for video with the ability to shoot 4K and Ultra HD video. It also has an impressive AF system with 205 Phase Detection AF points and a hyper fast continuous shooting rate of 15 fps. You also get a magnesium body, built-in EVF, Wi-Fi, and a tilting Super AMOLED display.

$1599, Samsung

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Panasonic LX100

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Panasonic hopes to steal some attention away from the well-reviewed Sony RX100 with its own premium point-and-shoot, the LX100. The camera will be backed by a large 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and will feature a built-in 2,764-dot EVF, and a versatile 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 zoom lens.

The camera is also capable of shooting Ultra HD 30p 4K video, 1080p video, a full set of manual controls, 11 fps burst shots, and a quick 0.14 second AF. You also get built-in Wi-Fi for transferring all your photos to your favorite mobile device and you also get an external flash.

$899, Amazon

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Nikon D750

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Looks like the DSLR program at Nikon is still moving at full speed as the company has just revealed a brand new full-frame FX-format camera, the D750. The camera will pack a 24 megapixel sensor, 1,229K dot tilt-screen, and built-in Wi-Fi.

The camera will also have their EXSPEED 4 image processor, 1080p 24/25/30/50/60p video capability, ISO 100-12,800/51200, and 6.5 fps burst shots. The camera will be available later this month and will also be accompanied by a promising new 20mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens.

$2,300, Nikon

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Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite

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Fujifilm's new X-T1 Graphite isn't just simply just another color addition, for starters the graphite finish has a triple layer coating that uses a complex process to achieve the graphite colorway.

It also gets a number of feature updates including a new natural live view mode that lets you look through the EVF as you would a optical viewfinder. They've also upped the shutter speed to 1/32000 which will be compatible with their XF23mmF1.4 R, XF35mmF1.4 R, or the XF56mmF1.2 R lenses and a new Classic Chrome film simulation mode has been added to the mix as well.

$1,499, Fujifilm

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Fujifilm X100T

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Fuji unveiled the latest evolution of its much loved X100 and while it has some much needed upgrades, the company hasn't really messed with the formula that has made the camera a cult favorite amongst camera enthusiasts.

The new X100T adds a handful of new features including an upgraded viewfinder that allows the EVF to show over the optical viewfinder to help you nail your focus in real time. It also features real-time parallax correction, a film-like Classic Chrome mode, an electronic shutter that goes up to 1/32000, and finally, built-in Wi-Fi.

$1299, Amazon

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Zeiss Otus 85mm

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Zeiss follows up their widely acclaimed 55mm 1.4 with a new beast from their flagship Otus line, the 1.4/85mm. A favorite focal length of portrait photographers, the Otus 85mm will definitely be a major competitor against its rivals offering a no compromises lens and the best image possible.

The Otus 85mm is a manual focus lens with 261 degrees of angle rotation, an all-metal lens barrel, and eleven lens elements that help to achieve an image with smooth bokeh, no distortion, and high image contrast. The lens will be available for both the Nikon F-Mount and Canon EF mount.

$4,490, B&H Photo

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Sony QX1

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If you are looking to be the biggest and baddest instagrammer on the block, you're going to want to set yourself up with the new Sony QX1. This will turn your smartphone into an APS-C camera with a 20.4 megapixel sensor and compatibility with Sony's E-mount lens system.

That means DSLR-grade photography for your smartphone and any lens options you can possibly think of. Yes, it's absolute overkill, but if you want to get the best shots possible with the flexibility of a big interchangeable, it may be the answer you're looking for.

$399, Sony

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Zeiss Loxia Lenses

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If you've been cautiously waiting for Sony to release a couple of no-brainer, must-have lenses to bring you over to their new A7 camera system, today might be the day that you finally break out the Amex.

Zeiss is launching a brand new series of FE-mount full-frame manual focus lenses for the A7 line called the Zeiss Loxia. The lenses will come in two models: first up, a 35mm f/2 that will hit shelves in October ($1,300) and a 50mm f/2 lens that will arrive later this year. Both are also manual-focus only and is weather-sealed at the mount.

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