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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First time in Stock in US: Fotodiox “Speed Booster” adapter and Panasonic GF6 and G6

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We have two new items in Stock for the first time at Amazon US:

1) The Panasonic G is in Stock via Norman at Amazon US (Click here). It is also in Stock at Adorama (Click here).

2) The Panasonic GF6 is in Stock via Samys at Amazon (Click here). Only two left in Stock.

3) The Fotodiox Vizelex Cannon Nikon G to MFT adapter is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here). It works like the Metabones Speed Booster but has no electronic contacts and quality of the images seem to be pretty bad. Read the testings at personal-view :(

One more thing: 43rumors reader BDV contacted Fotodiox and they told him that “There are no plans in making the light cannon for m42”. Would be nice to know what else they have on roadmap!

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(FT2) Is that the design of the upcoming Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens?

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Rumors about a possible release of a new Olympus 25mm f/1.8 MFT lens are floating around since end of 2012. And now that image of the possible lens design appeared on Julur.com. The design discloses the filter size (46mm) and of course focal length and aperture. There is no info about the overall size of the lens. I hope it will be a pancake like the glorious Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens. And of course it shouldn’t be epxensive.

Just for fun let’s see if….

you would buy the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 pancake for $400.

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Samsung shows you why people prefers DSLR over Mirrorless :)

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The video made by Samsung shows us in a funny way one of the reason why Mirrorless is having a hard time to convince people that they are as good as DSLR cameras. Chapeau Samsung for making such a video!

From my personal experience I can tell you that this is definitely true. Even more serious photographers sometimes buy tremendous stuff without really needing it. Just because they “think” it’s better.

Personal note: I shot pics of my son with the E-P1 and the Nokton 25mm f/0.95. Not because these are the best cameras and lenses on market…but because that’s all I need!

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