Olympus has made available firmware updates for the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1 PEN Series cameras. The new firmware updates are designed to improve the auto focus performance for still and video capture in the PEN cameras. [Read more…]
Along with the Panasonic G10, the Panasonic Lumix G2 is another 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that follows the previous generation G1, GH1 and GF1 cameras. The G2 headline features include an articulating, 3-inch Live View LCD with a touchscreen interface, along with HD video capture in AVCHD Lite format.
The G2 is paired with a 14-42mm image stabilized kit lens and, of course, is compatible with all previously introduced Micro Four Thirds Lumix G lenses from Panasonic. Additionally, the G2 includes a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe for external flashes. The G2 will be available in red, blue and black body colors.
The Panasonic Lumix G10 is a 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that follows the previous generation G1, GH1 and GF1 cameras. In addition to still images, the G10 captures 720p HD video at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format.
The G10 is paired with a 14-42mm image stabilized kit lens and, of course, is compatible with all previously introduced Micro Four Thirds Lumix G lenses from Panasonic. The G10 features a 3-inch, 460k dot resolution LCD and an electronic viewfinder, both of which offer approximately 100% frame coverage. Additionally, the G10 includes a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe for external flashes.
Panasonic has been on a real tear lately with its solid line of Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras, which feature interchangeable lenses. The latest two Panasonic Micro Four Thirds models, the GH1 and GF1, offer solid HD video capture. The Panasonic GH1 comes with a 14-140mm HD lens specifically designed for quiet auto operation for use in video recording. Currently, Panasonic has no DSLRs in its line-up.
Several recent patent applications filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) indicate that Panasonic may be bringing some of the popular features found in the GH1 and GF1 to a full-on DSLR. In particular, USPTO Application No. 12/581,286, filed by Panasonic on October 19, 2009, reveals a DSLR (complete with mirror and optical viewfinder) with a video mode, vari-angle LCD, on-board video LED light source and special video-compatible lenses. [Read more…]
The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a 12.3MP Micro Four Thirds camera that features a number of improvements over the original E-P1. The E-PL1 features a built-in pop-up flash, a direct record button for recording HD video, along with expected features like sensor-based image stabilization and full time live view on the 2.7-inch LCD. The E-PL1 will be offered in a kit with a 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens.
The Olympus E-PL1 was first available in March 2010 at an initial retail price of $599.99.
Along with the E-PL1, Olympus has announced two new lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system – the 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 and 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 lenses. With the 2x crop factor of the Micro Four Thirds system, these lenses are the equivalent of an 18-36mm and a 28-300mm lens, respectively, on a full frame camera.
The Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens should be available in May 2010 at an initial retail price of $699.99. Check availability on Amazon.com.
The Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens should be available in June 2010 at an initial retail price of $599.99. Check availability on Amazon.com.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]
Olympus has released a firmware update for the E-P1. Firmware version 1.2 adds the following functionality:
The firmware can be updated through the Olympus Master or Studio software.
The Samsung NX 30mm f/2 lens has leaked out onto the Pentax Forums. The image in this thread reveals the expected pancake form factor of the 30mm lens with a 43mm filter thread. According to the poster, the leaked image was supposedly captured with a Samsung NX10 and 18-55mm lens.
Other loosely “confirmed” lenses include the aforementioned 18-55mm zoom and a 55-200mm zoom lens.
The Olympus E-P2 is a quick follow-up to the E-P1, which was introduced just 5 short months ago. The E-P2 actually appears to be a mild upgrade to the E-P1 since it sports the same internals, including the same 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor. What the E-P2 adds is a port for accessories like an external mic or high-res electronic viewfinder, along with AF tracking capability, i-Enhance color boosting and some new Art filters.
The E-P2 should be available in December 2009 at an initial retail price of $1099.