September 22
Samyang announces 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye for videographers
Photokina 2010: Samyang has released a version of its 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens optimised for filmmakers. Designed for APS-C Canon and Nikon video-enabled DSLRs, the V-DSLR 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS features the same optical construction as the still photography version, but has been adapted to the Follow Focus system for smoother focusing.
Aptina announces CMOS sensors for DSLRs and compacts
Photokina 2010: Sensor developer Aptina has launched a 16Mp APS-C CMOS sensor capable of full 1080p HD video at 30fps. The MT9H004 sensor uses the company's latest DR-Pix technology increasing signal-to-noise ratio under low-light conditions, delivering better image quality in high ISO photographs. The sensor can produce full resolution images at 10fps and is intended for use in DSLRs. The company has also announced a 14Mp CMOS sensor with full 1080p HD video recording capabilities for compact and hybrid cameras. Both sensors are scheduled to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2011.
September 21
Olympus releases firmware updates for SWD lenses
Photokina 2010: Olympus has released firmware updates for three of its SWD lenses. The latest firmware versions of the 14-35mm 1:2 SWD, 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 SWD and 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD improves sequential shooting speed with the recently released E-5 digital SLR. The updates can be accessed via the company's Digital Camera Update software application.
Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 9
Photokina 2010: Adobe has released version 9 of its Photoshop Elements image-editing software. Both the Windows and Mac versions feature an updated Spot Healing Brush (adapted from Photoshop CS5's Content Aware Fill tool), improved Photomerge options and direct upload tools. The 'Organizer' which was previously only available with the Windows version is now included for Mac OS. The software is available now at a retail price of $99.99, and US users can also install the Photoshop Elements 9 'Plus' at an additional fee of $49.99 per year, which adds 20GB of online storage and backup facilities. The company has also released version 9 of its Premiere video-editing software for Windows, which is now for the first time for Mac users.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 announced and previewed
Photokina 2010: Panasonic has announced the DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds camera. The successor to the GH1 continues with its 'hybrid' stills/video philosophy but adds a host of tweaks and improvements, foremost of which is a brand new 18Mp multi-aspect ratio sensor offering 16Mp output and an ISO range of 160-12800. The GH2 also inherits many features from the DMC-G2, including a revised control layout and touch-screen control. We've had a pre-production GH2 in the office for a few days, so click through to read all about it in our hands-on preview.
Leica announces D-Lux 5 premium compact
Photokina 2010: Leica has announced the D-Lux 5 premium compact camera. Successor to the D-Lux 4, it sports a feature list uncannily similar to the Panasonic LX5, incuding a 10Mp 1/1.63" inch sensor, 24-90mm equiv lens and 460K dot 3.0" LCD. Like the LX5 it can record 720p AVCHD Lite videos, offers multiple aspect ratio recording via a switch on the lens barrel, and allows fully manual control. Registered owners will be able to download a copy of Adobe Lightroom to process the camera's DNG raw files. Priced at £630, it will be available from October 2010.
Leica releases V-Lux 2 superzoom
Photokina 2010: Four years after the V-Lux 1, Leica has launched its second superzoom compact camera in the shape of the V-Lux 2. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Panasonic DMC-FZ100, it offers a similar feature set including a 24x zoom lens (25mm - 600mm equiv.), 14.1 MP CMOS sensor and 460K dot 3.0 inch tiltable LCD. Priced at £675, it also allows full 1080p AVCHD video recording, and offers continuous shooting speeds of 11 frames per second at full resolution.
Panasonic announces three new Lumix lenses
Photokina 2010: Panasonic has released three lenses, the Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH wideangle, Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 Mega OIS telephoto zoom, and Lumix G 12.5mm 3D lens. The 14mm F2.5 is an ultra-compact 'pancake' prime that will be available from mid-October at £349.99, whereas the 100-300mm F4-5.6 brings ultra-telephoto capability to the Micro Four Thirds system for the first time (from early November, at £549.99). The 12.5mm incorporates dual optical units for shooting 3D images designed for viewing on Panasonic's Viera 3D TVs, and will be in shops late November at £249.99. We've had the two 'conventional' lenses in the office alongside the GH2 and have incorporated 'first look' pages into our hands-on preview - follow the link to find out more.
