Olympus PEN with built-in EVF leaked?

Ohhh things are becoming hot! The next Olympus Pen is coming!

Just received this:
New Olympus MFT camera with built-in finder
Size 109 x 70 x 50mm – 417.3g
It comes with a 42mm f/2.8 lens (3 feet close focus)
Two-bladed mechanical leaf shutter
It has a higher dynamic range (16 EV in Black and White) than the Nikon D3X, a higher resolution than the Canon 7D.
This results has been archieved because the camera is not only mirrorless but also sensorless! It directly captures the light without the need of a digital sensor. The organic sensible material replaces it!
And it costs you $100 only!

This one comes from one of my best sources:
(Thanks April !)

Global shutter: Samsung will do it? Olympus also!

Global shutter is one of the most requested features of MicroFourThirds user. K-rumors has got some evidence that Samsung is developing such a sensor. Anyway there is not only Samsung working on it. We found a new Olympus patent (published on 03/30/2010). The patent description is pretty complex! The most understandable part is the initial description:

The present invention relates to solid-state imaging apparatus having a concurrent shutter (hereinafter referred to as global shutter) function, and more particularly relates to a solid-state imaging apparatus having a global shutter function so as to be capable of obtaining imaging data having a high image quality.

For those interested to read more about it go here: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7689113.html

Oh! And if you really want to know everything read the complete patent list with all Sony-Canon-Samsung-Olympus related global shutter patents!

UPDATE: What is a global shutter?
With Global/Synchronous Shutter, all rows in the ROI are reset then exposed simultaneously for a specified time. At the end of the exposure/integration time, each pixel value is transferred immediately to an adjacent storage area to await read-out. The pixel values are then read out row-by-row from storage, building the frame. This use of intermediate storage reduces the gradual overexposure that can occur down the image when the rows are read out directly from the active area.
Because all rows are exposed simultaneously, Global Shutter avoids jagged or blurred affect produced by Rolling Shutter for fact action images. However, because it stops exposure to perform read-out, it does not provide the fastest possible sequence of frames.

source: Pixelink

For our Samsung readers: Now you have your Samsung NX10 in Stock on amazon.

(FT3) Two more Olympus MicroFourThirds cameras and first prime lenses during second half of the year

According to our sources Olympus is already working on two new MicroFourThirds cameras.  The first camera to be released should be a PEN and the second camera should be the long awaited very high-end MicroFourThirds model. Both will be announced within the year. The High-End model will arrive later (and Photokina fits perfectly for such a camera announcement).

A new High-End PEN makes sense because the newly announced Olympus E-PL1 is stealing the show of the E-P1 and E-P2.

According to our sources also new prime lenses should come by late 2010. Probably the 50mm (f/2.0 ?) lens will be the first of the series.

One more thing about Panasonic. We are certain Panasonic will launch the GH2 on Photokina but we have no information about the GF2. One new source told us that Panasonic is planning to release the GF2 months after Photokina. But this is a unreliable rumor. I hope one of my trusted sources can tell me more :)

Will the Samsung NX5 be the first GF1/PEN competitor?


(Picture via k-rumors.com)

Every day we have new rumors about the next Samsung NX camera. Today first possible NX5 specs have been published.
The real question is: will the NX5 be the first compact NX camera?

NX5 specs:
-NX mount
-14MPx CMOS sensor
-ISO 100-3200
-3fps
-Built-in flash (GN10)
-3″ 230K LCD display
-Video HD720p/30fps (H.264)
-Audio mono
-HDMI/AV/MicroUSB connection
-SD slot

Non-built in EVF, same NX10 battery, manual control.

NX5 + 30mm = $599
NX5 + 18-55mm non-OIS = $549
NX5 + 20-50mm non-OIS = $499 (late 2010)