Olympus Pen E-P1


Olympus’s first Micro Four Thirds camera targets the gap between digicams and DSLRs for serious photographers and also supports HD video recording.The Olympus Pen E-P1 is the third Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera to reach the market and is quite different from the Panasonic G-series models that preceded it. Capitalising on the heritage of the popular ‘Pen’ series cameras, which were launched 50 years ago, it comes with a Four Thirds format, 12.3-megapixel (effective) Live MOS image sensor that supports both still and HD video capture.

Leica X1


A very expensive, large-sensor compact camera with intuitive manual exposure controls and support for DNG raw file capture – but not video recording.Leica’s announcement of the X1 in early September 2009 took the market by surprise. Given the company’s liaison with Panasonic, many analysts expected to see a version of the Panasonic GF1. But the X1 is quite different. A fixed-lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor in a compact body, it provides only P, A, S and M shooting modes, doesn’t support video and lacks an optical viewfinder (one is available as an optional accessory).

AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm


The new AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens is the largest, heaviest and costliest of the three 18-200mm DSLR zooms we’ve reviewed in issues 25, 26 and 27. Although it can only be used on Nikon DSLR cameras – where it provides an 11.1x zoom ratio and covers a focal length range equivalent to 27-300mm in 35mm format – it has some distinguishing features that justify its relatively high price tag.

Olympus E-520


An affordable, compact DSLR camera with built-in image stabilisation and live view support.Like the recently-released E-420, the new Olympus E-520 is an update of a previous model and doesn’t introduce any radically new features or functions. The tenth Olympus DSLR and the third in the 500 series, it has the same 10-megapixel imager as the E-510 with a few tweaks to the stabilisation and autofocus systems to improve handling and performance. Like its predecessor, the E-520 is targeted at photo enthusiasts.

Gallery Profile: Fernando Cascais


Location:Espinho, Portugal My Favourite Websites:  http://kaskais.fotosblogue.com/ http://www.flodeo.com/kaskais http://www.photoclub.eu/photogallery/showphoto.php?photo=1935&cat=524 http://www.jpgmag.com/people/kaskais http://www.pixalo.com/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/4575http://www.passionforpixels.com My Gear: Nikon D80 and Nikon 28mm f2.8, Nikon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 18-70mm, Sigma 10-20mmCanon Powershot G9 Inspirations:Metaphysics, astrology, psychology, literature. Cartier-Bresson, Joseph Koudela, Man Ray and others. Aspirations:I am a ‘mad dog’ street photographer. I track down the ‘reality’ with my cameras and I …