Fuji X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver. 2.00

Fuji X-Pro1

Fuji has issued a firmware update for the X-Pro1.  The new firmware version 2.00 provides the following improvements.

1.Improvement of Auto Focus Performance

(1)Auto focusing speed has become much faster under a various shooting condition such as dark scenes, bright scenes and so on.

(2)The shortest focusing distance without switching to macro mode has become shorter.

2.Improvement of Manual Focus Performance [Read more...]

Hasselblad Lunar Mirrorless Camera w/ Sony E-Mount

Hasselblad-Lunar-Leather-Grip

Hasselblad has unveiled plans to launch a high-end mirrorless camera with a Sony E-mount.  Dubbed the “Lunar”, the camera will sport a 24.3MP APS-C sensor and capture full HD video.

The Hasselblad Lunar appears to be a rebadged Sony NEX-7 with lots of Hasselblad fluff on the outside.  The body and grip of the Lunar will feature carbon fiber, titanium, wood, leather and precious metals, including gold, to help drive up the price to around €5000 (no word yet on US pricing).

The Hasselblad Lunar should arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

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

Panasonic GH3 Officially Unveiled

Panasonic GH3

The Panasonic GH3 is a new 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera with both still image and video prowess.   The GH3 features powerful 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB video capture and 1080/24p at 72Mbps ALL-I video capture.

The GH3 body is magnesium alloy and weather sealed and offers an OLED monitor and an EVF.  What’s more, the GH3 packs all of this into a $1299 price tag – available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

Panasonic GH3 Key Features

  • 16MP LiveMOS Sensor
  • 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB and 24p 72Mbps ALL-I
  • 6fps Frame Rate
  • ISO 125-25600
  • OLED Monitor and Live View Finder
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather Sealed Body
  • Auto HDR Mode
Panasonic 35-100mm
Alongside the GH3, Panasonic is also announcing a new 35-100mm f/2.8 lens (70-200mm equivalent) for the Micro Four Thirds mount.  The lens, combined with the existing 12-35mm f/2.8 lens, makes a formidable combo (both of which feature optical image stabilization) to match up against full frame kits of the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 flavors.  The new 35-100mm f/2.8 lens retails for $1499 and is available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

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

Olympus E-PL5 Officially Announced with Ultra-thin 15mm Lens

Olympus E-PL5

The Olympus E-PL5 is a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a 16MP LiveMOS sensor.  The new mirrorless camera sports an all-metal body, a 170-degree tilting LCD and captures 1080i HD video.

Olympus also introduced a new body cap alongside the E-PL5 that sports a built-in 15mm f/8 lens, which means you can grab a quick shot without a bulky lens (you know, since it’s a lens too…).

Olympus E-PL5 Key Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • RAW Image Capture
  • 8fps Frame Rate
  • M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5 Lens
  • 3.0″ Flip Portrait LCD w/ Touch Control
  • Full 1080i HD Video
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • ISO Range to 25600
  • 12 In-camera Art Filters
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit

The Olympus E-PL5 should be available in October for $699.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.