Sony NEX review to be updated following firmware update
Photokina 2010: Sony has announced a firmware update for its NEX-3 and NEX-5 APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Version 03 addresses a number of widely-expressed concerns about the user interface as well as allowing autofocus using the 14 Sony SAM and SSM lenses with built-in focus motors. It also allows the aperture to be set for video shooting. Given that the update aims improve many of the things we criticized in our review, we will update our review to reflect the changes as soon as we've properly tested the camera's revised behavior.
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-G2 and 14-140mm lens
Photokina 2010: Panasonic has announced a series of firmware and software updates. Version 1.3 for the Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS promises improved autofocus speed and reduced lens startup time, while Version 1.1 for the DMC-G2 adds compatibility with the new interchangeable 3D lens Lumix G 12.5mm / F12 (H-FT012) announced today. 3D is also the name of the game with the Version 1.1 update to the company's PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition software, which also adds compatibility and features for images shot with the 12.5mm lens.
Leica introduces special edition M9 Titanium
Leica has announced a special edition of its M9 rangefinder in a titanium finish. Designed by automobile designer Walter De'Silva, it features an attached metal finger loop covered with leather for carrying and shooting purposes and a special lens hood with four slits to prevent obstruction of the viewfinder. The Titanium edition will be available at a suggested retail price of just £19,800.
Leica releases X1 in black
Leica has announced its X1 compact camera will be available in black from October 2010, alongside the current steel gray option. It will come with the same price tag of £1,395, and offers a range of optional accessories. The camera features a 12.2 Mp CMOS sensor, 35mm-equivalent F2.8 semi-wideangle lens and and a 2.7 inch LCD.
Sony product-lineup at Photokina 2010
Sony has issued a press release about the new product developments it's showcasing at Photokina 2010. Highlights include a firmware update for the NEX series (covered in a separate news story), a prototype of a new camera that will incorporate the latest Translucent Mirror technology, accessories for A-mount cameras including a flash and vertical grip, and upcoming lenses for both A and E mounts.
Sony launches PlayMemories app for 3D photos
Sony has launched an application to organize and view 3D images on the company's 3D Bravia televisions and PlayStation 3. The app supports images taken with Sony's recently released 3D Sweep Panorama enabled compacts and interchangeable lens cameras. It will be available as a free download from the PlayStation store from the end of of this month.
Sigma releases SD1 flagship digital SLR
Photokina 2010: Sigma has announced the SD1 digital SLR, which uses a brand new 46Mp 1.5x crop Foveon X3 sensor (4800 x 3200 x 3 layers). Designed as the company's flagship camera, the SD1 has a weatherproof magnesium alloy body, 3" 460k dot LCD, and new 11-point twin-cross AF system. Image processing is in the hands of a 'Dual True II' engine that promises improved speed and image quality, and the camera is compatible with the full range of Sigma lenses.
Ricoh releases A12 28mm equiv. GXR module
Photokina 2010: Ricoh has announced the GR Lens A12 28 mm F2.5 wideangle prime module for its GXR system. Its 18.3mm F2.5 lens (28mm-equivalent) employs an exotic nine element / six group design, including two aspherical elements, one special low-dispersion glass element, and several high-refraction-ratio elements, promising high image quality across the frame. This fourth module for the interchangeable unit system also features a 12Mp APS-C CMOS sensor, a faster GR Engine III processor and 720p HD video recording. It also comes with a manual focus ring for focus precision and an electronic level.
Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro with optical stabilisation
Photokina 2010: Sigma has introduced the APO Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens with optical image stabilization. It inherits many of the features of its predecessor, the 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, including Sigma's Hypersonic Motor for fast and silent autofocus, and a 1:1 maximum magnification ratio. Three SLD elements are used in its 19 element / 13 group design to minimize aberrations, and a 9-blade circular diaphragm promises attractive rendition of out-of-focus regions of the image.
