One thing I noticed is that usually Panasonic stuff is first in Stock in Asia, than in Europe and than in US while Olympus stuff is first in Stock in Asia, than in US and than in Europe. So it looks like Olympus preference is for the US market instead for the European market.
Outbackphoto (Click here) posted a new Panasonic G3 review: “The Panasonic Lumix G3 is clearly the m43 camera we like so far the most (except that the GH2 has better video support). The G3 is now an integral part of our m43 camera kit and our GF1 will get retired.”
Photoreview Australia published a full G3 test: “Overall, we found the G3 very agreeable to use. It provides some worthwhile improvements on its predecessor, while taking on some of the more user-friendly features of other recent additions to the G-Micro stable. The key manual controls required by serious photographers remain reasonably quick and easy to access, not buried deep in menus where they can only be reached with many button presses. ”
There is also a Real World Review with Full Size images at E-P1.net.
Fotopolis published an English interview with Michiharu Uematsu from Panasonic. In short, he confirms they are working on new viewfinder technology and focus speed improvement. And for him the future is Mirrorless (not DSRL).
Panasonic Lumix GF3 review at Trustedreviews: “It’s really hard not to like the GF3 – it’s very small, very stylish, very easy to use and is capable of delivering very good image quality too. On top of this it also offers a generous amount of user control, some useful shooting features and excellent HD video recording abilities. Our only real concern is that the removal of the hot-shoe is a step backwards in terms of flexibility. ” New GF3 studio shoots are available at Imaging Resource.
Panasonic G3 review at Fotopolis (google translated!): “Panasonic Lumix G3 is an interesting proposition for amateurs and for those who prefer a little more size than access controls. It offers image quality comparable to the SLR, but it is closed in a much smaller package. Items that are missing in the new Lumixie is primarily the removal of the proximity sensor with an electronic viewfinder and the lack of artistic modes, HDR images and vast panoramas”
Olympus E-P3 review at Adorama: “Would I recommend this camera for photojournalism, street, documentary, and travel photography? Absolutely—even with the higher price tag, and even though I would have to pay extra for an eye-level viewfinder—because in the tradeoff between speed and quality, in these particular areas of photography speed will inevitably win, and the E-P3 is faster than anything else out there in its size and price class for capturing the decisive moment.”
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