Olympus: “No More Entry-Level DSLRs”

Not that this should really surprise anyone, but Olympus seems to have gone on record to confirm that the company is no longer interested in developing entry-level DSLRs in light of its successful PEN series, which are based on the Micro Four Thirds system.

“We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other recent SLRs. The entry level SLR class can be completely replaced by the Pen system in terms of performance.” -Toshiyuki Terada, Product manager of SLR Olympus Planning Department

Terada went on to say that Olympus plans on developing an advanced-PEN camera and, at some point, Olympus expects to phase out DSLRs entirely in favor of the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds cameras.

[via Photo Rumors]


Sony NEX-5 Review

The Sony NEX-5 is a 14.2MP mirrorless camera in an ultra-compact form-factor.  If not for the DSLR-sized kit lens that attaches to the NEX-5, this camera would rival some of the consumer pocket cameras in size.  And with the available 16mm lens (shown above), you could make a good argument that it does.

In addition to the great still images the NEX-5 produces with its large, APS-C format sensor, the camera can also capture 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at 60i.  What’s more is the budget-friendly price tag that slides the kit under the $700 mark.

To get the full rundown on the Sony NEX-5, read on. [Read more…]

Samsung NX Lens Roadmap

Samsung NX Lens Roadmap

This screenshot of Samsung’s plans for new NX-series lenses (for Samsung NX10 and NX100) in 2011 was apparently on display at Photokina 2010.

New lenses for 2011 include the following:

  • Wide Pancake: 16mm f/2.8 iFn
  • Macro: 60mm OIS f/2.8 iFn
  • Movie Pro: 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OIS iFn
  • Movie Home: 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS iFn
  • Portrait: 85mm f/1.4 iFn

[via Photo Rumors]

Corel Paint it! Show for iPad

Corel Paint it! Show is a new photo-painting slideshow app for the iPad that lets you “Select an album from your Facebook account or images from your iPad, start the slideshow and let Corel Paint it! Show do the rest. You can also save your favorite painted images on your iPad, post them to your Facebook account, or email them to friends and family.”

The new app is available from the iTunes store for $0.99.  More details in the press release below. [Read more…]