Lumix G 7-14mm & 14-140mm Japan release date & prices

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Hi all!

You can learn japanese and go the following link

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/lens/2009/03/25/10534.html

or read the summary which was posted in dpreview forum:
From Yodobashi camera’s web site:

ï¿¥99,960 (about $1,020 USD) for the LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm, out on 2009/4/24

http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/product/100000001001105171/index.html

ï¿¥84,840 (about $865 USD) for the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm, out on 2009/5/15

http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/product/100000001001105173/index.html

Thanks for sending us the information D.B.

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Panasonic GH1 vs Canon 500D / Canon T1i

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GH1 vs Canon 500d T1i

It is time for a small comparison between the two competitor. The Panasonic GH1 and Canon 5ooT1i /500D

Pansonic GH1 Canon 500d
12 MP 15 MP
1.500$ with 14-140 kit lens 900$ with 18-55 kit lens
3.0″ TFT LCD monitor 460,000 dots 3.0″ VGA screen 920,000 dots (NO swifel)
23-Area-Focusing/1 Area Focusing (inc. Face Detection) 9 Point AF (inc. Face Detection for AF)
video mode (1920 x 1080 24p and 720 60p/30p) video mode (1920 x 1080 20p and 720 30p)
Sensitivity (100-3200 ISO) Sensitivity (100-3200 ISO expandable to 12.800)

What surprised me a lot is to see that Canon choose a 20fps in 1080 format. it is a nonsense format because it doesn’t come to the  standard minimum which is 24p. You will see a lot of flickering in recorded videos.

If the sensor is the same as the Canon 50d expect a little worser image quality compared to the Canon 40d. For the rest nothing has changed. The same “old” autofocus and boring camera chassis and design. Not a big deal for me.

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(FT 5) Canon T1i / Canon 500d

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The camera is here! It has a unexpected name “Canon T1i“. For European countries the camera will have the name “Canon 500D

Features:

* 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
* Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
* ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
* 3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
* Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
* 3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
* 9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
* High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
* EOS Integrated Cleaning System
* Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including new Speedlite 270EX, TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

All the specs are here:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0903/09032504canoneos500d.asp

A video

http://uk.truveo.com/Canon-EOS-Rebel-T1i/id/2750755231#

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(FT 3) UPDATE: Pansonic LX3 sized micro four thirds camera.

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We remember you that there is an official Panasonic statement that increases the chance to see a compact micro four thirds camera from Panasonic:
From: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk

Asked whether Panasonic intends to launch a more compact-style camera body, Ichiro Kitao general manager at Panasonic’s Products Planning Group, said: ‘It is one of the choices – a more entry-level piece than the G1 or a step up piece…In the coming years we would like to expand our G Micro [Four Thirds] system.

From what we know a compact camera could come end of the year (FT 3). Panasonic don’t want lag behind Olympus which cameras are probably out this summer.

first rumors tell us the camera should have 10-12 MPX (FT 3) and video recording (FT 3).

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