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New XQ1 means Fujifilm’s X technology now fits in your pocket X-tremely compact

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lens pouch Mindshift Gear has revealed its brand new Lens Switch Case, a lightweight, unpadded modular lens pouch that is designed to be attached to the belt of its Rotation180° Professional backpack. from wide angles to telephotos, up to a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. It also has external pockets for accessories, and the case weighs just 170g. www.mindshiftgear.com The case can hold a range of lenses Photo The public beta for the new version of OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite editing software is now available to download. It’s the first time OnOne has opened up the development process to include public testing, and it hopes this will lead to its most successful launch ever. The full version of Perfect Photo Suite 8 is due for release on 26 November. You can download the beta version now. www.ononesoftware. com. Test Perfect

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caused by closing the aperture, and the lens also features optical image stabilisation. The XQ1 also equals the X20’s focusing speed of 0.06 seconds, making it the world’s fastest focusing camera of this kind. The speed is continued with a shutter lag of 0.01 seconds and shooting interval of 0.3 seconds. You also have the option of manual focus with focus peaking on the anti-reflective 3in Premium LCD with 920,000 dots. Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity for transferring images to mobile devices, Fujifilm’s Film SimulationMode with five variations, eight Advanced Filter options and in-camera Raw development. The XQ1 will be available from November at a price of £349.99.

Fujifilm has a new premium compact in the shape of the XQ1, which combines the technology of the X-series with a record-breaking autofocus speed and a body that fits in your pocket. The XQ1 uses a 12-megapixel 2/3in X-Trans CMOS II sensor, the same type that’s found in its X100S and X20 siblings. The unique pixel array means there’s no need for an anti-aliasing filter, and the sensor is combined with the EXR Processor II to give double the processing power of the X-Pro1 compact system camera and an ISO sensitivity range of 100-12,800. It also features a newly developed f/1.8 zoom lens that has an equivalent focal length range of 25-100mm, and includes four aspherical and three extra low dispersion elements, as well as the Fujinon HT-EBC coating to prevent flare and ghosting. To maximise image quality, the Lens Modulation Optimizer corrects for defects and diffractions

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Better image quality in X-E2 Alongside the XQ1 compact, Fujifilm has announced the successor to its X-E1 compact system camera, the X-E2. The newmodel promises better image quality, with the latest 16.3- megapixel X-Trans CMOS II image sensor and EXR Processor II. It also features the first Lens Modulation Optimizer for interchangeable lens cameras, which compensates for the effects of closing the lens aperture – this allows the camera to maximise the resolving power of each individual XF lens. The X-E2 uses the same combination of a manual aperture ring and shutter speed dial as the X-E1, as well as a 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, but manual focusing has been made easier with the addition of Digital Split Image

technology alongside focus peaking. Other improvements include an increase in AF speed, raising it to the world’s fastest for this type of camera at 0.08 seconds, and an increase in the continuous shooting rate to seven frames- per-second. Wi-Fi also allows the transfer of images to smartphones, tablets and computers. The X-E2 will be available from November at a price of £799.99 body only or £1199.99 in kit form with the XF 18-55mm lens. Update to X-E1 is faster and delivers better results

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