AF speed duel at m43.eu: Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Canon EOS M, ok, this is not funny any longer.

"At the beginning of the planning that somehow I will discuss this movie, but after some thought, I leave it - mercifully - no comment . Just one note: it was a battle of the Olympus E-M5, but just as quickly set the focus two new PEN E-PL5 s and E-PM2. Also, a comparison with Panasonikiem G5, or GH3 would GF5 very similar result.

Well, the first Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras also were not as fast as the latest models. What remains is to wish Canon to the rapid development of the system." . . . read more

Ephotozine names Olympus Live-time mode as best new technology of 2012, we'd add Oly's 5-axis IBIS to that.

"It's a feature for long exposures caused by low light or when you're using a dark ND filter such as the Lee Filters Big Stopper. The camera starts recording and gives a screen preview at intervals as the exposure builds. You can adjust the time between previews through the camera's menu. So, for example, when shooting at ISO200 you can view 24 steps with intervals of between 0.5 sec and 60 seconds. As the ISO increases the number of steps you can view decreases. You set an interval rate that will show gradual build up of exposure so you can stop when the correct exposure is reached." . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Lens Review at the Phoblographer: So good, it redefines the standards at which micro four thirds lenses should be built.

"The build is the first sign of quality, but the excellence continues throughout the optics and the result is nothing short of amazing. Images are sharp, pleasing to the eye, and color pops beautifully. Weight could certainly be a concern if you’re travelling with this lens, or shooting with a smaller body like an E-P3 or an E-PM1, but the tradeoff is well worth it–a tremendously good portrait lens at what I believe to be a fair price. $899 is not exactly what I would call cheap, especially in the world of micro four thirds, but it’s an absolute bargain for a lens of this quality. If a high quality portait lens is what you’re looking for, then I have no doubt that this is the one for you." . . . read more

Olympus Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review from a guy who never shoots macro, that's Steve Huff.

"Even for a guy who has not a “Macro Guy” I feel this lens could add something to my Micro 4/3 kit. It continues the streak from Olympus with high quality super glass that seems to be created from magic lens elves. If you like to shoot Macro or get in close I can not imagine ANYONE being disappointed in this lens. It is built well, feels solid, has nice auto focus performance, is 100% silent, is sharp and even the manual focus is smooth, silky and easy to use. There is some minimal CA in certain extreme situations (high contrast with full light behind subject such as tree branch can create some purple . . . read more

Panasonic G5 Review at NeoCamera: If you're looking for a small capable and affordable m4/3 camera, this should be near the top of your list.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 delivers nice image quality in a mid-size mirrorless camera with an integrated EVF and customizable interface. This makes is suitable for intermediate photographers who prefer to shoot with the camera at eye-level and use certain controls often. The G5 turns in a balanced performance. It excels at autofocus speed while being average in terms of image quality and performance when compared to other mirrorless cameras. There are a few usability issues which make certain mistakes more likely but this digital camera does not do anything poorly.

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Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at CameraLabs: In an all too crowded top segment, this camera is equipped to stay at the top.

"The mirrorless compact system camera market now offers more choice than ever before and, with the addition of Canon's EOS M it promises to become even more crowded. By giving the E-PL5, and presumably any upcoming PEN models, the same sensor as the Flagship OM-D E-M5, adding features that improve usability, like the touch screen, and expanding the choice of lenses and accessories Olympus is doing exactly what it needs to, to maintain its position as a leader in the CSC . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 Kitty video iso 1600 to 6400 test by Fillipo Chiesa: Meow!

"I filmed this very short preliminary high ISO test at my house putting the GH3 on my sofa with one of my cats.
No professional lights added (only the artificial light sources of my living room).
New and accurate test in the next days.  Recording mode: ALL-I 25p No color"
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Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens Hands-On Review at The Fat Bears: The lens must be stopped down quite severely in order to produce excellent results.

As an aside, whilst the 12-35 comes with built in Panasonic Power OIS, I haven’t tried it out – I’ve been relying on Oly’s excellent 5-axis stablisation in the OM-D, although at some point I reckon I’ll give it a go.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the results which this lens is capable of. I intend to test it out a great deal more, especially in low-light situations. I picked it up with the intention of using it as a low-light lens for events, and that’s what I’ll post about more when once I’ve given it a good go. In the meantime, here are a couple more sample images… Let me know what you think. . . . read more

Olympus E-PM2 review at PhotographyBlog: The best image quality Olympus has to offer, at the smallest size, for the smallest price.

"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the E-PM2 carries on where the OM-D E-M5 left off by equalling the results from other leading cameras. Noise doesn't rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-PM2 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the noisier raw images. We never longed for a . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Trusted Reviews: Really big, really good, very few negative aspects.

"As Panasonic’s flagship digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera (more commonly referred to as a compact system camera) the Lumix GH3 has come on a long way from the two-year-old GH2 and brings with it a generous range of improvements. Indeed, with its larger hand grip, bigger battery, superb touchscreen and integrated Wi-Fi connectivity we don’t have any hesitation in saying the GH3 is one of the most intuitive CSCs we’ve used" . . . read more

Olympus M.zuiko 17mm f/1.8 review at LensTip.com: Nothing to be proud of, Olympus needs to rethink.

"This lens is not exactly a successful construction and it should have been thought out better – I write it without scruple. I could even call it ill-considered. Why? Because it repeats some features you can already find in the Micro 4/3 system. When Panasonic and Olympus companies announced the launch of a new system I thought they were going to support each other, filling in their respective gaps. Meanwhile the Olympus 1.8/17 occupies a place already taken by the Panasonic . . . read more

The Online Photographer: Impressions of the Olympus OM-D, Part II, by Ctein.

"The technical noise measurements do not hint at how much better the OM-D is. As I explained in the aforementioned column, it's not just about the quantity but quality of noise. The OM-D noise is extremely uniform and fine-grained. Up to ISO 800, it's essentially ignorable. When it becomes bothersome, the faintest whiff of noise reduction will take care of it."

The Olympus E-PM2 goes to the DXO Mark Store: This mini's sensor is just as good as the one in the OM-D/E-PL5, goes straight to the top of the m43 category.

"It comes as no surprise that the Olympus PEN E-PM2 scores virtually identically to Olympus’ top-of-the-line OM-D E-M5 since they share the same sensor (as does the midrange Olympus PEN E-PL5). The E-PM2 actually comes in at one point higher than the E-M5 on the Overall Score, though that difference is negligible. The two cameras essentially have the same performance in color depth and dynamic range, and the E-PM2 scores less than 1/4 stop better in low-light ISO. . . . read more

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."

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at Pocket-Lint: Despite the size, this camera is a real heavyweight when it comes to features and image quality.

"Image quality is a leap forward for Micro Four Thirds at this price point, which is a huge selling point. Add a decent build, fast autofocus system and, of course, wide selection of Micro Four Thirds lenses and there's not much to dislike.

Our limited moans are that the plastic front grip looks cheap, there's no built-in flash and that continuous autofocus still . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 X OIS review at AdmiringLight: Very, very good, but not flawless.

"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 . . . read more

Olympus E-PL5 review at gizmodo: Beautiful inside, disastrous on the outside.

"The optional 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens hinders the PL5's usability. The lens barrel must be manually unlocked from its closed position, severely slowing down the shooting experience. Then, it remains extended at every focal length. It's unsightly, and it's hard to intuitively know if your lens is zoomed in or out."

Olympus M.zuiko 17mm f/1.8 VS 17mm f2.8 VS Panasonic 20mm f1.7 ASPH review by Ming Thein: We're not there yet, but it is a good start.

