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.
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.
Judging by the frequent of Pretec breakthrough flash-based storage cards, breaking records must be part of Pretec quarterly exercise. The company is set to unveil not only the World’s First SDXC, but also an unprecedented 100GB CompactFlash at 666x. The latter up the ante, broke company’s own CF’s record at 433X.
Even with new standard still in lobbying effort, Pretec has the go-ahead with the SXDC small form factor flash-based memory standard that’s capable of reaching 2TB. Pretec will exhibit both the 32GB SXDC and 666x, that’s capable of 100MB/s transfer rate, at PMA and CeDIA tomorrow. We’ll visit each both tomorrow to dig deeper on the cost.
It would have a well kept secret if weren’t for the store’s cache. Last week rumor turned fact with Sony unveiled the 9mp super zoom DSC-HX1 camera at PMA’s eve. The new Cyber-shot features 20x optics and company’s newly-developed Exmore CMOS sensor with ability to burst 10 fps at full resolution.
My first stop at PMA 2009 Sneak Peek Luncheon was Pentax booth, I knew something was up when a small group Japanese reporters gathered at the rather disappointing pre show event. I was told to return couple hours later, and there it was. Empty spots now filled two new bodies, not the new hybrid standard I was hoping for, but a 12Mp ultra zoom with 24x optics dubbed X70. It drew crowd nevertheless, and the show actually peaked for a minute there.
Not quite a point & shoot, not quite a DSLR; Samsung's new NX-series claims to offer the plus-points of both. The key is Samsung's Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), which replaces the traditional mirror box found in a DSLR and therefore allows the whole NX to be far more compact. It also offers Live View framing.