What once was a trade show concept has become an imaging reality. A couple of years after the launch of the first Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic G1, we're knee-deep in models from Panasonic and Olympus. In this round up, we offer a snapshot view of the current Micro Four Thirds offerings and a head-to-head look at the specs and feature sets of each camera.
Promotional materials on Olympus's site last week featured the image of a mystery PEN camera obscured by a hand. Today, they move that hand away and reveal the third Micro Four Thirds system in their digital PEN series, the E-PL1. They've offered DCR a first-look, pre-production unit and we've had our hands all over it ever since it arrived.
After teasing the release of a new digital PEN camera last week, Olympus has officially taken the wraps off the E-PL1. It's their third Micro Four Thirds model, a step-down alternative to the E-P1 and E-P2. It compromises some of the features and build quality of the previous models to bring the price down, and it adds a built-in flash to the lineup for the first time.
Panasonic updates today its popular ZS series with the Lumix ZS7 and Lumix ZS5. These new compact high-zoom cameras add geo-tagging functionality and manual controls to the 12x optical zoom range of the DCR Editor's Choice Lumix ZS3. A few more tech updates round out the feature list for the newest Lumix ZS cameras.
Casio's recently introduced Exilim EX-G1 rugged 12 megapixel compact marks the company's first entry in their new Exilim G brand of digital cameras - the "G" denoting an "endurance category" of camera. We took a look at the unique design and some out-of-the-box images to offer a first impression of the tough G1.
A steady stream of new camera announcements from electronic giants like Sony, Samsung and Casio materialized this week on the CES show floor. The big companies are interested in getting you connected and sharing photos like nobody's business. We took a look at some of these hot-off-the-press-release products.
With CES 2010 only days away, Samsung has just made the NX10 interchangeable-lens camera official. As promised, the compact NX10 features a large 14.6 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor alongside a 3.0 inch AMOLED monitor, 720p video, and an electronic viewfinder. A trio of lenses accompany the launch of the "hybrid" NX10.
We made it through Black Friday, that Superbowl of shopping days. The 4 AM dash to your local electronics superstore is over, but many retailers are still holding sales through the weekend. We've picked some of the best bargains on point and shoots, DSLRs, and lenses still going on through Cyber Monday.
Olympus announces today the E-P2, successor to their rangefinder-style E-P1. The E-P2 now carries the banner for Olympus's chic Micro Four Thirds "Digital Pen" series, boasting improved AF performance, new art filters, and an accessory port ready to accept the articulating EVF announced with the camera today. We've got our hands on a pre-production model, so read on for hands-on photos and video with the E-P2.
The Canon PowerShot G11 steps up as the latest representative of the advanced compact G series. Like the previous generation, the G11 shoots RAW and offers a full slate of manual shooting controls. With the addition of a vari-angle LCD, there's plenty here that's piqued our interest. We're just getting started, so take a look at our preview of the PowerShot G11.
Olympus has announced a firmware update for their E-P1 Digital Pen.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 is one of the pioneers of a whole new breed of digital camera. As one of Panasonic's G-Series Micro Four Thirds systems, the GH1 doesn't seem to know or care whether it's a point and shoot on steroids or a compact DSLR with attitude. Our First Thoughts offers a sneak peek at our upcoming full review of the Lumix GH1.
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