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2014.08.28

Olympus right now just took the wraps off their latest PEN mirrorless. The new Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a refined version of the E-PL5 with a number of technologies inherited from the flagship OM-D E-M1. It is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds Live-MOS sensor with an ultra-fast read-out and 81-area Contrast-Detect autofocus.

Olympus PEN E-PL7

The new sensor and revised shutter mechanism together can sustain continuous shooting at 8 FPS. A fast processor and deep buffer lets the E-PL7 shoot up to 20 RAW files or an unlimited number of JPEG images. A shutter-speed range of 1/4000s to 60s is possible, plus Bulb exposures up to 30 minutes. Olympus has also improved the Live-Bulb and Live-Time features to show better exposure-progression and reduce blown-out areas.

The design of this mirrorless has also been refined since its predecessor. The most notable change is a tilting LCD hinged at the bottom of the camera to improve hand-held self-portraits. The camera intelligently changes its user interface when the LCD is fully extended with some useful self-portrait features such as a 1s self-timer.

Keeping inline with the PEN family, the compact body of the E-PL7 features a hot-shoe with accessory port. The latter supports the small flash unit which is bundled with the camera, a high-resolution EVF or other Olympus accessory. Obviously, only one such device is usable at one time. This camera includes built-in WiFi and is being launched with a new remote control application which can access most camera controls, save for changing exposure modes.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is scheduled to ship next month for a price of $599 USD.

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2014.08.28

Earlier Ricoh Imaging unveiled the futuristic Pentax K-S1. This lightweight DSLR offers a redesigned interface while keeping a large 100% coverage viewfinder which is usually reserved for high-end models. The new LED-illuminated body puts most camera controls, including a unique and unusual mode-dial, on the rear panel.

Pentax K-S1

The compact body of the K-S1 manages to keep a built-in flash and a slimmed-down hand-grip with LED which indicate camera-status. Smoother curves and recessed eyelets are designed to keep this DSLR comfortable in its reduced footprint. The K-S1 naturally uses Pentax K-mount lenses and has a SAFOX IVi+ Phase-Detect AF system with 11 points, 9 of those being cross-type points.

The Pentax K-S1 is built around a new 20 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with maximum sensitivity of ISO 51200. No anti-alias filter is present on the sensor yet Pentax is able to simulate the effect using its versatile Shake-Reduction mechanism. This system is demonstrated in our in-depth Pentax K-3 review. The new sensor offers a maximum 5.4 FPS continuous drive and shutter-speeds up to 1/6000s.

Pentax K-S1

Considering Pentax DSLRs have the most efficient interface on the market, it is a bold and risky move to change this so drastically. Given a preliminary look though, these changes seem much more sensible than what was done to the K-01 which made it difficult to use. Here Pentax wrapped the mode-dial around the 4-way controller and left a single control-dial on the top-plate. There are direct buttons for ISO and WB. The EC button – not shown here – is on the top-plate which makes it easy to operate modelessly. A green button next to it serves to reset various camera settings.

The Pentax K-S1 is expected next month for a suggested price of $799 USD.

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2014.08.27

Fujifilm just unveiled their new X30 premium compact digital camera. Closely resembling the X20, the new X-series addition features a 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 MP, 100% coverage, 0.65X magnification and an Eye-Start sensor. It also adds a control-ring to serve as second control-dial while retaining its excellent and rare mechanical zoom.

Fuji X30

The Fuji X30 retains the internals of its predecessor, include a 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II sensor with 12 megapixels and built-in Phase-Detect AF. This sensor uses a special 6×6 pseudo-random color-array and requires no anti-alias filtering to avoid moire. The lens also remains the same with a 28-112mm equivalent range and F/2-2.8 maximum aperture.

The big addition is obviously the large EVF which has an incredible 5ms lag time and is the largest in its class. It uses a low-power OLED panel and efficient EXR II processor.  Together this gives the X30 a battery-life of 470 shots per-charge, much more than its predecessor.

The Fuji X30 is scheduled to ship next month for $599 USD or $649 CDN.

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2014.08.08

Nikon D810

Nikon recently unveiled their newest digital camera, the D810 which replaces the D800E and D800 twins. They have taken the no anti-alias filter route and provided it with completely upgraded internals:

  • A new 36 megapixels CMOS sensor with base sensitivity of ISO 64, expandable down to 32. The normal sensitivity range reach ISO 12,800 and expands to 51,200.
  • An EXPEED 4 processor with unprecedented image-parameters for finer control over image rendition than any other digital camera.
  • A revised shutter and mirror mechanism to reduce vibrations. The D810 can sustain 5 FPS continuous shooting with a deeper buffer than its predecessor.

Many more processing and capabilities have been refined too. Read Neocamera’s Nikon D810 review to see what it can do.

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2014.07.24

Neocamera just published a detailed review of the Olympus Stylus 1. This is a unique premium compact with a constant F/2.8 aperture lens, equivalent to 28-300mm. This wide-angle 10.7X optical zoom lens is paired with a stabilized 12 megapixels 1/1.7″ CMOS. There is a large 1.44 megapixels EVF with built-in Eye-Start sensor showing 100% coverage at 1.15X magnification, something comparable larger mirrorless cameras.

Olympus Stylus 1

The Olympus Stylus 1 is designed with powerful photographic features and a high number of external controls. These include dual control-dials and a unique control-ring which to set focus continuously or exposure parameters in a natural way. This digital camera offers one of the richest feature-set in its class with 5 metering patterns, 5 types of bracketing, built-in WiFi and much more.

Read its detailed review to find out how it performs.

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