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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Panasonic Announces Prices for a Slew of Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

Remember those cameras Panasonic announced at CES 2011? Well, they've got prices for them. The GF2 gets prices too. Here's a quick summary:

DMC-GF2 with 14-42mm lens - $599.95

DMC-GF2 with 14mm lens - $699.95

DMC-FP7 - $229.99

DMC-FP5 -$199.99

DMC-FH27 - $229.99

DMC-FH25 - $199.99.

DMC-FH5 - $149.99

DMC-FH2 - $139.99

DMC-S3 - $129.99

DMC-S1 - $119.99

Press release after the break.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Panasonic Announces New Lumix Cameras; Way More Interesting Than CES 2011 Announcement

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

Panasonic has more cameras up it sleeves, and it makes me wonder why they bothered with CES 2011 in the first place: These are way more interesting. First up we have the ZS10 (TZ20 in Europe/Asia, and pictured above) and ZS8 (TZ18 in Europe/Asia). These continue the compact superzoom lineup Panasonic started with the TZ1. Both cameras have the same stabilised 16x 24-384mm equivalent f/3.8-5.8 zoom lens, but are quite different in other areas. The ZS8 uses a 14 megapixel CCD, capable of 720p videos in MJPEG mode, a 3" QVGA screen, and the same tagging feature for Facebook and YouTube that came with the CES 2011 cameras. The ZS10 has a 14 megapixel CMOS sensor with 1080p videos in AVCHD, GPS, a 3" touchscreen, and a 10 FPS high-speed mode.

The TS3 (aka FT3 in Europe/Asia) is a refresh in Panasonic's rugged line. It features a stabilised 4.6x 28-128mm equivalent f/3.3-5.9 zoom lens, 12 megapixel CCD, 2.7" QVGA LCD, 1080i video mode, waterproof and shockproof capability, and GPS with a compass, altimeter and a barometer. Truly for the more adventure-minded. I'm curious to know how well the barometer and altimeter works.

Finally there's the slim FX78, which replaces the FX75 (and maybe the FX700, both cameras are so similar). This is basically a premium compact, with a stabilised 5x 24-120mm f/2.5-5.9 zoom lens, 3.5" QVGA (time to step it up Panasonic) touchscreen, 1080i video mode, and claimed better AF compared to its predecessor. Oh, and there are some fancy retouching options to make one look better.

It is nice to know that with these more advanced models, Panasonic has not jumped onto the 16 megapixel bandwagon yet. Hopefully a consumer electronics giant like them can help stem the crazy megapixel race. Cameras are expected to be available in March; no word on pricing. More photos and full press release after the break.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Panasonic Announces Updated FH and FP-series Cameras, and New S-series Budget Shooters

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

I've liked Panasonic cameras for sometime now, but their budget area is, like so many other manufacturers, hopelessly crowded and, in my opinion, unnecessary. Adding another line to the mix isn't helping. Also not helping is the lack of any pricing information on these cameras at this time.

To start with, we have four FH-series cameras. They are the Lumx DMC-FH2, DMC-FH5, DMC-FH25, and DMC-FH27. The FH2 and FH5 share the same 4x 28-112mm equivalent f/3.1-6.5 (really slow) lens, 2.7" LCD screen, and 720p video mode. The former uses a 14 megapixel sensor, the latter a 14 megapixel one. The FH25 and FH27 are both 16 megapixel shooters with an 8x 28-224mm equivalent f/3.3-5.9 lens (which is now Leica branded) and the now-common 720p video mode. The FH27 has a 3" touchscreen instead of the 2.7" screen.

Lumix FH2/FH5/FH25/FH27

The FP-series gets an update too. The DMC-FP5 features a 14 megapixel sensor, a 4x 35-140mm equivalent zoom lens packed vertically inside the camera, optical image stabilisation, a 3" touchscreen LCD, and 720p video. The DMC-FP7 has a 16 megapixel sensor instead, and upsizes the touchscreen to a 3.5" one. It also has a glossy exterior instead. On that basis alone I would pick the cheaper camera.

