Sunday, March 23, 2008

Noisy Rewind: This week at 1001 Noisy Cameras

It is Sunday, and time to recap the week that was here at 1001 Noisy Cameras!

We created a new post to introduce 1001 Noisy Cameras features and posts to new readers. If you have any friends that might find this blog interesting, this post is a good way for them to get started!

We also created two new "digital" editions of our regular features, the Photography Soup and Inside the Imaging Insider. Both are news round-up type of posts, and this self-updating format speeds up delivery of new news to you!

New Cameras and Lenses
Panasonic showed a wireless edition of the Panasonic TZ5 in Japan. The new version is aptly named Panasonic Lumix TZ50. But don't get too excited, the initial production output is just 1,000 units per month, so it is possible that this model may be a domestic or limited-availability model. Panasonic has done this type of thing in the past as well.

A camera that was leaked last month, is now finally official. And there were a couple of nice surprises in the official release, as the camera has more "advanced" features, such as PSAM. The camera? The Panasonic Lumix FX-500.

And a camera for a totally different budget and purpose, but of interest to many because we have an open-format medium format digital camera from Mamiya and Phase One, available in both flavors, for an unspecified amount of money. If only SLR Traditionalists looked at this example and decided to be more open! But that's a story for another time.

Meanwhile, Shiguma, riding the wave of Sigma DP1 excitement, has introduced a new 50mm f1.4 full-frame DX EG HSM lens, available in all flavors, except for Four Thirds. We shed four thirds of a tear for four thirds users ;-)

And Pentax relives the classic "V the Final Battle" TV series with their new V-series of Optio cameras. The first one was in a witness protection program, but the new one, the Optio V20 hopes to do better! It is your typical P&S LiIon camera, don't let the name fool you ;-)

Fueling the rumor fires, Olympus showed an unnamed E510 successor at PIE 2008 in Japan. Just a few days ago, there was a leak of the Olympus E520 name by Oly UK. Can you put one and one together? :)

And speaking of rumors, be sure to check our on-going Photokina 2008 Rumors, speculations and assorted predictions post. It will eventually become a big messy post like the PMA 2008 rumors post.

We had a round-up of lens reviews of interest. And also a couple of notable Nikon D3 reviews, at, and a podcast review by TWIP featuring Ryan Brenizer (no, it's not a Top 40 song credit).

Other Posts here at 1001 Noisy Cameras
We continue to rotate the Flickr Readers picture showcase.

We also had a few more updates in the Noisy Shopper category, bring you shipping news or updates on potential camera deals as we run into them.

We also talked about the ...heroic attempt to Save Polaroid, Save the World, and the not so heroic episode of South Park featuring killer paparazzi with killer cameras and Britney.

And among the other things shown at PIE 2008 in Japan (Photo Imaging Expo trade show), it was the upcoming Sony Alpha A900 DSLR, using their new 24mp 35mm full frame CMOS sensor. More on this at Master Chong via the PDN Pulse blog.

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