Panasonic GH3 review at DigitalVersus.com: Excellent all around, despite some rather severe limitations.

"While the autofocus works like a dream with the 14-140 mm lens, we do think it's a shame that Panasonic's engineers didn't think to include a peaking function to highlight sharp parts of the image when focusing with manual lenses. A zebra function could also have been handy to make sure subjects are properly exposed. Finally, a picture profile like Technicolor CineStyle could have made a nice addition to help optimise the dynamic range."

Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH lens review by Jordan Steele at Admiring Light: This lens finally brings a top tier telephoto zoom to the Micro 4/3 system, and I can definitely recommend this lens for the serious Micro 4/3 shooter. A great lens.

The Lens was tested with Panasonic GX1 and Olympus E-M5 bodies.

"The cons list above may seem a bit nitpicky to some. Especially the last point, so let me explain. The image quality of this lens is outstanding, and the lens is a worthy addition to the Micro 4/3 lineup. However, compared with the newest 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon, it’s not quite going to match those stellar optics. Instead, I’d say it’s on the level of something like the original Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. So, very, very good, but not flawless. Considering it’s $1,000 less than those new Canon and Nikon lenses, though, I can forgive this. Still, it’s a pricey lens at $1,499, and will really only cater to those who know they need an f/2.8 telephoto zoom in this range. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Review at DigitalCameraInfo: Really, really good, especially in Video.

"In our performance testing we were quite impressed by the GH3’s abilities, as it turned out great results for most of the major image quality tests. We were most impressed by how sharp the GH3’s images were with the optional 12-35mm f/2.8 kit lens. The JPEGs . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at What Digital Camera: Ready to take on DSLR competition.

"The GH3 challenges DSLRs at a similar price point in the way it handles and operates, but what about image quality? In isolation the detail that's resolved by the 16MP sensor is very respectable indeed and it's not until you compare the results side-by-side with a camera that uses an APS-C sized sensor that you realise there's fractionally less detail in the GH3's files . . . read more

Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource: A serious photographer's camera in a small package

"anasonic intensifies the battle for the top pocket digital camera with the Lumix LX7, a camera they've carefully improved with new external controls, Full HD 60p video, and an 11-frame-per-second full-resolution still mode. Most notable, though, is the new lens: At 24-90mm equivalent, it's still a conservative focal range, but is one stop faster, . . . read more

Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource: An excellent photographer's companion.

"Sometimes you don't want to carry a big SLR to get quality images, and that's why cameras like the Panasonic LX7 were born. Small enough to fit into a biggish pocket, the Lumix LX7 has an excellent lens and a good quality image sensor, both tuned to capture good images even in reasonably low light. Though its highest ISO of 12,800 is a bit too optimistic, its . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 hands on video review at TheCameraStore: Fast, accurate and not jerky.

"But lets talk about what everyone is curious about, the Panasonic DMC-GH3!  As you can see in the video, it’s a fantastic performer.  While the footage in the video is unedited, I was really impressed by how much the video can be edited.  I also love the new control layout, it’s endlessly customizable and everything is right at your fingertips.  The GH3 is also the first mirrorless camera that I’d actually consider using the autofocus.  It’s fast, accurate, and not nearly as jerky as the . . . read more

2012 DigitalCameraInfo Best of Year Awards

Yes, its this time of the year, the 'award and predictions (that mostly fail) for the next year' time. DCI is first, with, in some categories, slightly peculiar selection:

"2012 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the staff here at DigitalCameraInfo.com, as the photographic industry put the woes of 2011 behind it to release some truly amazing cameras. From flagship DSLRs to incredible compacts, there . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at Photography Blog

The GH3 was one of the most anticipated cameras of 2012, and Panasonic delivered as promised. But everything comes at a price:

"Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is a fantastic camera in its own right, transcending the boundaries of . . . read more

Panasonic GX1 Review by Bob Vishneski

"Comparing the RAW files of the GX1 and my D7000, I had a difficult time noticing any differences between highlights and shadows produced by each. Regarding the Automatic White Balance setting, the GX1 photos seemed to skew slightly toward the magenta side, while the D7000 photos had a hue more toward the yellowish end of the color spectrum. After looking at files produced by each for some time, I could easily determine which photo was taken by each camera by examining the . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Trustedreviews: Nikon and Canon should be watching their backs.

"The new Venus Engine VII offers superior and faster processing than ever thanks in no small part to running on a quad-core architecture. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Ephotozine: It feels like a mini-digital SLR

"The GH3 features a completely new 16 megapixel sensor, as well as a new 1.744 million dot electronic OLED viewfinder, that uses an RGBG array for better performance as well as a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The new 3 inch touch screen is also an OLED unit, and has greatly improved viewing angles. . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at Amateur Photographer UK:

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is not designed to slip into a pocket, and it is interesting that as Panasonic clearly views its CSCs as a viable alternative to a DSLR system, they don't need to be compact to sell. Taking a wise approach to the improvements it has introduced in the GH3, such as keeping the pixel count the same and instead improving the performance of the sensor, has led to better low-light and dynamic range performance. Also, its class-leading video features are sure to please those in that field. However, Sony's NEX-7 still has the edge for image quality. . . . read more

Panasonic 14-45 mm vs Olympus 12-50 mm at CameraErgonomics.com

A very interesting comparison, mostly summed up in this phrase:

"The combination of  lower microcontrast, more uncorrected chromatic aberration and more local flare means that in general photographic use the Oly 12-50 mm lens, even when correctly focussed,  will often deliver less satisfying image quality than . . . read more

