Olympus today announced 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 motor (4.2x) zoom lens, The new lens is optimized for video capture and weather-sealed, the 12-50mm also features Macro shooting capabilities. Available Mid-January 2012, Estimated Street Price: $499.99
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., December 14, 2011 – Olympus adds to its powerfully simple and growing PEN family with the first fully-compatible interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens to incorporate an electronic motorized zoom. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ (35mm equivalent 24–100mm) delivers smooth, quiet zooming that gives you versatility, portability and maximizes the performance of the Olympus PEN® compact system cameras.
The sophisticated new lens has a zoom ratio of approximately 4.2x, allowing photographers to capture anything from detailed, wide-angle group shots to medium telephoto-range images so you can get up close and personal for intimate portraits of children and pets – even indoors. The photographer can control the zooming speed by turning the barrel – slowly for drama, quickly for performance, or at an intermediate rate. Manual zooming is also available for those looking to take full control.
In macro mode, which can be set by pushing the zoom ring forward while depressing the macro button on the side of the lens, focusing is possible between 8 and 20 inches for close-up shooting with a maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent). The L-Fn (Lens Function) button suspends the autofocusing operation temporarily to avoid unintended focusing on obstacles that appear suddenly between the camera and the subject.
Perfect for brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) video capture, the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ has also been enhanced with a linear motor that drives smooth and quiet autofocusing for stress-free shooting.
New lens elements and glass materials ensure the clearest possible imaging performance, and the proven dust and splashproof mechanism originally featured in the Four Thirds SHG (Super High Grade) series lenses is now incorporated for the first time in a Micro Four Thirds System lens. Multiple sealing rings, fitted throughout the lens body, prevent water splashes and dust from penetrating, making the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ a versatile zoom lens for the toughest conditions.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ: Available Mid-January 2012
Estimated Street Price: $499.99
With little patience and creativity you can make a Nikon DSLR cake for your loved ones. visit diyphotography for complete guide. I will try to Make a Nikon D4 on December 25.
Tamron 18-300mm Lens Patent
Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lens patent for APS-C Sensor DSLRs .
Additional Patent details
- 2011-248219,2011-248220 Patent Publication No.
- 2011.12.8 Release Date
- Filing date 2010.5.29
- Example 1
- Focal length f = 18.5 – 71.0 – 291.2015mm
- Angle of 79.46 – 22.47 – 5.57 deg
- Fno 3.44 – 6.03 – 6.50
- Lens Construction 13 group of 17 pieces
- Three four-sided aspherical
Olympus Hot Shoe Lens for 3D Photography
Olympus hot shoe-mounted miniature camera was used to obtain high-quality stereo images patent is pending. The small camera can be tilted towards any direction (upward, downward) to adjust, it seems appropriate convergence angle can be set depending on the distance.
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Both the BenQ camera uses Sony Sensors, BenQ GH600 uses 16 Megapixel CCD sensor whereas BenQ GH700 comes with 16 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor, Due to BIS CMOS Sensor you get better low light performance, HDR mode and Full HD movie mode. CMOS sensors uses less power compared to CCD sensors hence you get better battery life in GH700, Read the comparison review below for detail specification comparison.
BenQ GH 600 vs BenQ GH700 comparison review
The BenQ GH600 comes with CCD sensor whereas the BenQ GH700 comes with The back – illuminated BSI CMOS sensor increases sensitivity by two times and minimizes the noise level by up to 50%, delivering stunning results in low – light situations.
The GH700 features a high-speed, high – efficiency digital signal processor (DSP) that enhances the processing speed by up to 30%.
The BenQ GH600 captures 720p HD @ 30fps with sound whereas BenQ GH 700 1080p Full HD videos at 60fps with Stereo Sound.
GH700 has a built-in wind cut function so audio recorded can have minimum unwanted background noise. On GH700, there is also an interdependent recording button that provides a quick access to start recording instantaneously so nothing will be missed; while pressing the shutter button during recording will capture a still shot. Truly an exceptional camera whether the user is an aspiring photographer or videographer.
HDR III Image Enhancement Technology in GH700
HDR III utilizes the exposure bracketing technique to take three photos with different exposures and combine them to create a stunning image that’s more balanced in contrast and brightness. The BSI CMOS sensor and DSP can then effectively refine and enrich the foreground and background details to add a finishing touch to the HDR image.
Continuous Shooting Mode in GH700
- High – Speed Burst: Press down the shutter button to shoot up to ten 16M high – resolution photos.
- Pre – shooting: Press the shutter button half way down to shoot up to five images before the shutter button is fully pressed.
- Sporty Burst: Take 54 1M fast-action photos with a high shutter speed of either 1/120 or 1/240.
- Smart Selector: To take a continuous shot, press and hold down the shutter button .And release it to stop. Only the sharpest photo will be saved.
- Multi – Shot 16: Press and hold down the shutter button to take 16 consecutive photos at 30 frames per second. The shots will be automatically combined into one photo.
Conclusion: Overall Winner BenQ GH700, Both the BenQ camera shares same lens and display unit, BenQ GH700 comes with CMOS sensor and a faster image processing engine for better performance, you also get high speed Burst mode and creative tools such as in Camera HDR mode in GH700, GH700 available from January 2012 in online stores.
Canon 1DX competitor Nikon D4 Specification Leaked today by Nikon Rumor , Nikon Rumor is 90% sure about the specification of Nikon D4. Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 expected arrival date is January 2012.
Nikon D4 specs:
- 16.2 Megapixel Sensor
- 51 AF points
- 11 fps Continuous shooting mode
- ISO range 100-102,400, expandable up to 50 and 204,800
- Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors (operational up to f/8)
- AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
- Hybrid Viewfinder
- Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
- Integrated Ethernet in the camera
- Improved video mode, 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 similar to the Nikon D800, Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
- Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
- CF + XQD memory card slots!
