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February 16, 2011
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New Panasonic GH2 and E-PL2 reviews


Panasonic GH2

Trustedreviews tested the GH2: “The GH2 is an incredibly versatile camera, offering image quality that comes close to a DSLR but in a body that’s lighter and more compact. What’s more, the flip out touchscreen, mass of manual controls, and instant-on video capabilities make it not just a jack but nearly a master of all. However, there is one whopper of a stumbling block, and that’s price.
Teh australian magazine Pcworld also tested the GH2: “The bottom line is that the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds camera is an excellent product. Its combination of manual and automatic features make it ideal for any type of user and if you want to make the most of its manual features the learning curve isn’t too high
And at last Digitalcamerareview posted a first look article and Fourthirds-user posted JPG and RAW samples on their website.
You can check price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Olympus E-PL2

Steve digicams finished his Olympus E-PL2 review: “Olympus has taken an already awesome camera (the E-PL1) and made it even better. The E-PL2 has some note worthy improvements that add to the appeal of this series, with the addition of the control dial, beefier hand grip, new conversion lens options, and the PENPAL being my personally favorites.
You can check price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

February 15, 2011
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Fuji X100 to start shipment on March 5th in Japan. Image samples by CNET!

In a presentation made in Tokyo Fuji announced the X100 will start shipping on march 5th in Japan. Fuji also said the X100 is the first of a series of X cameras.

Leonard Goh from CNET Asia unboxed and tested the Fuji X100 (see video on top).

You can preorder the X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. And that is the result of the poll on 43rumors:

Will you buy the X100?

  • No! (55%, 1,645 Votes)
  • Yes! (23%, 684 Votes)
  • Don't know yet (22%, 638 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,967

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February 15, 2011
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First E-PL2 video with new converters (+compact camera patent design)

The video I posted above is the first made with the Olympus Pen EPL-2 with Macro , Fisheye and Wide-angle converters! Sadly you can’t find them in Stock right now :(

There is also a bunch of new E-PL2 tests at Pixelmania (dutch), Focus Numerique (french) and DCview (japanese). E-PL2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

If you are a registered 43rumors member and do own the E-PL2 feel free to add your rating:

P.S.: Forum Olympus France posted a patented design of a new Olympus compact camera which looks very close to the new SZ-10.

February 15, 2011
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Complete Olympus XZ-1 test at Focus Numerique

The french website Focus Numerique posted the Olympus XZ-1 review (Click here to read the google english translation). Here is the list of what they like and what they don’t:

With a bit of surprise I notice that (Click here) says that the XZ-1 will start shipment on March 31. That’s bad news because the camera was supposed to start shipment in February. It looks like Olympus got the Panasonic syndrome ;)

Check the estimated availability of the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Click on store name to visit the XZ-1 product page)

UPDATE: Almost finsihed XZ-1 review has been posted at Photoradar.

February 13, 2011
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Panasonic GH2 video resolution beats the rest of the world, the 7D, VG10 and even the AF101!

Image credit: EosHD

Oh what a surprise! The german website tested the new Panasonic AG-AF100 (or AG-AF101 in Europe) and their final verdict is very positive. The AG-AF100 is more “practical” and has less Moirée and Rolling Shutter than any HDSLR out there. But a closer look reveals how the GH2’s was able to resolve more detail, with less moire and aliasing than the AF100 (via: EosHD). That tiny cheap GH2 really rules ;)

Slashcam also compared the GH2 vs the Canon 60D and Nikon 7000: “Our comparisons show a significantly higher native resolution of the GH2. Even the noise performance and the artifact formation at higher ISOs is much better“…”the Panasonic GH2, as expected, is the current slashCAM reference in the video DSLRs“.

Panasonic has a real winner with the GH2 but I don’t know how much they are aware of it. The GH2 is still out of Stock in US (hey 6 months after the announcement!!!) and the fast zoom lens is still missing (why delay the 12-50mm zoom?). Anyway, once again thanks to all Panasonic engineers for making such a nice camera! Thanks!

Panasonic GH2 direct shop links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Panasonic AG-AF100 direct shop links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

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