Category: Cameras

Field Review: Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus E-PL1 with Leather Case
Olympus E-PL1 with Leather Case

Since the release of the New Generation Interchangeable Lens Cameras, whenever people ask me what’s a good SLR to buy, I always suggest the alternative system like the Olympus PEN. For one it’s lighter but still has the DSLR image quality. It’s also less daunting than the advance digital SLRs on the market for those moving from compact point and shoot. The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is the third Micro Four Thirds PEN camera from Olympus introduced last March. It hopes to appeal to consumers with its low price tag and user-friendly interface. I’ve been using the Olympus E-PL1 for almost 6 months now and here’s a somewhat quick review of the camera.

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Hands On: Canon PowerShot S90

The Canon PowerShot S90
The Canon PowerShot S90

Small is the next big thing when it comes to digital cameras nowadays. When Panasonic made a hit with their advance compact LUMIX LX3, camera manufacturers saw the demand for a small pocketable camera boasting high image quality. Canon a few months ago revived their PowerShot S-line when they released their top of the line compact G11. Sporting a similar sensor and Digic processor as the G11, the new Canon PowerShot S90 is smaller and more compact. I was able to take this camera on a test drive when I went for a two vacation and here’s my long overdue quick hands-on impression on the S90.

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Field Test Review: Sony Alpha A550

Odos Ongkoy, South Cotabato (Sony A550, f 5.6, 1/1250, ISO 200, 18mm, out-of-camera)

Before the on-set of the holidays late last year. I introduced the Sony Alpha A550 with Sony DT DT 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 SAM here. And after about three weeks with the camera, here is my express field review of this DSLR. Three weeks is actually a short time to really get to know a camera. Some people can run the entire lab test they want but it is different with actual usage and application of the camera in the field. I wasn’t able to fully utilize all the camera features here because of the short time and also of the holidays but I think I covered the important aspects of the camera below. Note that most images here are out-of-camera JPGs (OOC) with only resizing and watermark done on the images.

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Unboxing the Sony Alpha A550 DSLR

Sony Alpha A550 DT 18-55mm Kit Contents
Sony Alpha A550 DT 18-55mm Kit Contents

The year 2009 has been ground breaking for digital cameras. Every manufacturer seems to be putting out new features and technology that are changing the way people do photography. Sony was able to contribute to this growing technology by introducing their EXMOR R sensor. Sony Philippines was generous enough to give me a chance to play around with two of their recent cameras and both uses the new sensor technology EXMOR R with new BIONZ Processing engine. And the first up is their Sony Alpha A550.

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Olympus E-P1 Diary Part 1: Shooting Stills and Videos at Concerts and Events

Fort Canning Concert grounds at F1 Rocks @ Singapore
Fort Canning Concert grounds at F1 Rocks @ Singapore (14-42mm Kit Lens, f4.4, ISO 1600)

On my first stint with the Olympus E-P1, I find myself in situations where I have to shoot concerts and events. That means I had to shoot in low-light and high ISO most of the time. I know and many other Four Thirds critics that this is Olympus’ Achilles Heel. First off, this is not meant to be an extensive field test review but practical and real world use of the camera on what possibly most people would use every day.

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Olympus “Pen” E-P1 Unboxed in the Philippines

The Olympus E-P1 now available in the Philippines
The Olympus E-P1 now available in the Philippines

The year 2009 has been looking good for Olympus since they launched the Olympus E-P1 last June 2009. I’ve been keeping close watch on the development of the Micro Four Thirds format and as of late it has been very promising in pushing the boundaries of design that other companies are already studying on how they could develop their own mirror-less interchangeable lens system just what like Olympus and Panasonic did.

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