Lumix FP5/FP7

Finally we have the new S-series cameras; cute rounded shapes ahoy! The DMC-S1 has a 12 megapixel CCD (it's funny to think how 12 megapixels is now considered "budget"), an optically stabilised 4x 28-112mm equivalent f/3.1-6.5 lens not unlike the one in the FH2 and FH5, 2.7" LCD screen, and 720p video. The DMC-S3 comes equipped with a 14 megapixel CCD instead.

Lumix S1/S3

One feature that would have been interesting is the Lumix Uploader, which allows you to tag photos onto the camera for social networks... but then you have to connect the camera to the computer to complete the upload. Wasted potential if you ask me.

Oh, and more pictures at the links!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Panasonic GH2 Reviewed by Digital Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:30 AM

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 (priced from $899) is a hybrid camera/camcorder that uses the Micro Four Thirds standards. It's the follow-up to the DMC-GH1, and it offers a host of new features, including a higher resolution sensor, faster autofocus and continuous shooting, a touchscreen support for Panasonic's 3D lens, and an improved Full HD movie mode."

The Panasonic GH1 is a fantastic but underrated camera, and I am glad to see that the GH2 improves on it. DCResource has a review and the camera does not disappoint. Have a read, and remember that the GH2, unlike the GH1, does not require you to purchase the stupidly expensive 14-140/4-5.8, which was the main reason for the GH1's poor reception. If you are keen on shooting videos and have an actual plan to do so (unlike yours truly who bought the GH1 and has yet to publish a single video), this is a camera that should be in your shortlist.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS Reviewed by PhotographyBLOG

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

"The Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. is a new telephoto lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. With MTF bodies having a crop factor of 2x, it provides an effective focal range of 200-600mm in 35mm terms, yet only weighs just over 500g."

Need a little more reach for your Micro Four Thirds camera? The Panasonic 100-300/4-5.6 is it. I prefer it to the Olympus 75-300/4.8-6.7 for the price (US$550 vs US$900) and the extra half a stop at the long end. It might be a bit larger, but at these sizes I doubt they will make much a difference; the length and weight also means I recommend this for use with a Panasonic G or GH camera for the grip and viewfinder.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Digital Photography Review's Premium Compact Roundup

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:54 PM

"It wasn't so long ago that DSLRs were out of financial reach for most enthusiast photographers. Back before DSLRs fell below the magic sub-$1000 mark, the only way for most people to 'go digital' was to invest in a high-quality compact, offering SLR-like control, but without the expensive extras - the large sensor and interchangeable lens mount."

Well, here is another look at a trio of compact cameras; this time the Canon S95 is present instead of the G12; I wonder where is the Samsung EX-1 though? It pretty much has the same conclusion as the last one I posted: Image quality is not an issue with modern compacts, and one should choose based on their needs and wants instead. Want something wider? Pick the LX5. Want something small? Pick the S95. Want something fast and works like a professional-grade camera? Don't pick the P7000. Hit the link for the full article.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Premium Compact Shootout: Nikon vs Canon vs Panasonic

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"We're now almost two decades into the competent digital compact camera era, but many things remain the same. The big issue has been and remains the small size of the image sensor in these cameras. While there has been a strong increase in image quality over the years, the small sensor sized used just doesn't allow the high-end compact camera to produce DSLR-like results in dynamic range or high ISO shooting."

Thom Hogan has compared three premium compacts, the Nikon P7000, the Canon G12, and the Panasonic LX5. While I am certain they all are decent (Nikon surprises me somewhat), I still like the Panasonic's combination of size, focal length, and looks. It is a very charming camera, the LX5. On another note: The Nikon looks way too much like a Canon; Thom Hogan even notes that the operation is more Canon than Nikon-like. If so, what is the appeal of buying a P7000 when there is a G12? Nikon really should have worked harder on differentiating the product (plus a compact that works like a Nikon DSLR is worth extra points in my book).

Friday, November 19, 2010

Panasonic GF2 Reviewed by PhotographyBLOG

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is the World’s smallest and lightest compact system camera with a built-in flash. Replacing the popular GF1 model, the new GF2 is is 19% smaller in size and 7% less in weight than its predecessor, thanks largely to the introduction of a touch-control interface via the 3 inch 460,000-dot LCD screen. The DMC-GF2 also offers full HD movies at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD format with stereo sound, a new Graphic User Interface, a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine FHD image processor, expanded ISO range of 100-6400, a built-in pop-up flash and Dust Reduction system."

