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Interview of Toshiyuki Terada, Olympus, @ Focus Numérique

Wed October 2, 2013

Focus Numérique has published an interesting interview with Toshiyuki Terada, who is responsible for the development of Olympus DSLRs and mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras, about the latest OM-D E-M1. It’s in French but a Google translation makes a good read.

Main highlights:

  • It took up to 3 years to develop the TruePic VII engine, relying on an image sensor that had not yet been produced and that existed only as technical specifications on paper.
  • Olympus will stay for now with its hybrid AF: Contrast AF for micro 4/3 lenses and Phase Detect AF for 4/3 lenses. It believes it can further refine Contrast AF so as to increase its performance.
  • It has no plans to build its own image sensor, like Fujifilm did with the X-Trans sensor, but will adopt whichever it believes is the best.
  • It removed the low-pass AA filter because its Fine Detail II Processing engine is now powerful enough to remove moiré in software. You may therefore see moiré in your RAW files.
  • Olympus cannot use an electronic shutter for now because the image sensor cannot handle it.
  • No flash on the E-M1 because it believes that pros prefer to use natural light. But it is interested in the twin led flash of the Apple iPhone 5S.
  • There is only one card slot because they lacked space for a second one.
  • Olympus will concentrate on making the best still camera for now, leaving the video aspect to Panasonic.
  • Sweep panorama? Who wants it?

Read the whole interview at: Focus Numérique [Google translation]


Interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufman, owner of Leica @ Focus Numérique

Thu July 11, 2013

The French photography blog Focus Numérique has an interesting interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufman, owner of Leica.


  • Asians see colors slightly differently than Europeans [say what!?!!] and so some sensors are not calibrated the same way in Europe as in Asia.
  • Leica M has a waiting list of one year. Still waiting for his own. Prefers to travel light with the X2.
  • Opened a new factory in Portugal in March 2013 and the new plant in Germany will be completed by the end of the year.
  • Research: perhaps add archiving info on each picture, aside from date [Metadata?]
  • Still mulling over the addition of video.
  • We have a lot of very interesting products in the pipeline.
  • Leica will not make a DSLR. Not only is it a money-losing proposition but “today we have mirrorless technology that can do everything a DSLR can do.
  • “Mini M” was a marketing fiasco. The X Vario is an X-series not an M-series.
  • High praise for the Sony RX1: “We believe that Sony has really made a technological leap with the RX1.
  • No full-format X-series since Leica would have to manufacture its own sensor (as it did for the M), whereas APS-C sensors are readily available.
  • The turnaround of digital cameras is too fast in Japan and, as a result, they cannot make a reasonable profit.
  • High praise for Fujifilm “because they had the good idea to copy us.
  • A put down toward Asian manufacturing: “most devices are built in Vietnam and the Philippines and the final quality is not excellent.

Anyway, if your French is good, read the article at: Focus Numérique. [Or, read the Google translation.]

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Canon G1 X Review @ Focus Numérique

Mon February 6, 2012
Canon PowerShot G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X

La gestion du bruit électronique et la dynamique sont du niveau des reflex (moyenne gamme) actuels [mais] nous sommes loin des performances des micro4/3.

We’ve added a new Canon G1 X [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot G1 X, with 14.3MP resolution (1.5-in. CMOS), 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, optical viewfinder, 3.0-in. Vari-angle LCD (922K dots), PASM modes, RAW, and Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

Read the [en français] Canon G1 X Review @ Focus Numérique.

Read a Google English translation here.

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Nikon 1 V1 Review @ Focus Numérique

Fri October 21, 2011
Nikon V1

Nikon V1

Techniquement, le Nikon 1 V1 est une belle réussite. Le capteur de 10 Mpx délivre de belles images avec une belle maîtrise de la gestion du bruit électronique si l’on prend en compte la taille du capteur.

We’ve added a new Nikon 1 V1 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has posted their review of the Nikon 1 V1, a compact mirrorless with 10.1MP resolution (on a 1.0-in. 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor), interchangeable lens on Nikon 1 mount, 3.0-in. LCD (921k-dot), 1,440,000 -dot (SVGA) electronic viewfinder (EVF), PASM, Scene Modes, Motion Snapshot, Shutter speed range of 1/4,000 to 30 sec. plus B, Continuous Shooting 5fps (or 60fps, electronic shutter), Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF), RAW, proprietary accessory shoe, and Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i Movie with stereo sound.

You can read the Nikon 1 V1 Review @ Focus Numérique | Google English Translation.

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Interview With Hirotake Nozaki, Nikon Marketing

Fri September 23, 2011

Focus Numérique has an interview with Hirotake Nozaki, Nikon Marketing about the new Nikon 1 System.

