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Panasonic Announces Lumix G5 Micro Four Thirds Camera with Touch AF

Panasonic has announced the latest in their Lumix G lineup of mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras—the Lumix DMC-G5. Among the updates from the G5′s predecessor, the G3, is a 920,000 dot resolution, 3-inch, rotating rear LCD, which is equipped with a new Touch AF function that let’s you set the focus on any point in the framed shot with a swipe of your finger. The camera also has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that offers 100% field of view as well as a new Electronic Shutter mode for silent operation in quiet places. The 16-megapixel G5 also shoots full HD video and records to MP4 format, and the Touch AF function also works during video capture.

Though dates haven’t been released, we know that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 will be available with a body color of either black, white or silver in various kit options. Currently, the G3 is listed at $599.99 (body only).

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Panasonic Announces Lumix GX1Micro Four Thirds Camera

 

Panasonic has announced a new micro four thirds system camera that they’re billing as an ideal daily use shooter due to its compact size and high quality image capture. The GX1 is being hinted at by Panasonic as basically being the “technology upgrade” successor to the popular Lumix GF1 (reviewed by DP here), even though the company has since released the GF2 and GF3. The GX1 features a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor (as compared to the GF1′s 12MP) and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12800 (the GF1 topped out at 3200) for low-light capture.

The Lumix GX1 will be available in mid-December in the following kit options, according to Panasonic: DMC-GX1-X with the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens will have a suggested retail price  of $949.99; the DMC-GX1-K with the 14-42 standard zoom for $799.99; and the DMC-GX1, body only for $699.99. More from Panasonic 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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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review

Olympus PEN E-PL2: Creative and Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera
Text and Images by Allison Gibson

I first got a hands-on look at the Olympus PEN E-PL2 when it was announced at CES Las Vegas earlier this year. Even at first glance, I was impressed by the fourth generation compact, interchangeable lens PEN camera. The new exaggerated rubber hand grip and slightly smaller body (than that of its predecessor–the PEN E-PL1) make the camera more efficient, and updates like the new Live Guide feature for still and video preview, take this travel-friendly camera to a more professional level.

Operating on the Micro Four Thirds standard (read about mirrorless technology, and how it differs from single lens reflex, here), the PEN E-PL2 boasts a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor—the same size sensor as the one inside the Olympus E-30 and E-620 DSLRs. The most obvious advantage to the Micro Four Thirds camera is that it packs that large image sensor—with its enhanced low-light performance and image quality—into a more svelte and manageable body, while still allowing for interchangeable lenses.

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Olympus PEN Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest

“The Colorado Film Institute today announces the launch of the Olympus PEN Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest as part of a new partnership between the 2011 Vail Film Festival, held March 31 through April 3, and Olympus. During the 2011 Vail Film Festival, filmmakers will be challenged to create a film, from start to finish, in a 48-hour timeframe.

Olympus will supply each registered filmmaker with a loaner Olympus PEN® camera, a variety of MICRO Four Thirds™ lenses and accessories and challenges them to create a film festival-ready short in just two days. The winning team of filmmakers (limit five per team) will receive a cash prize of $5,000, courtesy of Olympus, an Olympus PEN interchangeable lens camera kit, VIP passes to the 2012 Vail Film Festival and a private meet-and-greet with an award-winning Hollywood film producer.”

For more information and to enter, visit the official contest website.

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