(FT5) new Panasonic 2.2/3-inch CMOS Image Sensor Based on Dual Resolution and Exposure Technique!

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ISSCC published the Advance 2010 Program which contains some interesting new sensor developments news:

There is a description of the new Panasonic sensor with “2.2/3-Inch 4K2K dual resolution and exposure CMOS imager uses motion information to improve the sensitivity by 4 times in comparison to a conventional sensor. The green pixels are read out once every four frames for high sensitivity. Both the red and blue pixels are read out each frame, binned for 2×2 and used for motion compensation.”
Sounds like an amazing tecnology! I expect the new sensor to find his way in future Panasonic videocameras.

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(FT2) Again new chinese rumors (E30 discontinued?)

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A new chinese rumors has been posted inside the four-thirds.cn forum:

E30 has been discontinued
Occasionally heard yesterday, the boss, and a one dealer said that this camera has been discontinued … …
Overall, the design of E30 is still good, five major deficiencies:
1, 2.7-inch LCD screen is relatively small, it is best replaced by 3-inch 920,000 pixels
Second, the viewfinder can be made 100 percent coverage in the case of only 98% of the
3, auto white balance is not precise enough to be measured to improve white balance to increase the correction procedure
4, there is no dedicated AF fill light,
5, there is no high-definition video capabilities

Only two days ago we posted another rumor from a chinese forum:

Olympus Sale Rep at a Detroit camera store said that Olympus is currently focusing on m43 and the entry 43. Around mid next year, there will be a replacement for E620. And the replacement for E3 will possible come out next year, likely the second half of the year.

This are very unreliable sources and I do not trust them. Anyway I ask my sources to hlp me a little bit and tell me what’s going on…Thanks!

P.S: Message for “Batman” only (one of our sources): Can you make a fake email account so that I can contact you? Cheers :)

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a little bit of everything…

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No One Wants Ordinary Photographers Anymore! (via: Chase Jarvis Blog)

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The Worst Cameras of 2009 (source: digitalcamera-hq)
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Olympus Stylus 7010 has been testedt at digitalcamerareview.com.
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Someone is experiencing some GF1 update problems (dpreview forum)
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New Black Friday deals page at olympusamerica.com
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a little bit of everything…

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Panasonic DMC-GF1 1080p video. The HD version of the video is available here

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ISO Shootout: Canon S90 vs Ricoh GR Digital III vs Panasonic G1 at seriouscompacts.com!
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New weekly japanese sales rankings at bcnranking.jp.
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Panasonic Lumix GF1 Wins Popular Science’s “The Best of What’s New” Award (source: photographyreview)
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Amazon US deals:
Olympus E-P1 14-42mm Lens (Silver Body/Black Lens) price drops to $749.95 (You Save: $50.04)
Olympus E520 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Lenses for $505
– The Panasonic 7-14 and Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 are in Stock.
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Panasonic GF1 and lenses firmware update!

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The official press release:
November 25, 2009: Panasonic is pleased to announce new firmwares for the DMC-GF1 camera and interchangeable lenses of Lumix G Micro System to expand the potential of the camera and lenses especially in the movie recording function.

Firmware ver.1.1 for DMC-GF1
-Improved AF(Auto Focus)performance in movie recording
-Improved AWB(Auto White Balance) performance
-Improved picture quality in high sensitivity photo recording
-Improved picture quality in portrait program modes
-Improved aperture control in scenery program modes
-Improved accessibility to MF(Manual Focus) Assist function with MF lenses.

Firmware ver.1.2 for LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
Firmware ver.1.2 for LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)
-Availability of AF in FHD(Full HD) mode
-Improved AF performance in movie recording

Firmware ver.1.1 for LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm/F4.0 ASPH. (H-FS007014)
-Availability of AF in FHD mode
-Improved aperture control performance in movie recording
-Improved AF performance in movie recording

Firmware ver.1.2 for LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. (H-VS014140)
Firmware ver.1.1 for LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-H020)
-Improved AF performance in movie recording

The new firmware will be available worldwide at GMT: 2:00 on the 25th of November, 2009 at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.

via: dpreview

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Good news! Olympus E-P2 worldwide shipment to start on December 4!

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The Olympus E-P2 worldwide shipment begins on December 4. This is an official Olympus Japan news.

The text has been translated via google:

Micro SLR “OLYMPUS PEN E-P2” products and related accessories
Notice of Decision Released

Olympus Imaging Corporation, the recent in November 2009 during its 12 day “in early October 2009 release 12” Orimashita we have been chosen with one eye micro “OLYMPUS PEN E-P2” For products and related accessories, the following as, the release date “December 4, 2009 (Fri)” and so decided, we will notify.

Product Name: Micro SLR
“OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 kit lens” (black / silver)
“OLYMPUS PEN E-P2 kit pancake” (black / silver)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: Open Price
Product Name: Electronic Viewfinder “VF-2” (black / silver)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 30,000 yen each (approx. 31,500 yen)
Product Name: Leather Hand Strap
“CSS-S110LSBK” (Black)
“CSS-S110LSWT” (White)
“CSS-S110LSBR” (Brown)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 3,400 yen each (3,570 yen including tax)
Product Name: Leather jackets Body “CS-10BBK” (Black)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 5,400 yen (5,670 yen including tax)
Product Name: Leather straps “CSS-S109LLBK” (Black)
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 4,800 yen (approx. 5,040 yen)
Product Name: Aluminum Case “CBG-3SLV”
Release Date: December 4, 2009 (Fri)
Retail Price: 12,000 yen (approx. 12,600 yen)

Olympus E-P2 preorders: Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE

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