Two take-aways that may disappoint enthusiasts:

  • The Nikon 1 System is targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd
  • The Nikon 1 System are not in direct competition with the Sony NEX

Read the interview at: Focus Numérique in French or its Google English translation.

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Nikon 1 V1 ISO Tests @ Focus Numérique

Fri September 23, 2011
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Focus Numérique has posted ISO samples taken with the Nikon 1 V1. The results are interesting, to say the least, but we’ll wait for a production camera and conduct our own tests before venturing any comments on the matter.

Meanwhile, you can read the results yourself at the original link [in French]: Focus Numérique and the Google English translation.

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How to Photograph Lightning @ Focus Numérique

Sat August 20, 2011

When a thunderstorm strikes and lightning cracks, I close the shades, make myself a nice hot tea and settle down to a nice movie. What I should rather be doing is set up the tripod, get out the camera and prepare to capture some nice lightning shots — as Laurent Breillat over at Focus Numérqiue [Google translation] advises. He shares tips and techniques to shoot a thunderstorm and accompanying lightning.

Read the article at: Focus Numérqiue [Google translation]

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Olympus E-P3 Review @ Focus Numérique

Wed July 6, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Le nouveau Pen E-P3 est définitivement le meilleur Micro 4/3 d’Olympus et mérite un recommandé.

We’ve added another Olympus PEN E-P3 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has published their review of the Olympus E-P3, a Digital Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm High Speed Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (614k-dot), Full HD Movie (1920×1080/60i) with stereo sound, Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), Scene Modes, AF Tracking, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, PASM modes, Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 30 mins), Continuous Shooting at 5.5fps, RAW file format, Digital Level, MF Assist, a hot shoe, Live View Autofocus system with real time focus, Multiple Exposure, Wireless compatibility (using optional PP-1 Penpal or Eye-Fi card), and Art Filters.

You can read the Olympus E-P3 Review @ Focus Numérique | Google english translation

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Swim in an Endless Sea of Interesting Images

Mon June 13, 2011

Endless Interestingness

One of the reasons why we like Flickr so much is because there are so many beautiful images on it. But finding them can be a hit and miss proposition. Now, a site has made finding these images much easier [OK, that’s debatable] by creating an endless matrix of thumbnails of interesting pictures from Flickr. It’s endless because as you move your cursor up, down, right, left or diagonally, you keep “swimming” in that sea of interesting pictures. I love it!

Find one that tickles your fancy? Just click it!

Visit our Featured Site: Endless Interestingness

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Sony NEX-C3 Review @ Focus Numérique

Wed June 8, 2011
Sony NEX-C3

Sony NEX-C3

Le NEX-C3 […] délivre une belle qualité d’image jusqu’à 6400 ISO, ce qui est une excellente performance.

We’ve added another Sony Alpha NEX-C3 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has published their review of the Sony NEX-C3, an Interchangeable Lens Camera (“compact mirrorless DSLR”) with a 16.2MP EXMOR APS HD CMOS sensor, 3.0-in. tiltabe LCD (921k-dot), iAUTO, PASM, Scene Modes, Sweep Panorama, clip-on flash, Anti Motion Blur, Manual Focus, Background Defocus, Picture Effect, Hand-held Twilight Mode, Peaking function, supplied detachable flash, Continuous Shooting at 5.5fps, Auto HDR, Dynamic Range Optimizer, RAW, Anti-Dust Technology, and HD 720p Movie 1080 x 720 @ 30fps. The NEX-C3 has a Dual Format Media Card Slot that accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended).

You can read the Sony NEX-C3 review at: Focus Numérique [ Google Translation ].

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Review @ Focus Numérique

Tue May 24, 2011
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D

Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D

Le [Canon] 600D est un reflex bien équilibré avec, à la fois une bonne qualité d’image, une réactivité satisfaisante , une bonne prise en mains et une ergonomie étudiée.

We’ve added a new Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has published their review of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle LCD display screen, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 24fps. It is targeted to Families, as well as beginner and serious amateur photographers.

You can read the Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Review at: Focus Numérique.

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Panasonic G3 Test Terrain @ Focus Numérique

Thu May 12, 2011
Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumic DMC-G3

We’ve added another Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 [QuickPrice Check] Field Test [en français] to our Reviews Matrix.

Focus Numérique has published their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 with 16MP resolution (Four Thirds 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), electronic viewfinder (1.44m-dot image resolution with 100% field of view; 800×600, 0.7x magnification), 3.0-in. swivelling Touch Screen LCD (460k-dot; 1,440,000-dot equivalent resolution), PASM, , iAUTO, Scene Modes, Manual AF, Continuos Shooting 4fps (full resolution) or 20fps (4MP), Creative Control mode, Dust Reduction System, RAW, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound in AVCH.

You can read the Panasonic G3 Review [en français] at: Focus Numérique.

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