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November 7, 2011
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Panasonic talks about the future: OLED, tilting LCD and NEX-7 alike camera.

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Here are all direct GX1 links with price info:
Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here)
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here)
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here)
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here).

Panasonic talks about the future:
The guys from Photographyblog (Click here) do have a sort of “special” relation with Panasonic and posted a three page long Interview with Mr. Uematsu and Sykes from Panasonic. There are quite a lot of interesting info. Those of you that were wondering why the GX1 has no built-in viewfinder like the Sony NEX-7 here is the answer: “That may price it out of the range of the people we’re trying to reach. And not everybody wants a viewfinder, so at least this gives the consumer the option of having it or not. Personally I do not use them…“.

And it’s not the best kind of communication and marketing when Sykes says: “If you’re lucky you might get it (the GX1) under your tree for Christmas. It’s that type of launch. So that campaign may move into next year. Obviously the G3 we see as a mass product. The GX we don’t think will be a mass product“. So Panasonic isn’t interested to sell the GX1 at the Christmas High Shopping Season?

Uematsu explains the m43 advantages over APS-C sensors: “Concerning low light function over high sensitivity. Of course a bigger sensor is better, however we have to be concerned not just [about] low light or high sensitivity. Picture quality should be considered in tandem with optical quality. Of course Sony’s APS-C sensor is bigger, but a big sensor with a small flange-back makes not such a good situation for the corners of an image. Sometimes the resolution there is much lower than at the centre of an image. But we believe our Micro Four Thirds is a very good balance between optical and also sensor performance.

But in general Panasonic says a built-in viewfinder NEX-7 model is “under consideration”, and so a tilting LCD screen and OLED technology.

And of course there will be new lenses next year: “We have 14 lenses and have announced the development of a further two: the 12-35mm and 35-100mm for next year, but we feel we are missing a couple of key lenses in the line up. There are discussions and video conferences on going.

And Sykes also talked to Amateur Photographer (Click here) where he said that: “We want to be number one in interchangeable lens cameras“.

November 7, 2011
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Panasonic GX1 announced!

The new Panasonic GX1 m43 camera and the new external viewfinder have been announced. I will continually update this post with all the interesting news and reviews I will find on the web.

Preorders

Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here)
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here)
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here)
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here).

Previews and Image samples

GX1 preview at Cameralabs.
Panasonic GX1 news at Amateur Photographer (with Panasonic statement).
HOT: Panasonic GX1 Interview at Photographyblog
Korean preview at Popco.
CNET Asia hands.on.
comparison between GX1 (v0.1) and Sony NEX-5N at Hello Mirrorless.
high iso samples at Hello Mirrorless.
monochrome high iso samples at Hello Mirrorless.
Hands on: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 at Techradar.
HOT: Panasonic GX1 Photos at Photographyblog.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 preview and video on Dpreview.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 First Look at DCresource.
Panasonic GX1 Hands-on Preview at Imaging Resource.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 First Impressions Review at ePhotozine.
FIRST LOOK: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 at Photoreview.
GX1 hands-on at expertreviews.
Panasonic Lumix GX1 hands on first look review at Whatdigitalcamera.
First Look: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review at Pocket-Lint.

video

Hands-on by Which on youtube.
Hands-on review by Engadget on youtube.
Interview from Cameralabs on vimeo.
HOT: Panasonic GX1 video interview at Dpreview

Press release

Four Thirds User
Imaging Resource
Photoscala (german) and SystemKameraForum (german)
Quesabesde (spanish) and DSLR-Magazine (spanish)
Focus Numerique (french) and Lemondedelaphoto (french) and Declencheur (french).
Photography Blog
Imaging resource
Dpreview

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November 7, 2011
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New firmware update for the Panasonic GH2 coming in December!


There is a good news for all current Panasonic GH2 owners! A new GH2 firmware update is coming in December. You can read the news here Panasonic website (Click here). There are many new features and fixes:

  • - New video mode which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate (24Mbps)
  • - New functional option with Power Zoom Lens ([DISP FOCAL LENGTH (Display of Focal Length)], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED] and [ZOOM RING*])
  • - Full area enlargement of AF area setting
  • - Improvement in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket
  • - Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting
  • - [EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording
  • - More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash
  • - Improvement in the AF performance in video recording
  • - Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME]
  • - New [HALF-PRESS RELEASE] function
  • - Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting
  • - ON/OFF control of the touch-screen

Just a reminder. The GH2 got a $200 discount at Amazon (Click here).

November 3, 2011
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Panasonic digital camera sales: not so good as expected.

Photoscala (Click here) analyzed the latest Panasonic financial report. In summary, Panasonic lost 6% sales in the second fiscal quarter and the division “Digital AVC Networks” (which includes the digital cameras) had a 7% loss compared to last years quarter.
Panasonic also announced a new group organization (Click here to download the pdf).

Editor’s note: Neither Olympus nor Panasonic are doing very well this year. But I also saw that other companies are having problems. Strong YEN, Tsunami, Fukushima and now the Thai flood. There are many reasons why japanese companies are having a bad year!

November 3, 2011
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The reason why the new LVF2 adapter cannot work on your current GF camera.

The old beauty: The Panasonic Panasonic GF1

Our reader TAGO (Thanks!) found the reason why the current GF cameras Panasonic by reading an old article at http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/interview/20090909_314443.html (Sep. 2009).

Here it is: “The External terminal for EVF,it is necessary to run through high-frequency parallel data. In that case, EMI increases and cannot confirm a standard. Therefore, GF1 cannot output data of more than 200,000 pixel to the external terminal.

So it sounds like it is not a bade joke or marketing trick if the new LVF2 adapter will not work on your GF cameras. The new adapter has 1.44k dot and that’s an amount of data the “old” connections of the GF1/2/3 cannot handle!

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