The Panasonic GF1 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that is more compact than other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds models, while retaining the same large sensor that rivals DSLR image quality. As you may be aware, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the GF1 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens. This fact, combined with design decisions by Panasonic to eliminate a viewfinder and grip, allow the GF1 to even rival point and shoot cameras’ size – particularly true when using the GF1 with Panasonic’s 20mm f/1.7 lens.
Does the GF1 really offer the best of both worlds? It just might. To find out if it’s right for you, read on. [click to continue…]
Is a Pentax mirrorless camera just around the corner to compete with the lineup from the likes of Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Samsung?
If CitiGroup’s recent report on Pentax’s parent company, Hoya, is to be believed, then the answer is: Yes.
The following quote appeared in the CitiGroup report at issue:
“Hoya plans to release a mirrorless camera under Pentax brand that is distinct from models already on the market.” – CitiGroup
With Photokina 2010 just around the corner, we could see this new camera sooner rather than later.
[Mirrorlessrumors via Photo Rumors]
The Sony NEX-5 is a 14.2MP interchangeable lens camera with a mirrorless design. What makes the NEX-5 so special is that image sensor is the same physical size of those found in DSLRs like the Nikon D300s or Canon 7D. This sensor format is often referred to as APS-C format, which results from the sensor being roughly the same size and aspect ratio as the old (as in “1996 old”) Advanced Photo System type-C film.
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Bloomberg is reporting that Nikon President, Makoto Kimura, has confirmed that Nikon will introduce a new interchangeable lens camera (ILC) soon, which could come prior to the end of Nikon’s current fiscal year (i.e., before April 2011). Kimura also revealed that the new Nikon ILC “will probably have an enhanced function for video recording.” [click to continue…]
The Samsung NX10 is 14.6-megapixel camera offering an interchangeable lens design. The NX10 follows the Micro Four Thirds system from Olympus and Panasonic as a DSLR-like design without a bulky mirror and optical viewfinder. The NX10 uses a larger APS-C format sensor (with a 1.6x crop factor) as opposed to the Micro Four Thirds cameras (with smaller, 2x crop factor sensors).
The Samsung NX10 does a lot of things right in both form and function. To see how it stacks up against the competition, read on. [click to continue…]