Olympus E-M5 first final firmware jpegs and E-P3 iso comparison plus 3D tracking test

So, what have we got nyah: First, a series of full sized jpegs, straight out of a final firmware version E-M5, at What Digital Camera.  As almost always. these kind of tech mega sites do a really crappy work when it comes to photography. In any case, a trained (heh) pixel peeper can always draw his/hers own conclusion. 


Our next tidbit comes from Pekka Potka, a Finnish photographer that has proven to be an invaluable source of good E-M5 (and not . . . read more

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

Olympus OM-D Pro a possibility, at Tech Radar

Just posting this, as a good example of meaninngless discussion about a no-brainer. Here's a certainty: Demand for the E-M5 will be of an unprecedented scale, reviewers will rave about it, Olympus will get a sweet tooth, and release a 'pro' specced model that sports upgrades such as lower iso and/or higher iso speed, better viewfinder, built-in intervalometer, illuminated buttons, better video codec, etc. Doesn't take a think tank or a subject starved writer to figure this out:

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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

High ISO comparison between the Olympus Pen E-P3 and OM-D E-M5 at 43 user

As a m43 camera that can easily match the current crop of aps-c equipped rivals, there's no doubt the E-M5 easily trumps the Pen E-P3, considering the fact that the latter sports the outdated 12 mpixels sensor. The pixel peeper mill has as usual picked up on this, and most erroneously agree that the difference between the two cameras is about one stop. However, that's stuff that comes from the rear of a bull, just put the 6400 file from thre E-P3 next to the 24.800 one from the E-M5 and you can clearly see that  . . . read more

Five hot features of the Olympus E-M5 at Pocket-Lint

Pocket-Lint can be excused for not mentioning the 6th major feature, the gorgeous OM look:


"One of the headline features of the new OM-D, we found the 5-axis stabilisation to be very effective. It works by offering sensor shift technology in five planes and if you take the lens off the front of the camera, you can actually see the sensor responding as . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 first RAW files available, user's manual (UPDATED!)

Thank you for the heads-up 43rumors, and Focus Numerique for the plenty raw files. And, Olympus for the actual camera :) After a quick review of the raw files in question i came up with an alternative title for this post: Olympus moves into aps-c sized territory. If this camera is half as good as the hype has it, Oly will not be able to meet demand for a long time. 

P.S Lightroom won't open these raw files, use Raw Therapee, Olympus viewer (try with noise filter off for more crucial pixel peeping), Raw Photo Processor etc. . . . 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

Olympus Pen E-P1 Review at Photographic Central

A bit late to the party, but still, one of the best, and surely the most emotional review of this camera ever. Brings the PENstory to mind:


"Features wise, the E-P1 pleases greatly. It has a lot of features that stand out for me, namely the in body image stabilization, dual . . . read more

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 First full ISO crops, pictures, and mega hands-on roundup.

First, and most important in this pixel peepers honest opinion are the ISO SAMPLES. All the way to 25.600 as it should be. Server is a bit slow,propably being hammered to pieces by peeping toms from all over the world. A quick louping over them and 'wow' i believe this is the cleanest output from every m43 camera so far. While sharpness contrast and saturation are all set to 0, the images at iso 3200 and all the way up show very good sharpness and saturation. Seems like a good 3-5 stop improvement over my GH1. Tomorrow I will run a side-by-side with some GH2 and 7D files, because  i truly believe the OM-D is superior noise-wise to both.  Thank you Omuser! . . . read more

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 hands-on preview with video at Engadget

"The camera is quite intuitive, with a simple multi-tab menu system and a variety of dedicated controls. There are two dials up top, just as you'll find on the Sony NEX-7 -- in manual mode, one adjusts aperture while the second changes shutter speed. Touchscreen control is available as well, with tap-to-focus and touch-shoot functionality, but you'll need to use the buttons to the right for more complex adjustments. As you'd expect . . . read more

Olympus Om-D/E-M5 hands-on preview at Digital Photography Review

"It would be easy to dismiss the E-M5 as simply an upgraded E-P3 with a built-in viewfinder, but that would be to miss the point somewhat. Looked at another way, the E-M5 appears to be a synthesis of the best bits of recent Olympus cameras. It offers greater capability than the company's range-topping E-5 DSLR in a compact body with the classic styling of the OM range. It also echoes of the E-620 - the small, photographer- . . . read more

Olymous announces M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro & M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lenses


Olympus Press Release
Olympus to expand high-grade Micro Four Thirds lens system

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 hands-on preview at Imaging Resource.

