Firmware Friday: Casio EX-H20G, Panasonic 14-140mm Lens, Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander

Camera    Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Casio EX-H20G version 1.01 – “Adds a function that writes position log data saved in camera memory to a memory card (Output Log)” [Casio Website]

Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm G HD Lens version 1.4 – “Improved stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and AF(Auto Focus) in movie recording.” [Panasonic Website]

Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander version 32 – “Optimizes antenna hardware to increase range by up to 25%. Corrects the power range of the White Lightning X3200 1/4 power as displayed on the FLASH screen. The -3.7f Ws power rating of 640Ws lights now displays as 9.2Ws (previously displayed inaccurately as 49.2Ws).” [Cyber Commander Website]

 

Apple Adds Additional RAW Support in Mac OS X 10.6.5

Apple Aperture 3

Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6.5 update has added system-wide support (including Aperture and iPhoto) for a number of new RAW formats captured by the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon PowerShot S95
  • Hasselblad H4D-40
  • Nikon D3100
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
  • Sony DSLR-A290
  • Sony DSLR-A560
  • Sony DSLR-A580
  • Sony SLT-A33
  • Sony SLT-A55

The update is available via systems updates in Mac OS X 10.6.

Panasonic G2 Review

The Panasonic G2 is one of the many Micro Four Thirds system cameras available now.  As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras don’t have a mirror like traditional DSLRs.  Instead, the G2 and other Micro Four Thirds cameras utilize a live view system where the composition is displayed on the camera’s rear LCD panel.  With the G2, you also have the option of viewing an electronic viewfinder (EVF) in a manner similar to traditional optical viewfinders.

The Panasonic G2 is the big brother of the previously reviewed Panasonic G10.  The upgrades are mild in most instances, but could the difference maker for some shoppers.  The G2 offers the same 12.1MP found in the G10, as well as HD movie capture.  However, the G2 features a tilt/swivel LCD and improved video capture modes put the G2 well ahead of the G10.

To see how the G2 stacks up, read on. [Read more…]

Panasonic G10 Review

The Panasonic G10 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Third camera.  As you may know, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the G10 operate without the bulky mirror between the image sensor and lens.

Unlike the Panasonic GF1, the G10 features a traditional hand grip and body styling similar to what you see on DSLR cameras (like the Canon Rebel T2i and Nikon D5000).  Don’t be fooled though, the G10 is no brick.  To the contrary, it is light, nimble and easy to carry.

Packaged with a 14-42mm kit lens, the Panasonic G10 delivers a lot of power at a sub-par price of under $600.  (Note: At the time of this review, the G10 is well under that mark from B&H Photo thanks to a $100 instant rebate.) [Read more…]

Panasonic Lumix GH2 Announced

The Panasonic GH2 is the follow-up camera to the popular GH1.

The GH2 is built on the same Micro Four Thirds standard as all recent Lumix interchangeable lens cameras.  The GH2 features a 16MP sensor and offers an impressive sensitivity range of ISO 160-12800.

The GH2 will capture 1080p video at 24 fps in AVCHD format and records stereo audio on-camera, along with the ability to plug in an external mic.

The Panasonic GH2 should be available in December 2010 at an initial retail price of $1499.95 with a 14-140mm lens, or $999.95 with a 14-42mm kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Panasonic GF1 Review

Panasonic Lumix GF1

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. [Read more…]