Panasonic issues new firmware for the Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS lens

New version 1.3 Improves the stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer).

 

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH at olympuslensreview

"This Panasonic 20mm is one of Micro Four Thirds best prime lens, much better than the Olympus 17mm.

You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama.
I like this lens primarily because of its small dimension (hence the name pancake) and superior optical quality compared to Olympus 17mm.

On the center, this lens is sharp at tack,

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Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Macro–Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS at olympuslensreview

"The Panasonic 45mm lens is one heck of an interesting lens. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo or Adorama.

This is a lens that is co-developed by Leica and Panasonic. Yes, Leica, the big daddy of expensive photography equipment (Note: Leica is often read EXPENSIVE in the photography world). . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH at PhotoSeis

"The Panasonic 7-14mm lens is the first and the best ultra wide angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds format to date. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama. Anytime you use those links, you are helping me writing more cool stuff on this site. Thanks for your help!

During the launch date, there are many excitement and buzz around this lens. The 7mm focal length is . . . read more

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega O.I.S at olympuslensreview

"The Panasonic 14-45 is the first kit lens for the Micro Four Thirds format. It was originally released with the Panasonic G1 camera.

You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama. Whenever you buy something from those site, you help me keep adding cool stuff here
I would consider myself a semi pro photographer who buy way too many expensive lenses and

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Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 Mega O.I.S at olympuslensreview

"The Panasonic 45-200mm lens is the first telephoto zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama.

Remember that you are helping me adding more cool stuff on this site whenever you get something from those store.

This lens is used to be sold as one package with the Panasonic G1 camera, but it is also available

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 camera review at Camera Labs

"One of the highlights of the movie mode though is its ability to record very long clips, at least for models unconstrained by European tax regulations. Frustratingly those GX1s destined for Europe will be limited to 29:59 clips, but others will enjoy clips lasting just over two hours with a fully-charged battery and empty 16GB card. Indeed I used the GX1 to record entire school events

and found the long uninterrupted recordings coupled with the tap refocusing made for a killer combination. . . . read more

Ptool hack 3.64d released, adds support for Panasonic GF2, new features for GH2

Thanks to the committed effort by Vitaliy Kiselev and his army of supporters and beta testers, owners of the Lumix GF2 can now for the first time get a taste of what their camera can achieve with the PTool firmware manipulation tool, such as unlocked and added bit rates, codecs, language, and numerous tweaks. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 camera review at DP Review

The ultimate judge of all them cameras has its verdict ready on the GX1, and even though it is not a death sentence, it's not lenient either. 

When the Gf1 its predecessor originally entered the market back in 2009 it pretty much had the playing field al by it self. Now, Sony has the NEX range lined-up with 2 formidable cameras, the current Olympus offerings have also smartened up quite a bit, not to mention the imminent release of the OM-D, a camera that has stirred up very strong feelings in the micro four thirds community;and elsewhere. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Camera Review @ Tech Crunch

"The lens that our unit had, and one many will opt for, is a new compact 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 with both power zoom and power focus. It’s very compact when the camera is off, but a front element protrudes about an inch when it’s powered on. The on/off process is fairly quick, so it’s no trouble to turn it off when you need the camera to be more portable, though I personally would prefer a nice pancake prime to minimize size. As a . . . read more

Panasonic Q3/2011 earnings: loss at a tune of 9 Billion Dollars.

Ouch! Outlook for 2012 is not very bright either:

 

"Regarding the annual forecast for fiscal 2012, the company revised its previous sales forecast of 8,300.0 billion yen downward to 8,000.0 billion . . . read more

Panasonic TZ30 (ZS20) hands-on review @ Tech Radar

It may LOOK similar to the TZ20 it is replacing, but the differences under the hood are anything but subtle: Useable ISO @ 1600 despite the rising to 14 megapixels, better image stabilization, full manual controls, 20x zoom (starting at 24mm), very quick response times and more, well this baby deserves a place into both the 'superzoom' and 'prosumer' tags:

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Panasonic releases new Travel Zoom TZ30 / SZ20 with 20x Leica lens, usable 1600 ISO

 

The competition gets a lot tougher in the Travel Zoom category with this little gem. Among other treats, it promises very fast response/af times, a 20X Leica lens starting at 24mm, usable 1600 ISO (this, i really want to see), a 10 fps burst mode, and much more. Panasonic also promises the usual headache to all Panny fans out there by giving this camera (too) different names: TZ30 in Euroland and SZ20 in Am'rica. Pricing

Sony NEX-7 versus Panasonic GH2 side-by-side video comparison by 'Hacky'

P.S Original video files from both cameras are only available to download for Vimeo 'plus' customers.

