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All posts tagged "micro four thirds"


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Panasonic Lumix G10 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 11:27 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/revi...iew/conclusion/

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 is outwardly very similar to the 18-month old DMC-G1 camera, so a lot of the comments that we made about that model's handling apply equally to the G10. Measuring 124 x 83.6 x 74mm and weighing 336g without a lens attached, the G10 is exactly the same size but 50g lighter than its predecessor, largely because the G1's rotating, free-angle LCD monitor has been replaced by a fixed screen. Despite the Micro moniker, users with average-sized hands can still operate the G10 comfortably - I found that I naturally gripped the camera with the thumb, middle and fourth finger of my right hand, whilst operating the shutter button with my fore-finger and supporting either the lens or camera body with my left hand."

The big deal with the G10 seems to be the fact that for $599, you get the camera and a 14-42mm lens - and a micro-four thirds camera that shoots 720p video. Overall, Photography Blog really liked this camera, giving it four out of five stars.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Camera Introduced

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusepl1/

"The mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was a long time in coming but has fairly quickly established itself as a viable alternative both to compact cameras and DSLRs. However, while manufacturers regularly talk to us about wanting to exploit the gap between these two established types of cameras, all the models released so far have tended towards the DSLR-end of that space.... [T]he Olympus E-PL1... brings a stripped-down body and simplified interface to the Micro Four Thirds format."

Richard Butler, at dpreview.com, has previewed the new Olympus E-PL1, and while his article is not an actual Review of the camera, the tone suggests that he is favorably impressed with it overall. The E-PL1 offers some attractive features, including 720p Movie Mode, In-Body Stabilization, a large image sensor (apparently the same as in the Olympus E-30 DSLR), Live View LCD Display, an included 14-42mm Lens - and the ability to use other Micro Four Third lenses. On the down side, the basic body plus lens kit retails at $599, which seems steep for a camera which makes advanced controls less convenient, and which lacks an eye-level viewfinder - an oversight that Olympus will gladly remedy for the princely sum of $279.99 for the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder attachment. Someone who owns a Micro Four Thirds system might find the E-PL1 an attractive addition, but I cannot help but wonder who else would be tempted by it.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Panasonic Has a Winner With The GF1

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/PanasonicGF1/

"The market for a camera like the GF1 falls into three broad groups; those wanting a better quality alternative to a high end compact (such as the Canon G10), those wanting a more portable alternative to an entry-level SLR and those bitten so hard by the camera bug that they want something to fill the gap between their compact and SLR systems. Of the three it's the latter who will be most satisfied by the GF1, since they understand completely the compromises faced by anyone in the other two groups; the GF1 is larger and more expensive than any compact, and it can't match the speed or feature set of a similarly-priced SLR."

In typical fashion, dpreview.com does an exhaustive review - but the end result of a "Highly Recommended" and a fair amount of praise about how fun this camera is to use tells you that Panasonic has hit a home run with this camera...or at least a third-base hit, because there are some minor quirks related to JPEG processing. I for one really like the idea of a camera this small that packs the photographic power of a DSLR. I might have to check one of these out...


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Panasonic Lumix GF1, Previewed by dpreview.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/PanasonicGF1/

"When Panasonic showed us the first Micro Four Thirds camera, the DMC-G1, our first question was 'why does it look like an SLR?'. We'd been hoping for a much more compact body, something that more effectively straddled the line between the convenience of a compact and the quality and versatility of a digital SLR. Well, a couple of months ago we were ushered into a private meeting with Panasonic to see the GF1, Panasonic's answer to all those critics who failed to see the point of Micro Four Thirds if it was simply going to ape conventional SLR styling."

That's pretty much what I was thinking when the first Micro Four Thirds cameras were announced - they looked like smaller DSLRs, but with DSLRs as small as the Nikon D60, did we really need a new system that made slightly smaller cameras? The Olympus E-P1 changed that conversation, and the Panasonic GF1 changes it again. These new body designs don't look like smaller DSLRs; they look like a new class of camera, and that's really what the Micro Four Thirds system was created for. This is the kind of camera that will appeal to someone who wants to move beyond the point and shoot camera realm, but isn't interested in the bulk that comes with going with a DSLR. The GF1 also includes 720p HD video (AVCHD Lite or MJPEG), and a built-in flash (one of the criticisms of the Olympus E-P1). This look like an interesting camera...and the sample images/videos are quite impressive.

Panasonic also sent me the press release about this new camera - it's after the break. Read more...


Monday, March 9, 2009

New Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Shoots HD Video

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0903/0...lumixdmcgh1.asp

"Five months after the launch of the Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic has unveiled an HD version of the same in the shape of the Lumix DMC-GH1. The 12.1 megapixel camera's Live MOS sensor can record up to 1080/24p or 720/60p high definition videos, with continuous AF and a built-in Dolby Digital Stereo Creator for quality sound recording. This is further supported by Panasonic's designed-for-video Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm lens, which is also announced today. The camera includes a new Face Recognition feature that remembers individual faces, and offers four different aspect ratios with the same angle of view using a system similar to that in the company's DMC-LX3 compact."

Last month, we wrote about the Panasonic GH Micro Four Thirds Camera system. Now, Panasonic has announced a GH1 that incorporates high definition video recording with stereo sound. Plus, Panasonic released a new 10X zoom lens that was specifically designed for the HD video mode. Click the link to find out more!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Panasonic G1: World's First Micro Four Thirds Camera Reviewed

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:08 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0901/0...nicg1review.asp

"Panasonic's stated reasons for introducing Micro Four Thirds are simple; to produce smaller cameras that act more like compact DSCs whilst offering the quality and versatility of a DSLR - and in doing so to convert some of the millions of compact camera buyers who - according to research - are put off digital SLRs by the bulk, complexity and lack of user-friendliness."

The Panasonic G1 is an interchangeable lens camera that employs a revolutionary idea - remove the mirror and make the distance to the lens smaller, thereby allowing you to make the lenses themselves smaller. Now, you can have DSLR quality without the DSLR bulk (which is exactly why I have a pocket camera in addition to my DSLR). The G1 gets DPreview's vaunted "Highly Recommended" rating. As a first step, Panasonic deserves the kudos. However, there are two drawbacks to the initial model - a limited selection of lenses and no video mode. It will be interesting to see if this product catches on, or if it is eclipsed by the ever-increasing capability of compact cameras. Click on the link to get all the facts on the new Panasonic G1.


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