According to CNET Asia camera manufacturers swear allegiance to Micro Four Thirds.
Over and Out -> The principal trustedreview editor quits.
Focus numerique leaked a new camera.
A Pentax user is testing a new fullframe camera.
The polish website dfv.pl leaked a new Canon camera.
And yeah, Philip Bloom has also one: Canon DSLR video goes RAW!!
Ohhh things are becoming hot! The next Olympus Pen is coming!
Just received this:
New Olympus MFT camera with built-in finder
Size 109 x 70 x 50mm – 417.3g
It comes with a 42mm f/2.8 lens (3 feet close focus)
Two-bladed mechanical leaf shutter
It has a higher dynamic range (16 EV in Black and White) than the Nikon D3X, a higher resolution than the Canon 7D.
This results has been archieved because the camera is not only mirrorless but also sensorless! It directly captures the light without the need of a digital sensor. The organic sensible material replaces it!
And it costs you $100 only!
This one comes from one of my best sources:
(Thanks April !)
Our friend Sam B. sent us following mail:
“Best Buy, the largest electronics chain store in the United States is now carrying the E-PL1 in its brick and mortar stores. This is a very significant development since it is essentially the “starting gun shot” for the race for MFT in the US. Previously you could only buy MFT cameras online or through specialist camera stores, giving them zero visibility with the market segment Olympus and Panasonic are targeting – P&S upgraders looking for a higher quality camera without the dSLR size.”
It will be interesting to see if that will really increase the MicroFourThirds sales. In the meanwhile Samsung is pretty confident to “Samsung Electronics, which will absorb Samsung DigitaI Imaging Co. as of Thursday, plans to grab a 20 per cent share of the world’s digital camera market in two years, up from 11.7 per cent last year, the company said in a release.”. Source: tradingmarkets
I know who will dominate the market in 2012! Just give me some time to find my cristal ball on my basement…
Global shutter is one of the most requested features of MicroFourThirds user. K-rumors has got some evidence that Samsung is developing such a sensor. Anyway there is not only Samsung working on it. We found a new Olympus patent (published on 03/30/2010). The patent description is pretty complex! The most understandable part is the initial description:
“The present invention relates to solid-state imaging apparatus having a concurrent shutter (hereinafter referred to as global shutter) function, and more particularly relates to a solid-state imaging apparatus having a global shutter function so as to be capable of obtaining imaging data having a high image quality.”
For those interested to read more about it go here: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7689113.html
Oh! And if you really want to know everything read the complete patent list with all Sony-Canon-Samsung-Olympus related global shutter patents!
UPDATE: What is a global shutter?
“With Global/Synchronous Shutter, all rows in the ROI are reset then exposed simultaneously for a specified time. At the end of the exposure/integration time, each pixel value is transferred immediately to an adjacent storage area to await read-out. The pixel values are then read out row-by-row from storage, building the frame. This use of intermediate storage reduces the gradual overexposure that can occur down the image when the rows are read out directly from the active area.
Because all rows are exposed simultaneously, Global Shutter avoids jagged or blurred affect produced by Rolling Shutter for fact action images. However, because it stops exposure to perform read-out, it does not provide the fastest possible sequence of frames. ”
For our Samsung readers: Now you have your Samsung NX10 in Stock on amazon.