Sigma announces stabilised 120-300mm F2.8 telezoom
Photokina 2010: Sigma has unveiled the 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM, a revised version of its fast telezoom featuring optical image stabilization and weather-resistant construction. The lens also offers ultrasonic-type HSM autofocus with full-time manual override, and employs both 'F' Low Dispersion and Super Low Dispersion glass to minimize chromatic aberrations. It employs a 9-bladed rounded diaphragm for attractive bokeh, and is fully compatible with Sigma's 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters while maintaining autofocus.
Sigma introduces EF-610 DG Super flash
Photokina 2010: Sigma has announced two flashes, the first of which is the EF-610 DG Super. This adds advanced features such wireless TTL and modelling flash to the basic spec of the EF-610 DG, i.e. a maximum guide number of 61m (ISO 100, 105mm setting) and a bounce and swivel head. It's designed to work with the latest TTL autoexposure systems of all popular digital SLR systems, but also includes a manual flash mode with output adjustable by up to eight stops.
Sigma unveils EF-610 DG ST electronic flash
Photokina 2010: Sigma's second flash of the day is the EF-610 DG ST. Designed to work with the latest TTL autoexposure systems of all popular digital SLR systems, it has a maximum guide number of 61m (ISO 100, 105mm setting) and a bounce and swivel head. There's also basic manual control available, with a choice between full and 1/16th power output.
September 20
Pentax K-5 announced and previewed
Pre-Photokina 2010: Pentax has announced the latest member of its DSLR line-up, the K-5. The new model is based on the Japanese manufacturer's current flagship DSLR, the K-7. Body design and control layout are identical but the K-5 comes with a new 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, faster continuous shooting and a very high maximum sensitivity of ISO 51200 (the highest in an APS-C camera so far). Click through to read the press release and our brief hands-on preview which gives you an overview of the differences between the new K-5 and the K-7.
Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL IF DC WR lens
Pre-Photokina 2010: In conjunction with its introduction of the K-5, Pentax has announced the smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR lens. With an equivalent focal length ranging from 27.5mm wide angle to 207mm telephoto, the weather-resistant lens is made up of 13 elements in 11 groups including ED glass, hybrid aspherical and glass-moulded aspherical elements. Priced at £599.99, the lens will be available from November 2010.
Leaf releases Aptus-II 12 digital back  with 80MP sensor
Leaf has announced the Aptus-II 12 and Aptus-II 12R medium format digital backs with the world’s highest resolution in a one-shot back. They offer 80MP 53.7 x 40.3mm CCD sensors, 3.5" touch screen LCDs, 12-stop dynamic range and 80-800 ISO range. The Aptus-II 12R adds an internal rotating sensor system where users can change from portrait to landscape orientation without removing the back. Both backs are compatible with most medium and large format cameras and are priced at $31,995/€23,995. arrives at Photokina 2010

Photokina 2010: It's now less than 18 hours until the start of the Photokina 2010 exhibition and the team has just arrived. We're preparing for three days of live show coverage, during which time we'll be trying to get our hands on the latest models and mockups both for those products that have been announced and any that are still to come. So stay tuned and we'll try to bring you a taste of the show and the most exciting products being shown here.

New site features
We've added a couple of quick new feaures to First - as you'd struggle to miss if you're looking at this page - is a simple news tagging and filtering system. The other new thing is Polls - you should be able to see one running on the right hand side. In other news we've also picked the iPad winner from our recent site survey. Click through to read more.
Casio releases Exilim EX-Z2300 compact camera
Pre-Photokina 2010: Casio has introduced the Exilim EX-Z2300. Similar to the Z2000 introduced in January this year, it is built around a 14Mp sensor, 26-130mm optical zoom lens and 3.0" LCD, and records 720p HD videos. It features the company's latest Single Frame SR Zoom feature that extends the camera's zoom range while claiming to maintain high resolution image quality. Its 'Dynamic Photo' option enables users to add preset graphics to images, including a monkey doing a handstand and a dog riding a bicycle (yes really).
