July 24, 2010
Posted in deals, Rumors

Huge Panasonic GH1 price drop…now $949 only -> and the GH2 is coming ;)

UPDATE: The price is now back to $1150! But we epxect the price to fall again soon.
That’s a huge price drop…. -$200!!! Click here to check out the current price on amazon!

Oh yes, it is not a secret anymore that in one month exactly the new GH2 will be announced!
via: noisycamera

Brief summary of other current deals:
1) There is an $80 dollar instante rebate for the Olympus 14-150mm lens on Adorama (click here). It says “out of stock” but if you preorder the lens you will get the discount!
2) Still ongoing: Free EVF with the Panasonic GF1 and 14-45mm Lens -> $729.99 on Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
3) Very last days for the Olympus 9-18mm $100 instante rebate ($599 instead of $699): Amazon, Adorama and BH
4) The NEW Leica 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux-M now ships within 1 to 3 weeks (it’s a veeery expensive lens!)

July 23, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic 7-14mm, Olympus 14-150mm and Leica lens on PEN review!

Image courtesy: @forumolympusfrance

Forum Olympus France tested the Panasonic 7-14mm lens on the Olympus E-P2. Pleas notice that you can read the review in Français, English and Español (you can choose the language on the top of the article)

SLRclub tested the new Olympus 14-150mm lens. Translation is not available because they post their articles as Jpegs(!!!). But there are videos and a lot of image samples and comparisons.

PEKKA POTKA: Leica lenses on Olympus PEN. Interesting to see the same lens perform on the Leica M9 and then on the Olympus E-P2

July 23, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Reminder and poll: Panasonic announcement next week (new consumer 3D videocamera)

One week ago we told you that Panasonic will introduce a new 3D videocamera on July 28. I don’t know if Panasonic will also announce the development of 3D photocameras. My question to you is if you are interested in 3D photocameras…or 3D mirrorless system :)

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My two cents: There is something weird behind all that 3D hype. And I can’t understand why I have that feeling. Is it just me? And do you know the reasons why the giants (Panasonic-Sony-Samsung) are pushing 3D?

July 23, 2010
Posted in deals
July 22, 2010
Posted in news

Fuji HybridAF tecnology. Something Panasonic and Olympus should add as soon as possible

As you all now fast autofocus is one of the main advantage of classic DSLR cameras. This because a phase detection focus usually works faster than contrast autofocus. But with the release of the F300EXR and the Z800EXR Fuji just introduced a new tecnology called Hybrid AF that will interest many of our MicroFourThirds readers! Fuji found a way to implement phase detection directly on the sensor!

You can find more information on Fujifilms website: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/f/finepix_f300exr/features/

Hybrid Auto Focus System NEW!
One of the disadvantages of longer zoom compacts is relatively slow auto focusing. Typical compacts rely on Contrast Detection, which works by fixing the focus by searching for contrast differentials.  Some expensive cameras, including many DSLRs, use two focusing systems in tandem to improve the time taken to auto focus. Phase Detection AF works by dividing the incoming light into pairs of images and calculating the phase difference to find if the object is in front focus or back focus position. Contrast AF is generally better in low-lit scenes, while Phase Detection AF is extremely responsive in good light.  Having both systems on one camera is perfect. The FinePix F300EXR uses both Contrast AF and Phase Detection AF to offer auto focus speeds as good as, or sometimes better than expensive DSLRs.  To achieve the incredible AF speed of 0.158*1 seconds, Fujifilm engineers placed pairs of phase detection sensors on the EXR sensor, which work exactly like external sensors on DSLRs.  The FinePix F300EXR automatically selects the optimum focus system, by measuring the amount of light or contrast in the scene. The benefit for the photographer is immediate and obvious: an almost instantaneous capture of the subject in the viewfinder, with no missed shots or subjects half out-of-frame.

Hurry up Panasonic! There is way to catch up the DSLR autofocus speed! :)

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