Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic LUMIX GX1 official: 16MP, Full HD, 0.09s autofocus

Panasonic LUMIX GX1 official: 16MP, Full HD, 0.09s autofocus

Panasonic's second camera of the day doesn't record 3D like the LUMIX DMC-3D1, but the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 is the interchangeable lens camera many keen photographers have been waiting for. Packing a 16.01-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Panasonic's Venus Engine, a 3-inch touchscreen, 1920 x 1080 60i HD AVCHD video recording and 0.09 second autofocus, the LUMIX GX1 works with the existing range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and will go on sale in mid-December.

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Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 micro four thirds official

Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 micro four thirds official

Olympus has outed its trio of new PEN micro four thirds cameras, each using a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor supporting up to ISO 12,800, and promising faster 35-point auto-focussing, shutter response and image processing than the company's own E-5 DSLR. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the flagship, with a 3-inch OLED 614k pixel touchscreen and a built-in flash, while the PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1 have a 3-inch 460k LCD display, articulated on the PL3.

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Olympus EP-3 caught in wild

Olympus EP-3 caught in wild

Images of the fast-incoming Olympus EP-3 interchangeable lens camera have leaked, ahead of what's expected to be a June 30 launch of the new model. PhotoRumors snagged the shots and some apparent specifications, with the EP-3 supposedly having a new 12-megapixel sensor which Olympus has developed in-house, and which supports up to ISO 12800.

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Panasonic confirms GF series split: GF3 for novices, Pro model incoming

Panasonic confirms GF series split: GF3 for novices, Pro model incoming

Panasonic's new LUMIX GF3 may follow the perennial trend of making gadgets ever-smaller, but with the hot-shoe gone and the mode wheel relegated to a virtual control on the touchscreen, you could well argue that the company has chased general consumers at the expense of the prosumer/professional market. It seems the company agrees, too; camera chief Ichiro Kitao, told PhotoRadar that Panasonic is planning to split the GF series into two, with one line for novices upgrading from point-and-shoots, and a second line for enthusiasts and experienced photographers.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF3 official: 12.1MP Micro-4/3 gets even smaller

Panasonic LUMIX GF3 official: 12.1MP Micro-4/3 gets even smaller

Panasonic's new LUMIX DMC-GF3 comes as little surprise, but it does bring plenty to the micro four thirds table. The third-gen camera tips the scales at a mere 7.83oz despite packing a pop-up flash, and shoots 12.1-megapixel images along with 1080/60i Full HD video. It's also 16.7-percent smaller and 16.2-percent lighter than our perennial favorite, the LUMIX GF2, despite keeping the 3-inch touchscreen.

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Olympus PEN Pro packing homegrown sensor and integrated EVF?

Olympus PEN Pro packing homegrown sensor and integrated EVF?

In late March, I mentioned that Olympus had a touchscreen camera that was coming called the PEN Pro. The camera is a micro four-thirds offering and has some other cool features that will make it appealing to people shopping in the category. Today some new rumors about the PEN Pro micro four-thirds digital camera have surfaced that point to it being an interesting device indeed.

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