 

"After evaluating some aspects of the image quality of Sony's new NEX-7 it's now time for a closer look at the video quality by comparing it to the current flagship of the MicroFourThirds (mFT) system cameras, the Panasonic Lumix GH2.  . . . read more

Panasonic DMC-GF3 Review by Barrie Smith

Is the Panasonic DMC-GF3  just a stripped down miniscule GX1, or does it have a valid right to exist on its own merit? Also, note to Author: Sony does NOT manufacture micro four thirds cameras, and they probably never will. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G3 vs Canon 5Dmk II by Tyson Robichaud

"I know that on paper this is a crazy comparison.  It’s also not fair in that we have two very different sensors, one, a 21 mega pixel full frame at the end of it’s 3+ year life cycle and the other about a quarter of the size and which is not even 10 months into its own.  Well, these are the two . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 video review by Ben Pitt

These "short & sharp" reviews are pretty amazing, they reallt live up to their name:

"A short, sharp review of the GX1, Panasonic's mirrorless system camera for the discerning enthusiast. Tested alongside the Sony NEX-5N to see which one comes out on top. View at 1080p to see sample shots at 1:1 pixel ratio." . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GX1 Review @ Gizmodo

The GX1 is a sturdy shooter with flexible controls. This is no point-and-shoot camera: It fills up your hands like an old rangefinder. Are you a DSLR snob who loves buttons? It has lots of buttons. ISO, drive, AF mode, and white balance are neatly mapped to the four directional buttons on  . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GX1 review @ TrustedReviews

"As is common with many digital cameras these days, the GX1 allows you to choose from a set of predefined processing styles. In keeping with other recent Lumix G-series releases the GX1 offers a choice of: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom. We . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 vs DMC-G3 Review @ Ephotozine

"Both cameras offer high image quality, quick shooting, good value for money and access to the ever increasing Micro Four Thirds lens range, as well as numerous third party lenses and adapters, making either camera a great choice. The features available with each and what is right for . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Camera Review @ Ephotozine

"The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is designed to satisfy the needs of advanced photographers and those wanting a premium compact camera with higher resolution sensor and high quality video. The camera looks great with the new compact 14-42mm X lens that compacts to the size of a . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera review @ Engadget

Before we go on to the main dish, here's a reader commentary on the same Engadget page:

"Why does everyone simply forget panasonic G3? It has the same sensor as GX1, marginally bigger body but with EVF builtin, an extremely handy tilted screen with touch focus and same resolution as gx1. It's basically the same or even better than GX1!!

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RED Scarlet versus Panasonic GH2 @ EOSHD

"Straight off the camera the GH2 can look great, but the Scarlet holds up far better in post, where you are able to change pretty much any aspect of the image to a massive extent. This simply isn’t possible with DSLR footage. . . . read more

Optimising the Panasonic GH2 for ISO 12,800 @ EOShd

"Myth busting time! Yes the GH2 really can do clean, detailed ISO 12,800 in low light, and it is the best current DSLR for low light shooting, with an organic fine grain noise pattern like the Canon C300. How? It all depends on picture profiles, as EOSHD shows in this video tutorial. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GX1 video review @ WhatDigitalCamera

Hands-on video review of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 video review

Fujifilm X-Pro1 vs. Panasonic GX1 vs. Sony NEX-7 vs. Olympus E-P3 comparison @ SR

Stuff-Review has made a nice little chart that pits the newcomer against the almost established crowd. That's all pretty theoretical though, since 3 of the 4 cameras are practically not available in the majority of the western world:

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Panasonic Firmware Update for Lumix DMC-GX1 and G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens

 

Panasonic have announced a new firmware update for Lumix DMC-GX1 and Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA OIS (H-FS100300). To be available in the end of January 2012

Panasonic interview: Learning from the fringe, taking small steps @ IR

There's something about the CES environment that makes usually tight-lipped executives a bit less tight..and a bit more candid:

"Much has been talked about a successor for GH2. The GH2 has been out now for a little over a year, so people are wondering about the next model. There’s no one great thing I can say that we’re going to plan on and actually produce right at this time. Certainly, we’ll eventually produce . . . read more

Panasonic Introduces Four New Conversion Lenses for the LUMIX G Series (m4/3)

Panasonic Press Release

Panasonic Introduces Four New Conversation Lenses for the LUMIX G Series of Compact System Cameras
 
Panasonic today announces four new conversion lenses that are compatible with the H-PS14042 (LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.) and H-H014* (LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH.) Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses, which are part of the LUMIX G Series and compatible with the company’s compact system cameras (CSC). 

Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm Lenses found @ CES by PBlog

"Panasonic have unveiled two new concept lenses, the 12-35mm and 35-100mm, at CES 2012.

Being shown under glass, the Lumix 12-35mm (24-70mm equivalent) and 35-100mm (70-200mm equivalent) are both Power O.I.S lenses with maximum apertures of f/2.8, and they accept 58mm filters.

Other than a prominent sign stating “Concept Lens” behind each one, there’s no other information on if or when they will see the light of day." . . . read more

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