Panasonic LX7 gets Dpreviewed (and Gariz case)

Let’s make a short break from (m-)43 related news. Dpreview (Click here) posted the full Panasonic LX7 compact camera review: “There’s very little to dislike about the LX7, with my main issues being redeye, slow buffer flush times when shooting RAW images, and vertical lines in panoramas. Aside from that, the LX7 is a first-rate camera that I can highly recommend.
The second LX7 related news is that the Gariz case is now available on eBay (Click here).

Enough LX7 news. Here are the search links for the LX7 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
And now back to m43 news…

Panasonic GH3 video test roundup!

GH3 real 24p f1.4 Test-Video Nummer 1 from ADAM MADA on Vimeo.

We have some new video shot on the new GH3. The first one is her eon top and two more can be found on Vimeo/youtube: link one and link two.

GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Photogalerie FR and Technikdirekt.

New Lens tests (75mm and body cap lens)


Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Quesabesde (translation here) tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. Like any other review we have seen before Quesabesde likes the lens a lot. The optical quality is impressive. But when looking at the camera and lens pictures posted by Quesabesde I simply can’t get it why Olympus didn’t make a Black version of the lens. And if they plan to do it please don’t make it “Limited edition” like the expensive 12mm Black lens! No need to extra charge $300 for this :(
Olympus 75mm price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Ming Thein also posted a short Olympus 15/8 Body Cap Lens review: “At just US$60, it’s a no-brainer recommendation for anybody who owns a M4/3 camera, especially if you’ve got a older or spare one lying around.“. Also Digitfotopro tested the tiny lens.
Body Cap Lens preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Amazon DE (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Surprise: E-PL5 has one stop more Dynamic Range than the E-M5 at Low ISO!


Image courtesy: m43.eu.

Our polish friends at M43.eu (Translation here) are the first to compare the image quality of the new E-PL5 with the current high end Olympus E-M5 camera. Both use the same sensor but according to m43.eu test the E-PL5 is slightly less noisier than the E-M5. I guess the image processing workflow has been improved over the E-M5. And it doesn’t end here because here comes the “WOW” surprise: They even tested the E-PL5 dynamic range (Click here) and the said that the E-Pl5 is: “shockingly better” (at Low ISO) than the DR measured for the E-M5 (here it is). The E-M5 still has the edge on High ISO but there is 1 EV difference in favour of the E-PL5 at ISO 200 and ISO 400.

If these tests will get confirmation by other websites too than we have really a major surprise. I really can’t figure out how the E-PL5 dynamic range can be that much better!

New PEN camera preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

Refurbished E-M5 is also back via Cameta:
Silver Olympus E-M5 for $849 at Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-42mm lens for $949 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Silver Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).

Full Olympus E-PL5 review by Ming Thein. And travel review of the E-M5.


Image courtsey: Ming Thein | mingthein.com

Ming Thein (Click here) reviewed that what he calls the “mini OMD” camera, the new Olympus E-PL5. He likes the camera a lot and ends the conclusions with a wish: “now if only they’d make one with a built-in EVF like the NEX-6…“. Don’t worry Ming, I think Olympus will do that soon! :)

Speaking of the E-M5. There is “travel review” at Eidolonfilms and writes: “I’d highly recommend the Olympus OM-D E-M5 to any travel or street photographer that craves a low profile camera that works quickly and produces great image quality.  I know my back is grateful that I no longer lug around a larger DSLR

E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

And the refurbished E-M5 is also back via Cameta:
Silver Olympus E-M5 for $849 at Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-42mm lens for $949 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Silver Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).