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Olympus E-PL3 to hit the shelves soon

The latest addition to the Olympus PEN range of compact interchangeable lens cameras, the Olympus E-PL3, is set to be launched in American in September. Given Olympus’ usual release schedule, we expect it to arrive in the UK shortly afterwards.

Olympus E-PL3

Available in a choice of four colours – black, silver, red and white – the Olympus E-PL3 offers a metal body and makes use of the increasingly popular micro four-thirds system. It will use a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor, as well as the company’s own TruePic VI image processor.

Olympus E-PL3 package options

Customers will have a choice of buying the replacement for the E-PL2 with either a zoom or a wide-angle pancake lens. The zoom lens offered will be the M.Zuiko 14-42mm (28mm-84mm equivalent), whereas those who prefer the pancake option will be presented with a M. Zuiko 17mm lens. Rather strangely, however, there is no word as to whether Olympus will be selling the E-PL3 body on its own.

Olympus E-PL3 release date

Unfortunately, we don’t have firm release dates for either side of the Atlantic, although Olympus have told us to expect the E-PL3 to go on sale in the USA during September. It should be noted, though, that we were originally expecting to see the model debut in August, so hopefully there will be no further delays. Once the Olympus E-PL3 launches in America, we are sure that we won’t have long to wait to see it go on sale in the UK.

Casio QV-R100 breaks cover

Those alert folks over at LetsGoDigital have spied a new addition to the Casio International website. There has been no official announcement from the Japanese company with regards to the Casio QV-R100, but full details of the camera’s specification have been released.

Casio QV-R100

Casio QV-R100

The Casio QV-R100 is a 14.1 megapixel camera which sports a 4x optical zoom. It has a wide-angle lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-108mm. It weighs in at 124 grammes, and existing Casio owners might be interested to know that it will use the NP-80 lithium-ion battery. This is a widely available cell, so if you already have one from an existing camera then you won’t have to spend money adding to your collection of spares.

Availability of the Casio QV-R100

We were a little surprised when we read about this offering from Casio today. Although they have published details of the camera’s specification, we know very little else about it.

It seems highly unlikely that the Casio QV-R100 will be soft launched, so no doubt a press release will appear in our inbox in due course. But until that time, obviously we are unable to advise about the release date, pricing, or even which territories this camera will be appearing in. Keep checking back with Best Waterproof Camera, as we will bring you all of the relevant information as soon as we have it.

[via LetsGoDigital]

New Nikon 40mm macro lens

Nikon have revealed that they are ready to release a new macro lens, which is sure to interest many of the manufacturer’s loyal users due to its aggressive pricing. The Nikon 40mm f2.8 G has been given a recommended retail price of only £249.99, which is very competitive for a lens which will offer a full 1:1 reproduction radio.

Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G

Included in the Nikon 40mm f2.8 G is the Tokyo company’s Silent Wave Motor technology, ensuring that the lens is quiet whilst autofocussing. It is also incredibly light, weighing in at only 235 grammes.
For those of you wanting to get your hands on Nikon’s latest piece of kit, you won’t have to wait long, with the release date having been confirmed as being 25th August.

Jessops developing tablet for in-store printing

UK photography retailer Jessops is planning to trial tablet devices in a number of its Manchester stores, from September. The tablets are designed to offer customer a quick and convenient option for editing and ordering copies of their photos.

The new tablets are not intended to replace existing kiosks at the moment, but will operate alongside equipment already used in-store.

With tablet devices becoming increasingly popular, Jessops will hope that familiarity with this type of solution will attract more customers into its stores. In addition, tablets offer the advantage of consuming less space than traditional photo printing kiosks.

Software for Jessops’ new tablets is being developed Lucidium, who the retailer already has a relationship with having commissioned the company to develop the software used by their in-store kiosks.

The Windows-7 based tablets will be rolled out into more stores before Christmas, if the trial proves to be successful. Jessops have said that the tablets could be installed in all of its branches by early 2012.

[via Pocket-lint]

Panasonic confirms UK launch of Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic have announced a powerful new prosumer camera today.

The centrepiece of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is very much its substantial 24x optical zoom lens. At the other end of the scale, a wide-angle focal length of 25mm is offered. The glass itself will be manufactured by the renowned German optics company Leica.

Also featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is 1080i full HD video recording.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

We are still waiting for the UK release date of this camera to be confirmed, but at the moment it is tentatively scheduled to be in shops by August. Panasonic UK have yet to confirm pricing, but current rumours suggest it should go on sale at around £329.