January 28, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Panasonic GH2 to be first shutter-less camera

According to the website eosHDIn what is being billed as another sizeable revolution in the camera world, Panasonic is set to unveil a shutter-less DSLR. Billed as a ‘global shutter’ and marketed as HD Progressive, Panasonic will for now reserve this feature only for their high end range of camcorders and the GH2.

Panasonic is set to release the LX4 and G2 in February, but the GH2 will wait until the 2nd half of 2010 according to my source in Asia. Rather than do a yearly update of the GH line, Panasonic want to bring a greater incremental step to the ‘luxury’ line.“,,,”The global shutter also creates the possibility of an entirely silent camera. Goodbye shutter click. On a DSLR a global shutter requires greater power demands and causes the sensor to run hot, but Panasonic were able to develop one because their modern CMOS processing plant can shrink a chip below 35 nanometers, which coupled with the relatively small (in DSLR terms) sensor size of the Micro 4/3rds format allows the chip to run cooler.

January 27, 2010

a little bit of everything…

The author sent us this text:

Here is a commercial we shot for Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” contest.www.blownapartstudios.com
It was shot entirely with the GH1. The fractal design took longer to bild than we thought so we ended up having to shoot almost the whole thing in about 3 hours. Because of the time crunch and the inability to check the footage (and all the wide angles) we ended up shooting the whole thing in 720P. The footage was then conformed to 24p in Cineform. We were quite pleased with the result.

A few other details…

The whole thing was shot handheld, with the GH1 attached to a DVTEC MultiRig Pro.
Again, because of time constraints, only two lenses were used. The stock lens and the 20mm 1.7
The 20mm had a cheap .5 wide angle adapter attached to give it a true 20mmFOV. This worked incredibly well and I’ve become a believer in wide angle adapters. Almost no distortion and almost zero light loss.
We controlled exposure with a 77mm FaderND. This thing works incredible and I don’t want to ever shoot without one again.
The only lighting we had was one reflector which we used for bounce a few times. Shooting close to magic hour on a lot of it didn’t hurt
Sound was captured on a zoom H4n with a Rode NTG-2. Manual sync wasn’t a big issue. However, in the future we plan on either keeping the number of camera and audio takes in sync or manually writing down what take goes with what. We had a lot more camera takes than audio takes and it took a while to figure out what went with what.
All the editing and effects work was done in Premiere and After Effects CS4. The ability of these programs to dynamically link and share files was a Godsend. We only had one week for post.
Magic Bullet Looks was used for color correction and for the most part was very minor.
This was our first project and overall we were very happy. The GH1 is an incredible little camera. It’s incredibly flexible with it’s flip out screen and combined with the DVTEC makes an amazingly light, versatile rig.

Niels Ackermann reviewed the Panasonic GF1 (french / google english translation)
ePhotozine made a Olympus E-P1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-Gf1 Digital SLR Review. To be honest they forgot to mention the Body IS as a “pro” point for the E-P1 :(
Olympus Mju Tough 6010 Review at Photographyblog.
A korean GF1 vs LX3 comparison (available in korean language only)
Today Deal:
Adorama: Refurbished Olympus E-P1 for $549.95

January 27, 2010
Posted in reviews

DxO mark tests the GH1 sensor and compares it with the Canon 7D sensor!

The GH1 even outperforms a hypothetical four-thirds sensor cut from a
(wider) Canon EOS 7D sensor (with the same pixel size). With its 50%
larger sensor surface (corresponding to 9 DxOMark Sensor points), one
would expect the 7D to have outperformed the GH1 by 9 points. Instead,
it achieves a DxOMark score of 64.9 — only slightly more than 1 point
above the GH1’s score of 63.6.

Except for the Olympus E410 and Olympus E510 (both released in early
2007), which have a DxOMark Sensor score of about 50, most four-thirds
sensors have a DxOMark Sensor score of about 55. The GH1 outperforms
them all with a DxOMark Sensor score of 63.6.

The GH1 outperforms other four-third sensors in terms of Low-Light ISO
(772 for the GH1 vs 571 for the Olympus E3, the second-best performer)
and Dynamic Range (11.6 for the GH1 vs 10.8 for the Panasonic DMC L10,
second-best performer).

Canon 7D’s performance is similar to the G1’s at ISO settings up to
800, and similar to the GH1’s at ISO settings from 3200. The GH1
outperforms the 7D for ISO settings up to 800.

source: DxO mark

January 27, 2010
Posted in Rumors

The Olympus “teaser camera” rumors summary

It is time to take a break and to make a summary.

What we know for certain is that Olympus will take a press conference on February 2nd. That’s a fact. We also know that they will announce new compact cameras (probably a Tough camera, a Megazoom camera, the camera shown on the teaser and maybe something else). Do not expect a new FourThirds camera announcement. We have been told that there will be a second press conference quickly after the February 2 announcement (probably before the PMA) where Olympus will announce the E-3 successor.

We havn’t been able to get 100% reliable information. It seems that Olympus kept the new camera secret to everyone :)

We can only speculate this time!
To date the camera seems to be a Low-End MicroFourThirds model with interchangeable lens-mount (not fixed lens). It has a plastique body, probably a built-in flash, same E-P1 sensor, Art Filters, it cost something around $500-$550. And obviousely it is smaller than the E-P1/GF1.
But that’s just my speculation.

As soon as we receive 99% reliable “rumors” we will post it on 43rumors! Keep following us!


January 27, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) More chinese rumors about the new “teaser” camera

12 MP
ISO limit 1600
230,000-pixel LCD
Non-detachable VF contact
No video feature
SD card
There are flash
Battery with the E-P1
Three kinds of body color
Listed with 17mm or 14-42mm lens HKD $ 4980 (That’s 640 USD calculated on the exchange rate…but probably it will be cheaper $550? )
No single body launched

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