(FT 4) Canon 500d VS Panasonic GH1

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Sorry if we have the courage to post something about our biggest enemy. But the Canon 500d rumors are quite interesting and will influence sell volumes and prices of the new Panasonic GH1.
Canon has sent invitations for a new product which will be presented on March 25th.

So first we show you the features of the new camera compared to the Panasonic GH1!

Pansonic GH1 Canon 500d
12 MPX 15MPX
3.0″ TFT LCD monitor 460,000 dots 3.0″ VGA screen 920,000 dots (NO swifel)
23-Area-Focusing/1 Area Focusing (inc. Face Detection) 9 Point AF (inc. Face Detection for AF)
video mode (variable framerate) video mode (variable framerate)

That’s just a simple first comparison. I don’t believe Canon will bring big surprises like for example a 3.0 OLED screen or 1080 60/50p mode.

What’s more interesting for us is the impact that the Canon 500d could have on the price of the Panasonic GH1. Actually the official price is 1.500 Dollars for a GH1 with kit lens. I believe Canon can keep the price quite low, we say 600$ for body only. From a price point of view this is a real challenger for the Panasonic GH1 !!!

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(FT 4) Olympus and Panasonic full frame plans

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We had some discussions with our trusted rumor sources. One of our most important questions were about sensor size.

1) Will Olympus and Panasonic ever go full frame?

First short answer, it is not the right time for them to go full frame! Why? Over 90% of the market is driven by consumer oriented models. They don’t need full frame because it is simply to expensive for the great mass of people! Secondly, in time of crisis, development resources are small and you have to focus on existent technology trying to make them better. Thirdly, the difference in quality terms between 4/3 sensor and full frame is small. If you do pixel piping and huge big prints you will see a difference but that’s all. Real improvement can be made with new concept of camera size (like the Olympus m4/3 mockup), better LCD’s (Oled screens avaiable for 2010?), and maybe video recording capabilities.

2) Why is full frame important?

It is important for companies which have a big pro-market. But to get inside the market is quite difficult and not worth it for companies like Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax (with the exception of medium format), Fuji, etc

3) Will Olympus and Panasonic ever go full frame?

They know a micro four thirds concept applied on a full frame sensor would make a lot of publicity in the techworld. Everybody would talk about it! I believe that after the financial crisis, when things will be clearer, they will try to go this way if they have enough resources.

one more thing…

Sensor development goes not only in the direction of size, but of basic sensor concept. Panasonic is working on new HDR sensors which can capture huge a dynamicrange (not so far away from the concept developed by Fuji).

Are you satisfied?


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