Micro Four-thirds Monday: Live from Las Vegas

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

I’m at CES 2013 in Las Vegas this week working for Panasonic and seeing what’s new in Micro Four-thirds products. This is the time of year that most camera companies announce their new point and shoot cameras so there are no major MFT announcements from Panasonic or Olympus at the show.

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The big thing in cameras at this CES is Wi-Fi connectivity and near field communication aka NFC. Panasonic recently started shipping their top of the line MFT camera, the GH3, which has built in Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi allows you to control the camera with a phone or tablet.  The camera creates a Wi-Fi hot spot that can be accessed by an App on an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

I have to confess that I couldn’t imagine where I would use this until I saw it demonstrated. You can not only see what’s in the viewfinder, you can also control the shutter speed, aperture and white balance from the touch screen on the remote device. Imagine using this for portraits so you don’t have to be standing behind the camera. You can be talking to and interacting with your subject while firing the camera from the tablet or phone.


Near Field Communication is built into a lot of newer Android phones and allows the phone to receive photos from a camera that also supports Near Field Communication. When you touch an NFC camera to an NFC equipped phone it creates a wireless connection that makes it easy to transfer photos to the phone. You can then share the photo via email or social network sites. At the moment no Micro Four-thirds cameras support NFC, but since it’s some of this year’s point and shoot cameras  it should be coming to MFT soon.

seld-portrait © Mark ToalMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at www.mtoal.wordpress.com or at www.mtoallumiximages.wordpress.com. Mark can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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