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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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2014.07.15

Ricoh Imaging just launched their most powerful ultra-zoom yet. The new Pentax XG-1 boasts a 52X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-1248mm. It features a 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor and Sensor-Shift image-stabilization. Its fast continuous drive runs at 10 FPS in full-resolution and up to 60 FPS at lower-resolution with a very respectable 30 FPS 4 megapixels mode.

Ricoh Pentax XG-1

The XG-1 is a prosumer bridge camera which offers full manual-controls, except for manual focus, and a shutter-speed from 1/2000s to 30s. Its 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor has an ISO 100 to 3200 sensitivity range. With a maximum F/2.8 aperture at wide-angle and F/5.6 at its extreme telephoto end, this ultra-zoom should prove to be highly versatile.

Ricoh equipped the XG-1 with full 1080p HD video capability using an efficient H.264 codec wrapped in Quicktime format. Framing with this digital camera is doable using a large 3″ LCD with 460K pixels or a built-in EVF with 200K pixels.

The Ricoh Pentax XG-1 is expected to be available next month for a suggested price of $399 USD or $429 CDN.

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2014.07.04

MindShift Gear just unveiled their unique FilterNest product. This is a casing for filters which can serve as standalone case or organizer. It can hold up to 8 filters with diameter of 82mm each. The outer shell can be hooked onto pretty much anything or attached to a belt, like that of the Rotation 180° Panorama.

MindShift FilterNest

Features

  • The padded, zippered pouch provides optimum protection in the field.
  • The removable inside is ideal for compact packing.
  • Color-coding improves organization, fits 8 round filters.
  • It is belt-mountable to provide quick access to filters.
  • Grab-handle with quick-release buckle.
  • Zippered pocket fits a lens cloth.

Dimensions

  • Outside: 8.1” W x 4.3” H x 3.0” D (20.5 x 11 x 7.5 cm)
  • Inside: 7.3” W x 3.7” H x 1.8” D (18.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Filter slots: 3.4” W x 3.5” H (8.6 x 9.0 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The filter-nest is available immediately from the MindShift Gear website for a price of $45 USD.

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