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April 19, 2010
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CNET tests the new Olympus firmware

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As you know Olympus will release the new firmware for MicroFourThirds Pen cameras on April 22.
Lori Grunin from CNET had the chance to test the firmware. The good news is that they measured “22 percent improvement in shot lag

They also tested the autofocus performance of the new Olympus 9-18mm lens -> “did feel zippier, with more decisive autofocus

Preorders:
Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon Japan / Amazon Germany / Amazon France

April 19, 2010
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Panasonic G2 and G10 available in May!

Press Release:
Panasonic today announces pricing for the Panasonic LUMIX G2 and LUMIX G10 – the latest additions to the company’s award-winning LUMIX G Series Digital Singles Lens (DSL) Micro Four Thirds cameras. Both available in late-May 2010, the LUMIX G2, which will come in red, blue and black models, will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95, while the LUMIX G10 will have an SRP of $599.95.

via: dpreview

[Thanks JIM]

April 16, 2010
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Panasonic GH1 firmware hack.

Pentax-Hack is working on a new Panasonic GH1 hack. Once installed your custom firmware on your GH1 you will be able to create new camera features. EOSHD noticed the “availability of both 50p and 60p no matter if the model is PAL / NTSC.
Important note: The project is still in development. There is no easy way to use the hack.

One more thing: You could also install Windows Vista on your GH1. Good luck with trojans and virus!

April 15, 2010
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Olympus 9-18mm worldwide shipping starts on April 23

Olympus Japan said that the new Olympus 9-18mm lens will be start shipping on April 23.

Amazon Japan will have it on Stock on April 30.
Amazon Germany confirms that the lens will be available in 3 to 5 weeks.
Amazon France will have it in stock soon.
In US pre-orders already started on Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto

April 14, 2010
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UDPATED: New Olympus firmware next week. It will improve the autofocus on each PEN camera.


Good news Olympus folks! On April 22 Olympus will release a new firmware update for your PEN camera.

Read the press release:

Auto Focus Performance
This update will improve camera AF performance when shooting both stills and videos with the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when using any Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lens. Auto Focus Lock time when shooting stills is improved by 15%. Auto Focus tracking accuracy when shooting movies is also improved.

Viewfinder/LCD Simultaneous Playback Function
This upgrade also brings additional display functionality to the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when fitted with the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder. Photographers using these combinations can now view menu and recorded images on the LCD while the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is in use.

Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) Lens Compatibility
This update also ensures that like the E-PL1, the E-P1 and E-P2 camera models are fully compatible with and able to take advantage of two recently announced and soon-to-reach market lenses; the M. Zuiko Digital™ ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 lenses. Olympus is designating these two lenses as MSC, or Movie-Still-Compatible. They are optimized for shooting high definition video with accurate and silent autofocus.

source: OlympusAmerica

UPDATE:
Tthe new Olympus Viewer 2 software that replaces Master 2 & Studio 2 is also availble!
Olympus Australia has the PDF Full Press Release on both the software & firmware updates.

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