"That leaves us with the three native AF options. I would not buy the 17/2.8 unless size is a critical priority, or you know that you’re going to be shooting only static objects stopped down; otherwise the slow AF speed will drive you crazy. The Panasonic 20/1.7 is in a similar boat; it’s faster to focus than the 17/2.8 and optically better, but nowhere near as fast as the 17/1.8. The 20/1.7 and 17/1.8 deliver similar resolution in the center, but they render quite differently – the 20/1.7 is . . . read more

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

Olympus Pen mini E-PM2 Review at Ephotozine: 5-Star quality with very good value for money.

"The camera's image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, image quality is excellent with the 14-42mm MK II lens delivering sharp photos and excellent Olympus colour. Noise performance is the best it's ever been from a Micro Four Thirds camera, with usable ISO up to and including ISO6400." . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 review (part 2) by Robin Wong: Everything ok, but still, no real love.

"Do not get me wrong, the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens is a great lens, it is sharp, very technically well controlled, and works very efficiently. It is also not a lens I will fall terribly in love with, unlike the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 or even the 75mm F1.8 lenses. I find the 17mm a lot harder to use, and knowing the trouble to work with the lens, it is difficult to . . . read more

Olympus E-PL5 gets the DXO Mark Treatment: Yes, it is a E-M5 at heart, minus some fluff, but with iso 100 added.

"With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus updates its range of micro 4:3 compact hybrids with redesigned ergonomics, upgraded electronics, and especially with the integration of the same 16Mpix LiveMos sensor found in the OM-D E-M5. Will it show the same advances in image quality as the flagship camera of its line? Our tests provide the answer." . . . 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

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at PCmac.com

"The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 isn't the best Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy—that's the weather-sealed Olympus OM-D E-M5—but it's the best one you'll get for under $1,000. It's fast to focus and rattles off shots at an impressive speed, it's kit lens is quite sharp, and it has a tilting rear display with touch input support. It doesn't have a whiz-bang feature like the Wi-Fi connectivity that is built into the Samsung NX1000. Even though the E-PL5 outshines other cameras with the Micro Four Thirds lens mount, it doesn't quite equal our current Editors' Choice in the more broad entry-level . . . read more

Pekka Potka tests the Olympus 17mm f/1.8: Not the perfect 35mm equivalent, yet.

"The M. Zuiko 17mm lens is a nice lens to use. Small and well made. Autofocusing is lightning fast and silent. It is a joy to walk with; walk to the spot where you by experience know you get the right angle, raise the camera, shoot, walk on... Fast, unobtrusive. It also has the same, very practical pull-push focusing ring as M. Zuiko 12mm lens. And it also comes in the . . . read more

Impressions of the Olympus OM-D, Part I, at The Online Photographer: No buyer's remorse here.

"The OM-D has five customizable buttons, even more with some lenses and the auxiliary battery pack. I can do a lot with five buttons. See Custom Menu B/Button Function. The fn2 button, right next to the shutter release, became a manual/autofocus toggle. The record button, right behind it, now zooms the viewfinder for more accurate focusing."

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Olympus Introduces the M.ZUIKO 17mm f1.8 lens, lens hood and cap comes optional.

Yes, it is not enough that Olympus charges serious money for their always optional lens hoods, lately they've gone the optional route for the freaking lens cap too. Street price for a cap: $22-30. Add the hood for approx. $90-$100.
Anyway, the lens will be available from December, with an estimated price of $499/€449.

Olympus (US) press release. . . . 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

How to tweak your Olympus E-M5 to shoot sports by Jim Huffman at SteveHuffphoto.com

Well, turning off the rear LCD takes you a long way, but there's more that that:

"go into custom buttons – and assign magnify to any function button (or the record button). now, to enter magnify, hit the control button twice. magnify stays on until you half press the shutter release! and, you will note that the magnify is . . . read more

Olympus EM-5 Review at NeoCamera: Top-notch image quality with some interface quirks

"The OM-D E-M5 struggles with color accuracy. There are lots of Picture Modes but none produce realistic colors across the spectrum. The best image colors are obtained in Natural style with Saturation dials down to -1. The red channel remains too high regardless of settings. This is obviously avoidable for those who shoot RAW. . . . read more

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