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June 10, 2011
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New Panasonic G3 review (+ new video + preorders on eBay).

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Panasonic G3 in Paris (made by Hybridcams.fr).

That tiny G3 is really surprising me. It’s getting a very positive feedback from reviewers and also the image samples do look very good!
The latest review is form Jeff Keller from DCresource (Click here). The first impression is very good: “The camera can be held and operated with one hand, with the most important controls within easy reach of your fingers.” but “controls are more cluttered…that led to lots of accidental button-pressing“. “Highlight clipping seemed improved over previous models…Overall, the Lumix DMC-G3 produces very good quality photos“. “The camera tends to slightly underexpose, usually be 1/3 stop. That’s easy to fix with bracketing or by just increasing the exposure compensation up a bit.”
Final words: “All things considered, the DMC-G3 retains the features that made the G-series a favorite of mine, which is why this latest iteration earns my recommendation.

First preorders are now available on eBay too (Click here). According to Amazon UK (Click here) the G3 will be released on 17 June 2011! You can preorder the camera at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).

June 7, 2011
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Panasonic G3 studio comparison and first vimeo footage (G3 will be released on 17 June 2011!)

Finding Waves – Hamburg Surffestival 2011 from Saubere Filme on Vimeo (via EosHD).

Dpreivew added the Panasonic G3 images on the studio comparison tool (Click here and than select the G3 to compare the results with the GH2). As you can see the G3 and GH2 are pretty close at low ISO. Only at 1600 you will see a small difference between the two cameras. Last week Digitalcamerareview posted the full G3 test and the camera became an “editor’s choice! And Popphoto posted a new set of G3 image samples.

And now the good news. According to Amazon UK (Click here) the G3 will be released on 17 June 2011! You can preorder the camera at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here). And some fool reseller offers eleven G3 for 2.029,00 on eBay (Click here)!

June 5, 2011
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Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens review at DSLRmagazine

Side by side: The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and Olympus 17mm f/2.8.

Our friend Valentin Sama tested the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation).
No flare, good contrast, good color ad fast AF (on a Panasonic camera). The resolution wide open is good in the center and sufficient o the border (that’s not really exceptional for a prime lens, but hey it’s an ultracompact lens!). Distortions and Lateral CAs are well controlled. The conclusion do math the verdict from Photozone (Click here) that tested the lens a couple of months ago.

Pancakes are one of the reason why one should join Micro Four Thirds. And the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens is the smallest of all MFT lenses. Would love to see some more of them!

Click thos direct search links to find the lens price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

June 4, 2011
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Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Hands-on Review (Digitalrev)

Kai Wong from Digitalrev tested my favorite Micro Four Thirds lens, the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95! In my opinion the Nokton is one of these lenses that has that magical “WoW-factor” and can convince people to join the MFT system. Of course it’s difficoult to focus when you are in hurry. But sport or action photography is not what the lens was build for. It’s also a very cheap lens if you consider the high build and image quality. You want something better? Be prepared to pay over 9.000 Euro for the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95!

Where can you get the lens? Here are some links for US and EU readers. Notice that the cheapest price I found in Europe is in France!!! Don’t know why, but they are 150 Euro cheaper than the rest of Europe!

US:
BHphoto (Not in Stock yet), Cameraquest (not in Stock), Caxa (ebay seller from Riga but ships worldwide), infoto2 (ships worldwide), fotomundus (worldwide).

Europe:
Amazon France (749 Euro), Lapetiteboutiquephoto (749 Euro), infoto2(ebay), Fotomundus (ebay).

June 1, 2011
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Panasonic G3 review at Digitialcamerareview!


The new Panasonic G3 have been tested at Digitalcamerareview (Click here). With 4.5/5 starts it has become an “Editor’s choice” camera: “With DSLRs being my camera of choice (and reading glasses now a way of life for close up work), I tend to appreciate viewfinders all the more. So it comes as no surprise that the G3 is my clear favorite mirrorless to date.”…”
AF performance beats a compact and rivals an entry level DSLR, even when working in dimmer conditions. Shutter lag subjectively seems a bit slow, but our stopwatch objectively says otherwise. High ISO noise performance leaves compacts in the dust and gets in the ballpark with the current generation DSLRs. Video performance is among the best I’ve seen in a still camera.

Those are the pros and cns of the camera according to the reviewer:

Pros
Small size and weight
Very good still images
Excellent video

Cons
Low battery life
Slow flash recycle
Entry-level DSLR price

Yes, looks like Panasonic has a real winner here!

Look for preorders by clicking those links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay!

Via Noisycamera

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