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by Brad Soo on November 5 2009

Note from Brad: PREVIEW of the Olympus PEN E-P2 to come…

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Olympus E-P2 PEN
[shown with optional external viewfinder]
(Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera)

Olympus JUST announced (as in seconds ago) their latest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera. The new Olympus E-P2 comes in a body identical to that of the E-P1 PEN camera, digital SLR-like controls and is an evolutionary ‘upscale’ version of the E-P1. Here’s what’s new on the Olympus PEN E-P2:

  • Black body design (just one color at the moment)
  • Accessory port behind the hotshoe mount; for connecting peripherals such as the external electronic viewfinder (EVF) and external microphone unit
  • Two new Art Filters (Diorama Filter and Cross Process modes)
  • New autofocus tracking mode
  • HDMI control (apparently you can browse pictures us ing your HDTV’s remote control just by connecting the camera to the television set)

Other than that, the Olympus E-P2’s other features remain akin to that of the E-P1 PEN. The Olympus E-P2 is still a liveview-only camera, but this time, Olympus is gonna INCLUDE an electronic viewfinder with the camera. The external EVF attaches to the E-P2 via its hotshoe mount and is usable for all lenses. Here are the viewfinder specifications:

  • 1.44 million dots
  • Attaches to the camera’s hotshoe mount
  • Can be tilted upwards up to 90 degrees
  • 1.15X magnification
  • 18 mm eyepoint
  • 100% coverage; able to preview exposure, white balance and other effects
  • Dioptric correction knob available

Olympus notes that the E-P2 PEN will be available in Dec

ember in most regions (they predict the first week, just in time for any last minute Christmas shopping) and will sell alongside (not replace) the existing E-P1 PEN model.

  • 12.3 megapixel LiveMOS sensor (2X crop factor)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Dust reduction
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount (compatible with full-size Four Thirds, Olympus OM, Leica M and Leica R lenses using their respective optional adapters)
  • TruePic V processor
  • 3 inch LCD
  • Live view with contrast detection AF, face detection and Perfect Shot Preview
  • Full manual controls with hotshoe and RAW
  • NEW: Autofocus tracking mode
  • Intelligent Auto mode with auto scene selection
  • 8 Art Filters (Two new Art Filters are: Diorama Filter and Cross Process)
  • 3 FPS burst mode
  • 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and continuous AF
  • Takes SD/SDHC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in December for $1000 (body plus external EVF) or $1100 (with external EVF and choice of MFT 14-42 mm kit lens or MFT 17 mm pancake lens)

Olympus also announced two new lenses which will be made available in 2010 and an external viewfinder (EVF) for the camera:

  • Olympus Micro Zuiko 9-18 mm f4.0 – f5.6 ultra wide-angle lens
  • Olympus Micro Zuiko 14-150 mm f4.0 – f5.6 mega-zoom lens
  • External electronic viewfinder (attached via hotshoe)
Camera News
“O” event live coverage (November 09)
by Brad Soo on November 5 2009

That’s right folks, DPInterface will be covering yet another big event today, live from the floor as it happens. This time I’m waaay better prepared than the previous live coverage we did last month. There will be live updates (duh!) as the news breaks, and hopefully some pictures too. So stay tuned to DPInterface as we bring to you -the news-.
What’s going on right now?

1:00 am GMT – Preparing my live coverage gear. Event starts *soon*.
3:20 am GMT – Speeches, […]

Camera Reviews
by Brad Soo on October 29 2009

Ever fantasized having a projector built into a digital camera? Good news, I’ve just published my review of the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, the world’s first (and currently, the only) digital camera with a built-in projector. Is Nikon’s projector-digicam really worth all the hype? Hit the link to find out! I’ve also posted sample photos taken using the camera in the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj photo gallery. What are you waiting for? Hit the link for our full review of the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj.

Special feature: Check out the section dedicated to the camera’s projector in our review!

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Camera Reviews
by Brad Soo on October 21 2009

The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is Canon’s flagship camera. That is all.

It has 16 megapixels of resolution, EF lens mount, 3 inch VGA LCD, full manual controls, 1080p movie mode and more.

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Camera Reviews
by Brad Soo on October 21 2009

DPInterface Exclusive: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV preview (in-person). Here’s the third and final part of our extensive coverage of the newly announced Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, the moment you’ve been waiting for – our preview!

After previewing the very hot Panasonic Lumix GF1 last month (whose final review will be completed soon), I’ve been writing full reviews of cameras and didn’t think I would be writing another preview so soon. But then again, I didn’t see this one coming – I was recently given the chance to see, hear and feel a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV in person: a chance I couldn’t pass up.

The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is Canon’s latest professional digital SLR, the much-awaited successor to the EOS 1D Mark III. Canon made several nice improvements here and there to its new flagship, the 1D Mark IV to please more photographers (hopefully, especially with the new AF system).

Continue reading the 1D Mark IV preview!

Camera Reviews
by Brad Soo on October 21 2009

The second of our three part series about the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is a comparison of the EOS 1D Mark IV versus its predecessor, the old EOS 1D Mark III. The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV brings several minor improvements as well as two big new features: the new 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and improved AF system. I’ve compiled all the changes into the handy table below:

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