Digital Camera News: Canon Increases Sensor Production, Lensbabies Available Worldwide, Possible Details on Olympus E-P1

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Canon Increasing CMOS Sensor Production

Reuters reported that Canon is going to build a new $451 million factory in Japan to effectively double their production capacity of CMOS imaging sensors. While the news is pretty "vanilla", there is a quote in the article saying that Canon will be producing CMOS sensors for compact digital cameras (as well as digital SLRs). Currently, Canon’s compact digital cameras use CCD (charge-coupled devices) as imaging sensors and has procured them from Sony and other suppliers. By making this move, Canon hopes to decrease costs by bringing more production in-house.

The other aspect of this news that many digital camera enthusiasts are hoping for is that by putting CMOS sensors in more compact cameras, that we may see physically larger sensors in compact cameras. The larger sensor size would cause less noise than the current small form factor, high megapixel CCD imagers.

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Lensbabies Achieves Worldwide Distribution

Portland, Oregon based Lensbabies has announced that they have achieved worldwide distribution. The company currenly distributes directly to retail in the USA and Canada and have 35 distributors in all of the major world markets.

To see the full retailer list, see:

You can learn more about Lensbabies at

Olympus E-P1 Information Leaked

Last week, Cnet reported on what appeared to be a sales presentation about Olympus’ upcoming E-P1 professional level digital SLR. While Olympus has been showing the E-P1 under glass at various trade shows, there haven’t been any details. A 27 page presentation was leaked to the FourThirds Photo discussion board (and other sites). Olympus hasn’t officially commented, but asked another site,, to take down the presentation.

In addition to some specifications, the presentation also placed the E-P1 as a direct competitor to the Canon EOS 30D and Nikon D200. As far as specs, it will be a 10 megapixel camera, with dust/weather seals, 11 point AF system with cross style points, five frame per second continous shooting, in-camera image stabilizaton, dust reduction, Live View with swivel LCD, wireless flash controller, and large viewfinder.

The leaked presentation mentions that the E-P1 will be announced in October.

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