Well, the camera may not have shipped yet, but here's a review of the Panasonic GF2. PhotographyBLOG concedes that it is not quite the replacement for the GF1, but it offers much to shooters looking to upgrade from small-sensor compact cameras, and at a lower price than the GF1's launch price. I prefer to keep my external controls, so the GF2 is even less appealing to the GF1 for me. However I can see it will appeal to the more casual shooters with its slightly smaller size, the 1080p video, and the touch screen controls. The interesting thing is how Panasonic is using the 14mm f/2.5 lens in the promo shots; the smaller lens certainly makes the camera look smaller, but, like the NEX cameras, I wonder how many people will still be interested once a bigger lens with greater telephoto reach (consumers love telephoto lenses) is used.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Panasonic Lumix GF2 Announced

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:45 AM

"Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GF2 Micro Four Thirds camera. A simplified version of the company's GF1, it inherits the same flat-body design but with revised control layout and touch-screen control. It is built around a 12MP CMOS sensor but with a more powerful processor than its predecessor, allowing AVCHD video recording of 1080i60 movies from 1080p30 capture."

So, I get busy for a few days and Panasonic decides to throw a little surprise. The GF2 gains a few things, notably 1080 HD videos, as well as a smaller size, but loses some buttons, the ability to use a remote cable, and a few flash options. Oh, and you'll need to buy a smaller battery as well. Mind, you lose a few milimetres on each side. Not quite seeing the benefits here! The camera will be available in January 2011, with a 14/2.5 kit or 14-42/3.5-5.6 IS kit, and no word on pricing. DPReview has one of their previews, so check out the link.

EDIT: Engadget has posted their hands-on preview, so have a read if you're interested in another angle.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Panasonic LX5 and Canon S95 Reviewed

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:30 AM

Digital Camera Resource Page has just reviewed the two latest premium compacts on the market currently; the Panasonic LX5 and the Canon S95. The two cameras feature large aperture lenses at the wide end, cleaner high ISO claims, and manual controls with dedicated customisable controls; the S95 features the same lens ring control as the S90, while the LX5 now features a rear command dial and three buttons that can be user-defined. While the S95 is a small update, adding 720p video, both remain very capable cameras if you don't mind small sensor cameras. To find out how they faired, hit the review links and find out!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review

Canon Powershot S95 Review

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Panasonic Releases Three New Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:37 AM

Along with the Lumix GH2, Panasonic also announced three lenses: 100-300mm f/4-5.6, a 14mm f/2.5 (pictured above), and the 3D lens mentioned a few months back. Expect all three to hit the stores in November.

The most interesting item to photographers would be the 14/2.5, however, it's left me feeling a bit unimpressed. While small, 14mm isn't quite the gap that needs to be filled in the Micro Four Thirds lineup. At 14mm it's fairly close to the Olympus 17mm, and something wider would be more enticing. A 12/2.8 would satisfy a broad range of people, though I would really love a 10/2.8 Please Panasonic, pretty please? The lens will go on sale for US$400.

The 100-300/4-5.6 comes out shortly after Olympus announced the 75-300/4.8-6.7 (though both this and the 14mm have been on the Panasonic roadmap for a while), and personally I think this is the more sensible option. While it is slightly bigger (about half an inch longer and a few mm wider), it is half a stop faster, and at US$600, is cheaper by a third of the Olympus. If telephoto reach is required, a 600/5.6 equivalent in a small lens like this isn't a bad deal.

The one that'll attract the most attention (but unfathomable to me) is the 3D lens. With little separation, and a maximum aperture of f/12 (!), um, well, this should be a toy to most. At US$250 it's certainly not too expensive a toy... Pictures of the other two after the break.


