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Sony Announces NEX-7 Interchangeable Lens Camera

 

Sony has just announced the new NEX-7 digital camera, the latest in the compact interchangeable lens lineup. Like the new a77 and a65 DSLRs announced today, the NEX-7 boasts a 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, which paired with Sony’s BIONZ image processor should result in what Sony says will be “flawless image and HD video quality with very low noise and exceptionally fast shooting responses.” The NEX-7 also features “an intuitive new TRINAVI control interface,” which gives more advanced photographers the option of  “three customizable, manual controls and the ability to create images with the flexibility and precision of an advanced DSLR camera.”

The Sony NEX-7 will be available in November in a kit with an exclusive black 18-55mm zoom lens for about $1350, or as a body-only for about $1200.  See the full press release from Sony below.

(images via Sony, click to enlarge)

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Olympus Announces Three New PEN Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Olympus has announced two next generation cameras in their PEN lineup—the E-P3 and E-PL3 interchangeable lens digital cameras—as well as a new compact PEN: the E-PM1. The E-PL3 comes right on the heels of its predecessor, the E-PL2 (reviewed here), which was only announced at CES in January. The EP3 (pictured above) takes the helm as the new flagship PEN camera, following last year’s EP2, with upgrades that include: a 614,000 pixel, high-resolution OLED touchscreen, a reengineered “world’s fastest” auto focus with 35 separate focus points, and a new Truepic VI image processor for faster shot-to-shot times. See the full press release, with more info on all three cameras, below.

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Sony Announces NEX-C3 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera


Sony has just announced the NEX-C3 digital camera—the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera on the market, according to the manufacturer. Featuring a 16.2-megapixel EXMOR sensor (24mm APS-C size) and “press and rotate” operating with real time preview of different effects, the NEX-C3 comes on the heels of last year’s ground-breaking NEX-5 and NEX-3, which were “the world’s first interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sensor to continuously adjust focus and exposure while recording video.” A new feature for this generation of the NEX lineup is called Picture Effects (essentially, art filters), which includes a Background Defocus effect to create the look of shallow depth of field in a photograph. A bonus to Sony’s new Picture Effects is that multiple effects can be applied to one shot and previewed simultaneously.

The NEX-C3 will be available in August for $599.99 (16mm f/2.8 kit) and $649.99 (18-55mm kit). Ten new lenses will be available by 2012 in addition to the three existing E-Mount lenses that are now available, turning the system into a lasting investment for those photographers who find the NEX system preferable to the DSLR format. More images and Sony’s official press release below.

 

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Micro Four Thirds With Full HD Video: Panasonic Lumix GH2 Review

Panasonic Lumix GH2 Review
Text, Photos and Video by Jason Thompson

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is the updated version of its predecessor, the GH1. While still utilizing the same Micro Four Thirds system (see more about Micro Four Thirds here), this new generation camera boasts several upgrades.  Panasonic redesigned the image sensor, increasing the maximum resolution to 16.05-megapixels. The GH2 also has a slightly faster contrast based auto focus, as well as a touchscreen display. The one touch video button allows for instant switches to and from High Definition video recording mode. The combination of Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds system and Electronic View Finder allow the GH2 to maintain a very lightweight form. Even when combined with the 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 kit lens (with silent drive focusing) that I tested it with, this mirrorless camera maintains an overall weight below many in its class. The GH2 lens mount is also compatible with the 3D Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 3D-capable lens.


Panasonic Lumix GH2: click thumbnails to enlarge

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Sony NEX-VG10: High Definition Camcorder with Interchangeable Lenses

Sony NEX-VG10: High Definition Consumer Camcorder with Interchangeable Lenses
Text and Images by Tony Gomez

With the NEX-VG10, Sony has at last answered the call for a consumer-based High Definition camcorder with interchangeable lenses. My expanded review package included not only the kit 18-200 mm zoom, but also the following E-mount interchangeable lenses: 18-55 zoom ($300) and 16mm/f2.8 ($250). Also the following Alpha lenses were provided via the Alpha/E-mount adapter ($300): 16mm/f2.8 ($250), 30mm/f2.8 Macro ($200), 35mm/f1.8 ($200), 50mm/f1.8 ($150), and the Zeiss 85mm/f1.8 ($1,400).

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