Fujifilm and Canon Japan unveil winter-themed white cameras
posted Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM EDT
The Japanese wings of camera manufacturers have something of a reputation for offering interesting variants and services that those on other shores might not see (witness the recent Nikon Df engravings and alarm clocks). Now both Canon and Fujifilm are getting in on the action, with special white variants of some of their current offerings.
Canon Japan has announced a white edition of the Canon Kiss X7, better known in the USA as the Canon SL1, which it had been teasing since earlier this month. From what we can gather (thanks to the help of Google Translate), this camera will be available from November 28th, but for an unknown price. It marks the first white DSLR from Canon, and uses a low-gloss paint, and will come with both the standard 18-55mm lens, as well as a white version of the 40mm f/2.8 pancake. We're reminded of nothing so much as Pentax's frequent dalliances with white cameras, which were often nicknamed stormtrooper white.
Fujifilm Japan is likewise offering a special white version of a camera, this time the Fujifilm X-A1. Like the Canon, this special edition set comes with two lenses, this time the 27mm f/2.8 and 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6. Not only that, but this limited edition camera also comes with a white leather case and strap. Only 1,000 of this set will be produced, and unlike the Canon, we know what it will set you back. Fujifilm is selling the white edition for 89,980 yen — around $900. Which is actually a pretty reasonable price when you realize an X-A1 kit goes for $600, and the pancake lens fetches $450 on its own.
Unfortunately, we doubt either of these interesting limited edition versions of the cameras will make it to our shores.