Tony Northrup went through all weakest points from the current camera manufacturers. Watch from minute 11.40 towards to hear him talking about Olympus and Panasonic. In his opinion both companies didn’t do enough to implement phase detection autotofocus system on their cameras. Even the best Olympus camera doesn’t do as good as entry-level DSLR when it comes to continuous autofocus tracking.
This is exactly one of the improvments the new E-M1II shoudl bring. Let’s just hope our rumors about that are correct ;)
Photozone tested the new Panasonic Lumix G 12-60mm and writes:
The question remains where this leaves us in the grand scheme of things. In terms of quality the lens doesn’t really offer anything over the basic kit lenses and not too much over the more extreme 14-140mm zoom lenses in the overlapping range. To be fair – the Panasonic lens shares this characterization with many similar lenses (in different systems) but as such it’s also a missed opportunity once again. So it’s a good lens but nothing special either.
Photozone posted the tull Lumix 30mm f/2.8 macro lens review:
Technically there’s nothing to complain about the Panasonic lens. It’s sharp, small and affordable. However, if macro photography is really your thing, it probably makes more sense to check out the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro. The Olympus lens isn’t superior but it can provide a longer working distance to your main subject. Even if you are not hunting bugs, it makes life a lot easier as far as scene lighting is concerned.
The two new Panasonic MFT lenses got reviewed:
Imaging Resource tested the new 12mm f/1.4 lens:
Panasonic’s partnership with Leica continues to bear excellent fruit. The 12mm ƒ/1.4 Summilux provides an excellent shooting experience for Micro Four Thirds users, especially at the wide ƒ/1.4 aperture where it will probably spend most of its time being used. While the price point may be a bit high for the lens, it is definitely worth every penny.
Mirrorlessons tested the new 12-60mm zoom:
The Lumix 12-60mm remains an appealing option for those in search of that one all-purpose standard zoom. As of today, there isn’t another kit lens with the same versatility and we can only hope that Panasonic will begin including it in other bundles besides just the GX8.