Olympus OM-D more details, 2 stop better iso? @ 43rumors.com

Ok, the leaks about this camera are becoming something of a Chinese water drop torture. Are olympus and 43rumors both into this? 

"A new source (Thanks!) had the chance to test the new OM-D camera. He says “the 12800 ISO performance looks similar to the E-P3′s 3200 . . . 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

Astrodesign, Kenko Tokina and Tamron join the Micro Four Thirds group

Wow, we've got what, 6 lens companies in the micro four thirds camp now?  Surely good news for the customers.


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Olympus PEN E-P3 review @ Imaging Resource

"The Olympus E-P3's full-autofocus shutter lag in single-area AF mode (center AF position) was only 0.222 second with the 14-42mm II R kit lens at wide-angle. At full telephoto, AF shutter was even lower, at 0.205 second. That's faster than many SLRs! In 35-point "All Targets" AF mode, this . . . 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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Olympus OM-D camera to launch in February, according to leak @ Pocket-Lint

"Even Olympus itself is getting into the act, posting a teaser advert in Amateur Photographer magazine that starts with "Oh My Goodness!", with the "O" and "M" in a bolder font. The next paragraph underneath reads (as reported on Photography Blog): "Was all we said when we first saw . . . read more

Big Prints From 4/3-Format Sensors - How Big Can You Go? @ TOP

"I was astonished again a year and a half or so ago when I saw the quality of the 20-inch wide prints I could make from Panasonic Lumix GF1 captures. But then, the uninterpolated GF1 file, at the native 300 ppi resolution for my HP Z3200 printer, is 13.333 inches. So that 20-inch print . . . read more

Another small piece of the upcoming Olympus OM-D dSLR @ 43rumors

Piece by piece we will soon have a full image of the new Olympus OM-D. Or whatever it will be called. 


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

Olympus 12mm f/2 Lens Review @ SansMirror

800 $/e with just a cap and no hood? It better be the best darn 12mm lens on the market:

"Sharpness for a wide angle is good wide open, but the corners have at least twice the blur circle as the central area, and thus have a touch of softness to them. Stopping down to f/4 makes this an edge-to-edge winner, though: decently sharp across the frame. In between, f/2.8, is very usable for me, even into the corners, but again, you'd need to get to f/4 to pull everything up to the highest level this lens is capable of. Overall I expected a sharp lens, and that's basically . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GX1 video review @ WhatDigitalCamera

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

Olympus going even more retro with OM-D camera @ Cnet

"In the film days, Olympus' OM line was one of the majors in the SLR (single-lens reflex) world--indeed, I learned photography with my first camera, an OM-10 I used for many years. With the digital-SLR revolution, Olympus started over with a new brand, the E series line, that came . . . read more

First Olympus OM-D leaked image @ 43rumors

"This will be the first digital camera of the prestigious OM series that this year will become 40 years old. The first film camera was the M-1 (launched in 1972) that was than renamed OM-1 because Leica put some pressure on Olympus to change the name (to not confuse it with the . . . read more

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

New details leak aboud Olympus new OM-D camera @ m4/3rumours

  1. Priced at $1.100 or 1.000 Euro in Europe
  2. Width 121mm, weighs 425g
  3. New in body stabilization and AF system

Sigma interview: NEX and Micro Four Thirds are major focus @ IR

"All of Sigma's products are produced at the company's own factory in Aizu, Japan, and so we were pleased to hear Yamaki-san's report that impact to the company from last year's quake--although clearly unnerving for those present--was relatively minor, compared to some others in the . . . read more

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

Mirrorless Mania–Which one should I buy? Nikon 1, Micro 4/3, Sony NEX by Steve Huff

"It really is a tough decision because like I said, all of these little machines are pretty damn good but NONE are perfect in every way, NONE. As of today, if you want the perfect mirrorless it would have to be a mix of four cameras. If we mixed the speed, metering and responsiveness of the . . . read more

Olympus will soon announce digital revival of OM DSRL line?

Despite Olympus current woes, the development and unveiling of the new OM line appears to be on track.  Release date is said to be at February 8th. Olympus put out a full page ad at the back page of next week’s Amateur Photographer magazine. And they higligted the letters “O” and “M" . . . read more

What's a Complete Mirrorless System? by Thom Hogan

Thom may not have the answer to "what's a functional website" but he sure knows his mirroless(es): 

"m4/3: tends to fail at high ISO image quality and tracking focus performance, plus only a few of the Panasonic models have built-in EVFs. GPS and tether support is also missing. The good news is that the lens set is broad, deep, and will soon have almost no gaps. . . . 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

SIGMA 19mm F2.8 EX DN lens for m4/3 and E-System mount

Price and availability TBA. Sigma Press Release: . . . read more

SIGMA 30mm F2.8 EX DN lens for m4/3 and E-system

Price and availability TBA. Sigma Press Release: . . . read more

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