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{ Thursday, April 5, 2012 }

Panasonic introduces compact Lumix DMC-GF5 Micro Four Thirds camera

Panasonic has announced their new Lumix DMC-GF5 Micro Four Thirds camera. This is a relatively minor upgrade to the DMC-GF3 (Panasonic always skips models with a "4" in them), with the main changes being the new sensor and image processor combo. Here's the full spec list:

Lumix DMC-GF5 [specs]

  • New 12.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Redesigned Venus Engine processor incorporates new 3D and Multi-process noise reduction; I'm pretty sure one of the slides in their presentation said that noise levels were equivalent to the NEX-5N (at least at some point)
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount, with 2X crop factor
  • Ultra-compact body (now with a rubberized grip) comes in black, white, and red
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD display with 920,000 pixels with full-time live view
  • Touch features include focus, shutter release, menus, and image playback
  • Full manual controls, with newly expanded ISO range (100 - 12800)
  • Intelligent Auto mode features auto scene selection, blur reduction, dynamic range improvement, smart sharpening, and more
  • Continuous shooting at 4 frames/second
  • Refined user interface; new Scene Guide shows examples shot by professional photographers so beginners know what the scene mode does; camera can also display procedures to follow to recreate the scene mode in other shooting modes
  • Now has 14 Creative Filters; camera can recommend one when using Intelligent Auto mode
  • Built-in pop-up flash (GN 5), but no support for an external flash (same as the GF3)
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 @ 60i (sensor output is 30p) with stereo sound and continuous AF
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • 320 shots per charge with included lithium-ion battery and standard zoom lens
  • Available "later this year" in black, white, and red in 14 - 42 mm standard ($599) and power zoom lens ($749) kits
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{ Friday, April 6, 2012 }

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 reviewed

I've posted my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15, a compact ultra zoom camera. If you've been eyeing the ZS20 but want better image quality, then you might want to have a look at the review!
{ Monday, April 9, 2012 }

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V gallery posted

I've uploaded a photo gallery taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V super zoom camera. I'm hoping to reshoot the Chinatown photos when the weather improves, to keep them consistent with my other sample photos.
{ Monday, April 16, 2012 }

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V super zoom reviewed

I've posted my review of Sony's ultimate super zoom, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V. If you're looking for a bridge camera that does nearly everything imaginable, check this one out.
{ Wednesday, April 18, 2012 }

Pentax K-01 gallery started

I've started off our Pentax K-01 photo gallery with seven shots taken with the 40 mm kit lens in our state capital of Sacramento. Look for the "regular" sample photos in a few days.
{ Thursday, April 19, 2012 }

Nikon announces D3200 entry-level D-SLR with optional smartphone connectivity

Nikon has announced their new D3200 entry-level digital SLR. Even though it's their model for people just starting out with D-SLRs, the D3200 packs a whopping 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor -- more than any other Nikon model except the D800. Design and feature-wise, the D3200 isn't a whole lot different than the D3100 that came before it. Here's a summary of the features on the D3200:

Nikon D3200 [specs]

  • 24.2 Megapixel, DX-format CMOS sensor
  • Supports all Nikon F-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor
    • Autofocus is only supported on AF-S and AF-I lenses
  • New Expeed 3 image processor
  • 3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels
  • Optical viewfinder has 95% coverage and a magnification of 0.8X
  • 11-point autofocus system
  • Full manual controls
    • ISO range of 100 - 6400, expandable to 12800
  • Guide Mode walks beginners through various shooting techniques step-by-step
  • Built-in flash plus a hot shoe (1/200 sec x-sync)
  • Continuous shooting at 4 frames/sec
  • Records Full HD video at 24 or 30 frames/sec with stereo mono sound and continuous AF (using H.264 codec); manual exposure controls available
  • Stereo microphone input, HDMI output
  • Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter ($60) lets you send images to your Android smartphone (iOS support coming in Fall); user can compose photos (but not adjust any settings) and release the shutter remotely from your mobile device
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses EN-EL14 lithium-ion battery, 540 shots per charge
  • Comes in black and red bodies
  • Ships in late April with the 18-55 VR lens for $699.95

Along with the new camera comes a new FX-format lens. This F1.8, 28 mm prime is designed for Nikon's full-frame cameras, but it'll work just fine on your DX-format camera as well (with a 1.5X crop factor, of course). The lens has a nano crystal coating to reduce flare and features a Silent Wave Motor for silent focusing. It's set to ship in late May for $699.95.

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Samsung announces trio of interchangeable lens cameras: NX1000, NX210, NX20

Samsung has unleashed three new interchangeable lens cameras on the world. All three share the same 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, NX lens mount, and Wi-Fi support with smartphone connectivity. Here's what separates the NX1000, NX210, and NX20:

Samsung NX1000 [specs]

  • 20.3 Megapixel, APS-C size CMOS sensor
  • Uses Samsung NX-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor
  • Compact body comes in white, black, and pink
  • 3-inch LCD with 921,000 pixels
  • Full manual controls, with RAW support
    • ISO range of 100 - 12800
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec
  • Smart Auto mode selects a scene mode for you
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for sharing photos to smartphones, HDTVs, and computers
    • Photos can be e-mailed right from the camera, or uploaded to social networking / cloud storage sites
    • Android app lets you control the camera remotely; Smart Link Hot Key (only on this model) instantly links camera and smartphone
  • Continuous shooting at 8 frames/sec (11 shot limit)
  • No built-in flash, but includes a small external flash
  • In-camera panorama stitching
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with stereo sound using the H.264 codec; manual controls available
  • Optional GPS module and wired remote
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses BP1030 lithium-ion battery, 320 shots per charge
  • Will include an F3.5-5.6, 20 - 50 mm OIS lens
  • Coming in June for $699

Samsung NX210 [specs] - changes:

  • Metal body, different form factor
  • 3-inch OLED display with 614,000 pixels
  • Ships with an F3.5-5.6, 18 - 55 mm OIS lens in mid-May for $899

Samsung NX20 [specs] - changes:

  • SLR-style body
  • Flip-out, rotating 3-inch OLED display with 614k pixels
  • Electronic viewfinder with SVGA (800 x 600) resolution and 1.04X magnification
  • Shutter speed range expands to 1/8000 sec
  • Built-in flash
  • Uses BP1310 li-ion battery, 360 shots per charge
  • Ships with an 18 - 55 mm lens in mid-May for $1099
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{ Friday, April 20, 2012 }

Nikon D3200 gallery started, Pentax K-01 gallery updated

I've posted the beginnings of the Nikon D3200 photo gallery, and also added a few more pictures to the Pentax K-01 gallery. As luck would have it, my Nikon kit lens has a lot of softness at the top of the frame, and the Pentax 18-55 has focusing issues. So, I'll probably be reshooting a lot of these when I get new lenses.

Friday update: I got a brand new Pentax 18-55 WR lens and it seems to be decentered. I've updated a few of the gallery photos that came out okay, but still not thrilled with the results. Whatever happened to quality control?

{ Monday, April 30, 2012 }

End of April review update

Quick update on upcoming reviews:

If you've been following my Pentax K-01 gallery, you've probably noticed that I've been reshooting a lot of the photos. I'm still not happy with the results and have requested another camera, which should be here midweek. I'm still hoping to get the review done by the end of the week.

Lots of people have written asking about a review of the Olympus E-M5 (aka OM-D). The camera is finally arriving on Friday and I will slot it in for a review right after the K-01.