Panasonic GH2 Announced and Previewed

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:30 AM

Ok, this one slipped by me yesterday evening; Panasonic has announced the GH2, the successor to the GH1. Main additions are a new 16 megapixel sensor which now goes an extra stop to ISO 12800 (which I hope does even better than the GH1), a slightly denser EVF that now supports the GH2's multi-aspect sensor (which means it'll not give you black bars along the edges when shooting in wider formats), a touch screen 3" LCD, a 5 FPS continuous shooting mode (up from 3), and now there's a high speed movie mode, going up to 300 FPS. I couldn't find anything about the resolutions at the faster modes though.

The slightly changed layout also means there are now 3 custom function buttons (yay for custom buttons), though I'm not liking the position of Function 1, as it's a bit too far behind on the top plate for the index finger to reach. Another interesting thing is how Panasonic has decided to "crinkle" up the plastic to mimic the magnesium build on higher-end cameras. Personally if Panasonic wants to be taken seriously, they need to make the thing serious as well. Something about design honesty here...

The GH2 will go on sale in December. Pricing for this is at US$900 for the body only, US$1000 for the 14-42 IS kit, and US$1500 for the 14-140 IS kit. I think one of the shortcomings of the GH1 was its perceived high price; the GH1 was mostly only available with the 14-140 lens, and it was not a cheap kit. Hopefully by offering it without a lens or with a cheap lens, Panasonic can sell more of them. After all, it's a pity that one of the better sensors in the Four Thirds world (and one benchmark says the best) did not get much exposure to many photographers. Photos of the back and top plate after the break.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mirrorless Cameras Round Up

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

"Having compared the size of several different mirrorless interchangeable lens systems, we'll now take a look at how much detail relative to noise is captured at any given ISO by each of these systems. "

Serious Compacts has done a really nice comparison of the various mirrorless cameras on the market, comparing them based on their size, as well as doing an ISO test. The comparison is split into two parts, so be sure to check them out.

Part 1: Mirrorless Camera Size Comparison: NEX5, NX10, E-P2, E-PL1, GF1, G2

Part 2: Mirrorless Camera ISO Signal/Noise Shootout: NEX5, NX10, E-P2, E-PL1, GF1, G2, GH1

Monday, August 9, 2010

PhotographyBLOG Reviews the Budget Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 (also known as the DMC-FH20) is a slim and stylish digital camera with a versatile 8x, 28-224mm optical zoom lens. The FS30 also features a a 2.7-inch LCD screen and can record HD movies in 1280 x 720p at 30fps. The 14.1 megapixel DMC-FS30 offers Panasonic’s now standard Intelligent Auto mode for quick and easy shooting, Quick AF system, Venus Engine IV image processor, High Sensitivity mode and Extra Optical Zoom."

Continuing today's coverage of reviews, the Panasonic DMC-FS30 looks like a great camera if you are on a budget; a 28-224mm equivalent zoom lens, 720p video, and decent image quality. Panasonic has managed to produce some cheap but quality compacts in the FS lineup over the past few years, and this is one of the best efforts I've seen from them. If anyone has any suggestions in the "cheap but good" category, sound out in the discussion!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Panasonic Announces Slew of Cameras; LX5 Leads the Pack

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:44 PM

"You ready to get Lumix'd to the max? Panasonic has five new point-and-shooters prepped for this fall, headlined by the well-leaked LX5. That camera aims to keep what was good about the stylish, high-end LX3 while pushing image quality up a notch, with better image processing and a better lens in front of the same 10.1 megapixel CCD resulting in better low light performance."

Well, this isn't quite Photokina news yet, but Panasonic has launched a whole slew of cameras. The LX5 as leaked is a premium compact, with the new 24-90mm equivalent lens, an updated sensor from the LX3 (there are mentions of a new layer of microlenses), and finally a command dial in place of the old joystick. Though I have to say, the command dial looks rather tiny and recessed into the camera body. has image samples, so go on and take a look there as well. Read on for the rest. Read more...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Panasonic LX5 Surfaces

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:36 AM

As Photokina approaches, the rumours are going to start flying, along with product leaks from the companies themselves. 4/3 Rumours has unearthed the successor to the LX3 in the form of the LX5. The biggest change is the lens: in place of the 24-60mm equivalent f/2-2.8 lens, we get a new 24-90mm f/2-3.3 lens. While it's a little slower on the long end, it's also a little longer, and should make it more appealing to those who felt the 60mm end was too short.

