Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 30 2011

Olympus PEN ‘Mini’ E-PM1
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)
The third and final PEN camera Olympus had to announce today is a new spawn off the existing E-P and E-PL line of PEN cameras. The E-PM1 PEN “Mini” is even smaller (but still very similar) than the E-PL3 above and has fewer buttons. It’s obviously geared towards beginners looking for a portable (and possibly affordable) offering to set foot in the interchangeable lens camera market, though enthusiasts just looking for a plain and […]

Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 23 2011

Pentax Q
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)
Pentax marked their entrance into the compact interchangeable lens camera market today with the announcement of the “Q” camera that uses a new Pentax Q mount (along with five strangely named “number” Q lenses). The camera is significantly smaller than competing cameras from the likes of Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Olympus because of its 1/2.3 inch sensor (closer to the size you’d get in compact cameras rather than digital SLR models).

12 megapixel 1/2.3″ backlit CMOS sensor
Q-mount […]

Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 13 2011

Panasonic Lumix GF3
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)
Panasonic announced their annual refresh to the Lumix GF-series of compact interchangeable lens cameras. This time, they’ve made the Lumix GF3 even smaller (17% smaller than the Lumix GF2) and simpler, aiming it more at the ‘average Joe consumer’ than the original GF1. Check it out:

12 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
Micro Four Thirds lens mount (adapters available for normal Four Thirds and Leica lenses)
Venus Engine FHD image processor
3 inch touchscreen […]

Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 9 2011

Sony took the wraps off two new cameras yesterday: a new Alpha digital SLR camera as well as a compact interchangeable lens NEX model, along with a new macro lens and external flash accessory for the NEX line of cameras. Check them out:

Sony Alpha SLT A35 digital SLR
Sony NEX C3 compact interchangeable lens camera
Sony E-mount 30 mm f3.5 Macro (1:1 magnification) lens
Sony HVL-F20S external flash for E-mount cameras

Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 8 2011

Sony took the wraps off their latest Alpha digital SLR model with a unique semi-transparent mirror today.
Sony Alpha SLT-A35
(Entry-level digital SLR camera)

16.2 effective megapixels (EXMOR APS-C CMOS sensor, 1.5X crop)
Sony Alpha mount (1.5X crop factor)
Translucent mirror technology (semi transparent mirror) allows fast and continuous autofocus, even in movie mode
3 inch fixed LCD (921,000 pixels); electronic viewfinder (1.15 million pixels)
Conventional proprietary Sony hotshoe
Camera has built-in wireless flash control
ISO speed range of 100 – 12800 (expandable to ISO 25600)
Full […]

Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 8 2011

Sony has just announced their next-generation camera in their mirrorless NEX camera system. It’s a fairly evolutionary update, with a higher resolution EXMOR CMOS sensor and slightly tweaked design.
Sony NEX-C3
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)

16.2 effective megapixels (EXMOR APS-C CMOS sensor, 1.5X crop)
Sony E-mount (1.5X crop factor); compatible with Alpha lenses (minus autofocus ability) via adapter
3 inch LCD (921,000 pixels) with two separate hinges for tilting
Proprietary “Smart Accessory Terminal” port where you can attach an external ‘popup’ flash or optical viewfinder
ISO […]

Lens news
by Brad Soo on June 8 2011

Sony E-mount 30mm f3.5 Macro

Sony has brought out a new lens for the E-mount used by their line of NEX cameras. The 30 mm f3.5 Macro has a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 inches, or 2.4 centimeters, which allows for 1:1 magnification of your subject.

The lens sports one ED glass element and 3 aspherical elements pair with an internal silent autofocus mechanism and comes standard with a lens hood.

The Sony E-mount 30 mm f3.5 Macro will be available for $250 in October.

Accessory news
by Brad Soo on June 8 2011

Sony HVL-F20S external flash

Sony has just announced the release of a new external flash for NEX and E-mount cameras, the HVL-F20S flash. This moderately sized flash is designed to be a more powerful alternative to the tiny popup flash attachment that Sony bundles with their NEX cameras without being as bulky as a ‘full-sized’ external flash for traditional SLR cameras.

The Sony HVL-F20S flash, in addition to having a name which is a mouthful to say, has a guide number of 20 meters (at ISO 100, 50 mm). The unique feature of the flash is that it requires no batteries; instead being powered by your NEX camera (and in that case, be prepared to bring an extra battery or two for your camera instead!). The flash head can be rotated upwards for bouncing light off ceilings and other surfaces.

This flash will be available in August for a relatively affordable $150.

Camera News
by Brad Soo on May 12 2011

Panasonic Lumix G3
Panasonic announced the successor to their Lumix G2 interchangeable lens camera, appropriately named the Lumix G3. The Panasonic Lumix G3 is smaller than its predecessor, has a higher resolution image sensor and comes in your choice of several colors. It has the features and flexibility you’d expect from an entry-level digital SLR model with a much more compact body and array of lenses.
Panasonic Lumix G3
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)

16 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
Micro […]

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