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{ Saturday, May 5, 2012 }

Pentax K-01 review posted, at last

It took two bodies and seven lenses, but our Pentax K-01 review is finally here! Is there a great camera hiding under the K-01's unusual design? Find out in our review!

{ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 }

Olympus announces Tough TG-1 rugged camera with F2.0 lens

Olympus has introduced a new premium rugged camera, known as the Tough TG-1 iHS. The big selling point on the TG-1 is its fast F2.0 lens, which makes capturing photos in low light a lot easier than on competitive models. The TG-1 also supports conversion lenses -- a first for a camera in this class. Here are all the details:

Tough TG-1 iHS [specs]

  • 12 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F2.0-4.9, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 100 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Rugged body is waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof from 6.6 feet, crushproof to 220 lbs, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • 3-inch OLED display with 610,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Intelligent Auto mode and tons of Magic (art) Filters
  • Built-in GPS with compass and manometer
  • Same "FAST" AF system as Olympus' PEN interchangeable lens cameras
  • Super Resolution feature doubles zoom power with minimal drop in image quality
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 5 frames/sec (not sure at what resolution, though)
  • Records Full HD video (1920 x 1080) with stereo sound
  • Optional fisheye and telephoto conversion lenses, both of which are waterproof; the conversion lens adapter also accepts 45 mm filters
  • Underwater housing to take the camera even deeper
  • 7.9MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses LI-90B lithium-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
  • Ships in June for $399
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Fuji introduces Wi-Fi equipped FinePix XP170 rugged camera

Olympus isn't the only one who has a new rugged camera to show off today, as Fujifilm just announced one of their own. The FinePix XP170 doesn't have the fast lens of the Olympus, but it does have Wi-Fi, something the TG-1 lacks. Here are the details on the XP170:

FinePix XP170 [specs]

  • 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • F3.9-4.9, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Rugged camera is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from 6.6 feet, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting SR Auto mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos to Android and iOS devices, from which they can be transmitted to social networking and photo sharing sites
  • Can capture 360 degree panoramas
  • Full HD (1080/30p) video recording with mono sound, use of optical zoom
  • 95MB on-board memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses NP-50 li-ion battery, 300 shots per charge
  • Available in blue and orange
  • Ships in June for $279
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{ Saturday, May 12, 2012 }

Check out our Facebook page and get early access to the Olympus OM-D gallery!

Fans of our Facebook page have been enjoying an early look at the Olympus OM-D EM-5 photo gallery for the last few days. Come "like" DCResource on Facebook so you can join in!
{ Sunday, May 13, 2012 }

Olympus OM-D EM-5 gallery posted

I've posted what should be the complete photo gallery for the Olympus OM-D EM-5. The review is moving along fairly well and should be online in the second half of the week.
{ Thursday, May 17, 2012 }

Sony announces Alpha SLT-A37 entry-level D-SLR with translucent mirror

Sony today took the wraps off of two new cameras: one with a translucent mirror, and the other with no mirror at all. I'm going to start with the Alpha SLT-A37, which is the replacement to the entry-level A35.

Alpha SLT-A37 [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Supports all Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Translucent Mirror Technology provides full-time live view (even when focusing) and fast continuous shooting w/AF between each shot
  • Articulating 2.7" LCD display with 230,400 pixels
  • Electronic Viewfinder (TruFinder) has 1.44 million dots, 1.15X magnification
  • Full manual controls, with ISO range of 100 - 16000
  • Superior Auto mode selects a scene mode for you, and will use multi-exposure features to get better photo quality
  • 15-point AF system with 3 cross-type sensors
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 7 fps with a 1.4X crop, or 5.5 fps at full resolution
  • Handy focus peaking feature for precise manual focusing
  • Clear Image Zoom doubles the focal length with a minimal drop in image quality
  • Auto Portrait Framing identifies people in the frame and then uses the rule of thirds to compose a more interesting portrait (the original is saved, too)
  • Fun Sweep Panorama feature, for 2D and 3D
  • Records Full HD video at your choice of 1080/60i or 1080/24p with stereo sound and continuous autofocus
  • Stereo mic input, HDMI output
  • Support for both Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery, 500 shots per charge with LCD
  • Ships in June with an 18 - 55 mm lens for $600

There's a new A-mount lens to talk about, too. Sony's new F3.5-5.6, 18 - 135 mm lens has a SAM motor for silent autofocus, and will sell for $500 when it arrives in July. You'll also be able to get it as a kit lens with all of Sony's current SLT line-up: A37 ($800), A57 ($1000), A65 ($1200), and A77 ($1700).

