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Month: November, 2008

DIWA Labs tests Panasonic L-X025E LEICA D Summilux Aspherical 25mm F1.4 lens on Olympus E-3 DSLR camera body

20 November, 2008 (17:52) | DSLR, Leica, Lens, Olympus, Review | By: Camera News

Panasonic L-X025E LEICA D Summilux Aspherical 25mm F/1.4 lens
Leica 25mm F1.4 lens

DIWA Labs has tested heavyweight Panasonic Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4 lens that is one of few lenses for the Four Thirds format that can sport F/1.4. They tested the lens on the top DSLR camera from Olympus, the E-3.
DIWA Labs has also compared the Panasonic Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4 lens with its cheaper cousin from Olympus, the Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 pancake lens and it seems that the Leica is only marginally better than the Zuiko lens.

Read the full tests of the Panasonic Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4 lens here.
The tests done by DIWA Labs are very technical so you need to read their test guide to understand the test results.

Sigma buys Foveon – Brighter future for Sigma cameras?

11 November, 2008 (19:24) | Sigma | By: Camera News

Sigma SD15 DSLR

Sigma has announced that they have acquired the interesting image sensor producer Foveon. This will make Sigma able to produce new image sensors and thus new cameras. Foveon makes some really interesting sensors for cameras so I am looking forward to see how Sigma will implement their technology. I wish both companies best of luck.

Press release:
Kawasaki, Japan, November 11th, 2008 – Sigma Corporation (Location: Kawasaki, Japan) has acquired 100% of the stock of the company that developed the original three-layer image sensor, Foveon Inc. Foveon will continue its sensor development operations in San Jose, CA, USA.

Foveon made history when it developed and patented the world’s first three-layer image capture technology, placing a stack of RGB pixels in each pixel location. As a result, Foveon sensors detect all three primary colors in every pixel location, producing images that are sharper and have significantly reduced image artifacts compared to competing image sensor technologies.

Since Sigma first worked with Foveon in 2000, both companies have enjoyed a cooperative working relationship directed toward developing highly-efficient DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras and compact digital cameras which take the best advantage of the X3 sensor technology. Sigma Corporation has employed Foveon’s technology in its entire digital camera line, producing images which are acclaimed by both amateur and professional photographers all over the world for their high resolution and for their three-dimensional look. Both the latest DLSR, the SD14, and the compact DP1 camera – which packs the full spec of a DSLR into a compact camera – have met with similar acclaim. Two additional Sigma camera products based on Foveon’s image sensor technology have been announced for 2009.

The acquisition of Foveon will not only enhance the development of new types of image sensors for high quality digital cameras, but will also create a synergistic effect with Sigma’s camera and lens business by improving the integration between the camera and sensor. This will result in camera products which will uniquely meet the widely ranging functional and image quality needs of demanding photographers.

As the digital camera market continues to expand, Foveon and Sigma will continuously evolve and improve the X3 sensor technology, thus expanding the company’s photography-related business. In addition, Sigma remains firmly committed to preserving and nurturing the culture of photography.

Canon PowerShot G10 compact camera review / test by

10 November, 2008 (15:17) | Canon, Compact Camera | By: Camera News

Canon PowerShot G10 compact camera
Canon PowerShot G10 has reviewed the new compact camera from Canon in their G-series, the PowerShot G10. The Canon PowerShot G series is considered to be among the best compact cameras on the marked so it is interesting to see how the G10 is able to hold up Canon’s reputation. ends up giving the PowerShot G10 a very positive review as it is able to produce high resolution pictures of very good quality and has a good wide angle lens.
One downside is the weight and price making it hard to choose between the compact camera and an entry level DSLR camera. Another downside is a bit of noise on higher ISO levels.
All in all this sounds like a very interesting compact camera for photographers that want a good compact.

Read the full, in depth review by of the Canon PowerShot G10 camera here.
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DIWA Labs tests Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 with Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph lens

10 November, 2008 (06:38) | Panasonic | By: Camera News

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 DSLR camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

DIWA Labs has tested the new and exciting mirco Four Thirds camera from Panasonic, the Lumix DMC-G. They have tested it with the kit lens Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph. This combination should be interesting for everyone looking for a smaller camera with a bigger sensor.

Check out all the tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 with Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph lens here.
The tests done by DIWA Labs are very technical so you need to read their test guide to understand the test results.

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