Panasonic DMC-L1 review by Carl Garrard.

That amazing looking high quality body still makes me say WOW when I see it. And it’s also one of the favorite cameras of Carl Gerrard (Click here to read his review). He just posted a full test of the camera he owns: “The L1 was never designed to compete with the likes of the standard DSLR (if there ever was such a thing), rather this camera was something entirely new and different in many respects and that fact alone was grossly missed. What a pity, a real pity. I don’t consider the new GX1 or previous GF1 to be successors to the L1 or L10 because neither have a built in viewfinder of any kind. I don’t like accessory viewfinders generally speaking.To my eyes the DMC-L1 is a Panasonic classic that might be just a victim of being born in the wrong era- it was never as popular as I think it should have been. To me, the L1 is still a gem.”

Yeah it’s a real gem, and that’s why it still costs a lot in new condition (Check the price here at Amazon) or iused on eBay (Click here to see all L1 auctions). A wonder how long it will take until Panasonic will make a m43 version of it.

New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup.

World Premiere !!! SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE T0.95 / 50mm Part II : The Day Tests from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “Although it lacks the E-PL3’s mode dial and flip-out screen as well as some of its other physical controls, the E-PM1 is as capable in most other respects as its larger more expensive sibling, so don’t rule it out if you’re looking for an affordable DSLR replacement or companion.

Lumix X 45-175mm lens test at m43photo (Click here): “The newer Lumix X 45-175mm lens is a good improvement over the existing Lumix G 45-200mm lens. It is better optically, and much more compact and light. It also feel more solid, without any extending section when zooming.

Olympus 12-50mm user experience review at Robin Wong (Click here): “At the center of the frame, I find the image quality of the 12mm end being shot wide open to be more than adequately sharp. I dare to say that it is slighty, yet noticeably sharper than all iterations of the previous M.Zuiko 14-42mm kit lenses, at 14mm widest end.

Lens bokeh “battle” at aleefede (Click here). Surprise, the Samyang 85mm wins! As you know this is a Four Thirds lens and honestly I absolutely love their lenses! But they should get rid of the multiple brands they are using for their lenses. You can find Samyang Four Third lenses on eBay under the following names:
Samyang Walimex Rokinon Opteka Falcon Vivitar Bower You really don’t need that! Makes me not eays to find a lens :)

New Panasonic GX1 review at Photographyblog (+ more GX1 tests).

ULB for CSC’s from CrockettCo Technology on Vimeo.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GX1 review: “The new GX-series unfortunately doesn’t quite slot into place between the GF and G ranges, costing as much as the G3 with the same 14-42mm lens, so it’s more of a direct alternative rather to our favourite compact system camera of 2011. We’d still just give the edge to the G3 thanks to its built-in EVF and rotating LCD screen“. Even if the conclusion sounds a bit disappointed they gave the GX1 a “Highly Recommended”.

David Babsky posted a GX1 hands-on review at Steve Huff (Click here): “For a little micro-four-thirds ‘system’ camera, with many different lenses to choose from, the GX1 is the absolute best value available today“.

Also the german magazine Colorfoto (Click here) tested the camera.

The GX1 is in Stock at… (Click on shop names to check price):
USA&Canada: Amazon, Adorama.
Europe: Amazon UK, Jessops.
Asia: Digitalrev, Amazon JP.

New reviews roundup…

The Olympus E-P3 got tested at Letsgodigital (Click here): “The 12.3 megapixel sensor has remained the same and the new ISO 12800 is simply unusable. This does not mean that the camera shoots bad photos, there are competing models available that capture more detail. It does depend on what you need/want. Overall, the Olympus PEN E-P3 is a fine camera to shoot with.
Olympus E-P3 price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3: “The E-PL3 does face some tough competition from less expensive and equally or better specced cameras like the Sony NEX-C3 and the Panasonic GF-3 which offers a very user friendly touch interface. If you are considering purchasing this camera for yourself or as a present, I would suggest that you take a look at some of the other offerings on the market before you pull the trigger“.
Olympus E-PL3 price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic GX1 versus E-P3 shootout part two at SteveHuff (Click here): “if you are looking for a great JPEG camera and do not like shooting RAW then the E-P3 would be the better bet between the two“.
Panasonic GX1 price and in Stock check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Olympus 12-50mm lens IQ comparisons at PekkaPotka (Click here).

GH2 shows its potential again (+ new refurbished Oly cameras)

Christmas Shootout: Part 1 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

As you know Canon created a lot of buzz around the new C300 video camera. It’s a super technological and expensive DSLR styled toy made for professionals. The video on top shows a test made by Philip Bloom. Our friend Andrew Reid form EosHD (Click here) made one of those comparisons that will make us m43 owners again feel proud of Panasonic :) Andrew “proves” how the hacked “GH2 really is insane for resolution and the cleanness with which it downscales that 18MP CMOS to 1080p. The codec shows very little sign of AVCHD compression, well on par with the C300′s codec.” Of course we are comparing apple of oranges but damn, the GH2 costs fifteen times less than the Canon! Can’t wait to see what the GH3 can do… ;)

P.S.: Letsgodigital (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3 and the camera scores a rating of 85 points out of 100. And here is the new list of refurbished Olympus cameras. Reminder, these cameras can be bought by Europeans only! I already bought five cameras in one month for my family and friends:
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Brown Olympus E-Pm1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens White Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens