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May 5, 2011
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a little bit of everything…

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Plan séquence filmé au GH2 avec le 9-18mm d’Olympus et le glidecam hd 1000 (Click here to see the glidecam auctions on eBay)

Japan’s factory not back to normal until autumn (AmateurPhotographer).

Olympus SZ-20 Digital Camera Review (ePhotozine).

ReWo GH2 cage full review (EosHD).

Olympus EP-2 or FujiFilm X100: Which Photo is Which? (ThePhoBlographer). Fuji X100 preordes at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Nokton for sale at LL-forum, photovillage and eBay.

May 4, 2011
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Surprise. Cliq show (ex PMA) deleted!

 

Ahhhh! The Cliq photoshow 2011 in September has been deleted (Source: PDN, Found via: Photorumors). The Cliq show will mere with the CES show! That’s a short excerpt form the press release: “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and PMA International have agreed in principle to move the 2011 PMA International Convention and Trade Show (aka CliQ 2011) to colocate with 2012 International CES, January 10-13, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev.

So where are all big camera makers going to show their cameras? I have a huge garden in front of my house. I could organize a barbecue with Olympus and Panasonic. Joke apart. A wonder what’s the reason behind that decision. Sounds like some of the big ones maybe would not have participated or would not have announced new products?

May 4, 2011
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Panasonic GH2 dumped! A big step closer to the final hack!

Good news for all Panasonic GH2 owners! Vitaly (the hacker) managed to dump the firmware of the Panasonic GH2! He can now start the reverse engineering process. It will take some time to understand the GH2 code. But we now have to right to dream the new features we would love to add to our GH2 (50/60P for example?).

There is also one more good news. Unlike the GH1 the GH2 video uses the RAM instead of ROM. You could be able to update the hacked software without to have to install one firmware hack update after another! Go Vitaly go!

Follow the forum post form Vitaly at www.personal-view.com

P.S.: Don’t forget to support Vitaly’s work with a small (or huge) donation!

May 3, 2011
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a little bit of everything…(GH2 vs X100, GH2 Noise reduction issues?)

The dpreview forum user “Morepix” found something really interesting about the GH2:”
1) The NR +2 shot had less noise and slightly less fine detail than the NR 0 shot.
2) I ran Topaz DeNoise on the NR 0 shot and compared the NR +2 image OOC. By comparison, the NR 0 shot with Topaz processing was better in every respect than the one with in-camera NR.
3) For some reason, the NR +2 shot showed chroma noise (blue) which the NR 0 shot did not.
4) My conclusion: Don’t use in-camera NR on RAW images. But if you want to clean up noise at higher ISO, Topaz does the best job I know of.

ISO Test GH2 vs X100 (Dpreview forum)
Panasonic GF2 review at Blog.Paran.
PL-Mount and otherwise, cine-style lenses are proliferating (ProVideoCoalition).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 / FH5 review (CameraLabs).

There are three refurbished E-PL1 cameras you can now get on Olympusmarket: First black E-PL1 on eBay (Click here), Second black E-PL1 on eBay (Click here) and a silver E-PL1 on eBay (Click here).

Links to:
GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
GF2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

May 2, 2011
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Olympus sales declined. But future looks good?

Olympus has revised it’s business results forecasts for the fiscal year that ended on March 31. The net sales are 2,1% lower than expected and the net income has fallen by 50%. Olympus said the decline of digital camera sales is caused by intensifying market competition and by the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Yesterday I had a talk with three of my best sources. All do confirm that Olympus and Panasonic will soon go back to 100% full production capability. There are only minor problems with external suppliers that could delay the way back to the “normality”. Olympus and Panasonic plants were not particularly damaged by the Tsunami disaster. They don’t have to face the huge problems Nikon Canon and Sony do have. I don’t want to sound cynical (that’s just a pure marketing and business information) but Olympus and Panasonic could take advantage of the situation because it looks like Canon-Nikon-Sony too will not be able to produce enough cameras to avoid a price increase on their cameras. Is that a chance for Oly and Pana to increase their market share?

P.S.: I expect new product announcements next week by Panasonic and in June by Olympus. So stay tuned!

 

Via Olympus

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