Saturday, May 16, 2009

Camera News: March 2009

Extract of news from

Olympus E-450: An upgrade of the company's tiny DSLR has been launched. The E-450 is basically the same as the previous E-420 but has 3 Art Filters, a new processor and improved LCD. Expected to cost £450 and be available in May.

Canon EOS 500D: a new DSLR has been launched. Called the EOS 500D (Rebel T1i), it has a 15.1 mp APS-C CMOS sensor and HD video recording. It will cost £869.99 and be available in May. The US price tag is expected to be $799.99. The huge difference in price is the subject of a debate in Amateur Photographer magazine, with Canon responding to criticism from UK customers.

Leica D-Lux 4:
firmware has been upgraded to improve auto white balance and auto focus. Now available from the Leica website.

Olympus E620:
There is now a picture gallery available at

Voigtlander: Bessa III: The Bessa III has been priced at 1,999 euros and is expected next month.

Leica R:
Leica has decided to discontinue the R-Series manual SLR. A new R-system is expected following the development of the company's S2 digital offering.

Panasonic DMC-GH1:
Only five months after launching the micro four thirds G1, Panasonic has revealed an HD version with video recording. It is a 12.1 megapixel camera with 1080/24p or 720/60p HD video with continuous auto focus. Two new lenses are launched, the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. and the
Hands on review of the GH1 available at

AF fix and firmware update for Canon EOS-1D cameras. Go to the Canon website.

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