It might be in the 90s outside, but that didn't stop Panasonic from releasing two new superzoom digicams and three new pocket-sized digicams, all scheduled to hit the shelves at about the same time we head back to school and start ramping up for the holidays (yes... the holidays!).
The Panasonic DMC-GF1 is a fine pairing of form and function. A well-considered design makes the body irresistible to the touch— put it in your hands and you’ll want to start snapping pictures immediately. The quality controls and creative features should appeal to both enthusiasts and advanced photographers.
The GH1, long-time toast of the photo/video hybrid revolution, is facing heated competition from the new products of other manufacturers. But a recently announced firmware hack is bringing some attention back to the GH1. New native frame rates and extremely high bit rates are the hottest features of this DIY project.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is the latest addition to the Micro Four Thirds line. The camera employs a unique touch display that makes shooting high-quality photos and video fun and easy. Intelligent Auto Mode simplifies the shooting experience while a set of well-considered manual controls allows users to explore their creativity.
Today, there is a vast world of entry-level cameras on the market. While all have fairly intuitive automated modes, few build in the type of controls that grow with the end user. This is where the G10 really stands out. You get all the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camera, but you also have the option to take full creative and manual control of your photography.
I remember, years ago, reading about a 40-inch CRT television set. It had a 4:3 aspect ratio, weighed several hundred pounds, and cost around $100,000. I think it was a Sony. It was completely impractical, but it got me to thinking that some day I wanted to own a TV set with a screen that size. Today I own a 46-inch flat panel, but I saw something this week that got me thinking again. Panasonic just announced its new 152-inch plasma display that should be available early next year.
When director Rick Mowat needed a quick and inexpensive solution for staging a play that involved multiple street locations and a hospital room, he turned to New York City photographer Stephen Andrus and a Panasonic projector. The nearly carpentry- and paint-free production of the new drama, Coda (For Freddie Blue) by Fred Crecca, can be seen June 10 - 13 at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 340 W. 47 St.
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