Thursday, August 30, 2007

New DSLR, the Panasonic L10 and two new Leica MegaOIS lenses

They are coming in in waves folks! It's hard to keep up with them! Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-L10, their 2nd DSLR, the one that was leaked a few days ago in an Italian magazine and discussed in the forums. Also coming in are two new Leica MegaOIS 4/3rds lenses.

Meet the Panasonic L10

  • 10 megapixel Live MOS 4/3rds sensor
  • Bundled with Leica MegaOIS 14-50 f3.8-5.6 lens
  • Price $1300 for the bundle, available October-ish
  • Face recognition (the first DSLR to have this honor?)
  • 450 CIPA LiIon battery
  • 3fps (3 RAW, or unlimited JPEG). The latter is nice, but a RAW buffer of just three RAW files? I can hear the OUCH! in the forums
  • Twist and Shout LCD (2.5")
  • Obviously SD/SDHC/MMC
  • Dust bunnies protection (similar to other 4/3rds DSLRs)
  • AF with Live View without mirror (but it is said that it is slower than compact digital cameras - ouch for DSLRs!)
  • Expect a Beta Image Samples gallery to be posted at dpreview in Simon's hands-on preview (link for that is right below)

    More details:
  • Detailed hands-on preview by Simon Joinson of dpreview
  • dpreview
  • dcresource
  • IR

    Meet the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS
  • Press release at dpreview
  • Available November-ish at unknown price
  • First XS lens from Leicasonic. XS being eXtra Silent - similar technology we have seen from other manufactures, including 4/3rds godfather Olympus.
  • Aperture Ring
  • Supports L10's CD AF (contrast detection auto focus)

    Meet the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Asph Mega OIS
  • Press release at dpreview
  • This is the kit lens bundled with the L10
  • Supports L10's CD AF
  • Available October-ish

    Opinionated Analysis
  • Isn't it ironic? All Panasonic digital cameras of recent years have image stablization, except for their top three models, the L1, L10 and LC1. Shift that sensor Panasonic!
  • The Leica lenses will certain attract a segment of potential buyers towards this kit, but as specified and priced, do not expect this to dethrone the Digital Rebel or the Nikon sub-D100 models.
  • It is obviously priced to sell more units than the $2000 L1, but at $1300 it would be competing pricewise with the mid-range cameras. This is still not a mass-market DSLR attempt by Panasonic, it's one caught between the advanced entry-level and the mid-range
  • Its unique features may attract some first time DSLR buyers, such as the twist and shout LCD, and Live View with face detection (don't laugh!)
  • While we haven't seen any reviews, we pretty much know what the sensor it is using is capable of (See Olympus E410 and E510)

    More coverage on this and the other new cameras later today!

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