All the new things!

Here’s a quick update of what else arrived in Singapore in the last week. Firstly the Nikon 1 V2 is now available, and the basic kit price is at over S$1,000. I have yet to try the camera personally, unlike CK who managed to spend some quality time with it in Japan, but I don’t think that whatever the improvements are, it is going to be worth that kind of price premium. A camera like the D3200 is almost 20% cheaper, despite costing more to produce. Nikon really needs to re-evaluate their pricing on the 1 line if they are going to be competitive with the other mirrorless system cameras. Along with the V2 also comes the Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 lens. So if you want a fast prime for your 1 system, this is a good start (and currently the only start, if you ask me).

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Olympus Launches PEN E-PL5 and E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus just refreshed the popular PEN series of Micro Four Thirds cameras with 2 new models – the E-PL5 and E-PM2. Both cameras uses the same sensor as the highly-acclaimed OM-D E-M5, bringing that level of quality to more people. As with most modern consumer cameras now, they also feature touch screens which lets you focus and shoot by your touch.

It’s good to see that camera makers are trickling down the features of their higher-end cameras into the more consumer-oriented models. This makes these features and higher image quality accessible to a larger user base and also caters well to the needs of users who may not need all the bells and whistles of the higher end model.

It’s a little disappointing however, that Olympus opted to retain the 460,000-dot LCD screen of the previous models instead of upgrading to at least a 921,600-dot LCDs increasingly found on newer cameras.

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