Panasonic LX-7 reviews roundup

The super-fast (11 fps fast) successor in the venerable LX line of cameras is down for further dissection by the reviewers. First up is the evaluation by Imaging-Resource

"One area where the LX7 performed very impressively was in terms of its response times. It can shoot its first photo less . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Asph OIS Lens Review at EphotoZine

Excerpt:

"Distortion is well controlled at either end of the zoom range with only 0.58% barrel and 0.31% pincushion distortion detected by Imatest at 35mm and 100mm respectively. The distortion pattern is uniform across the frame, so any . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Review at Ephotozine

Panasonic's recently introduced and reasonably priced 90-300mm equivalent lens gets the low down by the EPZ crew:

"Although the optical performance of this lens may not be up to the lofty heights of some other Micro Four thirds lenses, especially at 150mm, the low price and good features still make this a decent value choice, especially for those after a . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 Review at the Photography Blog

The price may be bringing tears to the eyes, but the performance is really up there with the good 70-200mm f2.8 group:

"Optically the lens is a great performer. At all focal lengths, wide open at f/2.8 the center sharpness is perfectly acceptable, but for edge sharpness it's best to stop down by two f-stops for optimum results. Chromatic aberrations are only noticeable . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm F2.8

f2.8, nano coating, stabilizer, metal construction, UED and ED elements, yup, that's the same recipe as the current top of the line 70-200mm lenses on offer at the top of the competition. Available from November.

Panasonic Press Release . . . read more

Panasonic reveals the GH3, a big body with a small sensor.

Not only is the GH3 physically the largest and heaviest micro four thirds camera to date, it is so big it actually towers over some aps-c DSLRs, like the recently introduced Sony SLT A37. But Panasonic did not blow up the size just for the looks. Behind the (large) hood, there's a substantial amount of new goodies and refinements, needed to keep up with the current competition crowd in the top mirrorless segment. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G5 review by Mark Goldstein

"The Panasonic Lumix G5 is an accomplished mirrorless camera that upgrades its excellent predecessor in a number of significant ways in order to keep up with the fast-moving competition. A higher price tag means that it's not quite the bargain that the G3 was, but we can still highly recommend this realistic alternative to a bigger and bulkier DSLR." . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Review at the Photography Blog

The microscopic GF5 is probably the last Panasonic m43 camera with this dated 12 Mpixel sensor that hails from the GF1 era. So, do sensors age gracefully, like a good wine for instance? Apparently, the do:

"The GF5 offers the same tiny body design, cutting-edge touchscreen and pared-down user interface as its predecessor, with the principal

. . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC- GF5 unveiled

Judging by Panasonic's wording in the press release this this is one of the best mirrorless cameras ever, with "crisp and clear image quality up to ISO 12,800", but going by the spec sheet this is just minor update to the GF3:

Panasonic Press Release

The Panasonic LUMIX GF5: Outstanding Performance in an Ultra-Compact Body . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH OIS lens review at Photo Zone

"The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. is a good albeit not superb telephoto zoom lens as some might have hoped from its "X" designation. The delivered resolution is decent across the image field and the focal length. The lens suffers from a relatively high degree of lateral CAs - despite two extra low dispersion lenses - which is mainly a problem for Olympus users whereas the auto-correction can cope with this issue on Panasonic cameras. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 review at Imaging Resource

What's so special about this otherwise nondescript compact superzoom? For one, the lens range, starting at an almost superwide 25mm equivalent and reaching all the way to 600mm. And secondly, it is currently the only superzoom that provides for full manual settings in video shooting mode:

"Any megazoom is a lot of fun because it's small enough to bring along and you don't have to run around much to compose the shot. That . . . read more

Panasonic G3 review at Sans Mirror

"Panasonic has pretty much perfected the Quick Menu concept. On the G3 you have two ways of triggering it: touchscreen or function button (FN2 is normally assigned to Quick Menu). While we've got 10 things crammed into the Quick Menu now—which necessitates a second scrolling page—it's still a darned sight easier to tap the direction pad (or the touchscreen arrow) a couple of . . . read more

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Lumix G Vario review at ePhotozine

​I expected better test results from this super expensive, ultra wide zoom. Maybe Panasonic should let Leica have a look at the design for the successor?

"Due to the extreme wide angle of view the lens offers a petal-shaped hood is permanently fixed to the front, protecting the bulbous . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic G3 RAW Files - Same Sensor or Not? by Amin Sabet

Abin Sabet of mu-43.com tries to come up with the answer to the origins of the E-M5 sensor. You be the judge if he has nailed it:

"The first thing I did was to compare ISO 6400 files. Interestingly, the G3 file looked more "sharpened" than the E-M5 file, which was not the case for the low ISO files. There was nothing to suggest misfocus or shake-induced blur in the E-M5 file, and both . . . read more

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 ASPH review by Kirk Tuck

Micro four thirds users are the most pampered when it comes to sharp AF primes in the normal distance range, with no less than 6 such lenses available at this moment. Does this Leica branded lens bring some (or all) of the characteristics its $7000 non AF older and bigger 24mm sibling carries? As usual when it comes to reviews featured in The Online Photographer, many of the readers comments are very insightful and a worthy compliment to the review: . . . read more

Panasonic GF-3 next in line for some Ptool firmware hacking love by Mr. Kiselev

Hot on the heels of the Lumix GF2 hacking, its already time for its successor to receive the same treatment. Let's hope the similarities between the GF2 and GF3 will assist the rapid development of the project. 

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