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Panasonic Micro 4/3 DMC-GH1 hands-on, gets video intro

Panasonic Micro 4/3 DMC-GH1 hands-on, gets video intro

Another star from PMA 2009 is unquestionably the Panasonic DMC-GH1 Micro 4/3 digital camera launched at the very first day of the show. The second-gen Lumix features the same 12.1MP Live MOS sensor from the 5–month old G1, adds Full HD 1080p movie recording with ability to continue auto-focusing, and has a built-in stereo mic for much superior audio recording. If you’re new to the Micro 4/3 concept, check out the video (after the cut) from Panasonic’s training field manager, Matt Fraser, who talked with SlashGear about the new GH1 and compared it to previous models.

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PMA 2009 : Samsung NX hybrid DSLR up-close

PMA 2009 : Samsung NX hybrid DSLR up-close

Samsung’s hybrid NX series camera has proved to be one of the biggest events of PMA this year. Launched one day prior to the show opening, technical details were scarce in the press release. Cousin to the Micro 4/3 standard, the Samsung platform uses a full time electronic viewfinder, eliminating the need for a bulky mirror box and optical viewfinder to allow for a smarter and lighter hybrid DSLR. We dropped by the Samsung booth during the show to find out more.

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Olympus Tough series cameras get video demo : crush, drop, freeze and submerge at PMA 2009

Olympus Tough series cameras get video demo : crush, drop, freeze and submerge at PMA 2009

Since there’s no sight of new DSLR announced from the top-three so far, rugged cameras are probably one of the highlights in PMA 2009 asides from the Superzooms. Among the few, Olympus has the best presentation to simulate their 4th-gen Tough cameras workability in extreme conditions.

At the Olympus booth, we get to play with the only DSLR announced so far (E-620), but what caught our attention is the their tough cameras’ presentation. Last time our reader mentioned having video clip to show its ruggedness, you get your wishes, folks. The Rugged Camera Expert has put words in action. In this video demo, you’ll see the new Stylus Tough series cameras get pressed at 188lb, dropped from 6-feet, submerged completely in water, and nothing went wrong; it still worked. (video after the cut)

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Canon’s 1D and 1Ds Mark III get AF, Err 99 service notices and firmware update

Canon’s 1D and 1Ds Mark III get AF, Err 99 service notices and firmware update

Canon has today announced firmware update and issued another AF patch for the much-controversial EOS 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III. The latter is additional to the sub mirror fix released couple years ago, which requires camera to be returned to company’s service location; while the new firmware addresses liveview hiccup, USB communication bug and corrects error codes.

In addition to implement better AF, Canon also published a service notice to the dared “Err 99” occurrence that’s related to mirror operation. A common operation error code that’s designated for all Canon’s DSLR.

The fixes mean the much confused and many “dot” series of current Mark III production would get even more complex. The upside is issues are being addressed but would definitely hurt resell value.

Yosemite in 45 Gigapixels

Yosemite in 45 Gigapixels

Normally a life size print doesn’t excite me that much unless if it’s a bird in flight with a perfect wing stroke; but this one will get your attention. If you’re visiting PMA tomorrow, don’t forget to check out the 45 gigapixels of Yosemite valley ultra wide panorama wall print near the press room.

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Pretec to demo World’s first 32GB SDXC and 100GB 666x CF

Pretec to demo World’s first 32GB SDXC and 100GB 666x CF

Judging by the frequent of Pretec breakthrough flash-based storage cards, breaking records must be part of Pretec quarterly exercise. The company is set to unveil not only the World’s First SDXC, but also an unprecedented 100GB CompactFlash at 666x. The latter up the ante, broke company’s own CF’s record at 433X.

Even with new standard still in lobbying effort, Pretec has the go-ahead with the SXDC small form factor flash-based memory standard that’s capable of reaching 2TB. Pretec will exhibit both the 32GB SXDC and 666x, that’s capable of 100MB/s transfer rate, at PMA and CeDIA tomorrow. We’ll visit each both tomorrow to dig deeper on the cost.

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A “Sneak Peek” at Pentax’s X70

A “Sneak Peek” at Pentax’s X70

My first stop at PMA 2009 Sneak Peek Luncheon was Pentax booth, I knew something was up when a small group Japanese reporters gathered at the rather disappointing pre show event. I was told to return couple hours later, and there it was. Empty spots now filled two new bodies, not the new hybrid standard I was hoping for, but a 12Mp ultra zoom with 24x optics dubbed X70. It drew crowd nevertheless, and the show actually peaked for a minute there.

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Samsung LapFit D190SU with DisplayLink Review

Samsung LapFit D190SU with DisplayLink Review

A few weeks ago, Samsung Korea launched a series of low profile external LCD monitors intended to serve as notebook or netbook companion displays.  Essentially, it's a same LCD display as in Samsung's current notebooks, but with adjustable height: when it stands, it's as tall as your laptop to ensure everything lines up with no offset.  However there's more technology gone into the LapFit than the design; it also comes equipped with Samsung's UbiSync technology aka the DisplayLink USB graphic chip embedded into the display, enabling plug-n-play monitor expansion via a simple USB connection. Last week SlashGear was offered an exclusive preview of the new breed of Samsung SyncMaster, a 19-inch LapFit dubbed the D190SU, and we took the bait.

 

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Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps dual band wireless N USB adapter

Trendnet TEW-664UB 300Mbps dual band wireless N USB adapter

Speaking of a dual band wireless-N gimmick, I still got bad taste in mouth dealing the supposedly one of the best Linksys’s WRT610N. Though the device has received great reviews with terrific transfer rates, but the only way to get the connection stays is dropping the 5Ghz spectrum, what’s the point? Oh wait, this post is not about Linksys’s router, is Trendnet dual band wireless N USB adapter.

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