Micro Four Thirds

Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera now shipping

Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera now shipping

Micro Four Thirds lovers, break open your piggy-banks now!  Olympus' PEN E-P2 digital camera has finally gone on sale, having been announced all the way back in early November, but the price still isn't any easier to swallow.  Amazon and various other retailers have the E-P2 - which packs a 12.3-megapixel sensor and interchangeable lens support into a compact body - priced at $1,099.

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

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 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 Pen E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera prematurely listed

Olympus Pen E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera prematurely listed

Confirmation of Olympus' second Micro Four Thirds camera, the Pen E-P2, has been spotted over at the company's Chinese site.  While there's no actual product page for the E-P2 - and as such no definitive specifications - it is listed as a new camera under the Pen Digital category.

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Panasonic Lumix GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera leaks

Panasonic Lumix GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera leaks

Panasonic's upcoming Lumix GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera has been spotted on a Chinese forum, seemingly a more compact alternative to the company's Lumix G1.  More retro in design than the G1, the GF1 is lacking just about anything in the way of hard specifications right now, but it obviously supports interchangeable lenses together with what looks to be a pop-up flash.

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

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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Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera detailed early

Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera detailed early

Olympus' E-P1 Micro Four Thirds digital camera is expected to make its official debut on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear about the appealing snapper today if we can.  The E-P1 is, according to the latest spec-leak, expected to have a 13-megapixel sensor, 200-6400 ISO range and 60-1/4000 shutter speed, together with supporting 720p video recording.

Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera leaks

Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera leaks

Olympus' E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera has shown up in the wild, complete with a a 17mm f2.8 prime lens.  Details regarding the camera are scant - in fact these images are pretty much all we have to go on - but it's suggested that Olympus will release the E-P1 in July this year.

Size comparison diagram after the cut

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Nikkie reports Panasonic DMC-GH1’s AF difficulty

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.

Olympus Evolt E-620 DSLR postponed in Japan

Olympus Evolt E-620 DSLR postponed in Japan

Previously announced and is scheduled to set free this weekend in Japan, Olympus has today postponed the only DSLR announced in 2009 so far – Evolt E-620 – to March 20, details of the holdback were not disclosed.

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

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

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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