Casio launches Exilim EX-Z16 budget compact
Pre-Photokina 2010: Casio has launched the Exilim EX-Z16 budget compact camera. Sporting an image-stabilized 12.1 Mp sensor, 2.7 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom (35.5 to 106.5mm equiv), it includes an Easy Mode, widescreen video recording and a YouTube capture mode. The Z16 will be available from the end of this month at retail price of $99.99
Casio announces Exilim EX-H20G with Hybrid GPS
Pre-Photokina 2010: Eight months after exhibiting a prototype in CES 2010, Casio has announced the Exilim EX-H20G with Hybrid GPS. The technology enables the camera to track the camera when indoors or away from the GPS satellite signals. It uses three-axis accelerometers and its three-way direction sensor to determine the location since it last received a signal. The H20G is built around the company's EX-H15 inheriting its 14.1MP sensor, 10x (24-240mm) zoom lens and 3.0" LCD . It can also record 720p HD videos with H.264 compression, and features a faster Exilim Engine HS engine.
Casio introduces Exilim EX-ZR10 with back-illuminated sensor
Pre-Photokina 2010: Casio has introduced the Exilim EX-ZR10 with a 12.4Mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Powered by the latest Exilim Engine HS engine, it can record high-speed movies at up to 480 fps as well as 1080p full HD movies. It comes with a 28-196mm equivalent lens and 3.0 inch LCD, and features in-built HDR processing plus 360 degrees panoramic image capture with what it calls a 'Slide Panorama' mode.
Photokina 2010 show report now live!

Photokina 2010: In just under 24 hours time Photokina, the world's biggest photography trade show, will get under way. As usual the lead-up has been long and drawn out with announcements of 'Photokina products' stretching back to the beginning of August. To help you make sense of these and the coming swathe of new products head over to our Photokina 2010 show report page. This provides you with an index of new product releases as well as our live 'from the show floor' reporting as it happens. We've also added a short preview / predictions list. Bookmark our show report page and you won't miss any of the action!

Olympus develops compact camera with Zuiko lens
Pre-Photokina 2010: Olympus has announced it is developing an enthusiasts' compact camera that, for the first time, will have a Zuiko-branded lens. In addition to using the Zuiko name, long used to denote the company's top-end lenses, the camera will also have the accessory port that features on the PEN E-P2 and E-PL1. A mockup will be shown at Photokina so we'll try to get a picture as soon as we can.
September 19
Fujifilm unveils FinePix X100 large-sensor compact
Pre-Photokina 2010: Fujifilm has announced the X100, a large-sensor compact camera aimed at professional and enthusiast photographers. Based around a 12Mp APS-C CMOS sensor, Fuji EXR processor and 23mm F2 Fujinon lens (equivalent to a 35mm semi-wideangle), the classically-styled camera features traditional analogue controls for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation. Of particular note is the new 'hybrid' viewfinder system which allows the user to switch between optical and electronic viewfinders and project detailed shooting information into the OVF. The spec is rounded off by 720p HD movie recording, a 460k dot 2.8" LCD, flash hot shoe, and magnesium alloy top and base-plate castings. The camera will be available from early 2011.
September 17
Nikon Coolpix P7000 updated samples gallery
Just posted: Now that we've had a little more time to play with the Nikon Coolpix P7000, we've taken the opportunity to add 18 more images to our sample gallery, originally posted last week. The additional images are a mixture of JPEGs and in-camera NRW (RAW) conversions and should provide a better idea of what Nikon's new luxury compact is capable of.
