April 1, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Olympus PEN with built-in EVF leaked?

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 !)

March 31, 2010
Posted in news

Bestbuy now sells MicroFourThirds. And Samsung wants to dominate the digital camera market.

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.”

Here the link to the shop: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Olympus+-+12.3-Megapixel+Digital+SLR+Camera+-+Black/9769158.p?id=1218170032854&skuId=9769158

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…

March 31, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Global shutter: Samsung will do it? Olympus also!

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.

source: Pixelink

For our Samsung readers: Now you have your Samsung NX10 in Stock on amazon.

March 31, 2010

a little bit of everything…

GF1 + Canon 55mm F1.2 video

Leica X1 test by reportagesphotos.fr (google english translation)
Panasonic G10 and G2 preview at fotodigitalonline (google english translation)
E-P1 + Fujinon 50mm f/1.4 on flickr

March 30, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Two more Olympus MicroFourThirds cameras and first prime lenses during second half of the year

According to our sources Olympus is already working on two new MicroFourThirds cameras.  The first camera to be released should be a PEN and the second camera should be the long awaited very high-end MicroFourThirds model. Both will be announced within the year. The High-End model will arrive later (and Photokina fits perfectly for such a camera announcement).

A new High-End PEN makes sense because the newly announced Olympus E-PL1 is stealing the show of the E-P1 and E-P2.

According to our sources also new prime lenses should come by late 2010. Probably the 50mm (f/2.0 ?) lens will be the first of the series.

One more thing about Panasonic. We are certain Panasonic will launch the GH2 on Photokina but we have no information about the GF2. One new source told us that Panasonic is planning to release the GF2 months after Photokina. But this is a unreliable rumor. I hope one of my trusted sources can tell me more :)

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