September 1, 2009
Posted in Rumors

Dear MicroFourThirds fellowship, you have to wait only few hours for the next Panasonic announcements!

I just received the confirmation that Panasonic will soon announce the new MicroFourThirds products. You have to wait few hours more than expected. I will not sleep the whole night until I get the official news ;)
Stay tuned on 43rumors!

UPDATE: I have no exact announcement time. Our sources only told us that we have to wait some hours more than expected…

UPDATE2: Panasonic will probably make the official announcement the September 2th. I expect to have some leaks before that time (chinese and korean forums are the best sources).

UPDATE3: According our latest news at 6am London time (september 2th) Panasonic should announce their new products.
UPDATE4: It is 4 am in the morning here in China and still no news or leaks.

September 1, 2009
Posted in Rumors

The Olympus E-600 is here!


The rumors we published in the past weeks were real…the Olympus E-600 is here!

In fact the camera is a E-620 with following differences (thanks to

• backlit buttons (ouch)

• three art filters (no biggie)

• two-shot multi exposure mode (half ouch)

• aspect mask control (half ouch, it allows you to crop the viewfinder to the aspect you are shooting)

It is not possible to pre-order the camera yet…

Camera Type SLR
Manufacturer Olympus
Model Number E-600
Dimensions 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.4 in.

(130 x 94 x 60 mm)

Weight 16.8 oz

(475 g)

Planned Price $600
Planned Availability November 2009
Image Capture
Sensor Type N-MOS

Four Thirds (approx. 0.85 in. diagonal)

13.10 megapixels (total)

12.30 megapixels (effective)

Filter Type RGBG
Focal Length Multiplier 2.00
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 4032 x 3024 (12.2 megapixels)

3200 x 2400 (7.7 megapixels)

2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)

1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)

1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)

1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)

640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)

Capture Speed Continuous: 4.0 frames per second
Image Quality 4 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, SLR type; fixed, eye-level pentamirror(?), 95% coverage, 0.96x mag., 18mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter
LCD 2.7 in. diagonal

230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)

Playback Zoom 14.0x max
Lens Type Interchangeable Lens

3x optical zoom

58mm lens thread

Lens Mount Four Thirds mount
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 14.0 – 42.0mm (actual)

28 – 84mm (35mm equivalent)

Aperture Range f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) – f/22
Focusing System 7 points twin AF sensor with the phase-difference detection; 5 points twin cross, 2 points twin

Has AF assist lamp

Manual focus possibl e

Focusing Range Normal: 10″ – infinity (25 cm – infinity)
ISO Sensitivity Auto (200 – 3200), 100 – 3200 (1/3, 1 EV steps)
Shutter Speed 60 – 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 49-zone Digital ESP, Center Weighted Average, Spot (2% with Highlight/Shadow mode)
Exposure Compensation +/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Hybrid – Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Internal Flash Guide Number: 12

Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off

Range: Depends on lens aperture

Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama* (* Available with the Olympus xD-Picture Card), Beach & Snow,Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Recording Medium CompactFlash Type I or Type II, Microdrive, xD Picture Card, CF Type I/II UDMA supported
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format RAW (.ORF), JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary BLS-1
Product Bundle
Software OLYMPUS Master Software CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary BLS-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, Metal
Remote Control Yes, RM-1 IR or RM-UC1 cable
Operating System Compatibility Windows, Mac OS
Notes Cost reduced E-620.
September 1, 2009
Posted in Rumors

Canon 7d featured to compete with the Panasonic Gh1 video capabilities

The new has multiple frame rate options and a good H264 codec. It looks like the Gh1 is getting a very strong competition. The only week point of the 7D is the price. You have to pay a lot more for the Canon EOS 7D body than for the +14-140mm combo.

August 31, 2009
Posted in Rumors

E-600 released!

It isnt official, but its been leaked everywhere. For the E-600, or “E-620-lite” Olympus took an E-620 and took some features away, and at the same time dollars off the price tag. The missing features are backlit buttons, aspect ratio control, the 3 art filters not present on an e-450 (pale and light colour, light tone and grainy film) and multi-exposure mode.

For more info see Imaging Resources page.

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