July 22, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic 3 layer patent (like the Sigma Foveon sensor)

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The japanese website Egami discovered a new Panasonic patent which discloses a “3 layer sensor” that works like the current Foveon sensor from Sigma (Click here to read more about the Foveon sensor on Wikipedia). The new sensor will improve the color reproduction and image sharpness. It also has Back-side Illumination. The Patent No.2010-153658 has been published 2010/07/08 and filled 2008/12/25. We don’t expect Panasonic to announce any camera with that new sensor in 2010.

Source: http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2010-07-19-english

P.S.: Sigma is the only manufactorer that released cameras with such a tecnology. But many others (like Canon) are “experimenting” with the three layer sensors.

July 22, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye for sale on eBay (worldwide shipping from Tokyo or Taipei)

You didn’t forget that Panasonic just announced the new 8mmm fisheye lens? As usual Asia (and in particular Japan) is the first that has the lens in Stock. Some of them are already on eBay (one of the auctions ends in 7d 4h 41m) -> Click here to check out all Panasonic 8mm fisheye auctions on eBay

For reference: Amazon.com has the Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens available for preorder (but it says “Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.”)

July 22, 2010

a little bit of everything…


Panasonic GF1 with Manual Video Controls

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DxOMark now reviews lenses! Currenyly only two Olumpus lenses have been reviewed: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/en/Lens-with-Camera
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Olympus E-PL1 review at InsideHW
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Sony NEX-3 vs. Olympus E-PL1 vs. Leica X1 at Motimotion
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Panasonic GF1 Sample Photos on Photographybay
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Panasonic Leica Lumix DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro review on M43photo
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Panasonic G2 review on Hardwarezone

July 21, 2010
Posted in deals

Adorama sells the new Olympus 14-150mm for $519.99 only (+ deals summary)

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!

Brief summary of other current deals:
1) Cheapest price ever for the Olympus E-PL1 ($523.95 on amazon) and on BHphoto
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 21, 2010
Posted in news

A deeper look to the new Panasonic LX5 sensor…


Image courtesy: Quesabesde.com


For all those of you interested in MicroFourThirds the new Panasonic sensor (used for the new Panasonic LX5) may give us some hints about the next generation of MicroFourThirds sensors.

According to Panasonic the sensor has a new design which allows to capture more light for every single pixel. Quesabesde also noticed a better chromatic noise control (but this maybe depends form the new Venus engine). You can judge the difference between the LX3 and the LX5 sensor by looking at those images: http://www.quesabesde.com/camdig/noticias/Lumix_LX5_muestra_02g.jpg. Panasonic itself claims that the new sensor is noiseless at ISO 800 which (if true) is a very good news considering that the sensor has a much higher pixel density than current MicroFourThirds sensor. Panasonic also said that the LX5 sensor has a better sensivity (by 31%) and saturation (38%) and greater dynamic range compared to the older Panasonic LX3. More image samples have been posted here at DPreview and by RealityScanner on flickr

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.com

P.S.: You can now preorder the Panasonic LX5 on Amazon

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