Dpreview posts a “Beginners Guide to HD Video in digital cameras”

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Dpreview wrote a “Beginner guide for HD Video in digital cameras“. It is well written and easy to understand.

For those of you interested in professional publications I always found the BBC website to be the best choice: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/index.shtml.

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Panasonic GF1 and lenses firmware update!

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The official press release:
November 25, 2009: Panasonic is pleased to announce new firmwares for the DMC-GF1 camera and interchangeable lenses of Lumix G Micro System to expand the potential of the camera and lenses especially in the movie recording function.

Firmware ver.1.1 for DMC-GF1
-Improved AF(Auto Focus)performance in movie recording
-Improved AWB(Auto White Balance) performance
-Improved picture quality in high sensitivity photo recording
-Improved picture quality in portrait program modes
-Improved aperture control in scenery program modes
-Improved accessibility to MF(Manual Focus) Assist function with MF lenses.

Firmware ver.1.2 for LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
Firmware ver.1.2 for LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)
-Availability of AF in FHD(Full HD) mode
-Improved AF performance in movie recording

Firmware ver.1.1 for LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm/F4.0 ASPH. (H-FS007014)
-Availability of AF in FHD mode
-Improved aperture control performance in movie recording
-Improved AF performance in movie recording

Firmware ver.1.2 for LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. (H-VS014140)
Firmware ver.1.1 for LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-H020)
-Improved AF performance in movie recording

The new firmware will be available worldwide at GMT: 2:00 on the 25th of November, 2009 at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.

via: dpreview

Good news! Olympus E-P2 worldwide shipment to start on December 4!

The Olympus E-P2 worldwide shipment begins on December 4. This is an official Olympus Japan news.

The text has been translated via google:

Micro SLR “OLYMPUS PEN E-P2” products and related accessories
Notice of Decision Released

Olympus Imaging Corporation, the recent in November 2009 during its 12 day “in early October 2009 release 12” Orimashita we have been chosen with one eye micro “OLYMPUS PEN E-P2” For products and related accessories, the following as, the release date “December 4, 2009 (Fri)” and so decided, we will notify.

Product Name: Micro SLR
“OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 kit lens” (black / silver)
“OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 kit pancake” (black / silver)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: Open Price
Product Name: Electronic Viewfinder “VF-2” (black / silver)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 30,000 yen each (approx. 31,500 yen)
Product Name: Leather Hand Strap
“CSS-S110LSBK” (Black)
“CSS-S110LSWT” (White)
“CSS-S110LSBR” (Brown)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 3,400 yen each (3,570 yen including tax)
Product Name: Leather jackets Body “CS-10BBK” (Black)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 5,400 yen (5,670 yen including tax)
Product Name: Leather straps “CSS-S109LLBK” (Black)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 4,800 yen (approx. 5,040 yen)
Product Name: Aluminum Case “CBG-3SLV”
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 12,000 yen (approx. 12,600 yen)

Olympus E-P2 preorders: Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE