Do Panasonic and Olympus Know About Each Other? @ Sansmirror

Well, maybe they have a hint or two about each others existence. FTA:
""One thing that struck me once again while unboxing some new m4/3 lenses is that Panasonic sure seems to not mention the word "Olympus" in their m4/3 materials. Other than acknowledgement of Olympus' trademark of the Four Third and Micro Four Third names . . . read more

Panasonic DMC-GX1 review @ Cnet.Asia

"We were impressed by how fast the GX1 was able to acquire and lock focus on static and moving subjects--with our hit rates also increasing thanks to its AF tracking capabilities. 

Without prefocusing, time-to-first-shot (time taken to capture the first shot upon powering on) was clocked at 1.1 seconds and shot-to-shot time (how long it takes to shoot one frame

Travel Zoom Shootout @ Imaging-Resource

"Smartphones have punched a hole in many product categories, not the least of which is the simple pocket digital camera. Still, one category of pocket digital camera that's not withered is the pocket long zoom, or travel zoom, and and quite a few players have joined the category in the last few years. As ubiquitous as they are, smartphone cameras can't pretend to zoom to even 3x optically, let alone compete with the 12-18x optical zooms we've gathered for our Travel-Zoom Shootout. . . . read more

2011 Mirrorless camera roundup @ Dpreview

FTA: "Several factors have combined to make the Beginners' class the most competitive of the Mirrorless camera market. The main one is the camera makers' belief that there is an un-tapped market of buyers who would like to get better pictures than their compact camera . . . read more

Panasonic GX1 Hands-on Review by DigitalRev

This is DigitalRevTV video review. FTA:

"The Panasonic GF series has taken an interesting change of direction ever since the brilliant GF1 was first announced. With the GF2 and GF3 losing admirers of the range thanks to them losing key features. But now the GX1 is here and it's promising to be the successor to the GF1. Is it any good though?" . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review @ photoreview.com.au

Vying for the same space as the Sony NEX7  is tough, really tough, but this is the one possible challenger: . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GX1 review @ Techradar

From the review: "

Aimed at advanced enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is designed to fill the void left by the acclaimed Lumix DMC-GF1, which sported a level of manual functionality that photographers missed with the subsequent launches of replacements; the Lumix GF2 and Lumix GF3. Could the flagship model of Panasonic's brand . . . read more

Panasonic DMC-GX1 review @ Dcresource.com

The GX1 may look a lot like the GF1, but there's a wholly different beast under the hood. From the Review:   "The DMC-GX1 records Full HD video at 60i (though sensor output is 30p), with stereo sound and continuous autofocus.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review @ Cnet.com

FTA:  "My sole complaint about the interface is that some of the buttons are flush with the body and hard not only to feel, but to press. This includes the movie record button, which provides little tactile feedback and the Q Menu button, which is simply too important to be so hard to feel. The silver buttons are also etched, rather than labeled, and it's nearly impossible to see the etching in dim light without tilting the camera toward a light source. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review @ TechRiot

FTA:

"Unsurprisingly, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 does indeed produce photos that are on a par with those we created with the G3. Images display a very good level of sharpness, while the GX1′s 16MP sensor is capable of resolving plenty of fine detail. Noise is also well controlled, with clean shots being produced throughout much of the camera’s sensitivity range. . . . read more

Panasonic GX1 preview @ Dpreview.com

From the preview: "Launched back in 2009, the GF1 was, ironically, Panasonic's attempt to court compact-camera owners looking to upgrade, with what was then billed as, 'the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera'. Instead, the GF1's high quality Raw output and classic rangefinder aesthetic gained a strong and passionate following in the enthusiast . . . read more

Panasonic GX1 Hands-on Preview @ Imaging-Resource

FTA: "In recent years we've seen manufacturers back off from the megapixel race for the sake of image quality, and now we're seeing Panasonic back off from the race toward miniaturization. Since the Sony NEX-5, we've seen successively smaller designs like the Olympus E-PM1 and Panasonic's own GF2 and GF3 that moved away from the rangefinder ethos of the GF1 for the sake of fitting into the silhouette of the NEX-5. These smaller cameras worked quite well for the Japanese domestic . . . read more

Panasonic GX1 interview @ PhotographyBlog

FTA: 

"Barney Sykes: I think the entry products like the GF3 are helping to grow the market, whereas products like the G3 are starting to eat away at SLR type cameras. I don’t think SLR can offer that compact style of body at the moment so that’s one of the ways in which that market can grow. Products like the G3, GH2, and G2 will probably take away some sales from . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens at photodo

"Weighing only 190g, this lens is very compact and lightweight for one covering a range like this, and it balances well on the Olympus E-PL1 used for testing. The lens barrel is constructed from good quality plastics and the lens mount is plastic also, which probably contributes to the light weight of the lens.

Zooming the lens to 150mm virtually doubles its length. The zoom and focus rings are both smooth in

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Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH review at photodo

"Being a pancake lens, this optic is very compact, and will make a pocketable combination with many Micro Four Thirds system compatible camera bodies. It weighs only 100grams, and compliments the Panasonic Lumix G3 used for testing very well.

The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics with a gun metal finish, and much of this space is

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Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 Lens review at photodo

"The shallow built-hood serves to protect the front element if the lens is placed face down on a flat surface and the lens construction is generally very good, with high quality plastics being used for much of the lens barrel and the lens mount being constructed from metal.

No claims for weather resistance are made by Panasonic for this lens, and there is no way to attach filters

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New Micro Four Thirds 'Lo-fi' lens from Photojojo @ TR

"The new lens is focused manually, and features soft bokeh, vignetting, lens flares and low contrast for a 'lo-fi' feel. It also offers a very shallow depth of field for tilt-shift-like photo effects.  . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS Hands On review at photodo

"The lens features new Power Optical Image stabilisation, with improved image stabilisation down to 2hz, optimised for HD video with quiet focusing, zoom, manual focus, and zoom and manual focus controls on the side. The zoom has two speeds, both slow and fast. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Lens Review review at photodo

"The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics with a matte finish and weighs only 165g. The lens mount is also plastic, as is typical with kit lenses like this. The size and low weight make it balance extremely well on the Panasonic Lumix G3 used for testing.

As focusing is performed internally the 52mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens

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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS Hands On review at photodo

"The new Panasonic Lumix X 45-175mm Zoom lens, is a new telephoto zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds range of cameras, that is just 90mm long with internal focus and interal power zoom. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens review at photodo

"Those expecting the solid brass workmanship of Leica lenses for their own cameras may be a little misguided. Saying that the build quality is good, with high quality plastics used for much of the lens barrel and a metal lens mount to provide durability through many lens changes. The satin black finish looks very smart and in keeping with the Leica branding, this lens has an orange '25' decal placed on top of the lens

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

This lens is really one of the reasons a seasoned street photographer should look into the mirrorless movement:

"The Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens offers almost silent focusing, and in use, we have found the system very quick on the new DMC-G3. The 46mm filter thread does not rotate on focus, which is good news for users of polarisers and graduated neutral density filters. . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Hard choice, this, or the 20mm f1.7?

"The LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-G2, and it should be potentially even faster on the DMC-GH2.

Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without your having to press

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Probably the best wide-angle zoom lens available for any mirrorless mount. It also costs as much or more than the best mirrorless cameras.

"The LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo.
Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Review @ Photography blog

The first 'video optimized' lens for m43, with a fluid aperture and a noiseless motor. 

 

"The LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 Review @ Photography blog

"The LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Review @ Photography blog

100-300mm translates to 200-600mm in 35mm equivalent terms. Thats some serious zoom reach.

 

"The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. With the focus mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 set to AFC, the lens tracked moving subjects well. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH review @ DPreview

"The Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH was the third lens Panasonic announced for its fledgling Micro Four Thirds system, back in March 2009. It certainly created a significant buzz on release, with the company taking advantage of the short back focus of the mirrorless mount to deliver a lens whose compact size belies its dramatically wide 114º angle of view and constant F4 maximum . . . read more

Panasonic G10 review @ DCR

A bit sluggish they say? I think that the Micro Four Thirds standard is finally getting to be where it wants to be, and it's a good thing too, since the competition is heating up.

Panasonic 7-14mm f4.0 Lens review @ Slrgear.com

Is this little (and expesive) gem the best wide-angle lens for m43 mounts? Excerpt: "The Panasonic 7-14mm is small and light, weighing in at just 300 grams (just over 10oz), due to its plastic construction. The finish is a matte black and grey texture, with a larger zoom ring, mounted closer to the camera, and a smaller focus ring. There are no switches or controls on the lens, and Panasonic
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