We love to see gadget gets tested on the spot. Last week you’ve seen the Olympus Tough Styles get physically abused on video, and now we have another cool presentation from Panasonic booth at PMA 2009 showing off their first-gen rugged camera withstanding drop test, being submerge in the water, and resistant to sand damage.
What was the highlight of PMA 2009? The introduction of a new breed Samsung’s NX hybrid camera, or its counterpart Micro 4/3 standard from the Panasonic GH1 and Olympus E-620? The former gets Full HD recording at 24hz capability, while the latter boosts World’s most compact anti-blurred DSLR. We covered the Samsung and Panasonic briefly in previous posts, and now is Olympus's turn.
Having used the Canon 5D Mark II for daily works, I was impressed by the Panasonic GH1’s video recording features; it’s capable of Full HD 1080P pixel resolution motion capture at 24hz; audio is equipped with a built-in stereo microphone that's not picking up humming or zooming noise; and is the first digicam with interchangeable lens to provide a full manual video mode allowing adjustments for both aperture and shutter speed. On the opening day, we had a quick hands-on at the booth, but it wasn’t enough, so we returned to find out more on the continue AF speed and video mode in manual setting. [test video after the cut]
We met with Craig Strong, the co-founder and brain behind the Lensbaby's ingenious selective focusing SLR lens at PMA 2009. Craig invited us to test out the composer and the complimentary 0.42x Super Wide lens as part their Optical swap system, and that was hard to refuse. Why not? The show was slow anyway, Yes Sir. Give me an EF mount.
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.
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.
JVC announced their Everio X GZ-X900 camcorder at PMA 2009 today, and SlashGear's Daniel Lim was on hand to get some hands-on time with the 1080p mini-marvel. After the cut, a video overview and tour of the new high-def JVC flagship, plus sample video Daniel shot at PMA.
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)
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.
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.