BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to ship end of July (new video interview).

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Broadcast Asia 2013: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema and 4K camera update from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Blackmagic manager confirmed in that video that the new Cinema Pocket Camera will ship this month (July 25 according to BHphoto). Watch out for the postman! :)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema preorders in USA at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and in Germany at Technikdirekt, in France at pbs-video. In Sweden at macoteket, scandinavianphoto, protel.jetshop, webhallen.

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(FT3) First Olympus E-M1 specs.

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Olympus could launch three new cameras in early September. One of them is certainly a new OMD camera and this could be the specs:

  • DSLR-like design, similar to the E-M5 but with a larger grip that will contain an additional control dial on top
  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • 16MP sensor
  • 81 AF points
  • 3″ tiltable LCD screen
  • Electronic viewfinder with 2,300,000 pixels
  • Max shutter: 1/8000
  • 10 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Sounds like an E-P5 as OMD :)

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via Photorumors.

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E-P5 superkit in Stock at Amazon. Panasonic G6 tested at DxOmark.

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First news: The Olympus E-P5 superkit (with lens and EVF) is in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).

Second news: The brand new Panasonic G6 got tested at DxOmark (Click here). The camera may be new but the sensor is already well known. That’s why it earns the same score of the predecessor. We have to wait for the GX7 to see a brand new sensor in use!

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Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF shows us what Olympus-Panasonic will have to do.

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As you all know phase detection focusing is one of the main area of interests that Olympus and Panasonic are focusing on. Particularly Olympus needs that to have full Four Thirds lens support on Micro Four Thirds cameras. And the next MFT cameras are “rumored” to have on sensor phase detection. We already had a couple of cameras from Sony, Canon, Nikon with such AF pixels on sensor. But there was always a trade off. You have to “give-up” some space and therefore sacrifice resolution for the dedicated AF pixels. More AF pixels you add (to increase the AF performance) more RGB pixels you loose. That was the equation until today:

Canon just announced the new 70D ($1199 DSLR). We wouldn’t care about it if there would not be a new amazing feature. The 70D features a “Dual Pixel CMOS AF” sensor. And the amazing thing is that every pixel can do both at the same time: Capture the light for the actual image, and act as phase detection agent! A detailed description can be read at Dpreview: According the Canon the EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system has the following key characteristics:

  • Usable phase detection AF area covers 80% of the frame horizontally and vertically
  • AF works at apertures down to F11
  • AF works in light levels as low as 0 EV
  • Can work with face detection to keep moving subjects in focus

This sounds like a great solution! I am sure Sony sensors will have a similar solution that will be implemented by future Olympus cameras.

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New E-P5 tests (Robin Wong, Cnet and Itmedia).

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Olympus PEN E-P5: Wi-Fi Feature Quick Demo by Robin Wong

Robin Wong (Click here) posted the third part of his ongoing Olympus E-P5 review. He focused on the Wi-Fi Features and Shooting with CCTV Lens. He also included a request for Olympus: “I do not understand why Olympus disabled focus peaking for video recording. They should, in the future, updated the firmware to enable the focus peaking in movie mode.

Also CNET (Click here) reviewed the E-P5 and calls it “The Best Micro Four Thirds camera thus far“.

For Japanese readers: E-P5 test at Itmedia!

Links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

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