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Sony intros compact NEX-F3 mirrorless camera and new telephoto lens

The other new Sony camera for today is the NEX-F3, which replaces the entry-level NEX-C3 (detecting a trend here?). It has most of the same features as the SLT-A37, just in an NEX body. Here are its specs:

Alpha NEX-F3 [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Supports E-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor; classic A-mount lenses can be used with an optional adapter
  • Ultra-compact body comes in silver, black, and white
  • New articulating 921k pixel LCD can tilt upward 180 degrees, for self-portraits; downside is that it doesn't tilt down as much as I'd like (just 13 degrees)
  • Has a built-in GN6 flash (very much like the one on the NEX-7), unlike its predecessors
  • Plenty of manual controls, an ISO range of 200 - 16000, and focus peaking
  • Same Superior Auto , Auto Portrait Framing, Sweep Panorama, and Clear Image Zoom features as above
  • Continuous shooting at 5.5 frames/sec
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/60i or 1080/24p with stereo sound
  • Optional XGA electronic viewfinder, stereo microphone
  • Support for both Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses NP-FW50 li-ion battery; 470 shots per charge (18% better than on the NEX-C3)
  • Ships in June with an 18 - 55 mm lens for $600

There's a new E-mount lens available today, as well. This F3.5-6.3, 18 - 200 mm lens has optical image stabilization and will be priced at $850 when it arrives in July.

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{ Friday, May 18, 2012 }

Olympus OM-D EM-5 review posted

I've completed my review of the Olympus OM-D EM-5 interchangeable lens camera. Hit the link to see if the OM-D lives up to the hype!

Saturday update: Night shots have been updated.

{ Monday, May 21, 2012 }

Panasonic announces F2.8, 12 - 35 mm Micro Four Thirds lens (sample photos available)

Panasonic has announced a new F2.8, 12 - 35 mm Micro Four Thirds lens -- the third in their premium X-series. This lens is equivalent to 24 - 70 mm on a Micro Four Thirds body, and features Panasonic's Power OIS image stabilization system, nano surface coating, and both ultra extra-low dispersion and ultra high refractive elements. The 12-35 will ship in August for a price to be named later.

If you want to see this lens in action, check out my new Lumix DMC-GF5 gallery. I haven't decided if I'll be reviewing the camera yet, but at least I've got most of the sample photos out of the way!

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Pentax announces midrange K-30 digital SLR, new 50 mm lens

Pentax today announced their new K-30 midrange digital SLR, along with a new 50 mm lens. Let's get right into the details:

Pentax K-30 [specs]

  • 16.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Support for all Pentax K-mount lenses
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization, which now offers Horizon Correction, Composition Adjustment, and ASTROTRACER (for eliminating light trails during star photography; optional GPS required)
  • Lightweight body is sealed against dust and moisture, and works at temperatures as low as +14F
  • 3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels; live view runs at a fluid 60 fps and includes a handy focus peaking feature
  • Optical viewfinder has 100% coverage and a magnification of 0.92X
  • New SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor, with 11 points (9 of them cross-type); new expanded area AF function follows moving subjects, even if they move out of the designated focus area
  • Full manual controls, with RAW support, dynamic range expansion, WB fine-tuning, and more
    • ISO range of 100 - 12800, expandable to 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/6000 sec
  • Auto Picture mode selects a scene mode for you; plenty of scene modes and special effects to choose from yourself (including HDR)
  • Continuous shooting at 6 frames/sec
  • Hot shoe for external flash; on-board flash can serve as wireless controller
  • Records Full HD video at 1080p (24, 25, or 30 frames/sec) with mono sound and manual controls
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Supports D-LI109 lithium-ion battery (480 shots per charge) or AA batteries with optional adapter
  • Available in black, crystal white, and crystal blue
  • Ships in July for $849 body only and $899 with an 18 - 55 mm lens

As I mentioned, there's also a new lens to talk about. It's an F1.8, 50 mm DA prime, which is equivalent to just over 75 mm when attached to a camera like the K-30. The lens is small (1.5" long) and light (4.3 oz), and will set you back $250 when it ships in July.

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{ Thursday, May 24, 2012 }

Olympus announces F1.8, 75 mm Micro Four Thirds portrait lens

Olympus has introduced a new F1.8, 75 mm "high grade" Micro Four Thirds lens. This lens, equivalent to 150 mm on a Micro Four Thirds camera, is made of entirely metal and is just 2.7 inches long. The focus system is all internal, for quick and quiet AF (especially important for movies). You'll be able to buy one for yourself this summer for $899.

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{ Wednesday, May 30, 2012 }

Nikon D3200 reviewed

I've posted my review of Nikon's entry-level D-SLR, the D3200. Is this easy-to-use D-SLR a top pick for beginners? You know where to look to find out!