Micro Four Thirds

Olympus PEN E-P2 launched: new accessories & sky-high pricing

Thanks to previews on the company's own site, the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera comes as little surprise.  Still, we've been waiting to see exactly what tweaks and changes - beyond an optional electronic viewfinder - the company has made, and while we'll save our final judgement until the reviews come in, right now it's looking like a reasonable upgrade.  The PEN E-P2 adds a continuous autofocus tracking system which can be used in both still and video modes, and adds that all-important accessory connector port for various add-ons to the hot-shoe.

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Olympus Pen E-P2 accessories spotted; launch on November 13th?

Olympus' own little Pen E-P2 tip may have been nothing more than a menu mention, but thanks to 43rumors we now have a better idea not only what the Micro Four Thirds camera might look like, but what its rumored rangefinder might look like.  As for a timescale for the Pen E-P2's launch, Olympus have apparently sent out invitations for a press event on Friday November 13th at the Photo Fair in Stockholm.

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Olympus E-P1 “Digital PEN” announced: $750 this month

Olympus have announced their new E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera, as expected, and they're describing the 12.3-megapixel snapper as a "digital PEN" in honor of their classic PEN-range.  Combining the scale of a point-and-shoot with the interchangeable lens system of a DSLR, the E-P1 boasts ISO 100-6400, 20 shooting modes including five exposure modes and a full automatic setting, and Olympus' TruePic V image processing engine.


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Nikkie reports Panasonic DMC-GH1’s AF difficulty

Future owners of the GH1 may find this report from Nikkie useful. Prototype shown at PMA permits quick Auto-focusing methods to record videos while zooming. There are two ways of doing this, one of them is by triggering the AF button to gain focus after zooming in AFS mode (Auto-Focus single). The second way is by using continuously mode (AFC) which functions like a camcorder. The latter though proven useful but having difficulty in acquitting subjects. We happened to have both video clips to illustrate their finding.

PMA 2009 – Olympus E-620 hands-on : video intro and high ISO images from Raw files

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.

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Panasonic Micro 4/3 GH1 and 14-140mm – Video feature hands-on – AF and Manual mode tests

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]

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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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