Zacuto shootout: Francis Ford Coppola votes for the GH2 (and GH2 beats Arri and Sony!)

Image on top: Francis Ford Coppola looking into his top options. And he picks the GH2 :)

Zacuto (Click here) posted the second part of the great Camera Shootout. It worked like that. An audience (including Francis) saw five short movies each made with a different camera, the GH2, Sony F65, Red Epic, Canon C300 and Arri Alexa. The audience had no way to know which movie had been made with a certain camera. At the end they had to pickup their favorite choice. The most voted camera was the Panasonic GH2!

Andrew from EosHD writes: “For digital theatre screenings in 2k or 1080p, extremely high end cameras simply don’t look that much different to the lower end ones. It is therefore the lighting and the skill behind the camera that makes a larger percentage of the difference. As the level of skill involved here behind the camera was all very high, each scene was similar butthe GH2 was still able to overcome the F65 or Epic, mainly because –

A) It was handled better
B) The lighting was most creative
C) The technology inside the GH2 was advanced enough to deliver on this shoot relative to a $70,000 F65

Yep, as I always try to remind you it’s your creative skills that do matter. The camera you use “almost” doesn’t matter anymore! And again, a long hand clap clap clap to all Panasonic engineers for delivering us such a great camera. And we really can’t wait to see what you guys did with the GH3! ;)

P.S.: If you need a great hybrid camera for a low price you may don’t care about the GH3 which will be priced at $1,500. Go for the much cheaper GH2! Price check and search links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Double GX1 and E-M5 underwater test.

Olympus OM-D Underwater Video Tests – by Jim-Decker from Digital Shootout on Vimeo.

It’s summer time and I guess some 43rumors readers are divers. So you may look at the new double underwater test at Thedigitalshootout. They reviewed both the GX1 (here is the review) and the E-M5 (here is the review).

I live in the middle of the mountains so I am the wrong person when it comes to talk about what’s good or not about the underwater performance. Anyway, I trust the reviewer when he writes that the “E-M5 in the Nauticam housing is hands down the most sophisticated and highest performing mirrorless camera you can take underwater today.” and the “GX1 in the NA-GX1 is so brilliant… shooting performance is great, and the image quality rivals SLRs at 3 times its price.“.

For US readers: The Silver E-M5 kit is finally in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

GX1 shop search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-M5 shop search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Full Olympus 75mm lens review at DSLRmagazine….

Olympus 75mm lens on the E-m5 (Image courtesy from DSLRmagazine).

It’s already time for a new review post on 43rumors:

DSLRmagazine (Tranlsation here) just posted the full Olympus 75mm lens review. As you see from the charts posted on the website the lens provides an excellent performance in every aspect. The reviewer writes that the lens has indeed the fastest AF on the market. And while the lens has a very tele focal length he writes that it’s “ideal for “stolen” portraits and street shots from a distance, more discreet and the focal inadevertido standard documentary.” Bye bye privacy :)

As noted by other before the only real flaw of the lens is that the hood is not included. For 900 Euro Dollar we would have liked to see it in our box fro free.

Some new in Stock status info. The lens will arrive in Europe within the next 2-3 weeks according to Amazon Germany (Click here), on July 31th according to Amazon UK (Click here), on July 20th according to BHphoto (Click here). If you really can’t wait you can uy it right now in Asia where it is in Stock on eBay (here and here) and at Digitalrev.

Olympus E-M5, 75mm and Panasonic 12-35mm test roundup….

Time for a new recap of the newest tests. On top you see the E-M5 with standard lens comparison by DSLR-check. Click on the image to see the full size version at DSLR Check.

Tyson Robicheaud posted an update on his E-M5 and G3 sensor comparison. Olympus E-M5 coverage at Diglloyd. E-M5 with Panasonic 12-35mm X lens test at Itmedia (translation here). Some image samples taken with the 75mm lens at 500px. Venez essayer l’Olympus OM-D EM-5 at Focus Numerique. Long Term Comparison Review of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Sony NEX 7 vs Olympus OMD EM5 at ThePhoBlographer. A new case for the E-M5 via DC.watch.

Olympus and Panasonic lens preorder:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

E-M5 preorder links:
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

Comparing the E-M5 (Sony) and G3 (Panasonic) 16 Megapixel sensors.

My friend Tyson Robicheaud (Click here) compared the Olympus E-M5 with 16 Megapixel Sony sensor with the Panasonic G3 and 16 Megapixel Panasonic sensor: “I really wanted to see how these two sensors compared to one another as I have been very impressed by the G3.” Check out his website to learn more about the test!

Meantime I remind you that on July 18th we will see the new G5 which has the same G3 sensor but a newly improved processor. Let’s hope the new GH3 (again 16 MPX?) sensor brings a major improvement in RAW quality too!

Olympus E-M5 price and in Stock status check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic G3 price and in Stock status check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.