Panasonic team leaks the GH2 on the beach!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have been requested to remove the picture and DVXuser reference :(

The GH2 looks similar to a [shoplink ”]G2[/shoplink], but got a flash card door on the right like the [shoplink ”]GH1[/shoplink]!

The Panasonic GH2 (along the 14mm, 100-300mm and 3D lenses) will be announced on Tuesday September 21 (the first day of Photokina). It will have a new 18 Megapixel multi aspect sensor. Like the Canon 7D and Canon T2i (550D) this is the highest resolution sensor available for non-fullframe cameras (APS-C or FourThirds). But because it is a multi-aspect sensor the effective resolution will be 16 Megapixel. It is the highest resolution sensor ever used for a (Micro-)FourThirds camera. The new Olympus E-5 (to be announced on September 14) will not use that sensor.

In the meanwhile the GH1 is becoming cheaper and cheaper almost eveywhere ([shoplink ”]Click here to check the current price[/shoplink]). But keep in mind that the Gh1 hack doesn’t work anymore with the newest Panasonic firmware!

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The NX100 specs and image!

After the , the and the cameras we have a new mirrorless compact…the Samsung NX100! After weeks of speculations and minor leaks we found specs and image (on dpreview) of the NX100. It uses the same sensor (14.6MP) and will be announced on September 14.

The specs:

-The camera has not built-in flash :(
-The display is a 921K AMOLED
-The new lenses will be the 20-50mm and the 20mm pancake
-The 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED has no OIS system
-Both lenses do have a new button, iFn button, it is an extension of Fn button on the camera and you can control the features through the focus ring on the lens.
-The EVF is optional and just 201K (300×224) with 0.83X magnification
-The new external flash is the GN15
-The other device on the National Geographic picture is a GPS receiver and works with google maps
-The camera has 2 select dials, one on top and other around 4 way button
-The camera has a lot of direct access and controls.
-Th the DOF button is on the left side of the body
-This are the dimensions 120.5 × 71 × 34.5 mm
-HD 720p with mono audio
-The Auto mode ISO is selectable: 1 step (200, 400, 800, 1600) and 1/3 step (125, 160, 200, etc… until 1600)
-Manual ISO selectable from 100 to 6400

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Samsung NX100 user report…

The Samsung NX100 compact camera will be announced on September 14 but we already found a suer review of the camera on the korean website!
A koreak friend translated the text for us (google translation does a terrible job here!)

1. Design
As looking the design, it is a box type like Samsung compact cameras. So EVF is missed. (But there is an external EVF)
Grip is also curved and tidy even though the holding is worse than NX10. In the backside dial button is added, so this is easy to take a picture with manual mode. It’s sorry to miss unexpectedly handy internal flash. In general it is easy to understand that the interface is a kind of E-P1’s. And the thing I can’t understand is why they carve the logo of NX100 with red. For the moment it’s not bad, but I think it give me the feeling to imitate Leica, so it gets out of identity.

2. Sensor
The size is the same with NX10, but it is difficult to judge if the image processing engine is changed. The result is similar with NX10.

3. ISO

For now, the range is 100~3200 and 6400 if you use extended ISO. (At usable ISO) the noise when using high-sensitivity looks like enhanced. (Just my opinion.)

It’s added. But the receiver is needed to but. But is this essential? I think it is right that this is built in the body but not optional, doesn’t Samsung?

5. Related to lens
20-50: OIS is missed. The aperture value is same with previous kit lens.But it is a lot small and a lot light. The image quality is also very good. (subjective judgment)
20 prime lens: I couldn’t be satisfied because of F2.8. But the image quality is good. But the minimum shooting distance
is so shorter than the previous 30mm F2.0 lens. I can’t know the minimum shooting distance.

6. Other parts
There aren’t the noticeable differences from NX10.

7. Conclusion
About the design Samsung applies individual taste, but it’s not a higher model than NX10 when I look the specifications.
But if you aren’t satisfied with previous design, it is the best choice to you. Personally I think the matching with 20-50 lens is very good. The portability is almost like prime lens.

Mirrorless rumors: Samsung NX100 presentation on September 14, Panasonic 21 and something from Pentax and Canon?

After the somewhat disappointing Olympus announcement what can we expect from other brands?

1) Samsung will announce the NX100 on September 14. It will be the first compact NX camera and it uses the same NX10 sensor.

2) Panasonic will announce the GH2 on September 21. This is really one of the most interesting product announcements!

3) There were “weak” rumors about a mirrorless camera announcement right before Photokina. Accoridng to Canonrumors “someone had see 2 pancake lenses from Canon for the new camera. A 24mm & 55mm.

4) A big surprise could come from Pentax. They already announced that they will make a mirrorless camera which will be very different from current models from other brands. The question is, when are they going to announce the camera? On September 9th?

Two new Olympus MicroFourThirds lenses to be announced in few hours (and we have the images)

For those of you waiting for new MicroFourThirds primes skip Photokina! According to 43rumors sources Olympus will announce two new MicroFourThirds zooms:

1) The new M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 (equivalent of 150-600mm in 35mm)
It is the world smallest 600mm zoom lens. It weighs 430 grams and has a diameter of 7cm and 11.6cm length.
It allows nearly silent HD movie recording.
The new lenses are made with ED (extra-low dispersion)
It will be available in December 2010 for $899.99

2) the new M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 equivalent of 80-300mm in 35mm)
It weighs 190 grams.
It will be available in November 2010 for $299.99

Nice lenses but is that what we were looking for???