From specification mentioned above we can say Nikon will make a clear separation of the D800 and D4. That’s why both camera are coming in same time in 2012. The D4 will have low MP count, high fps, high ISO. The D800 will have high MP count, low fps, lower ISO. This is a clear differentiation from the previous D3/D700 offering that shared the same sensor/technology.
BenQ GH700 High Performance zoom camera from BenQ, It features Sony 16 Mega Pixels, 1/2.3 inch BSI CMOS for better low light performance, BenQ GH 700 captures 1080p Full HD videos at 60fps with Stereo Sound. GH700 has a built-in wind cut function so audio recorded can have minimum unwanted background noise. The GH700 features a high-speed, high – efficiency digital signal processor (DSP) that enhances the processing speed by up to 30% (compared to GH600), The ability to process high resolution images delivered by the BSI CMOS sensor enables the camera to deliver sharper and more refined images even when it’s shooting speedy continuous shots at 10 shots per second or producing 60 – frames – per – second 1080p Full HD videos.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, October 31, 2011 – Today, BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, announces the launch of its first 1080p FullHD bridge-type digital camera – GH700. Possessing a 21x Super Zoom, with BSI CMOS Sensor for superior low-light performance, and numerous features, it is the ultimate choice for photography enthusiasts who want to venture into higher-end models from a point-and-shoot camera.
The designers decided with a luminous golden ring around the lens to symbolize BenQ’s relentless passion for photography excellence. The powerful 21x optical zoom lens satisfies the users by effortlessly capturing sharp, steady shots at a brilliant speed from a great distance.
Combine high quality material with the innovative technology, High Performance Optical Zoom Lens, the GH700 is able to produce exceptionally realistic photos. The aspherical lens enhances the focus providing sharp, high-resolution images; while having high-transmission, low-dispersion material with nano-scale anti-reflection coating – users can get shots with dramatically true-to-life colours.
Most digital cameras’ biggest challenge is when shooting in a low-light environment. Built with the BSI CMOS-enabled Handheld Night Shot Mode, the GH700 delivers clear pictures even when using a high zoom ratio. The camera will take several exposures automatically and combine them into one single photo – vivid clarity, each and every time.
GH700 records your life’s greatest moments at 60 frames per second in 1080p Full HD resolution with zoom, with outstanding surround sound audio to complement the clear video. Furthermore, GH700 has a built-in wind cut function so audio recorded can have minimum unwanted background noise. On GH700, there is also an interdependent recording button that provides a quick access to start recording instantaneously so nothing will be missed; while pressing the shutter button during recording will capture a still shot. Truly an exceptional camera whether the user is an aspiring photographer or videographer.
The GH700 further enhances the users’ shooting experience with the 25mm wide-angled lens; a large 3″ 460k LCD screen; OIS function; 1cm super-macro function; HDR III Enhancement technology and the continuous shooting mode.
The BenQ GH700 will debut worldwide in November, 2011. For more information, please visit www.BenQ.com
BenQ GH600 announced it features Sony 16 Mega Pixels, 1/2.3 inch CCD Sensor, 21X Optical Zoom with optical image stabilization and 1cm of super macro mode, HD video recording 720p (1280 x 720) with sound, Fixed 3.0” LCD 460k pixels Display unit, Normal ISO range 100 to 1600, ISO 3200 and 6400 available at boost mode. The BenQ GH600 is available in black and white and will debut worldwide in the end of October, 2011.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, October 27, 2011 – Internationally-renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, BenQ, announces today the launch of its first bridge-type digital camera – the GH600. Combining the advantages of point-and-shoot camera and DSLR-like imaging effects, the GH600 boasts a powerful 21x super zoom lens; 16-Mpixel CCD sensor; 25mm wide-angle lens; O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) system; a 3″ 460K LCD display and a wide selection of shooting modes. Possessing a compact and ergonomic body whilst offering an affordable solution to young adults who love to share their own unique ideas captured in photos, and need something more than just another compact digital camera.
Providing the convenience of point-and-shoots and delivering innovative imagine effects, the GH600 brings users a sophisticated photography experience with added creativity. The 21x Super Zoom lens offers a broad focal range from 25mm wide angle to 525mm telephoto (equivalent on a 35mm camera), and with the O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) system which compensates inadvertent camera shake and a high light sensitivity of up to ISO6400, the GH600 is able to capture crystal clear, blur-free images in the finest details. The 16-Mpixel camera also features the HDR image enhancement technology which automatically adjusts luminance and contrast under even the highest contrast lighting conditions.
The versatile GH600 shoots brilliantly crisp HD 720p videos at 30 frames per second with zoom for fluid movement in fast-action scenes from afar or close, and an interdependent recording button provides a quick access to start recording instantaneously so that no precious moment will be missed. Capturing close-up shots is easy with GH600’s Super Macro mode which captures objects from as close as 1 cm, preserving incredible details and an intimate feel.
The GH600 further enhances the users’shooting experience with its wide selection of fun shooting modes; Color Accent allows a selected colour in the photo to stay whilst having the rest converted into black and white. The LOMO Mode adds artistic effects to photographs, turning them into artworks with unlimited creativity. The Fisheye Mode creates a hemispherical distortion view of the targeted shot. And the Web Auction Mode combines up to four photos and presents them in a collage-style layout. Other shooting modes include the P/Av/Tv/M Mode, the Panorama Mode, Speedy Burst, Beauty Enhancer and the Advanced Smart Scene Mode.
The BenQ GH600 is available in black and white and will debut worldwide in the end of October, 2011.