POLL: What was the best Micro Four Thirds product of the year?

The year is over and 2016 promises to become very exciting. On January 6th we will already get the first new MFT stuff at the CES show. And the month after we will have the CP+ show. But now let’s look back for a moment:

What was the best MFT camera of the year 2015?

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What was the best new MFT lens of the year 2015?

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Note: I only added autofocus lenses. Manual lenses from third-party makers were not so great anyway :)

More details about the new Olympus Visible+Infrared Stacked Sensor

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Nikkei Technology published some new info about the Olympus Visible+Infrared Stacked Sensor development:

“The laminated image sensor is made by combining (1) an image sensor equipped with an RGB color filter for visible light (top layer) and (2) a near-infrared image sensor (bottom layer). Each layer functions as an independent sensor and independently outputs video signals.
The visible-light image sensor is a backside-illuminated type, and its light-receiving layer (made of semiconductor) is as thin as 3μm. Each pixel measures 3.8 x 3.8μm, and the number of pixels is 4,224 x 240.”

This shows that Olympus is not merely relying on third-party sensors. They are also actively working on their own tech. And maybe the day will come we will see an Olympus MFT camera with Olympus sensor inside (no Panasonic and no Sony).

via Image Sensor World.

a bit of everything…

Olympus Air Review: The Future of iPhone Cameras? (Wall Street Journal).

sign up to receive the 12 visionary tips of christmas (GetOlympus).
Canon Explorer of Light copies Lumix Luminary (Giulio Sciorio).

Ted:Finally checking in with my first bit of news I can show! I’ll soon have news for the MFT DEC PRO coming out soon too.
Could we get a quick news/blog posting on our new monitor? Was just released today. I’m certain there will be a lot of positive feedback and viewership from this announcement. I’ll send you a model if you’d like to take a look at it.
The products are the VS-1 and VS-2 FINEHD. They’re basically 1920 x 1200 resolution versions of our very popular 7 inch monitors. The VS-2 comes with additional monitoring functions like histogram, false color and volume bar. This is the higher resolution than monitors five times the price.
VS-1 FineHD: http://aputure.com/vs-1-FineHD
VS-2 FineHD: http://aputure.com/vs-2-FineHD

Dslava:Commercial for KM Novosibirsk. In this project I was DOP and the operator in some shots. Shot with the gh4, DJI Ronin, set of cine lenses Samyang and nikkor 50 1.2 ais, benro tripod, crane, 3x Dedolight Felloni. Сuts in Premiere, colorgrading Magic Bullit, Davinci. https://youtu.be/szTiJLZgRLY

Ivan Mazza‎: Street reportage in Dublin by GH4 https://youtu.be/FbcaS9ZyOTc

Moro Tere‎:GH4 4K in World Wingsuit League China. lens; sigma 18 – 35 & tokina 11-16 with metabones speed booster + panasonic 35 -100 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5TlUM8_jbg

a bit of everything…

The Science of Camera Sensors

Camera of the Year, Best Enthusiast Mirrorless: Olympus E-M5 II (Imaging Resource).
DPReview Recommends: Best compact cameras for travel 2015 (Dpreview).
Review: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (Admiringlight).
Kipon Canon EF > M4/3 Electronic Smart AF Adapter On A Panasonic GX8 (Soundimagesplus).

Fredrik:Here’s a yoga video video I shot with a GH4 and GH3. Lenses that were used was 25mm 1.4 and 12-35mm 2.8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhmoHIhfhfw

Andres:The LX100 is a great travel companion. Documented a recent trip to Thailand in 4K (took almost no pictures). A good ND filter and steady hands are a must. For <$600 this camera is totally worth it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7dzRAasXQE

Katten:https://vimeo.com/148611610 This is the result of the GX8 setting system, and  the fast focus system.”

Smart! Sigma announces super strong new Ceramic Lens Filters!


Sigma announced a new kind of protection filter. It’s made of Ceramic Glass and is water-repellent, scratch resistant and 10 times stronger than conventional filters:

Interchangeable lenses are the most important element of photographic expression, and to the photographer they are a valuable personal asset. To help photographers continue to use for many years the lens systems in which they have invested their time, knowledge, and budgets, SIGMA has developed original lens filters that meet the company’s high standards of excellence. In developing its new protective lens filter, SIGMA has leveraged an unprecedented cooperative relationship with a glass manufacturer, resulting in a completely new type of glass called Clear Glass Ceramic. Featuring this advanced material, the SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR is a highly reliable filter with outstanding protective capability.

With many applications in aerospace and other industries, glass ceramic is an extremely tough type of crystallized glass that serves as the foundation for Clear Glass Ceramic. While featuring the high transmittance required of optical devices, this advanced new material combines greater hardness than chemically strengthened glass and greater flexibility than sapphire crystal glass. These qualities make Clear Glass Ceramic the ideal material for protective lens filters.

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Source: Sigma Japan.