The sensor seems to be the same 10 megapixel sensor used in the LX3, and that's a good thing. It has been two years since the LX3 was launched, and not having a jump in pixels makes me hope the megapixel race is over, at least in the serious camera category.

Other improvements include an option for a hot-shoe mounted EVF (I wonder if it will be the one used in the GF1), possibly a rear dial (finally!), and a re-designed grip. Overall I think this should be another hit for Panasonic.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Panasonic G2 Reviewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

"The G2 is an evolutionary - but nonetheless solid - upgrade to the G1, that answers some of the criticisms of the original model, adding the aforementioned video mode (720P AVCHD lite or MJPEG) and tidying up and expanding the external controls. The other big news is that the G2 gets touch screen technology (seen on several Panasonic compact DSCs) - not exactly high on our list of ways in which the G1 could be improved, but in the era of the iPhone something that undoubtedly looks good on the marketing materials, if nothing else." has posted their review of the Panasonic G2, and it is another favourable one for the G1's successor. It's not all perfect though, so hit the review (which also tests the new kit lens) and find out. Also, check out their new widget that compares sample images from four cameras, and allows you select any point from their test image to enlarge. Snazzy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Panasonic G2 Reviewed; Micro Four Thirds Continues Its Advance

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is a new Micro Four Thirds camera boasting a 3 inch articulated touchscreen LCD that provides touch-based functions like Touch AF/AE and Touch Shutter. Other key features of the G2 include a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, upgraded Venus Engine HD II processor, sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400, 720p HD video recording in AVCHD Lite format, a port for an optional stereo microphone and an electronic viewfinder."

Well, it looks like Panasonic has another winner on its hands. If you did read the post on BCNRankings for interchangeable lens cameras sold in Japan, sales of Micro Four Thirds cameras are on the rise. I do like some of the changes Panasonic has wrought on this release, like moving the command dial to the rear of the camera, but at the same time, it's all so incremental. Yea, there's video now compared to the G1, but there's not much on the still camera side. I wish more companies would be like Nikon, where usually a new camera really brings about change.

Oh, and if you are interested in this camera, I suggest looking for the dual-lens version that comes with the 45-200mm lens as well. I believe it is quite competitively priced (unless Panasonic decides to screw over consumers in some parts of the world).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Digital Photography Review Does a Super Zoom Roundup

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"It's now more than a year since we published our last superzoom group test and despite the hype surrounding mirrorless system cameras such as Micro Four Thirds or the Sony NEX, and the fact that entry level DSLRs are becoming more and more affordable, superzoom cameras are as popular with consumers as ever. It is easy to see why. The combination of a large zoom range from wideangle to super telephoto, DSLR-like ergonomics and an attractive price point guarantee that these cameras appeal to a very broad audience."

Following up on their travel zoom roundup, Digital Photography Review has released one on the travel zoom's big brothers; the super zoom cameras. As mentioned, despite mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras being the new must-have for manufacturers, the appeal of such "bridge" cameras still lies in their versatility at a low cost. This time round, the winners are not so surprising. Still, I can't imagine going back to using thumbnail-sized sensors in my cameras!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Budget Camera Shootout - Eight Cameras Tested at Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:43 AM

"For many years now, the trend on this website has been to review the more expensive, cutting-edge cameras. Not only do those cameras capture my interest -- they are what the majority of DCRP readers are curious about, as well. Recently, I was reminded by a reader that I wasn't giving enough attention to entry-level cameras. These cameras may be boring to tech enthusiasts, but let's face it, millions of them are sold every year to regular folks who want something easy-to-use that takes decent photos."

Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page has done a nice roundup of eight budget digital cameras. As digital cameras becomes more commoditised, reviews tend to become fewer and fewer, especially in the budget section, where unfortunately it is an area where it's likely to be a big segment of consumers who will likely need some help in making their choices. So if you know of anyone who's just looking for a cheap, no-frills camera that won't let them down, send them over to this roundup.

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