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December 14, 2009
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(FT3) First rumors about the new Panasonic sensor

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Some rumors we received do say that Panasonic developed a sensor which has a better High-ISO quality (around +1stop quality gain) and better Dynamic Range. It is very likely that there will not be a Megapixel-number increase. In February and March both companies (Panasonic and Olympus) are going to unveil new cameras which will use the new sensor. Olympus should unveil one (or more?) FourThirds cameras and Panasonic a new MicroFourThirds model.

(FT2) One of our very new sources also told us that Panasonic has applied the backlight-tecnology to the FourThirds sensor.
Editos’s note: I always thought that backlight tecnology would only make sense on very small sensor so I can’t judge if the rumor is fake or if it referrs to a completely new type of backlight sensor which also works for bigger sensor.

UPDATE: Panasonic recently announced the new Panasonic 2.2/3-inch CMOS Image Sensor Based on Dual Resolution and Exposure Technique.

December 10, 2009
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(FT3) UPDATED Samsung NX-10 launch delay?

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Latest rumors do say that the Samsung NX-10 could be announced a little later than expected (final announcement on January 10?). The camera was expected to be announced in December. Let’s see what happens!

UPDATE:

Source: redcrow (dpreview forum)

I got more updates of NX10.

1. Samsung will start teaser ad. in next week in Korea.
2. Samsung will announce AND launch NX10 in next several weeks.
NX10 will be launched into the world market at the same time.

3. Some NX10s have been delivered / will be delivered to camera review websites/magazines.
They are asked to zip their lips until the official announcement.
4. Samsung keep working on stabilizing the firmware.

NX10 has an interesting feature.

It has burst mode. (Up to 30 shots with 7 fps). It seems to be similar feature with K20D’s, I guess. But I didn’t hear how it works.

December 9, 2009
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(FT5) Panasonic is ready to launch the new DMC-FP1…(FT3) with backlight sensor?

We have no specs about that camera, but we know that a new DMC-FP1 compact camera is coming soon (January?). Why should that camera be interesting? The camera (FT3) could be the first to use the new Panasonic backlight sensor!

Just a reminder: Rumors classification
(FT 1) Only a dream (FT 2) Sounds a little more real (FT 3) Could be (FT 4) Possible, from trusted sources (FT 5) It’s done! FT= Four Thirds

December 7, 2009
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(FT5) UPDATED-> Samyang will make two new FourThirds lenses! The 85mm f/1.4 and 8mm f/3.5 fisheye!

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The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Manual Focus Lens

UPDATE: Samyang will also launche a new 35mm f/1.4 lens in Q2!

Source: lenstip
In an Interview with Lenstip Mr. Lee (Director of Sales & Marekting Samyang Optics) confirmed that they will produce the two lenses for FourThirds mount (no word about MicroFourThirds)
LensTip.com: Do you plan to introduce lenses with the 4/3 mount?
Mr. Lee: We are currently adding this mount to 85mm and 8mm products. They will be released in 1st quarter of 2010. 4/3 mount will be available for all future products.

More informations about the lenses:
Samyang 8mm
Samyang 85mm f/1.4

Lenstip reviewed both lenses:
Samyang 8mm review
Samyang 85mm review

Thanks Jerry for sending the link!

You can find Samyang lenses (Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax mounts) in:
Amazon UK / / Adorama

Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye lens

Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye lens

December 5, 2009
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(FT3) More Samsung NX specs and image comparison with the Panasonic GF1

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As you may know the Samsung NX is due for release and will very likely become the first real strong MicroFourThirds competitor.

We found some more Samsung NX specs at k-rumors:

1. NX10 has Lens OIS not body built-in. He mentioned he didn’t see any special device related with body SR. emoticon – sad

2. Very good grip feeling.

3. Lighter than E-P1.

4. NX10 AF speed is way faster than E-P1.
It is not accurate but, its AF speed seems to be similar level to Panasonic GH1.

5. EVF is VGA level.

6. K-Mount adapter will be on the market at the same time with NX10.
(it is not sure that it supports AF yet.)

7. My source used only beta body, so possibilities some of above specs could be changed.

8. Samsung could launch NX10 sooner than Jan 10. But, most likely the launch will be Jan. 10.

9. The adapter doesn’t support AF. emoticon – sad

10. NX10 has “green button” to meter exposure.

11. NX10 has a mechanical type focal-plane shutter.“

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