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Thursday, June 07, 2012
Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 - Shot over the Bow

Sony has just announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, a compact camera based around a 20MP 1" CMOS sensor. It features a 28-100mm equivalent lens with F1.8-4.9 lens and image stabilization. This is a shot over the bow of every other camera maker and it is loud, clear and seen by all. Finally…this Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 could be the camera that truly starts the race for well spec’d affordable compact cameras. By our criteria this Sony DSC-RX100 could be the perfect camera! – Fast lens, big sensor, small size.

And even better, we have carefully scaled several images of the DSC-RX100 and by our measurements it looks like Flipbac Grips 1, 2 and 3 all fit. Our measurements show we have about 2mm margin on length and width.

This really is good news. We all look forward to reviews and reports on the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 in the coming weeks. Can’t wait!

Monday, March 26, 2012
Customize your Olympus Pen.
In this in depth video award winning photographer Giulio Sciorio shows you how to customize your Olympus Pen with some stylish accessories. Not only will the Flipbac Grips stick to the surface of your camera, they also adhere well to surfaces such as those cool camera covers. Thanks for sharing the great video Giulio!
Monday, November 21, 2011
NEW! Camera Grip for Canon S100 & Nikon V1
The G4 Grip - It's here!

Many people find that the small bump on cameras such as the Canon S100 and the Nikon V1 do not provide enough of a grip. The G4 Flipbac Camera Grip will fit over this bump to create a perfect hold. It can also be used on regular cameras lacking a grip.

The G4 Flipbac Camera Grip features a leather grain texture, made of high grade silicone and quality 3M adhesive. And for those of you who like to be more subtle, the G4 does not have a logo. When mounted on the camera, the G4 Camera Grip handsomely adds form and function as if a “factory finish”. The G4 Camera Grip is USD $10.99*.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Nikon J1 & Olympus E-PM1 Mini

We recently had a chance to try our Flipbac Grips on two recent cameras of the 2011 fall season. The Nikon J1 and the Olympus E-PM1. I was impressed by the quality of the build , beautiful design and small size of both cameras. Attention to body design details was exquisite. However, both cameras functionality was greatly improved with the addition of the Flipbac grips. The cameras are beautiful, but a little slippery. The Flipbac Grips solved that problem perfectly. If the function and IQ is as good as they look and feel then you will only be impressed with the Nikon J1 and the Olympus E-PM1 Mini.

Friday, September 09, 2011
Flipbac Camera Grips - Behind the Scenes
Here we explain the steps and decisions we took to bring our camera grips to market.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The E-P Mini takes on big brother E-P3.
We’ve got your black, we’ve got your pink, and we’ve got magenta. We have your color!

The new PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1 (E-P mini) are pretty colorful. But they aren’t all show and no go. They challenge any small dslr for image quality and speed. They even look to go head-to-head with their older sibling, the E-P3.

One visible deficiency these new cameras have over the E-P3 is no grip. Easily fixed. We have dressed up the EPM1 with the Flipbac Camera Grip 1. Now we can really take on big brother E-P3!

E-P3, the big brother:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Pentax Q – Mini-Me’s Camera of Choice!

Last week we saw the release of Pentax’s new “Q” camera. A rugged, understated retro-designed camera. You may think there is a roll of kodachrome inside with all the nobs and dials.

The press release states the Q (for cute?) sells at $800 suggested retail for a kit with a 8.5mm f1.9 lens (50mm equivalent). Not cheap.

It also states the Q features “a 12.4 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, similar in size to sensors used in many point-and-shoot models, but adding advanced camera features including 12-bit RAW file capture in Adobe's DNG format, in addition to standard JPEGs.” Hmmm? Don'y the Canon G12, S95, Olympus XZ-1, and Panasonic Lumix LX5 also have these features at half the price?

Get out the shrink-ray gun. Pentax Inc. explains the camera is targeted primarily at D-SLR users looking for a backup camera that is smaller and lighter than a full size D-SLR. Apart from the prime 47mm standard lens there will be a 27.5 - 83mm zoom, a fish-eye (160-degree coverage), and two 'toy' lenses – wide (35mm) and telephoto (100mm) optics. But in addition to my D-SLR and its lenses, am I also going to pack around a Mini-Me and its lenses? We all love the bokeh (soft focus) of D-SLRs. However this effect comes from sensor size and lens to focal plane ratios. The Pentax Q has the similar sensor and design ratios of the above cameras, so “D-SLR” bokeh is near impossible. The above cameras have zoom lenses, but with the Q we need to change lenses for different focal lengths.

This is one cute little camera, but other that cute, I am not clear of its purpose. Let’s hope for the best. Maybe this baby can capture the shallow depth of field shots yet!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Create a solid hold with our new grips!

We are really excited to announce the launch of our new Flipbac Camera Grips for digital cameras. Many point and shoot digital cameras have no grip and a smooth finish. Even though a camera may be small, it is often difficult to hold and can slip out of your hand. Our grips can be easily applied to the front of your camera to prevent slipping and create a solid hold. One-hand picture taking is easier and safer. The three different grips, inspired by the most popular cameras today, have been designed to blend in seamlessly with your camera. More images and information are over here >>
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
A Renaissance!

This blog has been quiet for a time. We are focusing efforts on a new product that should be out soon. However watching the 2010 fall season and into the New Year unfold, there have been a lot of new cameras. Most are evolutions from previous models. Last year also saw the coming of age of the still camera/video ability - all good.

A camera that has caught my eye is the Olympus XZ-1. I have always had a sweet spot for Olympus. Twenty years ago I bought a ME-Super in my late teens. It was an almost pocketable SLR. Great little camera, great lenses. Then Olympus produced the C-3040Z, C-4040Z and C5050Z digital cameras which featured some of the brightest zooms to ever appear on compact cameras. Then we slipped into the dark ages of long dark zoom lensed cameras.

Is Olympus our modern day Medici family? Leading us out of the darkness into a camera design renaissance? In our “Top 5+” page we put the Olympus XZ-1 second after the Canon S95. The only issues being the bigger size of the XZ-1 and lens cap. However we are having second thoughts. The XZ-1 has taken the better of the two other forerunners in the high end compact category - the Panasonic LX5 and the Canon S95.

It has the brightest lens, without the compromise of being too short a focal length, a really useful 28-112mm lens range and a very reliable exposure system that makes a photographers hit rate that much higher. The XZ-1 has a good ISO even though it is seldom used because the lens is so fast, and a very fast internal processing easy to use interface. I also appreciate Olympus has gone the understated route with its design. I have never understood the benefit of a flashy camera other than “big face”. For better photography, the lower key the equipment the better.

The future looks bright!

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