09-19-2016, 10:42 AM
A new (Chinese) Micro-Four-Thirds camera plus 2 new lenses
09-19-2016, 11:14 AM
It was about time
if you check online chinese sites you will see there are tens of manual focus MFT lenses most of them of brands we never heard of before.
this business is booming there
09-19-2016, 11:21 AM
That is a nicely designed little camera (although maybe a bit too much copying Leica?).... And a lens with the clean looks of Canon's EF-M range. Pretty cool for a 1st product?
09-19-2016, 11:53 AM
That 12-40 compact zoom is very interesting!
09-20-2016, 07:33 AM
And a portrait prime without a manual focus ring? (Per the DPReview announcement - what looks like a MF ring is just a cosmetic touch / aid for lens mounting/unmounting, like in some of the Nikon 1 lenses). The Chinese are again acting odd.
But it may be interesting to test these lenses sometime, innit?
09-20-2016, 08:39 AM
Did anyone remember Kodak?
Kodak brand has been sold to a chinese camera company in Taiwan named Asia Optics several years ago.
2 years ago Asia Optics announced the first DSLMâ€”â€”Kodak S1 with double kit zoom 12-45 F3.5-6.3 42.5-160 F3.9-5.9 and one manual telescope 400 F7.1 At that time AO plan to announce another prime lenâ€”â€”42.5 1.8 but the very few sales in China made this company disappear in chinese market very soon.
YI-MI is the descendant of Kodak S1, they upgrade the sensor to 20mp, refurnish the modelï¼Œtiny little modify the 12-45 kit zoom and finish the long waiting 42.5 1.8. Still it is an Asia Optics technology DSLMï¼Œjust change to another LOGO.
How about this chinese DSLMï¼Ÿ One of my friend in Beijing attend the announcementï¼Œthey told me like the Kodak S1 2 years agoï¼Œlow saturation colorï¼Œ low dynamic toneï¼Œslow autofocus like oly- EP1 EPï¼Œsmart phone app alike menu.
they donÂ·t have any improve in the past 2 years.
As a chinese DSLM amateur I am happy to see chinese company can design and produce autofocus interchangeable lens and cameraï¼Œbut I am not satisfied with this low performance low IQ camera. Most chinese amateur in DSLM forum said they will never trust local camera brand.
Although YI-MI just sold 300 US dollar in China, I donÂ·t see any attractive point. (2 years ago Kodak S1 sold at 600USD)
Japanese DSLM in China is cheaper than in west countries, we have 300 USD GF7ï¼ŒEPL6 and 350USD GF8 EPL7ï¼Œ even the cheaper smuggled camera from HongKong
09-20-2016, 08:58 AM
Copying a Leica is one thing, make it work or sell another. But the Chinese have a huge local market and don't need to care about worldwide distribution.
09-20-2016, 08:09 PM
English info is up now:
(it must be a chinese thing to put everything you got on a single page ...)
A German news mag reported that the focus ring on the 42.5mm is fake. It's an AF only lens.
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