Schneider-Kreuznach to show DSLRs tilt-shift lenses
Pre-Photokina 2010: German manufacturer Schneider-Kreuznach will be unveiling two tilt-shift lenses in Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha and Pentax K-mount at Photokina 2010. The PC-TS Super-Angulon 2.8 / 50 HM and PC-TS Makro-Symmar 4.0 / 90 HM allow ± 12mm of lateral shift plus 8 degrees of tilt, with directions of the tilt and shift to be rotated independently of each other. The company has also announced a similar 120mm medium format TS lens for the Mamiya and Phase One systems.
Sigma Japan announces DP1x availability
Sigma Japan has announced its DP1x compact camera, announced in February, will be available from the end of this month. It features a faster True II processor and enhanced AF algorithms than the company's DP1 compact. There is currently no information regarding its availability in other markets. Sigma has also announced that that its 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens, that was previously available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts is now available for Pentax and Sigma mounts at retail prices of $980/£649.99.
September 16
Corel releases CorelDRAW Premium Suite X5
Pre-Photokina 2010: Corel has announced the CorelDRAW Premium Suite X5, a collection of software applications designed for print, web and video, design and editing. Based around its Graphics Suite graphic design tools, it includes color management, website creation, image and video-editing, and file compression tools. The Premium Suite X5 is now available as an upgrade to existing users of Graphics Suite X5 at a suggested retail price of $299 or $699 for first time buyers.
Samyang announces 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens
Pre-Photokina 2010: Samyang Optics has announced a 35mm F1.4 lens in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Four-thirds mounts. This manual focus lens, with its large f1.4 aperture, is made up of 12 elements in 10 groups and uses floating focus mechanism for better image quality across the range of focus distance. Price and availability for the 35 mm F1.4 UMC lens will be announced at the end of this month.
September 15
Nikon marks production of 55 millionth Nikkor lens
Nikon is celebrating the production of its 55 millionth Nikkor lens for its SLR cameras. The total includes 20 million Silent Wave Motor (SWM) lenses, the company says. The lens series was introduced in 1959 with the launch of the Nikkor S Auto 5cm f/2, while SWM was first incorporated in the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED in 1996.
Nikon D7000 announced and previewed
Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has released the D7000 mid-level digital SLR. Housed in a magnesium alloy body, the feature-rich camera incorporates a 16.2Mp CMOS sensor, faster 'Expeed 2'-branded processor, 921k dot 3.0" LCD and can record 1080p24 full HD movies. It features the company's latest 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor. It will start shipping with the 18-105mm VR kit lens from October 2010 at a retail price of $1499/£1299.99/€1399. We've had a pre-production D7000 in the office for long enough for us to prepare an full hands-on preview looking at the camera, its features and where it'll sit in the range.
Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G lens
Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G wide-angle fast prime lens. Offering a large f/1.4 aperture, the lens is made up of 10 elements in seven groups, including one aspherical glass element. It comes in a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body and incorporates the company's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quieter auto-focusing, along with Nano-Crystal coating to reduce flare. The lens will start shipping from November 19, 2010 at a retail price of £1699.99.
Nikon releases AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens
Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has released an updated version of its 200mm F2 VR professional lens. Retaining the same lens construction as its predecessor, the AF-S Nikkor 200mm F2G ED VR II features the company's latest, second generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) and adds adds a new mode onto the AF switch. It also includes nano-crystal coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Priced at £5299.99, it will be start shipping next month.
Nikon releases Speedlight SB-700 flashgun
Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has announced the Speedlight SB-700 flashgun. With a guide number of 28 (at ISO 100 at 35mm on an FX camera), it is a slightly less powerful replacement for the SB-600, though gains the operation and handling improvements introduced with the SB-900. Like the SB-600 it offers wireless control and similar recycle times. Its multi-step auto zoom offers extended reach from 24 to 120mm, rather than the 600's 24-85mm. Physical features includes a rotating head, built-in bounce card, a supplied diffuser and both incandescent and fluorescent filters.