"Names. What doesn't make sense is the camera's name. OM-D E-M5 is absurdly circumspect. They want to pay homage to the OM line while pointing out that it's digital, hence the D. Like we didn't know. Yet they want to keep pointing out that it's electronic like the other cameras in the line, hence the E in E-M5. I'd have preferred OM-5 or even OM-5D. We know it's electronic, and we know it's digital, so OM-5 would have been . . . read more

Olympus announces the arrival of OM-D, with the E-M5 m43 camera.

No longer the stuff of rumors, here's the E-M5 straight from the horse's mouth:

Olympus US Press Release:

Club Snap interviews Toshiyuki Terada, product and marketing manager leader at Olympus dslr group.

Some nice details that comes out of this interview: The whole package of camera body+lens+snap-on flash is weather sealed. Mr. Terada says it is of the same sealing quality as that of the E-series. The new sensor's High ISO and  Dynamic Range characteristics offer a 1/3 improvement over current Olympus m43 sensors. Mr. Terada also explains how the new 5-axis stabilization system on the E-M5 works: . . . read more

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 first full images appear, fitted with grips and lens. (Updated!)

Dials! Dials everywhere, OM-D=Oh My Dials? Olympus really means business with this one. No fancy designer needed here, just the best example of retrography this editor has ever seen, and yes, i include all the recent Fujifilms, and the Panasonic GX1. . . . 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

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 latest rumors roundup

Today, we got something that *could* be the brochure or an ad, eve though the text in it appears written by someone too enthusiastic about the E-M5, in a too simplistic tone. However, there HAVE been Olympus ads in the past written in a not too formal English. The text reads:

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New Olympus OM-D/E-M5 images appear in the wild, designer of camera revealed.

Wild=The Hungarian blog MLZphoto. Not very much to see here, except for the photos and the identity of the designer. While Pentax used the services (and for some reason, paid for them too) of designer Marc Newson for their K-01, the Olympus E-5M bears the unmistakable design traits of Darth Vader. As a matter of fact, we're 100% positive the E-M5 is just a Tie-Fighter instrument reworked into a camera. This goes a long way to explain the sometimes outlandish claims in the rumoured E-M5 spec list. Now we can just replace the 'best this', tweaked that' and 'revolutionary these' with a simple 'bestest camera ever'.  . . . read more

Olympus OM-D to be named E-M5, use same sensor as Panasonic GX1


A recoup of last days leaks..someone needs to plug that roof at Olympus. Source is mostly m43rumours, formatting, ours. :)
Here are the new and old specs, in no particular orders: 

Latest Olympus OM-D rumors: 9 frames per minute, and a picture.

Also, we've got something that COULD be the picture of the whole OM-D camera, blog.livedoor.jp has (according to some) proven to be a reliable leak source in the past. More tidbits from 43rumors.com: . . . read more

Olympus E-PL3 review @ Lunchtime doubly so

"When the screen is tilted, the camera rests on the left hand which holds the lens, and the right hands operates. It’s both better and worse than using an EVF: as I don’t have to bring the camera to my eye when shooting it’s less conspicuous on the street and easier in the composition, but when focusing manual lenses or shooting in the strongest light the EVF is better. Visibility is actually quite good in midday light, and versatility in . . . read more

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

Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 Review @ EPZ

Fight! The newcomer against the establishment, the newest versus the oldest and most mature compact camera system. The results are a bit..unexpected: . . . 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

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm ƒ/0.95 for Micro 4/3 lens test @ TOP

Why would someone pay 1.200 bucks for a manual lens with "smeary" or "horrible at wide open" characteristics? Surely, there must be a reason.

Btw, Voigtländer is a Cosina brand, the makers, of among other things, the current Carl Zeiss lenses.

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50 Greatest cameras of all time @ Photography Monthly

Photography Monthly just published its '50 greatest cameras of all time' for the second year in a row. It is a fair mix of pro and peoples cameras, the wacky and the serious. The only spoiler we'll provide is the thumbnail to the left, a nice crunchy brownie. . . . read more

Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM lens review @ LensTip

A value oriented all-rounder lens that's available in a lot of mounts:

"Perhaps the most important question this review should answer is whether the new model of the tested lens is better than its predecessor. The answer seems to be positive. The resolution of the new lens is similar to that of the older model; the chromatic aberration, distortion on wide angle, . . . 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

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