Micro Four Thirds

Olympus PEN E-PL2 leaks: new lens kit & PENPAL Bluetooth dongle

Olympus PEN E-PL2 leaks: new lens kit & PENPAL Bluetooth dongle

A new micro four thirds camera has leaked, the Olympus PEN E-PL2, ahead of its official debut at CES 2011 next week. According to 43rumors, the E-PL2 has a new high-resolution 3-inch 460k-dot LCD and will be paired with a 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) kit lens; optionally, it can also be used with the Olympus PENPAL, a Bluetooth dongle that attaches to the E-PL2's hot-shoe and wirelessly sends photos to Android or Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

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Panasonic AG-AF100 micro-4/3 camcorder on sale now

Panasonic AG-AF100 micro-4/3 camcorder on sale now

Panasonic's AG-AF100 micro-four-thirds camcorder has begun shipping, with the interchangeable lens camera offering native 1080/24p recording for $4,995. The AF100 can record up to 12 hours of footage across two 64GB SDXC cards in PH mode, as well as capturing 2-megapixel stills, and supports ISO 200 to 3200, variable frame rates in 20 steps from 12p to 60p at 60Hz or from 12p to 50p at 50Hz, and can use regular micro-4/3 lenses from still cameras.

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL1s updates ISO & gets new, lightweight lens

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL1s updates ISO & gets new, lightweight lens

Olympus has given its Micro Four Thirds range a slight polish, in the shape of the updated Olympus PEN Lite E-PL1s. Still dubbed the world's lightest interchangeable lens camera, the new E-PL1s gets a mild spec tweak to support up to ISO 6400 (from 3200) and a new Lithium-Ion battery; more interestingly, there's a new lens, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II, with which the PEN manages to be just 454g.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF2 official: Full HD, touchscreen & 19% smaller

Panasonic LUMIX GF2 official: Full HD, touchscreen & 19% smaller

Panasonic has officially announced the LUMIX DMC-GF2, their latest Micro Four Thirds camera and 19-percent smaller than the LUMIX GF1 it replaces.  The LUMIX GF2 has a 12.1-megapixel sensor which Panasonic is calling Live MOS, and reckons it offers the image quality of a CCD with the low power consumption of a CMOS; it's also capable of Full HD 1920 x 1080 60i video (or 1280 x 720 60p) with stereo audio recording.

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Canon 22MP EIS Micro Four Thirds rival tipped for early 2011

Canon 22MP EIS Micro Four Thirds rival tipped for early 2011

Canon's upcoming Micro Four Thirds competitor is getting further fleshed out, with the latest cycle of the rumor machine suggesting the compact camera will use an Electro Image System (EIS) and have a 22-megapixel backlit-illuminated CMOS sensor.  Tipped to be the first in a new EIS range for the company, the so-far unnamed camera will apparently be capable of 1080p Full HD video (at 24/25/30fps) and be compatible with a whole range of lenses.

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