Panasonic Patent Reveals DSLR w/ Video Recording and Advanced Video Lenses

Panasonic DSLR with Movie Mode

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...]

Olympus E-PL1 Reviews and Resources

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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.

Olympus E-PL1 Availability

B&H Photo

Amazon.com

Adorama

Photography Bay Resources

Olympus E-PL1 Review

Olympus E-PL1 Hands-On Review

Olympus E-PL1 Reviews

Neutral Day

Imaging Resource

Digital Camera Info

DP Review

Cnet UK

Let’s Go Digital

Cnet

Geek.com

Engadget

PhotographyBLOG

The Digital Story

Adorama

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 and 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lenses

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 and 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 Lenses

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 E-P1 Firmware Update ver. 1.2

Olympus E-P1

Olympus has released a firmware update for the E-P1.  Firmware version 1.2 adds the following functionality:

  • Reduced time of the MF ASSIST enlarged display to improve operability.
  • REC VIEW enabled when the monitor’s backlight is set to off.

The firmware can be updated through the Olympus Master or Studio software.

[via Olympus.co.jp]

Samsung NX10 and 30mm f/2 Lens Update

Samsung NX10

Update: As of 1/4/10, the Samsung NX10 has been officially announced. For additional details, click here.

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.

[via 1001noisy]

Olympus E-P2 Reviews and Resources

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.

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Olympus E-P2

E-P2

Rumors are stirring of a new Micro Four Thirds camera, an Olympus E-P2, which has apparently leaked out on  Olympus’ China website.  The image above is a supposed screen capture from the site.

The E-P2 bears a striking resemblance to the Olympus E-P1.  The rumored official unveiling date for the E-P2 is November 5 or 6.  No word of specs yet.

[43rumors.com via neutralday.com]

Lens Picks for the Micro Four Thirds System

Olympus E-P1

After reading the article on how the Micro Four Thirds cameras can become an entire system, one may really try to decide on which lenses will be best for them. With such a large selection available, it can be hard to decide which ones may suit you the best if you’ve just stuck with one camera system to begin with and never had much experience with others. That being said, the following letter came in from a reader.

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Olympus E-P1 and Lens Firmware Update

Olympus E-P1

Olympus has released a firmware update for the E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera, along with updates for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 17mm f/2.8 lenses.

The firmware update for the E-P1 is described as providing improved operation when using the C-AF, which is something that I found to function quite poorly in the Olympus E-P1 Review.  The firmware updates for the lenses are described as providing improved AF operation.

You can download the updates on the Olympus Japan website.