April 16, 2014
Posted in news

Big surprise: Panasonic may create the ultimate Light Field camera!

Panasonic Light Field sensor Patent No. 20140078259. Light Field forum coloured the most important elements.

Imagine a MIcro Four Thirds camera with a sensor capable of taking full sharp pictures and where focus points and bokeh will be determined in post production. Imagine a MFT Panasonic camera that can take pictures in a way where you can change the perspective(!) in postprocessing too. As most of you will know such a technique already exists and is used by Lytro cameras (here on eBay). They allow you to do this: CLick on the image to refocus and drag to change the perspective:

The current issues with Lytro cameras is that the resolution is very low. As Light Field Forum reports right now the maximum effective image resolution of 25 % the sensor’s resolution. Well the good news is that Panasonic latest Patent No. 20140078259 shows how Panasonic solved that problem. They created a technique to achieve 100%(!) of the sensor resolution by moving the lens array below the Pixel layer.

Light Field Forum writes:

In contrast to today’s microlens setups, the microlens array in this system lies behind the photosensitive layer. Thus, light rays first reach the imaging layer (1d in the figure below) and create a standard 2D image. They then pass through the microlens array (1a) and another layer which can be controlled to let light pass through or block it (1b). If allowed to pass through, they finally reach a reflective layer (1c) and are transmitted back to the photosensitive layer (1d) as a microlens-coded image.
By finely tuned control of layer 1b (transmitted light controlling layer), the camera can record both a full-resolution 2D image and a 4D light field image in rapid succession, collecting all the information necessary to reconstruct a full-resolution light field.
The authors note that the presented system is compatible with “every camera that uses a solid-state image sensor”, including “digital cameras, digital camcorders and other electronic cameras”.

I would love to have a Micro Four Thirds camera with such a unique sensor! And you?

Would you consider to buy a Ligh Field Micro Four Thirds camera?

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Found via Dicahub and Image Sensor World.


April 15, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-M10 reviews.

Time to catch up with new reviews of the “Little” OMD:
Updated EM10 Review With Raw File Analysis (ThePhoBlographer).
E-M10 test by Focus Numerique.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review at DigitalCameraWorld.
E-M10 spanish preview at DSLRmagazine.

Store links for US and Europe:
Special page with all new products at Amazon.
E-M10 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
Olympus SP-100 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus TG-850 iHS at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus ECG-1 Black Camera Grip for E-M10 at Amazon, Adorama.
Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens at Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex Uk.
Olympus V321200BW000 Macro Converter MCON-P02 (Black) at Amazon,

April 15, 2014
Posted in news

Digital camera forecast for 2014: Growth for Mirrorless and Premium compacts.

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The Photokina organizers had a meeting in Japan and DC.watch posted some of their slides. As you can see from these very interesting graphs the camera world is changing a lot! Not only do company have to face an economic crisis but there is also a change on the kind of devices used to take photographs. The graph do show us that:

- Non Pure Photographic devices are selling more while the classic camera sales are dropping
- DSLR sales will remain stable while there is a small growth expected from the mirrorless system camera sales for 2014.
- A small surprise is the huge increase of the premium compact camera market
- The compact camera market is dramatically shrinking

And there are still so many changes about to happen. For example how much impact on the camera market will devices like Google Glass have?

April 15, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Quick update: E-P5 firmware coming on Thursday.

Quick update on the E-P5 firmware update. I have been told that it will be released on Thursday. And also that focus peaking improvement will allow colour choice and rather than simply an outline of what is in focus, full coverage of the in focus item will display.

Thanks to the anonymous source for keeping me informed on that!

April 15, 2014
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Des Moines in Winter from Brian Keairns on Vimeo.

Brian (video on top): “This is video shot with a variety of MFT gear (GH3, GX7, GM1, EM5) in case this is of interest. Thanks! Des Moines in Winter https://vimeo.com/89809400

Freezing Time With Flash (Betterfamilyphotos).
Voigtlander Lens 25mm f/0.95 Version II (ePhotozine).
Lens options for the GH4 at Suggestionofmotion.
GM1 test by Hybridcams.
Leica 15mm image samples at Digineff.cz.
Panasonic Lumix GM1 – Le test (Hybridcams).
Olympus neergy saving EVF patent at Egami.

www.videodslr.pl – the largerst polish community of dslr (and large sensor camera) filmmakers published GH4 videos:

Anonymous: These are the UK deals on the lower models:
- GM1 + 12-32 has £80 cash back (so goes from £569 to £489)
- GX7 + 14-42 kit you get the 20mm lens free! (£749 total)
- GX7 + 20mm kit you get the 12-32mm lens free! (£849 total)
so, you wouldn’t buy a GX7 body only at £689!!
Also, the GM1 comes as a kit with the new Leica 15mm



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