September 14
Phase One releases Capture One 5.2
Phase One has released an updated version of its Capture One 5, PRO and DB RAW workflow software bringing in a host of improvements, additional features and bug fixes. Version 5.2 extends the programs' Lens Cast Calibration (LCC) feature that aims to remove lens casts to DSLR RAW files and adds LCC based dust removal. It also improves handling of a number of Nikon camera files and supports Leica X1 Raw files. The update can be accessed via Capture One's update feature for existing users or is available as a free 30 day trial.
Canon releases PowerShot G12 premium compact
Pre-Photokina 2010: Canon has launched the PowerShot G12 premium compact, successor to PowerShot G11 released last year. Inheriting most of the core features of the G11, the latest model sees the addition of an EOS-style front control dial, Hybrid IS for close-up work, and 720p HD video recording. It also adds multi-aspect ratio shooting and SDXC card compatibility. The rest of the features remain the same including a 28-140mm equivalent lens, 2.8" tilt and swivel LCD, manual control and RAW shooting.
Canon introduces PowerShot SX30IS superzoom
Pre-Photokina 2010: Canon has announced the PowerShot SX30 IS superzoom digital compact, successor to the the SX20 IS. Compared to its predecessor, it features a 24-840mm equivalent wide-angle 35x zoom lens (as opposed to the SX20's 28-560mm equiv.), a slightly larger 2.7" articulated LCD and a 14.1Mp sensor. It also includes Ultrasonic (USM) and Voice Coil (VCM) motors for faster and quieter zooming and focusing. The camera offers 720p HD recording, a Miniature effect movie mode, P/A/S/M shooting modes and a Zoom Framing Assist function that helps users quickly toggle between three preset zoomed-out positions at the longer end of the lens for better framing.
Samsung NX100 mirrorless compact launched and previewed
Pre-Photokina 2010: Samsung has announced the addition of the NX100 to its NX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It features the same 14.6Mp sensor and 3.0" OLED screen as the NX10, which are built into a flat, 'compact camera style' body. It also offers the i-Function feature that allows the use of the focus ring to control various camera functions when using compatible lenses. To complement this feature the company has launched two lenses with i-Fn buttons - the 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED kit zoom and 20mm F2.8 pancake lens. There is also an electronic viewfinder, flashgun and GPS unit to accompany the NX 100. We've had a pre-production NX100 for a little while, so have produced a quick hands-on preview.
Olympus E-5 professional DSLR announced and previewed
Pre-Photokina 2010: Olympus has announced the E-5 professional DSLR, replacing the E-3. Almost three years after launching its predecessor, the company has refreshed its professional flagship to reflect the features of its latest E-series and Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-5 is built around the weather-sealed body of the E-3 and offers a 12Mp Live MOS sensor, 3.0" 920k LCD, Live View with Contrast AF, HD video recording and shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th sec. It will be available from October 2010 at an estimated retail price of $1699.99. We've had a chance to look at a pre-production E-5, so have prepared a brief hands-on preview discussing its features.
September 13
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens review
Just posted! Our lens review featuring the first image-stabilized fast telezoom to appear from an independent lens maker: the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 EX DG OS HSM. With an all-new optical design and Sigma's silent ultrasonic-type HSM focusing, it offers an interesting alternative to Canon and Nikon's latest designs at an attractive price, while providing Sony and Pentax users with the option of using in-lens stabilization.This is all pretty compelling on paper, so how well does it work in practice?
DxO Optics Pro adds 99 lens correction modules
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter software with 99 lens and cameras combinations for Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax and Sony users. These new lens correction modules join the existing list of combinations. The modules are available for immediate download from the company's website.
Panasonic demonstrates AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder
Panasonic is showing an engineering sample of its AG-AF100 series professional Micro Four Thirds HD camcorder and has released more details. Samples are on show at the IBC 2010 trade show in The Netherlands. It is capable of recording full 1080p HD videos at various frame rates from 12 to 60 fps. It includes HD SDI and XLR connectors, twin SDXC slots and is compatible with the company's line up of Lumix G lenses, filters and adapters. Priced at ¥837,900 (~ US $10000), it will be available from December 2010. A promotional website has more detail.