From the monthly archives:

June 2010

Cashback On Olympus E-PL1

by Isaiah on June 30, 2010

For a limited time only, Olympus UK is offering you £75 (about $112) cashback deal on the Olympus E-PL1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. This special offer starts from July 1st until August 31st, and is only available on purchases made in the UK or Ireland from authorized stockists. [PhotographyBlog]

Samyang today announced that they will release 8/14/85mm lenses for the Samsung NX mount in September 2010. These lenses are currently available for the Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Canon and Sony four-thirds mounts, Samyang Optics will debut a 8mm f/3.5 fisheye, 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lenses for the Samsung NX mount, as mentioned above. We will keep you posted. [Digital Photography Review]

Nikon has come out with a new firmware update ‘version 1.4’ for its Coolpix L110 digital camera. The update “corrects an issue whereby photos taken under incandescent-color fluorescent lighting could be recorded with a warm color cast.” You’ll be able to download the update starting today via Nikon’s official website. [Imaging Resource]

Measuring 99mm x 56.8mm x 18.8mm, the new Sanyo VPC-E1403 is a 14-megapixel compact digital camera that can record videos at a frame rate of 30fps and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The digicam also boasts a 3-inch TFT LCD screen, an ISO sensitivity of up to 6400, an SD or SDHC card slot, a digital image stabilizer and a 3x optical zoom. The smile and blink recognition feature are included for perfect portraits. The camera recognizes smiling faces itself and takes the snap automatically, without you having to press the release. If someone blinks when the shutter closes, the photographer is alerted by the blink recognition and can take another shot. The Sanyo VPC-E1403 is priced at €129 ($157) with a three-year warranty. [PhotographyBLOG]

Leica X1 Digital Camera Review

by Johan on June 28, 2010

Leica X1 Digital Camera Review

Still remember the Leica X1 that we mentioned in September 2009? PhotographyBLOG has a short review of this 12.2-megapixel compact digital camera. As a reminder, the Leica X1 comes equipped with a 36mm fixed lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The camera uses an APS-C sized (23.6mm x 15.8mm) CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The image-stabilized Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 lens provides a focal length of 36mm in 35mm terms. Additional features include a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 3200, a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, JPEG and DNG RAW file support, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 3 frames per second. Here is the conclusion:

The Leica X1 is a camera of extremes, offering a compelling blend of stunning design, fantastic handling and superlative image quality, but ultimately suffering from a pared-back feature set, sluggish responsiveness and a sky-high price-tag. The combination of a fantastic prime lens and large APS-C size sensor result in outstanding image quality that easily beats most other compacts and also most other entry-level DSLRs. Low-light images are excellent too, with the X1’s faster ISO settings delivering low-noise results. Add the ability to shoot DNG RAW files as well as JPGS, and it’s clear that the X1 is a real class-leader.

You can purchase the Leica X1 digital camera for around $1,995 each. [PhotographyBLOG]

Here’s the latest firmware update ‘version 1.1’ for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 rugged digital camera. The update will optimize the light output of INON external underwater strobes, including the following models: S-2000 / D-2000 / Z-240. Get your update here! [Panasonic]

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