New Panasonic GX1 reviews (and comparison with Fuji X PRO 1).

DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here) posted a short Panasonic GX1 review. Unlike so many other websites their conclusions are always very short and clear: “One of the most desirable Micro Four Thirds cameras around.” :)

GX1 versus X PRO 1 versus NEX-5N at Soundimagesplus (Click here). Obviously the Fuji X PRO 1 is the clear winner ….costs also 2,5 time the GX1! ($1699 at Amazon)

Zelenpol announced a new GX1 case (via DC.watch). You can already find E-PL3, E-P3 and GF3 Zelenpol cases for sale on eBay (Click here).

In USA you have those nice $100 price drop on the GX1 and a $20 price drop on the 14-42mm X lens.
GX1 body only is now priced at $649 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (with extras!).
GX1 body with 14-42mm kit lens is now priced at $699 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
GX1 body with 14-42mm X lens for $849 at Amazon (Click here).

New E-M5 asian sound noise test and NEX-7 and GX1 comparison.

Click on the image to see the full size version!

Some E-M5 news are coming from Asia today! As you can see here on top Dslr-check (Click here) posted a E-M5 vs NEX-7 vs GX1 vs E-PM1 Jpeg comparison (all pics at ISO 400 and f/4 with zoom kit lens). I leave any judgment to you :)

A Japanese friend of mine that got the E-M5 did some testing to find out more about the so called “IS sound noise”. Here are his findings:
1) The noise is here, but you hear it only when you are closed in a complete noiseless room. In normal situation you don’t hear it at all.
2) The noise almost goes away when you switch to movie mode. That’s good news as this will avoid any “contamination” while recording video.
3) My sources told me the noise is related to the 5 axis system but even if you switch off the IS system the noise remains there.

Overall all I can say is that I understand customers reaction when hearing that noise for the first time. It’s something a bit…annoying! But it looks like this is a NON-issue when shooting videos or photos in real world conditions. I hope to get my hands on the E-M5 soon. Want to check that for myself!

One more news: As you know Asian stores like Amazon Japan and Digitalrev are already shipping the cameras. So guess who are the next lucky guys getting the E-M5? USA?….nope…Germany?…nope… it is Canada! Henrys just informed some of our 43rumors early pre ordered that the E-M5 will ship to their houses next week! Lucky guys!

(Pre)orders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Today Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 11/13/15 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 4/10 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 20 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 7/10 (Click here).

 

(UPDATED) E-M5 sound issue? Shipment delay in Europe (video roundup)

E-P3 Video Test in Quiet Room feat. E-M5 from Michael Gakuran on Vimeo.

The new Olympus E-M5 is shipping in Asia and first user are reporting some “sound noise” issues. At Amazon Japan you can find two reviews describing the noise starting when you power the camera on. It remains there until you completely shut down the camera. I tried to find some evidence of the issue but at least from the video I found on youtube (Click here) I really hear NO noise at all. I have been told by my sources that the very low noise you here is coming from the 5 axis IS. And it is much lower during movie shooting (you will not hear it while recording the audio). It’s unusual in the beginning but you will forget it when working with the camera.

We Europeans and our Americans readers will have to wait a bit longer for our cameras anyway. Amazon UK issued the following statement: “We’re sorry to let you know that your order will take longer to fulfil than originally estimated. Our supplier has notified us that there is a delay in obtaining stock of this title. We now expect to dispatch your order by April 23, 2012.” :(

As I said, Japanese are already receiving their cameras and they are posting new video on youtube. Here is a set of short clips made by PortableTV and some ads made by Olympus itself:

PortableTV
Burst mode on youtube (Click here).
Rolling Shutter test on youtube (Click here).
Power ON/OFF on youtube (Click here).
IS test on youtube (Click here).
Af speed test on youtube (Click here).

OlympusOMD commercial (weird voice!)
Af speed on youtube (Click here).
FPS speed on youtube (Click here).
EVF on youtube (Click here).

Preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 5/7/9 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 4 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 15 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 8/16/17 (Click here).

New Panasonic 45-175mm and Nanoha lens reviews (+french GX1 test)

Klaus from Photozone (Click here) posted a new Panasonic 45-175mm lens review on Photozone: “The Panasonic lens is a good albeit not superb telephoto zoom lens as some might have hoped from its “X” designation“. The problem is that the X lens has huge vignetting and pronounced Chromatic Aberration. But overall Klaus says: “There is much to like about the Panasonic lens – also from a price/performance perspective.”

Digi163 (Click here) posted a Nanoha lens review. The bad news is that the review is made in Japanese and google translation tool doesn’t work on that website. But you can still look at the nice image samples!

Felix from ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the Zeiss 50mm Planar ZM on the E-P1 and G1: “The colors, contrast and bokeh are equally pleasing when used on Micro Four Thirds as they are on the Leica.“. The lens can be found here on eBay.

Our french colleagues from Hybridcames (Click here to read the translation) also published a new Panasonic GX1 review.

Olympus E-M5 earns Gold Award by Whatdigitalcamera (new 12-50mm firmware update)


I am learning dutch and I casually found that E-M5 video on youtube. Didn’t know that Olympus invited a fake Angelina Jolie for the E-M5 press release event. You can see her at the end of the video :)

Phil Hall from Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) reviewed the new Olympus E-M5. The camera earns a Gold Award. They like almost everything of the E-M5: “The AF is a noticeable improvement over the PEN series, while the new image stabilisation system works a treat.” and “The OM-D E-M5 performs very well at the lower end of the ISO range, delivering clean and detailed images. Increasing the resolution over the E-P3 could lead some to assume that with more photosites taking up the same sensor area, image noise could be more pronounced, but the OM-D performs very well.

Their only critic is that “it’s a shame to see no ISO 100 on offer”.

More news: Finally you can preorder the E-M5 at Amazon Germany (Click here) for the normal non cheater price :) There is a new firmware update for the 12-50mm kit lens (Source: Olympus Japan). It improves the IS in macro mode and adds zoom support when used on Panasonic cameras. DC.watch (Click here) posted some info about the Epson EVF used by the E-M5.

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 7/12/14/15 (Click here)
UK: Silver E-M5 on position 20 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 6 and 8 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/11/14 (Click here).