June 30, 2015
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The Olympus AIR MFT camera gets announced in USA! Preorders for $299 at Amazon/BHphoto.

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Olympus US just announced that it will ship the AIR MFT camera in USA too. First preorders are available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here) and BHphoto for $299 (Click here).

Here is the full press text:

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Olympus has announced the US release of the Air A01, a smartphone-controlled camera with a 16.05MP Micro Four Thirds sensor. The Air A01 is shaped like a lens and connects directly to your smartphone so that your phone’s screen effectively becomes the camera’s live view display. While the Air A01 looks like a lens, it is really a camera that is designed to combine the quality of a larger image sensor and versatility of an interchangeable-lens system with the ease and convenience of a smartphone.

Once attached to your smartphone, the Air A01 connects to it wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and uses the OA Central App to control the camera’s settings. The app provides a means of image composition and review, direct-to-cloud uploads, and six shooting functions to help edit your photos and full HD 1080p videos. The app also facilitates working with the camera in a remote manner to better suit working from high or low angles, uncoupled to your smartphone.

The 16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor pairs with Olympus’s TruePic VII image processing engine for enhanced image quality, especially in low-light situations, with a sensitivity range of up to ISO 12800. This processor and sensor combination also affords a top shooting rate of 10 fps for up to 23 frames, full HD 1080p/30 video recording, a top shutter speed of 1/16000-second, and the ability to record both raw and JPG files.

The Air A01 uses a FAST 81-area contrast-detection AF system, which quickly locks on focus and can be configured with Face Detection AF or Eye Detection AF settings for more critical control. Images and movies can be stored internally on a microSD memory card, directly on your smart phone, or uploaded to cloud-based storage sites using the built-in Wi-Fi and your smartphone.

Utilizing a Micro Four Thirds mount, the camera accepts a wide variety of lenses, including the use of third-party lenses via optional lens mount adapters. It is available in a body-only option in black or white, or in a kit with ablack 14-42mm EZ Lens or a white 14-42mm EZ Lens.

June 30, 2015
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Panasonic FZ300 specs: Sony 4/3 sensor, clean 4K readout and 24-400mm Leica lens.

Two months ago Panasonic registered three new camera names: G7, GX8 and FZ300. The G7 has been announced, the GX8 will be announced around September but it’s still unclear when Panasonic will announce the FZ300. And recently an anonymous source sent me some info about that camera:

FZ 1000 MKII (or FZ300) will be released in September. It will feature a different approach from the FZ 1000 MK I in that according to my source, it will feature a 24-400 leica lens, F1.8 – F4, with F1.8 up to 30mm, and at 200mm F 2.8.
Also, it will have a mic input, 4K video full sensor readout clean (no crop), and the biggest news is this will feature the Sony 4/3 sensor.
Capacitive touchscreen, articulating LCD, and 2.36m EVF.
Styling will be radically different too however I do not have these details.
The price will be $1499 USD.

I have yet no clue if those specs are correct or not. But if they are this sounds like a hell of an amazing camera!


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June 30, 2015
Posted in news

a bit of everything…


Light Color 4K by Giulio Sciorio.

Hands On: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 (Popphoto).
Even older “selfies”: Self-portraits from early 20th and 19th century (TheNakedCamera)
Panasonic 4K Photo reaches to grab stills-from-video dream (Dpreview).
IBELUX 0.85 on MFT camera at DC.watch.
Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. – sample images (Lenstip).

Rhys Moses‎:Here’s a post about one of the coolest/most dangerous festivals in Japan. I took a bunch of pics and video of the event, using the GX7 + the 12-35mm F2.8 lens. http://sixdayschiba.blogspot.jp/2015/06/to-tennousai-festival-machiyaminami.html

June 29, 2015
Posted in deals

Panasonic G7 lens kit deals at Panasonic Store. OMD deals reminder.

G7

Panasonic Store US (Click here) created a special G7 page to show the bundle deals on offer.

Reminder: Olympus US lowered the price of the E-M1 which now sells for the first time under $1,000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. And the new E-M5II also got a price drop and sells for $899 only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus. There is also a long list of rebates on MFT lenses you can check at those special pages at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here). Example:
$100 off on the Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens sold at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$80 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12-40mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 60mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

June 29, 2015
Posted in reviews

First feedback about the GH4 V-Log feature from TCSTV: It’s like having a completely new camera!

TheCameraStoreTV posted that new video and if you jump to minute 13.45 Jordan gives us a first feedback about the V-LOG performance on the GH4. Short spoiler: Jordan still doesn’t know when Panasonic will release the firmware update :(

GH4 store links:
GH4 camera at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.
GH4 camera with interface unit at Adorama and BHphoto.
Interface unit only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.

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