February 22, 2010
Posted in news

Zone-10 -> Canon vs Olympus and future predictions

Zone-10 just published a new article “Is Micro FourThirds Raining on Canon’s Parade?” The author compares the Olympus and Canon future strategy. Really interesting article!

P.S.: The article is very long!!!

February 22, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) CORRECTED-> Olympus to go completely mirrorless!

Amateur Photographer drops the BOMB!

The Olympus E system of Four Thirds cameras is likely to be completely mirrorless in two years time, according to Olympus America’s DSLR product manager.


Soon the AF system in the Pen cameras will be as fast as that in the E system DSLRs so there it will be possible to get just as good AF performance without the mirror system.

We did receive similar rumors during the past weeks but we thought it would be better to not post it until we have something more concrete in our hands. Now the Olympus US product manager says that the E-System will become mirrorless. I guess that confirms the rumors we received!

1) The E-System will be completely mirrorless in two years time.
2) Fully electronic shutter could be introduced that would make extremely high frames rates such as 20fps possible
3) AF system in the Pen cameras will be as fast as that in the E system DSLRs
4) The FourThirds lenses will be used on smaller and lighter more modern bodies
5) 14 million pixels are more than enough

UPDATE: And now Olympus says “that 14 million pixels are more than enough for a consumer level camera” -> That confirms that the next sensor will have 14MPX. Anyway strange… one year ago they said 12MPX would be enough…now 14 MPX is enough…

[Thanks Jean-Pierre]

P.S.: The Olympus E-PL1 is in Stock at BHphoto!

February 21, 2010
Posted in deals
February 21, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Sony disappoints. Only mockups of mirrorless cameras at PMA!

SonyAlphaRumors just found the official Sony press release.

Here the important part of the text:

“New concept α products being shown include an ultra compact model with interchangeable lenses”.

Very disappointing for Sony customers…and very good news for Panasonic and Olympus market shares!

- Body price under 1000 USD
- 18-200mm Lens about 900-1000 USD (very expensive but similar price of 14-140mm Panasonic)
- 16mm f/2.8 (confirmed)
- Mirrorless cameras do have in LENS Super SteadyShot!

February 21, 2010

a little bit of everything…

Travis sent me the video and wrote the following text:
Here is a video showing the issue with the Auto and Intelligent ISO settings in the GF1. The issue is that those settings will use ISO 100 unless the shutter speed is 1/30 of a second or less in Picture priority, Aperture Priority, and Full manual modes.

The only mode that Auto ISO works in is the shutter priority mode which is not available with manual focus lenses.

The interesting thing is that the “Sports Scene” mode uses Intelligent ISO and it works perfectly. It doesn’t start using ISO 100 until the shutter speed is faster than at least 1/100 of a second. It works with MF lenses. However, it does not offer the some other settings that the P.A.S.M modes do.

Hopefully, Panasonic will issue firmware to correct this problem for the GF1.
Four nice MicroFourThirds and third-party lenses:
1) On dpreview Brian Mosley posted some nice pictures of the E-P2 + Hexanon 57mm f/1.2.
2) E-P2, E-PL1, GF-1 body comparison (dpreview forum)
3) Pen And Carl Zeiss 50mm Pancolar (M42) (dpreview forum)
4) Barrett Brown posted some nice E-P1 + Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.5images. (dpreview forum)
Do you need a 196 Megapixels? (Photographyblog)
Focus Numerique Über-comparison (E-P2 vs NX10 vs D90 vx K7 vs X1 vs DP2)

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