Digital Camera Pakistan Prices and SpecsBy Hamid Raza • Jul 28th, 2010 • Category: Technology • 3 Comments
Panasonic has announced it is developing a digital 3D interchangeable lens for the Micro Four Thirds system, to be launched by the end of the year. The lens will include two optical paths, projecting left and right image pairs onto the camera sensor. These twin images can later be combined to provide a single 3D image using the company’s 3D image processing system and displayed using one of its Viera televisions. The company says it will be the first such lens for a digital system
The star of the show amongst Sony’s trio of newly announced lenses is undoubtedly the Carl Zeiss-branded Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM. We’ve had a pre-production sample on loan from Sony for the past couple of days, and have put together a detailed preview. We’ve also shot a small samples gallery, using both full frame and APS-C cameras, to give you an initial flavor of its capabilities.
Sony has released three prime lenses for its Alpha SLR system. First up is the eagerly-awaited Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM, which we saw in prototype form at PMA. Designed as a fast wideangle for full frame, it also offers a classic 35mm-equivalent field of view on APS-C. Second we have the DT 35mm F1.8 SAM, a fast normal lens for APS-C. Finally this is joined in Sony’s newly-christened ‘Easy Choice’ range of inexpensive primes by the 85mm F2.8 SAM, a compact ‘portrait’ telephoto that works on both APS-C and full frame cameras. All of these lenses can also be used on the NEX mirrorless cameras via the LA-EA1 adapter, although in manual focus mode only. The 24mm and 85mm lenses will start shipping from late September at retail prices of €1,250 and €250 respectively, followed by the 35mm which will be available from mid-October at a retail price of €200. With regards to the US price and availability of the three lenses, the company says, “Announcement for US market is not being made at this time, but will be made closer to the products’ market introduction.”
Our lens review starring the world’s first optically-stabilized ultra-wide zoom: the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm 1:4G ED VR. Conceived as a relatively inexpensive alternative to the highly-regarded AF-S 14-24mm 1:2.8G, this lens features Nikon’s latest ‘VR II’ stabilization unit in a high quality magnesium alloy body. We’ve put it through our usual battery of tests to see how it performs.
Samsung has launched 14.2MP versions of its dual LCD compact cameras in the shape of the ST600 and ST100. Both feature larger 3.5″ rear LCDs and slightly bigger 1.8″ front LCDs compared their DualView predecessors (known as 2View in Europe). The ST600 comes with a 5x image stabilized zoom starting at a useful 27mm equivalent, while the ST100 comes with a 35-175mm equiv. lens. The ST100 is a departure for the DualView series, being a card-style camera built around a periscope lens. Both cameras are designed around touch-screen interfaces. The ST600 and ST100 will be available from September at a retail price of $329.99 and $349.99 respectively.
Anyone looking for excellent image quality from a small, stylish camera would do well to give the PEN E-PL1 a gander. This is a Micro Four Thirds-format mirrorless camera — for those that are still unfamiliar, this is a new class of camera that shoves a dSLR sensor into a compact body with interchangeable lenses.
If it’s priced anything like its predecessor, this will be the cheapest new dSLR money can buy when it comes out this summer. Sony’s latest iteration of its budget dSLR now has the very good 14.2 megapixel sensor found on it’s more advanced models. Released alongside the A390, the A290 will cost $100 less and wont have the quick-focus live view, or live view at all for that matter. It stacks up about equally with similarly-priced competitors, although we suggest waiting a bit for the price to come down to street levels.